Helen M. Whisler 78, Luther Acres nurse, volunteered with animals

By on August 29, 2012

Helen Mary (Hess) Whisler, 78, of Lancaster, entered God’s Eternal Kingdom Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Lancaster General Hospital. She passed in peace, in the loving arms of her husband, Kenneth R. Whisler of Lancaster, and with family members by her side.

Helen was born Aug. 17, 1934, in Hershey at the home of her parents, the late Levi A. and Sarah E. (Harper) Hess.

She was a 1956 graduate of Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing where she received her professional registered nurse degree. She was a 1952 graduate of Hershey High School and attended Hershey Junior College. Helen dedicated her life to assisting the elderly and youth. She was employed as director of nursing at the Brethren Village Retirement Village, retiring in 1996. After retiring, she worked for Covenant United Methodist Church as the daycare’s registered nurse. In addition, she worked for Lutheran Social Services’ Luther Acres in Lititz, where she worked as a registered nurse, caring for geriatric patients in a long-term care facility. Prior to moving to the Lancaster area, she was employed by Abington Memorial Hospital as a pediatric nurse and at Chester County Hospital as a ward nurse. In addition to being a loving and devoted wife and mother, Helen enjoyed spending time with her family and the family’s pets. Her hobbies were: reading novels, cooking traditional family recipes, antiquing, traveling, camping, vacationing with her children and grandchildren and she was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lancaster, performed volunteer work at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and was a frequent donor to multiple health-related charities and the Lancaster County SPCA and ASPCA.

In addition to her husband, Helen is survived by her children: Dr. Timothy R., husband of Susan Whisler, of Chest Springs; Kendra (Whisler), wife of Jon Rankin, of Hummelstown; and Kyle, husband of Lisa A. Whisler, of East Berlin; two grandsons: Cameron and Braden Whisler; her sister: Sara (Hess), wife of Truman Cassel, of Harrisburg; step-grandchildren: Kyle and Ashley Rankin, of York; Holly (Rankin), wife of Charles Gassert, of Lititz; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Helen was predeceased by her brothers: Clarence, Harper and Jake Hess; and her sisters: Anna Hess and Marian (Hess) Wilson.

Friends and relatives celebrated her life on Aug. 24 at the Hoover Funeral Home and Crematory, Hershey. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Hershey.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lancaster Humane League, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 in her name.