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Yvonne Nussbaum Sparks

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On May 13, 2017 @ 2:33 pm In Obituaries | 6 Comments

Yvonne Nussbaum Sparks, 99, of Lancaster, died May 12, 2017 at The Mennonite Home. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Tell Berthold and Mary Margaret Rudy Nussbaum. Her husband, John T. Sparks died January 28, 1983.
Mrs. Sparks graduated from Stevens High School in January, 1936 where she was Vice President of her senior class. She retired from Armstrong World Industries as Supervisor in the Advertising Department and also worked for the Department of Public Assistance.
A longtime member of First United Methodist Church, Yvonne enjoyed volunteering in the church office and served on several committees. She also shared her love for volunteerism with Heart Association, Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis Societies, Boy Scouts as a Den mother, and Lancaster General Hospital in several departments, including the marketing department.
Her memberships include the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, United Auxiliary to Lancaster General Hospital, Armstrong Recreation and Travel Assoc., Armstrong Activities Assoc., A.A.R.P., and she was a member of the former Armstrong Circle A Club.
Yvonne liked sports, particularly Phillies baseball and Penn State football. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her son, J. Gary Sparks of Indianapolis, IN. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her still born Baby Girl, Judy Sparks and her sister, Vivian Nissly.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service from the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602 on Thursday, May 18, at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Kerry Leeper officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Meals on Wheels, 1085 Manheim Pike B, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Condolences for the family of “Yvonne Nussbaum Sparks”

Condolence from Nancy Snavely Stewart on May 14th, 2017 7:49 am

I have known Yvonne for the past 7 years because my mother and I were her Monday Meals on Wheels visitors. She was one of the dearest people I have ever known in my life. I will miss her. I am sorry for your loss, Gary.

Condolence from J. Gary Sparks on May 25th, 2017 12:30 pm

Dear Nancy,

Thank you for your kind words. I know how much your delivering Meals on Wheels meant to my mother, not to mention your warm heart and caring friendship.


Condolence from Gary and Suzie Johnson on May 17th, 2017 2:06 pm

Gary, I did not know Yvonne real well, but remember seeing her sweet face in church, especially when we attended Traditional service and I sang in the chancel choir. However, my husband, Gary and I have been very involved with our Worship Team for our Contemporary Service for many years now, so I have missed seeing some friendly faces from the Traditional service. We’ve been members since 1981, being pregnant with our daughter and raising her and our two boys in FUMC.
We extend our sincere sympathies to you . Your Mother was a very sweet lady who lived a great life in the eyes of God. Reading about her, she reminded me of my mother-in-law, who also loved the Phillies baseball, and Penn State football. My father-in-law, our eldest son, his wife, 3 nephews and one niece are all Penn State grads! So, We Are Penn State!
So sorry for your loss, and blessings and love to you with comfort and peace. Your Mother was a blessing to our church family.

Condolence from J. Gary Sparks on May 25th, 2017 12:32 pm

Thank you Gary and Suzie,

The Church was one of the centers of our family as I was growing up in Lancaster, and your comments are soul food.


Condolence from Brittany on May 20th, 2017 10:08 am

Yvonne has been our neighbor for the past 7.5 years. She was a very sweet person. Very loving. Always asked about our children. They loved going to visit her. She will definitely be missed.

Condolence from J. Gary Sparks on May 25th, 2017 12:34 pm

Dear Brittany,

Thank you for your condolence, Brittany. Even in the last days of her life, my mom was asking, “how are the neighbors, how are the neighbors?” Your friendship was very important to her.


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