Nancy Ann "Wendy" Glusker

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LANCASTER, Pa. -- Nancy Ann "Wendy" Glusker, of Lancaster died July 19, 2010, after a long illness.

She leaves her mother, Wildabelle Airy, of Hallowell, Maine; and two brothers, Alfred Glusker, of Tempe, Ariz., and David Glusker, of South China, Maine.

She was predeceased by her younger sister, Lynn Taylor, formerly of Augusta, Maine. She also leaves many friends, including Janet Gilgor, Hugh McClure, Diana Fullem and countless others with whom she worked as a consumer advocate for persons with mental illness.

Wendy was born Jan. 17, 1936. She was a graduate of Prospect Heights Girls High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also graduated from Wagner Lutheran College in Staten Island, N.Y., and received her master's degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

She worked as a social worker after graduating from college, and as a teacher of children with special needs after receiving her master's degree. She was very successful in her work and became a resource and instructor for other teachers of children with special needs.

After health problems forced her early retirement, she worked tirelessly to help improve the quality of life for persons suffering from mental illness. She was well-known in the Greater Lancaster area, and made many presentations at mental health gatherings. Numerous plaques were given to Nancy for the quality of her research and presentations.

Wendy was a member of the United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to any Lancaster-area mental health service organization or Hospice of Lancaster County.

She will be missed by her family and friends.

Published in Central Maine on July 21, 2010