Ursula E. Nisley, 90

JAN. 25, 1923-APRIL 13, 2013

April 18, 2013
  • Nisley

Ursula Elsa Geiger Nisley, 90, of Greencastle, Pa., passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Chambersburg Hospital from complications of a sudden illness.

Ursula was born in Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 25, 1923. She grew up in Berlin, as a school girl, and participated in the opening ceremony for the 1936 Olympics; and lived through the bombing of Berlin during World War II.

Following the war, she worked for the American Military Government in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany, where she met her husband, Jean Carl Nisley (died 1998.)  They were married Aug. 19, 1949.

After coming to the United States, they initially lived in State College, Pa., before settling in Greencastle in 1953. At various times Ursula worked for Fairchild Aircraft as a draftsman and with Blake Builders and Michaels Construction, both in Hagerstown, as a bookkeeper.

Ursula is survived by her sister, Gisela Benver and brother-in-law, Hartmut Benver, of Frankfurt; stepdaughter, Janessa Nisley-Carlisle and son-in-law, Jay Carlisle, of Hudson, N.Y.; daughter, Rebecca Nisley-Dangman and son-in-law, Christopher Dangman, of Avon, Conn., and son, John Nisley and daughter-in-law, Lai Keen Chan, of Duluth, Ga.

She will be remembered by family and friends for her skill as a cook, her love of flowers, plants and gardening, her enthusiasm for travel and the seashore, and her soft heart for animals of all kind (dogs, stray cats, birds, goldfish and koi, rabbits, and squirrels). Her friends remember how she turned her back yard into a nature garden and wildlife preserve with a patio, fishpond, bird feeders, and abundant flowers, plants and trees.

Ursula was admired for her courage, determination, and concern for others.

The Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle, is handling the arrangements. There will not be visiting at the funeral home. A private ceremony and reception is planned for family and friends at a later date.

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