Barbara Lane (Badertscher) Thorpe, 66, went to be with the Lord on May 18, 2020 after an almost 3 year long battle with Leiomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Barb was born on June 14th, 1953 to (Virgil) Lester and Thelma Badertscher in Canton, OH. She graduated from Perry High School in 1971 as an honor student, and then put herself through Aultman’s School of Nursing. She worked at several hospitals over the years, in many departments, the bulk of that time being spent in the ER and OR. She went on to earn her BN and then her Master’s in Healthcare Administration, an achievement of which she was enormously proud. She was a nurse manager of ORs in a few hospitals, and wrapped up her career as a Nurse Educator at Affinity Hospital in Massillon, OH from where she retired upon the facility’s closing. She had the pleasure of meeting many co-workers who became dear friends along the way.
Barb loved the arts. She enjoyed going to the movies with her daughter and grandson, and indulging in a tub of popcorn- always asking for the concession person to add butter and salt when the tub was half full, and again when it was full. She was an avid reader and collector of books. Her tastes ranged from the classics, to romance, to sci-fi and horror. Another great love was music, with an equally broad spectrum of genres- from classical and folk to Christian, 50’s &60’s rock and musicals to Swiss mountain music. She valued education and was a seeker of knowledge. She had a beautiful singing voice, and sang in the a capella choir in high school and carried that over into worship teams at church and Christian theatrical performance in The Gospel According to Scrooge and The Passion Play at The Cathedral of Tomorrow.
Barb always carried herself with a calm dignity, but if you caught her just right she’d surprise you with her twisty, dry wit. She was kind and loving, and did not judge people’s flaws, but instead saw the good in them. She was an encourager, and sought to enable the people around her to be their best. But, she definitely inherited from her mother a quiet stubbornness when it came to the things that she felt the strongest about. She was also thoughtful, and she was a joyful and generous gift giver.
Throughout her illness, Barb exhibited unshakeable strength and a deep and abiding faith in Jesus. She wanted to use her faith through her trials to exhibit the love of Christ and that’s exactly what she did. During every hospital stay, every doctor’s appointment and chemo treatment she was a shining light of positivity and faith, and the people around her truly felt it. She endeared herself to her treating physicians and nurses and fellow patients. She came to know and love many of them.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Thelma, and her siblings Emily, Brent, Susan, and Sharon. She is survived by her loving daughter, Sonia (Jim) Wells and grandson, Jimmy Wells; her sister, Leslie (Jerry) Lint, brother Leonard (Connie) Badertscher, sisters Mary Reese, and Betty (Jon) Wojtowicz; as wells as many nieces, nephews, and great niece and nephews, all of whom she loved and enjoyed watching grow up.
A celebration of life will be held on June 14th, Time and place, to be determined later.