Stranford-Wasser, Kelly Lane


Kelly Lane Stranford-Wasser, 52, of Greenville, PA (Hempfield Twp.), formerly of New Castle, passed away at 11:25 am on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was the wife of the Rev. Rex A. Wasser, pastor of Calvary and First United Methodist churches in Greenville.

She was born in Oil City, PA on April 25, 1960. She graduated from Cranberry High School, Venango County, in 1978, earned a BS in Special Education from Ashland University in 1982, and earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, in 1985.

She worked as a special education teacher in several different communities until she was disabled in a car accident in 1999.

She enjoyed arts and crafts, especially scrapbooking.

In 1982, she married Rev. Wasser. She is also survived by: her father, Robert Stranford of Maricopa, AZ; her mother, Nancy (Dick) Stranford-Turcotte of Corry, PA; her children, whom they adopted from Korea, Andrew Wasser and Shannon Wasser, both at home; three brothers, Walter Turcotte, Jr. of Maryland, Shane Turcotte and his wife, Patti, of Orange Park, FL, and Samuel Stranford of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Robin Wilson and her husband, Bill, of Spartansburg, PA, and Jessica Turcotte of Corry, PA.

She was preceded in death by her step father, Walter J. Turcotte; a beloved uncle, Dennis Dick; and a niece, Brook Stranford. 

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 4 pm at First UM Church, 73 Clinton Street, Greenville, PA 16125. Calling hours will be from 1-4 pm at the church.