Nancy L. Edwards Bear June 30, 1936 - October 9, 2021

Nancy L. Edwards Bear, 85, of Dunedin, FL and formerly of Allentown, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021, in the South Pinellas Care Center-Suncoast Hospice, St. Petersburg, FL.  She was the wife of the late Stanleigh L. Edwards who passed away in 1993 and the late Ernest R. Bear who passed away September 19, 2021. Nancy was born in Allentown, a daughter of the late Eugene L. Ziegler, Sr. and Laura L. (Stocker) Ziegler. She was employed as a church secretary for 15 years by the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Whitehall and as a pre-school teacher by “Pat-A-Cake” Corners, Whitehall before retiring. Nancy was a member of Christ E.C. Church, Allentown and Curlew United Methodist Church, Palm Harbor, FL. She was a member of the Worship Committee at Curlew U.M. and taught Sunday School, Bible School and was very active in Adult Bible Study Groups at Christ E.C. and Curlew U.M.

Survivors: Daughter, Laurel S. and her husband Jacob Zimmerman of St. Petersburg, FL; sons, Scott A. and his wife Brenda Edwards of Raleigh, NC; Guy E. and his wife Jeannette Edwards of Allentown; brother, Eugene L. Ziegler, Jr. and his wife Lynnzie Hand of Chandler, AZ; five grandchildren Jessica Watts and her husband Jonathan Cole, James Watts, Matthew and his wife Angela Edwards, Charlotte and fiance Mike Ashcraft, and Nathan, one great-grandson Indy Cole Watts and two great-granddaughters, Alexa and Alivia Edwards; stepdaughters, Linda S. and her husband Stevan Ralich of Dyer, IN, Judith Miller of Dayton, OH; four step-grandchildren, Justin Hickel and wife Alina, Taryn Bleckley, Benjamin Hickel and wife Samantha, Marissa Miller; and four step-great grandchildren Beau, Weston, Kaylin and Leanne Hickel.

Services: A funeral service to celebrate the lives of Nancy and Ernest will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 13th in the Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. 274 North Krocks Road, Allentown. Call 9:00 – 10:00 A.M with services to follow at funeral home. www.stephensfuneral.com. A memorial service will also be held in the Curlew United Methodist Church 2210 Cathedral Drive Palm Harbor, FL 34683 on October 31, 2021  following the 10:30 service.

If you plan to attend, due to continued risks of Covid, masks are required, and social distancing requested.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Nancy can be made online at www.goodshepherdrehab.org/donate or mailed to Good Shepherd Development Dept, 850 S. 5th St, Allentown, PA 18103.


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