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Obituary for William E. Krusen

January 20, 1924 - February 10, 2021
Newtown, Pennsylvania | Age 97

Obituary

William Edward Krusen
January 20, 1924 – February 10, 2021
Newtown Borough, Pennsylvania

William (Bill) Krusen passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at the age of 97, with his devoted wife Diane, Stepson Brian, and loving granddaughter Erin by his side. Bill was a lifelong resident of Newtown Borough.

Graduate of Newtown High School
Graduate of Echels College of Embalming
Commissioned as a naval aviator in World War II and honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Commander after 4 years of service
Employed by the Philadelphia Electric Company for 40 years retiring in 1986
81 year (1940) Member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church – serving as an officer for many years
81 (1940) year member of the Knights of Pythias
61 (1960) year member of the Masonic Lodge #427-F&AM
73 (1948) year member of the Newtown American Legion Post #440
Charter Member of the Newtown Ambulance Squad.
Actively involved as a Volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center since 1986 , serving over 37,00 hours

Bill walked to school at the Chancellor Street School which was both the grammar school and later Newtown High School. All 12 years were spent in that building, which still stands as the Council Rock School District Administrative Office. His Commencement was on the stage of the Newtown Theater on North State Street in Newtown.

Bill was born to Emma (Mathews) Krusen and J. Herbert Krusen. His Dad was the conductor on the Newtown Railroad. During Bill's school year, he walked by the Funeral Home (now Swartz) and ended up working summers for the Stacy Brown Funeral Home. After high school, Bill attended Echels College of Embalming and apprenticed at the funeral home. Bill then went into the Navy. When Bill returned to Newtown, Stacy Brown had passed away and Kenny Casket assisted Charles Swartz II assume the business. With no avenue for the funeral business, Bill began his career with Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO). That career lasted for 40 years, having retired in 1986.
Bill had a brother he never met. Jack Krusen was 5 years old when he and his Mom took the train out of Newtown Borough to go to the city to see the Christmas lights. On that Monday, December 5. 1921, with the first snow of the season, the train left Newtown at 7:30 am. The early morning milk run had left before the Newtown express and it was late. The light snow made it slippery, heading north on the single track to Bryn Athyn. The two trains plummeted on their collision course, 40 miles an hour, entered opposite ends of a blind curve in the Bryn Athyn cliffs. That impact was like an accordion being pushed together. Coal-fired they were upended showing flames on the first coaches of the two trains, turning their wooden structures into blazing death traps. 27 perished that day, with many injured. Bill's Mom was saved along with her purse, but not her son Jack. While Jack is buried in Newtown Cemetery, there were no remains located, but rather a place for Bill's Mom to mourn, which she did until she passed.

Bill was first married to Frances McAllister from Lake City, South Carolina in 1945. After their marriage, they resided in Charleston, South Carolina while in the Navy. Bill and Frances came back to Newtown and resided at 35 South State Street until they built their family home on Lafayette Street. Bill's wife Frances started to volunteer in 1973 and ran the Hospital Gift Shop. Frances developed cancer in 1985/1986. In 1986, Bill would go with her on Tuesdays to the Gift Shop, holding her arm, so she could still feel her life had meaning. People would be amazed at the attention and devotion this man had for his wife. They all felt, what a special man! Frances passed away in May 1986.

Frances made Bill promise two things. The first was that he would find something to do with himself after she was gone. The second that he not spend the rest of years alone. Find other people – maybe another wife someday – and share your life with them she told him. When he finished mourning and realized it was time to get on with his life, Bill decided to follow his wife's example. So, on a Tuesday, he walked back into the hospital and asked how he could help. In keeping his first promise to Frances, Bill was soon able to fulfill the second one as well.
He would bring me mums and leave notes on my desk, said Diane Carroll, a hospital secretary, who became Diane Krusen on September 26, 1987. Age was
NEVER an issue. Bill had a timeless personality. Bill and Diane had a loving memorable marriage for 33 years. They vacationed in New England, predominantly Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ocean City, NJ and Aruba. They also enjoyed their timeshares in Hilton Head and Aruba. Hilton Head and Ocean City NJ vacations included priceless family memories with Erin, his much loved granddaughter and Brian, his loving stepson. Family vacations were so important.

Bill spent 31 years in Radiology with over 37,000 hours in Radiology as a dedicated volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center. There he also could continue to spend time with his wife, Diane, who was also employed at the hospital for 41 years. Bill touched so many lives in his tenure at the hospital. Always the handsome, tall gentleman in the red jacket!!.

Bill's life was challenged by the ups and downs of health challenges – prostate cancer, abdominal aneurysm, four craniotomies, TIAs, pacemaker, pleural effusion, and a pleurax cath. All were overcome with the love and dedication of his loving wife Diane. Through all the 33 years of marriage, Diane and Bill had a beautiful love story. The 22 year age difference never made a difference between them. They grew closer and closer as time went by.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Diane (Carroll) Krusen, his loving stepson, Brian A Harcar, his loving grandchildren, Erin N. Harcar, Cameron Harcar, Carissa Harcar, and Sydney Harcar. Bill is also survived by his cousins Corinne & Thomas Duboski, and Rachel and Dale Emde as well as Rory Emde. He is also lovingly survived by his most treasured furry daughter, Molly Brown, his beautiful white Westie.

Bill will be honored at a Celebration of Life at a later time, hopefully spring, when health concerns have lessened. That Celebration will be a memorable event at their home that Bill loved so much.

Services Pending. Please check back for further information.


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