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Lydia Baertschiger – 2019

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Lydia Baertschiger

A celebration of life is planned for Lydia Baertschiger on June 9th, from 3 to 7 pm, at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Jensen Hall, Susanville, CA  96130. All who knew her are welcome.

Lydia Baertschiger was born on September 7, 1940 in Rohrbach, Ukraine, the 4th of 12 children.  Her family migrated to Germany in 1944 in the midst of WWII. She left Germany and moved to Switzerland in 1959 where she met her husband, Robert, in 1965.  They married in 1966 and moved to the United States in October of that year, shortly after the birth of their first child, living in Whittier CA. They moved to Janesville in 1977 with their three children.

Lydia was very involved in many clubs and organizations in the community, including Monticola and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority where she was crowned Valentines Queen and Woman of the Year. She also organized several Oktoberfests in Susanville, and set up many events at the fair.  Lydia was an avid traveler, gardener, and photographer (even having several shows throughout northern California), raised horses, cows, sheep, pigs and was famous in the area for her farm fresh 50 lb Thanksgiving turkeys.  She coached kids’ soccer, and enjoyed entertaining.  She loved life, people, her family, and her community; and it showed.

Lydia passed May 29th after battling cancer, surrounded by her family, peacefully.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert, her daughters Nancy and Angela, son David, their spouses Larry, Matt and Oxana, and her three grandchildren, Sebastian, Rocco, and Ian.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you send donations for a scholarship that her sorority has set up.  Please make checks payable to Beta Mu Master for the Lydia Baertschiger Memorial Scholarship.  Mail to Julie Brown Treasurer 30 North Pine St. Susanville, CA 96130


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