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JOSEPH A. BESECKER, MD
JOSEPH A. BESECKER, MD, 85, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
died peacefully Sunday August 4th, 2019. He was surrounded by
his loving family and dear friends who saw his courageous battle
come to an end from complications of cancer of the brain.

Street next to the Lancaster General Hospital where he practiced
his craft of care and became Chief of Pediatrics. More recently, Dr.
B served on the Board of Directors of Lancaster General Hospital
and was named the 2006 recipient of the Henry S. Wentz, MD,
award for outstanding contribution to Lancaster General Hospital,
graduate medical education and the Lancaster County community.

Dr. B or "Poppy Doc," as he was affectionately called, was a beloved
pediatrician who started his practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
caring for thousands of children and comforting countless more
parents. Prior to starting his practice, Dr. B graduated from Penn
State University, which was located not far from his hometown of
Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania, where he lived with his mother (Viola),
father (Albert), and three brothers, Edwin, Donald, and William.
A lifelong fan of Penn State University, all of their academic and
athletic accomplishments gave Dr. B great joy. Upon graduation,
then just "Joe Besecker" moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to
attend and graduate from Jefferson Medical School. It was there
that he met a beautiful and spunky nursing student named Helen
(Lynne) Fetsko. They fell hard for each other and married while
both were finishing their medical training.

After 30+ years of pediatric practice Dr. B made the difficult
decision to retire, leaving his practice and all the beloved doctors,
nurses and other teammates at Roseville Pediatrics. His passion for
the Roseville team ran deep for them and them for him as well, as
exhibited by the many visitations he received post retirement and
especially in the hospital as he battled his illness.
Dr. B is survived by the love of his life, Helen (Lynne) Besecker,
around whom his world revolved. Additionally, he is survived by
his five children and 13 grandchildren: son Jeb, his wife Martha
and their children Jeb, John, Liam, and Lily; son Eric, his wife
Susanne and their children Delaney and Haleigh; daughter Suzanne;
daughter Kristin Gaenzle, her husband Joseph, and children Erica,
Andrew and Joseph; and daughter Karla Goldbach, her husband
John and their children Julia, Kurt, Erik, and Mark; as well as five
great grandchildren; and countless co-workers, friends, and families
that he cared for.

After an internship at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. B,
Lynne, and his first three children, Jeb, Eric and Suzanne, moved
to Annapolis, Maryland where he served at the US Naval Academy, living on base. There Dr. B attained the rank of lieutenant
commander and the family grew by two when twins Kristin and
Karla were born. The family of seven then moved to Lancaster,
Pennsylvania where Dr. B set up his medical practice on N. Lime

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