Natascha “Tascha” Wallace will be remembered for living her life to the fullest, and always putting her friends and family first.
The 44-year-old member of Newville’s Friendship Hose Co. was laid to rest last Friday. She sadly passed away after a hard battle with cancer on Jan. 26.
Many friends, family members and first responders attended her services last Friday in the Newville First Church of God.
Wallace graduated from Big Spring High School in 1995. She was currently employed as a bus driver with Deitch bus service (Bus 29), and was an honorary member of The Cumberland Valley Hose Co. of Shippensburg. She also served as an EMT with Friendship Hose Co. EMS.
She enjoyed dirt track racing, Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, watching her Pittsburgh Steelers, going to the beach, campfires, driving the ambulance and school bus, and attending Bulldog football games, especially when her son, Nick Thomas, played.
Her husband, Jesse Wallace, and Nick are both members of the fire company in Newville. Nick is also an officer with Cumberland Valley Hose Co. in Shippensburg.
Wallace enjoyed taking photos of Jesse and Nick at the scene of various incidents, and followed them when she could.
Her friend, Robin Weaver, said during Wallace’s services, “Where do I even begin? I honestly believe God put you in my life because he knew I needed you, and boy was he right! We definitely had such great times together, especially with all our shenanigans, but my all time greatest was being your maid of honor for your wedding. We will definitely meet again, but until then, fly high, I’m gonna miss you so much.”
Area EMT Augusta Gray said, “She was my porch mom, living across the street from the station. Had many conversations with her, along with plenty of laughs. She was a great friend and an excellent EMT, sometimes as a partner. I will miss her.”
Friendship Hose Co. EMS Chief Darci Newcomer said, “Tascha was very dedicated to EMS, always wanting to help out. She was always willing to help any time of the day or night. A very friendly and fun loving person. I will remember all of the laughs going on calls. Fun times.”
Area EMT Teresea Turnbaugh said, “She always had a great smile and a good personality. I remember the last time we were all together. Wade danced with you and then I got to dance with him also. We made him smile and made a memory that the both of us will never forget.”
Her husband, Jesse, said, “I loved her very much, we did many things together. She loved her sprint car racing, the Steelers and the Penguins. She loved being an EMT, helping people in need. I made the decision to take her on one last ride in the EMS unit as we travel from one church service to another church service. She is in a better place now, and we will always be thinking about her and missing her.”