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Matilda "Tillie" Kuzma, R.N.
Matilda “Tillie” Pensak Kuzma, R.N., 94, of Clarks Summit, died Sunday evening at Geisinger Community Medical Center. She was the widow of Andrew Kuzma, who died July 19, 2012. The couple had been married nearly 54 years.
Born March 13, 1925, in Slovan, daughter of the late Paul and Feliksa Pensak, she was a graduate of Union High School, Burgettstown and received her nursing certification from the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing becoming a registered nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing education from the University of Pennsylvania. She had been a registered nurse for the Philadelphia General Hospital. She continued her professional career and was a clinical instructor for more than 27 years at Community Medical Center, now Geisinger Community Medical Center.
She was a member of the Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green, a former member of area pinochle card clubs, Lakeland’s Golf League, the Friday Morning Company at Our Lady of Snows Parish, a faithful attendee at Our Lady of the Abingtons, Padre Pio Chapel.
Tillie was a faithful and spiritual women who was devoted to her husband and son. She proudly shared her knowledge with others. She had a special and gentle manner in caring for others. Her gentleness will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are a son and caregivers, Dr. Andrew P. Kuzma and his wife, Mary Kay, Clarks Summit; a brother, Stanley Pensak and wife, Libby, Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughter, Colleen K. Dori and husband, Marty, Denton, Md.; and a grandson, Drew Kuzma, Clarks Summit.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Stephanie Janulewicz; and two brothers, Chester and Raymond Pensak.
The funeral will be Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, to be celebrated by the Rev. John M. Lapera, pastor. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery.
The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice
To the family:The loss of a loved one causes so much pain and grief. It is at a time like this that we can turn to our Heavenly Father (Psalm 83:18) for strength, comfort and hope for the future. In His word the Bible, He promises at Acts 24:15, “... there is going to be a resurrection ...”
W. J. May 14 2019 12:00 AM
Remembering a lovely lady who was a blessing to us all. Love and prayers, Aunt Tillie. Richard & Kathy, Christopher, Courtney & Jonathan
May 7 2019 12:00 AM
You will forever be in our hearts. We love you, Aunt Tillie. Sarah, Aneet, and Remy
May 7 2019 12:00 AM
I am a graduate of the CMC School of Nursing, class of 1981. Mrs. Kuzma was beloved by all who were honored to have had her as an instructor. She attended our 35th reunion and we all "lined up" for our chance to tell her as much. I spent 30 years of my nursing career as an instructor in a nursing program. I attempted to emulate her teaching style in all those years and I can only hope that I inspired a mere fraction of the respect I hold for Mrs. Kuzma. I spent my entire career hoping that she would be proud of the nurse I became. Whenever I was tempted to take a "shortcut" I would stop and think to myself...."Mrs. Kuzma would not approve". Mrs. Kuzma, rest in peace. Your legacy lives on in the practice of every nurse that you taught and every patient for whom we have cared. You were the quintessential "Nurse", who wore her U of P pin, cap and cape with pride and dignity. We loved you dearly. Cynthia Brunori Straub, RN, MSN CMC Class of 1981
Cynthia Brunori Straub, RN, MSN May 7 2019 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of this. She was a wonderful woman. Sure made the family reunions we had a blast. My thoughts to the family. I send my condolences and thoughts as I will be working. Love to you all.Denise Kueber Frank and Parker Basinger
Denise Kueber May 6 2019 12:00 AM