Pamela Lazorko, 54, nurse

Pamela A. Lazorko
Pamela A. Lazorko
Posted: February 09, 2014

Pamela Alicia Irvin Lazorko, 54, of Philadelphia, a nurse and volunteer worker for the homeless, died Saturday, Feb. 1, of breast cancer at her home.

Born in Chester, Mrs. Lazorko moved to Media and graduated from Nether Providence High School. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from La Salle University in 1993, and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

She juggled her career and education while being a devoted mother to her four children, her family said in a tribute.

"She was always working or continuing her education or taking care of the kids," said her husband, Paul. "We adopted four children who were foster children. She was a mother in her heart."

For more than 30 years ending in 2009, she practiced critical care nursing at Pennsylvania Hospital and other area hospitals. She was known for her compassion to the very ill patients she attended. "Pam would sit down at the bedside and hold someone's hand," her husband said.

Though she was working toward a doctoral degree in nursing and teaching nursing, both at Drexel University, she was forced to stop when illness intervened in 2012. She published articles in the fields of philosophy and health science.

Mrs. Lazorko had a soft spot for the homeless. She dedicated her charitable giving to their welfare, and spent time helping to feed and clothe those in need, especially children.

For many years, she cared for foster children in her home.

She also volunteered as a docent for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Kyle and Jared; daughters Kara and Hannah; parents James and Barbara Irvin; nieces and nephews; and two brothers.

A visitation will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with services at 11 a.m., at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 6376 City Ave., Philadelphia 19151. Burial is in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.

Donations may be made to Overbrook Presbyterian at the address above.


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