Louise O (Kortina) Prezgar

Born: Tue., Nov. 27, 1928
Died: Tue., Feb. 16, 2016

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Louise Olga Prezgar, R.N. (Retired), 87. An “Angel of Mercy” left us on Monday, February 15, 2016. A graduate of Charleroi High School, then McKeesport School of Nursing, she accepted a position at Charleroi-Monessen Hospital and eventually became Med-Surg supervisor. Louise then helped pioneer the first group of Coronary Care Unit (C.C.U.) nurses at C-M hospital. She continued as a critical care nurse for many years, then returned as Med-Surg Supervisor at Mon Valley hospital. Exceptional patient care was paramount to Louise. She led by example - watch our patients like a hawk, long before the doctor makes rounds be totally prepared … never forget basic fundamentals. If uncertain, ask. Call me at home . Never assume.” Up until the end Louise always said she loved being a nurse and introduced herself to others as Louise Prezgar, R.N. Long after she retired, former patients, their families and/or friends would stop her in public or they would tell a family member of hers, “please tell ‘Dolly’ she and her team of nurses gave the best patient care to our mike or sue back when.” Born 1928 in N. Charleroi to John and Louise (Cullen) Kortina, Louise was Russian Orthodox by faith. Pete Prezgar from Monessen and Louise married in 1950. Both parents and Pete preceded her passing. They have 2 sons, John and Gregory. John and wife Sharon in Arizona. Gregory and fiancé Lisa in Pittsburgh. Two grandchildren Stephanie and Petar in Arizona. Also surviving is her only sister Helen, and husband Gene Golashewski, Rostraver Twp., sister-in-law Helen Prezgar, Monessen. Two nephews and two nieces. In 1970 her husband passed. Louise was only 43. She loved Pete so, so much she never remarried. “No interested when asked”. I have my 2 sons, mother Louise, sister Helen, etc. And my nursing profession. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 pm in the Robert A. Billick Funeral Home Inc. Grand Blvd and Marion Ave Monessen. www.billicksfuneralhome.com Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 am in the funeral home with Fr. Sam Smolcic officiating interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery Monessen. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name, to Mon-Vale Health Resources, associated with Mon Valley Hospital.

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Donna Marie Cursi Jackson/ Marlene Lutes
   Posted Sun February 28, 2016
Dear Family of Louise, First I want to say the obituary was beautiful ! Marlene Lutes kept in touch with Louise through the years ,she worked with her all her nursing career, she was sadden by her passing. Marlene is in ill health and cannot come to her viewing but will remember her with great respect for the person she was . I on the other hand owe my entire career to Louise, I was 19 and very impressionable just starting to work as an aid at Charleroi Monessen Hospital. When I was directed to her work area and saw her behind the desk with her STARCHED WHITE uniform and gleaming white nursing cap I knew this was going to be tough, and it was. I was taught the CORRECT way to do patient care, KINDNESS and RESPONSIBILITLE to my floor work as an aid. Even though I am not a RN I did go on to become a Respiratory Therapist with the strong work ethic that Louise instilled in me. May GOD bless her and may you her family know that her grace, intelligence and kindness will forever be apart of the Mon-Valley Medical community.