On May 16, 2016, Lois N. Gurak (nee Katz) of Wilmington, Delaware, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brant Lake, New York passed away from natural causes. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Howard Gurak, by her children, Ellis (Irma), Randall (Sharon) and Rochelle Robinson (Joseph), and by her granddaughters, Stephania, Nina and Kathia.
On May 16, 2016, Lois N. Gurak (nee Katz) of Wilmington, Delaware, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brant Lake, New York passed away from natural causes. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Howard Gurak, by her children, Ellis (Irma), Randall (Sharon) and Rochelle Robinson (Joseph), and by her granddaughters, Stephania, Nina and Kathia. Lois was predeceased by her father and mother, Harry and Rose Katz, and by her sister, Bernice Rotman. Lois was a pioneer for the nursing profession., earning her L.P.N. at Einstein School of Nursing, her B.S. in Nursing from West Chester University, her Masters in Nursing from Beaver College and her School Nurse Practitioner degree from University of Pennsylvania. Lois had the honor of being in the first class of school nurses to be awarded the School Nurse Practitioner degree. After a short career as an Operating Room nurse, Lois found her perfect role as a school nurse at Northeast High School, where, for over 30 years, she not only tended to the medical needs of the students but also instituted such progressive programs as nutrition education and prenatal counseling. She met the love of her life at summer camp in the Pocono Mountains. Lois was the camp nurse when Howard, a camp counselor, walked into the infirmary with a sports injury. Howard was cured of his injury but was bitten by the love bug. They were married the following January of 1955. Wishing to carry on the summer camp tradition, Lois and Howard packed up their three children every summer to attend Camp Saskatchewan in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Lois continued as the camp nurse, and Howard was the drama counselor for over 25 years. When the camp closed, they bought a home on Crystal Lake in the Adirondacks but continued in camping at Brant Lake Camp for the next 25 years. In her spare time, Lois served on the Board of Directors for PATH, a community mental health rganization, for ten years. She was also active in the Einstein Nursing Alumni Association. Both Lois and Howard were world travelers, visiting over 100 countries and meeting kings, queens, peasants, butlers and everyone in between.; and always leaving a lasting impression wherever they went. Lois will be sorely missed. Funeral services were held at Bradford Clubhouse, Shannondell where Howard Gurak now resides.