Lorraine Marie (Kuzo) Kandra
July 11, 1931 - February 18, 2021
Lorraine Marie (Kuzo) Kandra, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away unexpectedly at Christiana Care Hospital on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
Born in Hazleton, PA on July 11, 1931, Lorraine was a daughter of the late John Kuzo and Helen Vovk Kuzo. She was a graduate of the Harrisburg (PA) School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at hospitals in Philadelphia and the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, and in the Intensive Care Units at Burlington County Memorial Hospital in NJ and Emerson Hospital in MA. In retirement, she volunteered at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Christiana Care Hospital (in the cancer treatment facility and the neonatal unit) and the local blood bank.
Lorraine married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Michael Kandra at St. Peter and Paul Ukranian Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, PA in 1957. She enjoyed life as a Marine officer’s wife overseas before settling in Scranton, PA and later, Medford Lakes, NJ, where she and Michael raised five children. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed tennis and pickle ball, biking and hiking. Having captained her high school’s cheerleading squad, she never stopped cheering whether for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, the Fightin’ Blue Hens or the many sports teams her children and grandchildren played on. Lorraine had a deep appreciation for her Slavic heritage and always looked forward to preparing the traditional Christmas and Easter meals every year. She loved good books and political discussions, Bethany Beach, her church, her dear friends and her family. She will be missed by many and remembered most for her compassion, thoughtfulness and delicious perogies and sumptuous halupke that graced the dinner table of every family celebration.
In addition to her parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Michael Kandra, six years ago. She is survived by their five children: Daniel Kandra (Margie), Judy Gorberg (Joe), Louise Moody (David), Karen Mudgett (David) and Michael Kandra (Kim); twelve grandchildren; brothers, Jack Kuzo (Elaine), Joe Kuzo and Ron Kuzo; sister, Debi Siccardi (Ron); and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 800 West Lea Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lorraine’s memory to St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 231 Basil Avenue, PO Box 624, Chesapeake City, MD 21915 or Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713.