Getting to Know you – Michael and Lori Prussack

Getting to Know you – Michael and Lori Prussack

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Lori Prussack

My mom, Gerda Geiger, is my hero. She came to the US from Germany when she was about 6 years old. She successfully raised 10 children, and was a wonderful mother. She was patient, kind, caring and always there for her family. She raised the last of her children (I was in the bottom 3) as a single parent after my dad passed away. I am amazed at how she was able to start a retail business after raising her children- what a role model! She developed Alzheimer’s and passed away when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I learned so much from her and miss her every day.

I have been a registered nurse for 35 years, and have been at Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for the last 27 years. I love caring for sick children and being able to make a difference in the lives of these children and parents. I work with the nicest co-workers ever, I laugh every day at work!! The biggest complaints about my job are also the positives- depending on one’s stage of life. The long shifts are hard as I am getting older, but they also allowed me the schedule to be home more when my kids were growing up. It is hard missing weekend activities and holidays, but those shifts also meant my husband would be home with my children and less daycare expenses. I loved being able to home when they came off the bus! As you can tell I try to look at the glass as half full, not half empty.

My favorite pastime is reading. I just finished “Fly a little Higher” by Laura Sobiech. It was quite sad, to say the least; it was interesting to see the effects of childhood cancer after a child goes home from the hospital. Quite inspirational!

I love to sing but cannot hold a tune! I love watching the AM service singers- such talent. When singing alone I love such oldies as Sweet Caroline, but I also love Meghan Trainer and some newer artists- my kids keep me young.

I have 3 children (Brett, Eric and Kelly)who were all baptized and confirmed at
Zion. Our family moto is “It is nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice”. Hope they are practicing it!

Thank you Lori for letting us “Get to Know You”!

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