Lois M. Kaiserski, 91, shock trauma nurse

January 26, 2004

Lois M. Kaiserski, a longtime nurse at University Hospital who was one of the hospital's first shock trauma nurses, died Thursday of heart failure at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. She was 91.

Born Lois M. Steinwedel in Baltimore and raised in Irvington, she was a graduate of Western High School and the University of Maryland Nursing School.

She worked as a nurse from 1934 until 1977, taking time off in the 1940s and early 1950s to have five children. She often worked the night shift so that she could be home during the day to care for her family.

"She was there when we got home from school and to fix us dinner," said a daughter, Mary Beth Getka of East Lyme, Conn. "And when we were sleeping, she was bustling about."

Mrs. Kaiserski married Edward L. Kaiserski in Baltimore in 1936. They lived in Irvington for about 10 years before moving to Catonsville to raise their family. Mr. Kaiserski died in 1983.

Mrs. Kaiserski moved to Charlestown in 1984 as one of its first residents. In her retirement she traveled the world and helped organize her family's annual crab feast, Christmas dinner and sour beef dinner, her specialty. "She made it almost up to the end, and it was excellent," her daughter said.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Chapel of the Angels at Charlestown.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, James L. Kaiserski of Boston; three other daughters, Anne Weinkam of Catonsville, Susan Keller of Catonsville and Mary Joan Sacchetti of Ellicott City; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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