Lamona Burdusi, 73

Medical records worker

December 14, 2006

Lamona K. Burdusi, a medical records worker and longtime member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, died of complications from a broken hip Dec. 7 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Bel Air resident was 73.

She was born and raised Lamona Kootsouradis in Monessen, Pa., the daughter of Greek immigrants. In 1955, after her parents died, she moved to Baltimore.

In 1959, she married John M. Burdusi, who worked in the sausage-making department at Esskay meatpacking, and settled in Baltimore's Greektown neighborhood.

From 1967 until retiring in 1991, Mrs. Burdusi worked in medical records at what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

"In addition to her regular work tasks, she would also assist the doctors and nurses with translating from Greek to English for those patients who were in the emergency room and could not speak the language at the time," said a son, the Rev. Manuel J. Burdusi, pastor of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

At her son's church, where she was a member for more than half a century, Mrs. Burdusi, a soprano, was a choir member for more than 35 years. She was also a member of the Ladies Philoptochos at the church.

"She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, whether it was hymns or Jerry Vale," her son said in his eulogy for his mother during funeral services Monday at his church.

Mrs. Burdusi enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband of 47 years and her son, survivors include another son, Michael J. Burdusi of Havre de Grace; a brother, Gus Kootsouradis of Monessen; a sister, Frieda Costas of Donora, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

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