Obituary: Gloria Prusakowski, 62

Longtime Mazzoni Center employee Gloria Prusakowski died suddenly Oct. 9 at age 62.

Prusakowski, who studied accounting at Community College of Philadelphia, joined Mazzoni in 2001 as its first fiscal personnel.

In a statement, CEO Nurit Shein called Prusakowski “loyal, supportive, engaged [and] hard-working,” the consummate employee who volunteered for Mazzoni Center events and went above and beyond her job duties.

“Through her generosity of spirit, her kindness and her willingness to listen, she made an impact on many of us here at Mazzoni and out in the community, in ways large and small,” Shein said.

Outside of her work, Prusakowski, a resident of Drexel Hill, was an HIV/AIDS activist and ACT UP member. She enjoyed outdoor activities like visiting the Jersey Shore, beekeeping and gardening as well as spending time with her family, sons Elijah and Austin, daughter-in-law Kenyetta and grandson Amari. She was predeceased by longtime partner John Bell.

A memorial service will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Home, 43 E. Baltimore Ave., in Media. Loved ones will be invited to speak about Prusakowski starting at 2:45 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made to ACT Up, John Bell Health Center and Mazzoni Center.