Lora Wasko-Alexander

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Lora Wasko-Alexander, 75, of Belleville, IL, born March 27, 1948, in Harvey, IL, died Friday, June 30, 2023, at her residence.

At the age of 14, Lora joined the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth convent, where she pursued a teaching degree. During her time at the convent, she spent four years at the Vatican in Rome. At the age of 30, she resigned from the convent and moved to Belleville, IL, to pursue a nursing degree. Lora graduated as valedictorian in 1978, from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation, she worked as a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Granite City, IL, for 32 years. Lora married James Alexander and had two daughters, Mary and Julie. She started a new nursing position at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, while she pursued her master’s degree at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Lora worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for 13 years and retired in 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander, whom she married on November 30, 1985, and who died on September 23, 2021; her parents, Walter and Julia, nee Magdziak, Wasko; and two brothers, Walter and William Wasko.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Alexander and Julie Alexander (Matthew Leeper); and three grandchildren, Landon Leeper, Carolina Alexander, and Finley Glaus.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2023, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2023, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL, with Fr. James Thomas officiating.

Burial will be held at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


9 Comments on Lora Wasko-Alexander

Beverly Wasko and family said : Guest Report Jul 09, 2023 at 1:44 PM

REST IN PEACE SWEET LADY. We love you and will miss you always. Beverly Wasko and family.

  • New Lenox
  • Il
Marlene Wasko Hardman said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2023 at 8:06 AM

What a treasured memory of cousin Lora❣️ Family visits in Adena&Harvey are Special to remember. To Lora’s Mary&Julie&Grandchildren Much Love.

  • Cincinnati
  • OH
Bernice Wasko Mokros said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2023 at 10:52 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to Mary and Julie and family on the loss of your mother. I have many hapoy memories of our families’ visits over the years, and hope your family memories will comfort you at this difficult time. Love from Cousin Bernice.

  • Canton
  • Ohio
Mary Anne Douglas said : Guest Report Jul 05, 2023 at 8:35 PM

Lora was my favorite work colleague. We worked together at St Elizabeth's then Gateway and some at Barnes Jewish. Her work ethics and integrity were impeccable. She was a generous, kind person and a good friend. My condolences to her 2 girls and family. She will be dearly missed.

  • Trinidad
  • Colorado
Rose Marie Koziol said : Guest Report Jul 05, 2023 at 7:15 PM

I knew Lora from my 31yrs. as a PACU R.N. at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in G.C., Il.I always admired Lora; for me, she was an excellant nurse and educator and a true example of what a nurse should be.To her family, I send my deepest sympathies for their lost.

  • IL
Patty Wasko McGary said : Guest Report Jul 05, 2023 at 1:46 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Lora. It has been so many years since I’ve seen Lora, for time takes us in many different directions. May she Rest In Peace in the hands of our Lord. In loving memory cousin Patty

  • Flushing
  • Ohio
KAREN OPYD said : Guest Report Jul 04, 2023 at 11:30 AM

Dear Family of Lora, I was so sorry to hear about Lora. Lora and I were the two sisters chosen to go to Rome for our novitiate in 1965. She grew up in Harvey at St. John the Baptist parish and I grew up in West Pullman at Assumption BVM parish. My name was Sister Jacqueline, I am Karen Opyd from home. I have passed this information on to the Sisters as I am very close to them. She was a wonderful friend and even though we only communicated through texts, I will miss her very much. What a lovely women she was. My prayers are with all of you. God bless and keep you close to His loving heart. Karen

  • IL
Margie schwartz said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2023 at 6:55 PM

Lora always made me feel like she was happy to see me. She and Jim came into my husband, Pat’s life and mine through Althoff Catholic High School, specifically Jim and Pat as bingo volunteers. Two very special people!! My sympathy to their family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2023 at 11:26 AM

Mary & Julie, you have my sympathy onbthe loss of your mother. She was wonderful to work with at the Shrine and clown workshops! We certainly had a lot of goid times & road trips together! God bless all of you—mt prayers are with you!

  • Belleville
  • IL

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