In Loving Memory of Pamela Kasa  




IN LOVING MEMORY OF PAMELA KASA It is with great sadness to tell you a long-time member of our support group, Pamela Peniston Kasa, 88, who was born March 3, 1932 passed away on December 16, 2020 due to a partial stroke the day before. Pam was born in Montclair, NJ and residing in Cuyahoga Falls, she was a long-time resident of Hudson, OH (1948-1985). She graduated from Hudson High School in 1950 and raised her family there.


She was the captain of her high school basketball team and editor of the school newspaper. She then attended Miami University of Ohio. Sports were one of her many passions, as an adult she played in several bowling leagues and loved watching professional Cleveland baseball teams. Pam was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Josephine Peniston; sister, Elizabeth (Betty Lou) Donaldson and daughter, Lyn Kasa Barshay. She leaves daughter, Barbara (Norman) Kasa-Hanna; her son, John (Judy) Kasa; and four grandchildren. She loved attending our monthly support group meetings and always helped represent our Akron Post-Polio Support Group in any way possible. She contracted polio at age 3 where it settled in her spine causing her to suffer with lordosis (swayback) making it very painful and uncomfortable for her to lay flat. It didn’t limit her so much in her younger years but more so in her later years as her post-polio progressed, she required the use of an electric mobility chair with leg rests because she couldn’t bend her knees. Pam faced many battles and challenges yet met each one with determination and grace. Her warm soul reached and impacted so many people in a quiet and gentle manner. That was evident with not only her love of family and friends, but her love of animals as well. She was deeply cared about by all the members of our Akron Post-Polio Support Group with several members of our support group expressing how they remember her…


Brenda Benyi had a wonderful memory of her of when we were sitting at one of our meetings where it was quite cold at the restaurant. Brenda was really cold and Pam instantly insisted putting her pink sweater over her and covered her with it!! That was the kind of person she was. Marie Smith also remembered her sweet nature and how much she enjoyed the meetings and Brenda Ferguson thought she had such an angelic way about her, a very loving person and deeply cared for by all of us. Several others recall how she was always smiling, so very pleasant, soft spoken and a very special person. We are thankful she was a part of our group for all the time she was able until her health started to decline and prevented her from attending. Beautiful memories of her will remain with us always…she rests in Heaven now… Internment was held at Northlawn Memorial Gardens on December 29, 2020. Donations for Pam may be given in her memory to the Akron Post-Polio Support Group, 71 Donze Ct., Tallmadge, OH 44278.