The James Archie Passauer Family

James Archie Passauer, 1925

James Archie Passauer

Crystel Passauer article from the Oil City Derrick, February 05, 1975.

From Crystel 2-20-1997 - As of this time, I am 74 years old. I swim, sail, dance and continue to be very active. I have a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from Tyler School of Fine Arts, MED (Master of Education) Temple University. I am a survivor of Thyroid problems and Colon cancer. I was very healthy until 1993 when I came down with cancer. I am very healthy now! 

Mon, 29 Mar 1999
Dear Family & Friends,
As you may know Crystel is in Intensive Care Unit of Pennsylvania Hospital. Her heart beat is good, he temperature is slightly elevated, her blood pressure has been restored to close to normal, which
has meant that they have been able to cut down on maximum doses of "DOPA" , which at maximum strength shut her kidneys down temporarily. The dosage now will allow her kidneys to function. 

Friday, she suffered a reversal from a post operation infection, however, she is doing much better now. Today she will be examined by a neurologist. Hopefully there will be no brain damage from the previous low blood pressure. There is still the possibility of a blood clot which would complicate things. She is still unconscious but she has amazing strength and she is definitely better then yesterday when she suffered the cardiac arrest. The Phone # at Pennsylvania Hospital is 215-829-3000.

Love to all,

Sat, 3 Apr 1999
Dear Family & Friends,
As of this afternoon 4-3-99, Crystel is still in a coma, however there have been some positive signs: (1) when she hears a tape message of her granddaughter Allison's voice singing a hymn, she showed definite signs of looking toward the tape player (2) today, on advice of Laquita, I asked her to blink once if she could hear me, and she blinked one time. I then asked her to blink one more time if she heard me again, and she blinked her eyes once again. Since Sunday, she has been in a fight for her life. I can now safely say that she has won that fight. She is now strong enough to allow the Doctors to move her to the second floor, where she will receive a Cat Scan & EEG (test for brain-waive function). 

There is great concern now that during the period that she had no heart beat , followed by very low blood pressure, after two electric shocks, that she may have suffered permanent brain damage. The experts just don't know the extent of the damage. It could range from just a little....... to her being in a wheel chair, or her being on permanent life support for the rest of her life, or her never regaining consciousness. They just don't know. Their advice to me was don't be overly optimistic.

Joan, Judy and I have watched over her for almost two weeks, and we have seen tremendous progress in her health. We talk to her constantly. We hold her hands and massage her arms and legs, and we constantly ask the Doctors and Nurses for medical information. I forgot to tell you, her white blood cell count is coming down. This morning it was 23.3. She no longer needs a "Renal Doctor" (Kidney Doctor). They will be starting soon to feed her nutrients intravenously. I'm trying to keep the house clean for her return (there are no dirty dishes in the sink & I've done two loads of wash). 

The Doctors and Nurses at Pennsylvania Hospital have been very good to her. She has the best bed in the Unit and she is in the best Unit in the Hospital. The bed is a Dynamic Air Therapy machine (EFICACC) with an inbuilt computer with monitor. It tilts, rotates, massages and vibrates at whatever speed the operator sets, at whatever times and durations that its programmed for. The nurses are specially trained. In addition, I have seen them adjust her pillow and her body position for her comfort. They tell me that she is in no pain at this time.


PS Please share this update with Bev and Don 

Hi Al,

I've been hearing bits & pieces, but I'm not sure I can put them all together. Would you please fill me in?
Did you get the message we left at the ICU that we send Crystel our prayers & love?



Thank you for your prayers. Crystel is doing better, however, she is still unconscious. Now that she has won the main victory, she has to fight another. Joan, Judy and I are by her side talking to her and rubbing her hands and arms.
I'll be sending more information later.


Wednesday, April 7, 1999
Dear Family,
Judy, Joan and I all agree that Crystel looks much better today. We have better feelings about her recovery than we had yesterday.

The "Doomsday Doctor" that talked to me yesterday really didn't have all the information that he would need to make an accurate prognosis. This much we know: (1) he doesn't know Crystel's inner strength, (2) He relied on one Cat scan, instead of a sequence of 3 or more, (3) He probably knows that she suffered a hypoxic-anoxic injury (HAI) which tends to be diffuse and wide spread. (4) One study that the Doctor might not have known about ,which Joan took off the internet web site: ... stated 21% of patients who are in a coma less than four weeks had a good recovery. (5) The Doctor's official report did state that she had the following: "Bilateral Primarily Posterior Watershed Infarcts in addition to "Left Cerebella Stroke".

She definitely had an overwhelming infection throughout her body known as "Sepsis"

She has excellent readings as far as her general health: Her glucose reading was 92, she has no fever, her white blood cell count was down, she looks very good. She has a tube to her stomach which is feeding her now for the 2nd day a high nitrogen isotonic liquid nutrition to prevent vitamin loss, commonly known as Ensure or "Osmolite HN". 

They found traces of "Vanco Resistant Enterococcus" in her urine which is under control.

Joan asked her to wiggle her toes in her left foot on ten separate occasions, she scored 5 out of 10. She is yawning and stretching, and appears to understand what is being said although her response is delayed if her toe wiggling isn't just a reflex. The nurse believes that it was more than just reflex.

Other news:(1) She will probably receive a trach in her throat this Friday. (2) Her stomach appears to be accepting the nutrients.

Please pass the message on to the rest of the Family.

Judy, Joan & Al

Fri, 9 Apr 1999 20:45:26 -0400
Dear Family,

Crystel had a successful "Tracheotomy" operation today at 1:00PM which will allow continued use of the ventilator and allow her to cough easier. It will also make it easier to transport her and to suction any mucous in her lungs. She will also be more comfortable.
Special thanks to Beverly for sending me tape recording and copies out of the Merck Manual. 
According to the manual, Crystel may have suffered septic shock secondary to vasodilatation. The treatment she received included raising the feet, continuous infusion of maximum amounts of Dopamine and saline solution. She did have a later secondary complication of fluid in the left lung, which is consistent with symptoms described in page 613 of Merck which says that survival rate is 60 to 70 percent with early treatment. 
Joan, Judy and I have been in to watch her at various times of the day: she looks very good. She had accepted about a quart and a half of liquid nutrition just prior to the operation before being temporarily
suspended. Since her stomach has accepted the high nitrogen and vitamin supplement, she will receive it at an increased the rate.
I've been cleared by my employer to spend all next week with her. This is good for both of us. I miss her terribly when I'm not with her.

Thank you for all your prayers.


Thursday, 4-22-99
Dear Family,
Crystel has been admitted to Cooper Hospital in Camden for a respiratory infection, which the ER people believe is pneumonia. Joan, Judy and I met the transport van there and we all looked at the x-rays and saw that her right lung looked black and the upper part of the left lung looked black also. The ER people suctioned her and got a lot of yellowish phlem out. She has a fever of 103 and her white blood cell count is up. It could be a return of another infection that she received from Penna. Hospital. They may have released her too soon. In which case the fault would be on Dr. Haber, her attending physician at Penn.
She was transported from the Manor-Care Nursing Home where she was admitted yesterday directly from Pennsylvania Hospital. 
It looks like another set back for Crystel, but I have confidence that she can handle it. Seeing her with a respiratory problem really bothers me a lot, but the Doctors at Cooper Hospital appear to be
surprisingly optimistic.
Special thanks to Beverly for looking into the hyperbaric therapy at Mission Viehco.

Thank you for your prayers,

Thu, 27 May 1999
Crystel passed away peacefully at 11:13am at the Manor Care Nursing Homein Cherry Hill, N.J.

The Viewing will be June 2, 1999 Tuesday Evening 7:00PM to 9:00PM at the "Stretch Evans & Kain Funeral Home at 8 West Kings Hgwy, Haddonfield, N.J. 08033 (Kings Hgwy entrance is across from the High Speed Line). Phone # 609-429-0249

The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, June 3, 1999 at 10:00AM at the First Baptist Church, 124 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, N.J. 08033. 

Crystel will be buried at the First Baptist Cemetery on Kings Hgwy across form the High School.


Thu, 27 May 1999
Please change the date of the viewing to June 1, 1999, which is a Tuesday.
Also, please change Wednesday's Funeral date to June 2, 1999.

I was fortunate to be at Crystel's bedside, holding her hand as she passed away. She died in comfort having never wakened from her sleep. Throughout her entire coma, she always looked like the dignified lady that she truly is.

Thank you for your prayers,

Fri, 04 Jun 1999
From: Jim Passauer <>
Bill and Suzanne <>

I'm planning to spend a day at the archives next week to re-do some of the info I had previously completed at the St. Louis Library when I was TDY there from Omaha. Ship arrivals, etc. If you have anything specific that you want me to verify, I will try to include it in the day's, efforts. 

The funeral was well attended. Over a thousand came for the memorial service, and maybe 500 for the actual funeral service. I read Eulogies for Beverly and Cleo and Myself. I will always miss her. For some reason she and Al never did receive the IOM disc that you promised. 

Love, Jim and Laquita


From Crystel's Obituary in the Wednesday, June 2, 1999, The Philadelphia newspaper Obituary section.

The headline: "Crystal V. Passauer, 77,Longtime Artist, Formerly of Haddonfield"

By S. Joseph Hagenmayer
Crystel V. Passauer, 77, a longtime artist and teacher, died Thursday at Manor Care Nursing Home, Cherry Hill.

A Haddonfield resident for more than 50 years, she was born and raised in Tidioute, Pa., where she graduated from Tidioute High School. At age 14, she entered an art contest sponsored by the Pittsburgh Art Institute, where she later graduated.

MS. Passauer taught art at South Philadelphia High School from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Her art career went from doing billboards for Outdoor Advertising to medical illustrations for Temple University
for more than a decade in the 1960s and 1970s.

Active professionally in art for more than four decades, Ms. Passauer early this year chaired an exhibit at the Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill for Artists Equity Inc. of Philadelphia.

In 1965, she was cited for her work in high-relief sculpted plaques depicting the history of tennis for use at the Haddonwood Tennis Club in Deptford Township. The old Philadelphia Evening Bulletin said in a 1965 story that the works were the first such sculptures ever to adorn a tennis court and the first to depict the history of tennis in this fashion. It was also her first venture into sculpture.

The Haddonwood Tennis Club was torn down several years ago, at which time the sculptures were returned to Ms. Passauer. The plaques vary in size with some as large as two and three feet long, according to family members.

Since 1958, Ms. Passauer had been a member of the Philadelphia Water Color Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Artists Equity Association in Philadelphia. Her solo art shows included exhibits under the sponsorship of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Penn Art Center, and the Samuel Fleisher Aft Memorial.

She was an artist to residence for the Noyes Museum in Oceanville in1992 and was featured in several television programs on the arts.

While working, for Temple, as a medical Illustrator, she did the illustrations for Human Neuro-Anatomy, a book by Raymond C. Truex and Malcolm Carpenter.

Her art subjects ranged from drawings of the nerves under a microscope to paintings of religious themes that included a stained-glass window for a religious college, said her daughter Joan Trojan.

"She vas a born artist. I have pictures she did in high school that are just beautiful," her daughter said. Crystal was a woman of boundless energy and love, a true free spirit."

An avid sailor, Ms. Passauer was a member of the Cooper River Yacht Club for more than 30 years and was the first woman named commodore. She also was the first woman commodore of the Mid Atlantic Yacht Racing Association.

Ms. Passauer was an avid swimmer who swam 90 laps every week until two months ago, her daughter
Said. She also had taken up motorcycle riding in recent years.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, Malcolm A. Fry; daughters Joan Lazo Trojan and Judy Lazo Oberg; four grandchildren; a brother; and, two sisters.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today In the First Baptist Church, 124 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield. Burial will be in Baptist Cemetery, Haddonfield.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 124 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ. 08033.

James Leslie Passauer

James Leslie Passauer