Mexican Church Bears Name of Slain Nurse

Hundreds of people packed into a small church in Monterrey, Mexico, to hear about a 24-year-old nurse who was shot and killed thousands of miles away in Warr Acres, OK.

The life story of Pamela Krohe -- a Mercy Health Center nurse who was gunned down during an attempted carjacking Oct. 17, 1993, as she returned home from work -- has spread to Mexico because of people like Paul and Judy Nantze of Bethany who first thought of dedicating a Mexican church to Krohe's memory.

"All of us know Pam was a jewel," Paul Nantze said. Judy Nantze, missions director at Calvary Nazarene Church, 3100 N Rockwell in Bethany, where Krohe attended, said the Mexican church is a physical reminder of Krohe's life. "A memory of her will always be there," Judy Nantze said.

Krohe had participated in mission trips to Mexico and even helped incorporate medical missions into the campaign. During Krohe's last trip to Mexico two years ago, she told Judy Nantze, "You can just leave me down here until next year and come back and get me then." Now, Krohe's name will be remembered in Monterrey, Mexico, because of the Pamela Krohe El Shaddai Memorial Church.

About 500 people, including the 200 participating in Southern Nazarene University's Commission Unto Mexico trip, listened as the church was dedicated to Krohe, an SNU alumnae. A mariachi band played, and Krohe's three sisters sang during the service.

Because the church only could seat about 100 people, onlookers also jammed the streets, even though they were unable to hear the service, said Krohe's mother, Lona Krohe.

"Most of them just said they knew Pam and had worked with her." Lona Krohe said. "They knew she was in heaven and they were just trying to comfort us."

Lona and David Krohe of Caseyville, Ill., and eight other members of Pamela Krohe's family joined SNU students, faculty members and other Bethany residents on the annual trip.

The Dec. 27-Jan. 1 mission effort in Mexico also involved giving medical assistance, constructing church buildings and evangelism. Lona Krohe said her family spent the week helping paint and clean the church building: "It was a time to be together for our family. A time to be there."

Copyright 1995 Oklahoma Publishing Company, Used by permission.