Former resident wins award for novel

Nancy Panko

LOCK HAVEN — Nancy Panko, a former LHU employee and resident of Dunnstown, has been awarded a Silver Medal for her recently released novel, Guiding Missal. The Military Writers’ Society of America conferred the honor at their annual convention in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The book details the odyssey of a Catholic Military Missal carried in the pockets of three generations of military men over a period of fifty years. The tiny prayer book narrates the story of the men and their families during WWII, the cold war in the sixties, and during a deployment to Mogadishu, Somalia during what became known as “Blackhawk Down”. Based on actual events it is a tale of faith, family, patriotism, and miracles.

Nancy is a retired pediatric nurse. She has worked at Jersey Shore Hospital, Geisinger Medical Group in Lock Haven and Lock Haven Hospital spending 13 years as a nurse supervisor at Glennon Health Services on the campus of LHU. She began writing her real life experiences, and those efforts resulted in over ten contributions to Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guidepost Magazines. She is a member of two writing groups in North Carolina and The Military Writers’ Society of America.

She and her husband moved to North Carolina in 2009 after living and working in Lock Haven for 34 years. They have two children who graduated from Lock Haven High School and four grandchildren. They love being in, on, or near the water with their family.