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A Tribute to my mother: My mom, Lottie Barchok Roskovics, died a beautiful, peaceful death on Thursday morning, May 11, 2017. She was extremely alert to the very end with her last words asking our Lord, as she stared up to the ceiling, "God take me, God take me". He took my mom to His heavenly home with my husband, Rich and me at her side. She resided with us the past year and a half with health issues.  
In February of 1919, she was born in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania, to Andrew and Mary Barchok. Just six months later, her family moved to a small farm in Ashtabula, where she grew up with her siblings, sister, Agnes, and deceased brothers, John, Stanley, and Frank. She attended Edgewood School, but left school during the Depression to help the family by cleaning houses for people.
My mom was a devoted wife to my dad Andy before he passed, and was a wonderful mother to me, Joyce (Deacon Rich) Johnson, of Ashtabula, and Bob (Linda) Roskovics of Henderson, Nev. Mom loved her role as grandmother to Michele and Lori (Matt), plus being a terrific great-grandmother to Kyle, Hadley, Michael, Lauren, and Liam, as well as new additions to the family, Ethan and Kihana. She always enjoyed playing games with them, baking for them, and going to their school programs, games, performances, anything the grandchildren were involved in. She was a very loving and fun grandma, along with being a beloved wife, mother, sister and friend.
Being very creative, she enjoyed doing things for family and friends which truly was a blessing. She enjoyed cooking and baking, was a seamstress and very crafty. I remember her making clothes for me when I was young, then again for her two granddaughters as well as making outfits for their dolls. One fond memory was when Mom made Michele and Lori, Little House on the Prairie dresses, which they played in all the time. Those dresses were then handed down to their two daughters, Hadley and Lauren, when they were their ages.    
Her craftiness included crocheting, knitting, making jewelry, macramé, and needlepoint. Mom was so creative and talented that she could look at something and figure out how to make it without the instructions. She enjoyed making rosary beads, hanging towels, dishcloths, and just about every craft you could imagine. She loved giving her handmade items as gifts.
Her hobbies also included gardening, especially her flowers, and her passion for taking pictures that started when she was a teenager. She had an array of cameras that she used to take pictures of family, friends, all types of functions, flowers, vacations, and just about anything as she aged. My dad would say, "Lottie, I am going to have them put "Just one more picture, just one more picture" on your tombstone, since that is what she would say after almost every picture she took. Looking at her photos always brought back wonderful memories and interesting conversations for everyone. She would scan the Star Beacon and cut out any pictures of family and friends for scrapbooking, clipping recipes to try, or cutting out any medical information to pass the clippings to her family making them aware of health situations. 
Mom loved to shop at her favorite stores, like the "5 & Dime", the "Dollar Store", and all types of craft stores. She loved traveling, enjoying many bus trips, Hawaii, a Caribbean cruise, Cape Cod, Florida, and Canada. One of her favorite trips was to Las Vegas to see my brother, Bob and Linda, where she had the opportunity to visit the casinos to play the slot machines and shout out "Bingo" when she won playing several cards at a time. My mom often reminisced about her fond memories of the 1940's Ward Products gang, her "Polish" girlfriends, Vineland Avenue neighbors, and friends she has had through the years, and those who lived at Gran Signora Manor when she lived there. They were always near and dear to her heart.
God has blessed my brother, Bob, and me and our family with a wonderful mom/grandmother. Facing ups and downs throughout her life it was her deep faith and devotion to God and family that always got her through. A parishioner of St. Joseph Church of Our Lady of Peace Parish, she faithfully prayed, and said her rosary beads for all those she loved and cared about. She believed you overlook people's faults, love them no matter what, don't hold grudges, treat people with respect, live a honest life, and make the best of anything that happens along our lives' journey. 
I am very thankful that my mom's sister, Agnes Dragon, who she had a very close relationship with, was able to see her before mom passed. Her nieces, Linda, Elaine, and Kathy, as well as her sister-in-law, Mary Barchok also came to visit. In her final days, mom was able to speak on the phone to her son Bob and his wife Linda, as well as her granddaughters Michele & Lori, all sharing their love to each other.
Mom, you called me "your angel" as I was not only your daughter, but your caregiver, and your advocate making sure you were taken care, along with dad when he was ill over 30 years ago. I already miss you, mom. Now you are "my angel" watching over me and our family.  Happy Mother's Day in Heaven! You have been an excellent mother on earth and for that, I am grateful and I thank the, Lord, for the blessing of choosing you as my mother.
With love, daughter, Joyce Roskovics Johnson
Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. with the Mass to follow on Monday, May 15, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula.
Request no flowers...donations to: Our Lady of Peace Church or Hospice of the Western Reserve.....
Special thanks to Hospice of the WR, and Country Club Retirement Center, Skilled Care staff, for their care and kindness.
Published on May 13, 2017
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