A Memorial

Busia Barb’s Memorial

Born July 10, 1938
Died August 17, 2003

Barb after her surgery

Barb’s last garden, summer 2003.

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love-is-familyThis page is from a journal Barb kept while she underwent chemo-therapy. She is very positive on day one, but as the months wore on she became more and more depressed. The tone of her writing shows it. Even so, she managed to care for her three kids and me too without letting on. It wasn;t until she died and I found this journal, that I learned her true feelings about the disease and the treatment.

Barbara loved poetry and prayers. Here is one she lived by

Gentle Jesus

Barbara was a nurse before she was a wife, mother, or grandmother. She worked only a short time but was always finding people who needed help. She gave of herself willingly and selflessly. I often teased that she always “needed a sick puppy to take care of.”

Barb as a graduate of Saint Anne's School of Nursing, circa 1959

She Wore My Mother's FaceBarb at mid forties


Barbara M Rohaly, nee Barbara Marie Drozdowicz
Born July 10, 1938,
Died August 17, 2003

Parents: Father Charles Drozdowicz
Mother Anna Kopec

Schools: St Turibius 57th 1944-1952
Lourdes High School 1952-1956
Saint Anne’s School of Nursing 1956-1959

West Side VA Hospital 1959-1962
Nurse for Dr. Lawrence Sedlak 1958-1961

Christ Hospital, 1963-64
Married October, 1961

Son,         Steven, 1962
Daughter, Jacqueline, 1963
Son,         Michael, 1967
Illness:     Breast Cancer, January 1979
Silent Heart Attack, August 30, 2001

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6 Responses

  1. […] thank you. I wrote the story for my seven grandchildren to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Grandmother’s entrance into heaven. I wanted them to know that she is still involved in their lives. For the […]

  2. Hello –I found your Blog onBing. I must say, I’m impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and information was very easy to access.Pretty awesome.

  3. Joe this is an Awsome Blog , i will try to read more when i have time.

    What a wonderful lady
    God Bless♥

  4. Joe, it was wonderful meeting you and Peggy. Kim and I enjoyed your blog especially your tribute to Barb.
    BTW the photos on your site are awesome. Keith

    • Keith; As you can now see, I have lnked your site to the BLOG. I look forward to working with you to build a library all of us can be proud of. In the day of the internet, people say libraries are a thing of the past. Maybe so, but what I see happening is a envigorated search for more knowledge and information. Our little library computers are always crowded, the requested book shelves are always full, kids are working with tutors, and seniors are reading newspapers. The library serves as an important social outlet for many.
      Good Luck this Tuesday!

  5. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

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