Lesko, Rose A., a 47 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2007 in Torrance. Since 1999 she resided at Bay Crest Care Center in Torrance due to Alzheimer's Disease, and she passed away peaceful. Rose was a devout Catholic parishioner at St. James Catholic Church and previously a long time parishioner of St. Lawrence Parish. Rose had a love of music, biographies and the arts, had a strong devotion to her roots and Croatia, and her love of people and compassion for others was second to none as she dedicated her life to humanity and her family. Born in Duquesne, PA on 9/23/1922, she was the daughter of the late Nikola Ivezic and Anka Mihaljevic. Her death was preceded by her beloved husband, Joseph Lesko (Feb. 7, 1993), as well as her first-born son, Tommy Poljak (June 10, 2004). Rose is survived by her children, Robert Poljak, Anne Sharkey, and Michael Lesko, Grandchildren Carol Duarte, Tamala Poljak, Kevin and Vince Lesko, and 3 Great-grandchildren. Rose continued to have a mother/daughter relationship with her former daughter-in-law, Joanne Sharkey, and her husband Tom. Her cousins in PA and close friends will also miss her dearly. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Colonial Chapel on Thurs., March 8, 2007 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. - a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a procession for Burial at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. A reception at the church hall for 2 hours following the burial services. If you wish to make a donation in her memory, family suggests in lieu of flowers that you make a donation for a mass at your church or to the American Alzheimer's Association Eulogy There are so many different types of roses, but there is none quite as beautiful as “OUR ROSE LESKO”. She had many roles in her lifetime – a devoted and loyal wife, a loving and patient Mother and Mother-in-Law, a doting lovable Grandmother, an affectionate Sister, a loving Aunt, and Cousin. Rose was a “best friend” to many of us, and there were no strangers in her path. She mentored many people over the years, and most of us will remember as we continue on our own life’s journey, that her answer to every difficult problem was “…and this too shall pass”. When anyone would confide in her about anger they felt towards another person, she’d remind them that we are meant to “forgive them for they know not what they do or say”. Of course she learned this and more from the Word of God and tried to live her life by His Teachings. Because God Blessed Rose with an overwhelming abundance of strength, love and compassion, we are better people today from what we learned from her. When her Mother died, Rose was only 15 years old, but she had to quit school to care for her younger brother and sister (both of whom have passed away). Life was not easy for her throughout the years, but with each obstacle in her path, she fought as fierce as a lioness and overcame all the difficult hardships. God Blessed her with a heart as gentle as a lamb – filled with love for all people and an abundance of compassion and understanding. She was a “rock” for countless people in her family and within her circle of influence, and continued to be a source of inspiration and strength for many people. So whether you refer to her as Mom, Gramma Rose, Teta, Friend, Cousin or Kuma, we know you love her, but remember that she is now safely Home. In loving memory of all that she stood for, let us spread to others what we learned from her example. THANK YOU to each of you for all that you meant to her when it mattered most and for loving her as you did throughout her lifetime. Everyone’s love was her motivation and source of strength. Rose’s legacy will live on through your loving memory of her, and we will see her again one day!

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  1. “I’ll always remember that happy smiling face of Grandma Rose. She was so much fun to be around and I’ll remember well the great friendship she had with my mom, Grandma Angie. May the perpetual light shine upon her and may her soul rest in peace.”

  2. I am saddened to hear of the passing of my Godmother and cousin. Though it’s been over twenty years since I have last seen her,the memories I have of her will always be with me. May she rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. “I’ll always remember that happy smiling face of Grandma Rose. She was so much fun to be around and I’ll remember well the great friendship she had with my mom, Grandma Angie. May the perpetual light shine upon her and may her soul rest in peace.”

  4. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Rosie. I remember when we were little and she would come to duquesne to visit.It was always a big deal when she came to town she was always so happy and full of energy. I remember she took so many pictures of everything.My mother is Dorthy Gregris and she is Rosie’s cousin she also sends her sympathy to the family. We called her Teta Rose.

  5. I am sorry to read of your loss. Please accept these comforting words from the Holy Scriptures: “At John 5:28, 29, Jesus said: ‘Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.’ This means that all the dead in Sheol, our loved ones included, will come back to life. (Acts 24:15) Where will this resurrection occur? Psalm 37:29 states: ‘The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.’ Think of what that means! Families and friends torn apart by death will again meet here on earth. As you think of enjoying good times with those whose companionship you once treasured, it is reasonable for your heart to swell with happiness.”

  6. My Grandma Rose was a wonderful caring person. I really miss our family getting together. All of my childhood memories revolve around her. She was the main reason my family had in the past and has to this day family tradition. Traditional food, Stuffed Cabbage being one of the main dishes I miss. I also enjoyed making cookies with her in my younger years. Grandma Rose was so important in my life and I adopted many of her traits. I call all my friends and kids with a little nick names babe, sweetheart, sweet potato, etc. Terms of endearment Grandma Rose used to always call people dear or babe or something sweet. I learned another very important thing from my Grandmother, that I use all the time ,She used to tell me when people were giving me a hard time, she would say Carol Ann, kill them with kindness. And boy! Oh boy! Have I learned how well that works! I could go on and on but I am so happy that she is in Heaven with Jesus and all of the important people she has missed that passed away before her. Thank you God! Thank you for releasing her from her physical body, and accepting her soul into your heart. I love you Grandma Rose, Carol Ann

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