September 23, 1922 ~ March 4, 2007
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
There are so many different types of roses, but there is none quite as beautiful as â€œOUR ROSE LESKOâ€. She had many roles in her lifetime â€“ 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 â€œbest friendâ€ 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 lifeâ€™s journey, that her answer to every difficult problem was â€œâ€¦and this too shall passâ€. When anyone would confide in her about anger they felt towards another person, sheâ€™d remind them that we are meant to â€œforgive them for they know not what they do or sayâ€. 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 â€“ filled with love for all people and an abundance of compassion and understanding. She was a â€œrockâ€ 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. Everyoneâ€™s love was her motivation and source of strength. Roseâ€™s legacy will live on through your loving memory of her, and we will see her again one day!
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