TROY - Karen Jo Lachiewicz, 54, of Troy, died peacefully at 11:34 a.m. Saturday Nov. 9, 2013, at her home surrounded by family and friends following her courageous fight against breast cancer. She was born June 13, 1959, in Gary, Ind., to Edward and Theresa (Nawrocki) Bajgrowicz, who live in Gary, Ind. She married Dr. Peter W. Lachiewicz July 2, 1983 in Gary, Ind. and he survives.
Other survivors include four children, Sarah (Lachiewicz) Sarubbi of San Diego, Calif., Andrew Lachiewicz of Bozeman, Mont., Emily Lachiewicz of Birmingham, Ala., Liane Lachiewicz of Oxford, Miss.; two sisters, Diane Yocum of Lowell, Ind., Linda Bajgrowicz of Wheatfield, Ind.; three brothers, Edward Bajgrowicz of Melbourne, Fla., Robert Bajgrowicz of Ft. Myers, Fla., Brian Bajgrowicz of Marion, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Lachiewicz attended St. Theresa College in Winona, Minn., where she met her husband, Peter, and earned her Physical Therapy Degree at the Chicago Medical School. She worked for many years as a physical therapist in Iowa and Ohio. Her passion as a mother, prompted her to become a fulltime "super mom" and "number one fan" at her children's sporting events, scholastic events and social activities. Later in life, Karen worked as a school librarian for Piqua Catholic Elementary School, where she had a tremendous impact on the students and their families. Karen was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Christopher's Catholic Church, Vandalia. She was selfless in every aspect of her life. The dedication and love she displayed as a wife and mother was unparalleled; her faith in God and relationship with her family meant everything to her. Karen's smile, spirit and zest for life will be forever missed by her many friends and family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013, at St. Christopher Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Francis J. Keferl as the Celebrant. A luncheon reception will follow at St. Christopher's Catholic Elementary School cafeteria. Private burial will take place at the family's Parish on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Karen's memory may be made to the V Foundation for Cancer Research www.jimmyv.org, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513 or Hospice of Miami County, Inc., www.hospiceofmiamicounty.org, P. O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.
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Piqua, OH 45356
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Nov. 11, 2013