Karen Jo Lachiewicz

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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 Fort 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 full-time "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. 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 , 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513 or Hospice of Miami County Inc.,, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373.

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Published in Sidney Daily News on Nov. 10, 2013
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