Rose M. Barnoski, 96, formerly of Kingston, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2013.
Rose was an exceptional woman who devoted her 96 1/2 years to her family with boundless love. She was born in Larksville on Sept. 5, 1916, to Adam Piszczek and Elizabeth Sienkiewicz, one of 14 siblings whom she helped raise when her mother died young.
She married the love of her life, John, at 19 and raised four children while operating their neighborhood store on Grove Street in Kingston, where every local boy called her "mom."
During World War II, she received hundreds of letters from "her boys" all over the world and replied to each and every one. She was never happier than when she could give love and comfort to everyone around her.
The family moved to Daly City, Calif., in 1960. As a talented seamstress, she was in great demand and delighted hundreds of brides with original, handmade wedding gowns.
Rose and John had the opportunity to celebrate a joyous 50th anniversary with family and friends only two weeks before he passed away in 1986. She lived in South San Francisco for the past 20 years with her son and grandsons, with the rest of her family close by.
Rose was much-loved and will be remembered forever by her four children, Phyllis Nepa and her husband, Bill, Lincoln, Calif., Joyce Clinton, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Rosalyn Dean and her husband, Joe, Pacifica, Calif., and Wayne Barnoski, South San Francisco; seven grandchildren: Roberta, Scott, Erik, Michael, Adam, Eamon and Jude; great-grandchildren, Amber, Skyler, Kayla, Adian, Reagan, Jade and Gavin; and great-great-grandson, Keegan; and sisters, Elizabeth Novitski, Stamford, Conn., and Fran Sadvary, Union, N.J. She will also be greatly missed by her large extended family who gathers every two years from all over the country for wonderful family reunions, sharing laughter and fabulous memories.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on June 8 at Our Lady of Mercy in Daly City with a reception following and at the family reunion in Las Vegas in August.
Published in Times Leader on May 19, 2013