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Pauline A. Rodski

Pauline A. (Wesockes) Rodski ,93, of York, PA, formerly of Gardner MA, died peacefully, Friday, September 11, 2020, in York, PA, surrounded by her family. 

Born in Athol, MA, on April 26, 1927, she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Barkauskas) Wesockes.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 46-years, Alvin Rodski of Gardner, MA; her brothers, Johnny, Mickey, Frank, Charlie, and George; and sisters Annie, Millie, Franny, and Tena. 
Pauline is survived by a sister Ellie, sons Paul Wesockes, Peter Rodski, and David Rodski, and twelve grandchildren.

It is fitting that Pauline went to the Lord on 9/11, a date that undoubtedly evokes tragic memories—but also represents perseverance.  She herself faced numerous tragedies in her 93 years yet overcame each and every one. 

Pauline was never able to read or write, having left school as a child due to a dental error that left her without teeth or dentures for years.  She persevered instead, beginning work in a factory at an early age to help support her family.  Upon the loss of her father at the age of 13, circumstances forced her to live and work as a servant in the home of a wealthy family. Nevertheless, she persevered.  Pauline lost her closest sister to a brutal murder, she lost a brother who tragically took his own life, and she herself struggled with mental health issues, but throughout her life, she persevered.  Surviving seven heart attacks, hip replacement, two pacemakers, and numerous other surgeries and ailments, she persevered. 

Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, World War II, and other periods of global adversity up through the current pandemic, Pauline remained resilient in the face of incredible individual challenges.  Despite these hardships, she never lost her ability to take joy in the simple pleasures; she loved her dolls, which she collected her entire life, and never saw a jigsaw puzzle she could not complete. Pauline brightened the lives of others with her warm smile and will be dearly missed.  Her passing represents another loss from a truly great generation among us.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 18, 2020, with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA.

Calling Hours will be private.

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, current restrictions set in place by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be in effect at Pauline’s services.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. Please reference in memory of Pauline A. Rodski.

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My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. I am glad that I got to know her, and to appreciate what a gentle, kind soul she truly was. She had a great sense of humor and she loved nothing better then talking about the sons she so dearly loved. Her grandchildren meant the world to her, too. I hope she finds eternal peace in the arms of Jesus, once again reunited with those she loved and missed. Rest in peace, Pauline.

Janice (Magliacane) Progin Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time! Pauline was such a dear soul! She was always smiling and pleasant. May you have peace!

Diana Kistler - CM Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

I never met you, but read about you from a link posted on the BWI airport family site. Your spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity are admirable. I know you will be missed. May God bless you.

DDK Sep 17 2020 12:00 AM

Grandma you will be missed! I always enjoyed coming out to visit you, and have lots of fond memories in Gardner. Exploring your doll collection, climbing the big chair, eating at Friendly's, and getting fruit cocktail with whipped cream for dessert! I'm glad you are in a better place now. Love you Grandma! -Alison

Alison Greene Sep 16 2020 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers with the family. Pauline was a wonderful person I so enjoyed her during my time at Country Meadows. Always a wonderful smile and a cheerful personality. She will be missed by all but heaven has certainly gained another Saint. Well done good and faithful servant-take your rest you so deserve.

Rev. Dr. Dennis E. Hamsher Sep 16 2020 12:00 AM

Miss Pauline had an interesting life and a loving family around her. And, yes, extreme perseverance. I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you Dave for sharing and for being a strong supporter in the BWI family.

Scott S. Wood Sep 16 2020 12:00 AM

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