Wanda Rozcicha overcame many obstacles and went on to live a life filled with love, said her daughter, Joanne Buckmaster.
“She lived a good life,” she said. “She was a tough gal.”
Wanda Rozcicha, 102, of Crown Point, died April 1. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Rozcicha.
Rozcicha was born in Czechoslovakia and then moved to Poland as a young girl. She came to Wisconsin in her early years, but moved back to Poland after her mother died. She returned to the United States and settled in Northwest Indiana in 1926.
“She lost her mother, had to live in a home in Poland with a dirt floor, and spent time in an orphanage,” her daughter said. “But she was strong-willed, and she persevered.”
When she settled in America, Buckmaster said her mother mastered the English language and was self-educated.
She took pride in making sure she always looked her best.
“She always looked so pretty,” she said.
She loved to go on walks through her neighborhood. She was an excellent housekeeper and an excellent cook, her daughter said.
“She could fix the best prime rib and the best turkey,” Buckmaster said.
After her husband passed away, she loved to travel, whether it be back to Poland to visit family or on local bus tours.
Rozcicha attributed her longevity to her family in Poland, and had several aunts who also lived into their 100s.
“She was strong-willed and determined to raise her kids right,” she said. “She was quite a gal.”