OBITUARY

Rochelle Lester

August 26, 1938March 10, 2021
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Rochelle went home to Jesus and to be with her mother and father early on the morning of March 10, 2021 as a result of complications with Alzheimer's Disease.

She was born in Barnsboro, now Northern Cambria Pennsylvania where she lived until graduating from the Indiana College of Nursing. She loved her job as a nurse and spent several years working at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She subsequently worked at Middlesex General University Hospital in New Brunswick New Jersey, where she lived with her husband Joe and three sons, David, Craig and Jim.

Rochelle or Scottie as her father nicknamed her, had a very strong interest in genealogy and researched the Anderson family back to 1650 when they arrived in America. She actually went further back in time to the English origins of the Anderson family. She belonged to the Genealogy Friends Group which was made up of a dozen or so genealogists world wide. She spent hours conversing with her friends that she only knew from the internet. With all her family history she easily became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and she has many volumes of many branches of her family history.

She was an accomplished artist and over the years created many paintings that were both sold and distributed to her family. It was 2004 that she met Don Waskiewicz at a painting class and eventually they became life partners and lived together for the past 15 years.

She is survived by sons David (Dana) Vargo, Craig Vargo, and James Vargo; two grandson's Brandon (Hannah) Stephens, Daniel (Christine) Vargo; and three great granddaughters Wakely and AlliAnna Stephens and Violet Vargo.

A memorial service will be held at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home in Punta Gorda on Friday, April 9th at 11:00 am.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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Dana Vargo

April 9, 2021

I could not have asked for a more loving and welcoming mother in law. I was invited into the family with open arms from the very moment we met. I will always remember Rochelle with a twinkle in her eye, her quick and witty comebacks and her easy laugh.
Her children, grandchildren, extended family and of course the lovely Don were the loves of her life and everyone that met her knew that she loved with her heart wide open.
My loving memories of her will never fade.
Dana Vargo

Lynne Hopkins

March 18, 2021

Very beautiful lady she was an inspiration to me. Strong talented mother all around great person.

Grace Kuphal

March 18, 2021

Scottie, as I prefer to call her has been a blessing to know her. Congrats Don for finding her to be your partner. Scottie and I had a background in nursing . What fun discussions we had. We were also bless to have Don and Rochelle come to our lake place in Minnesota, Scottie immediately became my flower garden attendee by watering the plants. There are so many wonderful memories of our times going out for supper.
But the most important thing, she is now in peace and in the hands of GOD.

Frank Cassidy

March 17, 2021

This lovely Lady saw a picture of two of my sons in the Black Mountains, Wales looking at the spectacular scene before them. She used that photograph into a beautiful painting that has hung on my wall ever since. She did not tell me before hand but she sent it to me here in England. I was absolutely delighted when I was called to the Post Office to collect it, and delighted again when I carefully opened the wrapping and viewed the picture for the first time.

What a lovely Lady and what a wonderful surprise. God has gained an angel whom we all miss terribly. Bless you Scottie, my friend

Cyndie Gurley

March 17, 2021

I have so many wonderful, fun and loving memories of my "Sister" Scottie. I drew her name as a Secret Sister at Church and that simple act generated a special friendship with Rochelle and Don that I will cherish for all time. Love and Prayers to Don and Rochelle's family. She was a very special lady. May our Good Lord wrap his loving, comforting arms around each and every one of you.
Love and Prayers, Cyndie and John Gurley

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