Barbara Anne Rogevich Pawlowski of Coatesville died on May 9, 2020 at the age of 85. She was born on October 10, 1934 to Catherine and Stanley Rogevich and lived as a child in Mount Carmel, PA.
Barbara was happily and lovingly married to her husband, John Pawlowski, Sr., for 65 years.
Barbara is survived by her husband John and children Anne Marie Martin (Jeremy) of Victoria, TX, John Pawlowski (Mary Christine) of Littleton, CO, Janet Yost (Norman/”Larry”) of Downingtown, PA and Michael Pawlowski of Atglen, PA. Barbara is also survived by her nine grandchildren, Rebecca Anne (Hugh) O’Donovan, Jeremy (Kerrie) Martin, Amy, Cayla, Adam, Corinne, Erika, Michael, and Allison, and seven great-grandchildren Anthony Jackson (AJ), Reagan, Kaelee, Jacob, Alexis, Aiden, and Lincoln.
Barbara is also survived by her sister Judith Hatt (David) and brothers Edward Rogevich (Cheryl), Dr. Joseph Rogevich (Justine), Raymond Rogevich (Beverly), sister-in-law Delores Rogevich, and many nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her infant daughter Barbara, infant brother John, and brother Anthony Rogevich.
Barbara was exceptionally bright and excelled at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic School in Coatesville where she met her husband John, in the 7th grade. Barbara skipped the 3rd grade in school in Mount Carmel due to her academic excellence.
Barbara excelled in high school, graduating Summa Cum Laude from St. Agnes High School in West Chester, PA. She achieved the highest academic honors from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Lancaster, PA. Barbara earned her license to practice as a registered nurse.
As an RN, Barbara worked in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Coatesville. She then worked in Coatesville Hospital as a nursing supervisor. Next, Barbara worked in Brandywine Hospital where she completed specialized training through the Centers for Disease Control to become a Certified Infection Control Practitioner. As an infection control practitioner/nurse, Barbara made many public appearances where she presented programs focusing on the prevention, treatment and impact of HIV/AIDS on society.
During her time at Brandywine Hospital, Barbara pursued and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ottawa University of Kansas.
Barbara became certified by the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a Hunter/Trapper Education Instructor. She specialized in teaching hunters and trappers injury prevention and first aid.
Barbara was secretary of the Brandywine Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Polish American Citizens’ Club Women’s Auxiliary. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Sodality of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and she taught CCD, children’s religious education, in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Barbara served as president of the Coatesville Senior Center for four years where she received the Charles Daller Award for her dedication to the Senior Center.
Barbara played the piano and organ, and as a teen, she volunteered to play the organ for church functions.
Activities that Barbara enjoyed included bowling, traveling with her husband in the United States and abroad, especially to the Holy Land, enjoying opera, classical music and Broadway musicals, playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, reading all of Margaret Truman’s novels, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook her favorite recipes. Barbara will be sorely missed by her family, former co-workers and friends.
Interment will be private and a celebration of Barbara’s life will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, Barbara’s family requests that donations be made in Barbara’s honor to Covenant House (www.covenanthouse.org), an organization that cares for troubled, homeless teens and strives to prevent them from becoming prey to human trafficking.