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Zofia (Sophia) "Babci" Maziarz
A Spunky Lady Who Was Known For Her "Babci Blankets"
Age 96
Born: March 4, 1923   Died: September 21, 2019

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Zofia (Sophia) “Babci” Maziarz (nee Nadzieja), 96, of Lorain, died Saturday September 21, 2019 from complications of a stroke.

She was born in Zarzecze, a small farming village in Poland, on March 4, 1923.

Sophia attended elementary school in Poland and attended two years of high school there before WWII broke out. She waited for two years for her husband-to-be to return from concentration camps. After the war, she and Jan Maziarz were married on Sept. 15, 1946. Sophia came to the United States in November of 1949. She lived in Lorain most of her life. She became a citizen of the US in October of 1965 and was proud to exercise her right to vote in every election.

She worked as a housemaid and babysitter upon her arrival to the US. She later worked at Lorain Products in Lorain from which she retired.

Sophia liked being called Babci by all. It made her feel as she were a grandmother to them. She was a spunky lady with a constant smile and twinkle in her eye. She liked to tell stories and had a wonderful sense of humor.  Being with family and preparing dinners for them were her most joyous times. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting (Babci blankets are owned by many), polka music, dancing, and helping those around her. She played cards and bingo and did arts and crafts.

She was a member of Nativity BVM Church in Lorain. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society there for many years. She also belonged to the United Polish Clubs in Lorain and Elyria.

Sophia was proceeded in death by her husband John Maziarz, son George Maziarz, brother Frank Nadzieja, Sister Jozefa Mroz, and parents Julia and Jan Nadzieja (nee Nawrocki).  She is survived by her daughter, Jeannette (Terry) Strukely, granddaughters Julia Strukely, Janet (Josh) Dziak, Lauren Maziarz, Leah (David) Malanowski and her four great-grandchildren Lucas and Natalie Dziak and Jillian and Peter Malanowski.

Sophia’s family would like to thank the staff members at Abbewood, and especially the staff at Life Care and Crossroads Hospice, for the love and care they showed to Sophia. Words cannot express the appreciation for their kindness, love, and support.

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