Congratulating Julia Roczen upon the occasion of celebrating her 101st Birthday

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Senate Resolution No. 3117

BY: Senator GRIFFO

CONGRATULATING Julia Roczen upon the occasion of
celebrating her 101st Birthday

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge
to the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their
past contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and
valuable asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to commemorate
and recognize certain milestones celebrated by citizens of this great
Empire State; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate Julia
Roczen upon the occasion of her 101st Birthday; and

WHEREAS, Julia Bosco was born to Salomea (Luczsky) and Onufry Bosko
on April 7, 1919, in Fairfield, New York; in 1921, she and her family
moved to a large farm on Luke Road in Marcy, New York, where they lived
for a short time before trading it for a two-family house on Downer
Avenue in Utica, New York; and

WHEREAS, Realizing they missed living in the country, Julia Bosco
and her family purchased a Guernsey Breeders farm located on Gibson Rd
in Whitesboro, New York, in 1930; she attended New York Mills High
School for two years, and as a young adult, she worked in New York City
during the winter, and helped out on the family farm during the summer;

WHEREAS, On October 12, 1940, Julia Bosco married Edward Roczen and
together, they raised two children, Stephanie and Steven; while the men
were away fighting in World War II, she worked at West End Brewery; and

WHEREAS, Julia Roczen and her family moved to their home on Curran
Road in September of 1949, and she volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol
as a block captain for bombing drills which continued for a while after
the war; and

WHEREAS, After earning her GED, Julia Roczen became a member of the
Home Bureau where she learned to sew, and was employed by the Oneida
County Extension Service; she then went to night school at Cornell
University to become Certified in Teaching Clothing and Millinery, and
subsequently, became a lead instructor, teaching night classes in many
area schools; and

WHEREAS, In addition, Julia Roczen worked at General Electric, and
served as a representative for Dritz Sewing Co. for many years; and

WHEREAS, After her much deserved retirement, Julia Roczen became
more involved with her community, serving on the Board of Directors of
the AARP Utica Chapter, and tour director for the AARP; and

WHEREAS, Proud of her Polish heritage, Julia Roczen held the
position of Vice President for the Skiba Post of Polish Lithuanian

American Veterans, and served as chairman of the board for the State of
New York PLAV Women's Auxiliary for many years; and

WHEREAS, Above all, Julia Roczen loved spending time with her
cherished family, whether it was traveling to Poland with her sisters,
camping with Edward, or making even more memories with her
grandchildren, Michael, Dean, Nicholas, Debbie, Jeffrey, Lance, Brian,
Camille, Molly, Nathan, Virginia, and Bethany; and great-grandchildren,
Matthew (Molly Roczen Ballard), Michael, Katherine (Camille Roczen
Noonan), Evelyn, James, William, Oliver, Anna, Madeline (Virginia Roczen
Yerman), Eliza, Jack, Scarlett (Nathan Roczen), and Prudence; and

WHEREAS, Julia Roczen, with her zest for life, has inspired and
enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and

WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian has experienced the incredible
joys and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the
stamina and courage to savor a full life; and

WHEREAS, Julia Roczen has enriched the lives of those around her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly
recognize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have
witnessed and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and
awesome achievements of this country during the last century, while
themselves contributing to the growth and excellence of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Julia Roczen upon the occasion of celebrating her 101st
Birthday; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Julia Roczen.


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