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Lydia Paskavitch

Obituary for Lydia Paskavitch

April 19, 2020
Rockland, Massachusetts


On April 19, 2020, at the age of 97, the beautiful and spunky Lydia (Spaziani) Paskavitch passed on to eternal life. She succumbed to her battle with Covid-19.
Lydia was born in Rockland, MA as the eldest child of Italian immigrants Anthony and Nancy (Cardarelli) Spaziani. She attended Rockland High School and was voted into the Pro-Merito Society (honor given to students excelling in academics as well as participation in extracurriculars/clubs). Lydia learned to speak English as a second language and after school would spend time helping teach her family. All her hard work culminated in being named the Valedictorian for the Class of 1941.

Aside from school, Lydia loved music - particularly spending time with her mother listening to opera.
She worked most of her adult life for Tedeschi and Stop & Shop Corporations (where she was a highly regarded female executive). She was married to Robert Lewis for 31 years and raised two sons - Robert L Lewis Jr. and Richard P. Lewis. She was an active member of the Rockland Boosters and hosted many gatherings at their home on Reed Street for the football team. As a family they spent summers at "Grindells" in Dennisport, where they enjoyed waterskiing and time at the beach with friends, family and music.

In 1976 she married Ben Paskavitch and was happily married until his passing in 2011. They shared a full life together traveling around the world, and owned homes in Port Orange, Fl and West Dennis, MA. The ocean and spending time at the beach were among the things Lydia always found beauty in. Enjoying this time with her family, particularly at her home on Cape Cod, provided some of the most fulfilling moments in her life. Lydia enjoyed cooking and made a gourmet meal out of almost anything she touched. In addition to food, wine and the love of cooking, Lydia was very artistic with painting and ceramics. She loved golf; and was a member of the Dennis Pines Golf Course. Lydia never once missed Tiger stalking the leaderboard in his Sunday red. That was the only thing that could get her away from the Hallmark channel!

Lydia is survived by her son Richard P. Lewis and his wife Maureen (Rockland). Maureen was Lydia's caregiver for the past 10 years and part of her life for over 60 years. The family attributes her longevity to the love and care given to her by Maureen. She is predeceased by her son Robert Lewis Jr and survived by his wife Rosalie Luddy-Lewis (Whitman). She is survived by her sister Claire Danko (AZ) and predeceased by her brothers Ralph, Guido, Larry Spaziani and sisters Eunice Williams and Anna Yucious.She was known as Nana Lydia to her 6 grandchildren Robin Harkin, Mia Sullivan, Regina Quirk, Renae Damon, and Nadine Rose and predeceased by her beloved grandson Joseph "Joey" Lewis. She leaves behind her great grandchildren (Ryan, Kevin, Hailey, Justin, Brooke and Olivia) whom she adored, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her great-grandson Jared.

Due to COVID-19 public health guidance, services will be private. A pro-burial Mass will be held at Holy Family Church after the COVID-19 crisis is resolved. In lieu of flowers we kindly ask you to make a donation to your local food bank as Lydia loved to show her love through a meal, and many families could benefit in this time of need.

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Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
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