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Nancy Lee Pogoda

October 22, 1930 — November 18, 2020

Nancy Lee Pogoda

Nancy Lee Pogoda died at age 90 on November 18th, 2020 from Covid at Santa Clara, CA Kaiser hospital.

Survived by her sisters Joan Gulajski and Sandy Contis, her children Michael Joseph Richmond, Damon Brian Richmond (Michele Richmond)) and Victoria Roxanne Richmond-Sullivan (Michael Sullivan), her 8 grandchildren Sara, Desmond, Jason, Aubrey, Helen, Olivia, Sean, Trinity and her 4 great grandchildren Logan, Alexis, Jordan, and Jon.

Born October 22nd,1930 to Leo Gonot and Rose Bashour Gonot, Nancy had 12 siblings and was born in St. Clairsville, OH

Nancy worked most of her life starting in the family restaurant. She raised 3 kids as a single mom and finished up her college degree in psychology at age 55. After graduating she began taking care of the elderly. She was 73 before retiring. She loved her family, going to women's Bible study, and reading her daily bread until just a few weeks before she passed. Gardening was one of her favorite past times, she had a green thumb growing vegetables and flowers, and if she wasn't in her garden, she was reading about them, the same with cooking. She was an amazing cook and baker. She loved family get togethers, reading, going to plays and watching college and professional football games. She loved to get together with family and reminisce about the younger days in Ohio. She loved talking about her sibling's shenanigans and her dad making pineapple ice cream, his home cooked hams, or rolling the grape leaves. We are thankful she handed down the Syrian Lebanese recipes. It will be hard to roll a grape leaf without thinking of her. She surrounded herself with pictures of her family that she adored. She longed for the days where she felt no more pain and could see her mom and dad again. The coronavirus took mom home to Jesus which was heartbreaking because we could not be with her on her last days, but we knew she loved us and she knew we loved her, we know where she is now. Rest in Peace beautiful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, Aunt, cousin and friend to many. We will miss you, and the conversations we shared, your beautiful smile and eyes that lit up a room and most of all her contagious laugh.
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