Visiting Monday, September 8 from 8:30-10:30am
Mass Monday, September 8 at 10:30am Blessed Sacrament Church
Interment Beechwoods Cemetery
I regret to inform everyone that my mother Joan Wood Rojas has passed away on Tuesday, September 2nd. She fought for almost an entire year.. She was my best friend, my first teacher, my everything. We have taught each other so much over these last 25 years. I cannot think of anyone who was as sharp as her, as funny, witty, and most of all loving. She had a lot of love in her and she passed it on to me.
Her whole life she had suffered, not a moment of peace except the times we spent together and when her friends and family were there for her most. Thank you to everyone who has visited her, asked me about her, and even those who have just kept her in their thoughts. She was an amazing woman who always deserved better, and it’s a damn shame that I could never REALLY give that to her.
She was always there to make sure I was standing on both feet. She taught me not to take shit from anyone, to fight back. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t be as intelligent and well spoken if Joan wasn’t in my life. She was a true fighter. A pitbull if you messed with her kids or brushed her the wrong way.
I only take joy in knowing that she isn’t suffering anymore. She had often spoke of the hereafter all of these years; always telling me she would make her presence known to me. Well, if mom is watching I’m just going to have to show her where my life is going. I will throw myself into my work and my school. I will bring honor to her name. I know she’ll be proud of me no matter what mode of life I am in, but I won’t settle for that. I want to climb to the top and become someone great and significant. I don’t care about wealth or money. I never had much of either of those..
But I am rich in determination, willpower, and resolve. Joan has brought me too far for me to just give up now. One day when I have children, I would want them to see everything that I have done for them. And I would give them a better life than what I had growing up. Joan would have wanted me to outdo her in every way possible, and I will do just that. She may not be with us physically, but she will live on in my heart and in my thoughts forever. And I will always remember hearing her laugh. That’s how I want to remember her. And if you’re reading this, and you loved her too.. she would want you to remember the same. Just remember the good times. Although she suffered from severe depression and faced her own mortality time and time again, she was always a happy individual. She made the most of any situation. That’s something we can all take from her. She was an optimist.
Mom, I love you and I’m sorry you couldn’t be around to see me graduate in a few years. Please give grandma and Charlie a hug from me.