SALUTE TO MOM: Daughters grateful for sacrifices
|By Ruth Rice, The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Her three daughters, 33-year-old
Sadosky and her daughters have lived in the same house for the past 38 years, with Sadosky a single parent for the past 22.
"I think I've only owned my house for about six months," she said. "I've remortgaged it three times. All three of my daughters were in college at the same time four years in a row. I don't know how I did it on one paycheck."
Sadosky is a retired registered nurse who worked for the
"I would do it all again for their education," Sadosky said through tears. "I did it with the help of the good
Sadosky had occasional help from her parents, the late
All three girls graduated from
Adrienne received an undergraduate degree from the
After graduating from law school, she was accepted into the
Adrienne spent 10 months last year deployed on the USS Nimitz out of
She learned how to pilot the aircraft carrier and was awarded the honor of piloting the ship into several foreign ports.
When Adrienne returned from deployment in December, her mother and sisters were able to greet her in
Angela graduated from
"They've been very good, terrific girls," Sadosky said. "I've had no problems with them. They've had part-time jobs since they were 16."
Even though she was on her own financially, at one time Sadosky had four vehicles in her name so her daughters would have reliable transportation to their jobs while attending high school and college.
"We all had different work schedules," she said. "There was insurance, inspections and tires. God was right here with me. I would write out bills at midnight at the kitchen table and pray they wouldn't bounce until I got paid on Friday."
In May of 2005 when
"They wanted me to retire," Sadosky said. "They said they wanted me to take life easy. They would handle the rest. I needed to take care of myself."
At 62, Sadosky is very active in her community.
She is into her second term as a school board member for
"I have older friends who say they can't afford it if the board raises taxes, but they're afraid to speak up," Sadosky said. "I told them, 'let me be your voice.' "
Sadosky also is on the board of trustees for Admiral Peary Vo-Tech and a member of the ladies auxiliary at Ebensburg VFW.
Sadosky also volunteers at the church festival in June and serves at the church's fish dinners.
"They didn't want me to get depressed and have nothing to do," Sadosky said. "I keep active. Now they come home and look at my calendar and ask if I can slate out a few days for them."
All the Sadoskys have Yorkshire terriers, and Sadosky is asked to watch her granddoggies when her daughters go away.
Angela was notified in January of her acceptance into the
Her interest in the
During her wait, she was promoted to chief occupational therapist at West Penn, but the thought of going into the
"I would rather be turned out than to not know if I had not done it,"
"It was rare for a lieutenant to do the commissioning, let alone for it to be a sibling and a twin," Angela said.
The news has been bittersweet for Angela because she has to report for duty at officers training school in
She said traditionally the Sadoskys participate in
"It's part of the sacrifice," Angela said.
She will be graduating from officers training school on
"We have a long line of military history in my family, with my dad serving in the
"There won't be a prouder mother than me this
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