Beatrice (Simpkins) Lazovik

Published Oct 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

Beatrice Lazovik, 98, whose generosity of spirit, work ethic, joy of entertaining family and friends was legendary to her family and the Rome community, passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Bethany Gardens, Rome. 

She was a resident of Rome her entire life. Bea, as she was known, was born on November 6, 1918. She was the daughter of Sam and Fanny Simpkins and worked in the highly respected family business, Simpkin’s Incorporated, from her childhood into her seventies- buying, selling and supervising in the women’s clothing department. She loved “The Store,” Bea was a devoted member of Temple Adas Israel and its Sisterhood. In addition, for several years after retiring from working at Simpkins Inc., she volunteered her time and retail acumen as an assistant to Thorunn Griggs in her bookstore at Delta Plaza. 

She married Saul Lazovik on September 29, 1943. They were married for forty-four years until his passing in 1987. Early on they moved into their home on Pine Street where she lived the rest of her life. Bea had enduring connections with family, friends and neighbors. Her nephews and nieces loved coming to her home where they were invariably showered with affection and extremely well fed. Being a great mother, loving aunt, caring in-law and loyal friend was at the core of her life’s focus. When her children were young, the extended family had summer vacations at Sylvan Beach where cousins played night and day and parents reunited while trying to feed and control the “mayhem.” After her children left home, for many years Saul and Bea greatly enjoyed vacationing at their condo in Dunedin Beach, FL; trips with Saul to other countries that gave contrast and complement to her traditional life of work, family and home in Rome. She had a particular fondness for tropical places in the Caribbean and the fiords of Norway. 

She is survived by her loving children and their families, Dennis Lazovik, his wife, Georgia and their daughter, Jenna and son, Zachary of Rome; Jeffrey Lazovik, his wife, Nan and their daughters, Jordan and Emily of DeKalb; Robert Lazovik and his sons, Aaron, Adrian and Dylan, of Rome; her sister, Evelyn Zagnit, age 95, of Trenton, NJ. — their active love for each other and nearly daily interactions continued till the day of her death; her great-grandchildren, whom she adored, Carter Lazovik, son of Aaron and Amy, Will and Charlie Dunham, sons of Ted and Jordan Dunham and Ryan and Owen Tanner, sons of Adrian and Julie Tanner; and her sister-in-law, Grace Lazovik, Chapel Hill, NC. In addition, Bea has numerous nephews and nieces who will mourn her loss, David and Dee Lazovik, Debbie Lazovik and Howard Shaw, Marc Lazovik, Peter Simpkins and Larry Kinkus, Donna (Simpkins) and Jack Charney, Dr. Ronald and Joan Wilson, Wendy Feldman and all their families. She will also be mourned and remembered by Dawn Lazovik, as well as Drinda Adams and her children. Bea is predeceased by her brother, Herman Simpkins passed away in 2008 at the age of 91. 

Bea’s life was an ongoing contribution to the welfare and happiness of her family, friends and community. She was deeply interested in the events of the nation and the rest of the world. She was an ardent believer in the need for people to respect and honor each other’s diverse religions, point of view, ethnicities and cultural values. Yet in the end, it is most accurate to say that Bea Lazovik was happiest when her family and friends were sitting around her dining room table having animated interactions about what was happening in the world, telling stories about their collective lives and joyfully eating the feasts she so much loved to prepare and orchestrate. 

Bea’s graveside service will be held privately for the immediate family in Temple Beth Cemetery, Whitesboro. Memorial contributions may be offered to the Jervis Public Library, 613 North Washington St., Rome, NY 13340, which would be honoring a fond place, Bea frequently visited throughout her lifetime love of reading. 

The Lazovik Family is planning a memorial service in the future for Bea, giving relatives, friends and her community a chance to celebrate her life and contributions.

Her arrangements are with Jacobson-Pizer Funeral Chapel, Utica. (315)797-9121