Sep 072012

Rosie (Kovacovich) Lacey, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Camp Verde. A memorial service was held Sept. 4 at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.
Rosie was born June 10, 1926, on the family farm in Middle Verde. She spent most of her life in the Verde Valley.
Her husband, Van W Lacey, worked for Arizona Public Service Co., so they had also lived in Casa Grande, Joseph City and Farmington, NM., when Van worked at power plants in those areas.
Rosie had worked as a cashier for Babbitt’s years ago, but mainly worked as a housewife.
Rosie and Van enjoyed taking the grandkids during the summer months and getting them swimming lessons at the pool in Clarkdale. She also loved to play cards…mostly Pinochle.There were some “spirited” card games at Ruth and Melvin Jensen’s house for special occasions!
Survivors include her two daughters, Patricia DeSpain (Robert) and Loretta Lacey (Brian Adair); her grand-children, Sheila Palffy-Hood (Jason), Wesley DeSpain (Dolores), and Staci Kronberg; her great-grandchildren, Ryan James Bridges, Ella Pallfy, Jadiana Perez and Jelena DeSpain; and one brother, George Kovacovich; plus many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by three of Van’s sisters and two brothers, Ruth Jensen (Melvin), Bessie Thomas (Richard), Goldie Bianconi (Bill), Harvey Lacey and Lawrence Lacey; and many more nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Van W Lacey; her parents, Nick and Manda Kovacovich; and six of her siblings, Mary Starkovich, Tony Kovacovich, Emil Kovacovich, Olga Calloway, Danica Ervin and John Kovacovich.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Rosie’s name to Hospice Compassus, 70 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, Sedona, Ariz. 86351.