Maria K. Roskopf was born in December of 1933 in Wiesbaden, Germany to the Parents of Arthur W. Mayer and Maria E. Stroh. She had one older sister, Edeltraud, two younger sisters, Ilse and Magdalena, and a younger brother, Hans-Jurgen. All have passed away except her younger brother. Maria is survived by her son, her younger Brother, her Brothers in-law's, and Sisters in-law's, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Great Aunt who all live in either Germany, Australia, or the United States. Maria grew up during World War II where her father died in 1943. Maria finished high school and had her own business mending nylon stockings with a nylon mending machine. In 1957 she met Daniel W. Roskopf, a mechanic for the United States Airforce. They married shortly thereafter and moved to Vacaville, California in 1958. Maria had one son Daniel H-J Roskopf who was born in 1960. Maria became a single mother in 1966 and divorced in 1972. Maria learned English watching "I Love Lucy" . In 1970, Maria volunteered as a teacher's Aid for several years for Eugene Padan Elementary School. In 1974, Maria had several paid pert-time jobs, working as a Noon Supervisor at various schools in Vacaville. She also worked part-time for the Vacaville Reporter, working in the back on the machines that put inserts into the news papers. She even helped her son Daniel roll newspapers for his paper route. And when it rained, she drove the car while he threw the newspapers. Later on, Maria started working for the Basic Onion Factory in 1976 and worked there until it closed in 1987. Then she transferred over to American Home Foods where she retired in 1998. During this time, she helped her son Daniel attend Solano Community College and Humboldt State University so he could get his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry. Maria also studied very hard taking Citizen classes and became a US Citizen in 1994. In September of 2012, Maria moved up to Paradise to be closer to her son, Daniel. A few months later, she bought a home at the Apple Tree Village Senior Mobile Home Park. Maria really enjoyed living at Apple Tree Village in Paradise. It was very spacious, secure, safe, clean, quiet and very friendly. She lived there until the Camp Fire of 2018 burned down her mobile home and all of her possessions. Then she moved in with her son, Daniel. It was very difficult for Maria losing everything that she worked so hard for, especially her independence of living alone. Maria's passion were her nine cockatiel birds. She started with two, a male and female. Now only four cockatiels remain. Maria's hobbies were quilting, crocheting and making latch hook rug kits. She was very prolific making a lot of craft work and giving them away for Christmas presents and selling them at craft fairs ( Paradise Gold Nugget Days ). Maria was very hard working, independent, opinionated, stubborn and planned for the future. She learned English, how to drive, and pass the DMV test all on her own. She bought her first car and mobile home on her own. She even passed the US Citizen course and became a US Citizen on her own. While living in Vacaville, she also bought a burial plot at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. That will be Maria's final resting place, where several close friends have already been buried there. In Lieu of sending flowers, Maria wanted people to send a small donation to Shriners Hospital for Children or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
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