Lydia Marie Kassemos Barisic came into the world on May 7, 1959 and was born in Port Hueneme, California. She is the oldest of five children and spent her childhood in places like Guam while her father served in the United States Navy. She lived in Arizona for over fifty years. During this time, she encountered Jesus Christ and dedicated her life to Him, even with years of great suffering. She was a student with honors, played the clarinet and was full of life and humor. She also had great ability in art. As a teenager, she began to suffer from a serious mental illness, but never lost faith, hope or love. She met her first love Daniel Byrnes and married him with three children, two in heaven and a living daughter. She worked as a sales associate at Bullocks in Phoenix and sacrificed her career to be a mother and housewife to her family. She went back to school as an adult and got her GED. Lydia then married and loved Nedjelko Barisic, living faithfully with him until his death in 2013. They enjoyed fishing and camping as well as enjoying conversation and coffee. She was an excellent big sister and aunt, a protector and an example of how to live and love even in the last moments of her life. As a mother, Lydia taught the beauty of love, trust in Jesus, and the distinction between good and evil. She also helped others see the best in themselves. She was known for helping people in need, whether rich or poor. Lydia was generous. She made peace and reconciliation with everyone in her life, and great miracles of healing relationships were rife at the time of her passing. We will miss her very much, but we know that she is entrusted to Christ our Savior and we will see her again in the fullness of life and in the glory of Christ. Lydia was tested like gold in the fire and came out in the image God built. She has stored up treasures in Heaven, for there is her eternal reward. Lydia went to eternal life on August 26, 2022 and is predeceased by her father William Kassemos and her late husband Nedjelko Barisic. She is survived by her mother Priscilla Ashton, her daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Adam Hauer, her granddaughter Rachel Hauer, her siblings Michael Kassemos, Tina Barry, Athena Jensen and Adrienne Bowers as well as a very large extended family. who loves her. If you suffer from mental illness, have families of alcoholics, are housebound, or have difficulty in faith, she will pray for you in Christ. She wanted people to know that “life is good”. His viewing and rosary will be held at the Messinger Indian School Mortuary on Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Josephs Catholic Church on Friday, September 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.
Posted on August 29, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic