View Original NoticeDorothy Kovalchick Roark

A Celebration of Life service will be held for Dorothy Kovalchick Roark at 10:00 A.M., Saturday June 27, 2020 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home on North 7th Street in West Monroe, LA..

Dorothy was born December 31, 1925 to John Kovalchick and Anna Lucas Kovalchick in Sagamore, PA. Dorothy met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ June 10, 2020 surrounded by her family and friends. Dorothy is preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Anna Kovalchick, her brother Edward Kovalchick, her brother Johnny Kovalchick and her husband Earl C. Roark.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Denise Evans (Thomas), step-daughter Gail Odom, step-son E.C. Roark Jr (Carol), granddaughter Brooke Evans, granddaughter Nicole Evans, grandson Tim Evans (Holli),4 step grandchildren, 7 step great-grandchildren, 1 step great-great grandchild, many nieces and nephews, special friend Herman Chapman, along with other cherished family and friends.

Among her many accomplishments, one of her most defining was her baseball career. Dorothy played baseball with an all men’s team from 1940 – 1948 with the Kovalchickswhere she was known as “The Queen of Diamonds”. The team was led by her father John or “Bounce” as he was well known. Her favorite position was first base. Dorothy was signed by the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1945 but went back to the men’s team after only one season. Dorothy was inducted into the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame and has her baseball banner on display at the Armstrong Sports Hall of Fame in Kittanning, PA..

After her baseball career ended, she moved to West Monroe, LA where she began a new career in real estate, opening Century 21 – Dorothy Roark. Dorothy was also known for the many parties she hosted, always with a theme featuring her Slovak pastries from recipes handed down from her mother. After retirement, she was able to pursue her passion for travel, write a book (Uncertain Destiny) dedicated to her father, and win second in an international quilting competition with her first and only crazy quilt.

Special thanks go to her caregivers Kaye, Lesley, Lori and Shirley, who are loved and part of our extended family. Their kindness, compassion and strength during this long journey will forever be appreciated and remembered.

Dorothy will forever be the “Queen of Diamonds” in the hearts of all who loved her.