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Gwen Rocque

Gwen Rocque

September 29th, 1948 December 5th, 2019

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Life Story for Gwen A. Rocque (Alabaster)

Gwen Alabaster Rocque, 71 of New Rochelle, New York died on December 5th after a brave struggle with pancreatic and liver cancer.

Gwen is survived by Lawrence Rocque, her husband of fifty years, mother to Jeffrey Webster Rocque (Lorie), Holly Rocque Bach (Chris) and proud, loving grandmother to Isabella Rocque, Charlie, Caroline, Mac and Caitlin Bach.

She is also survived by her sisters Robbin Alabaster Churchill (John) and Erica Alabaster Graves.

Gwen was born in Rockville Center, New York, daughter of the late Evelyn Hohler Alabaster and Robert Bliss Alabaster.

A graduate of the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains, New York, Gwen then taught at her alma mater for 27 years. Becoming "Teacher of the Year" and a dedication to her in the school year book were just a few of the many accolades given to her at the school. She was loved by all students, teachers and the administration. She was chosen staff member of the year in 2011. Larry and Gwen were given the Fanwood Lifetime Friendship Award in 2019.

Despite her deafness, Gwen excelled at everything she tried. She was an accomplished swimmer, skier, and tennis player. She represented the United States four times in tennis, participating in the 1965 Deaf Olympics in Washington D.C. as the youngest player at the age of 16 years old. In Yugoslavia, she won 2 golds and a silver. In Malmo, Sweden she won bronze and a gold. In Romania, she had the honor of being the flag bearer as well as winning a gold, silver and bronze.

In 1985, Gwen coached the U.S deaf tennis team which went on to win 10 medals. Gwen was inducted into the Fanwood Alumni Association for her tennis accomplishments.

Family, friends, and all who knew her will miss her spirit, her smile, laughter, exuberant personality and love of fun and life!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Sloan Kettering, www.giving.mskcc.org
New York School for the Deaf at 555 Knollwood Road White Plains, NY. 10603 or Millneck School for the Deaf at 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck N.Y 11765

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    December 9th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Westchester Funeral Home, Inc.
    190 Main Street
    Eastchester, NY
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    December 9th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    December 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Westchester Funeral Home, Inc.
    190 Main Street
    Eastchester, NY
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    December 10th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    December 11th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Holy Name of Jesus Church
    Petersville Road & Halligan Streets
    New Rochelle, NY
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    December 11th, 2019
    10:30am

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Frank Capasso

Sorry for your loss. I use to run in to Gwen in Duncan Donuts. We would exchange pleasantries. She was always smiling.
Comment | Posted at 03:34pm via Condolence
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Piercarlo Vigano’

Dear Jeff
We express our sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved mother. Our thougths and prayers are with you and your family.
Piercarlo and Vigano’s team
Piercarlo and Viganó s team.
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Inge.Debruyne@bruvatex.be

Dear Jeff,
I was sadenned to hear yor mother passed away.
Sending you my deepest sympathy.
Although it's difficult today to see beyond sorrow, may looking in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
Inge De Bruyne
Comment | Posted at 04:41am via Condolence
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Rani Jabbour

Dear Jeff,
My sincere condolences. May her soul rest in peace.
In Arabic we say : "The beloved never dies".
Keep well and warmest regards to the family.
Rani Jabbour
Comment | Posted at 03:57am via Condolence
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Dale powel

To Roque family,

I am truly loss with words to express at this moment. I wanted to give this deep condolences to you all that lost a precious gem. Gwen was one of the most happiest person I ever met from the moment I seen her with my little sister Alisa and Marion Crowley until I graduated from Fanwood. She blooms my downs and tough times upside down and made my day before I go home, she haven’t changed one bit of herself! When I found out that she passed away, my mind scrambled with many good memories and not even one thought of her being sad, this impacted me greatly how we should be happy no matter what! To the families, be happy, chin up, walk forward with happiness is what she wanted for you guys. I met her recently at Fanwood Soccer Tourney and I glad I did get to share the beautiful moment with her and luckily had this beautiful picture as well with my kids. She will always be in my thoughts. Again, I’m sorry for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 06:30pm via Condolence
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