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Peggy Joyce Rocheleau

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Peggy Joyce Rocheleau passed away June 8, 2019, at the age of 83.

Funeral Mass and Rosary were held June 26 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

She was born in Harlan, Kentucky, in 1936, and years later moved to Detroit, where she married, and raised her children before bringing her family to Phoenix in 1972.

She married Charlton Rocheleau in September 1992 and followed up with a church wedding in April 1993. Her husband and her two siblings preceded her in death.

Peggy had myriad jobs including homemaker, bartender, phone operator, cashier and then retired after working in the Circle K warehouse.

She was a kind and gentle Christian who raised four children, two of whom preceded her in death: Lola VanDenberg and Gerard Grzasko, both of Michigan. Her passion was singing - in church as a child with piano accompaniment of her cousin Sue, in a church choir in later years, Christmas carolling - pretty much whenever the mood struck her. She cherished the company of friends and family (especially the youngsters and babies) and loved making holiday treats and meals for them. She also regularly invited her kids’ displaced friends over for holiday festivities.

Peggy also enjoyed gardening, crocheting and travel. She had a huge, loving heart, a warm smile and lots of hugs to share. She already is greatly missed.

Peggy is survived by two daughters, Anna VanDenberg of Michigan and Rose-Mary Grzasko of Phoenix; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Sue Horn of Tennessee, whom she considered another sister.

She is interred with her husband at VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Joan of Arc, Hillside Baptist Church, The Salvation Army or the VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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Peggy Joyce Rocheleau

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Rose-Mary Grzasko

26 juillet , 2019

Gone but not forgotten

Sue Horn

26 juillet , 2019

Cousins Sue and Peggy

The Vaughns

26 juillet , 2019

Peggy with Carole, Stacy and Bill Vaughn

Sue Horn

8 juillet , 2019

Cousin Peggy was the closest thing to a sister I ever had. We were closer than any sisters I know about.
Saturday was movie night when we were girls. We'd go and get some money from Creed (Peggy's dad), then we'd go get some money from Lola (her mom) and then we'd get some from my mom (Cora) so we had enough to get something to eat if we got hungry. We usually would share a sundae which was a problem because she liked hot fudge and I liked strawberry. Finally the shop owner caught on and gave us half and half.
Last time Peggy was in Tennessee, we sat on my back porch and sang and sang. We sang all the songs we saw at the movies, and she remembered all the words!
We reminisced about our childhood - there are just too many memories to share.
One was Mom sent me and Peggy to take some food to an old man who lived next door - only he was dead when we got there. We decided we'd put our heads together and figure out what happaned. There was a hole in the wall, so we thought he'd been shot. Turns out he had a heart attack.
Another memory was Mom sent a chicken to Lola's for dinner, but Peggy and I were embarrassed and didn't want to carry it because our friends would see us walking along the train tracks with it. So we made Mary Alice (Peggy's little sister) carry it; its head bobbed every time Mary hit a railroad tie. It was alive and really too big for her to carry.
Peggy's kids can attest to our antics as adults. So many memories ...

A’Dora Woodard

5 juillet , 2019

Granny always knew how to make people laugh. That’s one of the things I remember most about her is that she loved to laugh, and she loved to laugh with others. It was very easy to get Granny to laugh. She’s always had this joy inside her, a joy you knew had to be found in Jesus and I’m guessing that joy is why she laughed so much. R.I.P., Granny, I Love You. ♥️

Carole Vaughn

5 juillet , 2019

We'll miss you Peggy. We wish we could have spent more time with you. You were a wonderful mother-in-law to Bill. We enjoyed the holidays we spent with you and will never forget the time we had with each other. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.

Christina Hall

4 juillet , 2019

Oh where do I begin. ... I have so many memories of my grandma when I was growing up. Always loved her phone calls. I remember one time she called to find out what we wanted for Christmas and my mom (Lola) said "no" about something, and Grandma was like, "Oh, honey, you tell grandma what you want." That was the year I got my 110 camera for Christmas. Later in life after I married and I had Kaidynce, she came and stayed with my aunt (Anna) and uncle (Don) for a period of time. She would sit and love on all the great-grandchildren. You could tell she was enjoying it. I loved the stories she would tell about my mom and aunts and uncles growing up. I will miss her saying, "Come here, little girl" to aunt Anna and laughing after she said it. Oh how I love and miss you, Grams. Love you always.

Don VanDenberg

4 juillet , 2019

When my mother-in-law Peggy came to stay with us a couple of times, Anna would be out in the kitchen either cooking or washing dishes, Peggy would say "Hey little girl (in her caring mom voice), can I help you with something?" as she sat in the chair rocking. Now the girls do that to their mother. ... She would say the funniest things. She will be missed.

Joyce Ann Van Denberg

3 juillet , 2019

When I was growing up, Grandma Peggy would always make sure to call and check up on all of us grandkids. Every phone call was "I love you" and "Who's next?" was one thing I will always remember. When Grandma came up to visit, she told me I was a good mom and she was proud of how I raised Paige - that will be something I hold in my heart.

Faith Woodard

3 juillet , 2019

I am the oldest grandchild of G'ma Peggy.
I remember when I was younger - much younger - we would talk on the phone and the first thing we would say to each other was a line from a country song “Are you naked” and then we would crack up. G'ma was always happy and you could hear her joy over the phone when she was talking to her G'kids. Another memory is when she got me a cabbage patch doll for Christmas (I still have it at my parents' house). All of my nieces and some nephews have played with it and even my granddaughters now play with it. She was so excited when she came in 1992 to see her first great-grandchild, Nate. She will forever be missed, never forgotten and always in my heart. Love you, G'ma.

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