Rochelle "Ro" Ann Zaino

June 2, 1952June 28, 2013

Rochelle Ann Zaino, age 61, of Atlanta, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the end of a 4-year courageous struggle with inflammatory breast cancer. She was born on June 2, 1952, in New York City and received her Master of Counseling from The State University of New York in Oneonta. She moved to Atlanta to work as an Employee Assistance Professional for Wachovia/Wells Fargo, where she subsequently retired. Most recently she provided EAP services for The CDC in Atlanta. Rochelle's love was traveling. She was also an avid tennis player and enjoyed hiking, biking and swimming. Rochelle is survived by her life partner of 20 years, Kathy May, her brother Mark (Rose) Zaino, of New York City, and 3 cousins, Wayne (Clare) Knight of Los Angeles, CA, Regina (Murray) Monti of New York City and Ralph (Margaret) Monti also of New York City. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 30th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at H. M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home at 4550 Peachtree Rd, NE. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, Hospice Atlanta or to your favorite organization.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rochelle "Ro" Ann Zaino

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Terri Morris

July 8, 2013


You have my sincerest condolences. Rochelle was a great friend, terrific coworker and one of my beloved retirees. I was always encouraged by her big, bright smile, her wonderful attitude as well as her ability to reframe positive circumstances and people in a positive light - a gift so few have. Whenever I need to reframe, I always say I'm channeling my inner Rochelle. What an indelible mark she left on my life!

Love and prayers,
Terri Morris

Liz Thorpe

July 8, 2013

I worked closely with Rochelle during her tenure at First Union and was blessed to experience her enthusiasm and her warmth. Meals with Kathy and Rochelle were always the highlight of my trips to Atlanta.
Rochelle's contributions to the EAP field were many and her friendship was a gift she gave so freely. Condolences to Kathy and to all in Rochelle's family.

Sheila Stallings

July 7, 2013

I recall the day I interviewed Rochelle and hired her at First Union for the first EAP position in the Georgia office. Her smile and warmth won me over. After our First Union days we stayed in touch having dinner annually with our buddy Lizzie. An angel in heaven!
My deepest sympathy to Kathy, family and friends


July 2, 2013

Rochelle, we love you as you loved others, with your whole heart

James Scott Marler

July 2, 2013

I worked with Rochelle at First Union/Wachovia in the Employee Assistance Program and I'll never forget her welcoming, gentle spirit nor her constant smile and calming presence. Rochelle was a joy to work with, and an inspiration to me on my journey out of the closet, though I never told her. I'll never forget a joyous reunion we shared, years after we were coworkers, as I marched with my church at Atlanta's Pride Parade and she called my name and we hugged and laughed together. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends, especially Kathy. She will be sorely missed!

Kathy Thompson

July 2, 2013

I did not know Rochelle long, but I considered her and Kathy part of my family. She was a lover of life and refused to take a backseat because of her illness. She fought the good fight and I admire her strength.

Deborah Davis

July 2, 2013

Rochelle was a person who could brighten up the worst of days with her bright cheery voice and wonderful smile. She always had a positive outlook on everything and was there to lend a helping hand when needed. She was definitely loved and will be greatly missed!!

Deborah Davis (Occupational Health Nurse)

Fred Moeller

July 1, 2013

I will miss Rochelle, her smile, her genuine friendliness and positive outlook. She truely was an outstanding EAP Professional and friend!

July 1, 2013

Rochelle was the sunshine in our office and her smile brightened everyone's day. I am honored to have had her as a friend. She will be truly missed.

Elizabeth Jetton

July 1, 2013

It's a blessing to me to have known Rochelle and how much she loved her family, friends, life, her work and the beach.