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Brookside Funeral Home - Champions

3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Rosa Rocha

June 12, 1955February 8, 2020

Rosa Rocha was born in San Miguel de Camargo, Mexico, on June 12, 1955.

She was married to Joe Rocha on May 8, 1977, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Rosa received her degree in Fashion from the Sacred Heart Dominican College in 1975. Rosa began her retail career as a personnel manager for Montgomery Wards and later promoted to store manager in Temple, Texas. She ended her professional career as a store manager for Target in 2002. Her first child Daniel was born July 10, 1986, followed by David, born on May 18, 1989.

Her passion was creating a school that would provide continuing education and community for adults and families with Down Syndrome. In 1989 she began volunteering with the Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH), eventually being elected to be the president. She also planned the annual Gathering of Friends as a fundraiser for The DSAH that ran from 1989 to 2014. In 2014 she founded “Friends of Down Syndrome,” a non-profit organization that provides education, therapy, community, and social services for adults with Down Syndrome, including a variety of employment programs. She was instrumental in the establishment of a Down Syndrome Clinic at the Texas Children’s Hospital. In the time she spared, outside of her charity work, she enjoyed dancing, being with her family, and sitting with her husband in their yard enjoying life.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Committal Service Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Jennifer Heitshusen

February 14, 2020

I’m sorry to hear about Rosa’s passing. She was one of the first people I met at DSAH when we moved back to Houston in 2006. Our family benefited from her efforts back then. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting with Rosa and learning more about Friends of Down Syndrome. I’m encouraged that her legacy will live on through the Down syndrome community in Houston and beyond. Praying for peace and comfort for Rosa’s family.

David Hernandez

February 14, 2020

Rosa did an excellent job in reserving the Lutheran Church in the Heights Area for the dinner and dance for the T21 Social Club. Rosa will be miss.

Theresa DEL BOSQUE

February 14, 2020

My deepest condolences to Joe and her sons. May you all find comfort in God. I just found out this morning and I'm truly saddened. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosa, thru her efforts of fundraising for DS, with Fiesta Club Party. Year after year we did numerous taco salads, I have so many fond memories of you and the entire group, I will cherish forever. Rest in Peace my friend...

Israel and Maria Lopez

February 13, 2020

To the Rocha family, our deepest condolences.
Our prayers are with you for the loss of Rosa.
God give your family strength in this most difficult time.

Israel and Maria Lopez and son Israel

Bridget Murphy

February 13, 2020

Rosa was a force for good. Her leadership, energy, good sense and wonderful demeanor was cherished by those of us who worked with her on national Down syndrome initiatives.

Rosa had a keen eye when it came to recognizing those of good character. I learned quickly that if Rosa didn't approve of an individual, there was always a good reason.

Her tireless efforts on behalf of those with Down syndrome, their families and the individuals who serve them was always an inspiration.

Heaven must be rejoicing with her arrival.

Rest in peace dear friend. You made the world a better place.

Bridget Murphy
Past President
The Down syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

Teresa Gee

February 13, 2020

Teresa Gee

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Teresa Gee

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Skoshi Blamey

February 13, 2020

Many people here met Rosa through David, I met Rosa through her other son Daniel, of whom she was also very proud. As a member of the Naval Academy Family Rosa brought the same energy and enthusiasm that she brought to the Friends of Down Syndrome and really to everything in life. Rosa was a loyal friend, once Daniel became part of our family we were welcomed into her family as well. When Daniel could not stand up for Iaian at his wedding because he was deployed, Rosa, Joe and David did not hesitate to travel across the country to represent the family in his place. When I came to Houston for work Rosa insisted on picking me up at the airport, surprising me in her cute Corvette, so we could enjoy girl time at Papacitas. It didn’t matter how long it had been, when I saw Rosa her smile would light up her face and the time that had passed melted away.

Rosa was such an inspiration to so many people, and a beacon of light to our youth. She truly had a gift not just for helping people but really for finding the best in everyone. She had a talent for getting people to want to help others, and this charisma made her a joy to be around. As the founder of the Friends of Down Syndrome it is easy to see the huge impact she had in this community and the Down Syndrome community in general; and there were many more people who were touched by her presence. There are so many good things to remember about Rosa, to keep her alive in our hearts, mostly as a friend, a mother, and a wife ,who is much loved and will be so very very much missed.

Joseph Alva

February 13, 2020

Mrs. Rocha was the rock and foundation of Friends of Down Syndrome and will be missed by all her friends and clients. I truly enjoyed our visits at Friends of Down Syndrome and you always showed how you cared for all your children at the Day Hab. I will keep you, David and your family in my prayers! Rest in Peace!

FROM THE FAMILY