Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home

177 Route 59, Suffern, NY


Maria Leah Roaquin

March 2, 1961May 22, 2020

On Friday May 22, 2020, Maria “Bambi” Roaquin passed away from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 59. Until the final weeks of her life, Bambi proudly served as a Registered Nurse both at Dialysis Clinic Inc. of Yorktown Heights and the critical care and intensive care units of New York-Presbyterian/ Hudson Valley Hospital.

Bambi graduated with her degree in nursing from Rockland Community College (RCC) in 2004. During her time at RCC, Bambi proudly served as the President of the Student Nurses Association. During her 16 year nursing career she was a dedicated charge nurse, a mentor precepting new nurses, participated in shared governance committees, and volunteered countless hours of her time.

Bambi was known to all as a generous, hard-working, and deeply loving person. Bambi was passionate about dancing, travel, cooking, painting, jewelry- making, and spending time with her family. Her laughter was contagious, and the only thing bigger than her larger-than-life personality was her heart. She loved being a nurse and a mother. She loved her family, and absolutely adored her son and her partner. She took care of everyone around her, and courageously gave her life in the service of saving others.

Bambi is survived by her beloved son Lee, long-term partner Steve, mother Elizabeth, stepmother Angela, siblings Jonas, Robert, Cielo Florence, Alvaro, Gabriel, and Lielah; and 11 nieces and nephews. She is now reunited in heaven with her father Emmanuel and niece Isabel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Bambi’s favorite charity.

Bambi’s family will also be establishing a scholarship fund in Bambi’s honor to benefit nursing students pursuing a career in critical care nursing. “He who dwells in the shadow of the Most High will abide in the shelter of the Almighty” Psalm 91:1 ESV


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Judy Beckmann

May 30, 2020

Bambi was a passionate nurse that always provided the best care for her patients. I have never met a nurse who loved nursing more than her. To work with her was an honor and I will always be grateful she touched my life.

Sorrentino Family

May 30, 2020

My husband was a patient at Hudson Valley PCU many times over the past 4 years. He always had complications from Chemo treatments. His last time was this March, 2020. He had Bambi has a nurse many times. She was very caring, loving, kind and yes very personable to our family. Spent time with us as we always had questions. She was a wonderful nurse to my husband Tom. I am very saddened to hear this news.
My thoughts and prayers to Bambi's family to help through this difficult time.
Thank you Bambi for helping my husband Tommy so many times. I wanted her family to know that she has touched our family and we will remember her always.


May 29, 2020

Bambi beautiful soul sleep well in heaven. You were brought into our lives to show us how to live life personally and professionally. You lit up any room you entered. you were a kind giving sharing soul. Always positive. A role model to all young and old. She advocated fiercely for her patients taught them or family their plan for the day including team members so everyone was on the same page. "OK Girlfriend we'll make plans to get together soon" was my last memory of our conversation . I can still hear her voice. Lee was her life her friend and son. My heart breaks for him but I know Bambi instilled great life skills. My heart felt sympathy to Bambi's family.
Richest Blessings God Bless your soul Bambi RIP. You will be our angel
Love you sis

Barbie Spahn

May 29, 2020

My condolences to the family and friends of Bambi. May she rest and peace and fly high. Love and prayers.

Vadim Nobel

May 28, 2020

Unbelievable that Bambi is gone. Will miss her presence in PCU. Always could rely on Bambi to do her best to take care of the patient. Always friendly, full of energy, very funny and caring, My deepest condolences to the entire Roaquin family. The hospital is not the same with out her.

Violet Castro-Rivenburgh

May 28, 2020

RIP. Condolences to her family. I remember her beautiful smile from my days working at NYPHVH. Such a huge loss.

Gala Wilson

May 28, 2020

My sympathy goes out to Maria's family and loved ones. I did not know "Bambi" personally, but I have lost a coworker. I am from the DCI Clark Home Training Center in Albany, GA. DCI is like a family, so I share in your loss of a family member. Thanks to Bambi for her loyal support and care to our patients. I pray her family and friends mourn little but rather celebrate her legacy and reflect upon the fun memories you have of her. RIP Bambi!

Karen Lambert

May 27, 2020

May heart is broken,. No words can describe the admiration I have for Bambi. She was always a hero in everything she placed her heart: her family, her work, her friends, LIFE. Her spirit will live in me forever.
My deepest condolences to her family. The Heavens have another Angel.

Reach for the light, it’s waiting for you Bambi

Sally Corpolongo

May 27, 2020

Bambi, I am heart broken over your passing. You were such a beacon of light and positivity, and I am going to miss you terribly. You were a great co-worker and friend, and you were so very loved. You went above and beyond not only for all your patients, but for all of us too. I am going to miss your infectious laugh, your kindness, your fiery energy, and your compassion. Love always, Sally

Hafize Rapuano

May 26, 2020

My dear friend Bambi, you were such a positive, loving light. I absolutely adore you & I will never forget you. Working with you was an honor. Losing you is a tremendous loss to our community, you loved all your colleagues & especially all your patients...and we loved you right back. Please watch over us all during these difficult days ahead. You will always be my guardian angel. I love you. Rest in Heavenly Peace.


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