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Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home

1671 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY

OBITUARY

Michael A. Rocca

May 29, 1929October 22, 2019
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ROCCA - Michael A., Jr. Ed.D Entered peacefully into the arms of his lord on October 22 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of 62 years to Dorothea (Yelanich) Rocca. Loving father of Michael (Melanie) Rocca, III, David Rocca, Mary (Rich) Frazier, Kathleen (Nicholas) Naples, Gina (Frank) Baixauli, Charles Rocca and the late Theresa Rocca. Grandfather of 12, greatgrandfather of 2. Brother of Gloria (late George) Lint, Aland (Lorraine) Rocca. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Family will be present on Sunday from 3-7PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 1671 Maple Rd. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial celebrated from St Gregory The Great Church on Monday at 10:30am. Michael was an elementary education professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerroberspernafuneral.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, October 28, 2019

Memories

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Anthony Rocca

November 22, 2019

Pappy, you were one of the best things to ever happen to me in my life. For as long as I could remember, you would spread so much joy to everyone around you. You unconditionally loved your family. You always inspired me to be my best and to work hard in my life and I am going to miss you so much. I love you with all my heart.

Matthew Naples

November 20, 2019

Pap pap, I will love you forever. You were loving, kind, smart, funny, and just about the greatest man in the world. You taught me so many things in life and I’m a better person because of it. My favorite memory is when i was little, and we were fishing in our pond. You were walking along the side bank near roll road like you always did, and I was near the dock with Dominic when a huge bass took my line. It was so strong i literally almost got pulled in. But Dominic grabbed me and pulled me back. The line broke and me and Dominic fell back and you came over and just laughed at us. It was a such a typical you move. But I always remember that. Just like I’ll remember everything else. Once again, I love you and hope to see you again up there some day.

Kathleen Naples

November 19, 2019

Dad, you were the first man I ever loved. A part of my heart broke the day you went back home to our creator. It was a honor and blessing to be your daughter. There will always be a hole in my heart. Until we meet again in our heavenly home. I love you so much. Your loving daughter Kathleen

GIna Rocca Baixauli

November 19, 2019

My father passed away peacefully holding hands with the love of his life, my mother Dorothea. I will miss him terribly and will always be grateful for having him in my life for all of these years. Love you Daddy and blessed that we have an amazing ANGEL to watch over us

Kyrstin Frazier

November 18, 2019

There are so many memories with my Pappy, I'm not sure I could pick just one. He was such a presence in this world I wouldn't even know where to begin.
I count myself immensely lucky to have had my pappy in my life for these almost 29 years.
He was the king among men, someone I always looked up to and him and my grandmother’s beautiful relationship was something I always prayed I would find in my life
I can still see Pap dancing at Fremont street with his shirts my Grandma made. Or when he sat at my first advisers meeting at Nevada state writing out all of the classes I needed to take.
No amount of words can express the sadness that I’m sure we all feel, but knowing that he’s up in heaven with our Lord, probably talking philosophy, praying his rosary, is a giant comfort.

I love you so much Pappy, you were the greatest grandfather in the world, I know you’ll be with us always

Joseph Naples

November 16, 2019

Yesterday marked one of the hardest points of my life. I lost one of the most passionate, loving, and caring people in my life. You always knew how to make everyone in the room laugh and you have created so many great memories for me and everyone you came into contact with. I am so honored to have grown up with you over the past 25 year and I will carry on everything you have taught me. I love you so very much Pappap! I know heaven gained an angel 🙏🏻 Rest Easy

Dawn Johnson

November 16, 2019

Never had him for class, but worked one summer in the office of the building where his office was located - a summer of lots of laughs!!

Marie Mong Troyer

November 16, 2019

One of my absolute favorites!! May he Rest In Peace!💙

Cindy Lair

November 16, 2019

I loved him. He was one of my favorite teachers. He was a wonderful man. Rest In Peace.

Karen Caruso

November 16, 2019

So sorry for you and your family, I can still see him dancing. He was such a wonderful man. Our hearts are with you guys.

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Biography

ROCCA - Michael A., Jr. Ed.D
Entered peacefully into the arms of his lord on October 22 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of 62 years to Dorothea (Yelanich) Rocca. Loving father of Michael (Melanie) Rocca, III, David Rocca, Mary (Rich) Frazier, Kathleen (Nicholas) Naples, Gina (Frank) Baixauli, Charles Rocca and the late Theresa Rocca. Grandfather of 12, greatgrandfather of 2. Brother of Gloria (late George) Lint, Aland (Lorraine) Rocca. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Family will be present on Sunday from 3-7PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 1671 Maple Rd. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial celebrated from St Gregory The Great Church on Monday at 10:30am. Michael was an elementary education professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerroberspernafuneral.com.