I’d like to tell you about a woman who played a crucial role in our lives and those she knew. A girl born and raised right here in New Jersey whose passion for her family and her students traveled well beyond these local lines. A woman who became the epitome of compassion and kindness, blended with an extremely gentle and generous heart. We knew her as grandma- to others she was Rochelle.
Grandma Rochelle didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She loved her children and grandchildren whole heartedly and attracted love and friendship wherever she went. I think grandma was an integral piece to the happiness of those around her and on numerous occasions I wish we had more time with her. By simply reminiscing of her, you can see the smiles develop on her grandchildren’s faces as they recall memories with her; whether it be summer days in grandma and grandpa’s pool or the memories on vacation with her. Grandma had a way of making people feel special and comfortable- it’s no wonder she made such a great teacher! She was a genuine giver and her passion for teaching was explosive and attractive. She often put others first and that was felt by anyone that had a relationship with her. By the time Jerry and I became a “thing,” grandma had begun to battle her second round of cancer. She was a trooper and fought hard- never giving up all while keeping her smile intact. She had wonderful values that I even see in her children, and always made sure to be part of her family’s lives. She was extremely helpful and motherly and to this day we miss her dearly.
We all hope to meet people like her in our lifetime and we spend a lifetime trying to emulate it. I am so grateful for the values she instilled in my husband. It is because of her that he is such a wonderful man and parent. My wishes for you in honor of this month’s 12 to 12 Campaign are that you each have the opportunity to be the best version of you- like Grandma Rochelle was. May you leave the legacy you wish for yourself and may the impressions you leave with others be filled with love and happiness. It was no surprise that when Rachel was born she be named after grandma Rochelle. We could only hope that Rachel leaves the same wonderful, meaningful impressions as did grandma.
Please join us to honor Rochelle Shapiro, in the 3rd month of our 12 to 12 Campaign, by making a contribution towards the fight against Breast Cancer through the American Cancer Society.
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Cheer's to our unified fight against Breast Cancer and may we embark on many more meaningful memories together!
With much love,
Stephanie, Jerry and Rachel