Myra Morse Rochow

It is with great sadness that the family of Myra Morse Rochow announce her passing on December 17th. Myra will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 years, Walter Rochow and her children, Sharon Gaynor (Eric), Faye Pite Beresner (Steven), and Carl Rochow (Heidi). Myra will also be dearly remembered by her six grandchildren, Rebecca, Michelle, Renée, Samantha, David, and Lauren. She is survived by her sister Barbara Bashe. Myra graduated from John Adams High School in Queens, New York in 1958 and owned and operated MB Interiors for 25 years. Myra was tirelessly committed to the community and passionately believed in the importance of public health. She was the Commissioner of QVHD for more than 20 years. She demonstrated her support and love of her community as Justice of the Peace in Hamden for 25 years. Myra was a multi-faceted person: she loved baking for the Jewish holidays and restoring antique cars, with active participation in the Connecticut Historical Automobile Society. Myra was industrious and continually worked on home improvement projects; the family affectionally referred to her as the female Bob Villa. Myra was an admirer of Puccini’s operas; La Boheme was her favorite. Myra was full of life, joy, and energy. She openly shared her genuine brand of warmth and love. She had a unique and meaningful bond with her six grandchildren and was especially devoted to her family and friends. Myra shared her love in extraordinary ways that made the people around her feel special and understood. The family would like to share a special thanks to the nurses of the seventh floor of Smilow for the love and kindness they gave Myra.

Funeral service will be held Thursday morning, 10:am, at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, CT. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven. Shiva will be held at 25 Hamden Hills Rd., #29, Hamden on Thursday and Saturday evenings 6:30-8:30pm and Friday 2-4pm. Memorial contributions may be made to: Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.org. Please share in your donation memoryformyra@gmail.com or to the Building Fund at Cong. Or Shalom.


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  1. Patti Caplan said,

    12.18.18 at 3:38 pm

    Dear Walter,
    My family joins me in sending heartfelt condolences to you & yours on this most sad occasion.
    Patti Caplan

  2. Christy Godfrey said,

    12.18.18 at 4:37 pm

    Dear Walter, Sharon, Faye, Carl, and family,
    My heart breaks knowing this world has lost another great one. She has left us with many, many memorable times. I send my deepest sympathy and prayers of strength to you all during this difficult time. Love, Christy

  3. Lynne Drazen said,

    12.18.18 at 11:32 pm

    Dear Faye,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sending my condolences to you and your family. May your Mom’s name be for a blessing

  4. Bob Lukaszek said,

    12.19.18 at 10:27 am

    Dear Faye and family,

    Our deepest condolences and prayers of strength and comfort to you and your entire family during this most difficult time. Be comforted by the thought that your mom is at peace and no longer in pain.

    All our best.
    Bob and Carol Lukaszek

  5. Bruce and Donna Holroyd said,

    12.19.18 at 1:20 pm

    Our sincerest, heartfelt sympathy to our dear friend, Walter and to the entire Family of Myra. We were deeply saddened to hear of the recent loss of our cherished friend.
    We extend our condolences to Walter and to the family members and friends of Myra. May God give you all His divine peace and comfort at this time of sorrow. Donna and I shall miss dear Myra’s smile, her laughter, her humor and most of all, her deeply-inspired kindness when we would visit with her and Walter and when they were guests in our home. Our sincerest prayers and sympathies are with you at this time and throughout the days to follow. Myra is smiling down on us all, comfortably the loving embrace of God. May he Bless the members of the Rochow family.

  6. Paula Capogna Idarola said,

    12.19.18 at 6:36 pm

    My deepest sympathy. Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Hold onto the good times and happy memories.

  7. Ann & Frank Palmeri said,

    12.19.18 at 7:46 pm

    Dear Carl and Family: So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She can now rest in peace. Remember all the good times you shared with her and continue to share your stories with your friends and children.
    Ann and Frank Palmeri

  8. James A O'Brien said,

    12.19.18 at 8:22 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your Myra. May you be provided the strength needed at this time of your loss. Both you and Myra are in our prayers.

  9. Carl Amento said,

    12.19.18 at 9:20 pm

    Dear Walter,
    My deepest sympathy to you at the loss of
    your beloved wife Myra. She was an amazing lady who
    touched so many lives including mine, with warmth and grace. Our community has lost a dedicated servant and goodwill ambassador. I pray that you will be sttengthened in this difficult time by the love and support of your many friends.
    Sincerely, Carl

  10. Carol Brustman said,

    12.20.18 at 3:18 pm

    Faye, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Carol B.

  11. Monica G said,

    12.21.18 at 8:19 am

    My condolences to the family . I know this is a very difficult time for you right now and no words can express how sorry I am for your loss. Please remember that God can comfort us. So draw close to God in prayer so He can draw close to you to comfort you and to give you that peace of God that surpasses all understanding Philippians 4:6;7).May Jehovah God grant you guidance, strength at this difficult time.

  12. Tessa and Thomas Sledge said,

    12.27.18 at 1:26 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Myra’s passing. She made our wedding so special and she will always hold a place in our hearts. Sending you all love and strength during this difficult time.