Rochelle Gerard Boyer, 91, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2023, with family and beloved dog Rocko by her side in her home after a brief illness.
Rochelle is preceded in death by her husband Harold Dean Boyer. who passed in 2004. She is survived by her children Laurie (Paul) Benson, Mark (Lena) Boyer, Lisa (Hassan) Vaughn-Laaqira , grandchildren Shaylind Benson, Erin (Andy) Piedmont, Jeremiah Benson, Joshua (Chelsea) Vaughn, Seth (Jessica) Vaughn, Hillary (Randy) Vaughn, Maxim Fedorenko and Masha Boyer, and great grandchildren Corben Vaughn, Emma Vaughn, Addysen Vaughn, Arabella Benson, Noah Vaughn, and Indiana Piedmont. She is also survived by her sister Geneva Schocklin of Florida, several nieces and nephews, and a sister-in-law, Jeannine Gerard.
Rochelle was born in Madawaska, Maine on November 6, 1931.
She met Dean in Washington D.C where they were both working at the time, Rochelle was working as a stenographer and Dean worked for the FBI after coming from a small town in Nebraska. They moved to Georgia and then Connecticut, making their final home in Simi Valley, California in 1964.
Rochelle was a “full-of-life” person. She loved life and enjoyed each day to its fullest. She was a Brownie leader, a softball and baseball coach along with her husband, and was always very active in her life.
She worked for the school district in Simi Valley for several years, in the cafeteria and with special education.
Rochelle was a longtime member of St. Peter Claver Church in Simi Valley. She had many friends there and was part of the bereavement team. Being involved with the church was an important part of her life. She never missed Bingo night, too! She was also very involved at the Senior Center.
“Memere/Babushka” adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always excited when they would come visit and she could spend time with them. They were so important to her and she to them.
She was an avid sports fan and was a faithful fan of the Lakers and the Dodgers, and never missed a game. She was her own cheering section, yelling and cheering them on from her den in her home!
One of her most favorite things to do was spending time at Virginia Lakes. She loved the beauty and calmness of it and enjoyed fishing and relaxing there during the summer months.
She had a very full life and was able to do all the things she wanted to do.
Mom/Memere/Babushka was very much loved by our family and will be terribly missed.