Age 61, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday morning, October 14, 2020 with her loving and devoted family by her side. She was born on February 23, 1959 in Mt. Clemons, Michigan to Alexander and Stephanie/Stella (Pellerito) DeBurie.
Rochelle graduated from Sterling Heights High School in 1977 and on September 21, 1985 she married Rev. Robert A. Miller, Jr. (Plymouth: First UMC).
Rochelle had an inner beauty which radiated in everything she touched. She had amazing talents in the arts, which she was able to express with painting, graphics design, quilting, sewing, crocheting, and crafts. She even had experience at designing sport swim wear.
In addition to her ability to design and create, her inner beauty was more obvious in her unconditional love for others. Rochelle’s genuine personality articulated love, kindness and compassion for others, which along with her incredible faith, defined who she was. Rochelle lived her life with a calm demeanor that had an effect on all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Rochelle was the quintessential pastor’s wife, serving as the most effective “behind-the-scenes” partner in ministry with her husband. She had an innate sense for the needs of the ministry and congregations in those churches where “Pastor Bob” served. Always quick with a smile and a warm embrace, Rochelle quickly became a beloved part of wherever they went. You could always find her surrounded by folks looking for their hug or friendly conversation on Sunday mornings or numerous church activities. Always available and present to add that extra touch, many can remember seeing, and hearing, Rochelle tolling the bells from the back of the room at funerals for church members transitioning to their new lives.
Rochelle felt and answered the call to be active in the community where they were assigned. She was a member of P.E.O., and was active in community vitality initiatives, food pantries, and prison ministry. She will be missed by all who knew her. But all are rejoicing, for she is now in the arms of her Savior.
Most of all, Rochelle was a loving mother and dedicated homemaker. Nothing made her happier than to be able to demonstrate her love for her family whether through the many talents she had developed, or by simply being available for conversation and support as “Mom.”
In addition to her husband of 35 years, Pastor Bob, Rochelle is survived by three children: John of Farmington, Christopher of Warren, and Cheryl Lynn of Brighton, along with her mother Stella DeBurie and four siblings: Denise (Bill) DeMaire, Diane Delaney, Justine DeBurie and Alex (Emma) DeBurie, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Alex and grandparents.
Due to the Covid pandemic a church memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to:
Rev. Robert A. Miller, Jr.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Those desiring may make contributions please do so to: The American Cancer Society, or to your local United Methodist Church in Rochelle’s name.