It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Gilberta Rocha, a devoted wife of 31 years to Joe Rocha, loving mother to Stephanie, Jason and Briana, and dear sister to Jose Amaral. A sweet aunt and sister-in-law to a big family. She was the glue that held her family together, an overflowing source of love.
Born on September 19, 1968 in Travanca de S. Tomé, Portugal to Maria Gomes and the late Jose Amaral, Gilberta's journey brought her to the United States, where she not only realized her dream of raising a family but also became a beloved figure in her community.
Gilberta's love extended far beyond her immediate family. She possessed a passion for helping others, a quality that endeared her to everyone she met. Her sense of humor was light-hearted and her positive energy was truly contagious. Her caring nature was evident through the many acts of kindness like cooking meals for others, translating for friends and accompanying them to doctor appointments. She found her greatest happiness in making others happy and in serving them.
Gilberta found joy in the simple pleasures of life, from dancing to laughing, indulging in sweet treats, and watching Hallmark movies. Sunday diner trips with her closest friends were a cherished tradition and KLove radio was the soundtrack to her heart. Her faith was special and dear to her heart, a source of life and encouragement. Her love for the outdoors led to memorable camping trips and family BBQs. She was a dedicated supporter of her children's school activities and sports, always cheering them on in their life’s pursuits with encouragement.Gilberta cherished the serenity of peace and quiet, and she loved nothing more than spending time with her friends and family.
Gilberta's strength shined through even in the face of adversity as she battled cancer with grace and resilience even while holding her position as a member of the Philadelphia Portuguese Club.
On September 25, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones at home, Gilberta Rocha left this world. While she may be gone, her legacy of love, resilience, and unwavering devotion lives on. Her honor and moral compass are a shining example for all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed, but her memory will live on eternally.
A funeral Mass to celebrate Gilberta’s life will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023, at St. Albert the Great Church, 212 Welsh Rd, Huntingdon Valley, 19006. Gilberta's visitaion will be from 9-10:30 am, with Mass starting at 10:30 am. Gilberta's interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park 333 County Line Rd, Hunting Valley 19006 Saturday September 30 10:15 AM. Please arrive at the main gate. It was Gilberta's wish to see everyone in neutral light colors at her funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly accepts donations, with a donation box placed at the entrance of the church.
May Gilberta rest in eternal peace, knowing that her love and legacy will forever be cherished.
With love and remembrance,
The Family of Gilberta Rocha