Dorothy Jean Rochelle

Feb. 27, 1934 - Aug. 27, 2018

Dorothy Jean Waisath Rochelle was born in East St. Louis Illinois, February 27, 1934 to Thelma and Wilfred Waisath and died peacefully, August 22, 2018, at 84 years old, at her home in Pearland, Texas.

Dorothy was always the "big sister" to her brothers, Bud, Ron and Jim, always looking out for them. After high school Dorothy went straight to work. After meeting her husband of 45 years, John Rochelle, they went into the convenience store business in Texarkana, Texas; they moved their successful business to Waco years later. At their peak, they had five convenience stores including a strip mall with a laundromat. Dorothy and John raised eight children all while building their business. Dorothy was a hard worker, always welcoming their customers as they entered their business.

After John passed, she moved to Pearland, Texas, where she was on the Founders Club of Watercrest Shadow Creek Ranch in 2016.Dorothy was preceded in death by parents, Thelma and Wilfred; husband, John Ross Rochelle; brothers, Wilfred "Bud" Jr., Ronald Gale, and James Earl; step-daughter, Cheryl Rochelle; and son-in-law, David Jantz.

She is survived by her children: daughters, Brenda Kistler and husband, Wayne, and Susan Jantz; sons, Keith W. Beitler and wife, Kelly, and Jim Beitler and wife, Cindy; step-daughters, Nancy Bush and husband, Jim, Rosa Minx and husband, Johnnie and Jackie Rochelle; and 18 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest with her husband, in Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy loved dogs and would want a donation in her memory to the ASPCA.

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My prayers and sympathy are extended to the family and loved ones of Mrs. Rochelle. Keep your faith in the resurrection promised at John 5:28, 29. Soon God will put an end to all sickness, sorrow and pain. He will also do away with our enemy death as promised at 1 Corinthians 15:26. Pray for God's kingdom to come as Jesus taught us to do. Please be comforted by the words expressed at Revelation 21:3, 4. Remember: God keeps His promises and it is impossible for God to lie!

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