Sharon Rockenstire
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Rockenstire, Sharon COLONIE Sharon (Fernald) Rockenstire of Colonie died April 18, 2013 after a nine-year battle with lung cancer. Sharon leaves behind her only child, Mary Ann Chesky, a devoted daughter and nurse who took care of her until her very last day, and son-in-law Ron marriage made us family but love made him my son. She was grandmother and "Honey" of Erin Blythe, Caitlin Rose, and Daniel Patrick, and great-grandmother to Liam James, all of Colonie. Sharon felt the four were a huge gift and that she was blessed to have them. Also, survived by brothers, Terence and Christopher Fernald; companion, Richard O'Brien of Albany; and she was the niece of Joseph (Linda) Fernald of Huntsville, Texas. Also, half-siblings, Susan (Gordon) Ryan of Albany, Wendy (Sam) Schors and Stephen (Jennifer) Fernald of Maine. She was grateful for her many close friends and family who were there for her and felt blessed to have had all of you in her life, especially during these years of her illness. The cards, flowers, posts on Caring Bridge and love that you showed us all was truly our gift! Special thanks to the prayer group from Elkins Baptist Church in Huntsville, who sent prayer slips weekly. Also, many prayers of thanks to Drs. Dudek and Doyle and their staff at Patroon Creek NYOH who were irreplaceable for the care we've gotten since 2008. Our very special gratitude to Judy Menetti, R.N., whose love, concern, and compassion could always brighten up any day and made a difference in our lives over these years we always looked forward to your hugs and were so thankful you were with us from our very first day to the last! Sharon was predeceased by her siblings, Mary Ann, John Patrick, and Peter Fernald, and her parents, Keith Fernald and Mary Bridget "Polly" McDermott Fernald, who emigrated from Roscommon County, Ireland working hard her entire life and single-handedly raised her six children with the values of her Irish Catholic faith, her strong work ethic, and her belief that "family always comes first." Sharon lived these principals every day of her life! Born in Albany, she took her dream trip to Ireland in 2007 retracing her mom's roots. She enjoyed traveling, casinos, shopping especially for shoes gardening, her goldfish pond, and spending time with her family which always brought her the most joy. She retired from NYNEX as an assistant manager of the computer room, was a board member for the directory alumni council New York State Chapter; and was an Albany life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She also was a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge & Ladies Auxiliary 2192, volunteering in many events including membership co-chair. She was one of the first volunteers trained for St. Peter's Hospice with Dr. Michael Murphy before the Hospice Inn was built in 1981 and continued there until her illness began in 2004. She was a lifelong communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany. Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 23 from 4 to 7 p.m., with the Colonie Elks Ladies and Lodge members presence requested for a 7 p.m. service at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Memorial donations in Sharon's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 where she was a Partner in Hope since 1991. To leave a special message for the family online, visit NewcomerAlbany.com.

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Published by Albany Times Union from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2013.
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MY BEAUTIFUL MOM,

13 MONTHS AGO TODAY WE SAID OUR LAST GOODBYES... IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S BEEN THIS LONG?

THERE'S SO MUCH I MISS ABOUT OUR "DAY TO DAYS"... PHONE CALLS, WEATHER UPDATES, GROCERY LISTS & BANANAS > THE LIST GOES ON AND ON...

NOT A DAY WILL GO BY THAT YOU WON'T BE A PART OF IT, PART OF MY 1st & LAST THOUGHTS OF THE DAY.

YOU GAVE ME SO MUCH ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO, WHEN TO DO IT, and HOW TO MOVE FORWARD IN OUR LAST YEARS > YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT SO MUCH - NOTHING or NO ONE COULD GET AHEAD OF YOU!!!

I'M STILL WORKING ON YOUR "TO DO LIST" and IT LIKE THIS WILL FINISH SOON. KNOW THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF ME, PART OF MY HEART (especially since you took it with you), and ALWAYS IN MY HEAD - I WILL CARRY YOU WITH ME ALWAYS & FOREVER!!! REMEMBER I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS YOUR HEART SONG.

UNTIL THE ROAD RISES TO MEET ME - I WILL WAIT FOR YOU... TO THE MOON and BACK... ALWAYS & FOREVER! xoxo
MAURA
May 18, 2014
MOM,

ALTHOUGH TODAY IS THE 2nd MOTHER'S DAY WITHOUT YOU IT SEEMS LIKE THE FIRST. I THINK WE WERE ALL STILL NUMB FROM THE WEEKS THAT HAD PASSED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND IT ALL?

EVEN THOUGH TIME HAS PASSED I STILL FIND IT HARD TO UNDERSTAND?

I PRAY THAT I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO "DO IT LIKE YOU DID & PUT ON MY BIG GIRL PANTS" AS YOU WOULD SAY BUT SOMETIMES IT'S HARD.

I'M A MOTHER WITH DAUGHTERS BUT NO LONGER A DAUGHTER WITH A MOTHER!?

MY HEART ACHES IN A WAY I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD FEEL BUT IT IS FULL WITH MEMORIES I TRY TO DRAW ON ESPECIALLY ON DAYS LIKE TODAY...... I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS & FOREVER xoxo
MAURA
May 11, 2014
Knowing could never prepare me for what was to come this past year. Our time was a blessing I will never forget! My world is not the same without you! Thank you for your wisdom - you were right as always. Thank you for letting me love & care for you til your very last breath - I will hear our heart song until my very last breath! You will be with me always and forever...Maura
April 17, 2014
There are no candles to light, no gifts to be opened and the flowers we bring go to a new place this year but our love is with you on this your 1st Birthday in heaven. Always With Love, Maura and The Crew
March 29, 2014
MOM,

HOW DID WE GET TO WHERE THERE HAS BEEN 11 MONTHS IN OUR WORLD WITHOUT YOU???

I PICK UP THE PHONE SO MANY TIMES TO CALL YOU WITH A "FUNNY" AND THEN IT HITS...

I DON'T DENY OR AM UNGRATEFUL FOR ALL WE HAD BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT MISS ALL THAT WAS TO COME...

WHOEVER SAID TIME HEALS WAS WRONG... I MISS YOU SO MUCH MORE THAN I CAN EVER SAY HERE!

ALWAYS & FOREVER MY LOVE,
xoxo
MAURA
March 17, 2014
ON OUR 1st ST. PATRICK'S DAY APART,

TODAY WAS ALWAYS SUCH A SPECIAL DAY FOR US! OUR MASS WAS ALWAYS FOR THE FAMILY - NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD ADD YOU TO THE LIST... NOW I WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN HEART.

I WILL MISS YOUR HAM AND CABBAGE AND ALL THE FUN WE ALWAYS HAD BUT I KNOW THIS YEAR YOU'RE BACK WITH THE BEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY COOK EVER!!!

HUGS AND KISSES TO ALL - I'LL RAISE A BAILEYS TO YOU AGAIN TODAY MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER.

ALWAYS & FOREVER,
xoxo
MAURA
March 17, 2014
MY BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL MOTHER,

ON THIS 1st VALENTINE'S DAY APART... KNOW THAT MY HEART WENT WITH YOU 43 WEEKS AGO.

I'LL LOVE YOU ALWAYS & FOREVER!
XOXO
MAURA
February 13, 2014
ON THIS DAY IN 1977 THE WORLD AS I KNEW IT CHANGED FOREVER... MY BEAUTIFUL GRANDMA POLLY DIED > I THOUGHT I KNEW WHAT GRIEF WAS, WHAT LOSS "FELT LIKE", and HOW IT FELT TO LOOSE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN MY LIFE......... BOY WAS I WRONG!!!

MOM, I NEVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE A TIME WHERE I WOULDN'T HAVE YOU TO GO THROUGH THIS DAY WITH... I'M NOT A STUPID PERSON BUT YOU FORVER SEEMED STRONG, WERE ALWAYS HEALTHY, EVEN INVINCIBLE AT TIMES......... YOU WERE/ARE/WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO!!!

GIVE POLLY A HUG FROM ME.......... I MISS YOU BOTH MORE THAN EVER!!!

ALWAYS...
xoxo
MAURA
January 29, 2014
I WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL TODAY INSTEAD OF LAST WEEK ON THE 18th BECAUSE MOM - TODAY IS 40 WEEKS OF THURSDAYS....

THE IRONY OF TODAY IS NOT LOST ON ME… IT'S BEEN 40 WEEKS SINCE MOM DIED!

AS A MATERNITY NURSE > MY JOB WAS GEARED BY “40 WEEKS” THAT IS WHEN - AS ALL YOU MOMS KNOW – YOUR DUE DATE IS!

THE DATE BY WHICH ALL IS MEASURED FOR HOW “FAR ALONG” YOU ARE….. NEW LIFE BEGINS.

WELL I KNOW I'M NOT READY FOR THAT YET, TO BE “RENEWED” BUT IT IS ODD THAT SIGN OF SOME OF THE GREATEST THINGS IN OUR LIVES IS MEASURED BY “40”?

NOAH HAD 40 DAYS & 40 NIGHTS OF RAIN > I HAVE 40 WEEKS OF TEARS.

MOSES WAS ON THE MOUNT WITH GOD FOR 40 DAYS & 40 NIGHTS > I FEEL CLOSER TO GOD, MOM, POLLY, and THE FAMILY NOW THAN EVER BEFORE.

JESUS REMAINED ON EARTH FOR 40 DAYS AFTER RESURRECTION…

LENT IS 40 DAYS – TIME TO REPENT [YOU ALL KNOW THE STORY] AND AGAIN THE IRONY IS – MOM'S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY [WHICH I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IS THAT CLOSE] WILL BE GOOD FRIDAY THIS YEAR AND WE AS A FAMILY CANNOT HONOR HER IN MASS THAT DAY DUE TO GOOD FRIDAY.

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IF I HAD BEEN BLESSED WITH NEWS OF A CHILD ON APRIL 18th – I WOULD NOW BE READY TO WELCOME A NEW WEE ONE TO OUR LIVES INSTEAD OF FEELING SUCH A LOSS AS WE DO A MERE 40 WEEKS LATER?

TRUST ME THOUGH I DO FEEL BLESSED ON THIS DAY OF APRIL 18th BECAUSE AS A MATERNITY NURSE THAT WAS WHEN I WELCOMED LIAM JAMES INTO THIS WORLD AND I TRULY FEEL THE SYMBOLISM THAT ALTHOUGH MOM WOULDN'T HAVE CHOSEN THIS DAY SHE WOULD HAVE WANTED IT THIS WAY THAT WE CAN ONLY BE “JUST SO” ON APRIL 18th AND FOCUS ON LIAM INSTEAD…..

I KNOW MOST OF YOU DO BUT PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TODAY TO REMEMBER MOM IN YOUR PRAYERS…..

I LOVE YOU MOM & ALTHOUGH THIS TIME IS LONG IT STILL FELLS LIKE YESTERDAY……………
MAURA
January 23, 2014
MOM,

I WILL MISS OUR MIDNIGHT CALL TONIGHT BUT WILL LIGHT A CANDLE FOR YOU IN CHURCH...

I WILL LOOK FOR THE BRIGHTEST STAR & HOPE IT'S YOU SHINING BRIGHTLY UPON US.

YOUR "NEW YEAR" ALREADY STARTED; FREE OF CANCER AND IN THE ARMS OF OUR FAMILY & OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SO KNOW MY LOVE IS WITH YOU TONIGHT AND ALWAYS AS WE TRY TO FIGURE THIS OUT...

THERE IS NO HAPPY NEW YEAR HERE ONLY ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT YOU...

ALL MY LOVE, ALWAYS & FOREVER
MAURA
xoxo
December 31, 2013
TO MY BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL MOTHER

BEING TOGETHER TODAY WAS DIFFERENT...
NO PRESENTS TO OPEN - ONLY CANDLES TO LIGHT.

ALTHOUGH THE TREE WAS LIT ONLY THE STARRY NIGHT SHONE AS BRIGHT.

THE EVERGREENS WERE THERE AND THE SUN WAS BRIGHT TODAY BUT IN THE STILLNESS I COULD FEEL WRAPPED IN YOU.

ALTHOUGH THERE WAS AN EMPTY CHAIR AT THE TABLE THERE WASN'T IN MY HEART! GOD BLESS YOU ON YOUR FIRST CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN... YOU ARE MISSED HERE MORE THAN WORDS CAN EVER SAY....

I LOVE YOU MOM ~ MERRY CHIRSTMAS
MY LOVE ALWAYS & FOREVER,
MAURA
xoxo
December 25, 2013
MOM,

I TRIED TO SIT AND WRITE THIS AND COULDN'T SEEM TO START FOR WHERE I NEEDED TO GO WAS TOO DEEP IN MY HEART... THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE DAY I DON'T MISS YOU MORE THAN I CAN SAY!!!

I'M THANKFUL FOR ALL YOU ARE TO ME, ALL YOU TAUGHT ME, and MOST OF ALL FOR THE WISDOM YOU GAVE ME TO TRY TO HELP GUIDE ME THROUGH THIS... YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT SO MUCH AND SO MANY AND FOR THAT I THANK YOU MOM!

GOD BLESSED ME THE DAY HE SENT ME TO YOU... THANK YOU FOR BEING THE BEST MOM ON OUR FIRST THANKSGIVING APART...

I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER & ALWAYS.
MAURA
November 29, 2013
MOM,

I SAT AND LISTENED ALL NIGHT LONG TO THE SONG OF THE WIND... SEEMED SO PEACEFUL AND YET NO REST WAS FOUND.

I THINK EVERYDAY - HOW DID YOU DO THIS? I PRAY I WILL FIGURE IT OUT.

I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD EVER LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU AND NOW IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE IT'S BEEN 7 MONTHS!!??

I LOVE YOU ALWAYS....xoxo
MAURA
November 18, 2013
MOM, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S BEEN 6 MONTHS TODAY!!?? MY HEART ACHES MORE THAN I EVER THOUGHT IT COULD... FOREVER & ALWAYS
MAURA
October 18, 2013
you are always so spot on!, it was so good to see you today. You also remind me of true love the kind that goes on forever. Love, Liz
Liz Kenneally
September 20, 2013
5 MONTHS AGO TODAY YOU LEFT...

I READ A BOOK TODAY AND THE FAMOUS AUTHOR SAID WHEN HIS FATHER DIED HE WAS NOW A FATHER TO A SON BUT NO LONGER A SON TO A FATHER...... THAT WAS IT - RIGHT ON THE MONEY!!!

I'M A MOTHER TO A DAUGHTER BUT NO LONGER A PHYSICAL DAUGHTER TO A MOTHER.
YOU ARE FOREVER IN MY HEART, MIND, SOUL, & SPIRIT MOM.......... ALWAYS xoxo
MAURA
September 17, 2013
TODAY WAS A HARD DAY FOR ALL OF US... HAPPY 1st GRANDPARENTS DAY IN HEAVEN MOM - GIVE POLLY A HUG FROM ME!
MY HEART IS WITH YOU ALL
ALWAYS......
MAURA
September 8, 2013
4 MONTHS AGO TODAY MY BEAUTIFUL... BEAUTIFUL MOM LEFT OUR WORLD..... SHE HAS NOW BEEN GONE MORE DAYS THEN SHE WAS ALIVE FOR 2013!

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT COULD BE TRUE??
MAURA
August 17, 2013
Yesterday I passed our spot we shared together for the first time. I miss our time we had together.

Love Ronnie
Ron Chesky
August 12, 2013
16 WEEKS BY THURSDAYS.... LOVE YOU MOM
MAURA
August 8, 2013
Hang in there. Your mom is pulling for you! I know how you feel sometimes it seems like 2 steps forward 10 back. Concentrate on the wonderful memories you and your family have. Love Liz
LIZ Kenneally
July 22, 2013
MOM, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S BEEN 1/4 OF A YEAR ALREADY?

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S BEEN 3 MONTHS SINCE I HELD YOU IN M ARMS, HEARD YOUR VOICE, TOUCHED& KISSED YOUR FACE or HELD YOUR HAND....

RIGHT NOW TIME DOESN'T MAKE THINGS BETTER - I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DID IT???

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO!!!
xoxo
MAURA
July 18, 2013
Mary Ann this is Tess. I just happens to scrolling down and goggling when I saw aunt Sharon picture on the obituary. I am very sorry for your loss. My regards to you and family.

God bless always,
Tess Capito (rockenstire)
tess capito rockenstire
July 6, 2013
Maura I'm so very sorry for yours & your family's loss. I will forever keep you all in my prayers & my heart. Please know you are truly never far from my thoughts. May God bless you all who loved your mom today & always.
Colleen Fernald Peterson
June 17, 2013
I LOVE YOU MOM...
HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S BEEN ONE MONTH... I CAN COUNT THE MINUTES BUT NOT THE TEARS...
FOREVER & ALWAYS FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE
LOVE, MAURA
May 17, 2013
CARD OF THANKS FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT GET THE PAPER...

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched they must be felt with the heart. To all who touched our hearts to honor my beautiful mother throughout this journey, in more ways than I can ever detail, I thank you!

To John Cannon, Rev. John Bradley, Steve Di Bella, Peter Topian, Steve Steinburg, all Colonie Elks and Directory Alumni Council members and especially to Sue, Teacia, and CAR-9 who's love, support, and presence throughout this was endless - words can never convey all I feel for all of you in our lives!

We will never forget your loving mom or us, Happy 1st Mother's Day in Heaven!

Mary Ann "Maura" Chesky.

This was published in Albany Times Union on Sunday May 12, 2013
DAUGHTER
May 15, 2013
Dear MaryAnn and family, we are so very sorry for your loss.
Our heartfelt condolences,
The Comley Family
May 7, 2013
I am dearly sorry about you loss Mary Ann Chesky. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Please give me a call when you can 3087773.
DONNA HALLAHAN
April 25, 2013
I love you and miss you.
Love, Chris
April 23, 2013
Mary Ann and family. Your mom was a very proud and special person who was so proud of her family and especially you her daughter. You are in our prayers and may God comfort you in the coming days.
Linda Kenific
April 22, 2013
Mary Ann and family, your Mom was a special lady, our thoughts and prayers are with you
Paul and Carol Sponable
April 22, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I know losing a loved one is hard to go through, I will keep you in my prayers. May you draw close to God at this time,
April 21, 2013
Dear MaryAnn and family: I hope God brings you peace and that you enjoyed every moment you had with your mom. I know your Grama will be glad to see her again much love to all Aunt Joanne
Joanne Doherty
April 21, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jill Haynes
April 21, 2013
Sharon,
You came into my life 19 years ago when I started dating your brother, Terry. Through the years I saw and admired the very special relationship the two of you had. I still have never witnessed a brother and sister so close, so willing to do anything for each other. I envy that relationship and strive to improve my relationship with my family because of it. You and Terry were lucky to have each other.

I watched from the sidelines as you fought your battle with cancer. You were a true warrior, never giving up, always believing. It made me see what a truly horrible disease cancer is. I am so sorry you had to suffer as you did, but you remained positive and brave throughout it all. Again, teaching me how to be a better person.

I love you and you will be missed, every day. I'll think of you each time I order a grouper basket at the Bay Port. As I told you, I'll never be able to fill your shoes, but I'll take care of Terry the best I can. He'll never be alone.
Mickey Fay
April 21, 2013
Sharon was a loving,caring,charitable woman. She raised Mary Ann to be a loving,caring,charitable woman as well. Mary Ann fell in love with a loving, caring man named Ronnie, Mary Ann and Ronnie raised 3 loving,caring children. Sharon is proof that loving and caring can be contagious. She loved her Lord, Church,family and friends.
Sharon is the true measure of what a real woman should be.I will miss my beautiful friend Sharon. Liz Kenneally
Liz Kenneally
April 21, 2013
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