Dorothy Rock

  • Born: August 19, 1927
  • Died: March 13, 2021
  • Location: New Rochelle, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dorothy "Dorrie" Rock of New Rochelle, NY passed away peacefully in her home on March 13, 2021 at the age of 93.
Dorothy was born and raised in Pelham, NY. The youngest of Martin and Esther Devitt's five children, she attended St. Catherine's School and Pelham Memorial High School. Soon after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart Richard Rock at St. Catherine's Church. They lived in Pelham where they started a family before eventually settling in New Rochelle.
While Dorrie spent most of her life raising children she was also very active. After losing her husband at a young age, she joined the workforce and became a bookkeeper. In her free time Dorrie loved to play sports. Softball, tennis, paddle tennis and ping pong were among her favorites. She also enjoyed watching Met games and playing lawn or board games with her family -- especially Password, and many an afternoon was spent proudly cheering on her children, then grand and then great-grandchildren in the gyms and on the field. Dorrie's greatest joys came from spending time with her family.
Dorrie also had a passion for music and singing and was blessed with a beautiful voice. Though shy and introverted by nature, she became a member of the Sweet Adelines/Golden Apple acapella chorus group and later became a founding member of Sunnyside, a barbershop quartet. Dorrie loved performing with these groups, especially as part of Sunnyside where she became fondly known as "Madame", their beloved baritone.
Dorrie was one of a kind, an amazing woman who was loved by all and will be remembered most for her warmth and graciousness.
Dorrie was pre-deceased by her son Douglas Rock and is survived by her children: Richard (Susan) Rock, Jr., Donna (Ken) McAlley, Diane (Ivar) Hyden, Dennis (Alice) Rock, Timothy Rock, Peter Rock amd Robin (Chris) Rock-Lynch.
She will be sorely missed by her 15 grandchildren; Ken Jr., Jillian, Jenn, Abby, Meghan, Christopher, Brian, Amanda, Rebecca, Briana, Dylan, Matthew, Lukas, Logan and Landon, as well as her 14 great-grandchildren; Ricky, Gracie, Amelia, Sophie, Louisa, Robbie, Jackson, Mila, Evie, Hayden, Ryder, Hunter, Isla and Declan.
A celebration of Dorothy's life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, NY on Friday, March 19th from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Holy Family Church located at 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY on Saturday, March 20th at 10:45am. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Rick, Donna, Diane and all the Rocks. I am sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I have many memories of her warmth and grace when we were young. A great lady who will be missed . May she rest in peace.

Posted by Ed Fitzgerald - New York, NY - Friend   March 20, 2021

Diane & Robin, so sorry to hear if your mom's passing- we all played tennis together years ago. Dorrie was so sweet & kind! Sending prayers to your family.

Posted by Jackie Salerno - Eastchester, NY - Friend   March 19, 2021

So sorry about your loss

Posted by Maria DeSandre Leone - Mt. Vernon, NY   March 19, 2021


Rest in peace, Aunt Dorrie. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Rock clan. Aunt Dorrie had a lot on her shoulders and still made time to play, sing and laugh with all of us. I never heard her complain. Her smile lit up the room. She was a completely, lovely person.

Posted by Lisa, Michael and Daniel McConnell - Califon, NJ - Family   March 17, 2021

A special treat to have been Aunt Dorrie's nephew. Such a fun women full of vigor and spirit. I didn't even mind doing chores when I visited she just made the world around her a great place to be!

Posted by Glenn Kavanagh - Tampa, FL   March 17, 2021

A beautiful woman having a beautiful family. Lucky them to have had you in their lives. RIP.

Posted by Rosalinda    March 16, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Dorrie's passing. I sang baritone along with Dorrie in the Golden Apple Chorus and also am very good friends with Rose Smith, Phyllis Allen, and Nanette Melera who were the members of the Sunnyside quartet. We always enjoyed their parodies and funny skits. Dorrie was a lovely person and she will certainly be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Another connection I have with your family. Rick and Susan Rock lived on Albert Place just across the street from my mother, Amelia Sorieri who passed away in 1990.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
Margaret Robinson

Posted by Margaret Robinson - Williamsburg, VA - Friend   March 16, 2021

Unfailing in grace, humor and fortitude. Truly an exemplary lady. Always looked forward to her presence. Now in God's comforting arms. Peace aunt Dorrie.

Posted by Craig Devitt - Pike Road, AL - Family   March 16, 2021


To Robin, Jen, Jill and the entire Rock Family my thoughts and prayers to you all .Mrs. Rock was a lovely lady and I was glad to have known her . May she rest in peace .
Tricia Pickering and Gerard Cahill

Posted by tricia pickering - peekskill, NY - Friend   March 16, 2021

Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Chris Ryan - Friend   March 16, 2021


I love you mom.I miss you so much.

Posted by Peter Rock - New Rochelle, NY - Son   March 15, 2021

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Grandma Jean, Grandpa Hank, Uncle Glenn, Gr-Aunt Dorrie, Aunt Laurie, Uncle Tom, and Aunt Chrissy