Mr. Timothy Edward Rokose, 43, of Colonia, New Jersey entered the arms of the Lord unexpectedly on Monday, February 27, 2023 in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, New Jersey.
We respectfully request that no one arrive at the funeral home prior to the posted visitation times, so as not to intrude on the family’s private time.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Sunday, March 5th. from 2:00-6:00PM. On Monday, March 6th. at 8:15AM, everyone will start to gather in the funeral home where a prayer service will begin at 8:45AM, followed by the funeral mass to be offered in St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in Colonia. The prayers of committal will precede Tim’s entombment in the family crypt in St. Gertrude Cemetery, also in Colonia.
Timmy, as he was called by his parents, Diane M. Futyma Rokose and Joseph R. Rokose, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and grew up and lived his entire life in Colonia.
Tim enjoyed a full and vibrant life, enhanced by his artistic skills and his appreciation of the arts. He loved to listen to music of various genres, although truth be told, classic rock was his favorite. He was gifted with the ability to play the electric guitar and Tim spent many hours along with his brother, Jeffrey, rummaging through albums and CDs to expand their music collection. He was fortunate to attend over 55 live concerts and Tim expanded that by also watching television programs that focused on recordings of live concerts and behind the scenes activities. Every now and then Tim would also watch movies, especially ones that offered up comedic themes that made him laugh. Tim was drawn to the sights and smells of the Jersey shore, notably Wildwood and Seaside Heights. He loved to do colorful drawings that filled volumes of books, showcasing the boardwalk, the carnival type rides, the power of the ocean, the lights and the never ending action one sees on a boardwalk stroll. Tim was also a collector of postcards that focused on all these things that make the Jersey shore so famous. When he wasn’t engaged in doing his own drawings, Tim was taking photographs to try and capture the joy he felt from being “down the shore.”
Tim was a gentle soul, who never uttered a bad word about anyone or anything. He loved to be around his family and friends and spend time with them. Christmas Eve of 2022 as the Rokose family was preparing to have friends and family over to celebrate the traditional dinner, Tim’s world went topsy turvy. In the midst of family, dinner preparations and holiday celebrations, Tim’s family watched helplessly as Tim had to go to the hospital. Since then, his medical issues kept multiplying and took over his life. Missing all of the holidays, one of the only things Tim kept asking for was to go back home, a wish that unfortunately could not be granted. At the conclusion of Timmy’s funeral mass, as his family and friends accompany Timmy to his final resting place, we will make sure that wish is finally granted by passing his beloved house for the final time. We know that Timmy will be watching and smiling from ear to ear.
Timmy is survived by his parents, Diane and Joseph Rokose; his brother, Jeffrey Rokose; his two uncles, Robert Rokose and his wife, Rosemarie, and George Rokose; his two aunts, Carol Rokose and Arlene Farbaniec and her husband, Richard and his several cousins, friends and neighbors.
It is natural to question why Tim was called from his earthly home too soon, but we have faith that God needed him more and has an important job for Tim! We know that our sweet Timmy is now our special guardian angel and as much as we will dearly miss him, Tim will forever be remembered in our minds and in our hearts.
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