In Loving Memory of a Remarkable Life: A Tribute to Paule Deroo Rogalin
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Paule Rogalin , a beloved French woman who touched the lives of many with her vibrant spirit, remarkable talents, and enduring love. Paule was born on February 26, 1930 in Dunkirk, France, and she departed from this world on August 13. Her journey through life was one filled with resilience, love, and a passion for music and dancing.
Growing up amidst the turmoil of World War II, Paule demonstrated strength beyond her years. At just 10 years old, she experienced the challenges and hardships of those times in the battle of Dunkirk. Her father, Marcel Deroo was taken POW, leaving Paule and her mother Simone to fend for themselves. Paule’s story is memorialized in a feature article in the book, “The Century” by Peter Jennings.
Fate intervened when she crossed paths with an American soldier, Corporal William Rogalin, in Versailles. Their love story blossomed against the backdrop of a post-war world, and they were married in Versailles in 1946. When Bill was discharged they returned to his hometown of New York City where they started a family.
Paule is predeceased by Bill Rogalin, her loving husband of 64 years. Paule is survived by her cherished sons and their families: Roger (and Jeanne) Rogalin, Michael (and Tiffany) Rogalin, Grandchildren (Eric, Sara, Tracie, Ryan, Andrew, Dylan, Liam, and Meg and John), 7 Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paule was gifted with a voice that resonated with warmth and emotion. Her enchanting performances on French radio captivated audiences in the New York area. It was her rendition of “La Vie en Rose” that truly became her signature song, touching souls and evoking a profound sense of nostalgia.
Beyond her musical prowess, Paule reveled in the joy of life’s pleasures. She had a passion for ballroom dancing, swaying gracefully across dance floors with her husband and friends. Her infectious laughter and radiant smile were a mainstay at gatherings, as she loved to attend parties and social events. Her love for chocolate was legendary.
From her roots in Dunkirk, to the bustling streets of New York City, the tranquility of Long Island, and the charm of Glen Rock, New Jersey, Paule left an indelible mark on each place she called home.
As we mourn her passing, let us also celebrate the incredible life Paule led, a life that epitomized the beauty of connection, the power of art, and the joy of simply living. In our hearts, she will forever be remembered as a symbol of resilience, a beacon of light, and a loving mother, grandmere, great grandmere and aunt.
Rest in peace, dear Paule. Your legacy lives on in the melodies, the dances, and the sweetness of life you shared with us all.