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Gloria (Whitley) Roche

August 8, 1930 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Gloria Roche Obituary

Gloria Roche, formerly of Burlington and Waltham, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2024, at age 93.


Gloria was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Roche (d. 1978), her second husband, Richard Trench (d. 1992), and her grandson, Christopher Picardi.


Gloria was the loving mother of Steven Roche and his wife Kelly of Middleton, MA, and Linda Picardi of Burlington, MA. She is survived by her grandchildren, Matt Picardi and Katie Roche, and her great-grandchildren, Emerico and Tessa Picardi. And many nieces and nephews.


Gloria was born on August 8, 1930, and raised by her grandparents, Ray Carbee and Myrtle Gould, in New London, Connecticut. She was an active member of her church's youth group, sang in the school choir, was on the yearbook committee, and served as treasurer of her senior class. After graduating from Chapman Technical High School, Gloria moved to Massachusetts to attend nursing school at Newton Cottage Hospital. While interning at Metropolitan State Hospital, she met Richard Roche. They fell in love, got married, and settled down in Waltham to start their family.


Gloria worked as a nurse for over 40 years. It was a profession she loved and excelled at. She had a natural talent for taking care of others and always made sure to remind the nursing team at her long-term care center of this fact.


Gloria was a wonderful woman with an immense love for her family, animals, and the game of tennis- she never missed watching any of the major tournaments. In fact, when asked a while back by a family member who she would like to speak at her funeral. She replied - "Roger Federer". She had a terrific sense of humor and her love for her family was evident in how she remembered every little detail of their lives. Her caring nature made her a beloved figure in their lives and her passing has left an unfillable gap in the hearts of her loved ones.


A visitation will be held in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home, 270 Main St., Watertown on Tuesday Jan. 30, from 11:30 to 12:30, followed by a funeral service at 12:30 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment Belmont Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA-Angell), 350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130, or www.mspca.org.


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January 30, 2024

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
MacDonald Rockwell MacDonald Funeral Home
270 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472

Funeral Service
January 30, 2024

12:30 PM
MacDonald Rockwell MacDonald Funeral Home
270 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472


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