BREWER - Mary "Nancy" DeRoche, 94, died peacefully with her family at her side, Sunday, May 5, 2013. The daughter of Simon and Mary (LeBlanc) Belliveau of Cape Bald, New Brunswick, Nancy was born in Brewer, and naturalized at age 2.
The Guest Book is expired.
She was a 1936 graduate of Brewer High School and remained a lifelong resident of Brewer. Nancy worked in the secretarial pool at Dow Air Force Base until Nov. 3, 1938, when she married John DeRoche of Brewer. John and Nancy resided at 22 Pendleton St., and together they raised five children, John, Marie, Robert, Anne and Peter. Nancy was also a foster mother. Nancy was a devoted Catholic and served on various committees and sodalities at St. Teresa's, her home parish, in Brewer. During her lifetime, Nancy enjoyed candlepin bowling, weekly card games with her woman friends and cribbage with the grandchildren, playing the slots, traveling, crossword puzzles, all music, especially Irish, and playing the spoons. Nancy enjoyed life, love to talk politics, had a great listening ear and compassion for others. She was also a lifetime member of National Audubon Society.
She was predeceased by her late husband, John; son, Peter; brothers, Phillip, George and Louis Belliveau; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Arlene DeRoche and Calvin and Evelyn DeRoche. She is survived by her son, John and wife, Frances, of Bangor; daughter, Marie Cole of New York; son, Robert and wife, Barbara, of Holden; daughter, Anne Robinson and partner, Bill Girouard, of Holden; daughter-in-law, Brenda DeRoche of Carmel; 10 grandchildren, Tonya and Jeremy Polk of Bangor, Wendy and Trent Martin of Texas, Lynn and Robert Guisti, Oakley and Lynn Cole, Barbara and Mark Blanchard, Thomas and Nell Cole Tina and Jennifer Evens-Cole, all of New York, Keith and Annie Ashton of Bangor, April Blanchard DeRoche of Carmel and Nancy Blanchard DeRoche of Lagrange; 22 great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Megan Polk of Bangor, Austin, Kayla and Aaron Martin of Texas, Joshua, Jonathan, Justin and Jacob Guisti, Ashley and Kimberly Blanchard, Thomas Jr. and Brooke Cole, Jody and Ariel Ruf, all from New York, Dustin Partridge of Bangor, Brock Ashton of Virginia, Victoria and Anthony Ashton of Bangor and Max, Dyln and Raven of Lagrange; sister-in-law, Lyda Belliveau of Hartland; nephews, Richard Belliveau and wife, Marsha, of California and Ronald Ware and wife, Jackie, of Maxfield. Everyone that touched her life will sadly miss Nancy, especially her friend Mary. Nancy also had five stepgrandchildren who accepted her as their own "Nannie" and were a part of their lives, Vicki Jo Robinson Adams of Fort Fairfield, Tami Robinson Webb of New Hampshire, Stacey Robinson Stansel of Florida, Andrew Robinson of Brewer and Robin Cole of Hartland, New Brunswick. The family would like to thank the love and kindness their mother received during her stay at Woodland's Assisted Living, Brewer, the love and constant care given by the staff at Bangor Nursing and Rehab Center and Beacon Hospice for their education, love, kindness and endless support.
The family would like to invite friends and relatives to a celebration of Nancy's life 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Teresa's Catholic Church, Brewer. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. Condolences to her family may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.
Kiley & Foley Funeral Service
299 Union St
Bangor, ME 04401
Published in BDN Maine on May 8, 2013