ForeverMissed

ROCHE, EMMA M. (NEE DiDONATO), 86, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, went home peacefully to her heavenly Father on January 11, 2018, surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren.  


Emma was born on March 3, 1931, the youngest daughter of Berardina and Antonio DiDonato. She grew up on “the farm” in Paulsboro where she later met and married her high school sweetheart, Daniel “Mutt” Roche.


Dan and Emma married on January 7, 1950; Emma passed having just celebrated the 68th anniversary of their love affair.  Her faith was the center of her heart and home and in her last days she found peace in knowing that the Blessed Mother would come to her.    


Because she was tender-hearted and loved so fully, and love believes and hopes all things, she had many heart breaks in her many days.  She was preceded in death by her own eldest son, Stephen, and two of her daughters, Jeanne and Maureen.  Emma was also preceded in death by her seven siblings:  Daniel, Peter, Mary, Paul, Thomas, Teresa and Mario.

She is survived by her other six children, Diane, Duane and wife Sheryl, Teresa and husband Ted Quirk, Mary, Danny and wife Patti, and Kristin and husband Ed Dirago, as well as 25 grandchildren and 20 greatgrandchildren.  Her many surviving nieces and nephews, many of whom grew up with her and who have always loved her dearly, will feel the loss of this special friend.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Emma Roche at 11:30am on Wednesday, January 17 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit,  17 Earlington Ave, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.  Friends and family may call at the church beginning at 10:30 am.  The Rite of Committal will be offered at Eglington Cemetery, 320 Kings Hwy, Clarksboro, NJ 08020 following the Mass.


Posted by Danny Cipressi on March 3, 2022
Happy Birthday! Give my regards to all the other angels.
Posted by Danny Cipressi on March 3, 2021
You were just five years old when I was born! Happy Birthday sweetheart.
Posted by Loretta DiDonato on January 15, 2021
Hey Aunt Emma. Got you a “free sandwich so you don’t have to cook”. Imitation is the highest form of compliment. Thanks for the laughs! Loretta
Posted by Danny Cipressi on January 14, 2021
Dear Aunt Emma,

The older I get the more easily I cry, especially when I think of you and the rest of those wonderful people who left us. Hugs to all we loved so much.
Posted by Kristin Dirago on January 11, 2021
Thinking of you today Mom.
Posted by Kristin Dirago on March 4, 2020
Thinking of you and Dad and missing you as always.
Posted by Danny Cipressi on March 3, 2020
Happy Birthday, dear Aunt. Hug Mom and Dad for me.

Love

Danny
Posted by Loretta DiDonato on January 11, 2020
The wind said to the rain, “You push and I’ll pelt!”
They so smote the flower bed, the flowers knelt!
I knew how the flowers felt! Frost

With shared sympathy for the Roche family
Posted by Kristin Dirago on March 3, 2019
Missing you on your birthday Mom.
Posted by Danny Cipressi on March 3, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY DEAR AUNT IN HEAVEN. AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR GETTING THE WHOLE GANG TOGETHER UP THERE FOR PRAYERS FOR YOUR NIECE AND MY COUSIN LORETTA. GOOD JOB!!!
Posted by Danny Cipressi on January 11, 2019
Dear Aunt Emma,
Now that you and Uncle Dan are together with my parents, I hope you will pray for your family here on earth, especially for Loretta DiDonato. She is scheduled for an operation on January 22nd and needs lots of prayers. Please pass this on to all those we love and miss so much. Love ya! P.S. Say a few more prayers for Regina; she broke her ankle before Christmas.
Posted by Danny Cipressi on March 7, 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM'S BABY SISTER!!!
Posted by Danny Cipressi on January 15, 2018
Dear Aunt Emma,

My Mom was only 16 when you were born, and I can only imagine the joy on her face when Grand Mom showed you to her for the first time. Oh what joy! But I don't need to imagine the great joy they have now that you are with them in heaven. Oh what joy! But your family on Earth will be very sad until we greet you once more. We will miss you till then...Oh what joy!
Posted by Lynn Fitzgerald on January 15, 2018
What a grand reunion happening in heaven
now! I can only imagine the celabrating .
Peace, love, and Eternal joy .
Lynn Fitzgerald
Posted by Maryann Koletas on January 14, 2018
Our heart felt feelings are with all of you at this difficult time. Remembering Aunt Emma fondly with her laughter and expressions sitting around mom and pop's dining room table and then you all piling in your old station wagon to go home.........
With heart felt sympathy Love Maryann and Gloria DiDonato
Posted by Chris Mitchell on January 14, 2018
To all my Roche cousins:

I loved staying at your house when I was little, especially the one that had that long basement. I believe it was Delaware. And the red station wagon. We had the same one in blue. Good times.

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Happy Birthday! Give my regards to all the other angels.
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Posted by Loretta DiDonato on January 15, 2021
Hey Aunt Emma. Got you a “free sandwich so you don’t have to cook”. Imitation is the highest form of compliment. Thanks for the laughs! Loretta
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