Love and memories last forever....
  • 86 years old
  • Born on March 3, 1931 .
  • Passed away on January 11, 2018 .

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 7th March 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM'S BABY SISTER!!!
Posted by Lynn Fitzgerald on 15th January 2018
What a grand reunion happening in heaven now! I can only imagine the celabrating . Peace, love, and Eternal joy . Lynn Fitzgerald
Posted by Danny Cipressi on 15th January 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 Chris Mitchell on 14th January 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.
Posted by Loretta DiDonato on 14th January 2018
To Uncle Dan and all Aunt Emma's family. My heart is broken for your loss. Remembering way back to Gibbstown and Paulsboro and happy memories and later years in times I don't like to remember when Aunt Emma, Uncle Dan and all your family were there for me like my own family. We are praying for you. I know the heartache and unspeakable sadness you must endure. God be with you! Loretta, David and Anthony "The wind said to the rain, 'You push and I'll pelt!' They so smote the flower bed that the flowers knelt. I know how the flowers felt. "(Robert Frost)
Posted by Maryann Koletas on 14th January 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

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