Jeannette (Moreau) DeRoche,
a longtime Cumberland resident, passed away peacefully on October 7th at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.
Jeannette was born on December 6th, 1922 in Cumberland, the youngest of four children of Harry J. Moreau and Maude Sara Jones. Soon after her birth the family moved to Berndt Street in Pawtucket. Jeannnette attended public elementary and high schools in Pawtucket, graduating from what is now Tolman High School in 1940.
In 1941 she married Joseph T. L. DeRoche of Lawrence, Massachusetts who was then in the US Army. Mrs. DeRoche worked for the US Navy at Quonset Point during World War II. The couple had two sons, both born in Pawtucket. Jeannette was employed for 20 years as a rubber coverer at the old Darlington Fabrics Corporation. When the firm relocated to New Jersey, Jeannette found employment at Murdock Webbing in Central Falls and worked there for 25 years, until she retired at age 65.
Mr. & Mrs. DeRoche moved to Cumberland in 1963 and lived on Maybury Street in the Meadowcrest section of Valley Falls.
She was an active parishioner of St Patrick's Church, and an officer in their senior association for several years. She painted on glass, metal, slate and wood, producing many decorative items which she gave to family and friends.
Mr DeRoche passed away in 1998, and Jeannette lived alone in the Maybury Street house until June of 2011, when she moved to an apartment at an assisted living facility in Alexandria, Virginia, near the residence of her older son. She passed away as a result of a serious fall in her apartment.
Her two brothers, Russell Jude Moreau and Cecil Joseph Moreau both predeceased her. She is survised by an older sister, Helen Frances (James Francis Ryan) Moreau of Warwick, by her two sons, James F. (Leonie T. McCann) of Alexandria, and Donald H. (Marie Y. Blanchette) of Burrillville, by four grandchildren, and by five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial to which relatives and friends are invited will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 9:00am in St. Patrick Church, Broad Street, Cumberland. Burial will be in RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.
Calling hours are Friday evening from 5-7pm at Lincoln Funeral Home, 1501 Lonsdale Avenue, Lincoln.
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