A memorial mass for Ruth V. Roach, RN, 81, of 313 Judson St., Ogdensburg, will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Notre Dame Church, Ogdensburg, at 10 a.m. with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be held in Notre Dame Cemetery. Mrs. Roach passed away on April 14, 2011 at her home under the care of Hospice and surrounded by her family. There will be no calling hours at her request. Arrangements are under the direction of Frary Funeral Home.
She is survived by one son, James D. Roach and his wife Rena; two grandchildren, Michael J. Roach and Lisa M. Rossignol and her husband Keith, both of Vestal; one brother, Gaylord L. Baxter of Massena; two sisters, Dorothy Arquette and her husband Gordon of Brookdale and Irene Smith of Ogdensburg; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Daniel J. Roach in March of 1988; three brothers, William in 1933, Allen Baxter in 1995, and Darrell Baxter in 2000; one sister, Doris Baxter Barrigar Brothers in 1986; her mother, Leora Nichols Baxter in 1933; and her father, Delbert Baxter, in 1986 at the age of 99.
Mrs. Roach was born on October 25, 1929 in North Stockholm, a daughter of the late Delbert and Leora (Nichols) Baxter. She graduated from Norfolk High School in 1947 and from the St. Lawrence State Hospital School of Nursing in 1950.
She married Daniel J. Roach on November 25, 1950 at Notre Dame Church with the very Rev. A.D. Charbonneau officiating.
Mrs. Roach worked at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for 35 years, 15 of which were as a nurse administrator. Before her retirement in 1985, she received the honor of being selected by her co-workers as employee of the year.
She was active in her parish and enjoyed being a Eucharistic Minister. She participated in the core group when the recovery meetings were being established at she was the Precursillo director when the Cursillo movement was active; their goal being make a friend, be a friend and take your friend to Jesus.
Mrs. Roach was an active person. Her greatest enjoyment was her family, friends and living life to its fullest. She derived much happiness from fishing, refinishing and upholstering old furniture, bowling and helping others. She was a member of the Ogdensburg City Women’s Club and a member of the K of C Women’s Auxiliary. To some she was known for these words. “ Today will be yesterday tomorrow so cherish it and make it meaningful for God and for others as it will never pass your way again”
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Notre Dame Heritage Fund or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
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