Joyce Pettit Roche
1930 ∼ 2019
Joyce P. Roche, 88, of Harwich and Belgrade Lakes, Maine passed away peacefully on January 2nd. She was born in Richmond Hill, New York and raised in Andover, MA. Joyce was a graduate of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She started her career at MIT as a research assistant then as a bacteriologist at Massachusetts General Hospital before becoming a high school science teacher in the Nauset school system on Cape Cod.
Joyce was a long-time resident of Harwich and enjoyed volunteering at the historical society and the local government cable station at the community center. She was also a devoted member of Holy Trinity church where she enjoyed the community of fellow parishioners. Joyce enjoyed sailing and canoeing along beaches of Cape Cod and Maine. When she was not on the water, she was at her sewing machine making quilts for family and friends. Joyce enjoyed the enthusiastic spirit of fellow quilters and was a long-time member of the Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod.
Anyone who met Joyce never forgot her infectious passion for learning, life and friendship. Her family and friends are saddened by her loss, but are truly grateful for all the blessings she brought their lives. She will be dearly missed.
Joyce was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 60 years, John L. Roche and sister Emily Sullivan. Joyce is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Cora and Dick Martin of Wilton, CT as well as many nieces and nephews and her dear friend Michele Stenson of Hanover, MA.
As per Joyce’s request, a private interment will take place at The Holy Trinity Memorial Wall in Harwich, MA. Donations in her name may be made to the American Heart Association.