2015 December 4: Helen DeRoche


Helen E. (Gorham) (Hall) DeRoche, 73, a resident of Plaistow, NH for over 35 years, died Friday, December 4, at Bedford Hills Center, Bedford, NH


Born, raised and educated in Portland, Maine, daughter of the late John and Camilla (Ciazzo) Gorham, she attended Portland High School, and was a member of the Parish of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She worked for several years as the Secretary and Clerk of the City of Portland Health Department. Mrs. DeRoche moved to Plaistow in 1976, and was employed at Pentucket Medical Associates, and later as a clerk and cashier at Osco Drug in Plaistow.

A longtime and active member of the former Holy Angels Parish of Plaistow, she was a member of the Women’s Guild of the parish and was also a member of the prayer group, the Christmas Bazaar Committee, and several fundraising groups in the parish. She also supported local Pro-Life groups and volunteered for the People Helping People program of St. Jude Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Mrs. DeRoche was predeceased by her first husband, James B. Hall in 1968 ,and later by her son, Vincent A. Hall. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Gina C. (Hall) Despres of Windham, and her fiancé, Lewis Gould, and Michelle M. (DeRoche) Mencer and her husband, William, of Mystic, Conn.; her three sons, Stephen J. DeRoche and his wife, Maryellen of Braintree, Mass., Nicholas S. DeRoche of Plaistow, and John J. “Jay” DeRoche and his wife Kate, of Plaistow; two brothers, John P. Gorham of Westbrook, Maine, and Michael Gorham of Portland, Maine; a sister, Patricia “Patsy” Curran of Westbrook; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a sister, Maryanne French; and brothers, James and Thomas Gorham.

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