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ROCHE, George W.
A WWII veteran, passed away peacefully with his children by his side on May 13, 2014 at the age of 92. He was born and raised in San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business before entering the military. After completing his military service he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in Pharmacology and Chemical Toxicology. His studies lead to a career in forensic science where he founded the Minnesota State Criminalistics Laboratory. While in Minnesota, George met the love of his life and wife of 53 years, Janet. Their life together brought them to Sacramento, where he continued his career as the Director of the criminalistics laboratory of the State of California, Department of Justice. He left the Department of Justice to start the Forensic Science program at the California State University, Sacramento where he taught as a Professor for the final 15 years of his career. Most of all, George loved his family and devoted his life to their care. Preceded in death by his wife Janet, George is survived by son, Stephen Roche and wife Sugar Roche; daughter Sandra Pierson and husband, Robert Pierson; grandchildren, Vincent Roche, Kaitlyn Roche, Kimberly Pierson, and Matthew Pierson. George was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will begin at 4pm on Friday, May 16 with Recitation of Rosary at 7pm held at George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers 2691 Riverside Blvd. Funeral services will be held at 9am on Saturday, May 17 at George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers. A private entombment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
The family would like to give a special thanks to George's doctors and caregivers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers - Sacramento
2691 Riverside Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95818
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 17, 2014