Teresa Espinosa Roche (1922 - 2017)

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After being with us for 94 years, 11 months and one day, 50-year Alaska resident Teresa Espinosa Roche passed away suddenly at her home, where she was still able to complete daily chores. The day before she passed away she was outside cleaning up the flower beds and baskets, getting ready for next year; she never believed in putting off a job.
She was born in Dolega (Chiriqui), Panama, on Oct. 31, 1922, to Victor and Eugenia Espinosa. She was the oldest girl of the family, so when her mother passed away the job of taking care of the family fell on Teresa.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Eugenia Espinosa; three brothers, Martin, Alberto and Raul Espinosa; and sister, Lilia Bowes (Don).
She is survived by one sister, Graciela de Lee (Virginia) and three brothers, Pedro, Amador and Simon Espinosa (Panama); her three children, Cecilia T. Fain (Neal) of Tennessee, Maria E. Lambert (Tom) of Alaska and Joseph P. Roche of Alaska; grandchildren, Susan Rougeau (Dean), Eric Fain (Leslie), Holly Behr (Dave), Christina Burks (Phillip), Edward Lambert, Alicia Hickman (Brandon) and Teresa Fox (Jared); 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many loving friends.
She proudly became a citizen of the United States of America on Jan. 24, 1986. She loved growing and watching her flowers bloom, harvesting an abundant garden, knitting and crocheting for family and friends and especially watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. Her family stated: "She will be remembered for her many talents, hard work, wit, disciplined lifestyle and also her very fun-loving nature. There will be a very large hole in our lives that can never be filled. We give thanks to the Lord who gave us such a wonderful mother."
Visitation will be held on Oct. 6, 2017, at 11 a.m., service to follow at 12 p.m. Visitation and service will be held at Witzleben Family Funeral Home, 1707 South Bragaw Street in Anchorage, Alaska. Graveside service will be held immediately following at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 6, 2017