Leo T. LaRoche
1922 - 2014 HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. Leo T. LaRoche, 91, passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, at his residence on Carey Avenue. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Crowley) LaRoche who died on Feb. 10, 2012. They were married on Nov. 28, 1940. Leo was born on Nov. 20, 1922, in Bennington, Vt., son of Joseph and Irene (Betit) LaRoche. He attended school in Bennington. While attending school, he worked at Evan's News and the bowling alley setting pins. Leo was drafted on Feb. 10, 1942, into the Air Force. While serving, he loaded bombs and fused them, and served with the ground crews in France and Holland. Leo also served with the 671st Bomb Squadron, 9th Air Force, until being discharged on Oct. 17, 1945. After returning from the war Leo was employed at Hoosick Falls Lumber. He also co owned, with Arthur Surdam, L&S Lumber Company, and worked at Harrison Vending, tended bar in Petersburgh, N.Y., and then worked at the Wood Flong. He then worked at Oak Materials until retiring in 1984. He enjoyed woodworking after retiring. Leo was a 61-year member of the H.F. Elks, 65-year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 68 year member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the St. Stanislaw Society all in Hoosick Falls. Leo and Leo Jr. went cross country this past summer, stopping at Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Denver and Mt. Rushmore. Survivors include his daughter Mary Haynes (Paul); son, Leo T. LaRoche (Elizabeth), all of Hoosick Falls; son, Michael LaRoche of Queensbury, N.Y.; brothers, Robert, Richard, Andre and Paul LaRoche; six grandchildren, Paul, Christopher and Kathryn Haynes, Matthew, Michael and Jay LaRoche, and three great-grandchildren, Carter, Lucy and Jessica Haynes. Leo was predeceased by a brother, Francis, and by sisters, Martina Maloney and Claire Regini. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Burial with Military Honors will follow the Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the MAHAR FUNERAL HOME, 43 Main Street, on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation through the funeral home.
Mahar Funeral Home
43 Main St Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 30, 2014