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Jean M. (Andersson) DeRoche Obituary
DeROCHE, Jean M. (Andersson) Wicked big Red Sox fan, December 18, at age 85, after a long and well-lived life. Wicked big Red Sox fan, Jean attended 56 consecutive opening days at Fenway Park 1950-2005, the last one seeing the World Championship banner raised at Fenway after 86 years. She always said that she would not die until the Red Sox won the World Series in her lifetime, so we were a little worried in October, 2004, but Mom lived on to see another in 2007. Jean was the daughter of Marjorie (McLaren) and Otto Leander Andersson. She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Lyons and her husband Michael of Acton, her son Frank DeRoche and his wife Lisa Catella of Somerville, and her son Jim DeRoche of San Francisco, 3 grandsons, Brian Walsh and his wife Christine of Chelmsford, Maxwell and Adrian DeRoche of Somerville, 2 great grandchildren Connor and Kaleigh Walsh of Chelmsford. She was preceded in death by her favorite granddaughter, Jacqueline Jean (JJ) Walsh. Jean is also survived by her oldest sister Margaret (Peggy) Bean of Kingston, MA. She always said that Peggy would outlive them all. She was preceded in death by her twin brother Donald, sisters Helen and Edith, and her brother John. Jean was born in Needham, MA on May 15, 1924. She grew up in Weymouth and graduated from Weymouth High and attended Burdett College. She loved to travel and lived in Chicago and Houston before returning to Boston. She worked at the Employer's Insurance Group and was elected Vice President of the Owl Club in 1952, "the first young lady" to do so. Past president of the Cutter School PTA, Campfire Girls Troop Leader, Jean was an all around active Mom. She was a 20-year employee of Harvard University working at the Law School, Business School and College dining halls, and made many good friends there and enjoyed good times with them long after retirement. Some of her favorite memories are Friday nights at Peachy's, the famous clam dip, driving with Ann to Florida singing silly songs, her trip to Europe with son Frank, great granddaughter Kaleigh feeding her mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, Christmas eve at Nana's, spending time in Kennebunkport, ME, and her 85th birthday lobster at Nunan's with Frank, Jacki and Mike. An avid Red Sox fan, Jean enjoyed the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins. The television was always tuned to sports in her house. Her last wish was for the Patriots to win the Super Bowl and the Red Sox to win the World Series in 2010. So guys, please don't disappoint her. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Jean's life with us at the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Ave, ARLINGTON, located at the bottom of Pine Court, on Friday, January 8 from 3pm-7pm. Please wear your favorite Red Sox apparel. Jean would like to thank Dr. Lisa Starobin of HUGHP for her support and compassionate care over the years, but especially during the last days of her life. Also, Wendy Grose her hospice nurse, and, everyone should have an Isabel. Our family thanks them all. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the Women's Behavioral Health Fund, at the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02115, or The Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

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