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Alice B. Roche

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Alice B. Roche, 94, passed away on May 5, 2011, at her residence at Cumberland Crossing Retirement Home in Carlisle, Pa. Born July 19, 1916 in Waterville, Maine, she was a daughter of the late Herbert C. and Elizabeth Parks Bridges. Her husband of 50 years, Joseph W. Roche, preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1989. Alice spent most of her childhood in Uxbridge. She and her twin sister, Marguerite, spent most of their youth swimming and training for competition in the Uxbridge area. She held three World records and twenty American records. The highpoint of her athletic career was being part of the USA Summer Olympic team. She participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and won the Bronze Metal for the 100-meter backstroke competition. It was a special Olympic well remembered for Hitler and Jesse Owens. She cherished gatherings with family and friends, playing golf, traveling worldwide and of course swimming into her early nineties. She loved art and painting and was especially proud of the numerous awards she received for her portrait paintings. Surviving are two children, Marguerite Price and Joseph Roche; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, Pa., and she will be placed to rest with her husband in Cherry Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Cumberland Crossing Benevolent Care Endowment, 1 Longsdorf Way, Carlisle, Pa 17015 or Hospice of Central Pennsylvania. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

Published in Milford Daily News on May 7, 2011
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