MICHAEL J. ROCHE, 31 ROCKFORD - Michael J. Roche, 31, of Rockford passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Mike was born April 26, 1981, to his loving parents, John and Carol (Anderson) Roche. Mike was an active child with a talent and enthusiasm for sports. His main passion was soccer, but he also played basketball at Holy Family where his team won the diocese championship. Mike played on a traveling soccer team for more than 10 years and had the opportunity to play in the Illinois state championship for Boylan Catholic High School. Mike pursued an athletic scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Rockford College. Mike had a deep love for his family. He passionately supported the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears and loved to have fun and spend time with friends and family. Michael will be deeply missed by his sister and her husband, Evan and Jacqueline (Roche) Buschmann; uncles and aunts, Peter and Sandra Roche, Richard and Susan Roche, and Ronald and Alice (Anderson) Rehberg; cousins, Scot and Angela Roche, Michael and Lisa (Roche) Berlage, Michael Roche, Daniel and Nikaline Roche, Steven Roche and Laura Roche. Predeceased by grandparents, Peter and Alexia Roche and Stern and Marjorie Anderson; and uncle, Terry Kappen. Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Visitation continue from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roche Family Memorial. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2012