Mary Louise Roche, 85, of Wausau WI passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 after a long battle with COPD. Born on April 11, 1935 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, she was the oldest child of the late Erik Harald Nyberg and Mary Louise Nyberg (nee Campbell). Mary Louise was very proud of her Swedish and Canadian heritage and had many fond memories of family gatherings with her cousins in Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. She also spoke of the good times she had growing up with her brother, three sisters and extended family and friends in the Shipyard section of Marblehead. A graduate of Marblehead High School and Massachusetts College of Art, Mary was a talented artist whose family and friends are still enjoying her work. In later years she worked as an LPN. In addition to her parents, Mary Louise was pre-deceased by her first husband, John R Hamilton III, her sister Ann Mathers and her brother Eric Nyberg, Jr. She leaves behind her husband James Roche of Wausau WI, daughter Michaela Roche of Wausau, WI, daughter Katharine (Brad) Hillestad (nee Hamilton) of Tomah, WI, and son Andrew (Krista) Hamilton of La Crosse, WI, along with her grandchildren Claudia and Alec Hamilton. She also leaves behind her sister Jeannie (Paul) Kellen of Medford, MA and her sister Elsa (Arthur) Fitzgerald of Dover, NH along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. As well as being an artist, Mary Louise was an avid gardener, bird watcher and reader. She loved animals and nature. She was known for her green thumb, her wonderful pies and cranberry bread, her smile and her sense of humor. She always had time for a cup of tea and some conversation. A wonderful wife, mother and friend, she will be greatly missed. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on August 5 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Marblehead.
Published by The Marblehead Reporter from Jul. 24 to Jul. 29, 2021.