Barbara Ann (Manning) Roche,
of Mansfield, MA died peacefully in her sleep of cardio-pulmonary disease at her apartment on Thursday, January 26, 2017. She was 85 years old. Barbara was the loving wife of the late Paul Roche, Sr.
Barbara was born in Boston on March 1, 1931 and was the daughter of the late James J. and Margaret (Whelan) Manning. She lived in Allston, MA until her marriage to husband Paul Roche, Sr. (b. 1930 d. 2009) in 1955. She was a devoted homemaker who raised her family in West Roxbury, MA and in retirement wintered in Naples, Florida.
She is the mother of Paul, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Herndon, VA and Patricia Harwood and her husband Robert of Mansfield, MA. Beloved grandmother of Allison Roche-Lynch and her husband Brian of Fairfax, VA, Paul Roche III of Baltimore MD, Maura Harwood of Nashville, TN and Liam Harwood of Mansfield, MA. She leaves one Great Grandchild. Barbara is the proud aunt of many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. She is survived by one sister, Rita Kelly of West Roxbury, MA, one brother-in-law, Jack Kelliher and one sister-in-law, Mary Sullivan. She was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters, Mary Cox, Thomas Manning, Margaret "Peggy" Brown, Teresa Kelliher, and James Manning, Jr.
Her funeral will be from the Bolea-Amici Funeral Home, 115 North Main St., Mansfield on Monday, January 30th at 9:00am. Followed by a funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church, 330 Pratt Street, (Rte. 106) Mansfield at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are Sunday from 3:00-6:00pm. Interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.
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