Carol S. Roche

April 22nd, 2019

Carol S. (Schweinefus) ROCHE, age 84, of Nashua, NH, where she resided with her daughter Maureen and her husband Scott, passed away peacefully at home on April 21, 2019. She was formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA.

Carol was born on August 18, 1934, in Castalia, Iowa, the daughter of the late Otto and Dorothy Schweinefus. Carol was the oldest of seven siblings who grew up on the family farm. She learned the value of hard work from an early age, being responsible for many chores on the farm before heading off to school.

Following graduation from high school, Carol went straight to work for the FBI in Washington, DC. She was recruited by the FBI in her senior year of high school. Carol loved her job so much that when the position relocated to Massachusetts, she eagerly followed and resettled in Newton, MA. In the years that followed, Carol worked as a sales administrator for over 30 years at Northland Industrial Truck Co. in Wilmington, MA.

Carol met her husband Robert F. Roche at a dance in Somerville, MA; they married in October of 1961. The couple, along with their family, spent many great times together before Bob’s sudden passing in November of 2010. Carol and Bob moved to Wilmington, MA, in the summer of 1965 and raised four children. Family was everything to Carol. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Carol was a woman of strong faith and for many years was very active at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington. She was a CCD teacher and an active member of the St. Thomas Woman’s Club.

Carol will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady. She was hardworking, kind, and caring towards others. Carol was always eager to help out her family and friends. She will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Carol was the beloved wife of the late Robert F. Roche, devoted mother of June Frechette and husband Armand of Hudson, NH; Maureen Lake and husband Scott of Nashua, NH; and Joseph Roche and Steven Roche both of Colorado Springs, CO. She was the loving “Grandma” of Amanda and Ava Scott, Josiah Roche, and Kristen and Sharon Lake. Carol was the dear daughter of the late Otto and Dorothy (Jahnke) Schweinefus, and eldest sister of Norma Schlee of Iowa, Ann Thomas of California, Laurie Schweinefus of Missouri, Brad Schweinefus of Iowa, and the late Jerry Schweinefus and Shirley Marting. Carol is survived by many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend Marguerite Little, who is formerly a long-time Wilmington resident.

Family and friends are invited to gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, April 25th, from 10:30-11:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452, or on-line through


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  1. Frank West says:

    Karen and I send our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom. I remember Mrs. Roche as a CCD teacher and as a neighbor. She was a nice lady and I hope she is now at peace. God bless the Roche families now and always.

  2. Tracey Costello says:

    Roche family,
    I just heard about the loss of your mother. I have fond memories of your Mom, such a sweet lady who loved her family very much. Always a smile. My condolences. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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