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Carol L. Roche, gardener, longtime educator

June 6, 1938 – June 17, 2015

Carol L. Roche, a retired teacher, died Wednesday in her home in South Buffalo after a long illness. She was 77.

The former Carol Cavanaugh was born in her parents’ house in South Buffalo and grew up as one of eight children.

She was living in the same home – where she spent most of her life – at the time of her death.

She graduated from South Park High School and Buffalo State College, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in special education in 1985. She earned a master’s degree in education from Canisius College in 1988.

For 35 years, she worked in education, in a variety of places and roles, including special education.

Mrs. Roche taught special education at Triangle Academy in South Buffalo for seven years, and served on the Committee on Special Education in the Buffalo Public Schools for 10 years.

Earlier, she taught in Catholic schools, including St. Monica and Sacred Heart. Mrs. Roche retired in 2004.

Mrs. Roche loved the New York Yankees, and traveled to see them play baseball in stadiums all over the East Coast.

“She was a Yankees fan true and true,” said Mary Pat O’Mara, her daughter.

She liked to garden and won attention for her flower gardens. She also served in the past as a Girl Scout leader and as president of a school parent-teacher group at a Buffalo public school. She was an avid reader.

She is survived by two other daughters, Maggie DeMarco, and Jackie Nelson; a son, John Roche; three sisters, Suzie Cavanaugh-Smith, Maryellen Culm and Eileen Jantz; three brothers, Mike Cavanaugh, Mark Cavanaugh and Brian Cavanaugh and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday in St. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church, 75 Hickory St.