Marie Terotta Roche, a longtime resident of Chappaqua, NY and most recently of Hobe Sound Florida, passed away peacefully in New York on Friday, June 22, surrounded by her family.
Marie was born in Old Forge, PA on August 19, 1930. She was the daughter of the late Charles Terotta and Genevieve (Swiderski) Terotta. Marie graduated from Old Forge High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in music from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Marie was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Old Forge, where she sang in and directed the choir.
Marie had a successful career in the arts as an accomplished singer and radio personality. She began her singing career with her late sister, Joan Terotta Costa, as the Terotta Sisters. They performed on National Radio at Rockefeller Center on a show called “Coast –to-Coast on a Bus”, performed with the Ralph Flanagan Orchestra and traveled throughout the U.S. as featured vocalists, and they had their own radio show on WARM called the Terotta Sisters.
Marie founded and directed The Chappaqua Singers of Northern Westchester County, NY. The group, founded over 30 years ago, performed in Romania under the auspices of the Romanian government, in Washington D.C. by special invitation, and during the September 11th observances in NY. Marie also founded and directed the Loblolly Singers who have performed numerous shows in the Hobe Sound, FL area over the past 17 years.
Marie married her husband, Gerard Roche, over 61 years ago and raised 3 children, Mary Haag, Anne Roche, and Paul Roche.
Marie is survived by her husband, Gerry and her 3 children; her 7 grandchildren, Michael, Kevin, and Molly Haag, and Megan, Jack, Max, and Sam Roche; her cousins, Lucille Terotta and Joseph Terotta; her nieces, Patti Butchko, Sue Vandermark, and Chrissy Kassebaum; her nephews, Toby Costa, and Chad Costa; and numerous great nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.
The Family will receive friends on Wednesday June 27 from 4PM – 8PM at the Beecher Flooks Funeral Home in Pleasantville. A mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday June 28 at 11AM at St. John and St. Mary Upper Church. An interment will take place at Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton, Pa. on Friday June 29.