It is with great sadness that the family of (Mary) Margaret DeRoche (Bering) announce that she passed peacefully in the early morning hours of January 23, 2018 at the United Mennonite Home (UMH) in Vineland, Ontario. In her 99th year, Margaret was the beloved wife of the late Gerard Alfred DeRoche (1980) and is also predeceased by her youngest child, (Paul) Mark (2015).
Loving and devoted Mother of Edward of St. Catharines, Larry (Julie) of North Bay, Linda (Neil) Johnston of Jordan, Alan (Connie) of Vineland, Mary Anne (Brian) Minard of Fonthill, Margaret (Neil) Comfort of St. Ann’s, and Annette (Hank) Scott of Wellandport. Our dearest Mother will be greatly missed by her children, her seventeen grandchildren and her twenty great-grandchildren. Margaret is predeceased by nine siblings, survived by her two remaining younger sisters, Rose Smith of St. Catharines and Anne DeRoche of Windsor. Margaret will be dearly missed by all who knew her, including her many nieces and nephews to whom she was a loved and favourite aunt.
Margaret started work at Albright Manor in 1965 when she and Gerard settled their family in Campden. Starting in housekeeping, Margaret went back to school to obtain her health care certificate through Niagara College. She loved the years she spent in nursing. She was caring, compassionate and conscientious in her work. She was a member of St. Helen Roman Catholic Church in Vineland for 53 years and a member of the Catholic Women’s League. She continued to enjoy the Roman Catholic Church services conducted at the UMH by Father Philip English following her admission. He was also kind enough to offer the prayers and anointing of the sick to Margaret earlier on during her illness, and prayers for her with her family at her side on the morning of her death. Margaret had an incredibly strong faith which remained with her to the end. Until she became unable to do so, Margaret also attended the praying of the Rosary and received the sacrament of Communion, thanks to the caring ministry of volunteers from St Helen.
Our mother loved her family dearly. She was gentle, warm, selfless and giving. The definition of love was our mother. She enjoyed caring for her family in every meaning of the word and worked tirelessly to give us a loving home. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her ever-growing family and, as busy as she was when she was working, she was probably even busier in retirement helping to take care of the next generation. Margaret always had a home filled with plants, gardens, and she especially loved her roses. She enjoyed knitting and restoring and refinishing old furniture and antiques. Anyone who knew her will also recall that Margaret always loved animals. She thought no one should be alone, not even animals.
Margaret was amazing in her ability to recall prayers and songs right up until the end. Margaret entered the United Mennonite Home in Vineland in January 2013. Her ready, beautiful smile and dear songs soon made her a favourite to staff. Everyone knew her by name and she kept her wonderful sense of humour. One of her favourite songs was “You are my Sunshine” and one of her favourite verses which has been passed down to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.” Even in her illness Margaret would sing and recite prayers.
To our dear Mother whose love and caring will never be forgotten, we love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. We know that you have a very special place in heaven and that you are now with our dear father and our dear brother Mark as well as all the other family members who will be there to welcome you home. We also take comfort in knowing that you will continue to watch over us all and be our Angel.
The family would like to thank all of the staff of the United Mennonite Home for their love, care and compassion shown our Mother during the last five years of her life, as well as
Dr. Woodland for his excellent care and attention.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Tallman Funeral Home at 3277 King St. in Vineland from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Helen Roman Catholic Church at 4106 Mountain St. in Beamsville on Saturday, January 26, 2018 at 11:00 am with interment to follow at Lane Cemetery, Regional Road 69, in St. Ann’s.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, in memory of our Mother.