Susan Helen (Santoro) DeRoche, 71, of Port Charlotte, FL passed away Tuesday June 16 2015 at the Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte after a long illness. Susan was born November 29 1943 in Waterbury CT, a daughter of the late Joseph Louis Santoro & Lucille Margaurite Johnson. Susan grew up in Waterbury CT & was later a longtime resident of Windham NH & Greenville SC.
Susan had a feisty and funny spirit full of life, and love for family. She was a longtime employee of the Digital Corporation in Salem, NH. She was a former member of the Friends of the Library in Windham, NH, and was a Speech teacher at Golden Brook School. She loved games of chance, and the lights of the best casinos with her mother by her side for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, John DeRoche of Port Charlotte FL, her daughter & son-in-law, Polly Louise & David VanTassell of Londonderry, NH, her son & daughter-in-law Romeyn Todd & Amylynne Murphy of Hampstead, NH, children by marriage - Michelle Mencer, of Mystic, CT, Gina Despres, of Windham, NH, Nicholas DeRoche, of Plaistow, NH, John DeRoche, Jr, of Plaistow, NH, Stephen DeRoche of Braintree, Ma; Grandchildren - Brandy C. Mulhare of Gales Ferry CT, Alexander D. Murphy of Norwich CT, Mandy & Hannah Foster of Florida, & one great grand-son, Brayden Allen McCoy of Florida. As well as, her brother Louis Santoro of Waterbury CT, & her sister Mary Ellen (Walsh) Small of California. A memorial service and gathering of friends & family will be held at the home of Romeyn & Amylynne Murphy, 20 Starwood Dr., Hampstead, NH on Sunday July 12 2015 at 11am.
The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy