A Funeral Mass for Oleta L. Roca, 92, of Ogdensburg will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 at Notre Dame Church with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be in the spring at Notre Dame Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home.
Mrs. Roca passed away at her home on Thursday, March 13, 2014 surrounded by her family.
Surviving are her children JoAnne Roca of Ogdensburg; Mary Sue Lowery & her husband John of Rodman; a brother, Lawrence Sovay & his wife Beatrice of Ft. Covington; a sister-in-law, Ruth Roca of Rensselaer Falls; grandchildren Andrew Lowery & his wife Stephanie of Watertown and Amanda Andrews & her husband Philip of New Ipswich, N.H.; great-grandchildren Ethan Lowery and Mary Jo & Eleanor Andrews; a niece, Peggy Marcoux of Hyde Park, Vt.; a nephew Rod Roca & his wife Donna of Ogdensburg, and several cousins.
Oleta was born in Lawrence, a daughter of the late Lawrence & Lillian (Tuper) Sovay. She graduated from St. Regis High School and continued her education at the A. Barton Hepburn School of Nursing to receive a registered nursing degree. She then entered the U.S. Army in 1945 and held rank of first lieutenant with the 9th Field Hospital Unit until 1946 when she received her honorable discharge. On April 30, 1949 she married Lyle R. Roca at St. Ann Rectory in St. Regis Falls. He predeceased her on June 1, 1980.
During her career, she was employed at Cedars Nursing Home and as a private duty nurse until she retired in the late 1970s. She was a Girl Scout leader and active member of the Notre Dame Parish where for many years, she also taught religious instruction.
She enjoyed reading, knitting, embroidery, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Notre Dame Heritage Fund or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.