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Obituary: Roach, Dorothy “Dottie” Helen



Dorothy “Dottie” Helen Roach

Roach, Dorothy “Dottie” Helen

Dorothy “Dottie” Helen Roach of Howard County, MD, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, November 17, 2023. She was born on March 20, 1942, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Michael Senko and Mary Skiba Senko. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John David Roach, her son J. Michael Roche and his wife Tanya Spann Roche, her daughter Valerie Roche, and her beloved grandchildren Alec Roche and Sabrina Roche. She is also survived by her sister Mary Margaret Fineran and her brother Thomas Senko and their spouses, as well as several nieces and nephews. As a Navy family, Dottie and John lived in many places including Sunnyvale, CA, Panama City Beach, FL, Jacksonville, FL and Virginia Beach, VA. They then settled in Beltsville, MD, for over 40 years, and Dottie worked as a secretary for the USDA Agricultural Research Service until she retired. Dottie’s passions were music, art, swimming and dancing. She and John enlivened any wedding with their wonderful dance moves, and she enjoyed painting and listening to music as much as possible. She also loved spending time with her extended family, celebrating many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays together. One of her great joys was welcoming her grandchildren to “Nana camp” and being such an important part of their childhoods. Dottie was loved deeply and will be missed dearly.

Friend and family visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from 10 AM to 11 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11 AM, both at Borgwardt Funeral Home, 4400 Powder Mill Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Interment will follow the funeral service at MD Veteran's Cemetery Crownsville, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, MD 21032.

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