August 8, 2021
Angele (Angie) Roch passed away at home in White Rock with her son by her side on August 8, 2021. Angie was born in Altamont, Manitoba, and lived there until she moved to Youbou, BC with her husband, Ray, in 1947.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband and partner of 72 years, Raymond; her parents, Alphonse and Elizabeth; and her siblings Edgar, Margaret, Jules, and Gerry. She will be sadly missed by her children: Raymond (Frances), Guy (Brigitte), and Warren (Marie); 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Angie and Ray moved to Youbou so that Ray could pursue greater employment opportunities in the BC Forest Industry. In Youbou, she looked after her growing family and became an ardent gardener. She was well known for her love of beautiful flowers – gladiolus, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, and many others destined to be cut and displayed in the house and at local exhibitions.
As well, she cultivated fruit trees and a huge variety of vegetables, which later graced the family table in the shape of delicious dinners, exquisite pies, and baking. Angie loved to harvest, preserve, and cultivate the land, a lifelong passion which inspired her throughout her long life of 96 years.
From Youbou, Angie and Ray moved to Hope in 1975 and then to White Rock in 1985, where she remained in her present home. In every community she called home, Angie was treasured as a fundamental part of the neighbourhood.
She was always available to anyone in need and, of course, always generously shared the bounty of her garden with friends, relatives, neighbours and anyone within range of her garden.
During their retirement years, Angie and Ray enjoyed their RV, and became snowbirds during the winter. While enjoying the RV life, she was an enthusiastic crafter. However, she was always very happy to return home to her special place and resume nurturing her garden and many beautiful flower beds, including property adjacent to their home.
Angie and Ray became two of Surrey’s first “Parks Champions”, turning their surrounding environment into a wonderful neighbourhood park for all to enjoy.
Angie was a devoted Catholic and worked diligently as a member of the Catholic Women’s League. She spent many years on behalf of the Church as a “church mouse” volunteer for a variety of projects, including collecting donations for an overseas charity, catering to funerals and organizing fundraisers for the CWL.
The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to her compassionate White Rock neighbours, who always kept a close eye on her, particularly during the COVID pandemic. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charity of your choice with preference to an organization that focuses on heart and stroke research.
A Celebration of Life for Angie will be held at Good Shepherd Church in White Rock on Tuesday, August 31 at 1 pm.
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