LOWVILLE/CROGHAN- Roger K. Roch, 69, of Brookside Senior Living Community, formerly of Croghan, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2023 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Utica.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Patricia; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennie and Craig Campbell of Lockport; five grandchildren, Leland, Hudson, Adalyn, Lilian, and Fynley; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a son, Jason C. Roch, who passed away on September 6, 2012; two brothers, George Peter Roch and Reginald John Roch; a sister, Jeannette Mary Brown; and two infant sisters, Catherine and Mary.
Roger was born on March 29, 1954 in Lowville, NY, a son of the late George and Helen Lang Roch and graduated from Beaver River Central School in 1972. As teenagers Roger and his twin brother, Reggie, started learning the stone mason trade from their father George. Roger went out on his own at an early age, working in carpentry, building fireplaces, chimneys and more. In the 1970’s, both brothers worked together as the business of Roch Brothers, doing stone/masonry and carpentry work. In the late 1980’s he was part of the restoration project at Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, doing extensive work on the Power House and Alster Tower. He created his own “Heart Castle” on Bank Street in Croghan, NY, laying large heart-cut stones in the chimney and front entryway for his wife. On June 3, 1978, he married Patricia A. Gore at United Church of Christ in Richville, NY, with Rev. William Masters and Father Steven Pavignano officiating. In 1991 Roger went to work in building maintenance at Car Freshner in Watertown. He retired due to health issues in November of 2015. If you knew Roger, you loved him. He helped anyone who needed it, loved big and always got you to laugh with his many “Roch-ster-isms”. He loved being outdoors in God’s creation, enjoyed hunting and fishing, loved a good game of cards and being with family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Calling hours are from 1:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m., prior to the memorial service, at the funeral home. Burial will be held privately at St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, Belfort. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Roger’s name to Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Road, Lowville, NY 13367; New Life Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 468, Beaver Falls, NY 13305 or Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 405, Croghan, NY 13327.
Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.