Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, April 22, 2018

MADISON – Janet Roche Ford of Madison died on June 15, 2011, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past nine years.

She was the mother of Father Christopher M. Ford, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Branford; Stephen I. Ford of West Grove, Pa.; Peter J. Ford of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and John J. Ford of Oakland, Calif. She had eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry, and her sister, Anita K. Roche.

Born on May 24, 1919, in Hartford, she was a daughter of the late Dr. John J. and Kathryn (Farrell) Roche.

She attended St. Joseph College in West Hartford, and worked for the city of Hartford in the Town Clerk's office prior to her marriage on Oct. 29, 1949.

She was very involved in the parishes in which she resided, serving as president of the Ladies Guild at St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham, Mass.; cantor, choir member, member of the first parish pastoral council and founder of a group for seniors at St. Paul Parish in Ramsey, N.J.; and the first coordinator for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and a member of a Small Christian Community at St. Margaret Parish in Madison.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 20 at St. Mary Church in Branford. Burial was at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Donations in Mrs. Ford’s memory may be made to St. Mary Parish, 731 Main St., Branford, CT 06405.