Kathleen Agnes Roche Edwards, a longtime resident of Pearl River, New York, passed peacefully
into the arms of her heavenly Savior on Holy Saturday, April 11 due to complications from the
Kathleen was born in Manhattan on March 28, 1921, the third of eight children, to Irish
immigrant parents Daniel Roche and Bridget Mary Cunningham Roche. She was a graduate of
Julia Richmond High School.
She married Baldwin Joseph Edwards, the love of her life, on November 30, 1946 and had three
children. In 1962 the family moved to a small brick house on South William Street in Pearl River
to “get the kids out of the city.” Unfortunately, Baldwin passed away on September 5, 1964 of
a heart attack at only 49, leaving Kathleen to care for their children aged 7, 12 and 13. With the
loving support of family, she did a miraculous job, raising a dentist, a lawyer and a teacher. Her
pride and joy were her family; she loved and cherished every moment spent with her children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren. That love was returned by all who knew her. Her
devout Catholic faith was her strength, allowing her to persevere throughout her long life.
In the community, she was most recognizable as the cashier of Ben Franklin on Central Avenue.
After retirement she volunteered at Nyack Hospital, Evans Park School, and the Orangetown
She loved vacationing with her children and their families. She delighted in her two trips to
Ireland, visiting the family farm and getting to know her cousins.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by six of her seven siblings: John,
Mary, Margaret, Daniel, Thomas and Joseph. She is survived by her children Robert (Mary),
John (Marilyn) and Kathleen Bach (James), as well as her grandchildren David (Kristin), Allison
(Ryan), Brian, Kelley (Scott), Timothy (Kelly), Scott, Sean (Erin), Kyle (Kiley), and Zach (Kayla) and
great grandchildren Liam, Jack, Riley, Catie, Kendall, Aidan, Samuel, Evelyn, Simone, Ian, Nora
and another expected in September. She is also survived by her sister Helen and many nieces
In light of today’s circumstances, burial will be private. A Liturgy of Christian Burial and a
Gathering celebrating her life will be held at a later date, yet to be determined.