Lucille M. Roche, 61, Irish civil rights activistLucille...

December 06, 1997

Lucille M. Roche, 61, Irish civil rights activist

Lucille M. Roche, who was active in the cause of Irish civil rights, died Nov. 14 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 61 and an Abingdon, Harford County, resident.

Mrs. Roche, who often traveled to Northern Ireland, became interested in the Irish civil rights movement in 1968 and worked with Father Des Wilson and his organization, Doors of Hope.

In 1981, she organized a Baltimore march in support of 10 Northern Ireland hunger strikers, who later perished.

The former Lucille O'Neill was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where she graduated from high school. She lied about her age and enlisted in the Navy when she was 16 in 1953. A seaman third class, she was discharged in 1954.

During the 1980s, Mrs. Roche was the co-founder of Shamrock Catering Co.

A memorial service will be held today at St. Kieran Roman Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, Pa.

In addition to her husband of 43 years, Joseph A. Roche, she is survived by a son, Joseph M. Roche of Baldwin; five daughters, Colleen Gizinski of Abingdon, Kim Roche of Stoneleigh, Susan Peters of White Hall, Mary Pat Roark of Hamilton and Luanne O'Brennan of Glen Rock, Pa.; a brother, Tim O'Neill of Pittsburgh; a sister, Virginia Sullivan of Pittsburgh; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Doors of Hope, Springhill Community House, 6/7 Springhill Close, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Dr. William B. Rever, 74, Baltimore surgeon

William B. Rever, a retired Baltimore surgeon, died of heart failure Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 74.

From 1935 to 1985, Dr. Rever was a general and vascular surgeon and had a private practice in Baltimore. He served on the staffs of Mercy, Union Memorial, Good Samaritan, University of Maryland, St. Joseph and Franklin Square hospitals.

Born in Biglerville, Pa., and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Rever graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1941. He attended the University of Maryland, Cornell University and University of Notre Dame before being drafted into the Navy in 1942. Discharged in 1946, he returned to his studies and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1950.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In addition to his wife, the former Mary F. LaBar, whom he married in 1946, he is survived by two sons, William B. Rever III of Germantown and David L. Rever of Rocky Gorge; a daughter, Linda J. Rever of Pasadena, Calif.; and a brother, George W. Rever of Easton.

Pub Date: 12/06/97

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