Philomene DeSilva Laroche, 102, slipped peacefully into the palm of God’s loving care on September 2, 2017 at her home in Saco. She was the daughter of Manuel and Marie DeSilva and was born on September 5, 1914. Philomene is survived by one son, Theodore Laroche, Jr. of Delaware, one brother, Louis DeSilva of Maine and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Philomene was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Laroche, Sr., her daughter, Evelyn Marin Stross of CT, and her son, Paul Laroche of ME.
Philomene worked for over 40 years for the Lady Pepperell Mill in Biddeford sewing the binding onto blankets. She then went on to become a housekeeper for the Good Shepherd Villa and PrimeCare nursing home. For almost 20 years, she cleaned the office for Dr. Fernandez until she finally chose to retire at the age of 95.
In her free time, Philomene enjoyed gardening, assembling puzzles, working on craft projects and shopping.
Philomene was a strong matriarch who extended unconditional love to her family. She taught her family to stay strong when times were tough and how to live, love, and laugh. Philomene will be dearly missed because she was so greatly loved.
A private burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford.