Mae L. Roche DePalma, 92

Mae L. Roche DePalma, a former Wilton resident, died Feb. 8, 2014 at the age of 92. Born March 5, 1921, she was the youngest and last surviving daughter  of Charles and Amelia Roche.

Mrs. DePalma grew up on the banks of the Silvermine River in the area then known locally as Rocheville because of the many members of her family who had lived there since the mid-19th Century. Her active childhood included a passion for swimming in the river in her back yard like generations before and after her.

She and her sisters, Edith and Letty, attended a one-room schoolhouse on the New Canaan side of the river, and later progressed to New Canaan High School. There she met local sports hero Dominick “Skeeter” DePalma. When Mr. DePalma entered the Army in World War II, she followed him to Little Rock, Ark. where they married. Mrs. DePalma was undaunted having to start her married life living in a converted hen house near the post.

After the war, the couple settled back in New Canaan, where they raised daughters Mayetta and Emmy. Never one to sit idle, Mae had a career as a bookkeeper for local establishments, including Weed & Duryea, the F.B. Morse Agency, Karl Buick, Louis Lee Company, the Lake Club in Wilton and the King Low Heywood Thomas School.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. DePalma was predeceased by her daughter Mayetta St. John. She is survived by her daughter Emmy, and by her beloved grandchildren, Jonas and Timothy St. John, Elizabeth Naylor, and Sasha Hastings.

Visiting hours will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 to 1 at Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, New Canaan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lt. John Corr Memorial Award Fund, c/o Tom Sinchak, Esq., 30 Deacons Lane, Wilton CT 06897. For online condolences visit