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Bertha P. Roback

August 26, 1929 ~ October 11, 2019 (age 90)


Bertha (Popielarczyk) Roback, 90, of Manchester, beloved wife of the late Theodore “Ted” Roback passed way peacefully on Friday, October 11, 2019. She was born on August 26, 1929 in Hartford one of six children of the late Joseph and Mary (Kozyra) Popielarczyk. Bertha was raised in Hartford, attended local schools and was a graduate of Hartford Public High School, Class of 1947. She was a longtime Communicant of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, St. Bridget Church in Manchester. Bertha was a member of the Polish Alliance of American Veterans Auxiliary Post #51, as well as a member of the Manchester Senior Citizens. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law; Kenneth and Virginia Roback of Manchester and David and Jane Roback of South Hadley, MA, her four loving grandchildren; Theresa Brown, Theodore Roback and his wife Emily, Victoria Roback and Nathan Roback, two great-grandsons; Maxwell and Miles Brown, several nieces including her special niece Nancy Schaller, her nephews and all their families and many wonderful friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Bertha was predeceased by her five siblings; Joseph, John and Edward Popielarczyk, Eleanor Tamkun and Agnes Popielarczyk, a daughter-in-law Donna Roback, a nephew Joseph Popielarczyk and a niece Cynthia Slomcinsky. Calling hours will be held at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home 400 Main St. in Manchester on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 10 am at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St. in Manchester. Everyone in asked to please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Manchester. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget School Endowment 74 Main St. Manchester, CT 06042 or to (JDRF) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 20 Batterson Park Road, 3rd Fl. Farmington, CT 06032. To leave an online condolence please visit

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Calling Hours
October 17, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home
400 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040

Mass of Christian Burial
October 18, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Bridget Church (St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Manchester)
80 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040

Burial following services

St. James Cemetery
360 Broad Street
Manchester, CT 06040

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