OBITUARY

Martha J ROACH

December 4, 1965October 15, 2020

Martha J. Babij Roach, 54, of Tampa, FL and formerly of Loudonville, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Born on December 4, 1965 in Johnson City, NY, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Nina Babij. She is survived by her husband, Edward G. Roach of Tampa, FL, her pups Stella and Levon, her sisters, Cathy (Phil) Glennon of Fairfield, CT, Mary (Lonnie) DeCavallas of Loudonville, NY, Linda Kowalowski of Plattsburgh, NY and her brother Mark (Carrie) Babij of LaQuinta, CA. She was the cherished aunt of Philip (Natalie) Glennon of San Antonio, TX, Stephen Glennon of Brisbane, AU, Matthew (Paroda) DeCavallas of Latham, NY, Michael (Alyse) DeCavallas, of Long Beach, CA and Jillian Kowalowski of Downington, PA. She was predeceased by her loving pup, Spooner. Martha is also survived by many, many friends including John Scheckton and Handsome Mike. Martha was a graduate of Shaker High School Class of 1984 and attended SUNY Albany. She was employed by Empire Blue CrossBlue Shield until her retirement in 2016. Ted and Martha were married on November 5, 1994 and began their journey as the ultimate duo. Wherever you found Ted, you found Martha. Together, they loved to entertain and be entertained. Martha was an incredible hostess who always made everyone feel welcome. She was especially fond of her annual Spooner Spectacular/Stellabration where the legendary martial arts exhibition with her Preakness Pal took place. Martha was found singing and dancing at every Grateful Dead and Jimmy Buffett show she could find. An avid sports fan, she could be seen cheering for the Siena Saints or attending NCAA Basketball tournaments around the country. Key West was Martha’s favorite vacation spot where she and Ted would celebrate with an assortment of friends. Martha loved every single minute she spent on this earth. But she especially loved Ted, her kids Stella and Levon, and her family. They will most keenly feel the loss of Martha. But, there is a select group of friends who loved this honest, loyal, willful, funny, insightful, generous woman. All of them will have to find a way to accept her absence and honor her memory. So, pour yourself a glass of Box O’ Wine, say what you mean, accept no lies, and consider all that Martha brought into your life and think fondly of a good wife, wonderful Mom to her pups and a great friend. Fare Thee Well Beautiful Martha!!! A memorial will be held at a later date. Donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923-1389.

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Kevin Lysogorski

October 21, 2020

Martha, you were such a beautiful soul and will be missed dearly. Love and miss you 💚🙏🏻

Paroda DeCavallas

October 21, 2020

Beautifully written. We will love and miss Aunta Martha forever. She was the best.

Julie (Lennon) Sheehy

October 20, 2020

Ted and family,
So sorry for the loss of wonderful Martha. I worked with her back in my early days at Empire and she was always so happy and upbeat. She will be missed by many and I'm so sorry and wish I could say something that would easy the pain but know that she was loved and always so positive. Thinking of you all.
Julie

Vivi Lomas

October 20, 2020

I worked for Martha at Anthem for a few years and I learned so much from her. She had a passion for life and a infectious laugh that would fill a room. She had stories for days.
She was a great manager and director that was always smiling and supported her team.

Rest easy Martha hope you found your beloved pooch.

Allison Silver

October 20, 2020

I worked for Martha at Anthem, she was an amazing leader and friend during and after the time I worked for her. She was one of a kind, I will forever be grateful for everything she instilled in me as a person! May her life be a blessing

Kelly Chapman

October 20, 2020

I worked with Martha for many years within Quality at Anthem. Martha was and excellent leader, easy to talk, quick to teach, and always available when you needed her. I enjoyed my time with Martha and the lessons she taught me I will carry on.

Jennifer Smith-Dakin

October 19, 2020

Ted & Family-
Years ago, I was blessed to work for Martha at Anthem. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of others inspired so many people, myself included. I learned a lot from her, especially how to influence change.

Martha knew how to light up a room. She would walk through that door with her radiant smile, full of energy and passion for our customers. She loved life and it showed.

When I think of the phrase, “Live, Laugh, Love”, I think of her. She knew how to live life to the fullest, laugh along the way, and always with love in her heart.

My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort will be with you in the difficult days ahead.


Ozzie Walker

October 19, 2020

I worked with Martha for a short time and had talked with her since her move to my hometown in Tampa, FL. One memory that I have is visiting her home in Albany, NY after having dinner. I arrived at her home and met her husband (who is a retired golf pro, and I LOVE golf) and her dogs. Levi, one of her beautiful large dogs just came over and sat on my foot. It was hilarious! Martha simply said "That means he likes you..." We had other great interactions both professionally and personally. I had planned on fulfilling a promise to connect with her and take her to one of my favorite Cuban food spots in Tampa on my next return home. This pandemic changed those plans. Now, I will not get that chance. Have a peaceful journey, Martha! You will be missed

Jolene Stienstra

October 19, 2020

Martha had such an impact on so many people's lives personally and professionally including myself. Hugs, prayers for peace and comfort during this time to all family and friends. God Bless!

Brenda Stepnowski

October 19, 2020

I worked with Martha for many years at Empire when she was in Training, Customer Service and Quality. We sat near each other in the Albany building and worked on numerous projects together. Martha had immense passion for exceptional service and championed numerous initiatives to improve service levels. While she will forever be remembered as a champion of service, my favorite memories of her are about her beautiful love for her dogs. When Martha and I drove together to an ACA offsite in CT, we spoke about how our pets were like family to us and she laughed about how she would never be able to get all of the dog hair off of the seats in her car.

Sending my deepest sympathies and prayers to Martha's family and celebrating a life lived with love, passion and purpose.

Brenda (Marcil) Stepnowski

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