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Theodore E Rocca

March 20, 1925 ~ February 28, 2021 (age 95)

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Theodore “Ted” Rocca, 95, of Colonia, NJ, passed away on February 28, 2021.

Ted was born on March 20, 1925 and raised in Jersey City, NJ. He graduated from Snyder High School, Jersey City, NJ in 1942, and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served our Country in the Pacific Theater during World War II, 1943-46.

Ted married the love of his life, Martha Onuschak Rocca, in 1947; moved to Colonia, NJ in 1957 and had lived there ever since.

He retired in 1993 as a Technical Operations Maintenance Manager with the Pharmaceutical Group at Bristol Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, NJ.

He was a member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars (Colonia Post 6061), The Elks (Woodbridge Lodge 2116), and The American Legion (Iselin Post 0471).

Ted was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Martha Onuschak Rocca, in 2019. He was also predeceased by his three brothers, James D. Rocca, Robert R. Rocca, and John G. Rocca, Jr.

He is survived by his three children, Jeff Rocca, Tom Rocca and his wife Karen, and Melanie Jacob and her husband Eric; and four grandchildren, Brandon, Darielle and her husband Jason, Kelly, and Christopher.

Ted lived a long, happy, and fulfilling life, and died peacefully, surrounded by his family. Donations in Ted’s name may be made to The Parkinson's Foundation (

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