Margaret M. Della Rocco

Margaret M. Della Rocco

BERNE — Margaret M. Della Rocco, of Berne, loved her forestry work; her homemaking arts; her church; and, most of all her family.

She died on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Albany Medical Center. She was 55.

“She loved the outdoors and the natural world, planting over one million trees throughout her life,” her family wrote in a tribute.

Born in Albany, she was one of 10 children and the daughter of Elizabeth (née Shellenback) and the late Dr. Thomas Riedy.

After attending the Vincentian Institute and receiving her forestry degree from Paul Smith’s College, she went to work for Albany County, first working in Soil & Water Conservation District for over 10 years and later working for the Highway Department for the past 20 years.

She was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Voorheesville. She actively supported the church, as well as the regional food bank, 4-H, and the Altamont Fair fine arts show.

An avid baker, sewer, and knitter, she raised her own sheep, using their wool to make her own yarn and designed patterns for her knitting.

“She also loved the winter season and was always thrilled to bundle up and enjoy the snow,” her family wrote. “Her family was the most important thing in her life.”

Besides her father, Margaret is predeceased by one brother, Christopher J. Riedy.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas F. Della Rocco Sr., their children, Thomas F. Della Rocco Jr., Taylor M. Della Rocco, Gale N. Della Rocco  and Gregory Cramer, and Claire N. Della Rocco and Jared Young — all of Berne.

She is also survived by her mother, Elizabeth (née Shellenback) Riedy of Slingerlands, and her siblings, Thomas Riedy and his wife, Nancy, of Connecticut, Frank Riedy and his wife, Victory, of Slingerlands, Michael Riedy and his wife, Sharon, of Schenectady, Lisa Gay and her husband, Robert, of Connecticut, Rory Riedy and Kathryn Griggs of Albany, Patricia Riedy of Albany, Nadine Little and her husband, Mark, of Glenville, and Antoinette O’Donnell and her husband, Paul, of Gansevoort; many nieces and nephews; and a great niece and great nephew.

Her father, Dr. Thomas Riedy, died before her as did her brother Christopher J. Riedy.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at Bond Funeral Home, 1614 Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, followed at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church at 25 Mountainview Street in Voorheesville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Family and friends may visit today, April 3, at the funeral home from 3 to 6 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Mourners may leave online condolences at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 965 Albany Shaker Rd, Latham, NY 12110.

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