NEWBURYPORT — Jean Marie (Blaikie) Rochna-Caron passed away on October 17th at Mass General Hospital in Boston.
Jean Marie was the loving wife of the late Henry L. Caron who predeceased her September 20, 2013, and the late Albin A. “Rock” Rochna who predeceased her December 8, 1986. Born and raised in Newburyport, MA, she was the daughter of the late Veronica E. (Archie) and George A. Blaikie. Jean Marie was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Grammar School (1948) and High School class of 1952.
She was a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother and was lovingly called “Babczi.”
Jean Marie was the first woman elected City Wide to the Salem City Council as a Councillor-at-Large. She served in that capacity from 1976 – 1985. She was also the first woman to chair the Finance Committee, and run for the office of Mayor (1980) and served as Council President in 1984. She stepped down from her Council Seat in 1985 at which time she was appointed Executive Director of the Salem Council on Aging. She served in that position from 1985 until she retired in 1998.
She is survived by her seven children and their families, Kim and David Buttolph of New Canaan, CT; Candis and Scott Bolden of Peabody; Roxanne Rochna, Leif Rochna and Janna Flynn of Danvers, Heidi Rochna and Joel Moulton of Beverly, Lance, Rhett and Pam Rochna of Salem, and a sister Barbara Blaikie of Newburyport.
Grandchildren, Courtni and Ryan Laracy, Tristan and Laurel Bolden, Amanda Buttolph, Kristen Buttolph, Dustin Valido, Jeannette Bolden, Blake Rochna, Chase Rochna, Jordan Lee Rochna, step-grandson Weston Moulton and Great-grandchildren, Grace Bolden, Jack Laracy.
She is also survived by two step-sons, Kurt and Eric Caron of Salem.
ARRANGEMENTS: At Jean Marie’s request, a celebration of her life will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem on November 9th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to MGH Cancer Research, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114. For online guest book, visit www.SalemFuneral.com.