John Franklin Rochelle, 89, 616 Heaton St., died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday in Mercy Hospital where he had been a patient since July 17. He had been in failing health for two years and had suffered a heart attack last April 2.
He was born April 16, 1867, in Hamilton, a son of William and Catherine Frazier Rochelle. He was educated in Hamilton public schools and lived in Hamilton all his life. On Nov. 13, 1930, he was united in marriage to Catherine Banning [sic] in St. Stephen Church. He had been a member of Butler Aerie 407, Fraternal Order of Eagles since 1909.
Mr. Rochelle was in business at 610 Heaton St. from 1895 to 1953, starting a grocery store with his father. In 1904 he joined the Hamilton fire department where he worked for nine years, until a hunting accident forced his retirement. From 1913 to 1928 he operated a billiard room and sold insurance at 610 Heaton St., and in 1930 he opened a wallpaper store which he ran until 1953 when he retired.
He leaves the widow, Mrs. Catherine Rochelle; one granddaughter, Mrs. Lewis Jewell, Hamilton; two great-grandchildren, Jean Jewell and Jack Jewell, Hamilton. He was preceded in death by three children.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday from the James R. Zettler Funeral Home, 2646 Pleasant Ave., with the Rev. Leonard Klotz, pastor of the Lindenwald Methodist Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Friday. The Eagles Lodge will conduct services 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Source: Hamilton Daily News Journal, July 26, 1956.