NORTH WINDHAM - Dorothy May La Roche, 87, formerly of Westbrook and North Windham, died Monday September 23, 2013 at South Portland Nursing Home. Dorothy was born on July 8, 1926 in Berlin, New Hampshire a daughter of Earl C. and Minerva Powell White. Dorothy was educated in Berlin and was a 1944 graduate of Berlin High School. Dorothy married Albert A. LaRoche in 1951 in Berlin, NH. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband in 1953. Following the death of her husband Dorothy enrolled at the University of Maine in Portland night school program. Over the next 10 years, Dorothy worked several jobs while attending school. Her jobs included work at Eliason Dental Lab, the New England Telephone Company and as a customs inspector for the Prince of Fundy. At the age of 40 she graduated from the University of Maine at Portland earning a BA degree in education. From 1966 thru 1986 Dorothy worked as a teacher at Portland High School. She mentored many students and was especially proud of one potential high school dropout named James Morse. James ultimately became the Superintendent of Portland School Department. Following her retirement at Portland High School, Dorothy accepted a position with St. Joseph's College where she continued to teach English until age 78. Dorothy continued to learn throughout her entire life and remained an avid reader. She enjoyed her home on Little Sebago, her cats and gardening. As a younger woman she enjoyed skiing, hiking and camping in the White Mountains. Survivors include her son, Robert P. LaRoche and his wife Suzanne of Portland. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 5, 2013 at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. Those desiring may make donations to: Westbrook Animal Refuge League, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, Maine 04098.Online condolences may be expressed below.