For several years, as neighboring towns and schools buried students and recent graduates killed in automobile accidents, Westport and Staples have been fortunate.
That changed early yesterday morning. Charley Rochlin — a member of the Class of 2003 — died when his car struck a tree on Green’s Farms Road. Charley — a life-long Westporter — was a U.S. Marine, who spent 7 months in Iraq. Home for the holidays, he was scheduled to return to Camp Lejeune soon.
“06880” joins all Westporters in extending condolences to the Rochlin family.
(A mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Luke Church. Interment with full military honors will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517; woundedwarriorproject.org.
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