Avis Katherine Roethler

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Avis K. Roethler, age 87, of Elma, IA, passed away on Sunday June 26, 2016 at Afton Oaks Apartments in Elma, IA. Avis Katherine Roethler was born on March 21, 1929 to Andrew and Leona (Kinney) Balk on the family farm near Elma, IA. She attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception School in Elma. Avis babysat and was a housekeeper. She also worked at the theatre in Elma. Avis was united in marriage to Keith Roethler on August 24, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. Avis was a x-ray technician at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hosiptal in New Hampton, IA for five years. She then was employed at Dr. Curtis Rainey Medical Clinic and then worked as a postal clerk for 20 years. After her retirement she enjoyed snowmobiling, flowers, golf, and playing bridge. She liked donating her time to the community youth organizing teen dances and chaperoning the high school senior trips. Avis was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, Rosary Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. Avis is survived by her husband Keith of Elma; son Creighton (Nancy) Roethler of Brooklyn, IA; grandchildren Andrew (Diane) Roethler and their children Lindsey and Sydney of North Liberty, IA and Christopher (Katharine Horowitz) Roethler of Minneapolis, MN; sister Lavonne (Burton) Kettler of St. Paul, MN; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Leona Balk and step mother Mary Gansen.

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  1. My sincere condolences for Keith and the family. Many wonderful memories. Her patience and wonderful work at Dads office to the hours she helped and time spent with Mom. God bless you.

  2. A great lady is now getting her reward for all her efforts during her lifetime. With deepest sympathy to Keith and Creighton and family.

  3. Avis was a great lady – so friendly and kind to all. She left a lasting impression on many – especially the youth. Keith, Creighton and family – know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Joe and Teresa Klobassa

  4. Keith, Creighton & Family. Prayers for Strength & Peace during this sad time of loss. When My Family & I moved to Elma 28 years ago, we knew very few. Avis worked in the Post Office & ALWAYS had a big, warm smile for us. She always said hi to the babies & how cute they were. Her Soul glowed on Earth. Imagine her Glow in Heaven, WOW! 67 years of marriage, so wonderful. Keep her memories alive for years to come. Heaven received 1 FANTASTIC LADY! God Bless, Deb Morrison

  5. Lindy Beecher
    Avis was always in my top ten of favorite ladies of my life. She was an inspiration and wonderful role model. Bless you my friend. Bless your family that you left with us. We will pray for them and for you.

  6. Many wonderful memories of Avis, Keith and Creighton…Avis was always so giving and helpful with the John Gardner family. It felt like she was part of our family. She was one of a kind…the best!!!
    Our sympathies to Keith and family.

  7. My prayers and sympathy go out to Keith and Creighton and family. Avis was a special person and have lots of special memories. God has gained another special angel.


  9. What a wonderful person she was. Always helping at catholic school and with the legion auxillary. My sympathy to Keith and family.

  10. Dear Keith and Creighton and family,

    I was so sorry to see that dear Avis passed away on Sunday. She was a special cousin to us. She was a link to our grandmother and Aunt Leona who we never got to know except through stories and remembrances. She did so much for the Elma community and was always good for a laugh. She was one of a kind and a great spirit.
    I know you will miss her greatly.
    Love and Prayers, June Kinney

  11. Heartfelt sympathy to y’all during this time of loss of your dear loved one. Thoughts & prayers are with you. Zeke & Sharon Zajic

  12. Keith, Creighton and family our sympathy to you all. I have many fond memories of time spent with Avis.
    Donn and I are in Colorado and will not be home this week to deliver in person our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Louise and Donn Harris

  13. Keith, Creighton and family, it is so sad to find out my cousin passed away but with her spirit being so strong and accepting, I’m sure she would want us to celebrate her life. We’ve always looked forward to our visits because she had that spark and that perception to keep the conversation amusing. I always appreciated hearing her stories about growing up in Elma and her family’s time living on the Kinney farm, our grandparents, aunts and uncles. I know you will miss her greatly and the many people she helped will remember her warmly. Carol Pritchett

  14. Keith, Creighton, and family…
    My heart and prayers go out to you for this great loss. Without a doubt, Avis was one of the kindest and most loving people I have ever known. I know her reward in heaven is great. This is fitting as she was in my mind a truly great person. In Avis, I felt I had an additional aunt who looked out for me and really cared.
    May God bless and comfort your hearts now and always!

    Michael Birmingham

  15. Keith, So sorry to hear about Avis but know she is in a much better place. I will always remember Avis with a beautiful smile. You are in my prayers.

  16. My sympathy goes out to you, Keith and Creighton. Avis was such a dear kind lady. My memories of high school in Elma always include thoughts of Avis. She was such a good support to all of the youth that needed a little extra guidance. She will leave a big void in your lives and ours. Thanks for sharing her with all of us all these years. You have my prayers and sympathy. Sr.Margaret Friedhoff

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