LaVern J. Roths
October 5, 1920 ~ April 1, 2009
LaVern J. Roths, age 88 of New Hampton, IA, died on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 after a short illness at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center in New Hampton, IA. LaVern Joseph Roths was born on October 5, 1920 to Alfred and Caroline (Arnhalt) Roths on the family farm near Ionia. He attended school in New Hampton and graduated in 1938. After his graduation he helped on the farm. LaVern was united in marriage to Mabel McDermott on February 12, 1942 at St. Marys Catholic Church in New Hampton. The couple lived in Osage where LaVern worked as a farm hand. In 1945 they moved to a farm near Alta Vista, farming until 1952. LaVern and Mabel moved to New Hampton where LaVern was employed by the city of New Hampton until 1979. He was employed at AMPI in Fredericksburg until he retired in 1985. LaVern enjoyed 45 years as a volunteer fireman, working with area farmers for many years, playing cards, watching his sons and grandchildren in sports, watching Cubs baseball and spending time with his family. He was a charter member of St. Marys Center-Holy Family Parish and Catholic Order of Foresters. LaVern is survived by his six children Karen (Merle) Schwickerath of New Hampton, Marian (Dan) Palmersheim of Marion, IA, Gary (Jeanne) Roths of Surprise, AZ, Bill (Mary) Roths of Cedar Falls, IA, Jim (Barb) Roths of Ankeny, IA, Ann (Jim) Crook of Stewartville, MN; nine grandchildren, Shawn (Patty) Schwickerath, Mona (Dean) Robbins, Kari Lynn (David) Hearn, Terry (Angel) Schwickerath, Nicole (Bryce) Heth, Jamie Palmersheim, Krissy (Grant) Anderson, Emily (Chad) Severe, and Sarah Roths; one sister Imelda (Ben) Krall of Charles City; two brothers Merle (Evelyn) Roths of Vinton, IA, and Vince (Mary) Roths of Central Point, OR. He was preceded in death by his wife Mabel; parents; infant daughter Catherine; one sister Eileen Ball; one brother Delbert Roths, and a grandson Jason. Cemetery: Burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery at New Hampton with Shawn Schwickerath, Terry Schwickerath, Dean Robbins, Bryce Heth, Chad Severe, and Grant Anderson serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Friday, April 3, 2009 with a rosary at 4:30 PM and a scriptural wake service at 6:00 PM at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at St Marys Center- Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt as celebrant.