LaVern J. Roths

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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.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Grandpa LaVern. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. There never seems to be the right words to say at a time like this. Just always remember all the great memories that you have of LaVern. The pain that you are feeling now with ease with time. God bless all of you.

  3. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. I know that Mabel and my grandma, Florence, are waiting for him. Treasure the memories with Lavern, he was always a gentleman.

  4. We were so sorry to hear about LaVern’s illness and death. We very much enjoyed seeing him when he was able to visit Gary and Jeanne in Surprise, AZ, this past year. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. Love, Jane and John

  5. Bill & Family – We are sorry to hear about the passing of your father. If he was anything like you, we know he will be greatly missed. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Hannah, Kate, and the Kimball Crew

  6. Dad,Grandpa So very sorry for LaVern J. Roth The Family we are so very sorry of the death of your Dad,& Grandpa no one can ever take away All your very special memories you all well treasure for ever.Are prays,thoughts,& all you all have. Your Dad,& Grandpa is looking down from Heaven Watching over you all! He will always be in your heart for ever! God Watch Over LaVern,& God Bless You LaVern ! You all have are Deepist Sympathy in the lose of your Dad,& Grandpa!You all have are blessing on the lose of an very special love one!God Bless You all,& God Watch Over You All ! If you need someone to listen to or anything we are here for you all. Love Alice,& Thomas(Tom) Rasing ACKR

  7. Dear Roths family,
    My sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. May memories help carry you through this time of sorrow. Our families have so many memories over the years. We were blessed to have great parents. Happy memories will keep them in our hearts and minds forever.
    Diane and family

  8. JIm, Barb and Sarah

    Our prayers are with you and all your family at the loss of JIm’s dad.

    Kevin and Karen

  9. Our sympathy goes out to all the Roths family. So many great memories of LaVern and Mabel here in Jesup. Never ever saw them without smiles on their faces. Such a close family, Grandpa will be missed by a lot of friends and family.

  10. So sorry to hear of your father’s passing Gary. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Jeanne during this difficult time. Love, Dave and Nancy

  11. To all the families, especially Marian and Dan,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this loss of your Dad. May God’s healing grace shine upon you during this time. Our sincerest sympathies, Genevieve Palmersheim Families

  12. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. This is so sad to have Dan and Marion loose a parent within a week of each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family during this time.

  13. We were very sorry to hear about LaVern’s illness and passing. He was truly a special person and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

    Jennifer, Yiloiz, Tori and Jacynda

  14. You said to me ” It’s so sad” just nine days ago. What is so very sad is that you are now grieving your own Dad’s passing. I will pray for the strength you need at this time because we know your Dad is already celebrating. We will remember both your Dad and our Mom now on April 1st.

  15. (daughter and son-in-law of Teresa Lensing)

    We had the pleasure and privilege of meeting La Vern last year, and were saddened to hear of his passing. We offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.

    Randy and Rose Key, Boulder, CO

  16. Jo and I are wishing to extend our sympathy to the family of LaVern. We will all miss him. We are glad that he had a chance to spend time with us in Montana a few years ago. Had a good time. Many fond memories spent at his home in New Hampton. I remember the first thing we would always see as we drove up to his big white house was the deer statues in the yard. One of the first things that LaVern would always ask me was how I was doing in wrestling and how much weight I still had to cut. All I ever wanted to do was just eat some of Mabel’s good cooking, but I never could. HA. May God comfort you all at this time and bless you and your families.
    Mike and Jo Roths

  17. Marian and Dan: My deepest sympathies go out to you and your entire family at this difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know.

  18. May your memories bring you healing in the loss of your father. He will be missed. My sincere sympathy to all of you.

  19. Merle & Karen, Bill & Mary and families,
    Sorry to hear about the loss of LaVern. Hold close the memories you have made. May God bless all of you at this time of grieving.
    Amy, Garth, & Gavin Bock

  20. My most sincere and heartfelt sympathies go out to the entire Roths family. Please know that God will take care of him and he will always be around in your memories.

    May God bless and heal each and every one of you!

  21. Our deepest condolescenses to your family for the loss of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  22. To the Roths family my deepest regrets on the passing of LaVern. LaVern touched many hearts thru out the years and was always there when people needed help. I remember LaVern taking Vacation to help my Dad in the fall harvest, umpiring baseball games, firefighter and being a important part of the community. LaVern you will be missed – but you will always been remembered!!

    Mike Fitzgerald Family

  23. You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father and grandfather. Your father always had a sincere smile on his face to greet everyone he met. We always enjoyed visiting with him after wrestling meets and tournaments to discuss the outcome and future of the team. He was an avid fan.
    May God bless you with peace in your hearts and comfort knowing that he is resting in peace. Hold your memories close and he will never be absent from your lives as you remember the life lessons he taught each of you.

  24. Dear Ann and Family – Words can never express the sorrow one feels at the loss of a loved one. Although I had not seen your father in many years, I remember him as a very kind man, and I know that he will be greatly missed. Take care and God bless and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. V-

  25. Jim, Barb, and Sarah–We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Love you, Karrie & Steve Mullenberg

  26. Just wanted all of you to know we are thinking of you. And may the many memories you have of LaVern keep you smiling.
    I will always remember his quiet laugh and his smiling eyes.

  27. You have our sympathy on the passing of LaVern. He was a good friend and Larry started his day with Lavern at Tom’s and Klunders for many years. He was a very good man and will be sorrly missed.

    We are currently in Florida and unjfortunately could not attend services. Again you have our sympathy for your loss.

  28. Hello all! My prayers and sympathy for you on the death of your dad. I see where he was only at the care center a short time, so must have been doing pretty good for his age. I have happy memories of all the times your folks came to our farm in A.V. -and some of you kids too.
    Once when your Gary was a baby, some of you were at our place and Gary kept crying. Karen said very firmly to him – Gary Raphael Roths – stop crying! Hope to bump into your Iowans sometime in the future!

    Love S. Carol Hoverman

  29. Hi to all the Roths from Jim Hoverman
    .so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing…..
    I still smile to myself when I remember
    pulling into your yard East of Alta Vista and
    hearing trumpet sounds coming from the barn..
    guess your mom was not into trumpet music/noise????

  30. To the family of Lavern Roths: So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. It is hard to lose a parent, but may all the fond memories, of your Dad, remain in your heart, and mind. Our prayers and sympathy to all of you. We are thinking of you. Sorry that we were not able to attend the wake or funeral, as we were gone visiting kids and grandkids.

  31. Schwickeraths, Roths and families —

    We were so sorry to hear of Gpa’s passing. Your are definitely in our thoughts and prayers.

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