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Mary Jane Roth

Mary Jane Roth, age 73, of Minneapolis, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at her home.

She was born Sept. 18, 1934, on a farm in Winsted, the daughter of John and Veronica Schermann.

Mary graduated from Delano High School in 1952.

She married Raymond L. Roth of Delano Oct. 8, 1955, in Buffalo. They were married for 53 years, and were best friends and loving companions. They made their home in Minneapolis.

Mary worked in the insurance industry, and then she worked at St. Albert the Great grade school in Minneapolis, in the library and principal’s office. She was very active at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, as well as in the school’s PTA. She would often visit homebound parishioners and bring them communion.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 1970s, she enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her children and the household. Mary’s multiple sclerosis did not dampen her spirit for life. She will always be known for her positive outlook on life and her ready smile for everyone.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Mary was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerome.

Mary’s husband, Raymond, died one week after Mary, and they are now together once again.

She is survived by her children, John (Pamela) Roth of Atlanta, Ga., Steven (Dawn) Roth of Eden Prairie, Patricia Roth (Joan Ellison) of Minneapolis, and Holly (Dave) Pedersen of Ham Lake; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her siblings: Ralph, Melvin, Genevieve (Roth), Kenneth, and Dale.

Funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 22 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Minneapolis, with visitation for one hour prior to the Mass. Father Joseph Gillespie was the celebrant. Internment was Monday, Dec. 31 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Arrangements were by The Cremation Society of Minnesota.