Emily Genevieve Roth of Ste. Genevieve died on Friday, March 15, 2019. She was 94 years old.
She was born on January 24, 1925, in Coffman, a daughter of Frank and Helena (Basler) Herzog.
She was married to Leonard Herman “Lex” Roth on February 12, 1949, and he preceded her in death in 1997.
She is survived by 12 children, David Roth and his wife Donna of Lebanon, Illinois, Becky Bruemmer and her husband Mel of Jefferson City, Philip Roth and his wife Sandy of Farmington, Dennis Roth and his wife Joan of Cape Girardeau, Thomas Roth and his wife Jane of Lerna Illinois; Jane Gale and her husband Robert of Columbia, Missouri; Mary Jo Madden and her husband Doug of St. Louis, Alex Roth and his wife Amy of Perryville, Robert Roth and his wife Debbie of De Soto, Betty Herzog of Springfield, Missouri, Annette Price and her husband Erick of Hillsboro, and Matthew Roth and his wife Laura of St. Louis; 34 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Clara Marie Roth; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law and foster son, Bob Herzog; three grandsons, Daniel Roth, Erick Price, Derek Roth; and five siblings, Hilda Vogt, Aloyisius Herzog, Bernadine Herzog, Gertude Herzog, Francis Herzog.
As a young girl, she moved with her family to Ste. Genevieve She graduated from Valle High School in 1943. She was honored to be May Queen, represent her class as class president, and play volleyball and softball. She considered herself a “sports girl.”
After graduation, she taught school briefly at New Church and worked at Mississippi Lime Company. She and her husband raised 12 children and successfully operated a poultry and cattle farm for many years. In her later years, she lovingly cared for residents at Riverview Manor Nursing Home.
Throughout her life, she enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, the outdoors, her dog “Missy,” playing cards, crocheting, counted cross stitching, cracking nuts and giving them away. She relied on her faith and trust in God throughout her life and regularly worshiped at the Church of Ste. Genevieve. She will be most remembered for her unconditional love and service to others.
A memorial mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Church of Ste. Genevieve. Family and friends are invited to a memorial dinner immediately following Mass at the Ste. Genevieve Knights of Columbus Hall. Private family burial will follow at a later date, at Valle Spring Cemetery in Ste. Genevieve.
Memorial donations can be made to Valle Catholic High School or a charity of the donor’s choice. Memorial notes or cards may be sent to 348 Pebble Acres, St. Louis, MO 63141, in care of Mary Madden, the daughter with whom Emily had been living the past year and a half.