West Branch, Iowa
Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Roth, 75, of West Branch, Iowa died peacefully on July 16 in West Harrison, Indiana at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.
Visitation will be at on Saturday, July 21 from 9:30 am to 10:30am at Bethany Lutheran Church in West Branch, Iowa. Funeral Services will follow at 10:30 am, also at Bethany Lutheran Church in West Branch. Burial will be held in St Michael’s Cemetery in Holbrook, Iowa. There will be a luncheon in her honor at St Michael’s hall immediately after the graveside services. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of Old St. Michael’s in Holbrook, Iowa and sent to Gerald Gaffey, #9 The Woods NE, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.
Mary Kathryn Gaffey Roth was born March 2, 1943 to Joseph Michael and Laura Marie Gaffey. She grew up in
Mary Kathryn was married to John G. Wombacher from 1960 until 1970; they had four children. She then married John Harry Roth in 1993. They were very happily married until his death in 2015.
“Kat”, as John liked to call her, and John enjoyed traveling together, often visiting Roth family relatives in Colorado as well as visiting family in other states. They were active together in the American Legion, Kat in the Women’s Auxiliary. Kat had a favorite quote by Walt Whitman that she applied to their marriage: “we were together, I forget the rest.”
Mrs. Roth was a teacher at
Kathy was a member of
She is survived by her children: Ann (Matt) Brandewiede of West Harrison, Indiana; John (DeeDee) Wombacher of Iowa City, Iowa; Bill (Lisa) Wombacher of Red Oak,
Mary Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband John Harry Roth, her parents Joseph and Laura Gaffey and her brother Charles “Chuck” Gaffey.
Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Roth had a rose-colored glasses perspective on life that always enabled her to have joy; she had a sharp sense of humor that was remarkably funny. Most of all she was a very kind person. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.