CAMBRIDGE — Geraldine Barr Roethe died at home on Thursday June 13, 2019, after a long illness.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1919, to Lincoln and Mabel Barr at Glen Haven.
She graduated from High School in Bloomington in 1937 and from Stout State University in 1941. She taught Home Economics at Blue River High School for one year.
She married Leo Roethe on Nov. 14, 1941 and celebrated 67 years of marriage to Leo. They lived in Fort Atkinson for 59 years and then moved to Dousman to live at Three Pillars retirement community in 2000.
Since 2015, Geraldine had been living at Home Again Assisted Living in Cambridge where she passed away.
The Roethes were charter members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson where Geraldine was a member of the Faith Circle and taught Sunday school.
She also was a member of the Tuesday Study Club in Fort Atkinson, and life member of the Fort Historical Society and Hospital Auxiliary.
Geraldine was a wonderful mother to four children.
She is survived by her eldest daughter, Patricia Weiss of New Mexico, and youngest daughter, Ann Kutz (Ron) of Cambridge; 20 grandchildren, including Kelly Lavin, Frank Weiss, Malia Ladd, Chris Oestrich, John Kutz, Hannah Miller, Emily Lawson and Kyle Kutz; three step-grandchildren, Steve Weiss, Jason Friedel and Jamie Kaphaem; 19 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and friend, Al Berg.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Leo, in 2008; daughter, Susan, in 1997; son, Leo Jr. (Lee) in 1971; her parents; her siblings, Harold, Jennings and Gladys; and sons-in-law, Frank Weiss and John Friedel.
Geraldine touched many lives with her hospitality.
The grandchildren remember that going to grandma’s house meant bingo games with prizes, amazing home-cooked meals, breakfast served with milk and orange juice, grandma saving them from hours of weeding in grandpa’s garden, fishing in the pond, and popcorn and fudge parties before bed.
She was a very gracious woman who loved fashion, and knew how to sew, cook, bake, decorate and entertain with great style. She was the rock of stability and consistency in the family and will be greatly missed.
If desired, memorials may be made to Three Pillars Masonic Home in Dousman, Agrace Hospice or Utica Christian School.
A memorial service in Geraldine’s honor will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave. in Fort Atkinson.
A visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Burial will follow the services at Lakeview Cemetery in Fort Atkinson.