Martha K. Roethig peacefully went to her heavenly home on Thursday July 14, 2022 at the age of 96 years. Martha was born in Louisville, KY on November 18, 1925. She is survived by Donald Roethig her husband of 75 years and their daughter Melinda Roethig. She is also survived by her nephews; Mark Roethig of Milwaukee, Adam Roethig of Waukesha, Ben and John Roethig of Duduque and Milton Nugent of Kentucky and nieces; Nicole Wolter of Aurora and Ann Kies of Dubuque and her grand-nephews; Isaiah and Miles Wolter. She is also survived by other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her son Dale Roethig and her parents James and Margaret Kaltenthaler and her siblings; Barbara Basset, Gloria Kaltenthaler, Marge Nugent and Charles Kaltenthaler.
Martha had many interests, she was an avid reader and an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed time at the Singer sewing machine in dress making and design. She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge and the piano and cooking and hosting for family and friends. She graduated from Louisville Girls School in 1943 and being proficient in shorthand and stenographyshe was recruited by Cpt. Maier of the Louisville Coast Guard. In that capacity she was called on to record all testimony of people involved in river accident investigations. On June 14, 1947 she married Donald Roethig at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Ames, Iowa. During her husbands senior year at Iowa State College she was office secretary for Prof. Finney Phd. who was in charge of the College of Agriculture. After her children were active in their careers she persued her desire to finish her college degree in communication which was awarded from Mt. Mary College in 1980.
Visitation will be Thursday July 21st beginning at 10am in the Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7301 W. Nash St., Milwaukee followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 11am with entombment to follow.Memorials to Mother of Good Counsel School, St. Vincent de Paul Society or the charity of your choice appreciated.
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