In Memory of

Margaret M. Roethler

October 20, 1923 - January 17, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA | Originally: Larrabee, IA

Margaret Marcella (Wentworth) Roethler was born October 20, 1923 to Grace (Campbell) and Earl Wentworth. She grew up in the Cherokee area, and graduated from I. C. Catholic High School in Cherokee. She married Kenneth Roethler in 1946 and the couple made their home in Larrabee.

Their family eventually grew to include eight children, so for many years, Margaret was a busy mother and homemaker. She cooked and canned most of their homegrown fruits and vegetables. One of her family’s favorite meals was her fried chicken Sunday dinner. When Kenneth was running a service station in Larrabee, Margaret helped out by doing the books. She thoroughly enjoyed the 30+ years spent serving meals at the school, because she loved being around the children. Church was very important to Margaret, and she served in several different capacities there, as well. She was truly blessed with the gift of serving others.

When the family expanded to include grandchildren, Margaret loved to babysit the little ones. She enjoyed reading the Sunday paper and magazines. She donated to many different charities, and sent out countless cards to relatives and friends throughout the year. She liked going out to eat at Danny’s Restaurant. She faithfully attended mass as long as she was able.

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Margaret passed away at Accura Healthcare in Cherokee, at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Rozella (Robert) Bushlow,  and Mary Wentworth; a brother, Daniel Wentworth; her husband, Kenneth Roethler; a daughter, MaryAnne James; and a son-in-law, Richard Duke.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Dan (Barb) Roethler of Salix, IA, Jim (Linda) Roethler of Sioux City, IA, Connie Duke (Ray Kearns) of Quimby, IA, John (Arlene) Roethler of Sioux City, IA, Donald “Doc” (Roxan) Roethler of Cherokee, Kathy (Ron) Good of Meriden, IA, and Jerry (Tammy) Roethler of Larrabee; a son-in-law, Richard James of Sioux City, IA; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther will officiate
Jamie Roethler
Jared Roethler
Patrick Roethler
William Roethler
Tony Roethler
Patricia Joens
Danielle Roethler
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 19th at the funeral home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee


Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:42 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about your mom! Know we are praying for you all and are with you in your time of mourning! She was a great lady and will be missed!”
- Dennis and Ann Gries
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:34 PM
“Though our words can do little, we hope our thoughts and prayers will support you at this time. Our deepest sympathy. ”
- Jess Greene - Accura Healthcare
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6:08 PM
“Jerry & Family, Please accept our condolences at the loss of your mother. Karen lost her Dad this fall, so we can relate to your loss. He was 97, led a very full life as did your Mom. That fulfillment in life is very satisfying to us left behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom & Karen Riedemann”
- Tom & Karen Riedemann
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“Cousins, May God be with you as you reflect on the long and blessed life of your mother. I remember her always smiling and happy.”
- Wayne & Rusty Roethler
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“I had the pleasure of taking care of Margarets hair for over 10 years and can say she was such a delight to my week. She was always positive and willing to go with the flow. She talked so fondly of her family, as she loves you all so much!
Sending my sympathies at this time of loss. I know she will be missed.”
- Liza Parker
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“Dear cousins may God be with you as you reflect on your mothers long and happy life. She made a difference in our world. I remember her as always smiling and happy.
Wayne & Rusty”
- Wayne & Rusty Roethler
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:04 PM
“Dear Cousins, I extend my sympathy to you on the passing of your mom. I remember her friendly greetings and smile and she was always interested in what I was doing. Yes when she was able, I use to receive cards from her. Prayers for you as you grieve her loss. Shirley”
- Shirley Roethler Dunne
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:42 PM
“I have known this lovely lady for a long time so glad she came into my life. She will be missed but thought of often. Sorry for your loss”
- kathy domsch
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 9:42 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Margaret was one of my favorite people. Always a smile and hello when I saw her anywhere. Many fond Larrabee memories with the Roethler kids. ”
- Kathi Halder
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