Werner A. “Wernie” Roth

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DANE–Werner A. Roth, 90, of Springfield Corners passed away peacefully on Nov. 16, 2021 at UW Hospital in Madison surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 25, 1931 in Sauk City, to Alois and Helena (Seiler) Roth. On June 21, 1960 he married Mildred (Ballweg) in Roxbury.

Werner attended elementary school in Sauk City and earned his GED while he was in the Army. He proudly served in Korea for two years during the Korean War where he was a heavy equipment operator. One of his favorite stories to share from his time in Korea was when he was asked by a small village to clear an area with his bulldozer to build a school. He was rewarded with a pan of brownies which he happily accepted. For 44 years he worked at Oscar Mayer Foods in Madison starting out as a meat cutter and doing various other jobs within the factory, ending his career in 1996 in the Lunchables department. In 2015 he enjoyed a trip on the Badger Honor Flight to Washington DC with his son, Mike.

He easily made friends wherever he went and was liked by everyone. He was an avid gardener and had the best-fed birds in the neighborhood. He and Millie enjoyed bowling, dining out, playing cards with their friends and traveling, including trips to Germany, Canada and various places throughout the United States. Werner also loved fishing and often took his children to a local fishing hole. Other things he enjoyed doing were jigsaw puzzles, reading the daily newspaper, reading Louis L’Amour novels, playing handheld poker, indulging his sweet tooth, and most of all he loved spending time with his family. When he got control of the remote, you could be sure a Western would be his choice. Gunsmoke was on the TV when he took his last breath.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a devoted member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Martinsville where he served as council president and later enjoyed mowing the church grounds.

Werner is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Millie, his children Mike (Helen), Kevin (Jennifer), Bonnie (Dennis) Dohm, Dale (Michelle), Kris (Rob) Ulfig, and Jennifer (Mark) Niesen; grandchildren, Whitney and Matthew Roth, Michael (Ashley) Schmidt, Mikaela and Brianna Roth, Emily and Nick Ulfig, Valerie and Megan Niesen. He is further survived by his siblings, Bobby, Eddie, Ann Statz, Gerald (Scherrie), sister-in-law Nancy, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alois and Helena, brothers Allie (Phyllis), John, Mattie (Antoinette), Anthony, Ervin, Elmer, Florian, sister Mary (Victor) Breunig, brothers-in-law Ebbie Statz and son-in-law Mark Schmidt; and sisters-in-law Donna and Deanna.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 23, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, 5959 St. Martin Circle. Msgr. James Gunn will officiate. A visitation was held Nov. 22, from 4-7 p.m. at the Winn-Cress Funeral Home, 5785 Highway Q, Waunakee. Burial took place in the church cemetery. A reception followed at Rex’s Innkeeper.

The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses who cared for Dad during his final weeks at UW Hospital and Clinics.

Dad, you were a wonderful father and role model. You will be greatly missed.

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