Charles W. Roth, 62, of Norwalk, died Sunday morning, February 4, 2007, at Elyria Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 16, 1944, in Norwalk and was a lifelong resident. He was an active member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Norwalk, as a lector and a lay Eucharistic minister. He was a 1962 graduate of St. Paul High School, and he attended The University of Toledo. He was an Ohio High School Athletic Association baseball umpire, a member of Knights of Columbus Council 626 and the Father Stephen Badin Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Norwalk. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, and was a life member of Post 2743 of the VFW. Known as "the voice of the Flyers," he was a longtime sports and activities announcer for St. Paul High School and previously coached baseball, basketball and golf at St. Paul. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and season ticket holder. He also was an ardent fan of Ohio State football. He enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry and was well-known for his handcrafted baby cradles, which he presented as gifts to new parents.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marcia (Thiel) Roth; sons, Michael C. (Jeanette) Roth of Norwalk and John P. (Michelle) Roth of Norwalk; daughters, Mercedes (Leonardo) Vasconez of Riobamba, Ecuador; Jennifer (William) Bunch of Houston, Julie (Dean) Wise, Suzanne Roth and Annamarie Roth, all of Norwalk, and Cecelia (Joshua) Monahan of Delaware, Ohio; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Florence (Brengartner) Roth; sister in infancy, Mary Florence Roth; and a grandson, Isaac Thomas Roth.
Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, with a wake service at 4:30 p.m. and where 4th Degree Knights of Columbus honor guard will be posted from 5-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres, pastor of the church, and the Rev. Mike Geiger will concelebrate. Burial will follow at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Norwalk.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul High School, 93 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH, 44857 or the Norwalk Catholic School Tuition Assistance Program, in care of St. Paul School, Norwalk.
Condolences may be sent to norwalkfuneral.com.