Judith Elaine “Judy” Roth

January 04, 1937 ‒ September 07, 2019

Ontario, Ohio

If life were a roller coaster, Judy Roth lived in the front seat – hands up – ready for the next hill! If any project was worth doing, it was worth doing well, and Judy poured her heart into it. She served her family and people as unto the Lord. A true Proverbs 31 woman, Judy knew she could do all things through Christ who gave her strength (Phil 4:13).

On Saturday September 7, 2019 Judy sought the Lord and He answered her and delivered her (Ps 34:4) – delivered her to dance with the Divine. She was 82.

Born January 4, 1937 in Akron to John & Anna (Schmidt) Galat the ninth of sixteen children, she graduated from Buckeye High School in 1954. She met a young man at church youth group, Bob Roth, and he became her best friend and husband on June 15, 1958.

Judy set about the noble task of raising her family believing in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Her support of her church, Ontario Christian Fellowship, was foundational, she served whenever and wherever she was needed, and was a prayer warrior.

Her talents included sewing, knitting, quilting, painting, gardening, swimming, playing tennis, and she elevated baking to an art form with her wonderful stretch strudel.

Judy was involved in the early years of Richland Pregnancy Services, and working closely with the first executive director, founded the Clothes Closet at RPS. She also volunteered with American Red Cross, and had served as assistant director of Community Bible Study.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years Robert “Bob” Roth; their children Bob (Kathy) Roth of Powell, Tara (John) Thorman of Ocala, FL, and Anne (Michael) Risinger of Morton, IL; grandchildren Lauren Roth, Blake Roth, Luke (Madison) Roth, Gunnery Sgt Benjamin (Becky) Granter, Gunnery Sgt Nicholas (Joy) Granter, Lucy (Richard) Oliver, Maddy (Elias) Guerra, Capt. Jacob (Amanda) Risinger, Jillian (Logan) Rapp, and Justina (Jaeson) Lister; 14 great grandchildren; siblings Ruth Graca of Ontario, Wilma (Philip) Toth of Harrisburg, PA, Esther (Robert) Emich of Akron, Dan (Lois) Galat of Mansfield, Dave (Marlene) Galat of Tolland, CT, Joy (George) Hunyadi of Chromo, CO, Carol (Vern) Vanyo of Mansfield, Albert (Tanya) Galat of Auburn, WA, and William (Aline) Galat of East Hampton, CT; sisters-in-law Barb Galat of Portland, OR, Joyce Galat of Morton, IL, and Ione Galat of Pleasanton, CA, brother-in-law Karl Webel of Morton, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by siblings Marge Konves, Lillian Wylie, John Galat, Philip Galat, Grace Webel, and Gene Galat.

The Roth family will receive guests Friday, September 13, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Ontario Christian Church, 636 South Lexington-Springmill Road. A worship service, giving glory to God and celebrating the life of Judy Roth will be held Saturday, September 14 at 11 a.m. at the church building. Elder Mark Brunn will speak. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

Memorial contributions to Richland Pregnancy Services or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the visitation or service, or mailed to Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roth family. Share with them a word of support – and watch Judy’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • I loved Aunt Judy and will always miss her. Tears and prayers on behalf of all her sweet family and especially Uncle Bob. I wish I could be there to honor her life with you all. ❤️Carol Beth.

  • Sending our love and prayers to the Roth family from the Kirk family. We celebrate her going home with you all.

  • Aunt Judy was one of my favorite Aunts. She consistently loved and was always willing to learn. Her life was a testament to that. I will miss you my Aunt.

  • Dearest Roth family,
    I already miss this awesome inspirational
    Lady. I was so blessed with one on one Sharing stories,scriptures,prayers and of course making her hair curly and beautiful. What a priviledge to be a part of her life. God Bless as you all journey in life as you share many .memories together💜💜☦☦☦
    Beth Nunn

  • Tara and family…so very sorry for your loss..there’s no harder feeling than losing your Mom..praying the Lord guides you through this time of grief for yourself..yet hoping the fact that she’s dancing with Jesus brings you comfort..
    Sue Gabor Cline

  • Bob, Tara & Anne,
    So sorry to hear of your dear mom passing! Absent from the body and present with the Lord! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad!

  • My dearest sister-in-law whom I loved to tease, I already miss you very much. God gives you rest and gives us His peace with the assurance that one day we will join the Heavenly chorus in praising our beloved Father God and His Son, our redeemer and eternal joy. Rest in peace until that day arrives. We love you, George and Joy

  • Aunt Judy, you are missed by the Craig (Sandi) Galat family and Barbara Galat from Richland, WA. While we are unable to come to your life celebration, we know that one day we will rejoice again together.

  • My heartfelt condolences to Judy’s beloved family – husband Bob, her children, grandchildren, her siblings and many friends.
    I see Judy as a Pioneer woman who lived her life focused on faith, family & fellowship with and to service to others. Her talents were many and she used them to bring joy to many including herself! I am confident her life celebration at OCF will shine with love and thanksgiving. Marian Blahnik

  • Tara, Bob, and all, So sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. She was always such a kind soul with a warming smile. May you find gentle comforts and sweet memories in the days ahead. Love and blessings, Kati (Nethery) Gardner

  • Our condolences to the entire family. While we did not know her, we definitely heard about her love for the Lord and other admirable qualities over the years!
    Ted and Ann Marie Hunker

  • Sorry to hear that Judy Roth has passed. May her family and friends find comfort in the Lord. She was a sweet and gentle woman. Remember her smille everytime I saw her. My condolences to Bob and family.

  • Few women in this world have the grace, love, and wisdom that Judy exuded. Her life is an example to many, a faithful a testament of our Savior. I’m so sorry we can’t be there to celebrate her life with you. We love you, Bob. May the Lord bring peace and comfort to your heart.

  • We remember Judy and Bob’s kindness to our family during a very difficult time. She taught us a card game one Friday night while we all ate pizza together. It was easy to see she had such a kind heart and soul. Our deepest sympathy to Bob and his family and special hugs to Carol and Vern, our dear friends and prayer warriors. May God’s comfort surround you in the days ahead.
    Much love,
    Marsha and Glenn Cheesman and family

  • Dearest Roth Family,
    On April 16, 1974, attending the Christian Women’s meeting, the speaker being Marabel Morgan, Author of Total Woman, I bowed in earnest faithful prayer and received Christ as my risen Saviour.
    Before leaving precious Judy stopped me to greet me and give me a hug and I shared with her, the joy that feels my heart and soul for 45 years.
    As I shared with Judy, I felt a quickening of my soul and I knew that forever His Holy Spirit would envelop me. Judy was so excited and also filled with joy.
    Rest precious child of the King, and when my appointed time is here, I know I will see you at the Eastern gate, and Eternity will begin
    With ALL OF OUR loved ones who have gone on before and after.
    And we will sit at the Lords table and with our feast. dessert will be…
    your delicious strudel, prepared for our King and the family of God.
    Rest in Heavenly peace Judy and heartfelt prayers for you Bob and your family.

  • Roth Family-
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Judy. We have known the family for over 50 yrs. , and Bob & Judy as neighbors also. We would see them walking around the streets getting their exercise , and I would be in the woods gathering leaves & berries and along came Judy ,doing the same. Judy was always kind & had a smile on her face, for every heart she touched, she will be sorely missed. Cheryl Zeuch Tom Zeuch

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the wonderful Godly woman. Prayers for all of her family members.

  • Judy made a marked difference in my life from the time I was very young. I never saw her without a smile and she always made me feel loved and important. After I left home and came back and visited my parents (Ben and Martha Zimmerman) at church, she always sought me out to say hello and see how I was doing. When both of my parents were ill and in their later years, she always was very supportive and assured me not to feel guilty for not being with them all the time. She was one of the Saints God placed in my life and I will forever feel her presence. So sorry to you Bob and your children . You will be in my prayers.

  • Elaine Emich
    Sweet Aunt Judy beautiful woman inside and out who loved the Lord fervently will truly miss her sweet smile she sang with her beautiful voice at our wedding we rejoice she is in the eternal city of God who we’ll one day see again. GOD BLESS YOU Uncle Bob and family may our precious Lord jesus sustain your heart in the days ahead🙏 He is our perfect comforter. Love to all the family Love Elaine❣