Joan F. Roth, 72, died Friday, April 22nd in Edina. There will be Celebration of Her Life at 12:00 pm (noon) on Thursday, May 5th at The Oaks in Willmar. Private interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home. www.hafh.org
Joan was born November 18, 1949, in Willmar, the daughter of Darrell and Jean (Cleary) Bennewitz. Being the daughter of a Great Northern Railroad Executive (BNSF), her family moved to Whitefish, MT, in 2nd grade, St. Paul, MN in the 9th grade and back to Willmar for her senior year where she graduated from Willmar High School in 1967.
After attending the University of Minnesota, Joan returned to Willmar and began her professional career at the Bank of Willmar. In 1982 Joan became the face of ACMC Health (Carris Health), offering a warm welcome to everyone who walked through the door until she retired in 2015. The only thing more remarkable than Joan’s work ethic was her impeccable smile, class, grace, and fashion sense. Even in her last days, Joan’s hair, makeup, and nails were flawless.
In 1972 she married the love of her life, Mark J. Roth. After spending their life serving the community and raising two sons in Willmar, the Roth’s moved to Florence, AZ, in 2015. They made many friends and even more memories in their new community. After Mark passed away in August of 2021, Joan moved to Wayzata, MN, to be closer to family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Justin (Andriana) and Aaron (Lori); grandsons, Teddy (16), Luka (8), Milan (6) and Niko (7 months); her brother, Jim (Char) Bennewitz of Spicer and sister, Jane (Gary) Zehnder of Brooklyn Park.
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