A Memorial Mass for Walter L. Rooth, 88, of Hamburg, a retired tavern owner, will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.
Rooth, a native of Buffalo, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 1998) after apparently suffering a heart attack while visiting a relative in West Seneca.
He owned Iron & Gates Tavern and Rooth's Tavern in Lackawanna in the 1940s and '50s and was general manager of Miller High Life Distributing Co. in the late 1950s. He then owned Rooth's Tavern in Athol Springs before retiring in 1985.
Rooth was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Lake Shore Little Cagers Hall of Fame. He had been active in politics and, as a young man, ran for supervisor for the City of Lackawanna.
Surviving are a daughter, Anna Marie Cellino of West Seneca; four sons, Walter, a Hamburg town justice, Michael J. of Hamburg, Gilbert J. of Seminole, Fla., and Dr. Roger H. of Pittsburgh; a sister, Marion Kennedy; and 20 grandchildren.