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Mary Ann E. Rooth, artist and retired teacher at Ford Learning Lab

July 28, 1944 - Oct. 14, 2017

Mary Ann E. Rooth,  a teacher and artist, died Saturday at her home in Hamburg after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Born Mary Ann Yunkes in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bishop MacMahon Catholic High School. In 1966, she married Walter L. Rooth, a lawyer, who went on to serve as Hamburg town justice for 34 years.

After raising seven children, Mrs. Rooth resumed her college education and earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1989. That year, she was employed by the Frontier Central School District and worked at the Ford Learning Lab in the Ford Plant in Hamburg, where she helped auto workers study to get their GEDs until her retirement in 2006.

Mrs. Rooth also was an artist. Her paintings have been displayed in local galleries. According to her family, she made special paintings as gifts for each of her 16 grandchildren. Mrs. Rooth also enjoyed traveling the world after her retirement. In addition, she spent time volunteering as the meal coordinator for the Elisabeth Ministry at her church, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg. She also helped to deliver meals to the sick and to new mothers. Mrs. Rooth also made and donated prayer shawls to the church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, Walter L. III, Joseph M., Terrance R. and David L.; three daughters, Jennifer E. Jackson, Kellie A. and Kathryn M.; a brother, Robert Yunkes; and a sister, Barbara Songer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.


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