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In Memory of

Betty Jane Roth

March 4, 1925 - February 19, 2014

Obituary


Betty J. Roth passed away peacefully in her home in Bermuda Run, NC on February 19, 2014.


She was born Betty Jane Kalinowsky in Republic, PA on March 4, 1925 to Ada and George Kalinowsky. Betty graduated from Redstone High in 1943 and soon joined the military, serving in Army Air Corps as a WAC and then as a WAF when the Corps become the U.S. Air Force.


Betty served her country honorably from 1943 to 1951. Her tours of duty included Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio...

Betty J. Roth passed away peacefully in her home in Bermuda Run, NC on February 19, 2014.


She was born Betty Jane Kalinowsky in Republic, PA on March 4, 1925 to Ada and George Kalinowsky. Betty graduated from Redstone High in 1943 and soon joined the military, serving in Army Air Corps as a WAC and then as a WAF when the Corps become the U.S. Air Force.


Betty served her country honorably from 1943 to 1951. Her tours of duty included Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio (as a medical technician caring for returning World War II POWs from the Pacific Theater), Fort Lewis (Washington) and service in Yokohama, Japan. It was on a blind date in the service where then-Sergeant Kalinowsky met her future husband, Corporal Harry M. Roth. Betty later became a charter member of the national memorial for women in the military (at Arlington National Cemetery).


After dating and then marrying Harry on July 9, 1951, Betty left the service and began raising three sons while Harry stayed in the service until the 1970s (before joining USAirways) as the family lived in Orleans, France; Huntsville, Alabama; Schweinfurt, Germany; and, ultimately, in Northern Virginia, where Betty took up a new career working for the federal government.


Betty rose to senior levels of federal service, retiring in 1985 as a Human Resource Specialist in the Office of Personnel Management. Harry and Betty ultimately retired in Bermuda Run in the late 1980s. She loved to sing and dance and loved pets, but loved people more than anything. Her other passions included travel, family reunions, quilting, playing bridge, gin and other card games, the Red Hats, and organizing an annual fundraiser for the K.B. Reynolds Hospice in Winston-Salem, NC.


She was preceded in death over the past two years by her three older siblings, Marie Baker, George Kalinowsky, Sr. and Henry Kalinowsky, Sr., and leaves behind her loving husband of 62 years, Harry, their three sons and their wives Dave (Sharon) of Arlington, VA; Ira (Julie) of Athens, GA; and, Sam (Barbara) of Concord, CA and five grandchildren (Anna, Ben, Claire, Kelsey and Jacob), not to mention all their nieces and nephews and one very loving caregiver, Jeannie "Shelba" Davis of Winston-Salem.


Funeral services will be at Volger & Sons Clemmons Chapel, 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 22. Viewing will be one hour prior to the service. An interment will follow at Westlawn Gardens of Memory, also in Clemmons.


The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers can be made in the name of "Betty Roth" to: Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 377 Hospital Street - Suite 103, Mocksville, NC 27028.


Online condolences to www.frankvoglerandsons.com