Marian Joan Roesch, nee Grimm, 83, of Belleville, Ill., born June 7, 1933, in St. Louis, Mo., died Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Mrs. Roesch, along with her husband Keith, was co-owner and operator of Kotton King Concessions in Belleville, Ill., for more than 50 years. She was an active member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Showmen's League of America. She loved the carnival business and enjoyed traveling across the nation with her business.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Keith E. "Kotton King" Roesch Sr., whom she married on April 25, 1954, and who died on August 23, 2012; her parents, Thomas and Gertrude, nee Seitz, Grimm; and a brother, Thomas Grimm.
Surviving are five children, Keith Jr. (Mary) Roesch of Belleville, Ill., Myra Roesch of Belleville, Ill., Anthony Roesch of Belleville, Ill., Michele Mathis of Fenton, Mo., and Diana (Stephen) Williford of Belleville, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Keith, Jacob, Amanda, Natasha, Shannon, Carl, Bobby, Amber, and Alex; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lorraine Gerke, Marcella Hoehne, and Linda Larkin, all of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Fred Grimm and Jimmy Grimm, both of St. Louis, Mo.; and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kotton King and Queen Scholarship Fund in care of Diana Williford. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 , at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., with Father Elmar Mauer, O.M.I., officiating. Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 28, 2016