Viola Emma Roth

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Viola Emma Roth, 97, died peacefully on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Carroll Hospice in Westminster, Maryland. Born August 8, 1920, to Christopher and Marie Buck Hochhalter in Streeter, North Dakota, she graduated from Streeter High School in 1937 and studied at the University of Montana, where she graduated with a teaching degree in 1940. She taught elementary school near Spokane, Washington for more than 20 years. An accomplished pianist who had played for church services and her school's Glee Club, she served as accompanist for music classes in addition to teaching academic subjects. She spent the summer months helping her father manage his appliance store in Streeter, working at organizations such as Yellowstone National Park, and traveling in the U.S. and Europe. In 1962 she married Norman Roth, a Seattle principal who later became an Employment Services Officer for the State of Montana. Following his retirement, the couple studied German at the Goethe-Institut Murnau in Germany before relocating to Florida to be near Viola's sister, Erma. After her husband's death in 1999, Viola moved to Montana, where she made her home near her brother, Adolph, now deceased, and nephews James and Robert Hochhalter prior to her move to Westminster to live with her brother, Herbert Harry Hochhalter, who passed away in 2016. She then moved to Golden Crest Assisted Living in Hampstead, Maryland. She leaves her sister Erma (Mrs. Harry Hattel) of Florida. Preceding her in death are her two brothers, Adolph and Herbert, and two sisters, Ruth Laverna (Mrs. Glenn Wilson) and Edna Agnes (Mrs. Douglas Bruschwein). Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel in Westminster, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, donations, in her memory, to Carroll Hospice-Dove House, 299 Stoner Rd., Westminster, MD, 21157 would be welcomed.

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 21, 2018
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