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Patricia Sue (Roth) Fritz
January 2, 1954—February 27, 2017

Patricia was born in Silverton, Oregon to Raymond and Rosalie Roth and was raised on a small farm northeast of Salem.  Her life was cut short by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  She graduated from Salem Academy High School in 1972 and in 1976 from Oregon State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

She began her work life as a preschool teacher in Salem, then as an educational assistant at Aumsville Elementary School, and for 23 years as an instructional assistant at Sublimity Elementary School.  In 2007 she was honored with an educator of the year award by the North Santiam School District.

On March 20, 1976 she married Luke Fritz and they setup housekeeping briefly in Salem before moving to Aumsville for 5 years.  In 1982 they moved to six acres between Aumsville and Sublimity where together they built the house in which they have lived since.  She has three children who are all teachers:  daughter, Alicia, in Salem; daughter, Kara, in Hillsboro; and son, Josiah, at North Lake School near Christmas Valley.

Pat was raised in the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Pratum and was a member of the Stayton United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher for more than 30 years.  She lived her faith by treating everyone with dignity, respect, and, above all, with the grace for which she was noted.   She expressed her artistic talents through sewing, knitting, crocheting, a wide variety of arts and crafts, and cooking.

Pat is survived by her husband and children and by her siblings Chuck Roth (Anita) of Silverton, Crystal Silva (Michael) of Sisters, Tom Roth (Julie) of Lyons, Kathy Roth (Eric Soder) of Woodland, Washington, Paul Roth (Kathy) of Salem, and Dennis Roth (Lory) of Silverton, and a large contingent of nephews and nieces four of whom lived with Pat and Luke for five years:  Jacque Kokou (Emmanuel) and Karissa Miller of Maryland, Jordan Miller (Ryan) of Germany, and Austin Miller of Fort Drum, New York.

A memorial service will be held at the Stayton United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 4th at 2:00 p.m.  Donations in her name may be made to the ALS Association of Oregon, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Stayton United Methodist Church.

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