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Arrangements set for Barbara 'Chickie' Roth

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Barbara Delores “Chickie” Roth, 85, died Monday Sept. 16, 2013, at the Arthur B. & Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eshaya George and Julia (Eshoo) George.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles Roth Sr.; her three children, Karyn (Mike) Hartney of Golden, Colo., Cynthia (Ron) Treffert of Mesa, Ariz., and Chuck Jr. (Annette) Roth of Chesterton; grandchildren, Alex Hartney of Fort Collins, Colo., and Andrew and Hannah Roth of Chesterton.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, William George, Mary Lewis, Rebecca (Becky) Gotshall, Julia Robertson, Ruth Vitek, Martha Creal and Elizabeth (Beebe) Olenick.

Chickie was born and raised in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, of which she had many fond memories. After her marriage and the birth of her three children, the Roth family moved to rural Chesterton in 1959. The Roths have owned and operated the Chesterton Feed & Garden Center for over thirty-three years.

Chickie loved oil painting and left a beautiful collection of her art work for her family to enjoy, and her artistic talent carried through into her many gardens and landscapes. She loved flowers and plants and surrounded herself with them inside and outside her home, earning her Master Gardener certificate. Chickie also designed and exhibited jewelry and sold at many venues around the area.

She will best be remembered for her exuberance for life and her active, energetic spirit.

Many will recall her roller skating well into her mid 70s and the exciting times she had at the “Yacht Club.” She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

The family will have a private service and burial at the Ridgewood Memorial Park Cemetery in Des Plains, Ill.

Arrangements are being handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton. Online condolences to the family may be left at

Memorial donations may be made to the Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center, 2401 Valparaiso St., Valparaiso, IN 46383 or to a charity of your choosing.



Posted 9/18/2013