Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth

Saturday, March 17th, 1923 Monday, April 20th, 2020

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Obituary for Kenneth Patrick Roth

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ROTH, Kenneth P. of North Haledon, 97, at rest in Paramus on Monday, April 20, 2020. Born in Paterson, to the late Julius and Carol (Sinn) Rothstein, he moved to North Haledon over 65 years ago. Mr. Roth proudly served during World War II, in the US Army’s 11th Airborne Division as a Gliderman and as a Paratrooper with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He served in New Guinea with the 221st Air Base Medical Company and saw action in the battles of Leyte and Luzon where he was part of the reinforcing air-drop on “X-Ray Day”. Mr. Roth was the owner of Paterson Washer Repair Co. and Ken Roth’s Coins & Antiques. He patented a car safety device in 1957 and registered a trademark for his own laundry detergent, WAVE: Goodbye to Dirt in 1962. He marketed Ken Roth’s Moon Rock’s through mail order and local novelty shops. Ken “had an eye” for spotting furniture and, buying and restoring very unique pieces. His personality was one of a kind, joking and retelling his original witty sayings. If you met Ken, you did not forget him and your memory of him would likely invoke a chuckle. Mr. Roth was a former member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the 82nd Airborne Association. Ken’s greatest accomplishment was marrying his late wife, Florence Marie Macri. He never left her side and cared for her through ten years of illness. Adored father of Florence Hunt (Robert), Althea Chloros (James), Kristine DeLuccia (Carmen), Kenneth Roth (Lisa), Valerie Amendola, Anita Lopomo (Anthony) and Michelle VanOlden (Richard). Mr. Roth was pre-deceased by his loving son, Jeffrey Alan Roth, his granddaughter, Stacy Chloros and his son-in-law Louis James Amendola. Mr. Roth also leaves behind 21 loving grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, his brother Harold Roth and wife Adaline, several cousins, brothers & sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Kenneth P. Roth to National Alliance on Mental Illness, or the charity of your choice.

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    Christ The King Cemetery
    Franklin Lakes, NJ


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I offer my comfort to "cousin" Ken's Family. He was an unusual man who took pride in his country and Family. I am sure he will always be missed,-- the comfort will be for the influence that lives on in his FAMILY!!
Comment | Posted at 05:25pm via Condolence

Mario Rigolio

Sending our deepest condolences to the Roth family, our long-time neighbors on Oakdale Court, welcoming us to North Haledon over 40 years ago. I have many fond memories of Mr. Roth throughout the years. Whether it was setting aside Villanova basketball memorabilia from estate sales for me, or his always upbeat sense of humor, he left a lasting impression as devoted husband to Florence, father, and great-great grandfather and friend. I probably would have never become interested in weight training if he hadn't encouraged me to give his 100lb barbell a try. After many years I was finally able to budge it while he still handled it (and many heavy pieces of fine furniture) with ease well into his later years. We will miss seeing him and his wave when he entered the driveway, but he will never be forgotten. I am glad I have these keepsakes in my home and memories as a lifelong reminder.

Mario Rigolio, on behalf of the Rigolio family
Comment | Posted at 05:33pm via Condolence

Lou Amendola & Family

Thank you for the beautiful words, Mario. My Grandfather always spoke so fondly of you. I’m sure he is weightlifting with my Uncle in the heavens above. Thank you and your family for being wonderful neighbors/friends.
Posted at 07:41am

Louis Amendola

To my Grandfather "Duff,"
I cherish the 32 years I had you in my life. You were not only my Grandpa, but my friend. I find myself reciting one of your quirky sayings at least once a day. I often use two of your quotes when working with my patients, "Troubles are like bubbles, they soon disappear." and "Nine times out of ten, the things you worry about never come to pass." You have no idea how much these two little phrases have helped so many. When Daddy passed away, you did not hesitate. Picking me up once a week to go "hunting" and out to lunch. That really helped get me through such a tragedy. In time, roles reversed and it was my time to help you. Trips to the barber & nail salon were never a dull moment and our weekly trips for hot dogs "all the way" contributed to my ongoing battle with weight (you are what you eat! lol). Helping with your daily care could be trying, but it always ended with lots of deep belly laughs. I am sorry you were alone in your final days. That was not fair to you, but Covid19 took that opportunity away from us. Thank you for all you did for your family & your country. I think I'm ethically bound to drive a Cadillac & own a Maytag for the rest of my life out of fear you will haunt me if I don't "buy American." I will hold you in my heart forever. Give Grandma, Uncle, Daddy, & Stac a kiss for me.

P.S., I tried to have the dates 1923 - 3000 engraved on your stone, but they wouldn't let me. Now no one will see your grave and say "Wow, he lived a thousand years after his wife!" (Doy!)
Comment | Posted at 10:03pm via Condolence

Lori Kahmann

What a beautiful tribute 🙏 He was an amazing man.
Posted at 10:07am

Ann McNamara

It's terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family
Anna Occhiuzzi McNamara
Comment | Posted at 04:56pm via Condolence

Michael Roth

I'll certainly miss his corny jokes and watching him hoist & press 85 lb. dumbbells out of the back of his van in his 80s! By the way, my dad (his brother) has assumed the corny joke role)! Love and peace to you all at this time. Michael Roth
Comment | Posted at 04:06pm via Condolence

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