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Nathan R. Roth
Nathan R. Roth, age 86 of Monroe, died Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at his home following an extended illness. He was born on December 16, 1922 in Clarno Township, Wisconsin, the son of Fred and Esther (Block) Roth. He graduated from Monroe High School and married Dorothy Schulthess on January 23, 1944 at the East Clarno United Methodist Church.

Nate chose his life work in construction business and for 45 years managed the Bruni-Miller Company in Monroe. He was a man of many talents including spelunking, mountain climbing, and in 1955 he built his own observatory to scan the heavens. He was an expert at woodworking and made beautiful cabinets and wooden bowls on his lathe. He was instrumental in the restoration of several area landmarks including the Historic Cheesemaking Center, Monroe Arts Center, Green County Welcome Center, and the Cannons on the Green County Courthouse lawn. He was a local historian who wrote a book on the 5th Battery during the Civil War.

Nate was proud of his Swiss heritage and served as the Cheese Days parade co-marshall along with Doran Zwygart in 2006. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Monroe.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Roth of Monroe; a son, John (Mary) Roth, a grandson, Mark Roth, all of Carmel, Indiana; and a sister, Lillian (Ed) Trickel of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary E. Roth on Sept. 8, 2008; and a grandson, Aaron Roth in January, 1989.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 16, 2009, at St. John's United Church of Christ with Rev. Gretchen Sylvester officiating. Burial will be in East Clarno Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, on Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund will be established in Nate's name for the Monroe Arts Center.