Sally G. Roth passed away peacefully with her family on Friday, November 13th, 2020.
Sally was a Chicago girl through and through. She grew up around Riverview amusement park and graduated from Providence high school in Chicago in 1954. She met her first husband Lyman Lund in Chicago and was married in 1956. She worked at Bennett Brothers and then the Wrigley Company. She enjoyed acting as a member in the Footlight Players Club in Rogers Park where she met many long-lasting friends. She had her first and only child Russell in 1963. She worked many years at John Marshall Law school where she met many close friends.
After Lyman died suddenly in 1975 at a young age, she continued to work and support herself and her son. She met her second husband, George Bartimes, from an “arranged” meeting with her friends from the Rogers Park Community council. They married shortly after and she continued to work full-time and attended weekend school to get her college degree in Business at Mundelein college. She graduated in 1986 with full honors and was very active as president of the Mundelein College Women’s Network. She found news passions in travel and sailing. She travelled across the world to far off places like Greece, Egypt and Italy. She loved to sail with George in Lake Michigan and was an active member of the Corinthian Yacht Club.
After George passed away suddenly in 1992, she continued to work at City Colleges in Chicago. Sally finally travelled to her ancestral home in Poland and other exciting locations like Israel and Jordan with her son. She very much enjoyed becoming a grandmother to her three new grandchildren from her son Russell and “daughter” Inge. In 1999, she reconnected with her widowed friend Donal Roth, and a romantic spark reentered her life.
She married Donal Roth and became the proud new step-mother to a son and six daughters. Being an only child and raising an only child, coming into a large family was unnerving, yet exciting. She loved to spend time with her new grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending many family events like communions, graduations and weddings. She was so inquisitive and tried so hard to know every name, birthdate and something unique about them. She continued her exotic travel with Donal to Europe and the Orient. Sally began new hobbies like power boating and fishing in St. Petersburg, Florida. The two of them met many new friends, joined the St. Petersburg Yacht club and enjoyed their time as “Snowbirds” very much.
Throughout this time, Sally was very active in her church and community. At her church, she was on the St. Jerome parish council, a lector and Eucharistic minister. She was a member of the Rogers Park Community council where she volunteered countless hours at carnivals, fundraisers and planning committees over the years. She enjoyed the theater and was a member at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Field Museum.
Sally is survived by her husband Donal Roth, her son Russell (Ingeborg), her three grandchildren Benjamin, Nicholas and Aaron; her seven step children Brian, Sr. (Joanne), Mary Jo (Michael), Sandra (Nicholas), Debra (William, Sr.), Monica, Jeanne, and Denise (Jeff); her eighteen step grandchildren Jennifer (Joseph), Brian, Jr. (Nara), Elizabeth (Matthew), Katherine (Thomas), William, Jr. (Jennifer), Lisa (John), Scott, Anne (Ryan), Sarah (Gregory), Vincent (Nicole), Lauren, Stephen, Theresa, Thomas, Paul, Michael, Audrey, and Evan; and her sixteen step great grandchildren: Abigail, Joshua, Vincent, Cora, Anna, William, Maxwell, Danica, Gelsomino, Hank, Benjamin, Scout, Aurora, Hawk, Jonathan, and Greyson.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Lyman Lund, her second husband George Bartimes and her parents Joseph and Rose (Panek) Guzor.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no wake or funeral. A celebration of life memorial will be held in the Summer of 2021. A “save the date” will be sent in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Misericordia or Gannon Center for Women and Leadership:
Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 North Ridge, Chicago IL 60660 Main 773.973.6300 https://www.misericordia.com/giving/donate-online/
Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, Center for Women and Leadership Loyola University Chicago Piper Hall
1032 W. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60660 Phone: 773.508.8430,firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.luc.edu/gannon/givetogannon/
6300 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago IL 60660
Ann Ida Gannon,BVM, Center for Women and Leadership Loyola Univ. Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road, Piper Hall, Chicago IL 60660