Coleen “Toots” Marie Roth was born on June 27, 1942 to Otto and Louise Scheffelmaier at the Gottlieb and Marie Birkholz farm northeast of Elgin, ND. She married Gerald “Garry” Roth on November 17, 1957 in Heil, ND. Toots and Garry lived on the Edwin and Emma Roth farm north of Elgin, ND for a couple years, then moved to Dickinson, ND where Garry attended college. After he finished his education, they moved to Regent, ND where Garry taught school. After several years, they moved to Mandan, ND where they raised their family. The family spent summers in Billings, MT while Garry continued his education. They also lived in Grand Forks during 1977-1978 when Garry finished his doctorate in education. From 1984 to 1992 they lived in Valley City, ND where Coleen worked as a library aide, as a cataloger at Valley City State University, and as a telephone salesperson for the Valley City Times Record Newspaper. In the summer of 1992, they moved back to their home on Linda Drive in Mandan, ND. Coleen worked as a paraprofessional for Mandan Public Schools from 1992 to 1994, then at Roosevelt Elementary School as a library aide from 1994 until she retired in May 2004. In 2016, they moved to West Fargo, ND to be closer to family due to health needs. Toots and Garry shared a love of collecting antiques, Rosemeade pottery, Dakota pottery, Indian Artifacts (mostly Garry), coin collecting, and attending flea markets, auctions, and rummage sales in search of these treasures. They also enjoyed traveling with their family and friends. She loved working on genealogy and family photo albums, bowling, playing cards, reading, canning fruits, vegetables, and jellies, word searches, game shows, and watching sporting events (especially football). Her favorite pastime was enjoying a meal out or coffee with friends and family. Toots especially loved being a grandmother, great-grandmother, and “Auntie Toots” to nieces and nephews. Ever the hostess, Toots was always ready for company with homemade pork and summer sausage, cheese and crackers, coffee, treats of some kind, and a bed if you needed one! Toots and Garry were long time members of First Lutheran Church in Mandan, ND and enjoyed attending First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fargo with Chuck and Carol. Coleen is proceeded in death by her husband of 63 years, Gerald, her parents, Otto and Louise Scheffelmaier, infant older brother Otto Joel Scheffelmaier, and infant younger sister Vickie Lee Scheffelmaier, and niece, Jill Roth. She is survived by her son, Garry “Chuck” (Carol) of Harwood, ND, daughter, Michele (Jerry) Trotter of Fargo, ND, and son Stacy (Stacey) Roth of Cheyenne, WY; seven grandchildren – Ben (Laura) Roth of Grand Forks, ND, Jessica Roth of Madrid, Spain, Katherine(Michael) Reinke of Forest Lake, MN, Zachary Trotter of Fargo, ND, Ellen Trotter of Houston, Texas, Lindsey Trotter of Minneapolis, MN, and Lucas Roth of Cheyenne, WY; six great grandchildren – Elijah, Jacob, and Luke Reinke, Gillian, Gabrielle and Kellen Roth; sisters – Audrey (Norman) Roth of Mandan, ND, Jolene (Doug) Rivinius of Elgin, ND, and Jolette (Ronn) Fuchs of Jamestown, ND; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and others she called “family”. Coleen’s family would especially like to thank the second floor Elmwood Square staff at Bethany on University for the wonderful care since Coleen moved there in December 2020 and the staff of Hospice of the Red River Valley. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to a charity of your choice, First Lutheran Church in Mandan, ND, or First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fargo, ND.

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  1. So sorry to hear of “toots” passing LOVED visiting with her whenever they were in Elgin!!! She was a BEAUTIFUL lady inside and out!!!

  2. Coleen was a friend and classmate in Heil and Elgin. Such a wonderful girl and was so good to get re-acquainted when we moved back!!

  3. Toots was always so kind to me, and treated me like family.
    She raised a wonderful family with Garry, a great legacy 🙂 And all those salt and pepper shakers!
    Your basement in Mandan was always an amazing place to check out treasures!

  4. There is not two greater friends then than your Mom and Dad were! We always looked forward to spending time with them!! They stopped so many time on there way to fargo and we would have lunch at Robys!!!
    I sure have missed those days!!!
    With COVID we were have not been able to see them !!!
    May God bless you all!!!!0

  5. Coleen welcomed me with open arms when I moved to Mandan in 1981! She was a great supporter of Mandan girls basketball. Awesome Lady

  6. My. Sympathy Collens family. She was a grade ahead of me in high school. Knew her and Gary very well.

  7. God bless you my dear friend!! We had such fun times working together at Roosevelt! Such a wonderful friend who will be missed. Jean Hoerner

  8. We have really enjoyed our special times together since moving to West Fargo. Toots and Garry were more than in-laws to me, but family and friends. We sure miss them. Who will take Larry to rummage sales like Garry did?

  9. You welcomed me from Day 1 – said you remembered me from bell choir back in 1984 (and you probably did!) Never stopped calling me “Stacey Becker” 🙂 We shared some OCD “quirks” which we laughed about. I’m happy to have called you my mother-in-law! As the matriarch of the family, you were so loved and will be missed greatly. You made me promise to never cut off Lucas’s “curls like Toots” – and I will keep that promise! (He is so proud of those curls!) Until we meet again, Toots. Love, Stacey Becker

  10. As I struggle with tears of sadness there are also tears of love and happiness knowing that you are reunited with Uncle Garry! You were always a ray of sunshine when we saw you at family gatherings. You always said ” I love you” when we hugged goodbye and I always replied ” I love you more” !! So I will say it again, “I love you more Aunt Coleen!!” You have raised 3 wonderful children! My heart goes out to my cousins and their family! Love 💘 hugs and prayers 🙏!!

  11. So sorry for your loss, she was such a fun person always had a smile. I used to bowl with her at Ten Spot.

  12. Coleen will always be in our memories. We were so happy to meet her and have the opportunity to be a part of her life. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  13. My condolences to the family of Coleen. I was sad to read of her death. I’ve been remembering the times we spent together at UND student housing. Hours of playing pinochle. I smiled when I read the name Otto Scheffelmaier. Jerry would often mention his father-in-law when we played. It might’ve been at a time when we were challenging a rule. He might’ve said “Well according to Otto Scheffelmaier” or “Otto Scheffelmaier would say…..” We knew the best advice about pinochle must’ve come from Otto. The years we all spent at UND were not always easy but spending them with the Roth family made them more enjoyable.

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