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Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Friday, August 20, 2004

OBITUARY - JUDY (SKALA) ROTHMAN-DRAKE

Judy ROTHMAN-DRAKE, 63, of Mount Ayr, died August 14, 2004.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, August 19, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 N.W. 60th Ave., Des Moines. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens. There will be family visitation 1 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials will be established in her name.

Mrs. ROTHMAN-DRAKE, daughter of Ray and Geraldine SKALA, was born April 11, 1941, in Des Moines. She was a floral designer at Forget Me Not Flowers and Gifts in Mount Ayr.

Survivors include her husband, Richard DRAKE; five children, Diane (STIGERS) Emrad, Donald ROTHMAN, Debbie ROTHMAN, Lewis ROTHMAN III and Bernie ROTHMAN; 25 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; four stepchildren, Larry DRAKE, Eric DRAKE, Karen CURTISS and Sandy IZER; two sisters, JoAnn BAILEY, Martha E. TROSTER and two brothers, Jerry Ray SKALA and Douglas SKALA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Lewis ROTHMAN Jr., and a sister, Carol Lynn MULINIX.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2009

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 19, 2004

OBITUARY ~ JUDY ELLEN (SKALA) ROTHMAN-DRAKE

Judy Ellen ROTHMAN-DRAKE was born on April 11, 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa to Ray SKALA and Geraldine McCHASEN. Most of Judy's life was spent in Iowa with her family. Judy was later blessed with five children and a husband, Lewis Joseph ROTHMAN. She also raised foster-children with her husband before his death in 1985. Judy spent a lot of time as a den mother, Camp Fire Girls leader, Head Start teacher, camping, providing for the less fortunate, traveling with her family and taking care of everyone around her.

In 1986, she moved to Delphos, Iowa. On February 23, 1997, Judy was united in marriage to Richard DRAKE. Upon this marriage she was given four step-children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All of Judy's time in Mount Ayr was dedicated to helping others and spending time with her family.

Judy was a generous and family oriented woman. Her generosity and loving heart has touched the lives of everyone she met. She always put the happiness of others before her own. The love in her heart had an incomparable strength, even towards strangers. The last three years of her life were spent raising her granddaughter and being with Richard. She enjoyed working with people and using her outstanding talent to arrange flowers and decorate cakes.

Judy passed away at her home on Saturday, August 14, 2003.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Geraldine SKALA; sister, Carol Lynn MULINIZ; and first husband, Lewis Joseph ROTHMAN.

Left behind to celebrate her life are her husband, Richard DRAKE of Mount Ayr; sisters, Jo Ann and Cliff BAILEY of Bondurant, Iowa, Martha and Les TROSTER of Delphos; brothers, Jerry Ray SKALA and Douglas H. SKALA; children, Diane and Bill EMARD of Tehachapi, California, Donald and Julie ROTHMAN of Lancaster, California, Debbie ROTHMAN of Mitchellville, Iowa, Lewis ROTHMAN III of Des Moines,and Bernie ROTHMAN of Des Moines; step-children, Larry and Peggy DRAKE of Mount Ayr, Eric and Erica DRAKE of Blockton, Iowa, Karen and Terry CURTISS of Great Falls, Montana, and Sandy and Bob IZER of Aplington, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A time of remembrance and sharing was held at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Mount Ayr on Wednesday, August 18, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Hamilton's Funeral Home North in Des Moines on Thursday, August 19, 2004. The viewing will begin at 1 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m., performed by Rev. Ed SHIELDS.

Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Des Moines.

Hamilton's Funeral Home is located at 121 N.W. 60th Avenue, Des Moines. To get to the services, take 1-35/80 to 2nd Avenue, go north on 2nd Avenue and take a right on N.W. 60th Avenue.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012

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