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Family and friends remember Roswitha Marold

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Loved ones paid their last respects to Roswitha Marold at her visitation and vigil Thursday night. She and Dr. Michael Welton died in an accident on January 9, 2011, when their plane crashed in the southern Colorado mountains.

We're respecting the family's request for privacy at this difficult time. But we wanted to pay tribute to Roswitha's work in the Cedar Valley community. As her friends will tell you, this was a woman who was beautiful, inside and out.

Roswitha was born in Germany, but her roots grew strong in the Cedar Valley. Roswitha's mom and stepfather moved her and her three siblings to Iowa when Roswitha was just ten years old. Her life's pride and joy came shortly after marriage, with the birth of her two children, and later, her grandchildren.

Besides her devotion to her son and daughter, Roswitha had a passion for the arts.

"I think it was just her love for classical music, for making sure the Cedar Valley had such an incredible offering," said Executive Director of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, Emily Pawlak.

Roswitha donated to the WCF Symphony, the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, and the UNI Foundation, just to name a few. But what set her apart, is the time and energy she gave to the causes she cared about most.

"To have volunteers like her, who give so freely of their time to help support something they love, it's really the life-blood of an organization. And we really owe her a lot," said Pawlak.

Roswitha was also known to the community as a fashionista. She owned and operated the Victoria Room in Waterloo for 25 years, run now by her daughter Kathryn.

In her later years, Roswitha enjoyed traveling to Arizona, visiting friends and family members with her close companion, Dr. Welton. It was on their way home from the holidays down south, that their plane crashed, a tragic end to two amazing lives.

Roswitha's family is asking any memorials to be directed to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony or the new Waterloo Blessed Maria Assunta Pollotta Catholic Middle school. It's just one more example of how, even in death, her giving spirit is living on.

Funeral services for Roswitha will be held Friday morning at Saint Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo at 11:00. There will be no funeral services for Dr. Welton.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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