Geneva Roth

July 5, 1922March 18, 2012

Geneva Roth, nee Higgins, 89, longtime resident of Belleville, Ill., passed away peacefully at home, in the loving care of her five daughters on Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Geneva was born July 5, 1922 in Mayfield, KY to Otis & Leona, nee Minton, Higgins. She moved to Mascoutah, Ill., where she met and married Leroy W. Roth on October 26, 1940. Together, they resided in Belleville and both worked at Swift & Co. National City Stockyards.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Roth; her sister, Kathryn (Carlton) Key; brothers, Louis Edward (Pat) Higgins, Jerry Higgins and a son-in-law, Richard Pepper.

Surviving are her daughters, Sandra Pepper, JoAnn (Paul) Mueller, Carol (Roscoe “Bud”) Geschwend, Cheryl (Ervin “Smitty”) Smith and Leslie Mason, 19 Grandchildren, 22 Great-Grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Linda Higgins; and dear nieces, nephews.

Per the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, Belleville, Ill. or to the Alzheimer’s Association

Condolences may be offered at

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room, why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey that we must all take, and each must go alone, it’s all a part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely, and sick of heart, go to the friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.

Visitation: Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Lake View Funeral Home with Rev. Cari Frus officiating. Interment will be held privately in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill

Lake View Funeral Home


  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 22, 2012

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March 26, 2012

Sabdy, I am so sorry about the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful person. I know you and your sisters will miss her deeply. All my love, Dianna Mitchell

Patricia Thompson

March 24, 2012

Cheri, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. It is so hard to lose the backbone of the family. I always remember your Mom welcoming and smiling as we played as kids. My prayers for you and your family as you move through this difficult journey, and Godspeed to your Mom.

March 22, 2012

Carol, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of you loss. Your friend always,Jim2C

Katie Jarvis

March 21, 2012

Best great Grandma anyone could have. Always in my heart and always on my mind. See you for the last time tomorrow. R.I.P Granny <3

Allen Haywood

March 21, 2012

She was really sweet the time I met her and Steph your family will be in my prayers... She is in a great place now!

jane george

March 21, 2012

im thinking of you all stephanie & leslie.she was such a nice lady. always laughing at something her grandkids did.

Kevin Clark

March 21, 2012

My heart and prayers to you and the family.

Carla Wolfe

March 21, 2012

my heart goes out to all of Sandys family,

Linda Higgins

March 21, 2012

I remember Geneva as an always pleasant and upbeat lady. I hope she and my mom will be friends in heaven as they were so
long ago in Belleville.

savannah lane

March 21, 2012

steph sorry for you and your family lose shes in a better place now with your grandpa love you keep your head up. you and your family are in my prayers i know what you guys are goin thru right now. stay postive.