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Mary W. (Nafziger) Roes
June 15, 1929 ~ January 15, 2021 (age 91)

CROGHAN – Mary W. Roes, 91, of George Street, Croghan, died late Friday evening, January 15, 2021, at the Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville.

Mary was born on June 15, 1929, at home in Martinsburg, New York, to the late Joseph and Rose Widrick Nafziger.  She attended country school in Martinsburg and Lowville Academy in Lowville.  She worked at the Dadville Tree Nursery before her marriage.  On June 9, 1950, she married Nelson L. Roes at the Dadville Mennonite Church, with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating.  They, subsequently, purchased a dairy farm in Denmark which they operated for six years before moving to Castorland.  Then, she and her husband started a small farm equipment dealership at their home in Castorland before moving the business to Route 26 in Lowville where they established the Roes Equipment Company which they operated until the early 1980s.  After selling the business, Mrs. Roes cared for the elderly.  Nelson and Mary continued to live in Castorland for fifty-seven years before moving to Steepleview Courts in Croghan on May 1, 2014.  Mr. Roes passed away on November 22, 2020.

She is survived by her children, Virginia and Nevin Moser, of Lowville, David and Marcia Roes, of Lowville, Dannie and Yvonne Roes, of Castorland, Jane and Harold Yoder, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Dale and Connie Roes, of Lowville, and Darwin and Lori Roes, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Arlene Zehr and Doris Roggie, of Croghan; nineteen grandchildren; and forty-four great grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Gladys Nafziger, and two brothers in law, Merlin Roggie and Anthony Zehr.

Mary enjoyed crocheting, reading, and playing card games. She spent many winters in Haiti working in the pharmacy sorting medicine and making meals for work teams.  Mary crocheted many hats and booties for the newborn babies born in the hospital.  She enjoyed many winters in Haiti with her husband and loved her Haitian families.  Since moving to Steepleview Courts, Mary appreciated her time playing cards and dominoes with the other ladies.  Indeed, she developed a very special relationship with them, and they became wonderful friends.

Because of Covid, a memorial service will be held in the spring at the Naumburg Mennonite Church with burial to follow in the Naumburg Mennonite Cemetery.  Mary and Nelson were charter members of the Naumburg Mennonite Church.  No calling hours have been scheduled.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sonlight Missions, P.O. Box 51, Castorland, New York 13620.  Arrangements are with the Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2021.

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