Ann Roach Obituary

Ann Marie Roach
Ann Roach
Ann Marie Roach

September 5, 1925 - November 2, 2013
Born in St. Lucas, Iowa
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Ann Roach, 88, of West Des Moines, IA passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on November 2, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th Street, Urbandale, IA with burial at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, IA.

She was born Anna Marie Mihm on September 5, 1925 near St. Lucas, IA to Henry and Mary Mihm. She lived on the family farm with her seven siblings until she began working in West Union, IA, where she met her future husband Mark Roach, at choir practice. On her birthday in 1949, they were married at St. Luke's Church. In 1953, they moved to the Des Moines area and made their home in Urbandale, IA, where they raised their eight children.

Ann was a charter member of St. Pius X Church in Urbandale, IA and a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society St. Elizabeth Circle.

Ann's greatest accomplishments include raising eight children, building a successful upholstery business, and mastering the art of quilting.

She will be greatly missed by:

Her son Patrick Roach and wife Vivian Thomson of Washington, DC and Charlottesville, VA, grandchildren Julia Sarcone-Roach of Brooklyn, NY, Mike Sarcone-Roach of Arlington, VA, step-grandchildren Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux of Washington, DC, and Flora Thomson-DeVeaux of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;

Her daughter Michele Harvey and husband William of Earlham, IA, grandchild Elizabeth Shaw and husband Benjamin of Des Moines, IA, great grandchildren Lily Shaw and Dottie Shaw, step-great grandchild Jazmine Shaw of Ankeny, IA, grandchild Caren Schroeder of Elgin, SC, great grandchildren Audrey Schroeder and Teresa Schroeder;

Her son Timothy Roach of Altoona, IA, grandchildren Erin Roach of Altoona, IA, Lucas Roach of Iowa City, IA, and Lauren Roach of Altoona, IA;

Her daughter Mary Ann Thorsheim and husband Mark of Des Moines, IA, grandchild Kate Meyer and husband Doug of Des Moines, IA, and grandchild Sam Thorsheim of Urbandale, IA;

Her daughter Nancy Temoyan and husband Kenneth of Phoenix, AZ, grandchild Jonathan Stauder and his wife Heidi of San Francisco, CA, and grandchild Jennifer Stauder of Phoenix, AZ;

Her son James Roach and wife Dawn of West Des Moines, IA, grandchild Abi Roach of West Des Moines, IA;

Her daughter Maureen Roach and husband Larry Lantz of Winterset, IA, grandchild Daniel Lantz and his wife Molly of Gaithersburg, MD, grandchild Rachel Lantz and great grandson Red of Sprague River, OR, and grandchild David Lantz of San Francisco, CA;

Her son Thomas Roach and wife Jennifer of Hudson, WI, grandchild Grace Roach, step-grandchildren Caitlin Mullins of Eau Claire, WI, Sarah Roach of Stillwater, MN, and Victoria Roach of Hudson, WI; and

Her sister Loretta Zweibohmer of Norwood Young America, MN; her brother Leo Mihm and wife Mary of Portland, OR; and her brother Clarence Mihm and wife Adriana of Portland, OR.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband Mark Roach (2006), her sisters Florence Manderfield, Francie Thole, Agnes Bohr, and her brother Robert Mihm and her parents Henry and Mary Mihm.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, at Iles Westover Chapel, where a Vigil service will begin at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Pius X Altar & Rosary Society. Online condolences are welcomed at


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Thursday, November 7, 2013
10:30 AM
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Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, November 7, 2013
11:45 AM