Melita Kathryn Roeder, 82, of Lansing, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at Franciscan-Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., after a short illness. Following her wishes there will be no public services. The Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home in Lansing assisted the family.
Melita is survived by three sons, Richard H. (Mary) Roeder and Robert A. Roeder, both of Lansing, and Roger L. (Susan) Roeder of Swisher; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one step grandchild; and a sister, Marian Alexander of Cedar Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyde; brother, Marvin Pottratz; and daughter-in-law, Rita Roeder.
Melita Kathryn was born Sept. 20, 1926, at New Albin, Iowa, to Otto and Alma (Diersen) Pottratz. She married Clyde “Bud” Roeder on April 23, 1948. She worked at the Lansing Button Factory and operated Roeder’s Tavern with Clyde for 25 years in Lansing. They later moved to Cedar Rapids, where she worked at Wilson’s Farmstead Foods for 17 years. They retired and moved back to Lansing. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.