Roeths celebrating 50 years

COVINGTON — Eddie (Ed) and Cherie (Hubbard) Roeth of Covington will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends on Oct. 27 at the Bradford Community Club.

Ed and Cherie were married Dece. 27, 1969, in a Christmas-themed ceremony officiated by the Rev. David B. Cottrill at Bradford Methodist Church, Bradford.

Ed and Cherie met in high school through several mutual friends and their first date was at the Bradford Pumpkin Show. Both are graduates of Bradford High School; Ed in 1967 and Cherie in 1968.

Ed graduated from Defiance College in 1971 with a degree in History and Physical Education/Health. His master’s degree was from Ball State University. He was a member of the Defiance College Basketball Team, named Most Valuable Player in 1971, Honorable Mention All American also in 1971 with the second leading free throw percentage in the United States. Ed is a member of the first class of Bradford High School Athletic Hall of Fame members and was inducted to the Defiance College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Ed was a teacher and coached basketball for over 30 years with the Bradford Exempted Village School system. He continues his love of working at Patty’s IGA, Stocker-Fraley Funeral Homes and continues his dad’s farming tradition with his brother, Jim.

He is still known as Coach Roeth to many Bradford graduates.

Ed is the son of Ruth (Jackson) and the late James Roeth of Bradford.

Cherie began college at The University of Kentucky and was one of the first two featured twirlers with the Wildcat Marching Band. A year ago, she again took to the football field at the 50th alumni of the University of Kentucky “Twirling Sweethearts.” Cherie continued her twirling career coaching twirlers, flags, and field commanders from around the Dayton area. Along with her sister, Robin, they led MaChere’s Twirling Corp to a state championship and second at USTA Nationals in the 1970’s. She graduated from Wright State University in 1977 with a degree in Elementary Education, a master’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1985 in School Administration and Supervision, with an additional degree in Library Media K-12 in 2001. Cherie was fortunate to spend her educational career as a teacher, special education supervisor, principal and library media specialist. She worked in Versailles, Bradford, and Covington schools, along with the Darke County Educational Service Center. Cherie was inducted to the Bradford Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009. She continues as a library director, retiring from Bradford Public Library in 2018 and currently working with J. R. Clarke Public Library.

Cherie is the daughter of Patricia (Stover) and the late Charles Hubbard of Bradford.

Both Ed and Cherie have loved working with children of all ages and have touched the lives of more than several thousand young men and women over the years.

They have four children: Deana (Shawn) Anderson of Piqua, Lynnette (Cheryl Woodward) Roeth of Pleasant Hill, Emily (Chris) Alexander of Plymouth, IA and Bert (Jamie) Roeth of Bradford. They have been blessed and busy with 18 grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Hannah, Kenzi and Mickey Anderson; Zeb, Elliot, Shya and Daxton Woodward-Roeth; Allen, Drake, Catie, Patience and Andy Alexander; Dalton Branson and Brody, Davis and Westin Roeth; and one great-grandchild, Audrie Martin-Anderson.

They both love their churches. They have been blessed working with both Bradford Church of the Brethren and Cherie at Piqua Baptist Church in the areas of Sunday school, deacons and choir director.

When asked about their 50-year marriage they stated, “We have wonderful memories of building a family and home, we are mutually bound by our religious beliefs, and a have a caring and passionate love for one another.”

An open house celebrating Ed and Cherie’s 50th wedding anniversary will take place from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Bradford Community Club, Bradford. All family and friends are invited to attend the celebration.