Barbara Pitkethly-Roach

Barbara Faye Pitkethly-Roach

Saturday, February 9th, 1929 - Monday, March 18th, 2019
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Barbara Pitkethly-Roach began her eternal life Monday, March 18, 2019. She was born in Detroit, Mich. on February 9, 1929, to Rowland and Faye (Brown) Whitney.
She grew up in Flint, Mich., and graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, both in education. In 1951, Barbara married Robert Pitkethly. They made their home in Battle Creek, where their two daughters were born, and enjoyed many happy years until they decided to part ways.
Barb also taught business and typing at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek for nearly 30 years, where she was beloved by her students and affectionately referred to as “Ma Pit.” She was the program director of the Lakeview High School chapter of Distributive Education Club of America (DECA); she enjoyed encouraging her students to become entrepreneurs and assisted many of them in landing their first job.
Barb was a long-time member of Westlake Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and was also a member of the team that constructed the unique stained-glass window in the church’s sanctuary. She also met former Battle Creek Fire Chief Douglas Roach at Westlake, and they were married from 2003 until his death in 2012.
Barb was an avid gardener, a member of the Junior League, and an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority until her mid-80s. She loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her favorite moments were those spent with her daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughter, and lifelong friends. Just last month, she celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at NorthPointe Woods, where she had resided for several years.
Barb is survived by her daughters, Sara (Dave) Paulson, of Battle Creek, and Martha Chalifoux, of Canton, Mich.; granddaughters, Emily (Trevor) Irish, of Seattle, Wash., and Katelyn (Damien) Lowe, of Canton, Mich.; great-granddaughter Liliana Faye Irish, of Seattle, Wash.; and cousin Mary Kay (Justilien) Landry, of St. Louis, Mo.
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    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Westlake Presbyterian Church
    415 28th Street S
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49015
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Tina Cohoon

Posted at 09:18am
So very sorry, Barb was a wonderful lady. She always had a smile that would make you smile. I will miss her very much, but I'll always remember the good time's we had. I'm sorry that I can't make it to her service. I'll be praying for all of her family and friends. God Bless you all. Tina Cohoon

Hollingsworth Leadership Team

Posted at 11:55am
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Mike & Mary Hayward

Posted at 03:37pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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William Traver

Posted at 09:18am
Appreciated Ms Pit for all her mentoring while in DECA and teaching those keyboard skills. I could always type faster and with less errors than the office assistants I had over years. Lol.
Prayers to her family. RIP🙏

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