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Simonetta Roach

June 4, 1958 — August 14, 2016

Roach, Simonetta, age 58 of Germantown passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Hospice of Dayton.  Simone was born in Dayton, OH to the late Joseph and Vera (Johnson) Dvorak, was an aquatics instructor at the West Carrollton YMCA and loved gardening.  She is survived by her husband Larry Roach, her sons Michael (Genny) McCormick and Kenneth D. Roach, grandchildren Jordan and Blade McCormick, her sister Bona (Dale) Specker of Florida, nephews and nieces Keith (Heidi) Crouse, Joe (Robin) Crouse of Jackson Center, OH and Nicole (Jeff) Kunk of Houston, OH.  Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 19, 2016 at 10:00AM at the Arpp & Root Funeral Home, 29 N Main St.  Germantown with interment immediately following at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Richmond, IN.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5-8 at the funeral home.

A letter from Larry:
There are so many words to describe my life with you and what you meant to me, your sons, our grandchildren and the countless people you touched. It’s safe to say that all of us will never encounter another person with so much love of all people from all walks of life. There was never a person in your eyes that received anything less than 100% of your attention. The faces of children of all ages would light up when they saw “Miss Simone” either at a class at the “Y” or anywhere in public with usually big hugs as a greeting. Your AOA (Active Older Adults) class at the “Y” was yet another group that never got enough of the daughter they all wish they would have had. Your love of working with the special population children and providing aquatic therapy to the severely injured was to say the least, heartwarming examples of who you were. Your love of family never faltered after giving so much to the rest of the world. You were everything to us and always found the time to attend your children’s and grandchildren’s  events of all natures and locations, sometimes driving hours to cheer, yell, applaud and congratulate after. Win, lose or draw or squeaky bows and ill-timed wrapping on percussion, in her eyes her family were always winners.

I feel I was the most lucky person of all to know her. I saw her grow as a person in so many ways. I saw occasionally how she interacted with all the folks at the “Y”. I saw her love of our family. She was not one to beat around the bush and made sure we all walked the line and had no problem helping raise anyone’s children that came to our home, worked for her or attended one of her classes. She wrote the book on tough love but did it in such a way you thanked her afterwards and in turn was ready to hug and move on.

Simone will be missed there is no doubt. We all will shed a tear but will have so many wonderful memories and funny stories to tell that there will be tears of joy also. She made everyone around her better. She influenced us all many times without us even realizing it until hours, days, weeks later. Who and what I am today is because of the love, patience and understand she gave to me for thirty five wonderful, exciting and blessed years.

All my love to you Simone for forever and a day,

Your loving husband and friend,

Charitable donations may be made to:

Simone Roach Memorial Fund - YMCA of Greater Dayton
118 W. First Street Suite 300, Dayton OH 45402,

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