“Work’s important, our jobs are important, but the most important thing, I think, is your family,” said Ed Roth, president and CEO of the Aultman Health Foundation.
Ed and Teri, a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) at Aultman North, serve on numerous nonprofit boards (Teri is chairman of the board of Quest Recovery and Prevention Services), coach youth sports and are active members of St. Mary’s Parish in Massillon.
But at dinnertime, you’ll find them around the same table, TV off, enjoying a meal together.
The Roths make it a point to have dinner together as much as possible. It’s important to try to regroup at the end of the day, Teri said.
Plus, Teri’s a great cook, Ed added.
The Roths met at a fumbleball game (for the uninitiated, it’s Canton’s version of softball, Ed explained) at Stadium Park in the summer of 1977. By that Christmas, 22-year-old Ed finally had worked up the courage to ask Teri, then 18, out.
The couple married Oct. 8, 1983.
The Stark County natives settled in Jackson Township, where they’ve raised four kids—Jackie, 30; Ed IV, 27, who’s married to Celia; Tom, 21; and Joe, 14. They also have a beloved flat-coat terrier, Rudy.
The couple said there’s no one big secret to their 31 years of happiness.
They have the same priorities, Teri said. They always have tried to present a united front to the kids, even when they disagreed on something, she said.
“You’ve got to just work at it. You’ve got to work things out,” Ed said.
When times are tough, you have to have patience, Teri said.
“You have to work hard for what you want. It doesn’t just fall there for you to pick up,” she said.
They also lean on their faith.
“Faith has been pretty important to us,” Teri said.
“You’ve got to have a little faith, whatever it is,” she said.
The couple, who both went to Central Catholic High School, have raised their kids in Catholic schools as well.
The Roths have been lucky to have a strong group of great, local friends, ones they have known since grade school, Ed said.
Friends can help you through any challenges you have, and in turn, you can help them, he said.
Above all else, the Roths have their family.
“If you’ve got strong family, and you’ve got good relationships there, you can get through everything you need to in your life,” Ed said.