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Neal C. Rothen


Neal C. Rothen, 58, of Emlenton, went to be with the Lord Tuesday afternoon, January 3, 2023, while in the comfort of his home with his family at his side.

Neal was born in Butler on January 25, 1964. He was the son of the late Carl F. and Edna Mae Elser Rothen.

He was a 1982 graduate of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in Foxburg. Neal was a long-time active member of St. Michael The Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Emlenton as well as the Knights of Columbus. Neal enjoyed making and gifting rosary beads and helping with St. Michael’s Soup Group for shut-ins. He had earned an associate degree from Butler County Community College and a degree in respiratory therapy from The University of Millersville. Neal had been a volunteer EMT with the Emlenton Area Ambulance Service for many years.

Surviving is his wife, Margaret Carlson Rothen, whom he married at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Butler on April 19, 1997. Also surviving is a son, Hunter J. Rothen, at home; a brother, Eric G. Rothen and his wife, Mary, of Emlenton; two sisters, Carla S. Cratty and her husband, Doug, of Evans City and Amy Kaufman and her husband, Raymond, of Parker, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A funeral Mass will be concelebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at St. Michael The Archangel Roman Catholic in Emlenton with the Rev. Robert Brugger, retired priest, and the Rev. Johnathan Schmolt, pastoral administrator, officiating. The interment will be at St. Michael Cemetery, Emlenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Emlenton Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 346, Emlenton, PA 16373.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hile Funeral Home Inc., Emlenton. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hilefh.com

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