Lori Rothgery (Merker)
(1939 - 2012)

Lori Rothgery (Merker)

Ohio, United States of America
December 13, 1939

Colorado, United States of America
March 23, 2012

Join us in the celebration of Lori Rothgery, the life she lived and the lives she touched.

Lori was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her dad Stephen was a bus driver for the Cleveland Transit System and Cleveland State University. Her mom was Margaret. They lived on Robertson Avenue. Lori was the oldest of three. Her brother Steve and his wife Sharon are residents of Louisville, KY. Her sister Veronica lives in Medina on a small farm with her husband Alan.

The love of Lori’s life was Bob. They had 50 years of adventures together. They met in Cleveland, Ohio at The Higbee Company where they both worked. Lori asked Bob to her Senior prom and they were together ever since. Married in Cleveland, they moved to North Olmsted where they raised four children: Monica, Meg, Julie and Paul. They were active members of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church. Lori was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and organized the parish prayer chain. She was a Girl Scout Leader for Troop 1102 for many years. In the 1980s and 90s, Lori worked at St. Brendan School, first as the school secretary and then as the school librarian. She loved books and children and was very proud of her job as a librarian.

In 2005, Lori and Bob said a heartfelt goodbye to their family and friends in Ohio, packed up and moved to Denver to be near Meg, Julie and Paul. It was always their dream to live near the Rocky Mountains. Every morning Lori would say, “Another beautiful day in Colorado.”

Lori became an active member of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish. She served her church and community. As a member of Caring Hands, she made quilted walker bags and lap blankets for the wheel chair bound. She volunteered at Coyote Hills and St. Thomas More Library and made peanut butter sandwiches for the homeless.

Lori had many passions. She loved birds and animals. She always had a dog or cat around. Her current four-legged companion is Abby.

She was an avid quilter, sewing love into every stitch. She loved reading and studying the bible. Lori’s greatest joy was her five grandchildren. She was their Nani. She made them quilts and read them stories.

Lori touched many lives. She had an ability to make everyone feel special. She will be missed.

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Guest Book (14 entries)
Happy Mother's Day Mom. I miss you more than words can begin to adequately express. When the shock and disbelief subside, they are replaced by sad, sad sadness... Tears and more tears. Then, there is a moment of peace, remembering that this is a temporary transition and you are exactly where you planned to be. Yay for you! Celebration Then the whole process starts all over again. Yay for me. And on it goes.
Love Monica
Monica R (Daughter)
May 13th, 2012
I miss Lori. It is not easy to even say how much! I love her and I wish that I could say that again to her. Lori, Steve and I are very fortunate to have had a loving and close relationship with each other over the years. Don't get me wrong, there have been ups and downs, but, nothing to stop us from caring about each other or loving each other. Her life may have been short by some standards, but it was a full and loving adventure and she is greatly missed by all of us. Everyone says she is in a better place and I know in my heart that that is true, but it still hurts and I miss you very much Lori. Smile down on us whenever you can and we will smile back. Love you, Nica
Nica Briggs (Sister)
April 15th, 2012
As a former Girl Scout of Troop 1102, student from St. Brendan's and friend of your daughter's Meg and Monica, thank you for everything you did for us growing up and for leaving the world a better place than you found it. You will be missed by many. Rest in peace until we meet again.
Laurie (Black) Schalow (St. Brendan's Student)
April 2nd, 2012
Monica and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Reading about about Lori's wonderful life shows the impact she has had on her family and others in many ways. May your faith continue to comfort you and give you strength during this time and beyond. Our hearts/prayers/thoughts are with you. Patsy
Patsy Reynolds (friend/co-worker of Monic)
March 30th, 2012
Dear Rothgery Family,
I am so sorry to hear of mom's passing. She was like a second mother to me growing up over the years. My heart aches with all of yours. She will be dearly missed. Thoughts and prayers now and always.
Chrissy Weisbarth
March 30th, 2012
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"I remember a sweet little girl with a blue ribbon in her hair who loved to play "make believe". She lived a blessed life. My heart grieves with family and all who knew her."
Elaine Ellsworth (Simotics)
March 30th, 2012
"Jeden Morgen zünde ich eine Kerze an, dieser Tage besonders für Lori."
Claudia und Jochen Schneider
March 29th, 2012
"We are thinking of all of you. Lauri would be so proud of the family she and Bob raised."
David Myers
March 28th, 2012
"Lighting a candle for Lori and family. Let the soft candle light guide you on your journey."
Brigette and Ana Beisner
March 28th, 2012


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