Neill Funeral Home


Tara Kiley-Rothwell

28 December, 196229 June, 2021

Tara Kiley-Rothwell passed away June 29,2021 after spreading light, color and positivity amongst her family, friends and and kindred spirits in her world of weaving and fiber arts.

Tara was born in Cincinnati, OH on December 28, 1962 to Charles V. Schwallie and Patricia Schwallie(Kiley). The youngest of three siblings by 12 years, and as her older brothers Gary and Bob were off to college, she excelled in school and after experiencing foreign exchange studies in Denmark graduated from Princeton HS in Cincinnati in 1981.She met her best friend Linda Malcziewski (Speidel) in 3rd grade and they have sustained each other through long separations of time and geography for the past 50 years. She developed her interest in hand crafts knitting and cross stitch early in life which inspired her later artistic passions.

Post high school she attended the University of Wisconsin Madison graduating in 1985 and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She continued developing her sense of style in the decade of colorful fashion (and hair) and evolving her musical preferences from Bobby Sherman and Barry Manilow to The Police, Van Halen and her all time fave Michael Stanley. Just before going off to college, she met the love of her life, Michael Rothwell and they were married in 1986, living in Cincinnati. She had early forays into banking and the travel industry, but then focused on raising their two sons and immersing herself into supporting their educational and athletic endeavors. Seeing them succeed and mature was her greatest pleasure.

As Mike’s career advanced, they moved to Pennsylvania and as the boys were furthering their education and careers, she began developing and exploring her long suppressed interest in weaving. After being taught traditional weaving by her beloved mentor Tom Knisely, she was inspired to explore her own creative spirit and began studying and training in the art of SAORI weaving, traveling to Japan to learn and receive certification as a SAORI nstructor from SAORI no mori in order to pursue her dream of having her own studio to share this creativity and art form with others.. This dream was realized and Kite Tales SAORI Weaving Arts Studio was opened in late 2016 and gave Tara tremendous joy, not just from the art but from the deep connection she felt with many students.

Tara was very active in the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild, the Central Pennsylvania Handweavers Guild, Mid Atlantic Fiber Associationand the annual Sheep-to-Shawl competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She introduced Saori weaving to that event for the first time in 2018.

Tara was preceded in death by her beloved mother Patricia Schwallie(Kiley) of Cincinnati, OH and oldest brother Gary L. Schwallie of Centennial, CO.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Michael Rothwell. Also she is survived by her dear sons, Dylan Rothwell and his partner Lizzy Kosin of Washington DC, and Liam Rothwell and his partner Hailey Alvey of Flagstaff, AZ. She is survived by and will be forever missed by her brother Robert Schwallie and his wife Deborah Schwallie(Bailey) of Camp Verde, AZ and Cincinnati, OH. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Her spirit, inspirational attitude, and ever present smile and laughter will be missed by the many friends, neighbors, colleagues and students whose lives were touched by hers.

Celebrations of her life and memory will be planned in the near future as will plans for furthering her interest and passion for SAORI weaving .

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Liza Q Wirtz

23 August 2021

Tara was marvelous. The world is a little darker for her absence.

I met Tara online in 2018, when I became part of an ongoing SAORI weaving conversation on Facebook of which she was an integral component, and in person in 2019, when we co-sponsored a weaving retreat in the mountains of North Carolina with several other SAORI weavers. She was immensely creative and interested in everything, and she had a smile that lit the room, whether that room was at an Episcopal camp or driven by Zoom.

I miss her.

Mihoko Wakabayashi

16 August 2021

Dear Mike and the family,

I am sorry for this late response. Please accept my sincere condolences. I am truly sorry for your loss.

I just received the card back that I sent to you several weeks ago. I sent it to the address of the studio. I guess that you might have closed it.

I've met Tara at the SAORI conference in GA in 2014. I was not her close friend, however, as a SAORI sister I 've been feeling as if we were working together for sharing the same values and introducing SAORI to others in communities. I remeber her big smile and enthusiasm about SAORI.

I wish you strength and faith through this difficult time.

Warm regards,
Mihoko Wakabayashi

Judi Gay

2 August 2021

I had the pleasure of travelling with Tara to Saorinomori in Osaka, Japan in 2018. She was my fearless leader; navigating us through airports and train stations and keeping things light with her sense of humour ( and her patience with me bringing way too much luggage!). She was the epitome of optimism and I am so sorry I won't have another adventure with her. My sympathies go out to Mike and the family. Tara is missed.

Akiko Jo

30 July 2021

Our entire team at Sakaiseikisangyo Co., Ltd. would like to express our deepest sympathies and gratitude for Tara and her years of contribution and irreplaceable presence within the global SAORI community. We fondly remember the precious and heartwarming moments we shared with her, her smiles and thoughtful words of care and understanding. We believe that she brightened the spirit and life of so many other people who interacted with her. She will be missed, and we will continue our journey holding her creative and positive spirit in our hearts.

With gratitude for Tara Kiley-Rothwell and her presence within the SAORI community,

Akiko Jo
SAORI Global – International Division
Sakaiseikisangyo Co., Ltd.

Maureen Joyce

22 July 2021

Tara was so empowering for the many of us who worked and played with her. She taught the participants on the Red Tomato Farm he love of weaving and we will forever be grateful for her presence in our lives.

Sue Strong

9 July 2021

I spend 3 days of intense learning and weaving with Tara several years ago. She was a wonderful teacher, patient and very creative. She was so generous with her knowledge and enthusiasm....absolutely perfect for the Saori spirit.
I always hoped I would have another chance to learn from her and was deeply saddened to learn of her passing.
Thank you, Tara, for the many gifts you shared with me. May your generosity and positivity serve as a guiding light to others.

Jacquelyn (Hatch) Howard

7 July 2021

Tara holds a special place in my memory of our times at Princeton High. I was recently in Cincinnati and had the pleasure of seeing two dear friends that I know from PHS. And like, Tara, I was blessed to have a friend since third grade (Tara’s is Linda Spiedel, mine is Natasha (Jones) McDougle) who are also wonderful classmates.

The way Tara sought her life’s joy through weaving is amazing. I loved reading about that.

To the Kiley and Rothwell family, please know that Tara touched others and made them feel better because she did. She’ll be fondly remembered. So please honor her and take the time to share her stories so that she continues to inspire others beyond today.

Much love and respect,

Jacquelyn (PHS class of ‘81).

Jane Carnahan

7 July 2021

I remember Tara when she lived in Sharonville, her boys swam on the swim team with my boys. We also had the Princeton connection. Prayers of peace to her family and friends.

Joan Booth

6 July 2021

So many find memories of Tara from grade school at Evendale elementary. My mother was friends with Tara’s mother at Bethesda North Hospital and I became friends with her brother Bob from working at Christ Hospital Emergency Department. My deepest condolences for her family and loved ones. I pray your hearts be filled with comfort and fond memories.

Kathleen Czarnecki

6 July 2021

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Tara’s family and friends.

I met Tara through the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association. She was just a bright beacon of positivity! Tara’s enthusiasm, kindness and talent for Saori weaving was infectious. Honestly, if I hadn’t met Tara, I probably would have given up my dream of Saori weaving. I will forever be grateful for her encouragement, her willingness to share her knowledge with others. Tara helped me set-up a Saori loom at my library. We had a wonderful afternoon! Even though I only met Tara a few times in person, I felt like I knew her for years.

Tara’s memory will live on through everyone she has mentored and inspired!

Sending prayers and loving thoughts...

Kathleen Czarnecki
Kenilworth Public Library

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