OBITUARY

Elizabeth "Beth" Walker Rohrer

February 22, 1940October 18, 2018

Elizabeth “Beth” Walker Rohrer, loving mother, grandmother and long time Orlando resident passed away on October 18, 2018 following a long, productive and happy life. Born in Leesburg, FL, on February 22, 1940, where she spent most of her childhood with the exception of a few years in Tennessee. Beth was very active at the First Baptist Church of Leesburg and graduated from Leesburg High School. She attended the Florida State University where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She married Charles G. Rohrer, her predeceased husband of 27 years. She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer (Martin) Timko and Amy (John) Erisman, along with her six beloved grandchildren, and her brothers, Joseph Walker and James (Terri) Walker. She was preceded in death by her sister, V. Karen Walker, sister-in-law, Ouida Walker and her parents, Miriam and James Walker.

Beth enjoyed a long career in education as a part of the Orange County Public Schools family. After 17 years as a music teacher at Brookshire Elementary School, she became a Curriculum Resource Teacher there. Following the completion of her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida, Beth served as the principal of both Fern Creek Elementary School and Dillard Street Elementary School. The culmination of her career was opening Frangus Elementary School and serving as its first principal.

Following her retirement in 1994, Beth was able to devote time to many things she loved. She was a passionate quilter, creating works of art that both touched many families and inspired when displayed at the Orlando Museum of Art and other venues. Her love of music since childhood led her to join the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church choir, which brought her great joy. She volunteered heavily with the church and loved her time on the Alter Guild. She was most recently involved in St. Michael’s Feed My Lambs program, providing food to Edgewater High School and Lake Silver School communities, a legacy she learned from her mother.

Memorial services will be conducted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2499 N. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. A choral prelude will begin at 6p followed by the service starting at 6:30p.

Beth was dedicated to the education and well-being of children and to the music that brought her a lifetime of joy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to either the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Choir or the Edgewater High School Chorus.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Choir: https://secure.accessacs.com/access/oglogin.aspx?sn=90490&f=1 There will be a drop down menu for the memory of Beth Rohrer for the choir

Edgewater High School Chorus: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Chorus-Donors-Program/IdJRt Please note that your contribution is in memory of Beth Rohrer for the chorus

Services

  • Choral Prelude Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 1, 2018
REMEMBERING

Elizabeth "Beth" Walker Rohrer

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Linda Naughtin

October 31, 2018

I've known Beth 20 years or so through Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild. Beth is the person who talked me into being the guild's treasurer for which I think I finally forgave her. She is the person who taught me how to pronounce Kaffe Fassett, her favorite fabric designer. She is the person with whom I most enjoyed walking through quilt shows, discussing the pros and cons of the quilts and, of course, the quilters. We owned the same make and model sewing machine which we agreed was too expensive and could not replace. "I'm just a poor retired school administrator," she was fond of saying. We both sang in Episcopal church choirs, though never together. She spoke often of her daughters and grandchildren and usually had pictures to share. Charlie's name popped up frequently, too. It was always a happy moment to walk into a meeting and see that Beth was there. Sure will miss her!

Kathleen Foster

October 30, 2018

One summer day, I was making a sales call at a quilt shop on
Edgewater Dr. I was a fabric rep at the time and occasionally my daughter, Jenna ( a young quilter) would tag along. There was a only one customer in the shop. She struck up a conversation with Jenna - asking her name, what kind of quilts she liked, did she like school and what was her grade in school - talking with her, not at her. Then Beth asked what school she went to. Jenna paused. She told Beth that she'd gone to Metro West but was going to Frangus in the fall. She went on to say that it was kind of new. Beth got the biggest smile. She told Jenna that she was Mrs. Rohrer and she was the principle at Frangus and Jenna was the 1st Frangus student she'd met. Beth Rohrer was a special lady! We'll miss her. Kathy Foster

Mary O’Dell

October 27, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. I knew Beth when I was a student at Edgewater and Charlie was my principal. We reconnected when I became a teacher and she hired me at Frangus in 1992, my second year of teaching. Our interview was really just us talking about Eagle Band. :)
After she retired, we saw each other now and then in College Park and when her grandchildren were part of the youth group at Church in the Drive. I enjoyed chatting with her recently and know how deeply she loved her family. Sending prayers and love to you all.

Lori Brennan

October 25, 2018

I knew Beth almost my entire life, living next door to the Rohrers until 4th grade (as well as having Amy as a friend and Charlie as my HS principal). For many years, Beth was like a second mother to me. Even after I was grown, and hadn’t seen her in some time, she made quilts for me and my children and sent them as gifts. I hold her close in my heart and send much love and condolences to Jennifer, Amy, their children, and the rest of the family. -Lori

Jeanann Wohlfart

October 25, 2018

I met Beth many years ago when I joined the Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild. So Talented, her quilts were beautiful and she was always willing to teach and share her skills. Many of the members have projects they learned in her classes. I also ran into Beth at College Park events, Edgewater swimming, Grocery shopping and even at Rehab when I had a knee replaced and she had an injury to work on.
Rest in Peace, Beth. We will not forget you. Peace to your Family.

Genie Lew Morris

October 24, 2018

Beth joined our class in second grade. She was always friendly and a lot of fun to be around. She was also a gifted pianist and did a great job accompanying the Senior Chorus as well as being a singer in the group. My prayers are with her family, friends, and loved ones. Rest in Peace, Beth!

FROM THE FAMILY