|Lois Irene Richards Rohde
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Rohde, Lois Irene Richards
Birth: Sunday, April 13, 1930
Residence: Port Republic, MD
Death: Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the age of 90
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and
great-grandmother, aka G- Gma, Lois Irene Richards
Rohde, has passed from this life to the next and is now
in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With family by her side, she passed
peacefully on July 18, 2020. She was 90.
Born on Palm Sunday, April 13, 1930, at her family home in Washington, DC., she was
the daughter of the late Paul Stewart Richards and Mabel Irene McGolrick Richards, both
of Washington, DC.
Raised in our Nation's Capital, Lois attended Central High School (1948). Shortly
thereafter, she obtained a secretarial position in the Navy Department in DC, and as fate
would have it, it was there that she met the man who stole her heart, Charles Richard
Rohde. Upon marriage, they sought a better life out in the country of Silver Spring, MD.,
when it truly was the country, and spent most of their lives in the same home. More
recently, they felt it was time to relocate to be closer to family to assist them in their care
during their golden years. They moved, for the first time in their marriage, to Port
Republic, MD., to reside with their son and his wife in May of 2015. Lois and Charles
have celebrated 62 ½ years of marriage.
Together, Lois and Charles raised six children, including two from Lois' first marriage.
She was a faithful wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and
friend. Her primary goal and heartfelt wish was to have family togetherness and she did
everything in her power to make that happen up until the day she took her last breath. Her
home was always open to family, friends, and friends of the family as well. She did not
know a stranger. She was quite crafty especially in sewing and painting ceramics, even
to the point of developing a small ceramic business of selling her works of art. With many
of her years composed of being a stay-at-home mom, tending to the needs of her
bustling, growing family, she also managed to squeeze in the opportunity to work for the
Montgomery County Public Schools as a librarian assistant, first at Cloverly Elementary
and then finishing at Forest Knolls Elementary. She truly enjoyed this season of her life as
it allowed the blending of two of her most favorite things- people, especially children, and
Lois is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles Richard Rohde; four daughters,
Irene Niemeyer and husband Sydney, Shirley Flowers and husband Whit, Laura Hunter
and husband Tim, Jackie Koutsoukos and husband Tony; one son, Tim Rohde and wife
Sheila; 19 incredible grandchildren and spouses, Gina, Budge (Katie), Chris (Yoshi),
Paul (Renee), Melanie (Tim), Bonnie (Merle), Tommy, Julie, Brooke (Shaun), Kristin
(Josh), Sarah (Luke), Rachel (Zach), Hannah, Rebekah, Leah, Stefanos, Kelsey, Tim, Jr.,
and Jenny (Brian); 22 awesome great grandchildren, and three nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two half-brothers, Nelson
and Wesley VanDercook; one sister, Margaret Jacobson Kelleher; and one daughter,
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Dept. The entire
staff at this location has the love in their hearts and the knowledge and care that we
needed on so many occasions. They will never know just how much we respect what they
do. From the first time to the last time and so many between, the horns and sirens were
only minutes away but never seemed to be fast enough. It always was. Since her passing
I still hear those helpful sounds knowing that they still care and will do for others like they
have done for us. Now the sirens are not as scary but more of a relief that help is just
around the corner.
Thank you so much, St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department.