Dorothy Roseanne Gerhard, nee Raiger, died Monday September 19. It is a day that is almost impossible to imagine. Born October 31, 1913 there didn't seem to be an end to her joy, wit, and willingness. She didn't just live: she thrived and engaged those around her to do the same.
When discussing difficulties, which was rare, she was fond of saying "You have to take the bitter with the better". This was not a commiseration of that which could bring us down. It was a comforting challenge to realize that the better is there. You only have to find it. Then accept it. Then move on.
She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and an active quilter. She met the love of her life at the 5 & Dime. She taught many young lives at Salem's kindergarten (and talked about you all, with love, for years). There are so many other things but not much seems as important now. Except for the depth of her love and devotion to her family and friends.
Dorothy is survived by a small and devoted immediate family. Daughter Gaile Achey and son-in-law Glenn Achey; grandchildren Kevin Brode and his wife, Erin and daughters, Sophie and Taylor; Karrin Stone and her husband Russell and sons, Nolan and Nathaniel; and, Kristin Gerhard Steiner and her husband Robert. She loved and cared for innumerable others and was proud to do so. She was preceded in death by her husband Marlin Gerhard and her daughter Carole Brode. We will move on as Nana challenges. It will be together and it will be with the joy that she always makes things better. In lieu of flowers, please consider a random act of kindness with her in mind or a donation to Salem Lutheran Church, Lebanon PA.
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