Margaret Irene Rohrer, 96, of Sharpsburg, Maryland, went home to the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, May 8, 2023. She was born on September 3, 1926, in Trego, Maryland. She was the daughter of the late Wilbur M. and Edna Mae (Danner) Grimm and lived there until her 1945 marriage to her beloved husband, Austin Kenneth Rohrer.
She is survived by her daughter, Connie C. Vance; her granddaughter and her fiancée, Kimberly D. Vance and Curt; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Margaret left behind some special people who offered many acts of kindness and love during her long four-year journey, including calls, visits, cards, chores, food, and especially prayers; nephew, Bobby Rohrer, niece, Maxine Rohrer Palmer, grand-nephews, Tom "Randy" Rohrer and Ken Rohrer, nieces, Linda Duncan Attilio and Edna Duncan Larkin, nephew, Pat Duncan, friends, Jeff and Barb Diseati, Nick and Nancy Hill, Randy and Ginger Sprecher, and Rosie Jamison, neighbor, Mark Horton, Callas Employees, especially Don Grabill and Lisa Beach, and long-time physician and assistant, Dr. Chan and Lori. A special thank you to her hospice caregivers Stacey, Tina, Sandy and Joel.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her adored husband, Austin Kenneth Rohrer; her precious son, Jackie L. Rohrer; siblings, Richard Grimm, Herbert Grimm, Pauline Grimm Higdon, and Delores Grimm Duncan; and best friends, Nova and Edna Fox.
She was a member of the Boonsboro High School Class of 1944. After school, she worked at W.T. Grant as head of the candy department, until her 1945 marriage. Margaret spent 72 years of her 77-year marriage as a stay-at-home mother and homemaker, and only worked outside of her home for five years at Londontown Manufacturing in the late 60's. She was incredibly hard-working, always having large gardens, canning, tending her flowers, and cooking countless wonderful meals.
Margaret loved and followed the Celtics during the Larry Bird era, including seeing a game at the "Garden" and attending an event where she got to mingle with the Celtic players. She followed Nascar's Jeff Gordon for about 20 years, going to many races, including Phoenix, Arizona.
Margaret became a born-again Christian as a young woman, She worshipped at the Mt. Briar First Church of God with her family for many years, serving as a Deaconess there then Zittlestown and finally at Bethel Assembly of God.
She greatly loved and took wonderful care of her family, getting to spend the last 35 years 24/7 with her husband after his retirement. They traveled all the time with their last overnight at the age of 90. The hardest thing she had to endure in her life was the loss of her precious son, Jackie. He was her first-born and partner in love of gardening and flowers. Every year on her daughter's Christmas birthday, she shared the story of her birth and how badly she wanted a girl - who she always called her "Christmas Baby." Her fiercest love was for her precious granddaughter, Kimberly "Peachy Angel," and she would do anything she could to make her happy and her life easier. We went on many family trips together, and always with "Nan" and "Peachy Angel" as backseat travel buddies.
We take comfort in knowing this very tough woman who endured and finished the race, is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is reunited with her loved ones, and is free of all suffering. Those of us left behind will love and miss her until the day we join her in heaven. Nite, nite.
No services are planned for the near future. Anyone who would like to honor her with a donation in her memory may give to her favorite charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Samaritan's Purse, or to Hospice of Washington County.