Gertrude Rolfes

Gertrude Rolfes

January 25, 1928 December 13, 2019

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Obituary for Gertrude Angela Rolfes (Diephaus)

ROLFES Gertrude “GERT” Angela (Diephaus) Rolfes, wife of the late H. Louis Rolfes Jr., passed away Friday, December 13, 2019, in Ann Arbor MI at the age of 91. Born in Cincinnati OH on January 25, 1928, to the late August and Mary (Bellersen) Diephaus, Gert attended St. Mary’s High School in Hyde Park where she served as President of her senior class of 1946. After a brief career as a legal secretary, she married Lou in 1949 and raised six children, while also pitching in when needed in the family business, Rolfes Sales. She lived most of her life in Cincinnati – raised in Walnut Hills, resided on the West side with Lou, and then eventually spent 40 years of her life in Finneytown – although she also fondly remembered the lifelong friendships she made during the decade she lived in Detroit MI. Her children remember her as the supreme organizer who could type a term paper in a flash and politely correct spelling errors when needed, and always supported them in school, with careers and throughout their lives. In retirement, Gert actively participated at the Springfield Township Senior Center, serving as its President from 1996 to 2001 and the chief editor of the highly acclaimed Senior News. A devoted Catholic throughout her life, she demonstrated her love of God through the kindness she always showed others, often opening her home to those in need. She also was a master bridge player, crossword enthusiast, avid reader, Jeopardy devotee and a forever Xavier fan.

Surviving are six children, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one sibling, Donald Diephaus of Cincinnati, and her sister-in-law, who she loved as her sister, Lois Diephaus. Lou, her husband of 38 years, predeceased Gert in 1987, as did her sister Theresa and brother Ed Diephaus.

Visitation will be at the Nie Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor MI on January 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., with a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vivian Catholic Church, 7600 Winton Road, Cincinnati OH on January 9, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., with visitation at 9:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Catholic Social Services."

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  • Memorial Gathering

    Saturday January 4, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Saturday January 4, 2020
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Memorial Service

    Saturday January 4, 2020 | 11:00am
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Saturday January 4, 2020
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    West Eight Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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Alison Diver

My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Gert’s family in the loss of their mom, grandmother, and great grandmother - she was so proud of you and loved you so very much- her eyes would light up when she talked about you and your visits to her here at Brookhaven meant the world to her.

I first met Gert when she was my next door neighbor - always greeting me by saying, “Hey neighbor!”

She was so friendly, spirited, witty and full of life

We became fast and close friends - a friendship that only grew stronger during the past four years plus

We enjoyed dinner with each other every night, playing Trivial Pursuit and just talking in her apartment- she was always so encouraging and supportive

Many thanks to Dan, Harry, Theresa, and Suzann for accepting me into the family fold

I think of you often as you endure this devastating loss - but I know you share my joy in knowing she is happy to be with her dear Lou again and undoubtedly telling him stories, filled with peace and love, and smiling - a lot! And busy watching you all from Heaven

She was truly loved by all her knew her and will be greatly missed
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