Mary Lou Rohwer

She spent countless hours volunteering for the Vashon Heritage Museum.

Mary Lou Rohwer was born on September 17, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, and passed away on March 19, 2019. She had been living at Vashon Community Care for the past four and a half years.

She was predeceased by her parents Gordon and Teddy Miller, younger brother Michael, husband Russell, and son-in-law David Potts.

She is survived by her adult children Mary Kay Potts and John Rohwer, step-grandchildren Cory Potts Gillette (Peter,) their children Simone & Asa and Michael Potts (Dani) and their children Brandon and Logan. Aslo by a newly-discovered half brother Nils Troedsson of Dillon, Montana.

Her father was a naval officer so the family moved many times during her childhood, retiring in the San Francisco Bay area for her high school years. It was while attending the University of Oregon she met and married a returning WWII vet, Russell Rohwer. In 1949, his first job took them to Tacoma where she soon discovered summers on Vashon, moving permanently to the island in 1969, first living in the Betty Mac Donald House. Mary Lou loved the island and her many wonderful friends and considered it to be paradise.

Aside from working at the Vashon Pharmacy for many years, she spent countless hours volunteering for the Vashon Heritage Museum and the restoration of the Point Robinson officers’ houses.

And if you knew Mary Lou, you knew how Christmas was her thing!

A memorial service for Mary Lou will be on June 22, at 2:00 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. All are welcome. Please consider donating to Vashon Community Care.

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