Phyllis Elaine (Stark) Rohrbach, 83, of Boyertown, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and pastor on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of William T. Rohrbach. She was born in Reading, PA to the late Henry and Florence (Rhoads) Stark and grew up on Schaeffer Street in Boyertown. As a child, she enjoyed spending time with her friends, attending Sunday School and singing in the church choir and cheerleading in high school.
Phyllis graduated from Boyertown High School in 1956 and from Kutztown State Teacher’s College in 1960. After college she began teaching first grade for the Boyertown Area School District and had 41 students in her first class at Pine Forge Elementary! On May 27, 1961 she married her beloved husband William “Bill” whom she had met while in college. She stopped teaching in 1965 in order to raise her children and then returned to teach at Boyertown Elementary in 1977, until retiring in 1998.
Upon retiring, Phyllis enjoyed taking many trips all across the country with Bill. During one trip to Georgia they unexpectedly met former president Jimmy Carter and his wife and they invited them to dine with them and attend their church service which was a wonderful experience! Each summer Phyllis loved going to Ocean City, NJ for two weeks with her whole family. Each spring Phyllis looked forward to traveling to Clearwater, FL to attend Phillies spring training games. She was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and for their 50th wedding anniversary she and Bill were sent on a Phillies cruise to the Caribbean by their children, which was a highlight in her life!
Phyllis loved to serve and care for others. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for several years and she delivered Meals on Wheels for over 15 years. She volunteered in many different capacities through her church, such as Operation 143, Come to the Table and Eucharistic ministry. She also served on the church landscaping committee and as a Sunday School teacher at St. John’s for over half her life.
In her own words, “What I most want to be remembered for is that I loved my family with all my heart and soul! I feel so fortunate that I had loving parents who took me to church and helped me to know God and how He wants me to live…My husband and children are so important to me. I feel so blessed to have them all to love. I have always loved children. That is why teaching was so special to me and also why having grandchildren is pure joy! I love them all so much!”
Phyllis was a lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown, PA. In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by her daughter: Michele E. Frey (widow of the late Donald R. Frey, Jr.) and her sons, Mark W. Rohrbach and Michael J. Rohrbach, all of Boyertown: grandchildren: Lauren and Nicholas Frey, Ben and Brianna Rohrbach, Alana Rohrbach, Sofia Bananto, David Rohrbach and Moiria Rohrbach; brother, David L. Stark (husband of Marcia A. Stark) of Boyertown, and several cousins, niece and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512. Friends and family may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to St. John’s at the above address. Arrangements are by Morrell Funeral Home, Boyertown, PA.