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Audrey LauerAudrey Burkhart Lauer passed away in her sleep Feb. 22, 2017, at her home in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Mrs. Lauer, 92, was born in Lorain, Ohio, and lived most of her life in Elyria. As a teenager, she helped her parents run a boarding house on Lake Erie, and at age 15, worked in a dress shop downtown. Her interest in fashion continued throughout her life, and after raising her family, she returned to that vocation at Higbee's Department Store, where she retired after 20 years.

In addition to being one sharp-dressed lady, Mrs. Lauer had a sharp mind and sense of humor. After graduating from Lorain High School in 1942, she married her late husband, Harry Lauer, raised her children and managed the household while he went off to war.

An avid reader, Mrs. Lauer took a computer class at the local library while in her 70s, and was online well into her 80s reading the newspaper, exchanging emails, playing card games and chatting with new and old friends.

Mrs. Lauer had an outgoing personality and a warm and loving heart. She made friends easily, and would often walk up and introduce herself to older people she saw dining alone. Many friends over the years depended on her for rides to the doctors and church. While slowly experiencing declining physical health, she kept her wits about her to the very last.

Mrs. Lauer was a lifelong member and supporter of St. Jude Church in Elyria, where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society. After moving to Rock Hill, she attended St. Anne's Catholic Church and was a member of the Rock Hill First Baptist Church's Tea and Empathy.

The mass and memorial service to be held in June will be at St. Jude's church with Burial at Saint Mary Cemetery.

Mrs. Lauer was predeceased by her husband, Harry William Lauer, and her eldest son, Ronald W. Lauer. She is survived by sons Randall C., of Rock Hill, and Rex (Nancy) Lauer, of Hilo, Hawaii; granddaughters Stacey Marie Lauer, of Rock Hill, and Rachael Lauer Nagy, of Lorain; grandson Nicholas W. Lauer, of Willoughby, Ohio; and great-granddaughters Kyla Marie Lauer, of Rock Hill, and Emelia Marie Nagy, of Lorain.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Catholic Mission, 301 Mission Street, Hays, MT 59527.

Arrangements by Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home.

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Lynn, Evet & Terri Strode
sent Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:00
We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Audrey\\\'s family. We knew Audrey due to the friendship she shared with our mother Frances Strode. Our mother made her transition in 2014, so we know how it feels. May God bless and keep you through this difficult time. We are sure they are with The Lord!
Mike Pawlak
sent Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:16
Randy & Rex, My condolences on the passing of your mom (aunt Audrey). Although I have not see her in many years, I do have fond memories of her and her sense of humor. I particularly remember the time I came into Lorain from Westlake and she asked me (with a laugh) if I was in for the weekend! I told her yes, but I reserved a hotel room! And then we both laughed! Rest in peace, you are in a better place!
Terri Boyson
sent Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:41
To Audrey\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s family, she was one wonderful lady. She and my mother, Florence Hintz were very special friends. Saturday night mass at St. Jude, dinner and then cards. I met her several times and she was a joy to my mom until her passing in 2016. You had a wonderful and loving mom and she spoke many times about her wonderful children. i will see you in June for her services. She is with God and enjoying her time with my mom. RIP Audrey
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