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Geraldine Louise "Jeri Lou" Rodibaugh

September 18, 1936 ~ June 15, 2022 (age 85)


Geraldine Louise Rodibaugh (Jeri Lou), 85, departed for her next adventure on June 15, 2022.

A beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, she leaves behind husband (Robert), daughter (Jennifer) and grandson

Jeri Lou was born September 18, 1936, to Alice Ruth and Robert Wagstaff. She graduated from high
school in Cambridge, Ohio and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Muskingum College,
Middlebury College, and Wright State University.

She taught English, literature, and humanities at Elyria High School and Ypsilanti High School for nearly
thirty years and traveled widely throughout Europe and Africa during her summer vacations. After
marrying Robert on November 22, 1980, they adopted Jennifer in March 1983.

Jeri Lou’s nurturing efforts enabled her daughter Jennifer to become a proficient cook, lover of music
and Shakespeare, and most importantly a good person. Jeri Lou was her husband’s favorite companion
for 42 years and accompanied him, along with Jennifer, on numerous vacations, and to sports events,
concerts, church, family gatherings, and anything suggested that might be remotely fun.

A lifelong member of the Methodist church, she served as organist and children’s vocal and bell choir
director at the First United Methodist Church in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. After moving to Farmington
Hills, she taught Sunday school and bible study classes and substituted as church organist at the
Farmington church. She also was a substitute teacher at several middle schools and high schools, and
she tutored Japanese children and adults in English, reading, and conversation.

Jeri Lou was loved by all and loved everyone. She made people comfortable and appreciated with her
cheery greetings, contagious smile, and willingness to engage in stimulating conversations that often
involved her relevant life experiences or topics of mutual importance. She even had enough goodwill to
root for both Ohio State and Michigan. Her loss is incalculable.

A memorial service will take place on July 2, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Farmington First United Methodist
Church. Visitation is on July 1, 2022, from 2:00 to 9:00 pm at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home.

Flowers will be welcomed.
Donations may be made to UMCOR Global Ministries  or the American Cancer Society

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.


July 1, 2022

2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thayer-Rock Funeral Home
33603 Grand River Avenue
Farmington, MI 48335
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Funeral Service
July 2, 2022

11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church in Farmington
33112 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI 48336
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