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Colleen Baker Rothfuss

November 20, 1963 April 16, 2011
Colleen Baker Rothfuss
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Obituary for Colleen Baker Rothfuss

Colleen was born on November 20, 1963, the second child of John and Janet Baker. She grew up with her older brother, Steve, in Milford, Michigan.

A graduate of Milford High School in 1980, Colleen did well academically, and played the flute in band. After graduation, Colleen went on to college in Marquette, Michigan.

Colleen married Gordon Rothfuss in 1990, and had three children, Hillary, Chelsea, and Maxwell. They were her pride and joy. There was nothing Colleen wouldn�t do for her children. She was always involved with their activities. She was never too busy for them and even traveled to Russia with Hillary�s school class. All three children shared Colleen�s love of music and played instruments. They also excelled academically.

Colleen was employed by ABC Printing for the last several years. The owner, Tim Campbell, was also a very good friend of Colleen.

Church was an important part of Colleen�s life. She was a member of Milford United Methodist Church and attended regularly. Colleen enjoyed playing in the Bell Choir, which she had done since childhood.

Colleen had many friends. She had a good sense of humor, loved laughing, and blessed us all with her beautiful smile. Colleen enjoyed all of her friends in her monthly Bunco Club, in which she played for the last six years.

Colleen was an excellent friend to have. She would help anybody at anytime. It didn�t matter if she was tired or busy. If you needed her, she was there without questions or judgement. An overheard comment aptly describes Colleen--�When everyone else is gone, you can count on Colleen; she is a true friend.�

Family was very important to Colleen. She loved the Holiday get-togethers with everyone. Her brother, Steve, recalls a time when he was in college in Indianapolis. He was talking on the phone to Colleen, telling her that he wouldn�t be home for Thanksgiving, as he had no money for gas and no way to get there. Colleen replied, �There�s no way I�m spending Thanksgiving without you.� Despite being a young girl, age seventeen, the next day Colleen drove all the way down from Marquette (approx. 1000 miles) by herself to bring him home for Thanksgiving.

This is only one of many typical stories depicting not only Colleen�s love of family, but her immediate willingness to help out in any way she could.

Although Colleen was not with us as long as we would have liked, she will never be forgotten. Her love, goodness, quick laughter and ready smile will remain forever in our hearts!

She had a great sense of humor, loved laughing, and blessed us all with her beautiful smile. Her love, goodness, quick laughter and ready smile will remain forever in our hearts!


A Funeral Service will be held at the Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic St., Milford, on Wednesday, April 20, at 11AM with The Rev. Gregg Mayberry officiating. Burial will follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Tuesday 2-9PM, with a Time of Sharing at 7PM. Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Lynch & Sons. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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