Rorick, Luella

Luella Mae Rorick, 91, of Suttons Bay, Mich., died April 28, 2019, at her home, comforted by family and friends.

Luella was born June 20, 1927, in Dundee, Mich., to Leda (Hagen) Hartman and F. Ray Hartman. 

The Hartman family sold their farm and moved to Morenci, Mich., when Lu was in high school. After graduating Morenci High School and Davis Business School of Toledo, she worked at Champion Spark Plug. She married Marvin Curtis Rorick, also of Morenci, on Aug. 6, 1949. They lived in Hesperia, Saline, Plainwell and 32 years in Lansing, Mich.

Marv and Lu worked hard, raised a family, traveled extensively and in retirement  moved to Suttons Bay, Mich.  She loved the birds and wildlife outside her sunroom windows and the beautiful trillium that signaled spring had finally arrived. 

She was a loving and caring wife to Marv for 64 years until his death in 2013. They were active supporters of the Leelanau Conservancy, Munson Medical Center and Northwestern Michigan College. Lu was also a dedicated volunteer at the LCN Food Pantry in Suttons Bay.

She is survived by three children, Janet Rorick, Jim (and Sharon) Rorick and Jack (and Lisa) Rorick; four grandchildren, Caitlyn and Jacob Rorick, Hart Rorick, and Natalie Ferrer; one great-granddaughter, Mara Morley; and two sisters, Donna Knabusch and Janet Taylor, both of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Elvin Hartman; and sister, Betty Leising.

Private services were held. Memorials are suggested to the Leelanau Conservancy, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.