William Fritz Rohde, age 82, resident of Edinboro, PA since 1972, died Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Sara Reed Retirement Center in Erie, PA. Born on March 21, 1928 in Erie, PA, Bill was the son of the late Fritz and Helena Rohde. He was raised on the family farm in Wattsburg, PA and was a graduate of Wattsburg High School. He attended Columbia Bible College and then Edinboro Normal School where he received his teaching certificate. He began his long career in education as a science teacher at Union City High School later becoming the school’s guidance counselor. After pursuing two master’s degrees in education, one from University of Buffalo and one from Edinboro State College, he received his Principal’s license. He continued his educational work becoming the Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies at Edinboro University. During his tenure at the University, he was instrumental in developing and running the successful Elder Hostel program. His personal mission was to help others expand their knowledge and enrich their lives through learning.

Rohde, William FritzBill was a member of the Edinboro Kiwanis Club which he founded and supported throughout his life receiving its highest honor – the Hickson Medal. He was a member and Past Master of Eureka Masonic Lodge of Edinboro, a member of the Edinboro United Methodist Church, and the Commodore Perry Chorus. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and a gardener with a love of roses. Above all else, he was a family man, a devoted husband, and a good friend.

Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, MaryLou Bideaux Rohde, and their two children – Eric Bideaux Rohde and his fianc???e, Amy Seely and Lisa Bideaux Ganz and her husband, Kevin of Erie; four grandchildren -Ryan William Rohde, Rachel Lynn Rohde, Tyler Roman Mello, and Morgan Leigh Mello.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Edinboro on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. and on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Visitation will be concluded with a Masonic service to begin at 6:45 p.m. and funeral services to begin at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Rand Edwards, United Methodist minister will officiate. Memorials may be given to the Edinboro University Foundation, 210 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444.