Terry Sue Lichtenfelt died Friday August 6, 2021, at her home in Fitchburg, WI. she fought her battle against cancer with grace and stoic determination.
Terry was born May 15, 1953 in Mount Pleasant, MI the youngest daughter of richard John Lichtenfelt and Barbara Lucille Howlett. she went to high school in her hometown and graduated from Central Michigan University. After college Terry moved to Denver, CO, with her dog, Bree, and worked as a geological tecchnician for an oil company. She took country western dance lessons from Denver Free University. At the final St. Patrick's Day class at Shotgun Willies, Terry asked Neal Roehm to dance and found her soulmate of nearly 40 years. They were married in a snowstorm in Indian Hills, CO on September 28, 1985, Bree by her side.
They moved to Indianapolis, IN and started a family. After Jesse and Casey were born, they moved to Zionsville, IN, were they lived for 25 years. Terry's sons were her pride and joy. Her compassion and adventurous spirit lives on in them.
Terry loved animals and for many years worked as a volunteer at the Indianapolis Humane society. She brought her work home with her. Bear the dog and Jack the cat became part of the family. Bear took Terry for a walk every day as well as Jack the cat. They loved her dearly.
With years of study Terry became an accomplished quilter, first focusing on patchwork quilts and then on artistic quilts. Terry loved to learn new skills and techniques and to share what she learned, especially with those who shared her passion. Her artwork ranged from the abstract and whimsical to that which was firmly rooted in nature and the earth. She was active in the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis, Mad City Quilt Guild, High country Quilters, Memory Cloth Circle and Brick Street Babes to name a few. Her generosity and creativity will live on in the many friends she made.
Terry was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Barbara Lichtenfelt; brother-in-law, Thomas P, Orr; and nephew Richard Thomas Orr. Terry is survived by her sons Jesse and Casey Roehm; husband Neal William Roehm; sister, Trudy Orr Karst (Timothy) and nephew, Robert Orr (Barbara).
When Casey was young, he asked his mom what she thought happens when we die? Without missing a beat, Terry replied, "I don't know, something wonderful I hope." Here's to something wonderful, Terry.
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