ROTHERMUND, Edward C. (Mike,) age 82, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Hospice of Charleston.
He was born November 6, 1930, to parents Lenora and Edward Robert Rothermund in Wheeling, WV.
Mike married Dolores Schubert, also of Wheeling, April 7, 1951. In 1954, they were blessed with their first child, Michael, and in 1956, their daughter, Sherre, came along.
Mike's "colorful" education included his parent's bars, Linsly Military Institute, and the United States Army. He returned to civilian life as a route driver for Gast Bakery, but a few years later he set his sights on owning his own supermarket. By the time he retired in 1992, Mike had owned and operated four award-winning Foodland stores in the greater Pittsburgh area. He was heavily involved in the Foodland Retailers Association, serving in several capacities, ending with two terms as president. He also belonged to the Shriners, Jesters and Elks clubs.
Mike and Delores moved south to Hilton Head Island in 1994 where they made great friends, played golf and cards and traveled with family and friends. They moved to the Franke at Seaside Community in Mt. Pleasant in 2004 to be closer to family.
Preceding him in death were his parents; Delores, his wife of almost 59 years; his sister, Betty Lou Droginske; son, Michael R. Rothermund; and grandson, W. Wesley Burlingham. He is survived by daughter, Sherre Burlingham and her husband, Will, of Folly Beach; granddaughter, Britteny Lyn Burlingham of Casanova, VA; grandson, Michael J. Rothermund of N. Huntingdon, PA; and granddaughter, Kristine L. Rothermund of Greensburg, PA .
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Childrens Hospital at Office of Donor Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Headquaters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, or online secure2.onvio.net/s hfc/site/donation2.
There will be a Memorial Service at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 1520 Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with reception following at Franke at Seaside, Burges Hall. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mcAlister-smith.com.
Arrangements by McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 1520 Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC (843)884-3833.