Sarah Rhodes Lacher of Athens, Georgia, died after a brief illness on July 6, 2013.
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Mrs. Lacher was born on March 8, 1915, in Lake City, Florida, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Ansley Griffin. After Dr. Griffin's death in 1921, she and her mother moved to Athens where she attended the Lucy Cobb Institute. She attended the University of Hawaii for a year and the University of Georgia where she was the first piano student to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music under the direction of Hugh Hodgson, her long time teacher and mentor. After graduation, she attended the University of Freiburg in Germany for a year doing post-graduate work and returned to the University of Georgia to complete her Master of Fine Arts in Music.
Mrs. Lacher was preceded in death by her husband, Hermann Lacher from Hofgeismar, Germany, who was an International Exchange Student at the University of Georgia; her mother, Ellen Griffin Rhodes McWhorter; her father, Jesse Ansley Griffin; her adoptive father, Alexander Rhodes; and her step-father Robert Ligon McWhorter. She is survived by her children, Christopher Lacher (Kathy) of Tallahassee, FL; Ellen Lacher Creagh (Gerard) of Athens, GA; Lisa Lacher Bryan (Stephen) of Walpole, NH and New York, NY; Michael Lacher of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Walter Lacher of Denver, CO; Adam Lacher of Denver, CO; Laurel Lacher Milczarek (Michael) of Tucson, AZ; Ellen Bryan of New York, NY; great-grandchildren Austin Lacher of Crawfordville, FL; and Daphne and Mikaela Milczarek of Tucson, AZ.
Mrs. Lacher was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church where she directed the Junior Choir for many years and was a founding member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Thrift Shop. She was also a founding member of the Rabun Gap Nacoochee Guild, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the German Club of Athens. She was well known for her sewing and smocking work and took great pleasure in creating special things for her friends. She taught piano and was the pianist for the Lucy Lampkin School of Ballet. She worked constantly "behind the scenes" to encourage and promote musical talent and awareness in the community. A great animal lover, she adopted and raised many pets over the years. In addition to her personal friends and colleagues, Mrs. Lacher is remembered fondly as a gracious and entertaining hostess by friends of her children, as on many occasions she opened her heart and home to them. She and her husband enjoyed sponsoring University of Georgia International Exchange Students and entertaining the Navy Supply Corp School International Officers, doing many things to make their experience in this country a memorable one.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804
On line condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on July 7, 2013