April 25, 1912 - December 17, 2012
Strongsville, Ohio | Age 100
Alma O. Kotrlik (nee Vogler), age 100, was born April 25, 1912, one of eight children of a hard working, loving, farming family in rural Wisconsin. In her spare time she created fashion illustrations in watercolor based on the popular "flapper fanny" cartoons.
Alma came to Cleveland in the late 1920's with her oldest sister and brother-in-law in search of work, and stayed.
Married to Joseph Kotrlik in 1939, she had two children, Gerald and Dianne. She was a grandmother and great-grandmother.
Alma became an avid vegetable gardener who also cultivated prize winning roses. She was PTA President of Corlett School in Cleveland for 10 years. In 2003, Alma received the "Presidents Call to Service Reward" from President George W. Bush for volunteering 2,000 hours of service at the Broadway Golden Hours Senior Center.
In 2009, at 96 years of age, Alma had and exhibit of her fashion illustrations in a boutique in Tremont. Alma was a creative, intelligent, compassionate woman, who lived independently well into her 90's. She voted in every election and was a voracious reader, health food advocate, loved birds, stayed active and was a life long learner.
Alma passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012. She leaves behind her son Gerald (Emma) and daughter Dianne (Tom Thompson); her grandchildren Jennifer Eberle (Bill), Michael (Kristin), and Carol; great-grandchildren Curtis, Conrad, and Carson Eberle and Jack and Matthew Kotrlik and many nieces and nephews.
Private Family Services are being held.