Annabelle L. Lerch


Annabelle L. Lerch, 84, of Goshen, formerly of Pocatello, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyoming, peacefully passed away Friday, July 19.
She was born July 18, 1935, daughter of John W. Stuckey and Bertha Frey Stuckey.
In an era when most young women did not go to college, she was the third woman to earn a chemistry degree from the Goshen College. She earned her master's degree from Idaho State University in 1976.
She married Robert D. Lerch in 1957, and they were blessed with four children, Robbin, Laura, Bob and Barbara.
During her career, she taught chemistry in Freeman, South Dakota; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Pocatello, Idaho. Her love of science and teaching inspired many students, including her children, who all claim her as their chemistry teacher.
She received many awards highlighting her as teacher and scientist: Teacher of the Year in Pocatello, Idaho; Presidential Science Teacher Award for Idaho; American Chemical Society Outstanding Teacher; Woodrow Wilson and National Science Teach fellowship; and Idaho Education Association and Vice-President in 1981.
Upon retirement, she moved to Jackson, Wyoming. Her love for art inspired her to volunteer at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Annabelle started her own antiques business.
Through her life, she was an active leader in her church and a woman of strong faith. She shared her beautiful soprano voice in choirs everywhere she lived.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert D. Lerch; four children, Robbin O'Leary (Mike), Laura Horst (Randy), Robert A. Lerch (Jennifer) and Barb Weaver (Mark); eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Allen Stuckey and Louise Rudo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Orlene Mason.
Memorial gifts to Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen College Alumni Scholarship Fund, Mennonite Central Committee or Greencroft Foundation.
Memorial services at Eighth Street Mennonite Church. Visitation Sunday, July 21 from 5-8 p.m. and Monday, July 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Memorial service to follow at 4 p.m.
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richard kindel
Jul 26, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Annabelle L. Lerch.  Plant a tree
Liz Talbot Taylor Poky class 73
Jul 26, 2019
She was a great Chemistry Teacher and loved by all her students.
Skip & Laura Barnett
Jul 22, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about Annabelle's passing! What an energetic, joyful, & accomplished woman she was. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. God's peace be with her & her family.