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Obituary for Dorothy Louise Strobel


Dorothy "Dot" Strobel, 88, died peacefully on April 15, 2018 while surrounded by her loving children. Dot was born June 21, 1929 in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Joseph and Lillian App.

She married the love of her life, Mel Strobel, on April 24, 1948, and were married for 65 years before his passing in 2013. They had 4 children: Mark, Karen, Wayne, & Rick; 5 grandchildren: Chris, Brittany, Joseph, Alycia, Jason; 9 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to Mel, Dot was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia.

Dot was instrumental in the 50+ year operation and success of Strobel Products Co, founded by Mel in 1950. It was one of the first companies to mass produce aerosol spray can products following their initial usage in WWII.

She especially enjoyed golfing at River Road Country Club, playing Bridge with her many friends, and using her artistic talents to create many wonderful things to warm the home and enrich the life of those she loved.

The family gives special thanks to the caring staff of Symphony at Oaklawn, whose love, compassion and devotion made mom's life so much better during her last few years.

Visitation 4:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville. Mass at Church of the Epiphany on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Dementia Society of America.

Register now for Bibletimes Marketplace


What: Bibletimes Marketplace

When: July 9-13, 2018

Where: Epiphany campus

Who: Children K-6th grade

[CLICK HERE] to register online.



Each summer, Epiphany participates in Bibletimes Marketplace with our covenant partners Anchorage Presbyterian Church and St. Luke's Episcopal. This summer Epiphany will host Bibletimes July 9-13, 2018.

K-6th children learn what it was like in biblical times by dwelling in tents with tribe families, participating in craft-making in the marketplace, learning songs and dances, and having Scripture stories come to life through story-telling.

Please register here.

We need adult tent leaders and helpers and teen aides. Please contact Polly Duncan Collum to sign up.

Checkout more pictures of last year’s Bibletimes.


Men of Epiphany present “Life Lessons that I Learned in the Seminary” by Bob Mueller


What: Life Lessons that I Learned in the Seminary!

When: May 6, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Men of Epiphany are pleased to present Bob Mueller, well-known motivational speaker and civic leader. He will talk about what he learned in the seminary. All are welcome to attend this insightful presentation.

Bob spent 12 years in the seminary – six years at St. Thomas Seminary, a minor seminary here in Louisville and six years at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. He ended up with a degree in philosophy and a master’s in theology. Most importantly the seminary experience taught many life lessons that far exceeded the degrees.

As Vice President of Development for Hosparus Health he will also talk about the latest and greatest about Hosparus Health including many handouts about their programs and services to the community.

Bob Mueller

Robert J. “Bob” Mueller is Vice President of Development for Hosparus Health, the non-profit Community Hospices of Louisville, southern Indiana, and central & southern Kentucky. Bob leads fundraising efforts and fosters philanthropy in all Hosparus Health communities to ensure all who want and need services receive those services regardless of ability to pay. His team's efforts also fund innovative research and program development to advance the hospice care model.

A former Roman Catholic priest, Bob originally joined Hosparus, Inc. as a chaplain in 1989. During his early years with our organization, Bob offered counsel and ministry to Glade House, a facility for men with HIV/AIDS. He has over 40 years of experience in fundraising, public relations, crisis management, employee relations, public speaking, promotional activities, and counseling. As a priest and bishop in The United Catholic Church, Bob brings a rich understanding of the spiritual and emotional dimensions of life. In his presentations, Bob offers ways to renew the spirit and mind as well as the body.

Bob is a monthly contributing author to “Today’s Woman” Magazine and a weekly contributor to The Oldham Era, Bob has been recognized for his series “Positive Living” and integrates these concepts and illustrations in his presentations. Bob’s three books, Look Forward HopefullyThe Gentle Art of Caring and Create a Better World are available at many bookstores.

Bob’s motivational topics include “Positive Living,” “The Gentle Art of Caring,” “How to Get the Most out of Life,” “Life’s Mistakes & Insights,” “An Attitude of Gratitude,” “The Seven C’s, and “Seminary Lessons.” Bob’s presentations are upbeat and energizing. His rich sense of humor plus his vast experience with people combine to give his audience practical applications for daily living. He has also presented many talks about different aspects of fundraising from “Fundraising 101” to “Capital Campaigns,” “Annual Fund,” “Feasibility Studies,” “Planned Giving 101” and “Development Audits.”

Bob has served as President of the Greater Louisville AFP Chapter and as President of the Charitable Gift Planners of Kentuckiana.

Bob and his wife, Kathy, enjoy travel, movies, dining out and spending time with their two dogs, Sadie and Stella.

Secret Garden Open House

Hello friends,

I wanted to remind you about the Spring Open House this Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 to 6:00 at Secret Garden. I also wanted to tell you something very important that I am asking you for your help.   We are sponsoring a fund raiser for HILDEGARD HOUSE,  located at 114 Adams St. in Butchertown.  This is a wonderful place that provides a home and compassionate care to individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones so that they may die with dignity. Hildegard House is Kentucky's first and only comfort care home. Since they opened a year and a half ago, 52 people have lived and died at the home. They do not charge a fee or bill insurance, and solely rely on charitable contributions to provide all of the service. The heart of Hildegard House is volunteers and they only have two paid staff.

There will be representatives from Hildegard House at Secret Garden on Saturday.  Secret Garden will be donating a portion of our sales for our Open House to this organization.   Please come out and see us this Saturday and make a tax deductible contribution to this wonderful organization, plus what you purchase will also help them. It would be terrible to know you were dying and to have no one to be there with you.

Let's show some compassion and love for Hildegard House and let's make this a record fund raiser for them!

Thank you for taking your time to read this.



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