Erin Marlovits Rodgers, beloved wife, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on Tuesday, April 13th at the age of 56. Known for her sense of humor, joy and delight, Erin was a woman of both style and substance who will be deeply missed and dearly remembered by her family and friends.
Erin was born on November 6, 1964 to the late John L. and Carolyn Walsh Marlovits, the second of four siblings. She spent her early years in Sewickley, PA and graduated from Blackhawk High School in 1982. Erin was an accomplished athlete – a gymnast, basketball player and runner who earned several varsity letters, setting records and leading her peers as a team captain.
Erin graduated from Seton Hill College in 1987 with a BS in Fashion Merchandising and embarked on a career in the fashion industry. She was a talented seamstress, designing and sewing her own clothes, and always on the lookout for special items to buy or alter. She worked for Banana Republic, Joan and David, Aeropostale and Macy’s Kids where she was a Product Development Manager. She had an amazing talent for bringing product trends and concepts to life and was an incredibly savvy shopper known for scoring designer bargains. She lived in Hoboken, NJ for several years where she was a beloved member of her friend group and fondly remembered for her sense of fun and love of life.
Erin enjoyed a second career as a paralegal with the firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae in Pittsburgh, PA working for institutional clients such as Heinz and Alcoa and spending significant time in Toronto and New York. She earned accolades throughout her career but was especially remembered for the instrumental role she played in establishing their Houston office.
A lover of the sun and the beach, Erin moved to Naples, FL in 2007 where she met her husband, Floyd Rodgers and returned to fashion, working at Saks Fifth Avenue. She was a member of the Olde Cypress Women’s Tennis Team, played on several USTA teams in Collier County, participated in team triathlons and was an avid runner, finishing the New York Marathon twice. She and Floyd enjoyed traveling, spending time at the beach and entertaining their many friends. Erin was a devoted caregiver to both of her parents during their final years. A cancer survivor herself, she will be dearly remembered for her selflessness as she walked alongside them in their battles with dementia and cancer.
More than anything, Erin loved her family. She was a loving wife to Floyd and is preceded in death by her parents, Carolyn (Walsh) and Jack Marlovits. She is survived by her husband Floyd, his children: Kristie Ramirez (Julio) and Jason Rodgers (Cory) and her siblings: Gregory Marlovits (Cathy), Shawn Marlovits (Christine Kotarba) and Tara Marlovits. Known as EE, she was an especially cherished and beloved aunt to Max, Sara, and Ella and step-grandmother to Jordan, Alex, Jackson and Kaden. She will be remembered with great love by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
The family will be receiving visitors on Monday, April 26 from 4-8PM at Copeland’s Funeral Home Sewickley, 702 Beaver St. Sewickley, PA, followed by Mass at 10:30AM on Tuesday, April 27 at Saint James Catholic Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA. The Rev. Ken Marlovits, Erin’s cousin, will celebrate the funeral Mass. Burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to: Pittsburgh Mercy, 1200 Reedsdale Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2109 or www.pittsburghmercy.org or www.pittsburghmercy.org or to the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Max Vanka, www.vankamurals.org. The Vanka Murals are located at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Millvale, PA where’s Erin’s father grew up and capture the immigrant experience in Pittsburgh.
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