A Loveland Magazine File Photo of Pat Furterer

Loveland, Ohio – Rosalynne Patricia “Pat” Furterer, founder of the Loveland Stage Company passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the age of 90.

Furterer was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and married Fred Furterer on February 13, 1954. Fred Furterer passed away in 2009. The couple lived in Pennsylvania and Michigan before Fred was transferred to Cincinnati in 1977. The couple settled in Pheasant Hills in Loveland.

Pat was a leader in community theater in Battle Creek, Michigan.

In 1979, when Pat realized that there was no community theater in Loveland, she ran an ad in the local paper seeking people who might be interested in starting one and gathered a group of eleven people who were interested in live theater, at her home in the Pheasant Hills subdivision. She continued in many roles with the theater company, as a performer, educator, fundraiser, set designer, Director, and mentor for 50-years.

To honor her legacy as the leader of the volunteer Board of Directors, she was named President Emeritus of the Loveland Stage Company in 2013.

She was the 2002 Loveland Valentine Lady. She was an officer and active member of the Loveland Woman’s Club; and she professionally worked for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce for several years.

Loveland’s Second Street in front of the theater added the honorary name of PAT FURTERER WAY on its street sign. She was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2022.

Pat won the City of Loveland’s Louis G. Rookwood Award and given a “Key to the City” in 1994. The Loveland Chamber of Commerce, now the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance, began a college scholarship program in her honor.

For her contributions to community theater, Pat won the Art Rouse Award in 2006 from the Association of Community Theaters of Greater Cincinnati (ACT). The Ohio Community Theater Association (OCTA) inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2015.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 25 from 3 until 5 PM at the Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home, 129 N. Riverside Avenue in Loveland. A services will be held at 5 PM.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Loveland Stage Company, PO Box 312, Loveland, Ohio 45140, or to the Loveland Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, 119 N. Riverside Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140.

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