Laura E. Rothfuss grew up in Elma, but life took her to New York City, where she went to design school and was just starting her career.
“She was adventurous,” said her brother, Jason. “None of our family had ever been to New York City, but she decided to move out there – and made it happen.”
That’s where Rothfuss, 24, was tragically killed Thursday night when she was struck by a taxicab while bicycling across 125th Street in East Harlem.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Lancaster Community Baptist Church, 520 Ransom Road.
Laura was the youngest of four children in the family of Rick and Martha Rothfuss.
In 2007, she graduated from Iroquois High School, where she played soccer, then went on to attend SUNY Buffalo State, where she played rugby, her brother said.
After college, she moved to New York City to attend the New York School of Interior Design. She earned her master’s degree from the school last spring, her brother said.
Laura had been in the process of switching jobs and was starting work in her field as an interior designer with a furniture company, he added.
Her family is still trying to learn more about what happened.
“Police really haven’t told us much information,” Jason Rothfuss said Saturday night.
He talked a little about his sister.
Laura was outgoing and spontaneous. She loved being outdoors and bicycling. She loved playing with her two nieces. She and her family attended Lancaster Community Baptist Church, and Laura had a strong faith, her brother said.
Laura had gotten quite familiar with New York, and she showed her family how to get around the big city during their visits. Her father went to see her just a couple of months ago, and the two enjoyed riding bikes through the city streets, her brother said.
Though she liked New York, her brother said, “I know she missed home.”
Besides her parents and brother Jason, survivors include another brother, Joshua; a sister, Alicia; and grandparents Norbert and Rita Gabel and Dorothy Reichert.