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Sister's art memorial to be unveiled in October

Sunset by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, a part of Suwanee's 2011 Sculptour exhibit, is scheduled to be unveiled in October at Sims Lake Park. It was purchased by Suwanee residents Cathy and Rob Rohloff through a fundraising campaign to honor Cathy's sister's memory and in lieu of a funeral.

Sunset by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, a part of Suwanee's 2011 Sculptour exhibit, is scheduled to be unveiled in October at Sims Lake Park. It was purchased by Suwanee residents Cathy and Rob Rohloff through a fundraising campaign to honor Cathy's sister's memory and in lieu of a funeral.

SUWANEE -- The art piece that will be purchased by a Suwanee woman through donations in her sister's memory is expected to be unveiled at a ceremony in October.

Cathy Rohloff, who has organized the fundraiser earlier this year with her husband Rob, lives in Suwanee and wanted to honor her sister's personality. Laura Sanders-Neidlinger, a Norcross native who lived in Suwanee, is remembered as a non-conformist with a funky personality who cared about people, Cathy said. The art memorial is in place of a funeral.

Sanders-Neidlinger lost her battle with cervical cancer in March.

The piece of art, called "Sunset," will be placed near a fountain at Sims Lake Park, what Cathy Rohloff said is a "very beautiful and peaceful location." The artwork was made by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, who live in Florida.

Rohloff said the piece, which will have a plaque installed, is appropriate for her sister's personality, because it's bright, bold, warm, unique, organic, and is a reminder of the beach, one of Sanders-Neidlinger's favorite places.

The reasons the Rohloffs chose Suwanee for this project is the city's high standards for art and that the artists had already been vetted. And that Neidlinger's father and brother drive by Suwanee regularly, and live nearby.

Rohloff said she isn't actively fundraising anymore, but donations are trickling in and the total was $12,675 as of early last week. The original goal was $15,000, but that has recently been lowered to $13,000.

One of Neidlinger's wishes was to be cremated, and her husband, Jeromie, plans to scatter the ashes in favorite places they traveled and dreamed to visit.

The Rohloffs said any extra monies collected through the memorial fund will be donated to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, and to raise awareness about that form of cancer.

Donations to the memorial fund can be made through the web site https://www.wepay.com/donations/laura-memorial.