Rosalee C. “Rosie” O’Leary

May 17, 1931 ‒ November 22, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Rosalee C. “Rosie” O’Leary, 87, of Galion passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Signature HealthCARE of Galion.

She was born May 17, 1931 in Waterford, Ohio and was the daughter of Hugh and Mabel (Winan) Rogers. On May 31, 1952 she married Arthur M. O’Leary and they enjoyed 33 years of marriage until his passing in October 1985.

Rosie was a 1949 graduate of Lexington High School and continued her schooling at the former Mansfield General School of Nursing. She was devoted to her family and dedicated to her job as a nurse, working for the Galion Hospital for over 40 years as a registered nurse.

She is survived by her children, Dr. Arthur H. (Lee Ann) O’Leary of Mansfield, Susan A. (Pete) Kemp of Ogden, Utah, Thomas M. (Lonnie) O’Leary of Galion and Elizabeth A. (Robert) Edwards of Nashville, Tennessee; 13 grandchildren Arthur O’Leary, Katherine Brennan, Dr. Jared O’Leary, Charles O’Leary, Karen Grimes, Marc Kemp, Timothy O’Leary, Jacob O’Leary, Michael O’Leary, Nathan O’Leary, Makai Edwards, Keone Edwards and Veronica Edwards; 14 great-grandchildren and a sister Patricia of California.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters Connie Neal and Jone Poe.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice or Signature HealthCARE in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Rosie O’Leary, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Rosie was a great nurse, I’m so glad I met her. I’m so sorry for your loss, sending prayers to the O’Leary family.

  • My deepest sympathy to Rosie’s family. Rosie was my first nursing supervisor when I started my career at Galion Community Hospital in 1977 and was still my supervisor when she retired! She was the best supervisor I ever had! She had faith in me and often cheered me on as I increased my clinical experience and broadened my knowledge. I will always hold high regard for her in my heart. She will forever be one of the “women of wisdom” who molded me into the nurse I am today! Rest In Peace Rosie!

  • Rosie was a wonderful supervisor and mentor. I was always so impressed by her wisdom. She helped me become the best nurse that I could be. My prayers to her family.

  • To all of the Children and Grandchildren,
    We know and love many of you. Please know that our prayers are with you. Even if you live far away there is a new hole in your heart today.

  • So sorry to hear about Rosie, knew her from working at Galion Hospital such a wonderful person. God bless all her children and grandchild .

  • So sorry to read about your Mother’s death. She was a wonderful person. May she rest in peace. Thinking of all of the family.

  • Aww. So sorry Art, Tom, Sue and Elizabeth. Just a few days ago I was thinking about her. Rosie was so nice to us. May God comfort all of you and bless her.

  • To the O’Leary Families,
    We were sad to read about the passing of Rosie. Rosie was a highly respected nurse and she loved her family. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for Rosie’s passing.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Rosie was a wonderful person and a great nurse and she loved her family dearly.

  • Dear Art, Susan, Tom, Beth & family, Please know that you have my sympathy with the passing of Rosie. She was an exceptional lady. She loved her family and often spoke of them individually with pride. Nursing has lost one of its finest. So many patients have felt the benefit of her experience, compassion, & gentleness. It was an honor to spend many years working with Rosie. You must all have wonderful memories of her – I know I do.