Rosalind M. (Volk) Mohler

December 06, 1939 ‒ May 16, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Rosalind ‘Rosie’ Mohler, age 80 of Sunbury, Ohio, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 16, 2020. She was born December 6, 1939 in Delaware, Ohio to the late Lloyd and Martha Volk.

She grew up in rural Ohio, graduating from Chatfield High School in 1957. Rosie then went on to receive a BS in Nursing from Capital University in 1961. She was employed as a public health nurse for the City of Columbus for 3 years.

Rosie lived in Sunbury, Ohio for 40 years. She served on the Big Walnut Board of Education for 8 years and in the community as a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program and as a member of the Lion’s Club. She was very involved with the local Girl Scouts, wearing many hats from Scout Leader to Camporee Coordinator. She knew how to handle a campfire pie iron and many annual Girl Scout Camporee attendees would say canned pie filling has never tasted better. Rosie also shared her nursing skills and compassionate nature on many medical missions to the Dominican Republic and Honduras.

She was a devoted church goer and longtime member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbus. She was proud to serve the Lutheran church as a delegate at several national conventions and was a Vacation Bible School teacher for many years. She was later a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westerville. Her faith guided her in all things.

Moved by an article she read in 1985, Rosie was driven to contact the coordinator of the Children’s Committee 10, an organization formed with a single goal – to end the conflict between Catholic and Protestant factions in Northern Ireland that lead to violence in the area. By housing one Catholic and one Protestant child from Northern Ireland, together, in an American home for seven weeks over the summer school holidays, the founders believed the participants would discover a simple truth – that they had more in common than they had differences. The Committee pledged to do this for 10 years, creating a group of young people who returned home with personal experiences that proved to them that politics aside, they were Irish first. Over the years, Rosie and Lester hosted 21 children, and introduced every one of them to the Mohler family tradition of houseboating on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky!

Rosie loved exploring outdoors. She knew the names of all common wildflowers and trees, making sure to point them out. Guests were regularly surprised with nature walks immediately following holiday dinners. She had a special connection with animals. Countless homeless, injured and stray animals were guests. Every late summer, monarch caterpillars were hosted and fed sugar water from a sponge after emerging from the chrysalis and before flying free. Raccoons, ferrets, ducks, robins, mice, hamsters, goats and a parakeet came well before the first cat. Rosie was known for ‘relocating’ spiders outside rather than the more common ‘smushing’ response.

Left to cherish Rosie’s memory are her husband of 60 years, Lester Mohler, M.D., sisters Rowenna Evans and Rita Volk, sister-in-law Stella Smiley, and children Steven Mohler (Laurie), Lester Randall ‘Randy’ Mohler (Christy), Sharon Rockwell (Chris), Jill Gastesi (Derek).

Rosie was known to her grandchildren as ‘Mimi’ and always loved her time with them. From snow angels to bubble wands, they knew to expect anything. Nathan (Emily), Alena, Jared, Kaitlin, Matthew, Ella, CJ, Aharon, Liam, Ellie, Jessica.

She will be remembered as well by many other extended family members, friends and those who became family through love.

Rosie was full of joy and laughter. She gave generously of herself and her time. She embraced life, spread kindness to all who met her, and believed every celebration needed balloons. She personified the light and love of Jesus.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N State Route 61, Sunbury, OH 43074. A memorial celebration will take place at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the funeral home, followed by a procession to the Sunbury Memorial Park and graveside service. The eulogy will be prepared by the Reverend David Schroeder.

If you are not comfortable gathering at this time, you can still be a part of this day of remembrance. Please send memories to be shared to  You may also remain in your vehicle or spread out at the cemetery if you wish.

Contributions in Rosie’s memory may be made to Central American Medical Outreach, Inc. (CAMO) in Orrville, Ohio.

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  • Her life was certainly a blessing to all who knew Rosie. She was truly one of God’s
    special ladies. Rosie volunteered driving for the Community Nutrition meals program when we started the program for Delaware County (Grady Hospital). She was willing to drive whenever called upon.

    Expressing sympathy is never easy…all I can say is how sorry I am.

    Norma Hudson and family

  • My deepest condolences go out to the Mohler family’s. Mrs Mohler was so kind, always had a smile. I delivered her mail for many years and have had many conversations with her. Many conversations with daughter and husband also. Just a delightful family and nearby neighbor. Prayers continue in their behalf. God bless in this moment of loss.

  • Beautiful Celebration of Life Video. Rosie was an amazing woman. I enjoyed many years sitting along side her at BWFWS. She was a very giving person and truly believed in her LORD. May you all find comfort in the memories you’ve gathered.

  • Dear Uncle Les and Family,

    First, our sympathy goes out to all of you.

    I have been struggling for days about how to show all of you support but not risk coming into contact with the virus at Rosie’s services.

    Since mid March the four of us have been quarantined in our house because the people I help are part of the at risk population. Luckily, my guys can work from home and are supportive. So to break those house rules, especially as things are beginning to open has weighed heavy on me.

    I know that Rosie would tell me to listen to my heart and I am pretty sure all of you know that WE LOVE ALL OF YOU, we are here for you, and that you would understand if I just shared the concerns.

    So we will be there in spirit this week sending prayers, positive energy and peace as you go through this hard transition. And will visit her grave site in the near future.

    We look forward to sharing lots of fond memories and REAL not air hugs when we see you next!

    Love, Torri, Al, Kevin and Michael

  • Aunt Rosie- A child of God who devoted her life to God, Family, Friends, Nature, and the many individuals and creatures whom crossed her path. God Blessed her with a Pure Heart and Tons of Love which she shared Unconditionally. Aunt Rosie always let her Light shine through her laughter, her smile, and her ALWAYS Caring ways. She dedicated her LIFE in Preparation of receiving God’s Ultimate Gift of Eternal Life. Aunt Rosie you Earned your Wings with flying colors and know that your LOVE will Always continue to be shared and passed on. We are so Thankful that God Blessed us with an Amazing, Wonderful, and Loving Family. The Schroeder’s Shannon, Cameron, Carson, Mark


  • Sending love & hugs to the beautiful family of our “one in a million” matriarch, Rosie Mohler! If everyone lived their life as she did, what a wonderful, peaceful world this would be. She shared all of her spiritual gifts with the world. No one who met her will ever forget her. Her smile, love, laughter, “arm pat” while telling you a story. Just really a bounce in her step & zest for life, love & laughter. That is her legacy. Enjoy your heavenly rewards dear Aunt Rosie. You enhanced my childhood & beyond more than you’ll ever know!! “Well done, good & faithful servant” Fly high w/ the angels! Give our other family members hugs from us as our family chain relinks in a much better place:) 🙏🌈💜😇

  • What a beautiful celebration of Rosie’s life. It seems as though we have known Rosie all of our lives; from the years at Chatfield High School and Capital University, and through the years of her close relationship with her classmate and my sister Rosie.
    We will always remember Rosie’s love of life and beautiful smile. She is one of God’s great gifts to all who knew her.

  • What a wonderful video and testimony to her love for her family and how that spilled over into so many other lives. Rosie and Les became part of my family when my brother married Sharon, and they embraced me like we’d been family forever. I loved Rosie’s laugh and she embodied hospitality and warmth. She seemed to me almost a fairy sprite – her love of nature so evident from the beauty of her home nestled in the woods. I will miss her hugs and smile, but I know she now experiences everlasting beauty, peace and love in our Father’s arms.

    Sending love and prayers that your hearts will soon heal from this loss.

    Love, Pat and Chuck Camp

  • Heaven just gained a smiling beautiful angel! She was the most sweetest woman I’ve ever met with a laugh, that could be so contagious. Love and prayers to the family.

  • I absolutely adored Rosie , she was a wonderful lady. Our thoughts an prayers are with you at this time .
    Gary an Jane milburn

  • Lester, Steve, Randy, Sharon, and family,

    Thank you so much for sharing the deeply moving video and thank you for sharing Rosie with our community over the years. I remember when you moved into the area and appreciate the impact that you all have had on the BW community. Rosie was an outstanding school board member. Her communication was terrific. In reading her obituary one can see that she made a huge impact in many areas of human life. I was very happy that she was able to attend several Big Walnut Area Historical Society presentations in the last few years. She was greatly loved. When she arrived at her new home I can just hear the words of Jesus, “Well done good and faithful servant.”