Rosalind M. (Volk) Mohler
December 06, 1939 ‒ May 16, 2020
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 email@example.com. 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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