Rosemary “Rosie” Isley

February 08, 1951 ‒ January 01, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Rosemary “Rosie” Isley passed away Tuesday January 1, 2019 in OhioHealth Mansfield hospital. She was 67.

She was born February 8, 1951 in Beatrice, NE to parents George & Wilma (Girl) Bernhardt.

Rosie began a pen-pal relationship with Carl Isley, writing from Nebraska to Ohio.  After corresponding for a year, Carl drove to Nebraska to finally meet Rosie.  They married on their 4th face to face meeting and together spent 46 years of enjoying life together raising their family of two sons.

Rosemary had worked at Deca Manufacturing in Lexington.

In spare time, she took pleasure in shopping and enjoyed gardening.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Bradley E. Isley (Liz Bryant) of  Mansfield and Shaun J. (Belinda) Isley of Mansfield; grandsons Tyler Isley, Eliah Isley, Dylan Maffett; great-grandson Greyson Isley; extended family Jamie Isley, her loved fur baby cat Mandy; siblings, Lyle & Joan Bernhardt of Beatrice, Nebraska, Richard & Doris Bernhardt of Yankton, South Dakota, Dennis Bernhardt of Beatrice, Nebraska, and Janice Bernhardt-Lamberti of Beatrice, Nebraska; nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law David and Jeanie Isley of Galion, Beverly and Mike Ryder of Mansfield, Alan Isley of Mansfield and Emily Isley of Mansfield.

Rosie was preceded in death by parents George & Wilma (Girl) Bernhardt and brother Larry Bernhardt.

The Isley family will receive friends 11 am – 12 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service honoring Rosie’s life will begin immediately at 12 pm. Pastor Donna Mills will speak.

Contributions in her memory may be made at the funeral. Please, make checks payable to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Rosie’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


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  • I haven’t seen rose for over 10 years. I may only remember one memory but it was nothing but good. She stayed at my grandmothers house for a visit, Janice, and I remember them joking and laughing the entire time. Although I don’t remember much, I do remember she was a kind,funny and heartful person and will be missed.

  • My condolences to your family.
    Brad I am keeping you all in my prayers.
    I always felt like family when I was in the Isley home.

  • Carl we are so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

  • Carl & family, I know from what you shared Rosie’s illness took a great toll on her and you all as well. She is now at peace and no longer hurts leaving this a mixed blessing because we would rather have her still walking this earth with us all. Our God is a loving and just and merciful God and we know that Rosie is resting in his arms. The peace of Christ be with you all as God wraps his healing arms around you. God loves you and so do we, Pastor Carol and Ron Kilgore.

  • Sincere condolence to the Isley family. Please be comforted in knowing your beloved Rosemary is safe in God’s memory. He will remember every detail about her and bring her back, soon—Psalm 146:4, John 5:28-29. In the meantime, may our Heavenly Father, and cherished memories strengthen you to cope at this time.

  • I am so very sorry to read of the loss of Rosie. Please accept my very deepest condolences. During tragic times like this, we can be encouraged by the Bible’s promise found at Rev. 21:4 which helps us to see that death, is not a part, of life—because here God promises to do away with it. Further we know the scripture is here referring to conditions on earth, because neither death, mourning, outcry, nor pain, exists in heaven. I sincerely hope this scripture gives your family the comfort it has given mine, and if you’d like to read the Bible online or learn about God’s promises for our loved ones who’ve fallen asleep in death, please feel free to visit JW. org. Again, my very deepest condolences to those who love and cherish Rosie. 🌹

  • Sympathies to Carl, Brad, Shaun and all family members. Much too young to pass. I had the pleasure of being her classmate and friend at Holmesville and Southern High; the graduating class of 1969. There were 17 of us until our junior year at Holmesville. We were a fun group; with Rosemary being part of it. We lose touch over the years; but remember her well with fondness.

    God Bless You All!

  • I was a classmate with Rosemary at Holmesville for three years. We sometimes rode the bus together. Even though she was a little shy, we got to know each other on those brief bus rides. She was funny, & fun to be with. Everything we talked about, she was very passionate about. I will always remember her as a wonderful person that I had the privilege of knowing, at least for a little while.
    Even though it has been 50 1/2 years since I last saw her, I have NEVER forgotten her. She will remain in my memories & heart as long as I live.