Susan Maureen Schmidhammer

January 10, 1955 ‒ March 10, 2018

Columbus, Ohio

Susan Maureen Hohl Schmidhammer, of Sunbury, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the James Cancer Center of The Ohio State University Medical Center.  Susie is the 6th of 16 children born to Margaret Hohl Leffler and the late John Jason Hohl.  Graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School and attended Boston College.  Employed as an accountant at Lucent Technologies for 27 years.  An avid gardener and stained-glass artist, she also loved crafts and sewing. Susie was co-owner of the Glass Rooster Cannery and Art Barn of Sunbury which she shared with her sister Jeannie.  Susie transformed her 5 acres of property into a small slice of heaven, an artist’s mecca and a playground for children of all ages. Everywhere in this wonderland was a piece of unique art-pottery on the garage wall, a tattooed mannequin in a clump of reeds, a rusting plow in a thicket of weeds, stepping stones inlaid with “jewels”.  Susie readily shared her artistic talents and her expansive heart with her relatives, friends and the community.  She was the ultimate “Tom Sawyer” and had a unique gift for making all feel welcome and special.  She believed in the dreamers.  She was an active member of the Harlem Township community, lending help to Grange dinners and festivals and showing kindness to everyone who came into contact with her.  In the words of her daughter, Shannon; “Mom, do you remember your horse, Lady? Do you see the forest? Get on your horse and gallop, far, far away into the forest. Fly away. Fly away. Fly away.”  Preceded in death by husband, William Gould; father, John Jason Hohl; step-father, Robert Leffler.  Survived by daughter, Shannon; mother, Margaret; siblings, Michael (Elana) Hohl of Columbus, Mary (Terry) Allan, of Centerville, Timothy (Julie) Hohl of Tampa, FL, John (Doreen) Hohl of Sunbury, Ann Mobley of Bradenton, FL, Christine (Jon) Brooks of Euless, TX, Charlene Hohl of Pelham, AL, Raymond (Ruth) Hohl of New Albany, Lisa Wilson of Fredericktown, Michele (Bill) Stokes of Ostrander, Catherine Lakeman of Charlotte, NC, Josephine (Herb) Pettit of Richmond, KY, Bruce (Karin) Hohl of Columbus, Jeanine (Bill) Seabrook of Sunbury, Matthew (Kelly) Hohl, of Centerburg; many loving nieces and nephews.  A Celebration of Susie’s life was held at her home for family and friends.  Contributions may be made to the Harlem Township Heritage Association, %Harlem Fire Station, 3883 South State Route 605, Galena, OH 43021 in Susie’s memory. Special memories and condolences can be shared with the family at

  • So sorry to hear of Susie’s passing..I did not know her as well as some others but a sweeter, kinder soul did not exist.. She leaves a wonderful legacy ..The Glass Rooster which provides peace, joy, laughter for so many through the gift of arts and crafts.
    Condolences to her wonderul (and HUGE) family)

    Louise Mnich Fleming
    DeSales class of 73

  • Jeannine, This is addressed to you because you are the only one of your very large family that I know – but it applies to everyone.

    I am so saddened to learn of Susie’s passing. I cannot fully express my thoughts at your losing such a talented sister so young. Please take care in knowing that she helped create a legacy with the Glass Rooster and with her love and affection for all of you. I hope you will take comfort and celebrate her memory. Please let me know if there is anything I can to to help, Jeannine.

  • Char, please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your sister.
    Ruth and Jim Altschuld

  • We worked with Susie in the Dublin location. She was always a bright spot in an always bustling world. We did not become close; but she always greeted and shined.

    I deeply regret her passing. I had no idea she’d go so quickly. I hope she is indeed riding her favorite horse through the way beyond!!

    Her passing is a shock to many of us who knew her. It is an awaking to not take life and health lightly–never assume.

    We heard too late of her passing; otherwise we (Bill Connell and I) would have been there to pay our heartfelt respects.

    Marla And Bill