Suzanne “Sue” Kochheiser

April 05, 1938 ‒ November 05, 2015

Columbus, Ohio
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

COLUMBUS:  Suzanne “Sue” Kochheiser passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015 in her Columbus home surrounded by her family. She was 77.

She was born April 5, 1938 to parents Wilbur and Florence (Mattox) Campbell in Mansfield. After Sue graduated from Mansfield Senior High School with the class of 1956, she attended Ohio University.

Sue served as a mentor and friend to many students while working as a principal’s secretary at Mansfield Senior High for 13 years and later touched more young people’s lives while serving as the House Mother at MedCentral School of Nursing. Students knew that she could be counted on as an honest and caring influence in their lives, and she enjoyed encouraging them to be the very best they could be. She also sold ads for the News Journal and, most recently, Trader Gazette. Sue was a member of, and raised her children in, the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield.

Sue didn’t believe in sitting still. When not working, taking loving care of her family or attending her children’s many activities, she enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading and volunteering for numerous causes. She was active in establishing Mansfield’s Oak Hill Cottage as a historic landmark, chaired committees for the Miss Ohio pageant, organized blood drives and raised money for cancer research.

Sue also realized her dream of opening her own gift shop in downtown Mansfield and worked tirelessly to build downtown Mansfield and support local businesses.

But above all, Sue cherished spending time with her family and many close friends.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ronald G. Kochheiser; children Todd Kochheiser of Toledo, Scott Kochheiser and his wife Elise of Chicago; Lynn Kochheiser of Columbus; grandson Ben, and his wife Jessica Kochheiser, granddaughter Noel Kochheiser and grandsons Kason and Collin Cook; sisters Betsy Rush of Mansfield, Mary Lynn and her husband Kenny Brandt of North Myrtle Beach, SC, and brother Bill Campbell of Venice Beach, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Sue’s family will receive friends on Monday, November 9 from 4-6 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. officiated by Celebrant Jerry Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, Sue encourages donations in her memory to the Westerville North High School Music Boosters at 950 County Line Rd., Westerville, OH 43081 or InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a Christian youth program at the University of Illinois online at, click on Noel Kochheiser.

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

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Sue was an extraordinary woman, co-worker & most of all, loving FRIEND to me. I will treasure my memories of her, along with the unique flamingos & palm trees she would manage to find me 🙂 We think of her every evening when I turn our lamp on! Prayers & God Bless. Cheryl & Kent

  • To Sue’s family:
    My heart is heavy today. I am so sad for your loss. She will be missed by all of us, her friends and the community. Blessings and peace to each one of you.
    Julie an Luben

  • I did not know her but she must have been a lovely person. If Amber Kochheiser, my granddaughter, is a relative of hers I’m certain she has inherited Suzanne’s goodness as she is a wonderful person as well. Ble
    ssings to the family.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs Kochheiser. She was such an awesome lady and always had a smile on her face. I will remember her mostly from Mansfield Senior High while working in Mr Black’s office. My prayers are with her family. I just watched the online video and smiled at how much she glowed when with her grandchildren. ❤️

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of Sue. May God grant you the strength and peace during this difficult time. God bless your family.

    April Kochheiser Gaston
    Wooster, Ohio

  • Todd- I was shocked and extremely saddened to see this notice! My heart goes out to you (and your family) as there is no one so special as a mother! I only met her a few times, but, I could tell that she was a very beautiful, talented, and wonderful lady and mother- words cannot even come close to expressing the heaviness I feel in my heart for you right now! My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family for God to send you some healing, comfort, and peace now- and in the days to come! Angela Behring

  • Todd,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She sure was a great lady!!! I’ll never forgot my study hall times I spent helping her in the office!!! Prayers for you and all the family!!


  • To Sue’s Family, We will all miss her so much. Her encouragement and concern was always a comfort and also the many laughs we shared together,,, God’s arms of comfort be around all of you and heal your hearts at this time of loss and journey of life. God’s Blessings , Beth Nunn

  • I’m sorry for your loss. Mrs Kochheiser touched so many people and always with a welcoming smile. May she rest in peace. God be with all of you during your time of need.

    Katreena Grimes

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of Sue when I worked in the office during study hall. She was always encouraging me to do my best. She never judged. I’m sure she will be missed.

  • To Ron and family, I am so sorry about Sue. She was one of a kind, a unique person who cared about everyone. She was like a sister to me. I am sure there is a special place for her among the Angels. God bless all of you.

  • My prayers are with you all. It’s never easy but time has away of healing and I wish the best for all of you.

  • Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother. I loved aiding for your mom and Mr. Black in High School. She was always so kind to me. Prayers and hugs to the entire Kochheiser family

  • So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. May the happy memories you spent with her and knowing she is in a better place help you find peace in your heart. Jodie & Matthew

  • With Heartfelt sympathy we pray for your family’s comfort during your time of loss. A marvelous life with a legacy of a loving family. She was a good servant of God.

  • Ron & Family, During this most difficult time,may hearing from friends provide you with comfort,knowing there are those lifting you and your family up in prayer.
    Thank you Ron for being a life long friend. God Bless you and your family.

  • Scott and the entire Kochheiser family:

    May God comfort all of you during your time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Baggio family

  • Scott and the entire Kochheiser family:

    May God comfort all of you during your time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Baggio family’s

  • Please accept my sympathy . I enjoyed talking with her a lot when she was a housemother at the CON, and I was faculty. A wonderful upbeat person, and certainly talented in many ways. She was a wonderful addition to our group of housemothers!

  • Sue Kochheiser was my best friends mother. In Mansfield, Ohio that means a lot. She was a voice in my head that I counted in the same way I counted my own mothers.. She was a polar opposite from my own mom but nonetheless as important. Along with my own mother she helped Lynn and I navigate the silly/all important challenges that were our girl dramas, teen heartbreaks and young lady ridiculousness. She loved her children fiercely. That is a characteristic that has left its impression. She and Ron always understood me as the the free spirit I am. I love her for that so much! She will always be in my heart!!!

  • Ron, Todd, Lynn and Scott
    I was so saddened to hear the news Sue’s passing. I have so many fond memories of your Mom on Arlington Ave. She was just a friend to all and always willing to help. I enjoyed the many times I stopped to chat with her while I was home visiting. I will never forget how compassionate she was when my Mom was sick. Always asking how she could help or lend a hand. We are indeed blessed that we had such great Moms who we could look up to. I would like to think that her and Dorie are together chatting like old times. God Bless you all. May the wonderful memories live on in all of you and comfort you all during this time. Love Barb

  • Sue Kochheiser was my second mom my entire time growing up. She was the second voice inside my head next to my own mother guiding me into young adulthood. Because she was the polar opposite of my own mom, I felt the balance in a way that still resonates! Sue and Ron always accepted me for the free spirit I was. I will never forget that! They just “got” me! I will keep Sue in my heart forever!

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. I got to know Sue when she had
    her shop in downtown Mansfield and also when she did the ads for The
    Times Gazette. She was a very special lady. I enjoyed my conversations with
    her and she was an asset to the downtown area. Prayers of comfort for your family, she will be missed by all those that knew her.

  • Dear Lynn, as you know I did not know your Mom, but I very much enjoyed reading about her here – wow, your Mom is amazing 🙂
    I am sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you and yours. Anna George

  • Ron, I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. I hope you know our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you will miss her dearly.

  • Kochheiser Family

    So sorry to hear about Mrs. Kochheiser.She was a wonderful lady.I always enjoyed the great times we had at the Kochheiser house growing up.May all the great memories give you comfort during this difficult time.
    Our prayers are with your family.

  • Ron, Todd, Scott and Lynn,

    I’m so sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Always enjoyed seeing her at school and at the store downtown.

  • I was so very sorry to hear about Suzy. The brief time I had visiting with her is a treasured memory. She was endearing and lovely and I am so grateful I had the pleasure of meeting her. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Big hugs from Texas.

  • I just saw the obituary and I’m so sorry for your loss… she was an extraordinary woman and I will always remember her smile and joking with us in Mr. Blacks office. I saw her several years later after high school when your mom and dad got a group of friends together and wanted dance lessons! My husband and I drove to someone’s cabin and taught the group how to do the swing which was your mom’s favorite dance! I’ve thought about her a lot through the years… she will be missed!