Rosemary Rita Ehlerding, 90, longtime resident of Port William, Ohio died peacefully on Monday, September 9, 2013 in Sabina, Ohio at the home of her daughter Sylvia, with whom she had been living this past year. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Howard F. Ehlerding, DVM, who died in 1988. They were married August 2, 1947.
Rosemary was born May 3, 1923, in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, the daughter of the late Bernard Michael and Gertrude Stoehr Moeller. Rosemary grew up on a dairy farm near Mt. Healthy and from an early age she developed a passion for sewing and quilt making. In 1948, Rosemary moved to Port William, Ohio, where her husband “Doc” began the practice of veterinary medicine. Rosemary and Doc raised five children. In addition to being the bookkeeper and veterinarian’s assistant for 32 years in her husband’s practice, Rosemary was involved in several volunteer activities and service organizations in Port William and the surrounding counties. These included over 26 years as a 4-H leader, 27 years as a member of St. Columbkille Church’s Sunday and Resurrection Choirs, helping to start the Clinton County Quilt Guild in 1983, serving for over 20 years as a member of the Clinton Memorial Hospital Guild volunteer program, and being a founding member of the Port William-Lumberton Senior Citizens. Rosemary was a fixture in visiting and providing programs in nursing homes throughout the county using her extensive collection of quilts, old-time household and farm items, hats, and knowledge of the Underground Railroad to stimulate resident interests. She was involved in efforts providing quilts to foster children and the homeless. After the Clinton County Homeless Shelter was opened, she served on its board of directors for several years. Her baby quilts given as gifts were prized possessions for many expectant mothers. She participated annually in the Clinton County Corn Festival giving quilting demonstrations that both shared her knowledge and taught her helpful hints of quilting. Living on a farm, for many years Rosemary prepared and took meals to fields for her husband, son, and son-in-law during planting and harvest time. In a fun twist she brought this cooking skill to her daughter’s business world, by preparing and taking meals for nearly twenty-five years to the more than thirty plus accountants in her daughters CPA firm in Virginia during the two-week period at the end of tax season.
Rosemary’s constant willingness to share her time and talents in the service of others was formally recognized by the community with several awards. She received the Ohio State Family Appreciation Award in 1978, the Beta Sigma Phi First Lady of 1998, the Clinton County Homemaker of the Year for 2000, the Ohio State Homemaker of the Year in 2001, and the Clinton County Woman of the Year in 2002.
Rosemary is survived by a son and two daughters-in-law, Fred (Judy) Ehlerding of Columbus, Ohio and Mary Ehlerding of Port William, Ohio; three daughters and sons-in-law, Fran Ehlerding (Brian) Davenport of Vienna, Virginia, Greta Ehlerding (Joe) Miller of Vienna, Virginia, and Sylvia Ehlerding (Steve) Myers of Sabina, Ohio; ten grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Dan Ehlerding in 2009; and two brothers, Edwin Moeller and Herbert Moeller.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM, Monday, September 16, 2013 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 73 N. Mulberry Street, Wilmington, Ohio with Rev. Michael Holloran officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Port William, Ohio. Friends may call from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rosemary’s name to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177, the Port William-Lumberton Senior Citizens Inc, P.O. Box 115, Port William, Ohio 45164, or to St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 73 N. Mulberry Street, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.