top banner

Obituary Listings

Susan G. Wells-Rogers

July 20, 1949 July 30, 2019
Susan G. Wells-Rogers
There are condolences waiting approval on Susan's Tribute wall

Plant a tree in memory of Susan

An environmentally friendly option
Obituary for Susan G. Wells-Rogers

Susan G. Wells-Rogers, age 70, passed away unexpectedly on July 30, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Katherine Wells, wife of Stephen Rogers, Godmother of Lindsay (Steven) Gagyi, Heather (Dylan) Dettmann, Brett Walker, God-grandmother of Carter Gagyi and daughter in law of the late Albert and Elia Rogers. Visitation will be 9 am until time of funeral, 10 am, Saturday, August 10, 2019, all at Milford First United Methodist Church, Milford. If desired, memorials may be directed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a seeing guide dog organization or to an animal shelter of choice.


Susan Garner Wells-Rogers: July 20, 1949 – July 30, 2019
On July 30, 2019, Susan Wells-Rogers passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Susan was born in Cincinnati on July 20, 1949. She always said she was a miracle baby since she came prematurely and weighed only two pounds at a time when very few preemies made it. She spent several weeks in an incubator, but she was a fighter and ultimately came home a healthy little baby. She was sure the reason was that God wanted her to do something with her life. She grew up in the Kentucky river town of Ludlow, on the Ohio River across from the west side of Cincinnati. After graduating from Ludlow High School, she attended Secretarial/Business school and then began looking for a job. With an offer in hand from another local company, she approached Procter and Gamble looking for employment and P&G made a good call. She began as a Brand Secretary for the Duncan Hines cake and pancake business. After a few years she transferred to the Corporate Purchases group as a section secretary and administrative assistant where she spent the bulk of her career in the Paper business (diapers, paper towels, TP and feminine protection). It was there that she met her husband, Steve, and on October 17, 1981, they were married and she moved across the river to Anderson Township, just southeast of Cincinnati.
Susan was an excellent administrative assistant, supporting groups as large as 10 people reporting to an Associate Director. She experienced the transition from typewriters, carbon paper and white out to the word processing, computer and ultimately internet age. Her father, Harvey passed away in 1984, and she chose to “retire” to help take care of her mother, whose health began to erode. At the same time, she began a part time secretarial career at P&G, when the company asked her to come back and work as a vacation substitute. Her skills were quickly recognized and she became the regular vacation replacement for four Vice Presidents, several Directors and did project management in the Paper Division information technology and training areas. Eventually, however, her life’s calling saw her leave the corporate world for her true passions.
Those included her god children, caregiving, her Church, and socializing with friends – lunches but also stepping in when tragedy struck to console others when they had problems or lost loved ones. Steve met Gary Walker at work, and soon they were fast friends, which led to Susan becoming a godmother to their three children, Heather, Lindsay and Brett. They became the children she couldn’t have as the families took spring breaks and holidays to great locations (Cozumel, Punta Cana, Hawaii, SW Florida, Vegas, DC, etc.) and she was a part of their Christmases and birthdays throughout their school years. “Aunt Sue” even became the god grandmother to Lindsay’s son Carter.
Caregiving led her to her church home. While serving as a Hospice volunteer, she met the church secretary of the Milford 1st United Methodist church and attended her memorial service. She came home to announce, “I think I found our church!”, and indeed she had. She also volunteered for many years (around 20 in all) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, both at satellite locations and for the last several years in the surgery waiting room where she helped and comforted anxious parents while their children underwent everything from ear tubes to heart transplants. She loved and seemed to instantly connect with children of all ages – they were part of her joy – she was a baby whisperer. A member of the Anderson Hills Women’s Club, she also helped raise money for charitable causes.
She never enjoyed the travel experience itself (planes, boats and buses especially) but once at the destination, her spirit came out and she made friends all over the world while traveling with Steve. Her shopping habits also gave each local economy a boost. She said she was able to see and experience so many places she never would have imagined – Paris, Brussels, Konigstein (Germany), Aruba, Bermuda, Amsterdam, Kobe (Japan – where her dear friend, Keiko Komura, gave her a truly great honor by presenting her with a family kimono that Keiko and her daughters then dressed Susan in), Singapore and Bangkok. People from Europe, Asia and Latin America have all expressed their heartfelt sorrow for her loss.
Susan also loved animals. She had four pets over the years, three cats (Oolong, Pekoe, Poopsie) and one dog (Blossom). What lucky little guys!!! She wanted to help homeless animals and the animal shelters that minister to them and service dog organizations that develop animals that serve those in need of physical and emotional support. She also had a passion for the Cincinnati Zoo and its work with endangered animals from the world over (CREW).
She had many gifts and talents – ranging from organizational and planning skills, the ability to coordinate colors across time and distance, choosing items that resulted in perfectly coordinated outfits and room decors. But most important were her signature laugh, humility, gentleness, caring temperament, sense of humor and ready smile that drew people to her and opened the door for communication. In the end Susan had at least seven families: her own, her husband’s, her god children’s, her church’s, Children’s Hospital, P&G and her personal friends/neighbors – yet she was always amazed, struggling to believe that so many cared about and loved her.
On July 30, 2019, almost exactly 70 years after her birth, God called her home. She lived a life that did much for many and He seemed to be saying she can rest. A job well done and a life well lived.


A Husband Pays Tribute
Over 40 years ago I stood in a similar place in a church. My wife, whose name was Suzie, by the way, had passed away. I was asked if I wanted to speak at the service and, being young and immature I didn’t – having the pastor take my role. I have regretted it all my life. By now Susan and Suzie have met and I have this picture in my head – they are at a table, Susan with a cup of tea and Suzie with a cup of coffee, chatting with each other, looking down. They are shaking their heads and saying “This oughta be good”. Ours was an arranged marriage of almost 38 years. After Suzie passed away I had no interest in dating despite many “fix up” opportunities. In fact one friend (Jim) even typed up a “dating resume” and unbeknownst to me went to Fountain Square at lunch and passed it out to what he thought might be “eligible” women. Oh no! However, two women in the office (Joyce and Becky) decided enough was enough; and years later Susan and I were able to piece it all together. She had just broken off a 7-year relationship and “men were all pretty much dogs”. They started working on her first, telling her a guy they vetted would show up at her desk and ask her out - but not right away. After several “nopes” they threatened her with loss of friendship and she acquiesced. Meanwhile back in my office, every day one of them showed up, closed the door and told me to get dating. It was time and they would fix me up. I steadfastly refused until in frustration they both showed up and proceeded to beat the snot out of me until I gave in. Opposites attract. I taught a marriage class in this church with Jean Beurket for 3 or 4 years, that put animal personalities on the spouses. So, you have a “golden retriever”, Susan, whose focus was service to others, being organized, loving others, thoughtfulness and a little bit of playfulness paired with me, an otter, disorganized, only fun loving, scatterbrained, color blind and an argumentative blabbermouth. It was a perfect match. I want to touch on 3 things about Susan in addition to her faith and loving prayerfulness – almost always for someone other than herself. They are the 3 C’s: caregiving, colors, and critters. Caregiving – Susan was an intuitive and instinctual caregiver. She was a Hospice volunteer and for many years a volunteer at Children’s Hospital – she has been telling me for the last couple years I need to find my Children’s. Recently she related a caregiving experience there – some of you in the church may have heard it from her. Children’s gets patients from all over the world and Susan worked in the surgery waiting room. One day an Arab couple was nervously waiting for the surgeon to call them post-surgery. When they were called they both rose and the man turned to his wife and directed her to wait outside. Susan saw her lift her niqab (face veil) and wipe a tear. Susan walked over to her and held her arms open – the woman got up and Susan gave her a hug, then she returned to her place at the sign in desk. When her husband returned, the couple spoke in low tones in Arabic and the husband suddenly looked across right at Susan. She instantly assumed she had broken some Muslim “rule”, touched the man’s wife, and the husband would scold her. Instead he smiled and mouthed the words “thank you” across the room. That was Susan. Colors – Susan loved color and coordinating colors. She would have a dress or purse and would add jewelry or shoes that matched perfectly – she had a decorator’s eye. Being close to the source I was amazed when she would see a scarf and say, “this will go with the top and purse I bought 8 months ago” and when we got home it actually would. One of the side effects was she lived up to her email – “i-shop” and she always told people mine should be “i-pay”. She was able to coordinate color across time and distance. Critters – Susan loved animals. She was a dog person marrying a cat person. She said cats could never have the personality of a dog. But her connection with critters was incredible and the three cats we had over the years all ran to meet her at the door when she would come home, just like the dog. She also loved homeless animals and supported their shelters and service animal organizations. Our last pet, who she named Poopsie, over my appalled objections, was the neighborhood stray who had a very hard early life. She took her in and suddenly the little tuxedo cat was an interstate traveler with a condo overlooking a lake and a lot of exotic big birds she thought were snacks she couldn’t get to. I know when Susan arrived in heaven 4 happy little guys – three cats and a dog - were running across the clouds because “Mommy’s Home”. Right now, Susan is so surprised. She always told me nobody would show up at her funeral. Look at all of you. You are making her very happy today. Thank you all for coming.

To plant a tree in memory of Susan G. Wells-Rogers, visit the Tribute Store.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

10

Aug

9:00 AM 8/10/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 8/10/2019 10:00:00 AM
Milford First United Methodist Church

541 Main Street
Milford, Oh 45150

Milford First United Methodist Church
541 Main Street Milford 45150 Oh
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

10

Aug

10:00 AM 8/10/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
Milford First United Methodist Church

541 Main Street
Milford, Oh 45150

Milford First United Methodist Church
541 Main Street Milford 45150 Oh
United States

Burial

Saturday

10

Aug

1:30 PM 8/10/2019 1:30:00 PM
Highland Cemetery

2167 Dixie Highway
Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky 41017

Highland Cemetery
2167 Dixie Highway Ft. Mitchell 41017 Kentucky
United States

Memorial Contribution

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital

3333 Burnett Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Albums

Create new album
 
Subscribe To Obituaries


alt

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Loading...