Mona Jean Rohlf (Smith), 85, gracefully earned her angelic wings on October 3, 2023, as she departed from this world. She was born in Windom, Minnesota on February 26, 1938, to the late Vernon and Sarah Smith.
Mona was a remarkable woman known for her independent spirit, unwavering work ethic, and her roles as a cherished mother and devoted grandmother. She had an appreciation for the simple joys of life and found solace in the quiet moments, although she also relished the occasional shopping excursion and sightseeing adventure.
Her fondest memories often took her back to the days of her youth, filled with neighborhood games and schoolyard laughter. After graduating, she ventured into the working world and briefly found herself at a telephone company, although her heart led her to explore other opportunities. It was during her time at a local turkey plant that she crossed paths with Harvey Eugene Rohlf, and their love story began, culminating in marriage on March 1, 1972. Together, they shared a passion for travel, card games, the occasional round of golf, and fishing. Settling down in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, Mona discovered her calling as a caretaker for a large apartment complex, where she dedicated over 15 years of her life before embarking on a well-deserved retirement.
On April 7, 2003, Harvey passed away, leaving a void in Mona's heart. She made the decision to move closer to her daughter and son-in-law in Tennessee, where she embraced the role of “Grandma Nee Nee” with pride and wholehearted love. Doting on her grandchildren brought her more joy than anything else in the world.
Her later years were characterized by tranquility, spent relaxing, watching television, and staying informed about the latest news from her hometown in Minnesota through daily conversations with her dear friend, Lois Davis. Mona occasionally ventured out for leisurely car rides to escape the confines of her home, often spontaneously suggesting a quick visit to the Dollar General store, where she found comfort in the simplicity of life's small pleasures.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mona was preceded in death by her stepson, Mike Rohlf.
Mona is survived by her sister, Barbara Chapman (Jack); her daughter, Lisa Ellingson (Jason); her grandchildren, Joshua and Andrew; and her stepchildren, Stevie Rohlf (Kristi) and Carrie Kroetz.
At the family’s request, all services held will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you make a donation in Mona's honor to the International Wolf Center at 1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731, a cause dear to her heart.
Go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign the Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with these arrangements.
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