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In Loving Memory

Rohde, Mollie L. (nee Herrmann)

December 12, 1931 - March 30, 2024

Mollie Louise Rohde (neé Herrmann) was born in Pueblo, Colorado on December 12, 1931 to Reverend Doctor John and Amalia Herrmann. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, two sisters (Josephine Lutz and Teddi Steyer), and two brothers (John Herrmann and Frank Herrmann). Her beloved husband, David Rohde, also preceded her in death in 2010.

Mollie was raised with her four siblings in Nebraska and Kansas before the family settled in Saint Louis. During high school, she met Dave, her husband-to-be and the love of her life, through a church group. After high school, she received her Associate’s Degree from Harris Teachers College in 1951 and began her career as a teacher at Salem Lutheran School. Before Dave left for his station in Germany, he asked Mollie to marry him upon his return.

Mollie and Dave married on June 6, 1953 at Salem Lutheran Church. The couple remained in Saint Louis where they had four children: Cindy, Mark, Mike, and Lauren. Mollie’s children were her pride and joy and she loved watching them grow. She opened her heart to Jay, her late son-in-law, as well as Nancy and Candi, her daughters-in-law. Each of them was touched by her warm spirit and embraced her as a second mother. Later in life, she enjoyed spoiling her five grandchildren: Ryan, Matthew, Erin, Katelind, and Cayla. Mollie was also blessed with three precious great-grandchildren: Sophie, Luka, and Daxton.  Her family was her greatest treasure and that love was abundantly evident to her family. She embodied all that a mother should be and more. She was: nurturing, selfless, an empathic listener, forgiving, gentle, and unconditionally loving.

After taking time off to raise her children, Mollie returned to the classroom as a kindergarten teacher at Hope Lutheran School where she worked for over two decades. She dedicated most of her adult life to teaching. A few of her grandchildren were blessed to also have her as their kindergarten teacher. The number of young lives she touched is inestimable, but her impact as a teacher will be remembered by generations’ worth of students. “All I really need to know, I learned in kindergarten.”

Mollie was an avid gardener, hiker, swimmer, and garage sale shopper. She enjoyed spending time with friends, card club, and volunteering her time at Hope Lutheran and Resurrection Lutheran churches as a Vacation Bible School teacher. She appreciated the arts, a good book, and the wonders of nature. Her greatest passion was her family and her faith, which was unshakeable.

Mollie, Mama, and Grandma will be deeply missed but her family rejoices that she has reached her final resting place. She will be remembered for her dedication to her students, her family, and to the Lord.

SERVICES: Funeral will be at Resurrection Lutheran Church (9907 Sappington Rd 63128) on Saturday, April 6th at 9:30 AM. Interment at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation on Friday, April 5th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL (10151 Gravois Rd 63123).


9 thoughts on “Rohde, Mollie L. (nee Herrmann)”

  1. Mollie was a great coworker at Hope Lutheran School. She was a very positive, uplifting person. I’m sure she is enjoying a heavenly reunion with her family!

    Jeanine and Charlie Consolino

  2. Mollie was a good friend, mentor, and I felt blessed that all of my children had her as their kindergarten teacher. Her calm manner, soft voice, and gentle ways helped many a frightened 5 year old adjust to “big school”. It’s said that teachers touch the future, and Mrs. Rohde certainly touched the lives of hundreds. Jesus surely met her with “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

  3. I wish to extend my condolences to the family. My wife Kate Collet worked with Mollie at Hope Lutheran for her entire time there. I was a classmate of Frank and Dave was our journalism teacher at LHSS. I have fond memories of Mollie and Dave from the many dinners we had together in later years. Both my children, Matt and Amy, remember kindergarten with Mollie and my daughter also taught with her at Hope Lutheran. My Kate and Mollie can join forces in heaven now! Blessings to all!

  4. My deepest sympathy to all. She and Dave were great neighbors and I missed her when she moved. I know she is rejoicing in heaven with God and family.

  5. Rohde Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Mollie. I was in Mrs. Rohde’s first Kindergarten class at Hope Lutheran and Dave was my counselor at LHSS. My Mom, Cheryl was friends with Mollie. Mrs. Rohde was a wonderful teacher and person. She touched the lives of so many. She started my educational journey in Kindergarten with her gentle, caring, patient, faithful ways that left a lasting impression on me and that remain in my memory fifty years later. We should all aspire to live our lives as Mrs. Rohde has.

  6. Dear Rohde cousins,
    Our hearts are with you today. So many wonderful memories with Aunt Mollie; visiting twice a year as kids, sleeping in cots, pinochle games, camping, orchids and so much more. What a blessing she was to our mom to have as a sister. That bond was powerful and beautiful. Reading the many comments it is apparent how she touched so many lives. She was a humble and faithful servant and we rejoice with you as you celebrate her life. Continued prayers of peace.
    Much love,

  7. To the Rohde family,
    I rejoice with you at Mollie’s homecoming. She is with her Risen Lord!
    Memories of good times came flooding back…we were colleagues at Hope for over two decades. Mollie taught kindergarten; I taught first grade.
    Many days we stood together supervising the children on the playground, sharing stories of family, friends, and students. I walked with her as she ministered to her Dad in his final days. She comforted me when my Dad, and later my Mom died.
    Mollie’s creativity was evident, especially when it came to sharing Bible Stories with her students, and then involving them in leading all-school Chapel services.
    Her artistic flare was apparent when she eagerly designed and constructed costumes for the two-by-two animals on Noah’s Ark, for our annual “Preview of Christmas” school play. The memories are endless…
    May our Risen Lord bring you Peace and Hope. Blessings to all!


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