Northborough, MA/Potomac, MD – Rosi M. Heinsohn, caring mother and grandmother and good friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 98 years on Saturday, November 18, 2023. Rosi, born in Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany as Maria Rosa Bohnengel, was the youngest of four children to Andreas and Margareta (Drescher) Bohnengel.
In 1952, Rosi married Gerd G. Heinsohn. In 1955 Gerd and Rosi immigrated along with their young daughter to the United States. Their son was born shortly thereafter. The couple made Maryland their home for the next 45 years, settling in Potomac.
Rosi devoted her early years to raising her daughter and son. She was employed as a bookkeeper in the banking industry, a gift shop, and within the non-profit social services sector. She also worked as a medical secretary at a major hospital. Rosi enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens and always kept her home cozy, inviting, and elegant. With a welcoming personality and loving heart, Rosi enjoyed entertaining guests and was known for her culinary and baking skills. She delighted in making traditional German cakes, like Streuselkuchen, and fancy tortes for birthdays and experimenting with different kinds of breads, like rye, potato, and olive, all treats that became staples and for which she was well known. She also found great joy in sharing traditional as well as newly discovered recipes and teaching her granddaughters her baking methods.
In 2000, after 48 years of marriage, Gerd passed away. Rosi would remain at her home in Maryland until 2003 when she relocated to Northborough, MA. Here, she enjoyed her new surroundings and made many friends. She was an active participant in many of the activities offered by the Northborough Senior Center, including the book club. A resilient woman, Rosi was a model for tenacity and positivity; her encouraging smile and grounded advice brightened low moments and provided strength for overcoming hardship.
Rosi traveled well into her 80s, visiting family in her homeland of Germany, exploring other European countries, and taking car and bus excursions all over New England, the East Coast, and Canada. She was always very active, participating in regular exercise classes at the Senior Center and taking walks on local trails and at the nearby botanical garden. Throughout her life, some of Rosi’s favorite pastimes were visiting art museums and attending music concerts with her family – mostly classical but some other genres, including a David Bowie concert in the 1970s! She also cherished keeping up relationships with friends and family near and far through written letters.
Surviving Rosi is her daughter, Ingrid H. Molnar, and husband John of Northborough; her son, Gerd J. Heinsohn, and life partner Virginia Tippie of Annapolis, Maryland; five grandchildren, Christine Rogers, Lauren Heinsohn, Eric Heinsohn, Alexandra Molnar, and Zenya Molnar; and three great grandchildren, Benjamin, Donovan, and Miles Rogers. Also surviving Rosi are numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews residing in Germany. Rosi’s three siblings, Margareta Klarowicz, Ludwig Bohnengel, and Otto Bohnengel, preceded her in death.
There are no planned public services at this time. However, the family plans to host a celebration of life in 2024.
The Heinsohn and Molnar families would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Notre Dame Hospice Care Team and to the staff at Coleman House of Northborough for the loving and supportive care shown to Rosi during her final days.
In memory of Rosi please consider a donation to either Notre Dame Hospice c/o the Development Office at Notre Dame Health Care Center, 555 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605 https://www.notredamehealthcare.org/donate/ or to the Friends of the Northborough Senior Center, 119 Bearfoot Road, Northborough, MA 01532 https://www.friendsofnorthboroughseniors.org/donate-contact-join/.
Arrangements are under the care of Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532. To leave a condolence for Rosi’s family please visit www.HaysFuneralHome.com.