Westerville, Ohio – Susan Lynne (Einsel) Vagnier (Our Beloved Sue), aged 62, was welcomed into heaven with open arms by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 11, 2021. “Well done, good and faithful servant…Come and share your Master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23)
Sue’s life was characterized by service to others. She served her country as a medical doctor in the United States Army in the European theater during the historic times of German Reunification and the First Persian Gulf War. She was stationed at Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center where she rose to the rank of major. The motto of the hospital was “Not for Self but for Others”, which perfectly described Sue’s life!
She served her community as a beloved Ob/Gyn physician in private practice for over 25 years at St Ann’s Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital. She helped to lovingly welcome thousands of newborns into the world throughout her career. She served on the Ohio Health Vax Team as a volunteer during the current COVID pandemic vaccinating and educating many people. She did this while employed at Dublin Methodist Hospital as a house physician in Women’s Health.
She served her neighborhood by organizing an online support group during the ongoing pandemic, knitting together the community and fostering kindness among neighbors.
She served in her church, Vineyard Church of Columbus as a keyboard player on the worship team, as a small group leader, and in various roles in international missions. She also served at a mission hospital in an underserved area in the Sindh province of Pakistan.
She was such a blessing to our family, always advocating for us and making us feel special whether it was through thoughtful gifts on our birthdays, timely advise, or planning a fun family event. She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege to know her, love her, and work with her.
She is survived by her devoted husband of over 36 years, James A. Vagnier; her two daughters, Janelle (Steve) Dethloff and Renae (Matthew) Bumpus; three grandsons, Aquila Bumpus, Zebedee Bumpus, and Quinn Dethloff; her sister, Mary (Brian) Kost; nephew, Brian Jr (Danielle) Kost; and her niece, Julia (Michael) Thomas. She was preceded in death by her father, Major General David W. Einsel, Jr. and her mother, Elva Y. (Aylor) Einsel.
A celebration of Sue’s life will be held on Friday, July 23rd from 4-7 PM at Vineyard Church, 6000 Cooper Rd, Westerville, OH in the multipurpose room.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Fistula Foundation, https://fistulafoundation.org/donate.
To send a message of sympathy to the family, please visit: www.OhioCremation.org