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Susan L. Vagnier

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,

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  • Joy O'Connor says:

    What a great picture of our beloved Sue, she was a very special person that was loved by many. God be with the family, the Lord has welcomed Sue and she is smiling on us.

  • Susie Harding says:

    It was a joy and pleasure to work with Sue. She was so helpful and caring with a smile on her face. I enjoyed when she shared with me about her faith and family. I’ve been blessed to have an opportunity to work with Sue. May God comfort her loved ones.

  • Corinne Bell says:

    We are so very sorry of the loss of Sue. I was her neighbor growing up and also one of her patients. She brought my first born into this world. We will dearly miss seeing her around my parents neighborhood. She was such a lovely woman and we are blessed to have known her.

  • Julie Neary RN says:

    So sad to hear this sad news. Dr Vagnier was a wonderful physician and she will be sadly missed Prayers of comfort for her family and friends

  • Jill Lewis RN says:

    Dr. Vagnier was a truly kind and thoughtful women. We had some good talks while making laps around the unit. She was always looking out for us and our patients. Now she will be doing that from above. She wrote the best letters to me when I was sick. I will remember her for her big heart and great compassion.

  • Becky Chatel says:

    Dr .Vagnier was a kind and professional physician . She always has a smile on her face and truly a caring person . May she Rest In Peace .

  • Tory Brown says:

    Jim, we were so very sad to see that Sue had been ill, and passed. She was a role model,and very loved by so many. Hugs and comfort to you and your family.
    Love, Chuck and Tory Brown

  • Bonnie Jones says:

    When I heard the news of Sue’s passing, I was deeply sad. Sad because such a remarkable woman left our presence. Sue was a one of a kind gifted and talented woman. I respected her and admired her.

    One of my fondest memories was when she unexpectedly delivered my third grandaughter Emma almost 8 yrs. ago. My daughter-n-law’s regular physician was unavailable that day. Sue stepped into the room at St. Ann’s bringing joy and peace to the entire situation.

    When Emma made her appearance Sue asked me to pray over her. I said, let’s do it together. So hand over hand we prayed and blessed baby Emma. The nurses stood in awe of that holy moment in time.

    There are no words that truly convey how Sue blessed multitudes of people while walking this earth. She has left behind a beautiful legacy.

    Oh how we will miss your laughter and wisdom. We will miss your companionship. Until we meet again lovely lady, thank you so much for your gift of love and friendship.

  • Kristin Maccaughey says:

    Sue was such a bright light and wonderful soul. I had the privilege of knowing her through my friendship with her two daughters. Such a legacy of service and care she leaves behind. She will be missed and we grieve with her family.

    – Kristin & Joel

  • Tanya Mathew says:

    Dr. Sue Vagnier whose happy “Hallelujah!” was the first word that both my children heard as they entered the world. Last Thanksgiving,we had found a photo from 2005 with her with both kids right outside Vineyard Columbus, our church,where they grew up from birth. My daughter just turned 19 last week.

    This is a sad and shocking news for our family. I am also grateful to Sue and Jum for the Perspectives in World Missions course which was life changing. We will be praying for Jim, daughters, sons in law, grandchildren and all loved ones during this sad time.
    Sue will not be forgotten? Her ministry and legacy will continue.

  • Addison & Teresa Smith says:

    Jim, Janelle and Renae, we send you our heartfelt condolences and love. Our hearts are broken for you all with Sue passing on so early in life. She was and is an absolutely wonderful and sacrificial woman. It was an honor to know such a joyful, dedicated, kind, humble, & sacrificial servant to all. Sue was inspiring. She was such a hard working intentional servant of God who always showed up when there was need. She showed up not just with talent & a smile but with Love. She was amazing and we will miss her.
    With our love & condolences,
    Teresa & Addison Smith

  • Sherry Chapin says:

    To Sue’s family and friends-my husband and I are very sorry for your loss and pray God’s comfort for you. We were acquainted with her through church. Such an accomplished and dedicated lady! She was always kind and gracious when we chatted, and it was obvious that she loved the Lord.

  • Mary Duffy RN says:

    Condolences to the Vagnier Family on your great loss. Dr Vagnier will always hold a special place in our hearts at Dublin Methodist Hospital. ( Labor & Delivery) Her passion, kindness and love for us all will forever be remembered. She was a great educator and role model. Thanks for the memories Dr Vagnier and the great chats about your travels. Rest in peace.

  • Tosan Otoks says:

    Sue was the best! She was the best in loving and giving. She did these two things selflessly. She gave the best hugs and smiles. My heart was broken to read of her passing. Heaven welcomed in one of God’s wonderful saints.
    Jim, Janelle and Renae, I pray for God to comfort you during this difficult time. My heart is with you.

    Rest in peace, Sue.

  • Deb And Don Smith says:

    No words are adequate to describe how deeply grieved we are with this news. We miss Sue and cherish our many years of friendship, travel adventures and fellowship in serving Jesus together.
    May the Lord bring comfort to all who love Sue, with the knowledge we will see her again.

  • Kim Lannan says:

    She will be missed..She had such a calming presence. I was lucky enough to know her professionally and personally..Prayers for family and friends.

  • Giles Kennedy says:

    Sue was Tanya’s doctor, a friend to myself as well many other folks who called Vineyard Church of Columbus home.

    She will be greatly missed.

    Prayers for family and friends….

  • Alex Geisler says:

    I have the privilege of working with Sue’s daughter Janelle at Nationwide Children’s. Janelle is always bringing a smile to the face of her co-workers, and it seems this is a trait she inherited from her lovely mother. My husband and I are praying for you and your family.

  • Laurie Good says:

    My heartfelt condolences go to the Vagnier family.

  • Connie Morgan says:

    I’m deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Sue.

    Sue has been my breakfast buddy every Saturday or Sunday since 2007, with our only break during the pandemic. In 2007 John and I were sitting in Panera when Sue came over to our table to say hi. We started talking and she asked me if I would ever like to meet for breakfast. So, December 2007, we started breakfasting weekly until the pandemic hit. We shared so many laughs, tears, prayers, and dreams over the years.

    We also walked together, and the last time was in April of this year. When Sue walked, she always leaned forward, focused on the path, and took off at an incredible speed. That is also how she approached life: all in, focused and leaning into/towards whatever she was doing.

    My heart aches for Jim, Janelle, Renae, the whole family and all who love Sue. She will be greatly missed!

  • Glenna Dattilo says:

    Im so sad to hear of Dr. Vagnier’s passing. My heart goes out to all her family. She was such a kind person, a very compassionate and conscientious physician. She will be missed by all who knew her. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Tim and Marjie Benadum says:

    Dear Jim and family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of Sue! Needless to say we are shocked as she was still so young, and we will pray for you all as you try to carry on in life without her. Sue graduated from Medical School with Tim in 1984. We enjoyed time with both of you on short visits home from Cambodia, at the Medical Missions Conference in KY. And she continued to care for Marjie medically over the years as well. Sue’s passion for the Lord and for the great commission was refreshing and encouraging. With heartfelt prayers for peace that surpasses understanding. Tim and Marjie Benadum

  • Joe Lane says:

    Sue was an awesome woman of God. She unexpectedly delivered our youngest daughter at St Anne’s and prayed over her which is a precious memory. She was always so humble and caring for others. She reflected her love for Jesus so well in her lifestyle. Sad that she’s gone but thankful for her legacy. She will be missed but the good news is we will see her again in heaven.

  • Susan Cull says:

    I heard good things about Sue & Jim over the years
    And am glad to read so many testimonies of her character, presence passion and care for women and babies through the years.
    I will pray for Jim your family and so many friends who are suffering her untimely loss . God bless you all .

  • Sharon &Richard says:

    Gone to Glory!
    A stunning and great loss to us all this side of heaven. But ‘death, where is thy sting? Grace- where is thy victory? So glad to have the solid confidence that in a short while we will meet again! I have sweet memories of Sue especially in her early years of her relationship with the Lord. She always wanted to live a life of radical grace and service to Him. Well Done, Sue!
    Jim and all- blessings to you-may your broken hearts know the sweet comfort of He who know your pain intimately.

  • Natalie says:

    My heart aches for you, Vagnier family! I am glad Sue is no longer suffering, and grateful that this is not the end, and that I will get to see her again in heaven, but she will be sorely missed back here on earth. Our families have been friends for as long as I can remember, and I have fond memories of coming over to your guys’ house and playing with Janelle and Renae while my Mom and Sue hung out and talked. I was only a young girl, but I remember thinking even then that she was an amazing woman, and have not stopped thinking of her that way since! My heart and my prayers go out to you all.

  • Joann cochran says:

    It is heartbreaking to hear this news, we are sad and yet our loss pales in knowing the joy that she is now with her Lord. I have sweet memories of my time with Sue. She had a passion for serving and loving others. I can still hear her infectious laugh, she was always so joyful. I am grateful to have known her, I will be praying that God would comfort Jim and her girls. See you again, Sue.

  • Barb Skubovius says:

    Jim & Girls, so very sad. CLING to JESUS as you Walk out this unthinkable, illogical Loss. Though we prayed for a Miracle, one thing is TRUE — GOD is FAITHFUL. HE sees YOUR Sorrow & Every Tear. HE CARES & LOVES You All DEEPLY. May His PRESENCE Carry you through the Fog and be Your Strength & Joy.

  • Angela Lanctot says:

    Dr. Vagnier was my physician, delivering my middle child and the trusted doctor for many years, for myself and several family members. She often asked whether we would have a third and commiserated with me when I told her my husband wasn’t sold on the idea yet. Several years after her retirement from private practice we welcomed our third child and I was so glad when we could share the news with her. Our deepest condolences to her family and all who loved her.

  • Diana Zitter MD says:

    Dr Vagnier was a skilled and respected member of the OBGYN community.. Her passing has left a hole in the hearts of many patients,colleagues,friends,and most of all,her family..God bless her and watch over all the loved ones she left behind..

  • The Lind Family says:

    What a lovely picture of Sue Vagnier. I want to affirm Sue as a wonderful mother to two stellar daughters Renae and Janelle. Sue’s level head and passion lives on in these special ones. My God’s mother heart be with you and Jim, we prayed for Sue’s health to return along side your family…so we grieve along side you now. Sue was such a comfort to me when Sarah was in the hospital last September I will never forget her steady comfort and her knowledge and guidance. She loved our family well. Weeping with the and peace to all of you.

  • Laurie Sutherland says:

    Sue was a true worshipper. Musically she led worship on the keyboard that Jim faithfully lugged around, and danced on the dance worship team with the girls. She encouraged me by example to be bolder in praise. Sue lived worship in everyday life through putting Jesus and others before herself. Well done and see you soon.

  • Diane Brewer says:

    I was so sorry to read of Dr. Vagnier’s death. What a kind and thoughtful person! What joy she must have felt meeting Jesus as He said “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

  • Vernessa L. Williams says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sue always met people with a smile and a kind word, and she had the most genuine spirit. At church one night I saw her in the crowd passing by me. I then realized that she had started walking backwards beside me. I stopped and she asked if I was ok. Up until that time I’d never met someone I didn’t know who knew my situation. She prayed and I sobbed it was a life changing moment for sure. She truly was an amazing woman of the God and the world is less without her.

  • Sister Dixie Vargo, OCL says:

    May the seeds that she cast upon the waters spring up on every shore and bear fruit until the end of time. Thank you, Sue and Jim, for the many times we sat together in mission committee meetings years ago praying and laboring together for the coming of the kingdom!

    Much love and hugs,
    Sister Dixie

  • Noelle + Will Shearer says:

    We are grieving with you for the great loss of Sue. What a blessing she always was to our family- a source of spiritual wisdom, a kind neighbor, and a wonderful doctor- bringing peace in the pain of miscarriage and joy in the delivery of our sweet Joella.

    I imagine it can be hard to share your mother and wife with so many in this time of grief- while at the same time feeling the tremendous impact she had on so many. I’m praying that you have comfort in all the ways you specifically need in this time, both private and in community. You are all loved. – Noelle + Will

  • Helen Lindsay says:

    Susan was my doctor for a number of years. She was a kind and caring physician and person. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. She will be missed by a number of people.

  • Jan Howsmon says:

    Dr. Vagnier was a gift to me. An obvious Christian woman so concerned about the treatment she chose. She took time with me, listened caringly, and prepared me for treatment. I am deeply saddened by her passing but Heaven will be brightened by her presence. I have kept a personal note she lovingly wrote to me. With prayers of peace and comfort to her family. 🙏❤

  • Dave Heinmiller says:

    Our deepest condolences to you, Jim and family.
    Sue was so very kind to us while we attended the kinship at your house. She was wise and caring, and had the most beautiful smile. Sue will be sorely missed and her memory will be treasured by so many. Rest In Peace dear sister in Christ.

  • Tina Circelli says:

    It was such an honor and blessing to work with Sue. She brough such joy and fun to work. I learned so much from her and appreciate all her wisdom and knowledge that she shared with our DMH team. Thinking of all her family during this time. May her spirit live on though her family and legacy she left behind.


    My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family at this time 🙏

  • Ben Marshall says:

    What a blessing it was to worship and play music with Sue over at Lane Avenue. She was such a joy and light to be around, and it’s inspiring to see the light she brought to so many lives. I’m extremely sad to see her leave this world, but I know she is with Jesus. Well done, good and faithful servant, indeed. Condolences to the family for this tragic, unexpected loss.

  • Victor & Loraine Flower says:

    ‘Tis a fearful thing
    to love what death can touch.

    A fearful thing
    to love, to hope, to dream, to be –

    to be,
    And oh, to lose.

    A thing for fools, this,

    And a holy thing,

    a holy thing
    to love.

    For your life has lived in me,
    your laugh once lifted me,
    your word was gift to me.

    To remember this brings painful joy.

    ‘Tis a human thing, love,
    a holy thing, to love
    what death has touched.”

  • Julie Wisor says:

    I am grateful to have known Sue even the tiniest bit, and my life has been enriched by her boundless love. Sending love and prayers to her beautiful family!

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