On January 29, 2024, Rosina Pascual died at the age of 91. She peacefully took her last breath at an assisted living facility in Tampa, with daughters by her side.
Rosina was born in 1932 in Mansfield, Ohio to Fred and Gifty Schmahl. She grew up in Cleveland where her life was enriched by the love of her older sisters, Edna and Joan. She graduated from John Marshall High School in 1951 and went on to receive her degree in nursing from Lutheran Nursing School in 1954. As a dedicated Registered Nurse, Rosina showcased her care and compassion in various healthcare settings, including the emergency room at Fairview Park Hospital where she met and fell in love with Felix Pascual, M.D. They married on April 26, 1958 and were married for 52 years before Felix passed away.
Together, they raised three daughters, Laura, Holly and Melinda. Rosina’s devotion to her family was unparalleled. For many years, she drove them one hour each way so they could attend a parochial school. During their high school years, she sacrificed having them live at home to send them to a private academy two hours away. She cooked during the week and gave up her weekends to spend time with her daughters, traveling in a motorhome filled with her scrumptious food for all of their friends.
Rosina was renowned for her culinary prowess, earning the title of “the best cook” among those who were fortunate to enjoy her creations. Her passion for cooking was a reflection of her love for family and her desire to bring joy through delicious meals. She especially loved to cook for her family, but always made so much that she could have fed a large crowd.
After her nest was empty, she returned to nursing, training certified nursing assistants, at a nursing home in North Ridgeville, Ohio until she retired in 1998. Two years later, she and Felix moved to Port Charlotte, Florida to enjoy beautiful weather, as well as their two beautiful granddaughters, Chelsea and Aubri.
Prior to retirement, she loved cooking, gardening and sewing. Each summer she froze and canned produce from her garden that they all enjoyed throughout the rest of year. The clothes she made reflected much about her personality – most anything she did was done with thoroughness and excellence and love. Following retirement, she enjoyed playing the organ, cooking, looking at recipes, working on her computer and iPad, and relaxing in her lanai.
Rosina deeply loved her family and nothing was ever more important to her, but her Lord. She was a faithful Christian and member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout the course of her adult life. While her children were still at home, she was an active volunteer at their church in Elyria, and church school in Lakewood, Ohio. Her faith became the essence of who she was -- a humble, loving, selfless woman.
She is survived by her daughters Laura Dancek, Holly Pascual, and Melinda Monos; granddaughters Chelsea and Aubri Dancek; sons-in-law Ed Dancek and David Monos, and grandson-in-law Micah Chaiprakorb. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, in-law and friend whose memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew her.
A Celebration of Life Service is planned in her honor for 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10, and will be held at the Port Charlotte SDA Church, 2036 Loveland Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL, 33980. A dinner will be served, as she never celebrated anything without good food. Flowers or donations to the Community Assistance Fund made in her memory may be sent to the church.
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