This week’s photograph is a tribute to two lovely sisters who recently passed away, both well in their 90s, Merle Hortense Mitchell (nee Rohlf) [26 Jan 1923 – 3 Jul 2020] and Gloria Elaine Nugent (nee Rohlf) [1 May 1924 – 12 Aug 2020].
The girls, along with their younger brothers, Laurence Herbert (Dick) Rohlf and Alwyn Christian (Boney) Rohlf, grew up on the family farm at Ocean View, attending Ocean View and Mayfield Schools. Their parents were Herbert Reuben Rohlf and Catherina Maria Wirth.
On 1st May 1943 Gloria married William Reginald (Reg) Nugent, uniting two of our district’s early pioneering families. Reg and Gloria had three children, Barry, Lenore and Danny. Sadly Reg passed away on 17th December 1964, aged 49.
Merle married Walter George Dennis on 9th February 1944. Wally & Merle also had three children, Wayne, Kerry and Jillanne. After Wally’s death, Merle married Roy Douglas Mitchell.