Rose Ohler, owner of Backwoods Inn Restaurant in Canyon Country, passed away on Halloween at the age of 92. She was blessed to live a long, happy and successful life. She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
Rose and her husband Bob were married in 1947 and had been married for 54 years when Bob passed away in 2001. After Bob’s death, Rose and their daughter Carol continued to run the business.
At the beginning of their restaurant careers, Bob was a bartender, and Rose was a waitress. They worked at Rose’s sister’s restaurant, Sutter’s Mill in Mission Hills, learning the business for eight years before moving to Canyon Country to purchase Backwoods Inn in 1968. They sold their home in Granada Hills and risked everything on an area that was quite small back then. Also, in 1968 the restaurant was very far away from Granada Hills since the 14 freeway hadn’t been built yet. The only way to get from Granada Hills to Canyon Country was on old Sierra Highway.
In the early days of Backwoods Inn, Bob and Rose soon found out that starting your own business, especially a restaurant, can be very trying and requires putting in lots of hours. They did office and book work by day and then went back to the Inn at night. Rose would greet and seat the patrons, and Bob tended bar. As a hostess, she would dress to the nines. A couple of months ago, while talking about her, a long-time customer said, “We used to come in on Friday nights just to see what she was wearing.” Rose was a beautiful woman inside and out, with a smile that would light up the room, and she was a fashionista.
Carol was 16 when they purchased the restaurant, and after school she would go in the kitchen and stuff potatoes, a restaurant favorite, and bus tables on weekends. She became a server at age 21, did bookkeeping, bartending and learned all aspects of the business in general. Carol will continue to run the restaurant just the way her folks taught her.
Rose loved antique collecting, which is evident in the decor of the restaurant. But her real love was animals. She loved her dogs. Early on, she had schnauzers, and then for the past 15 years, dachshunds were her pets. Rose never wanted to travel, as she would have to leave her dogs. Her happy place was at home with her fur kids. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor Rose, a donation to No Paws Left Behind, ASPCA or your favorite dog rescue in her name is what she would want.
A small family service was held, and Rose was buried alongside her beloved husband and life partner, Bob, at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.