The Mass of Christian Burial for Rhonda M.R. Anthofer, 51, were conducted by Father Emmanuel Aguwoke on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Audubon. The interment will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Audubon. Honorary casket bearers were Alice Lauridsen, Terri Yager, Shari Caldwell, Connie Nissen, Jo Beane, Deb Sievers, Bev Testroet, Mary Ann Pomeroy, Becky Danner, Judy Deist, Bev Sporrer, and Betty Klocke. Special honorary casket bearers were all the hunters who have come hunting the past 24 years. You will never be forgotten. The casket bearers were Duane Deist, Dave Beane, Tom Danner, Tom Testroet, Jon Lauridsen, and Jerry Yager. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
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Rhonda Marie Rose Anthofer, the daughter of Delmus Edmund and Rose Lorraine Sporrer Hacker was born Jan. 28, 1961, in Carroll, and died Nov. 12, 2012, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, at the age of 51 years, 9 months, and 14 days.
Rhonda was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Audubon. She attended Gray Elementary School and the Audubon Middle School before graduating from the Audubon High School with the Class of 1979.
On March 17, 1979, she was united in marriage to Danny Anthofer at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Audubon. Three children: Brandi, Derek, and Kacie were born to this union. Danny and Rhonda spent their life farming near the Viola Center area. They grew row crops and raised hogs. Rhonda continued to combine until her illness forced her to retire. Years earlier she spent time combining with her father-in-law, Anthony. She was thrilled at the opportunity of farming her families and Danny's family farms.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She adored her sisters, brother, great-nieces, nephews, great-grand-nieces and nephews. For 24 years Danny and Rhonda enjoyed the company of her many pheasant hunters from Michigan. Everyone holds a special place in their hearts.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Mary Rose; her brother Denny Hacker; her brother-in-law Jerry Anthofer; her mother-in-law Thelma Gubbels Anthofer.
Survivors include her husband Danny Anthofer of Audubon; her children: Brandi and husband Adam Meyer of Bondurant; Derek and fiancée Heather Shindley both of Dedham; Kacie Anthofer of Audubon; her grandson Lane Meyer of Bondurant; her sisters and brother: Nancy and husband Curt Grimm of Aspinwall; Daryl and wife Marcia Hacker of Aspinwall; Donna and husband Joea Kemper of Templeton; her sister-in-law Jenny Hacker and special friend Tom Young of Audubon; her father-in-law: Anthony and wife Phyllis Anthofer of Carroll; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, 2012