Rhoda E. (Rhodes) Van Gaalen (1948 - 2012)

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INDEPENDENCE– Rhoda E. Van Gaalen, 64 of Independence died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23 at her home in Independence.
Rhoda was born on July 12, 1948, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of John Nolen and Muriel Rhodes. She moved with her family to Independence. On Aug. 12, 1989 she was married to Robert D. Van Gaalen in Independence where the couple made their home. Rhoda was employed as a waitress with Cathie's Restaurant, the R & R Café, Devon's on the Dam, and Geoffrey's Tea Room prior to her retirement.
She is survived by a daughter; Heather (Tim) Walztoni, Independence, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two sisters; Marian Fitzer, Jesup and Linda Miller, Cedar Falls.
Rhoda's wish was to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory of Independence is in charge of arrangements.
For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Oct. 10 to Oct. 27, 2012