Doris M. Rhodebeck, age 90, of Johnsville, died early Saturday morning, March 23, 2013, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center in Chesterville, with her family by her side.
On October 25, 1922, Doris was born near Alexandria, Ohio, the daughter of the late C. Ray and Elsie B. (Myers) Henthorn. She graduated from Alexandria High School in the Class of 1940 and then furthered her education by receiving her B.S. in Home Economics Education from The Ohio State University in 1945.
Doris was a Home Economics and Family Living teacher for 30 years. She taught at Johnsville High School from 1944 – 1949, Chesterville High School 1960 - 1962, and Highland High School 1962 – 1984. She always enjoyed running into her former students and visiting with them and their families. And they enjoyed seeing her.
On June 15, 1946, Doris married Robert Jay Rhodebeck in Alexandria. Together they shared over 51 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on February 22, 1998.
A woman of strong faith, Doris was a long time member of St. John's Lutheran Church in North Woodbury, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of the Morrow County Retired Teachers Association, the Morrow County Junior Fair Board, and the Morrow County Hospital Twigs, first the Rose Twig then the Orchid Twig.
Doris was an avid reader, enjoying historic fiction along with other genres. She loved playing Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. Doris was an excellent cook, especially the fresh pies she would make for friends and family. She always kept a vegetable garden, from which she would can most of her produce.
Throughout the years, Doris enjoyed traveling with her husband on many different Shriners' events. She cherished all of her time spent with her children and grandchildren. Her daughters-in-law are grateful beyond words for the job she did as a mother to their husbands.
She will be dearly missed by her three sons: Larry (Ginnie) Rhodebeck of Westerville, Daniel (Janet) Rhodebeck of Johnsville, James Rhodebeck of Johnsville; eight grandchildren: Andrew, Abigail, Jeffrey, Levi, Kent, Michael (Erika), Matthew and his fiancée Rebecca Hammond, Zachary; a great granddaughter, Hayley; a sister, Dortha Estes of Columbia, SC; and four nephews and their families.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Lester and Edgar Henthorn, and a granddaughter, Erin Rhodebeck.
The Rhodebeck family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with Pastor John Moffett officiating. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Morrow County Hospital Auxiliary, 651 W. Marion St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338 or to St. John's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 210, Shauck, OH 43349.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve the Rhodebeck family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Mar. 27, 2013