Rhonda Purwin
1954 - 2019
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Rhonda Purwin
Feb. 6, 1954 - Feb. 3, 2019
Chicago, IL
Rhonda Purwin died of breast cancer on February 3rd, 2019 in her adopted hometown of Chicago, Illinois. She was a few days short of her 65th birthday.
Rhonda was born in San Jose, California to Elaine and Ted Purwin. She attended Willow Glen High School and later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977 earning a bachelor's degree in Conservation of Natural Resources. She received her master's in Home Economics from San Francisco State University in 1980.
Rhonda began her career in the food industry, working at Ketchum Inc. in San Francisco, where she led public relations for the potato industry. After moving from San Francisco to Chicago, Rhonda worked at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program, where she worked with underprivileged kids, helping them land good jobs in the restaurant industry. Later she went on to become Director of Enrollment and Industry Relations for Washburne Culinary Institute where she worked until 2013. Her LinkedIn connections are a veritable Who's Who in the restaurant industry.
Rhonda is survived by her sister, Janice Decker, brother Perry Purwin, nieces and nephews- Elisha, Rachel, Rebecca, Angie, Keith and Ashley - along with three great nephews and one great niece. She will be deeply missed by her many cousins and family members who enjoyed her company while joining her at one of her favorite restaurants.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held on Sunday, February 24, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at 16075 Cerro Vista Drive in Los Gatos.
Memorial donations may be made to the ASCPA http://bit.ly/2WHe58h.

Simcha Frank, Funeral Director
847-929-6699


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 20, 2019.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Memorial service
02:00 - 04:00 PM
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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February 28, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Purwin family. I met Rhonda when she was involved in the C-CAP organization in Chicago in the early 2000's. Rhonda had a passion for helping young people succeed. She had a beautiful spirit.
Richard Goodman
February 28, 2019
My condolences to the Purwin Family. Rhonda was my neighbor for many years. She was kind and thoughtful and I will miss her smiles and greetings.
Marietta Bratta-Garber
February 22, 2019
OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO PERRY AND THE
PURWIN FAMILY FOR YOUR LOSS.MAY YOU FIND
COMFORT IN FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND IN THE
PRECIOUS MEMORIES YOU SHARE.MAY SHE REST
IN PEACE.

Chet and Kathy Campanella San Jose
February 22, 2019
I knew Rhonda in Chicago and enjoyed talking about theater with her. I also know she was knowledgeable about restaurants and culinary arts. She was a member of the Saints and frequently signed up to serve the Chicago performing arts community as an usher. I enjoyed hearing her verbal reviews as well as updates about one of her pets. I will miss her and am sad that we won't be sharing our mutual love of theater anymore. She left us too soon.
Deb Granite
February 20, 2019
Please accept my condolences and wishes that your family can find some comfort with each other as you deal with this loss.
With Sympathy
Maureen Psomas
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