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Rhoda Lintz Casey


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Rhoda Lintz Casey Obituary
October 8, 1931 - June 28, 2017 Rhoda Lintz Casey passed away Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 following a lengthy and difficult battle with dementia. A lifelong Democrat and supporter of Progressive causes, we like to think that she would appreciate the irony of Dan Quayle being right at least once in his life: It IS a terrible thing to lose one's mind. Rhoda was born in Gardner, MA, into a conservative Jewish family. At the age of 12, perhaps anticipating the later rise of Feminism, she announced that she would not be a part of any organization that made women sit in the balcony simply because they were women, and stopped going to Temple for the rest of her life, only attending for weddings and funerals when it would be impolite not to. She attended Boston University in the late 1940s, earning her A.A. degree. She claimed (with some pride) that she was placed on one of Senator McCarthy's famous "lists" when she attended a demonstration protesting a proposed rise in the Boston Subway fare. During her tenure at B.U. she moonlighted as a singer in a Big Band that played at the Fieldston dance hall in Marshfield, MA. It was here that she met Robert Casey, a trumpet player and later Mathematics teacher in Marshfield. They were married in 1953, and had a son, Sean, several years later. Rhoda and Bob were always open to adventure, and spent a year living abroad while Robert taught for the US Army at a base in Nancy, France. Upon return, they spent several years living on Long Island before migrating to California in 1961. Her California years were spent living in Covina, Rancho Palos Verdes and then Encinitas, where she resided at an Alzheimer's facility until her death. In California, Rhoda completed her B.A. degree and Teaching Credential at Orange State College in Fullerton (now Cal State Fullerton). While continuing to teach, she completed a Master's degree and California Reading Specialist Certification, also at Cal State Fullerton. She then moved from elementary and secondary education to the community college level, where she taught English and Reading classes at Compton College until her retirement in the mid-1990s. While teaching at Compton College, Rhoda completed her Ed. D. in Instructional Technology at USC. What we will always remember about Rhoda is her giving heart to people in need and her absolute resistance to injustice in any form. She was always on the side of the less fortunate and anyone she felt was being treated unfairly. If she thought that this was happening, you did not want to be in the same room with her. Myriad Letters to the Editor or Memos to Management were written during her tenure. Rhoda was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Casey; she is survived by her son Sean, daughter-in-law Lovisa Josephson and grandchildren Fearghal and Felix Casey. Rhoda will be buried at sea off of Palos Verdes Peninsula at the same location where Robert's ashes were placed in 1995.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 9 to July 16, 2017
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