Falcon Heights, Minnesota


Falcon Heights, Minnesota


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Age 54, of Falcon Heights died at home on Oct. 23 from ovarian cancer. Rhonda and her partner of 16 years, Ann DeGroot, were the first same-sex couple to apply for a Ramsey County marriage license. On Aug. 1, the day hundreds of MN gay couples celebrated their legal marriages, they received news...

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to my sister rhonda rest in peace ilove you miss you

Ann and Andy,
Rhonda added so much to our writing cohort at Antioch University: delight, skill, humor.
I'm thinking of you at this time, and sending caring and consolation.
Skye Blaine

I meet Rhonda at MAP some 25 years ago. She gave me some of the best advice of my life. She lived her life with amazing fullness. All the best to Ann and Andy. Transitions are not easy.

Rhonda and I were high school class mates. We had many classes together, and even back then she was so intelligent, so witty, so kind. She wrote beautiful poetry, that I still have somewhere, and now must find it. I will remember her for her beautiful smile, and her sensitivity.

Dear Ann and Andy,

I met Rhonda when we were in our 20's. I loved her then and after reconnecting though facebook I have seen how brave she has been and how much she loved the two of you. She will be missed by many people. My heart goes out to you.

Ann and Andy,

A lovely celebration today in honor of Rhonda's life. The stories, music and poetry were beautiful along with the funny and touching tributes. When I reflect on the recent losses in my own life, moments like today bring me comfort. I hope they do for you as well. Like everyone said today in their own way, Rhonda lives on in each of you!

I knew Rhonda for about the last three years. During that time we had many long conversations and shared support about living with chronic health conditions. She was always so helpful and encouraging to me. I will miss her, but think about her frequently and what she would say to keep me moving forward.

I'm at a loss for words to express what I wish to share, how Rhonda would laugh at that statement.
Andy, and Ann sending you love and support.

I met Rhonda at Hamline University. Through her, I met my husband Gary of 29 years (and counting). Rhonda and I shared a lot together many years ago. Most hilariously, we took on the job of delivering papers, acting as a substitute for Gary, and though we both held college degrees, we got confused and had to redo several blocks.

My deepest sympathy to Ann and Andy. You will be in my prayers. Though I hadn't seen Rhonda in many years, her presence will be missed. She lives in...