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Rhoda Bolka

June 23, 1925 - June 9, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Our wonderful mother, Rhoda Bolka, died peacefully on June 9, at home. It was the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Born in Akron, Ohio, Rhoda lived most of her life in Cuyahoga Falls where she married and raised her family. She was a graduate of Akron General Hospital School of Nursing and served as president of her class. She worked for more than thirty years at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital. Rhoda was the first head nurse of the ICU and she worked in the ER for many years. She was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. She was known as a wonderful dessert maker. Her cookies, pies, and cakes were a delight at family events. Hat making was a special hobby. In 2003, Rhoda moved to Muncie, Indiana, to be near her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Nancy Bolka, and their young children. She resided in one of the Westminster Villas showcasing her flowers, enjoying her neighbors, playing bridge, and bike riding in the neighborhood every day. She was a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi and volunteered in the parish office. Rhoda also volunteered at Ball Hospital for many years in the ER as well as escorting patients throughout the hospital. In December of 2012, she moved to South Bend, Indiana, to be near and in the care of her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and David Torma.

Rhoda was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Bolka; son, Robert; brother, Roy Fanoni; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Fanoni. She is survived by Janet and David Torma, and Bill and Nancy Bolka; cherished grandchildren: Jennifer, Julie, and Joseph Torma; Maria and husband Kenneth Baldwin; Kathryn and husband John Niswonger; Robert, Nathan, and Karaline Bolka; Rachel and husband Jeremy Kline; great-grandchildren: Kenneth David, Marianne Rose, Therese Margaret, and Roman Elio Baldwin; Grace Kathryn, Rose Chiara, and Josephine Joy Niswonger; Ava Joy Torma-Holcomb and Deacon William Kline; beloved sisters, Rita Heller and Joyce Belock; brother-in law, Ray Heller; and many special nieces and nephews.

Rhoda's family will receive friends at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home at 810 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 on Tuesday, June 12, from 5-8pm. The Rosary will be prayed at 7pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at 1905 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223 on Wednesday, June 13, at 10:30am. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Father McIntyre Fund for IHM School.
Published in South Bend Tribune on June 12, 2018
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