Rae Mann Gordner
Cremation Society of Virginia
5265 Providence Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
Rae Mann Gordner

Virginia Beach - Rae M. Gordner, 77, passed away peacefully in her home with her family at her side on November 26, 2013. She was predeceased by her devoted husband, Retired U.S. Army Col. Henry L. Gordner.

A long-time resident of Virginia Beach, Rae dedicated much of her life to serving others, volunteering for various local community outreach programs including CHKD, Elder Hostel, Habitat for Humanity, FaithWorks, and Meals on Wheels. She was a life-long Episcopalian and a active member of Old Donation Episcopal Church.

In her early career, Rae served as General Manager at ARA Transportation in Norfolk, VA, and later became Human Resources Manager at CONCOA/ Controls Corporation of America in Virginia Beach, Retiring in 2007.

Never one to let the ground still beneath her feet, Rae filled her days with many and varied activities and hobbies. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, golfing, playing cards with "the girls" and singing with Virginia Voices. Several years ago, Rae started a small beading business "Findings" with her granddaughter Kirsten. Together, they would market their wares in local shows and shops. Of all of her endeavors, her greatest joy was rooted in her children and grandchildren. Her supportive and caring ways helped foster this close-knit and loving family. She will be remembered by all those who knew her as possessing an amazingly sharp wit, a warm heart and generous ways. She was often referred to as "one classy lady".

Rae is survived by her children, Edward Dennis Klavenski of Portsmouth, Cheryl Modine of Virginia Beach, Kim K. Ashley of Chesapeake, and John L. Klavenski and his wife Pam of Virginia Beach, her four grandchildren, Kirsten L. Modine of Virginia Beach, Alec N. Modine of Virginia Beach, Ashley E. Brooks of London, England, and A. Austin Brooks V of Seattle, WA, and former son-in-law Dr. Alfred A. Brooks, IV, of Chesapeake, VA.

Her family finds solace in knowing she has been reunited with her loving husband Hank, whom she dearly missed and that they too will one day see her again.

Rae's children and grandchildren would like to express special thanks to her dear friend and "soul sister", Jane Fuqua, who loved and supported her and them for many years and during her extended illness.

A memorial service will be held at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach on Saturday, November 30 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends in the church reception hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Outreach Program of Old Donation Episcopal Church.

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Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Nov. 28, 2013.
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Granny, was special to Ma B. She often spoke of how Granny (Rae) and Granpa (Hank) took her under their wings and made her feel special and loved. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
G. White
December 16, 2013
To the Family of Rae Gordner: I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother,grandmother, I have known Rae for many years also, and I will truly miss talking to her. Rae has always meant a lot me. I respected her for who she was, she was a straight foward person to all who knew her, never the lest always keeping your best interest at heart.Our prayers will continue to be with the Family. God Bless! Theresa & Victor Mendez.
December 4, 2013
Carol and I are so sad to hear of Rae's
passing. I, Warren, worked with Rae for her entire time at Concoa. She was a wonderful person, caring and knowledgeable in her work and having a great singing voice as well as being a very talented artist and businesswoman.
We will miss her very much as we did Hank, and we send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
Warren & Carol Cooke
December 2, 2013
My condolences to the family. She was a fun person and great company to my granddad, Hank. Not a day goes by that I do not miss him. God Bless.
Leah Ohman
December 2, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Pamela Taylor
December 2, 2013
so sorry for all of your lost. rae was a good friend and parent. you will be missed.
alan rambo
December 1, 2013
So very sorry to hear of Rae's passing. We had some wonderful times in Gardenwood those many years ago. You are in my prayers.
Ethel Faircloth Henry
Ethel Henry
December 1, 2013
Sorry to hear of your physical lost, but knowing that her Spirit is't lost but living eternally in heaven, is a consolation. I remember Rae being my supervisor back in the ARA Transportation era (early 80's)God bless and keep you all.
November 30, 2013
Dear Kim, We'll be thinking of you all and praying for your peace as you have the memorial tomorrow. I can feel some of your grief as it was 8 years ago today that my mom passed on. Bless you. Much love, Jina Ashley Surovik
November 29, 2013
Very sorry for your loss.
Bill McDermott
November 29, 2013
I played golf and cards with Rae at Cypress Point CC. I enjoyed the time we had together over the years. The jewelry she made was beautiful and is worn by many of the ladies at CYPT. I am sure it will be a fond reminder of our friend. She will be greatly missed by the Friday "hand and foot" card group.
Sandy McManus
November 29, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. Memories of the good times will keep you strong! Prayers to you and your family.
Terry Stephen
November 28, 2013
Cheryl and Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss.

Melony Mack
November 28, 2013
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