Norma Jean Rhode, 90, of Wooster, Ohio, and Naples, Fla., died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at her home in Wooster with her family beside her.
Norma was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Mt. Eaton, Ohio, to Earl and Lillian McConkey Tschantz. She married Kenneth G. Rhode of Wooster June 2, 1940 ,
As an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster, Norma taught Sunday school and was a member and officer of many other organizations. She was a volunteer teacher at Ida Sue School when it first opened and was an avid reader and strong supporter of the Wayne County Library. Her home was filled with books, and she instilled the joy of reading in all of her family. She may be most remembered for her excellent bridge playing and enjoyed the challenge of the game throughout her life.
Norma especially enjoyed traveling and playing bridge with her good friends called the Fender Benders, otherwise lovingly known as the F.B.’s. The group included Lib Zapf, Min Owens and Miriam Morgan. Another highlight of her later life was the Friday night dinner group which usually met at Wooster Country Club and included her husband and their good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Buehler, Mr. Pete Bogner, Mrs. Cora Gigax, Mr. and Mrs. Ford Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Huntley Pierce, Dr. and Mrs. Luther High, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weiss and Mr. and Mrs. John Dumas.
Norma is survived by her husband, Kenneth; four children, Beth (Dave) Eberhard of Vermilion, Ruth (John) Waltman of Millersburg, Ohio, Ken (Adrienne) of Flagstaff, Ariz., and John of Los Angeles; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley (Don) Tope and Ruth Putman of Massillon, Ohio; sister-in-law, Carolyn Fischer, and brother-in-law, Edward (Donna) Rhode, both of Sandusky.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Tschantz. Numerous extended family members were also loved and cherished by her.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday in McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Church of Christ, 150 E. North St., Wooster.
Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Wayne County Library, P.O. Box 1349, Wooster, OH 44691 or Trinity United Church of Christ, 150 E. North St., Wooster, OH 44691.