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Rhoda Marilyn Wertheimer

(Nee Gellman) Died peacefully on the morning of December 28th, 2019 at the age of 89.

Rhoda was born in Rock Island, IL on June 27th, 1930, the eldest child of I.C. and Anna Gellman. Rhoda married Mickey Wertheimer in March, 1950. They met at Purdue University where they were both enrolled as engineering students. After college, they moved to Rock Island until 1977 when they moved to Glendale, where she lived until her passing.

Rhoda was a dedicated and active member of the Jewish community in both Rock Island and Glendale. She was president of her congregation’s sisterhood in Rock Island, sponsor of an educational series and a regular usher at Congregation Beth Israel in Glendale, as well as a valued presence in the kitchen where you could always find her baking her specialties: pound cake, chocolate overload cake and praline cookies.

At a very young age, Rhoda began listening to the Chicago Cubs games on WGN radio thus kicking off 80 plus years of being a die-hard Cub fan. She used to wear a pin which said “Even If It Takes Forever” hoping that the Cubs would eventually end their World Series drought. It was a dream come true when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.

Growing roses in Rock Island brought her great joy and eventually turned into a hobby of making beaded flowers. She also loved to make holiday ornaments made of beads and give them as gifts. With the untimely passing of Mickey in 1979, Rhoda started at 20-year career at Kohls.

Besides being dedicated to the Jewish communities where she lived and Jewish causes, Rhoda was a devoted mother and grandmother. She leaves behind six children: Lynn; twins, James (Rosanna) and Steve (Lorie); Rick; and twins, Mark (Cecilia) and Dave; and 9 grandchildren: Mitch, Jack, Molly, Whitney, Alex, Anna, Matthew, Gabe, and Asa. She was also survived by her brother, John Gellman. Rhoda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother, Stanley Gellman.

Rhoda’s family would like to thank all the caregivers at Silverado Northshore for the kind and tender care she received in her final days.

Funeral service, Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Interment to follow at Second Home Cemetery, 3705 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Rhoda’s name to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid.

Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home
4750 North Santa Monica Boulevard (414) 964-3111

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  1. Barb Haig 01/01/2020 12:25 pm

    Our family lived next door on Fairfield Court, and I remember Rhoda’s smile and mischievous glint in her eye. Condolences to all.

  2. Thomas and Dorothy Oliver 01/09/2020 7:30 am

    Dear Mark,
    We were so sorry to hear about your mother. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Know that she will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mr. and Mrs Oliver


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