Helen M. "Jo" Rhodenbeck, age 86, slipped peacefully away from this life on Friday, April 2, 2021 surrounded by the love of her family. She was a Valentine baby, born February 14, 1935 to Helen M & Alfred W. Moehlmann, Sr. in Linton, the last of their 5 children. Throughout her life, she loved telling her siblings that her parents saved the "best for last", and though they all would laugh at that, in truth, they all believed it. It was her brothers who affectionately nicknamed her "Jo" after her favorite baseball player, Joe DiMaggio; oh, how they all doted on her!
Helen graduated from Linton High School in 1953 and married the love of her life, E. Butler Rhodenbeck on July 12 of that year and they lived in Rantoul, ILL until Butler left the Air Force, then returning to Linton and living on Main Street in two different residences where they raised their three children, Michael Rae, Melynda Kay and Brian Butler. A stay at home mom in their early years, Helen supplemented the family income as a seamstress, one year constructing the majorette uniforms for every Greene County school that marched in the Linton 4th of July parade. As her children matured, she began working in the loan department of Peoples Trust Co. and retired from the bank in 2000 as a member of and secretary to the Board of Directors. After Butler's untimely death in September of 1989, Helen bravely continued on, not just surviving, but becoming the center and support of her entire family. Even after her stroke in 2017 when her life took another dramatic turn, she was still the glue that held the family together. Helen spent many happy hours in her life making hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilts which she leaves behind in legacy to warm the hearts and souls of her many loved ones.
Helen's survivors include her son Brian and his wife Becky; her daughter, Melynda and husband Steve Reichart; her daughter-in-law, Pam Rhodenbeck; nieces, Terri (Chuck) Bower, Linda (Frank) Towels, Pam (Frank) Buffetta and Kathy Williams; nephews, David (Phyllis) Moehlmann, Jon (Susan) Moehlmann, Randy (Angie) Sargent and Don (Bertie) Kinkade; cousins Nancy (Paul) Hiatt and Wayne Bovenschen; grandchildren, Amy Gray, Calvin Rhodenbeck, Sarah Larenas, Nikki Rhodenbeck and Dane Perigo; 10 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Butler; their first born son, Mike; her beloved grandson, Sean Stephens; siblings and their spouses, Harold and Vera Moehlmann, Avery and Margaret Moehlmann, Jane and Arnold Sargent, Alfred Jr. and Patty Moehlmann; sister-in-law, Aurellia (Ray) Hartman; nieces Sue Moehlmann and Jennie Moehlmann; 6 aunts and uncles and 11 cousins.
At Helen's request, there will be no public viewing or funeral. She would be pleased to be remembered as a woman who devoted herself with love and in service to her family, a hard worker, a keeper of family mementos, a good friend, a woman of faith who is happy to have been received into the loving arms of all those who went before her. May she rest in peace.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helen's church Saron United Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.
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