Loraine(Steele) Rhoades, 85, of New Madison, Ohio passed away on September 24, 2014 at her residence. Loraine was born on December 20, 1928 in Germantown, Ohio to the late Joseph and Irene (Butts) Steele.
Loraine was a homemaker and a wonderful, loving mother to her family. She graduated as valedictorian in 1947 from New Madison High School. Loraine was a member and very active at the New Madison United Methodist Church. She was in charge of the pie bakes and harvest suppers. Loraine loved to crochet, macramé, and to sew. She spent alot of time in her garden and strawberry patch.
In addition to his parents, Loraine is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Rhoades, a son, Steve Rhoades, granddaughter, Teresa Mendenhall, brothers, Bernadette, Don, and David Steele, and an infant sister.
Loraine is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Sue Mendenhall of Greenville, Sandy and Jerry Gulley of New Madison, Shirley and Tom Bruner of New Madison, and Sheila and John Fitzwater of Union City; daughter in law, Beverly Rhoades of Greenville; grandchildren, Todd and April Mendenhall, Tina and Mo Johnson, Tracy and Jim Frech, Kelli and Scott Price, Kim Hileman, Rebecca and Chase Spencer, Stacey and Brian Jones, Chad and Rachel Emrick and Benjamin Rhoades; twenty-five great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; brother and sister in law, Burleigh and Carol Steele of Greenville; sister, Sharon Morrison and friend Bill of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3 PM at the New Madison United Methodist Church with Pastor Carol Duffield officiating. Friends and family may visit on Saturday at the New Madison United Methodist Church from 1 PM until time of service. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery. The family request memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice or New Madison United Methodist Church with donations being accepted at the service
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com. Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison.