Michele Mary Rhoades, 72, of Washington Township, PA, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at UMPC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
A daughter of the late Garold Avery Rhoades and Jane Marie (Shilling) Rhoades, she was born July 6, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio. On her paternal grandmother’s side of the family, Michele was a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims William Bradford and John Alden.
She resided in Ohio until a few years ago when she moved to PA to live with her niece, Mary Jo Knabb and husband Jeffrey. While living in Ohio, Michele was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan who never missed a game.
Michele enjoyed playing bingo, listening to oldies music (especially Nancy Sinatra and Elvis) and everything related to Mickey Mouse. She liked people watching and taking photos with her friends. She loved all animals—having Chihuahuas, birds and a pet rabbit. Michele grew especially fond of her niece’s three dogs whom supplied her with ample kisses and often were her bed buddies.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Teresa Rhoades of Parks Township; nieces, Mary Jo Knabb (Jeffrey), Susan Rhoades and Lisa Rhoades, all of Parks Township; and her many friends at West Haven Manor in Washington Township.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen R. Rhoades in 2002 and Garold A. Rhoades Jr. in 2017.
Friends welcomed by her family on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at the Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, 170 Main Street, Leechburg (724-842-1051) with the Rev. Gary J. Lyon officiating. Interment following at St. Gertrude Cemetery, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of 6 F/G UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh for their compassionate care in attending to Michele. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michele’s memory to the Orphans of the Storm, 11878 PA-85, Kittanning, PA 16201; or to the charity of one’s choice.
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