OBITUARY

Rhonda Lineburg Rinker

March 6, 1950February 28, 2019
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Rhonda Lineburg Rinker passed away on February 28, 2019 at the age of 68. She was a resident of Morningside at Bellgrade Assisted Living facility in Midlothian, Virginia for four years and four months where she was under the care of Hospice of Virginia due to advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Her struggle with AD began with a diagnosis on March 25, 2008.

Mrs. Rinker was born on March 6, 1950 in Winchester to Kenneth and Mabel Lineburg. She married Ronald D. Rinker of Winchester in 1981 and gave birth to a son, Christopher Matthew Rinker in 1982 and a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Rinker in 1985.

She grew up in Winchester, Virginia graduating from Handley High School. She attended Madison College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She then earned a Master’s Degree from Florida State University in Music Therapy. She devoted 35 loving years of her life to helping physically and sexually abused children recover at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children in Richmond. She also earned accreditation in “Guided Imagery,” using those skills to ease the pain of suffering for adults with PTSD and other unresolved life issues. Many of the people whom she helped and befriended during her lifetime thought of Rhonda as an “Angel on earth.”

Rhonda promoted the Music Therapy profession by training countless MT interns and lobbying the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of the National Association for Music Therapy. She was tireless in her pursuit to positively impact the lives of struggling adults and children and gain prominence for the profession.

She is survived by her husband, son, daughter, and 3 grandchildren. Her parents are deceased. Rhonda has 3 sisters, Roxanne Rodgers of Easton, Maryland, Karen Seldon of Frederick, Maryland and Jody Kessinger of Virginia Beach.

A family night visitation for family and friends will be held prior to a formal service and cremation. The location, dates and times for the visitation and ceremony are as follows.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 9 from 4-6 PM at Woody Funeral Home, the Huguenot Chapel, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 10 at 11 AM in the funeral home’s chapel.

The family plans to award a scholarship annually in Rhonda’s name to a deserving Handley High School senior, or a Shenandoah Conservatory of Music student who is planning a degree and career in Music Therapy.

Flowers may be sent to the Woody Funeral Home (Huguenot Chapel) at 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Virginia 23113, and donations to the Alzheimer’s Association may be sent to the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23060. The family wishes to thank the many devoted caregivers at Morningside at Bellgrade Assisted Living facility, and particularly, the exceptional employees of Hospice of Virginia for their loving care of Rhonda during her finals months.

  • FAMILY

  • Kenneth Lineburg, Father
  • Mabel Lineburg, Mother
  • She is survived by her husband, son, daughter, and 3 grandchildren. Her parents are deceased. Rhonda has 3 sisters, Roxanne Rodgers of Easton, Maryland, Karen Seldon of Frederick, Maryland and Jody Kessinger of Virginia Beach.
  • DONATIONS

  • Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, March 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Rhonda Lineburg Rinker

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Edith Rudd

March 6, 2019

Dear Ron and Family,
Please be comforted of the fond memories that so many people hold dear to their hearts of Rhonda. I was fortunate to have had her as a close friend and colleague. However, I know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in my every prayer and thought.
With deepest sympathy,
Edith Rudd

Katherine Nicol

March 6, 2019

My heart goes out to her husband and all her family! She was a very special person who touched the lives of so many children as well as her coworkers. She had the kindest soul & always put others needs before her own. She will always have a place in my 💜!

Mitzi Hesser

March 5, 2019

Dear Ron, we are sorry to hear of the passing of your wife, Rhonda. We send prayers for you and your family. Mitzi and George Hesser

Mary Dent

March 5, 2019

To me she was my sister to my children she was Aunt Rhonda We shared birthdays and anniversaries and pets and babies She helped me get thru some tough and rough times in my life Although we worked together she was professional and personable We were /are family Even though I haven’t seen her in years her smile is implanted in my heart Another Angel to watch over me

Kathy Robinson

March 4, 2019

I worked w Rhonda at VTCC I loved going to music class w Rhonda and the kids 🎶💜she was an awesome teacher. Always supportive of the staff there. We often shared stories about our moms bc both suffered w Alzheimer’s She would often make cds for the kids and staff alike. She was a 🌟 shining star. A blessing to so many of us. We were all blessed to have her in our lives. 💜🎶

Jeanne Piland

March 4, 2019

My immense sympathy to all of Rhonda´s family and friends. She was my voice student at Shenandoah. She was always a wonderful student, friend and someone who was always available to help. I was not surprised when she studied Music Therapy and made it her life´s passion to help and make a difference. May she now rest in peace knowing that she made a difference in all the lives that she touched. Love and blessings.
Jeanne Piland

Dee Dunn

March 4, 2019

Rhonda was so incredibly kind and gentle. A lark ascending.

Jessica Hewes

March 4, 2019

Thinking of Linda and her family during this time of grief.

Debra Addis

March 4, 2019

Such special memories of one of my music friends——May she be singing and making music with other angels.....

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Biography

Rhonda Lineburg Rinker passed away on February 28, 2019 at the age of 68. She was a resident of Morningside at Bellgrade Assisted Living facility in Midlothian, Virginia for four years and four months where she was under the care of Hospice of Virginia due to advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Her struggle with AD began with a diagnosis on March 25, 2008.

Mrs. Rinker was born on March 6, 1950 in Winchester to Kenneth and Mabel Lineburg. She married Ronald D. Rinker of Winchester in 1981 and gave birth to a son, Christopher Matthew Rinker in 1982 and a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Rinker in 1985.

She grew up in Winchester, Virginia graduating from Handley High School. She attended Madison College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She then earned a Master’s Degree from Florida State University in Music Therapy. She devoted 35 loving years of her life to helping physically and sexually abused children recover at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children in Richmond. She also earned accreditation in “Guided Imagery,” using those skills to ease the pain of suffering for adults with PTSD and other unresolved life issues. Many of the people whom she helped and befriended during her lifetime thought of Rhonda as an “Angel on earth.”

Rhonda promoted the Music Therapy profession by training countless MT interns and lobbying the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of the National Association for Music Therapy. She was tireless in her pursuit to positively impact the lives of struggling adults and children and gain prominence for the profession.

She is survived by her husband, son, daughter, and 3 grandchildren. Her parents are deceased. Rhonda has 3 sisters, Roxanne Rodgers of Easton, Maryland, Karen Seldon of Frederick, Maryland and Jody Kessinger of Virginia Beach.

A family night visitation for family and friends will be held prior to a formal service and cremation. The location, dates and times for the visitation and ceremony are as follows.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 9 from 4-6 PM at Woody Funeral Home, the Huguenot Chapel, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 10 at 11 AM in the funeral home’s chapel.

The family plans to award a scholarship annually in Rhonda’s name to a deserving Handley High School senior, or a Shenandoah Conservatory of Music student who is planning a degree and career in Music Therapy.

Flowers may be sent to the Woody Funeral Home (Huguenot Chapel) at 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Virginia 23113, and donations to the Alzheimer’s Association may be sent to the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23060.
The family wishes to thank the many devoted caregivers at Morningside at Bellgrade Assisted Living facility, and particularly, the exceptional employees of Hospice of Virginia for their loving care of Rhonda during her finals months.