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Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA

OBITUARY

Rhonda Amorette Julian

September 9, 1983September 19, 2019

Rhonda Amorette Julian, stepped peacefully into eternity on September 19, 2019 at the age of 36. She was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire to Robert Francis Julian and Julie Marie Stenson.

Rhonda’s first home was a small barn in Vermont built by her parents. She spent her early years there, developing a unique relationship with nature. She graduated from Norwood High School as the first and one of the only females to play on the boys’ football and baseball teams. In addition to her athletic talent, she became a model while in high school. She would go on to attend UMASS Dartmouth, UCONN and would complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Southeastern Louisiana University. She worked as an Athletic Trainer for Florida Southwestern State College. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 6 years ago and founded the Paint Her Pink Foundation in which she devoted a significant amount of her time helping those suffering. Her foundation was written about in various publications and her advocacy raised awareness and has empowered women from all over.

Rhonda is survived by her parents, her daughter, Jada Fincher and her father Alfred, brother, Russell Julian, numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

Rhonda was a free spirit and never met a stranger. She will be greatly missed!

Friends are invited to a visitation on Thursday, September 26, from 4-8 PM at Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street, Norwood.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 26, 2019

Memories

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Larry Sasso

October 7, 2019

Today, we learned of the passing of our special friend Rhonda Julien. Rhonda was our assigned trainer during spring training in 2017 and took excellent care of our team each day with a big smile on her face. She will be missed by all of the members of the Anna Maria College, Womens' Softball team.

Sincerely,
Larry Sasso, Head Coach

Susan Brindley

October 6, 2019

Rhonda, rest well. You touched my life and the lives of so many. I take comfort in knowing that you lived life on your terms.

Judy Wilson

October 6, 2019

Rhonda was an incredible person. She was so kind and thoughtful, professional and proactive. We met through my need of a knee brace but there was a connection that made me truly love her . I am so saddened by the loss of her life on earth as I know she wanted to live for her daughter . I do believe she is with God and fully healthy watching over her daughter and family . I will miss Rhonda. Blessing to the family and I am again so privileged to have met her.

Sara Louis

October 1, 2019

I met Rhonda through my daughter who was school friends with Jada. I met her Grandpa first at the park when he was looking after Jada while Rhonda was working. He told me I had to meet his Granddaughter Rhonda. A few months later I met Rhonda at a school function. She became my friend and I liked her right away. Over the times we got the girls together to play, we got to sit and talk about our lives. I was inspired by her strength, kindness, openness, and positivity. She was the best Mom and so bonded with her daughter. She was such a hard worker, always working many jobs. Rhonda's being was full of love and light. I will miss her as my sweet friend. She and Jada blessed our lives and we will all miss her greatly. May she rest in peace and be an angel now over us.

Loren Andrews

September 29, 2019

I met Rhonda last year in Florida when playing in the Hard ball 360 baseball tournament. She was all smiles with a soft smile and beautiful voice. She was very skilled at her profession; knowing exactly what was needed and always had the ice tube ready to laugh at those who dare attempt her challenge. This one really hurts! She left us too soon. May God bless her and her family. Thank you for bleesing me with a memory of you and your smile.

Jennifer Vergara

September 29, 2019

May this beautiful ANGEL forever REST IN PEACE AND REMAIN IN THE LIGHT...

Doreen Waishek

September 26, 2019

I never got to meet Rhonda personally but she was the cousin of a very close friend of mine. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, my friend put me in touch with Rhonda and we messaged back-and-forth and she more or less told me what to expect and everything that she had already gone through. Our conversations eased a bit of the unknown for me. I was very familiar with cancer because I had just lost my mother and both of my aunts had had breast cancer. Rhonda was always positive and upbeat. She told me about everything that she was doing in her personal life and in work. Rhonda spoke so lovingly about her daughter and told me what a joy she was in her life. Rhonda was a warrior and fought this horrific disease with all of her might! She lived her life to the fullest and took advantage of every moment that she had on Earth. Fly with the Angels Rhonda and know you will be missed. I speak for everyone that you helped who was fighting cancer. Thank You! You were already an Angel on earth. May you Rest in Eternal Peace. ❤️🙏🏻 Doreen💕

Linda Rathbun

September 25, 2019

I am sorry that I never got to meet Rhonda in person, but we communicated for a year and a half by phone and text. We met through her "Auntie Ree" when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Rhonda was so supportive and answered all my crazy questions and fears with loving advice and humor. I was privileged to be able to return the love and support to her as she went through her struggles. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Rest in Peace and Comfort

Lucas Teter

September 24, 2019

I am very upset that Rhonda is gone. She was always very upbeat and always smiling.

Brianna Belmont

September 24, 2019

My heart hurts as Heaven gained one of the most beautiful angels. Rhonda I could not tell you enough how thankful and blessed that I am to have had you in my life. Not only were you one of the most amazing people that I have ever met but truly one of the biggest role models and mentors that I could have asked for. You have given me so much more than I could have even imagined. Getting that phone call from you for the very first time I had no idea that my life was about to changed forever. These baseball tournaments have been one of the most amazing opportunities that I have had the chance to be apart of. This is all because of you. You have been a huge impact of my life as an Athletic Trainer and helping me build confidence in myself. Thank you for bringing me into not only the baseball families but into yours. I am truly going to miss our phone calls and FaceTimes that could go on for hours and of course our dinner dates! God took you way to early and your family especially Jada is in my thoughts and prayers. For her to have a mom like you is a blessing. It breaks my heart for what that little girl is going through. But even though you are no longer with us, you have made such an impact on every person that you came in contact with even if it was for a brief period of time. I love you forever and always Rhonda! I can only hope that I can make a difference one day in even half the people’s lives as you did. And I promise to never let your legacy and memory die within the Athletic Training/Baseball world and to make you proud love you so much!

FROM THE FAMILY