August 3, 1926 – February 9, 2021
Rosemary Rhodenbaugh August 3, 1926 – February 9, 2021
PACIFIC GROVE – Rosemary Rhodenbaugh of Pacific Grove, CA, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at the age of 94 in her home in Forest Hill, of natural causes unrelated to COVID, with her son Ralph by her side.
Rosemary was born in Akron, OH, the fourth of five children to Jasper and Eva Marie McKinney. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brothers Russell, Edgar, Jack and Sister Edna Mae. She was the beloved wife for 60 years to John Rhodenbaugh, M.D., who preceded her in death in 2010, and the loving mother of Sons Ralph (Oak Harbor, WA) and Jeff (Salem, SC).
During the early years of her life, in Akron, Rosemary worked as a legal secretary when she met John. Their romance would see them marry during his second year of attending The Ohio State University Medical School, followed by a family practice in Bath, OH, before eventually moving on to Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan to complete his residency in radiology.
In 1961, the couple moved to the West Coast to raise their family, relocating to Walnut Creek then to Castro Valley, CA, before settling in Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, CA, where the game of golf would end up changing their lives. Finally, in their twilight years, John & Rosemary moved to Pacific Grove, ultimately ending up at Forest Hill with a wonderful view of the Bay from their apartment. Rosemary would often remark on the beauty there in the Monterey Peninsula that it was “like living in a painting.”
Rosemary lived a happy, fulfilling and content life, first and foremost as the loving and supportive wife to John, second as the involved and loving mother in both of her sons’ lives, and finally as a dedicated volunteer working to improve the lives of so many others around her.
Those volunteer efforts included being an active hospital volunteer with St. Rose Hospital, before becoming the first volunteer ever at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, where she trained 125 other female volunteers over time. This dedication followed Rosemary to the Peninsula where she became an active supporter of the Community Hospital of Monterey as well as the Carmel Foundation.
Rosemary and John loved junior golf. Both were instrumental as charter members & volunteers in the Junior Golf Association of Northern California where they spent more than a decade helping hundreds of youth develop friendships and learn golf and life skills through competitive junior golf tournaments. In recent years, Rosemary helped support the creation of the Rhodenbaugh Performance Golf Camp located at Poppy Ridge Golf Course through a contribution to Youth on Course based in Pebble Beach.
Rosemary is survived by Sons Ralph & Jeff, Daughters-in-law Lori & Sherry, Grandchildren Leslie Rodgers, Eric & Chris Rhodenbaugh and Great Grandchildren Tristan, Amin & Ben Rodgers. John and Rosemary were inseparable partners in life, but during her final years she longed for the day to rejoin him in eternity. On February 9th, she was blessed with that wish.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Youth on Course, 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 (https://youthoncourse.org) or Montage Health Foundation, 40 Ryan Ct., Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940, c/o Jennifer M. Wood, Senior Development Officer (www.montagehealthfoundation.org/montage-health-foundation/donate-now/).
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
February 18, 2021
Jeff and Ralph,
I'm so glad that dad and Aunt Rosie reconnected later in life. It brought him so much joy to have his sister and your dad back in his life. Mom still raves of their trips to Cali where Rosie and John treated them like royalty.
I know how much Shannon enjoyed her trip just a few short years ago getting to know Aunt Rosie.
Since dad and Rosie were closest in age/birth order, he would often tell us stories of her. You probably didn't know he was missing a fingernail on one of his hands from where your mom smashed it in a car door (I can't remember if the story went that it was on purpose or an accident 😉), or that she was the first one to ever take him to the dentist at age 16. I know he appreciated that she was always looking out for him.
All the McKinney siblings are reunited now. May your memories of her be eternal.
February 17, 2021
Golf was a big part of mom's life working with Junior golfers was a highlight of her volunteering efforts:
February 16, 2021
With mom living off in Pacific Grove.......... I would try to make it down from Whidbey Island for Mother's Day, whenever possible. I seldom wear a tie at this point of my life.......... but here I am at Forest Hill for her big day all spiffed up with flowers and a necktie just to make mom smile. I always tended to be a bit under-dressed after my retirement from naval aviation, mom had always loved seeing me in dress whites. The things we do to keep our mom's happy!
Love you Mom. Fair winds and following seas Rosemary.
February 16, 2021
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“Grief is the price we pay for loving"
February 15, 2021
Rosemary Rhodenbaugh was a second mom to me for many periods of my life and I am fortunate to have had the insights and sense of humor she imparted to me on many occasions both good and bad. Mrs. Rhodenbaugh was kind beyond words when a person needed encouragement but likewise she wasn't reticent about sharing her opinions and guidance when a person needed a bit of a corrective nudge. Rosemary and Doctor John will be a fantastic pair together now in their glory....thank God for Rosemary!! My thoughts are with her sons and their families. Rest in Peace.
February 14, 2021
Aunt Rosemary was my Dad's Sister. We recently reconnected and it was a joy to talk to her and reminisce about the past. I shall miss our talks. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Jeff, Ralph and their families. Our deepest sympathy and love to the Family.
Steve & Jennifer
February 11, 2021
Wonderful Lady. Cared about her family, many friends, and especially kids. Rosemary and Dr John were pillars as volunteers in Jr golf. Am not sure she even played golf, but NOBODY ever had to put up with more talk OF GOLF around their home. Back to the top. Wonderful Lady. I feel very lucky to have well known Rosemary and Dr John.
February 11, 2021
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February 11, 2021