Rhonda Lee Arnason

July 22, 1960August 4, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rhonda Lee Arnason (née Plew), on Saturday, August 4, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, at age 58.

Rhonda was born in Portland, Oregon, on July 22, 1960. She grew up in the St. Johns neighborhood. Rhonda was married to Greg Arnason from 1981 until 1995, and together they raised two daughters, Kara and Desiree. Rhonda lived her entire life in the Portland area, where she worked and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. After her parents relocated from Portland to Bandon, Oregon, in 2000, Rhonda made frequent trips to visit them. In 2003 she met and fell in love with Joseph (Joe) Anthony Kiefel, Jr. Rhonda and Joe were engaged to be married at the time of his unfortunate passing in 2005. Rhonda’s love for Joe endured until her own death.

Rhonda will be forever remembered by her family and friends for her playful sense of humor, her infectious laugh, her free spirit, her extensive collection of angels and Christmas decorations, and her dedication to her family. In her final years she was blessed with a grandson, Wyatt, with whom she shared a unique and special bond. She will be forever missed by those who knew and loved her. Rhonda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kara and Nathan Rudolph, her grandson, Wyatt Rudolph; her daughter and daughter-in-law, Desiree and Jennifer Arnason; her father, Robert Plew; her sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Carl Linam, her sister Debbi Nelson, her nephews Brandon Coulson and Dustin Coulson; and her nephew Aric Bail and his wife, Maria Bail. She was predeceased by her mother, Donna Ruth Plew, and her sister Terri Plew.

A memorial in Rhonda’s honor will be held on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church (Taborspace), 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215. Doors open at 2:00pm and the service starts at 2:30pm.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 2, 2018

Rhonda Lee Arnason

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Brandi Palamaris

August 23, 2018

I feel very grateful to have spent the last three years every day in the cubical next to Rhonda, and to share in her life events, daily laughs and phone calls singing to her grandson the "Baby Wyatt" song. I loved and miss Rhonda every single day. She loved and was devoted to her family, especially her girls and Wyatt. I remember when she found out she was going to be a Nana, and she was over the moon every day after that. Tuesdays and Thursdays were her Wyatt days and we all knew it and she couldn't get out of the office fast enough, and we all were excited for her every week. Rhonda was someone you could talk to about anything, and she always made you feel important and cared about, and genuinely listened. And she always made me laugh with her spunky honesty . She would downplay her selfless acts and caring nature with a quick witted sarcastic remark and she had a heart of gold. She always stuck up for what she felt was right, and she brought a vibrancy to my work day, every day. She was like family to me, and I will always remember and miss her in so many ways.

Lonnie White

August 20, 2018

I know that I speak for many when I say that Rhonda was a wonderful, incredibly fun and beautiful woman. A good and strong mother, a devoted and caring daughter and a friend I will cherish forever. She made me (us) laugh a lot, but was also brave enough to hold me (us) accountable if we did or said anything she thought wasn't right. She touched my/our lives in a way that few ever could. She was always upbeat and trying to be positive in all she did. Whether it was the quality of her work, or the integrity of her family and friendships, she was always about being decent, truthful, honest, good and just... and for these things, I loved her.

I always will.

She was, and shall remain, a beacon for all of us.... to be filled with peacefulness...

She always pushed me forward, to be my best "me"... and to enjoy every day of my life.

I intend to try my best, to make her proud, for the rest of my life.

She deserves it.

CF 1978-2003

Karen Koski

August 18, 2018

I first met Rhonda in high school, before she married my cousin Greg. I don't have a single memory of her when she wasn't smiling that sweet smile. Every time I saw her she was ready with a warm hug, and a kind word...
I'm so sorry for everyone that loved her, she is gone too soon, and will be deeply missed. Heaven must have needed an angel.

Jamie Plew

August 18, 2018

My wonderful Cuzzy Cuz I will miss you so much. We always went to your house when we were little as our parents would go and do adult things like bowling, bunco and other events and bring us over to your house because you, Debbi and Terry were older so you were my babysitters. There were times when it was scary to spend the night because of being at the end of the street and saying there were bad people across the street and it always felt like there was something down in the basement way in the back of the black pitch dark corners. We would all run upstairs screaming and freaking ourselves out. I loved going with my mom to your house when the sister in laws would meet and have coffee and we got to listen to their stories. All the trips we would go to Kah-Nee-Tah with all our mom's and cousins and we didn't think it was fair that we couldn't have breakfast with them in the restaurant so we would put our faces up to the window and stare at them while they ate. I so loved it when we went out for Debbi's 40th birthday, you, me and her, took the taxi to The Gypsy and had so much fun, just the 3 of us. You always made me feel special being your cousin. You told me how you loved coming to the family reunions we planned, to see all our family together like we always did when we were growing up. Of course these are only a few memories that I got to share with you and now they are even more golden in my heart as you were taken too soon from us all. You are now with your mom, Terry, Joe and all our other family members who have crossed over. I love you and will miss you, until we meet again Cuzzy Cuz.

Renee Rhoads

August 15, 2018

Rhonda made a difference in my life, daily. I am so thankful that I got to work with her. She would arrange the lunch room so that everything was attractive, organized, and ready for everyone to have their coffee in the morning. It may seem like a small thing but it was a huge thing to me because I felt welcomed when I came in the door. She was friendly and greeted people with a smile, a real bright spot at the workplace. I am so very sorry to the family for her sudden loss. May the family find comfort at this time. Thinking of you.

Connie Mattson

August 14, 2018

I want to send you all prayers for your loss of such a wonderful loving beautiful person. I enjoyed seeing Rhonda almost every morning in the break room making coffee & sharing stories with me about her wonderful family and the love and excitement she had for her grandson so much love filled her as she talked about her grandson, I will be forever touched by having Rhonda for a friend & coworker. she will be very missed by me daily. God bless each and everyone of her family for the loss of Rhonda she touched a lot of peoples heart with her kindness and loving ways.
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