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Rhonda Jo Wirthwein

October 15, 1963 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Rhonda Wirthwein Obituary

Rhonda Jo Wirthwein, 60, of Lakeland, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2023, in Tampa, Florida. Born on October 15, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Robert Joseph and Sondra (Pounds) Wirthwein, Rhonda's bold and colorful spirit brought joy to all who knew her. She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, whose presence and infectious smile will be deeply missed.

Rhonda's early years in Rockport, Indiana, were filled with close family bonds and the beginning of lifelong friendships. Her educational journey led her to become a proud member of the PHI MU sorority at IUPUI, where she earned her credentials as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), a profession that allowed her to touch many lives with her care and compassion. She continued her education at Vincennes University where she earned her broadcasting degree.

Throughout her life, Rhonda was dedicated to serving others, both in her professional career and personal endeavors. She was a caring and devoted nurse, selflessly caring for those in hospice care before working for Anthem Healthcare providers. She was a cherished Girl Scout leader, guiding young minds with patience and kindness. Her spirit of giving extended even beyond her passing, as she was a proud organ donor, giving the gift of life to others through the donation of both her kidneys.

Rhonda's family was the cornerstone of her world. She is survived by her sister, Renee Miller and she was predeceased by her sister, Robin Wirthwein and her beloved parents, Robert and Sondra Wirthwein. Her nieces and nephews, Cortney Havener, Joseph Oldham (Christine Bay), and Alex Miller (Martea Wilkes), along with their beloved dogs, Barklee, Smokey, Bandit, and Axle, were her whole world and she doted on them endlessly. Her great-nieces, Kallie and Presley, also held a special place in her heart. Rhonda's fur baby, Dale the beagle, was her pride and joy and her number one priority. She fondly remembered her former pets, Penny, Zeke, Betsy, and Ella, who brought her immense happiness throughout the years.

Rhonda's interests were as varied and colorful as her personality. She discovered a newfound enjoyment of going on cruises and traveling, exploring new horizons, and making memories. Every Saturday, she could be found at the Born 'N Bread Breakfast Club, where fellowship over baked goods was the highlight of her weekends. Rhonda's love for dogs, especially beagles, was well known, and she often shared stories of her canine companions' antics.

A big personality with a bold and colorful presence, Rhonda took great pride in her appearance. Her hair and nails were always impeccable, reflecting her belief that looking one's best was a form of self-respect and joy. Music was a significant part of Rhonda's life, and her fondness of the tunes from the 70's and '80s escorted her right up to her final "stroll" down the hospital hallway where "Dancing Queen" by ABBA accompanied her on her "Honor Walk", a fitting tribute to a woman who lived her life with such vibrance.

As we say goodbye to Rhonda, we celebrate the remarkable woman she was and the indelible mark she left on the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. Her legacy of love, kindness, and vibrant spirit will continue to inspire and guide us. Rhonda Jo Wirthwein's story is one of joy, love, and the beauty of a life well-lived. She will be profoundly missed but never forgotten. As a tribute to Rhonda, please carry on her tradition and stop by Born & Bread Bakehouse, as it would be fitting that in her passing, notice and recognition be brought to those other than herself. With the motto, "Each day, our lifework is to make the highest quality product, to maintain excellence, to serve our community with our hands and our hearts, and to work as a team with love and empathy. Together we will create, learn, and travel through life. We were made for greatness.", it is no wonder she was their number one supporter.

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