Jean K. Rhodes

SALEM – Jean K. Rhodes, 83, of Salem, died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Salem Community Hospital.

She was born June 5, 1930, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Phil and Margaret (Cappy) Stratford.

Jean was a 1948 graduate of Ursuline High School in Youngstown. She was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church, volunteer choir of the church and a member and past state and national president of Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She was also a member of Loyal Christian Benefit Association, Catholic Council of Ohio Churches, Buckeye Dairy Boosters, Columbiana County Extension Homemakers, Beta Theta Sorority, Winona Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and she was the first recipient of the Golden Eagles Award at United High School. She was named “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the Youngstown Diocese Council of Catholic Woman and received “Papal Honors” from the Diocese of Youngstown.

Survivors include her husband, James A. Rhodes Jr., whom she married June 16, 1951; her children, Diane M. (Robert) Hughes of Little Rock, Ark., James A. (Karen) Rhodes III of Salem, Norma Jean (John) Koch of Cleveland, John P. (Gayle) Rhodes of Salem, Ellen M. (Glenn) Turkelson of Lebanon, Thomas G. Rhodes of Salineville and Earl R. Rhodes of North Canton; three sisters, Blanche Lanterman of Leetonia, Phyllis McCarthy and Katie Flicky, both of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Earl (Mary) Stratford of Mason and Norman (Kathleen) Stratford of Findley; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Her parents, two brothers, George and Phil Stratford, and a sister, Peggy Cappelli, preceded Jean in death.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Robert Edwards officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home and on Saturday at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The rosary service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday prior to visitation. Burial will be at Woodsdale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul Catholic Church, 935 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460; Our Lady’s Purse, 935 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460; the Winona Fire Department, P.O. Box 79, Winona, Ohio 44493; or Goshen Butler Community Fund, P.O. Box 33, Damascus, Ohio 44619.

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