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Audrey L. Rhodes

April 9, 1932 — August 31, 2015

Audrey L. Rhodes, 83 of Chariton, passed away on August 31, 2015. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are requested to the Chariton Public Library or the Chariton First United Methodist Church. Audrey was born April 9, 1932 at home in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Martin and Sophie Morken Swedeen. Growing up, Audrey fondly remembered the summers she spent at the family farm with her sister, Shirley Swedeen. She graduated from Rapid City High School in South Dakota. While in high school she was awarded "Miss Bobby-Sox"; which was a testament to her great legs. After high school, she went on to the University of North Dakota as an Elementary Education Major. While in class at the university, a young man sitting next to her complimented her on her great legs. Audrey was married to that young man, John Calvin Rhodes, on December 27, 1952 at the Concordia Church in Glyndon, Minnesota. They began their married life in Garrison, North Dakota, and then moved to Chariton, Iowa, where they raised their children: Bruce, Lori, and Marty. While in college she spent summers working at a state game lodge in the Black Hills. When her children were in high school she worked part time at a local vet clinic, Betty's Fashion Store, and because of her talent and longtime love of quilting she co-owned The Sampler, a needle point and consignment store. She also enjoyed oil and watercolor painting and working with stained glass. In the 1960's, Audrey was part of a local singing group called "The Aeolians" that toured Iowa putting on concerts and musicals. Audrey had the leading role in both "Plain & Fancy" and "South Pacific". She greatly enjoyed her friendships made as a long-time member of a monthly book club, bridge club, birthday club, quilting group, and the First United Methodist Church and their choir. During college, she belonged to Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Audrey enjoyed playing golf, and as she was with everything, she was very successful. Even though she did most anything left handed she golfed right handed. She turned in a low score for 9 holes of 45. Family was the most important part of Audrey's life. She loved every minute spent with family whether it was a casual get together or family trip. She treasured her sister, Shirley. They enjoyed many, many good times together and she often recalled singing together with Shirley, Lori, and Marty as "The Rhodeen's". She instilled in her family the importance and joy of traveling. Audrey and John enjoyed pontoon boating, ski trips, and wintering in Arizona and the Gulf Shores. Audrey will be remembered by all as a good listener and great friend to all who knew her; and as someone who was active, vibrant, and lived life to the fullest. Audrey was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 51 years who passed in 2004, John C. Rhodes; and her parents: Martin and Sophie Swedeen. Surviving are her son, Bruce (Cheri) Rhodes of Four Seasons, Missouri and their children: Katelyn (Donny Whitton) Rhodes and Kyle Rhodes; daughter, Lori (Greg) Kautzky of Perry, Iowa and their children: Rev Zach Kautzky, Brian (Bridget) Kautzky, Ashley (Nate) Platt, Jennifer (Brady) Bulmanski, and Aaron (Alex) Kautzky; and daughter, Marty (Kevin) Magalsky of Juneau, Wisconsin and their children: Luke (Bailey) Magalsky and Abby (Peter) Simon; along with 10 great grandchildren and her beloved sister, Shirley Swedeen of Denver, Colorado. Visitation

SEP 3. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

[email protected]

https://www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com

Service

SEP 4. 10:30 AM (CDT)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

[email protected]

https://www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com

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