Robert Rodenz -- Spring Grove

January 18, 2018 GMT

Robert Earl Rodenz, age 68, died Dec. 22, 2017, at his home in Spring Grove.

He was born Feb. 26, 1949, to Earl and Vivian (Vrieze) Rodenz in rural Spring Valley.

He graduated from Stewartville High School in 1968 and from Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute in 1969, with a degree in Biochemistry.

Robert married Mary Osborne on Aug. 28, 1982, in Hallstead, Pa., and lived in New York for several years before moving to Spring Grove. Most recently, Robert worked at the Spring Grove Public Library. Robert loved reading, helping people, and considered this the job of a lifetime. It was the highlight of his week when the children of Spring Grove visited the library.

Robert is survived by his mother, Vivian of Mabel; stepchildren, Mary Dixon of Endicott, N.Y., Doug Evans of Vestal, N.Y., and Tom Osborne; and stepgrandchildren, Rachel, Abigail, Brandon, Emily, Tommy and Tobi. He is also survived by siblings, David (Judy) Patton, Ruth Brett, William (Lynnelle) Rodenz, Catherine (Paul) Hagen, Marilyn (Lee Roy) Parks, Anna (Dennis) Miller, and Lucy (Jim) Crawford; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; father, Earl; brother, Peter; nephew, Tobias Parks; nephew, Daniel Patton; and brother-in-law, Dave Brett.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 20, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Spring Grove. There will be no graveside service. Per Robert’s request, donations can be made to Spring Grove Public Library or any local daycare or preschool programs in Spring Grove.

Fossum Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.