Viktoria T. “Vicky” Rhoades

July 18, 1932 - May 19, 2019

          Viktoria T. “Vicky” Rhoades, age 86, of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019. 

          Born in Munich, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Kaspar and Viktoria (Scherm) Fuermann. Viktoria was employed by the 97th General Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany, as an Administrative Assistant where she met her late husband, Donald, who was in the US Army.

          In her leisure time, Viktoria enjoyed bowling and received numerous trophies. She was also very talented; enjoying painting, playing cards, knitting for her family members, and sharing her German heritage with them. She served as treasurer for the Holy Family Women’s Altar Society, treasurer for many of her bowling leagues and was a long time member of the Delaware Saengerbund.

          In addition to her parents, Viktoria was preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald H. Rhoades; sister, Maria T. Zelenski; and brother, Georg. She is survived by her brother, Kaspar “Bert” Fuermann; children, Christa G. Mowery (Don), Patricia A. McDerby (Jack), William E. Rhoades, Anita D. McCloskey (Earl), and Diane Rhoades; niece, Susanna Fuermann; grandchildren, Michael and Andrew (Molly) Mowery, John (Melissa) and Brian (Julia) McDerby, Melissa Rawlins, Nicole Rhoades-Plummer (Zach), Kaitlin, Maggie, Patrick, and Aaron McCloskey; and 7 great grandchildren.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 Noon on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE, 19711, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 Noon. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions in Viktoria’s memory may be made to Holy Family R.C. Church at the address listed above.


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10 Condolences for Viktoria T. “Vicky” Rhoades

  • Anita I’m so sorry. I always remember your mom when we were both younger and played violin. You are in my prayers.

  • Anita, Pat and your families – I am vey saddened to read that your mom, Vicky, passed away. Vicky and I spent many hours chatting and laughing about life….and bowling. May the support of friends and family sustain
    you during this very sad time.
    Warmly, Ginny

  • Pat & Jack McDerby – Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Mrs. Rhoades was one of the best. With Deepest Sympathy, Dr. Calhoon, Robin, Taylor, Peggy, Theresa, Nicole, Tina, Beth, Debbie, Denise

  • Bill & family – Thinking of you all !!! God Bless … Patsy

  • So sorry for the loss of your Mother.

  • So very sorry to hear of your moms passing into new life Anita,Please accept my sincere condolences!

  • My deepest sympathy to the Rhoades family. Our prayers for her and her family.
    Steve and Sandi Smyk

  • Our sympathy to all of Vicky’s family. We were neighbors/friends for many years. We had some fun times together. Anita and our Steve were buddies in their early years. Loved it when Vicky’s mother would come to visit and shared those delicious German dishes she made.
    Good memories. Bill. Shirley, Cheryl, Steve Brown, Ormond Beach, FL

  • Dear Anita,
    How sorry I am to learn that your mother has passed away. I remember you as one of my best students and your mother as a very caring supportive parent. I would have preferred to pay my respect to you in person, but I was not able to do so. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all at this difficult time.

    Pauline DeAscanis, St. Mark’s High School, retired

  • I had been taking care of Mrs. Rhoades doggies for I believe the past 7 or 8 years. It was always such a pleasure to chat with her, I enjoyed her stories and how proud she was of her family. She had showed me some of her creative crafts she made over the years and spoke about her fond memories of the time she spent with her late husband making things together. She was passionate about her love of animals and had alot of experience as a dog lover. It was nice to get to know her and a privilege to provide for her dogs. My sincere condolences to her loving family on such a great loss.