Vivian Rita Rodenberg

May 27, 1937 - April 21, 2019

Vincenza Rita Rodenberg, known to her friends and family as Vivian, age 81, of Middletown, DE, formerly of Oradell, NJ, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019, peacefully in her home surrounded by family.

Vivian was born to the late John Sirugo and Amelia Rizza in New York, New York. She grew up in a close knit Italian-American community where she shared an especially close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Frances. She attended Mary Help of Christians School.

In 1956, she married the love of her life, the late George T. Rodenberg. Vivian spent her life dedicated to raising her two children, Denise and Thomas. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Throughout her life, Vivian provided laughter-filled support and friendship to a large collection of family members and friends. In addition to her commitment to her family, she worked as a staff assistant for the advertising/sales promotion department for Royal Doulton China Company for many years. She enjoyed bowling, playing mahjong, knitting, and crocheting. Vivian cooked enough food to feed an army. Her cheesecake recipe was particularly celebrated by many.

Vivian is predeceased by her husband, George, and her parents. She is survived by her children, Denise Timberman (Bruce Eccleston) of Felton, DE, and Thomas G. Rodenberg (Elizabethann) of Hillsdale, NJ; her grandchildren, Anthony Timberman (Nina) of Auburn, ME, Melissa Timberman (Grant) of Felton, DE, Shannon, Casey, and Cassidy Rodenberg of Hillsdale, NJ; a great granddaughter, Gabriella Beckworth; her sisters, Francine Gould (Bob) of Hampstead, NC, and Marie Henderson (Bill) of Bedminster, NJ; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. She is also survived by her cherished pug, Terry, who was her companion for many years.

Her family would like to extend their gratitude to Delaware Hospice, especially Erica and Alexis, who provided such wonderful care during the last year of her life.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 8 pm on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Friday, May 3, 2019, at St. Paul’s R.C. Church, 209 Washington Street, Delaware City, DE 19706.  Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Vivian’s memory to St. Paul’s R.C. Church, at the address listed above.


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5 Condolences for Vivian Rita Rodenberg

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to your family in this time of sorrow.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    May your family find comfort and peace through all the memories you have shared.

  • I have the fondest memories of my sweet Aunt Vivian, she’ll be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    Love Always & Forever!

  • Vivian,
    A NY born Italian! Why wouldn’t we connect? We had some fun volunteering together and I’m honored that you and Steve and I became friends. You will be missed but I know that you are with your valentine and loved ones in Heaven! I will keep you in my prayers always!

  • I have such fond memories of her especially when I was growing up but also during my adult years. She had a big heart and a lot of love in it. She holds a very special place in me and will be missed.