OBITUARY: Rhoda Bernbaum, 89, of Cocoa Beach, Passed Away at Age 89
By Space Coast Daily // March 6, 2020
Rhoda participated in Coco-Nauts and Power Squadron activities and fundraisers
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Rhoda Bernbaum, born April 22, 1930, in Bronx, NY, died at the age of 89 on December 30, 2019, in Dallas, TX. Rhoda joins her beloved husband, Howard, her parents, Nathan and Lillian Caidin, her sister, Janice Soldinger, and her brother, Buddy (Stanley Caidin).
She leaves behind her sons, Andy, Lee, and Nathan Bernbaum, her daughter Shelley Wallace, Lee’s wife Leslie, Nathan’s wife Cathy, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four nieces, two nephews, and friends.
Greatly interested in medicine and children’s health, Rhoda attended the Bunce School of Laboratory Techniques and worked as a medical office assistant/specialist for Park West Hospital in NY and for the Atlantic Clinical Laboratory in Miami Beach FL.
Following her marriage to Howard, her husband of 67 years, she dedicated her time to family, neighbors, friends, and volunteer work.
Her diverse interests included yoga, meditation, writing, music, theater, dance, travel, animals, genealogy, and human rights. Rhoda delighted in going to plays, musicals, and concerts.
She loved singing as her husband played the piano and attending family events with her children and grandchildren.
From symphonies and rock concerts to soccer fields and dog parks, she supported her family’s interests. Her road trips across the US allowed her to visit family and friends, learn of new cuisines and locales, and add to the stories she loved to tell.
Fascinated by new people and new places, Rhoda relished her travels to Hawaii, the Bahamas, cruises, and sailing the local waterways with her loved ones.
One of her cherished memories was a school trip to Spain with her youngest son Nathan. Volunteer work was important to Rhoda.
She shared her passion for reading and writing with young students at Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School, mentored youth while serving as a Guardian Ad Litem, and led a support group for those who, like her, struggled with the challenges of Bipolar Disorder.
Rhoda participated in Coco-Nauts and Power Squadron activities and fundraisers, and was active in her synagogue and Hadassah.
A member of several writing groups, Rhoda was thrilled when one of her stories was published online and when she won a poetry contest.
She wrote articles, poetry, and family stories, worked on newsletters for the Cocoa Beach Power Squadron, her synagogue, and the Bipolar Disorder Support Group she facilitated, and designed professional cards and book covers for her husband and daughter.
For those who wish to pay their respects, Rhoda’s final resting place is the family crypt at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge with her beloved husband Howard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or your favorite charity. Memories can be shared and condolences offered at the guest site of the FL Memorial Gardens Dignity website.
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