Obit: Rhoda Grunder


Rhoda E. Grunder, 90, of Wilton, died on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Bentley Funeral Home in Wilton.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bentley Funeral Home in Wilton.

Interment took place in the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Manor Nursing Home activity fund in her memory.

Online condolence may be left for the family at

Rhoda was born in Muscatine on March 26, 1928 to John and Evangeline Nehas.

She graduated from Reynolds High School and from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. She taught in a country school in Muscatine County and continued to substitute teach in the Wilton and Durant community schools.

Rhoda married Donald C. Grunder on Dec. 17, 1949 in Kahoka, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2007.

Rhoda and Don owned Dilly Dally Antiques in Wilton and she was an antique appraiser. She enjoyed working at the Iowa Information Center on Interstate-80.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and BPW, both in Wilton. She enjoyed flower gardening and needlework.

Rhoda is survived by her children: Connie (Mike) Hoekstra of Wilton, Pat (Tony) Todorich of Maquoketa, Cathy (Mark) Riggs of Durant, Pete (Theresa) Grunder of Wilton, Jeff (Karen) Grunder of Wilton and Dale (Jeanne) Howe of Ottumwa; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Jim Nehas and sister Georgia Vartanian.