Rhonda K. (Kaiser) Zweber, age 55, of Prior Lake, MN, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Methodist Hospital, in St. Louis Park, MN. She passed peacefully surrounded by her family.
All services honoring Rhonda will be at St. Michael Catholic Church, 16400 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 6, 3-7 pm, with the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm and the rosary at 7 pm. Another visitation will be on Friday, May 7, from 9:30-10:45 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Father Tom Walker will preside. Pallbearers will be her brothers and brothers-in-law. She will be laid to rest at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.
Gracing this world on May 6, 1965, in New Prague, MN, Rhonda Kay was born to Clarence “Clancy” and Audrey (Luce) Kaiser. Growing up on Fish Lake, she has many fond memories with siblings Rita, Renee, Randy, Linda, Lisa, Rory, and Robin. Rhonda attended school in Jordan. She enjoyed participating in band and excelled at softball. Rhonda graduated from Jordan High School in 1983 and accepted a softball scholarship to Florida Southern College. She once again shined brightly as a pitcher, even throwing a perfect game. Rhonda graduated with a Physical Education Teaching degree. She accepted a position teaching and coaching softball at Mulberry High School in Lakeland, FL.
Unbeknown to Rhonda, she would meet the love of her life at her brother Rory’s wedding to his wife, Jane. A young man, Valentine “Val” Zweber found his Cinderella on April 13, 1991. On June 18, 1993, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Rhonda and Val were united in Holy Matrimony. The newlyweds settled down in Prior Lake and were blessed with three amazing daughters- Ashley, Hailey, and Sally. For several years, Rhonda taught gym classes at Five Hawks Elementary. But she soon focused on her main role of being a wife and devoted mother to her girls. Rhonda loved spending time with her family and enjoyed celebrating special moments with homemade gifts. She always found ways to make those around her feel loved. In 2018, Rhonda became a grandma. She found so much joy watching her grandchildren Lucy, Oliver, and Clare grow and getting to snuggle and kiss them any chance she got!
Rhonda was always active. She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens, sewing, and other crafts. She was eager to use her gift of creativity to serve others. Over the past several years, Rhonda had been a part of Women In the New Evangelization (WINE). She thrived in her role of being in charge of the decorations for various events as she was able to combine her amazing eye for visual presentation, creativity, and her incredible ability to find hidden gems at local Goodwill stores!
After being diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Rhonda put her full trust in the Lord as she carried her cross with grace. She had a great devotion to our Blessed Mother and became an amazing inspiration to others and a source of hope, especially for those on their own cancer journeys. Rhonda co-founded Pink Prayer Warriors. Through this ministry, she supported hundreds of men and women with cancer. Rhonda prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet and rosary daily. She spoke about her faith and her cancer journey publicly. Rhonda published two books – Mommy’s Hats (2008) and Reading Between the Signs (2018).
Rhonda lived a joyful and meaningful life. Her purpose was to serve others with kindness, generosity, and love. Rhonda was radiant, faithful, and a devoted servant. She will be forever missed and loved by husband, Val; children, Ashley (Danny) DeMarais, Hailey (Alex) Linneman, and Sally Zweber; grandchildren, Lucy DeMarais, Oliver Linneman, Clare DeMarais; father, Clancy Kaiser; siblings, Renee (Larry Muelken) Kaiser-Muelken, Randy (Faith) Kaiser, Linda (John) Traxler, Lisa (Mike) Fix, Rory (Jane) Kaiser, Robin (Phil) Nawrocki; father-in-law, Val Zweber Sr; and other relatives and friends. Preceding
Rhonda in death is her mother, Audrey; sister, Rita Ziehlsdorff; and mother-in-law, Loretta Zweber.
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We are so sorry for your loss. Our loss as well for all the people Rhonda touched. She was an amazing person that was always positive with what life dealt to her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
I am so very sorry. I knew Rhonda thru our daughter Maggie. Her smile, her kindness, her goodness and her faith in our Lord Jesus will never leave me. I cried so hard when we heard the news. Selfishly, she will be missed here on earth. But there is no doubt that she was welcomed by Jesus and Mary,
So sorry that Rhonda left for her eternal home but Jesus was there to help her get her eternal rest and now is cancer free.
Oue sympathy to her family! Much love to you all.! Larry, Gerrie, Teri, Jeff, Joe and Jon Haferman
Tim and Bev Ostertag
We are so sorry for your loss. Rhonda was an amazing woman who touched many people’s lives. She had a beautiful faith that she shared so freely with everyone. We were blessed to know her and have her as our friend. She will be dearly missed. Still hard to believe she is gone. Sending you all hugs, prayers and lots of love. God bless,
Kathy Roach Bennett
Val and family, may the peace of God’s presence be with you all during this difficult journey. Hugs to all.
Val & family, We are so saddened by the loss of Rhonda. She was a beautiful & spirited soul. Deepest sympathy to all the family. Love, Dawn & Kevin Ranagan
Val and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all of you. Rhonda was an amazing woman. She touched the lives of so many. She never gave up. I will miss her beautiful smile. May God give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. Hugs coming your way.
Val and family,
Our heart aches for all of you in this difficult time. As with our loss of our Katie, I’ve said the pain goes from your brain to your HEART. Your brain searches for a cure and then your heart has to accept GOD’S WILL. Prayers to Rhonda will help you get through this! Find strength in your angel who is now in God’s care!
Jane Marie Rief
We are sorry for your loss. Val and family, you are all in our prayers even as we ask Rhonda to intercede for all of us. Not a doubt in my mind that we have had the privilege of knowing someone so close to God showing us all the way to our heavenly Father. I will say many Divine Mercy chaplets always with Rhonda in mind. God bless each of you with His peace. Rhonda was a wonderful person and she is missed so much already.
Val and family, this is so difficult to write as it does not seem possible that dear Rhonda is no longer with us here on Earth. Her wonderful spirit still lives in all the beautiful “gifts” she gave each and everyone of us through her beautiful faith and love. She definitely was one of the most amazing people I have ever had the privilege to know. Please know prayers of peace, love and comfort are with you all at this difficult time.
Rhonda was an amazing women! She loved family and her faith was unflappably. Cherish the great memories you have of her.
Ted and Karen Kowalski & family
Lifting all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Rhonda left this world a better place by her being here.
No one can bring to an end a spirit that is everlasting. I will see Rhonda in every sunrise. Peace and love to all of you.
My deepest sympathies Eternal Rest Grant unto her O Lord and may Perpetual light shine upon her May the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace Amen
Darlene & Rich Davidson
Val and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! May you all find comfort in God, family and friends! God Bless!
Lisa Koenig Sweeney
Rest In Peace my dear friend. We’ve shared many tears, laughs ,secrets and prayers before meals- in the middle of a restaurant! The last time we met for lunch, I knew then and there how aligned you were with God, and that you were ready to see the face of Christ – give big hugs to your momma and Rita.
I will miss you forever my JHS locker mate!
I was so saddened when Lisa told me of Rhonda’s death. She was an inspiration to so many . A brave soul who traveled the earth with great faith and courage shared her love
to those who most needed it. It has been 15 years since that day we walked together. In that 15 years she has lived such a full life. The love of Val and you her family supported her. You were so blessed to have had her as a wife, mother and grandmother. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless you all. She is at peace with our Lord.
Pam and Tom Gaddis
Val, Ashley, Hailey and Sally, we are so very sorry for the loss Rhonda, beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend. May you find comfort knowing there is one more angel looking down on us. Our deepest sympathies to you all.
We love you,
Pam and Tom
ANNE AND KEITH WOLF FAMILY
VAL, ASHLEY, HAILEY, SALLY AND FAMILY – And I saw the River over which every soul must pass to reach the Kingdom of Heaven, and the name of the River was SUFFERING… and I saw the Boat which carries souls across the River, and the name of that Boat was… LOVE….ST JOHN OF THE CROSS.
SUCH AN AMAZING WOMEN, SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS FOR ALL! PRAYERS, HUGS AND LOVE SENT YOUR YOUR TODAY AND ALWAYS.
Michael and Lynette Nickelson
Rhonda was a hero and a great example to many. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Our prayers go out to Val and family.
Jim and Renae Smith
Rhonda was so upbeat and will be missed. Enjoyed getting to know her when passing off the St Michaels yearbook. Our thoughts and prayers are with Val and family.❤
Prayers to the whole Zweber family. It’s so hard to lose such a loving wife/mother/grandmother/friend. She will be truly missed, but we all have hope that we will be reunited in the future. Until then, may you all feel God’s loving embrace.
Heaven gained a beautiful angel. My condolences to Val and the family. Her faith and journey is an inspiration to all.
My sympathy to Rhonda’s family, what a beautiful soul, she has her place in heaven with God.
Pat & Brenda Holzer
We’re so sorry for your loss and pray for comfort and peace.
All the NET missionaries and staff are praying for you all as you mourn the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother. What a beautiful legacy she has left by the witness of her faith.
Mark Berchem, NET Ministries
Our hearts go out to Rhonda’s family at this time of grief….we pray for God’s love and comfort.
Dale & Jean Moss
We know that there will be a forever hole in your spirit (heart) for Rhonda. We also know you are blessed to have the assurance of Rhonda’s eternal and heavenly light filling that hole. Prayers for peace and legacy living in the memories of Rhonda.
Gloria J Pautz
She always had her beautiful smile – a smile from her heart & soul. . She loved life, she loved her family & deeply loved Jesus. I am Blessed to have known her. Much love & prayers.
Val and family – The Heavens are rejoicing with Rhonda’s arrival. Her great spirit always shined brighter than any other I have known. What a treasure she was to those who knew her! She lives on in every person she touched. We all share in your sorrow and in celebrating this most special lady. Rhonda taught us the best ways to love and show kindness. She inspired us like no other. I’ll be thinking of and praying for you.
Julie & Jeff Nawrocki
Sending sympathy, strength and peace to your whole family. Rhonda was one of the more inspirational, joy-filled people I have ever met. She had a gift for truly listening, supporting others and sharing her faith openly with those she came in contact with. Heaven became a bit brighter when she entered.
Our family sends love and prayers to you all. Rhonda’s joy was always felt by those she touched here in our community. May you feel the support of all who have experienced her love and care. God bless!
Your whole family must be so proud of the amazing person Rhonda was! I’m one of the many people she helped on a cancer journey. A dear friend, Char Voigt, introduced me to her right after my diagnosis. From that day forward I knew without question that she was truly an Angel on this Earth!
With heartfelt condolences,
Sorry at the loss of your sister. May she rest in eternal peace, in the arms of our Lord!
I am so sorry for your loss. I was amazed and inspired by Rhonda and her beautiful, unwavering faith. I will always remember our special connection and communication over the miraculous Mary statue from Lourdes. I know she and Momma Mary are embracing in heaven and interceding for us. James and I are praying for your family.
Prayers to the Zweber Family. Truly the nicest people we have ever met.
James and Joanna
kathryn B Curielli
Val, Ashley, Hailey, and Sally,
My Deepest Condolences To You All On The Loss Of Beautiful Rhonda. I Was Very Fortunate to have Her As A Friend For Many Years As We Volunteered Together At St. Michael Catholic School. Rhonda’s SMILE Would Light Up A Room And Her Charismatic Personality Was Contagious. Thinking Of You All. Sincerely, Kathryn
Curielli – Underwood
Rhonda was one of the most beautiful women I have ever met. She glowed with the love of Christ. I am so grateful to have known her.
Derek and Christine Kropp
Val and Family- We are so so sorry on the loss of your love and mom! Such heartbreak. She was always so faithful and full of life! Literally always a smile on her face whenever we saw her! Our heart aches for you as you find comfort and peace. Love always! Derek and Christine Kropp
Our deepest sympathy to Val, Ashley, Haley and Sally.
Rhonda was a loving Mother and a light to all who knew her. Our Prayers are with you.
Bill and Debbie Olson
Lisa & family, Thank you for sharing the beauty in your sister Rhonda.
Steve and Marla Kramer
Happy heavenly birthday Rhonda!
Thinking of the Zweber family today and looking forward to celebrating her life tomorrow. The world is a better place since Rhonda entered – her earthly presence will be missed. I can already feel her heavenly life showering down on us. Peace, hugs and prayers. Steve and Marla Kramer
Hailey & Family,
I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family. Brielle shared the news of Rhonda’s passing. She was one of my favorite Tommie Soccer moms who impressed me with her kindness & enthusiasm. Loved her Tommie paws. I know that you will hold precious memories of her in your heart forever. Take care of each other.
Nancy (Porter) Hyer
Blessings to the family. Rhonda’s smile and kindness was a pillar to all who knew her.
Susan Amos Palmer
Val and family, Rhonda was one of the most faith-filled people I have been blessed to know. She truly modeled Christ’s love and the joy Mother Mary through her life and kindnesses she shared. Peace always.
Aaron & Cathy Jelinek
Val and family…We just heard yesterday of Rhonda’s passing and offer our deepest sympathy to you along with our thoughts and prayers. My she rest eternally in the peace of the Risen Lord and may you find solace in God’s love and compassion.