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Rhoda Westphal

October 10, 2012
The Daily News

CASPIAN- Rhoda A. Westphal, 91, of Caspian, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at the Iron River Care Center.

She was born March 18, 1921, in Caspian, the daughter of the late John S. and Rhoda (Brooks) Hardy. She attended the Stambaugh schools and graduated from Stambaugh High School with honors with the Class of 1939.

Rhoda married Uno Aho and he preceded her in death in 1973. She married Orville Westphal on Sept. 13, 1975, and the couple made their home in Caspian. They celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary this year.

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She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Iron River. She enjoyed playing the piano, reading, and writing.

She is survived by her husband, Orville Westphal of Iron River; a son, Keith (Jana) Aho of Gladstone; daughter, Susan Dennis of Gladstone; grandson, Jason; and granddaughter, Jaime Aho

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard, Elmer, and William, and her sister, Ruth.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Iron River with Rev Bonny Kinnunen presiding.

Interment will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Beechwood.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Rhoda A. Westphal online at

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the First Lutheran Church of Iron River or a charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.



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