Rhonda Seeber

Rhonda Seeber, of beloved memory, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 9:15 p.m. peacefully, with her family surrounding her. She had fought a valiant battle against gastric cancer. 23 years ago she was cured of colon cancer, and it is now known that she had an inherited genetic disorder, Lynch Syndrome, which makes one vulnerable to getting a variety of cancers. As part of this obituary we appeal to all those who have family histories with multiple cancers to visit their health care providers to consider testing for familial cancer syndromes. Rhonda was born in Miami Fla., and spent her childhood in North Miami Beach, where she developed passions for singing, playing guitar, and riding horses. She studied as an undergraduate at University of Florida and Florida State University, earned a masters degree at FSU. She was a Seminoles fan. Completing college, she was employed as a marketing director at shopping malls in several cities for the Rouse Company. Later she became a singer/song writer for children. She sang for children in a variety of settings, and produced two CDs of children's music. She met and married her very fortunate husband Dr. Michael Seeber, in Fort Worth, Texas, subsequently living in York, Allentown, and Wilkes Barre, Pa., before settling in Chattanooga in 1997. In Chattanooga, Rhonda provided educational outreach for the Houston Museum; she taught art at Howard Elementary School; participated in early childhood education at Aleph Bet Children's Center; and served as communications director or the Chattanooga Department of Parks and Recreation. In all of the cities in which she has lived, Rhonda has been actively involved in Jewish life, education, and celebrations. She served as a local president of Hadassah, a Jewish women's philanthropic organization here in Chattanooga. Rhonda's greatest creations are her children, David, an actor in Chicago, and Sarah, a dancer and physical trainer, also in Chicago. Rhonda was a person who radiated love and delivered kindness to many people. Her children have inherited these qualities. Through them, in her husband's heart, and in the hearts of those she has impacted, Rhonda will live forever. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 26, at Mizpah Congregation 923 McCallie Ave, (parking off Oak St.). In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please contribute to one of three organizations: Hadassah c/o Sandy Tabakin, 1513 Chickmauga Trail, Lookout Mountain, Ga. 30750; Mizpah Congregation, 923 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403; or Privateer Yacht Club, (Chattanooga's center for promoting the sport and pleasure of sailing) 4713 Privateer Road, Hixson, TN 37343. Arrangements have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave. 423-265-4414.

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