1952 - 2005
"Infinite Diversity, Infinite Combinations"
"Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
to describe and pay homage to Rhonda? The word that best describes
Rhonda is maternal — in the context of a proud, loving,
independent woman. Rhonda was dedicated to her son, her husband,
her family, her friends and making her community a better place.
Rhonda was the first of seven children born to Bill and Vivian
Stern. Rhonda was born in River Falls, Wisconsin and spent her
early years on the family farm. The Sterns moved to California,
settling in San Jose, where Rhonda spent her formative years through
Rhonda was graced to grow up in a big loving family. As the oldest,
she learned responsibility early on. She relished in memories
of the simplicity of farm life, visiting national parks, camping
trips and taking care of her younger siblings (but not the part
about the diapers…).
Rhonda started college at Cal Lutheran and completed her studies
at UC Davis. Her penchant for science was reflected in her studies.
While at college, she met and married her first husband, Jeff.
Shortly after leaving college, Rhonda gave birth to her only
child, Daniel. At about the same time, Rhonda and Jeff were divorced.
Rhonda met her second husband, Dick, at a Planned Parenthood
Wine Tasting. Together, they helped raise Dan, giving him love,
comfort and making sure that he experienced horizons – from
the opera to King Crimson, art museums to the Oakland A’s,
cooking to the ocean and, always, family.
Rhonda was proud to work for the City of Stockton, California
in various capacities where her jobs were geared to improving
the community she lived in. Rhonda also worked for her community
as an active member of the Democratic Party.
Rhonda relished in her friends, old and new. She loved the opera,
an adult night out, good food, the odd dram of single malt, art
and a good book.
Rhonda is on this flight because she early on developed an abiding
love of Star Trek and its values. Rhonda was there from
the original series on. She actively tried to incorporate the
Trek philosophy into her work and life. She made sure Dan and
Dick attended their fair share of conventions.
Rhonda is survived by Dan, Dick, her parents, five brothers and
sisters, nieces, nephews and in laws who loved her and miss her.
On a personal note, I hope that this paints even a faint picture
of my love and my best friend. Rhonda is thrilled be sharing this
adventure with all of her fellow participants, their families
and friends. — Dick