Elaine S. Rode


It’s been said that 10% of any organization does 90% of the work. Elaine was always in the 10%. The Evangelical United Methodist Church in Clarksboro benefited from her active ways . She attended from birth and served as President of the Joy Class, Church Historian, Treasurer and played the piano and organ. Elaine was on the board of Kingsway Regional High School at its inception. When the Foundation for Trinity “Old Swedes” Church began in the early 90’s Elaine happily joined the committee. She also helped form the Swedesboro Woolwich Historical Society and enjoyed her time with the Mickleton Garden Club. She graduated from Ursinus College in ‘48 with a degree in chemistry. DuPont Co employed her until her 4th child was born and babysitters were hard to find. Wanting to do more Elaine went back to school at Glassboro State Teachers College and received another degree in Remedial Reading and taught part time until 1974. Somehow during that period she found the time to help out at Rode’s Roost. She introduced an upscale catering menu by adding Hors d’oeuvres.

True to her nature, Elaine slipped away peacefully on Sunday.

The Salutatorian and Best Female Athlete of Swedesboro High class of ‘44 happened to marry the Best Male Athlete of the class of ‘44, the late Earl Jr. They’d marry and settle on Rode Lane. Together they’d spoil their 4 children: David (Joyce), Jane Eyre, Betsy (Dr. Stephen) Rioux and the late Chris (the late Jean). She is survived by 8 grandchildren (even more spoiled), her brother, Alfred Schober (Trudy) and her dog, Schatze (the most spoiled).

Come celebrate 87 busy years Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro and Friday10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Evangelical U-M Church where there will be a service at 11:30. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Donations to Evangelical U-M Church, 14 West Cohawkin Road,

2 thoughts on “Elaine S. Rode

  1. Joseph and Terry Sandone

    Just wanted to say how sorry I am to the whole Rode family.Elaine was always such a calm and wonderfull lady. I have lots of good memories of her.She would always come in the poultry room with a smile to get ice for her chilled coffee in the summer and she would say, time to make the dounuts..That always made me laugh. She was a hard worker and I considered it an honer to work with her.She will be missed. We will pray for her and the entire Rode family..rest in peace Elaine.

  2. Connie Cardillo

    Swedesboro has lost a legacy. Mrs. Rode’s influence in Brownies, Girl Scouts and 4-H was a privilege for many of us Swedesboro kids. I remember watching (in awe) as she made egg white frosting for a cake she baked for a fund raiser, and touring the Rode egg packing factory across the street. Later, in High School, she caringly trailered a classmate’s horse to Kingsway for me to show in a fund raising carnival. She wouldn’t even let me pay her for the gas. She had a big heart. In recent years, after I returned to the Swedesboro area, we ran into each other in town. It was easy to see that she was the same kind motherly lady that I’d known growing up and in younger adulthood. It is sad to learn she is no longer with us. Sympathies to her family, who no doubt are missing her guidance, love, support and the pride she felt in all of you. May you continue feel her with you through fond memories.

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