Jean Marie Rode

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That guy who makes the doughnuts would blush if he saw how hard Jean worked. Her work ethic was forged early as a child on the family’s horse farm in South Harrison. She did everything from grooming horses to bailing hay. In 1980 her green thumb and artistic abilities led to the creation of Rode’s Greenhouse. She was often found with a wheel barrel in her hands and a child on her back. When they were older they worked beside her. Though daytime found her with dirty hands and hair a bit askew if you saw her out in the evening she’d be transformed like Cinderella.
Though she was in school with a young Chris Rode it was years after graduation that they would connect. After Chris died (way too young) Jean continued on with the business and raised their three children: Christina Ann , Earl IV, and Jacqueline Elaine. She is also survived by her father, Roy Reisenweaver, mother, Jean Turner, brothers, Roy and Steven, sisters: Sandy Lolly, Heather Turner, Kristie Reisenweaver, and companion, David Hanst.
Come celebrate 56 energetic years Monday from 6 to8pm and Tuesday from 10am at Daley Life Celebration Studio where there will be a service at 11am.

7 thoughts on “Jean Marie Rode

  1. Maureen Beail-Farkas

    Jean, you’ll be missed.
    I’ll miss our (now) all too infrequent visits, almost always spent trimming flowers and pulling weeds as we talked. It always amazed me how open, honest and forthright she was, no matter how much time had elapsed between visits.
    I’ll miss watching her non-stop activity, her gift of gab and her friendship.

  2. Jane DiBella

    My best friend. We weaved in and out of each others lives from the time we met in art class when I was a sophomore and you were a senior. The time we went to Ocean City for a long weekend without any money and panhandled on the boardwalk for Mack and Manco Pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner is one of my favorites. And to think my mom only let me go because you were “the responsible one.” Raising our kids at the Greenhouse was hectic, but fun. You laughed so hard the day I drove the Gator into the creek and took a table full of plants with me. Your cheery early morning (5:00 a.m. calls) “Hi! What are you doing?” “Sleeping”. I can only imagine that you and Chris are raising flowers in heaven to make it even more beautiful. See you there someday. Love you.

  3. Shannon Drumm

    Tina, my heart is breaking for you on the loss of your mother. I know how hard it is to lose a parent but I can’t imagine how it feels to lose both. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are strong like your mother and that stregnth will see you through this. If there is anything you need remember you have many friends and family to lean on and I am one of them.

    “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever”

  4. Len and Marian Purzycki

    Kids,
    We’ll always remember your Mom for her generosity to the community groups of the town, especially BSA Troop 13 and her help with our flower sales…..always at the greenhouse and always with the most beautiful flowers….catching up on what our kids and others were up too…how proud she was of you…Heaven is truly more beautiful now and our prayers are with you.

  5. Connie Cardillo

    Jean was one of the most honest people I’ve ever known, and was definitely a very hard worker. It is very sad to hear of her passing. She was always ready with a smile, and I enjoyed talking with her on the few occasions that I saw her in recent years. I feel fortunate to have gotten know her well back when our kids were in grade school and played in sports together. A super lady who brought grace to the Rode green houses. She will be missed.

  6. Connie Cardillo

    Jean was one of the most honest people I have ever known, and was definitely a very hard worker. It is very sad to hear of her passing. She was always ready with a smile, and I enjoyed talking with her on the few occasions that I saw her in recent years. I feel fortunate to have gotten know her well back when our kids were in grade school and played in sports together. A super lady who brought grace to the Rode green houses. She will be missed.

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