Rhoda Chester



Day and Time of Service: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Location of Service: Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, 60 Temple Drive, Springfield, N.J. 07081
Interment: Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 685 Fairview Ave., Fairview, N.J. 07022
Shiva: The home of Dr. Douglas Chester, 1226 Burnet Ave., Union, N.J. 07083 through Monday evening
Minyan: Services will be held each day excluding Shabbat, at 7:00 p.m.

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Rhoda Chester (nee Glade) “Safta” died peacefully at the age of 93 on Monday, July 6, 2015 while in Overlook Hospital, Summit, N.J., surrounded by her loving family.  Rhoda is survived by her children, Dr. Douglas L. Chester of Union, N.J., Terry L. Chester of Gainseville, FL., and Suzanne Chester also of Gainesville, FL, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  She is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Edward Chester, her son, HB Chester, and her older brother, Marvin Glade.  

She was born on April 6, 1922 in the Bronx, N.Y..and graduated from James Madison High School, Brooklyn, N.Y..  Rhoda dedicated her life to working for many volunteer organizations, including; Hadassah, the Sherman Avenue Talmud Torah and its’ Women’s Auxiliary in Jersey City, N.J., Haven Hospice, Congregation B’nai Israel of Gainesville, FL. and its’ sisterhood.  She was named “A Woman of Valor” by Hadassah and was the Sherman Avenue Talmud Torah’s “Woman of the Year.”  She led a variety of fundraising projects including several gift shops, thrift shops, dinner dances, and bake sales.  Rhoda was mostly devoted to working with children and the continuance of Jewish education and Zionist endeavors.  

Rhoda was a strong social advocate for equality and justice for everyone.  She believed in speaking her mind and did so often and honestly.  She strongly believed that every generation needed to pave the way for future generations.  She maintained Jewish family traditions while adapting to current views and technologies.

Rhoda loved to dance, read, had a great appreciation for nature and the environment, and spent time creating beautiful hand-crafted works of art and culinary delights.  She was completely dedicated to her family, to serve and protect them, exemplified the power of love and compassion, and created numerous recipes to suit everyone’s tastes and ideologies.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Gainesville Florida Chapter of Hadassah and to “Chavaya!” or the Friendship Circle at Congregation B’nai Israel, Gainesville, FL.