Robert Rodenz
Robert Rodenz

Robert Earl Rodenz, 68, died on Dec. 22, 2017, at his home in Spring Grove.

He was born Feb. 26, 1949, to Earl and Vivian (Vrieze) Rodenz in rural Spring Valley.

He graduated from Stewartville High School in 1968 and from Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute in 1969, with a degree in biochemistry.

He married Mary Osborne on Aug. 28, 1982, in Hallstead, Pa., and lived in New York for several years before moving to Spring Grove.

Most recently, he worked at the Spring Grove Public Library. He loved reading, helping people and considered this the job of a lifetime. It was the highlight of his week when the children of Spring Grove visited the library.

He is survived by his mother, Vivian of Mabel; step-children, Mary Dixon of Endicott, N.Y., Doug Evans of Vestal, N.Y., and Tom Osborne; step-grandchildren, Rachel, Abigail, Brandon, Emily, Tommy and Tobi; siblings, David (Judy) Patton, Ruth Brett, William (Lynnelle) Rodenz, Catherine (Paul) Hagen, Marilyn (Lee Roy) Parks, Anna (Dennis) Miller and Lucy (Jim) Crawford and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; father, Earl; brother, Peter; nephew, Tobias Parks; nephew, Daniel Patton and brother-in-law, Dave Brett.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 20, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Spring Grove.

Per his request, donations can be made to Spring Grove Public Library or any local daycare or preschool programs in Spring Grove.

Fossum Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.