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Doris Colodny Rodé
Our family lost its beloved matriarch, Doris Colodny Rodé, on August 30, 2022, at the age of 93.
Born in 1928 in New York City to Leila Marienhoff and Martin Colodny, she left her home to attend Lynchburg College (now University of Lynchburg) after high school. It was there that she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and met her future husband, David Rodé, a handsome WWII Veteran who was attending LC on the GI Bill. She spent the next 25 years as an Air Force wife while raising their three children. She held down the fort while her husband fought in three wars, packing up to move every few years to locales as diverse as Texas, Panama, and Paris, France. In 1972, David retired, and they returned to his childhood home at Oxford Furnace Farm in Campbell CO, VA and built their dream home. Doris became licensed as a real estate agent, did that for a stretch, and was a member of the Campbell County Planning Commission for 28 years, serving as Chairwoman for several years. Doris and David travelled extensively until David’s death in 1999. Doris continued to live on the farm until transitioning to Valley View Retirement Community in 2018.
The most important and cherished part of her life was her family. She is survived by her three children: David Rodé, Janet Siegel, and Joanne Langford; five grandchildren: Matt (Catherine) Langford and Briana (Kyle) Stevens, Casey and Noah Siegel, and David W Rodé; and two great grandchildren: Elise and Claire Langford; and sister-in-law, Elfriede Colodny.
Doris was feisty to the end and always spoke her mind. She enjoyed reading and responding to posts on Facebook to keep up with her busy family. She was always curious and took the time to find out the stories of people in her community. She was easy to talk to and a good listener. She will be missed!
The family thanks the staff at Valley View for the excellent care and attention she received. Doris enjoyed the companionship and friendship of her fellow residents and staff.
Donations in her name to Lynchburg Humane Society would be appreciated.
Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.
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