Rhonda Lee Pruss

November 4, 1955 - October 12, 2021
Rhonda Lee Pruss

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Rhonda Lee Pruss, age 65 quietly passed away Tuesday, October 12,2021, at New Hanover Regional Center.

She was born in Salem Massachusetts on November 4,1955, to the late Harris Pruss and Helen Yashgar.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Pruss.

Rhonda grew up in Peaboby, Massachusetts and was a graduate of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She later became a paralegal in Washington, DC. She married her husband, Donald Messer in 1994 in Falls Church, VA. She and her husband moved from Falls Church, Virginia to Leland, North Carolina in June 2014

Rhonda was very active volunteer in the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington, AARP, various Temple of Israel organizations, and the Red Cross. She will be missed by the many people she touched in her life.

She is survived by her husband Donald Messer, two Aunts, cousins ,and extended family.

A memorial service will be held 1 pm Sunday, October 24, 2021, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Mask will be required in the Chapel during the service.

The service recording can be found is below.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

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  • July 14, 2022
    Andrew Hoh says:
    I was a co-worker of Rhonda and I knew her for many years. In so many ways she was just a wonderful and delightful person. I am shocked and disheartened at this news. I knew how much she had loved her husband and I trust that during these past 30 years - how does time pass so quickly? - that she enjoyed the love and the happiness that she so richly deserved. I send condolences to her husband, her surviving family, and all the others like myself who were fortunate to have had Rhonda in our lives Rest in Peace, Sweet Lady

  • October 24, 2021
    Marianne says:
    I will miss my sister-in-law. Don, wishing you comfort and peace. I’m so glad you two found each other and enjoyed the time you had together.

  • November 04, 2021
    Joyce Hart says:
    My condolences to Rhonda’s husband, family and friends. I received a Facebook reminder today about Rhonda‘s birthday, and found out that she had recently passed away. Very sad news. We were friends in the late 1970’s as students in the Georgetown University Legal Assistant, and we lived near each other in Arlington, Virginia, so we hung out as both classmates and friends. She was so smart, kind and fun - a good friend, and we helped each other as we juggled full time jobs, paralegal classes at night and lots of time in the law library. It is obvious from watching her funeral service video and reading the comments that she touched many lives with her goodness and generosity. I am not surprised. I am sorry for her final illness, but it sounds like she handled it with Grace. I will make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in her honor today - on her birthday. May her soul be rewarded for a life very well lived. My condolences.

  • October 24, 2021
    Sherry & Steve Rotz says:
    Rhonda was truly a women of valor. Her willingness to give of herself in so many different ways, was an example to all of us. There was no job, too big or small, that Rhonda was not willing to take on. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • October 24, 2021
    Myrna Cronen says:
    I recall walking the trails at Halyburton Park with Rhonda and llearning more about her earlier life as we walked and talked at a Temple of Israel Walk and Brunch. She was always willing to volunteer and enthusiastically one of the first to sign up for activities. My condolences to Don and family and friends.