Rhonda Lee Pruss

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

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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  • October 24, 2021
    Malinda Zimmerman says:
    Rhonda will be missed by her Temple of Israel family. Sending heartfelt condolences to Don and entire family.

  • October 24, 2021
    Kim DaFonzo says:
    Don, my deepest sympathy goes out to you in your loss of Rhonda. She was a sweet whimsical lady and I enjoyed our times together. May she rest in peace. Please know you are both in my thoughts and prayers.

  • October 24, 2021
    Debbie Smith says:
    My sincere condolences to Don and the rest of Rhonda‘s family. Rhonda was a strong supporter of the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival and was always the first to run out to buy tickets as soon as they went on sale. She rarely missed a film. She was a sweet woman and will be missed.

  • October 24, 2021
    Rita Reibman says:
    So sad to hear of Rhonda’s passing. She worked hard at whatever she did. My condolences to Don.

  • October 24, 2021
    Judy Warhaftig says:
    Rhonda, was a member of Temple of Israel Meals on Wheels - and never missed a Sunday even when she was no longer driving she managed to be there on time and ready to lend a hand. She was soft spoken and kind and will be missed.