Veronica “Ronnie” Weitze Rabedeau passed away peacefully on October 30, 2020, after an extended struggle with Alzheimer’s. Third of four children, Ronnie was born December 31, 1926, to father Henry Armin Weitze and mother Anne Veronica Schaf Weitze. Ronnie attended St John the Evangelist grade school and Saint Cecelia High School, both in New Jersey.
In Ronnie’s earlier years, she loved to play piano and was a student at the Corby School of Music. She received awards, and at age ten she played one of her own musical compositions before a large audience in New York!
Ronnie and her childhood best friend were inseparable. They rode bikes most everywhere, conserving fuel during WWII and delighting in their travels, including to their beloved Girl Scout activities. One memorable exploration involved the 2 friends riding 10-12 miles each way to a swimming hole where they relaxed over their well deserved picnic lunch.
After high school, Ronnie attended a highly acclaimed two-year secretarial program at Katherine Gibbs School in New York. Following completion, she enjoyed working as an executive secretary at Sheed and Ward Publishing Company.
Ronnie met her future husband, Melbourne Edward Rabedeau, Jr at a Newman Center in Boulder, Colorado. They were married on June 9, 1954 and soon settled in Rochester, NY. Three children followed in quick succession. In 1960 the family moved cross country to Saratoga, CA, where Mel joined IBM San Jose and Ronnie mixed homemaking with a variety of volunteer activities. She enjoyed helping at Los Gatos Village House Ming Quong charity, Foothill Club, Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose, the Community Concert series, and more. She had such a big heart for helping others, often bringing her wonderful cooking to those who had cancer or surgeries, as well as driving them to appointments. She even rekindled her love of Girl Scouts while volunteering as a troop leader.
Ronnie put her creative talent to use by having her own flower arranging business. The family reaped the benefits by always having beautiful arrangements throughout the house and even at family picnics. She often included a flower arrangement when taking food to sick friends. She also took much care in making sure the garden had flowers to enjoy throughout the seasons.
Ronnie was such a friendly and outgoing person who loved even talking to strangers. I remember one time at the airport when she was lagging behind, making a new friend. Being social, she looked forward to her three Bridge groups. She loved hosting gatherings and always made them special with her gourmet cooking.
Following Mel’s retirement in 1991, Mel and Ronnie traveled extensively, pursuing the perfect light and form as expressed in their photography shown at Aegis Gallery cooperative in Saratoga. Mel was the expert in processing the photos in the darkroom until he went to computer processing. Ronnie added a special touch in deciding what color mat and frame would bring out certain colors in the photos. They both loved participating in their local Camera Club. They were such a great team!
Ronnie, who was preceded in death by Mel in February, 2020, is survived by her three children and four grandchildren: Jeanine, Louise and spouse Paul and daughters Christina and Marissa, Thomas and spouse Jane and their children Jennifer and John.
Ronnie was a caring, kind person who was loved by many! She was such a giver and always put others first. We are so thankful for having her in our lives! We love you and miss you!
NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus, we have postponed the Celebration of Life which will be combined with Mel’s once it is safe to gather. Please email Rabedeaufamily@gmail.com to be notified.
In lieu of flowers, you’re invited to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. https://www.alz.org