October 16, 2021
Rhonda Miriam Gold passed away October 16, 2021 at her home in Shrewsbury, PA, shortly after her 66th birthday, finally succumbing to a hard fought six-year battle with ovarian cancer. Rhonda was born and raised in University Park, MD. After graduating from Northwestern High School, she attended Boston University before transferring to Georgetown University where she received her master’s degree in nursing. Rhonda worked as a nurse at University Hospital in Baltimore, MD, first in the shock trauma unit, then in the maternity ward, before transitioning into editing and consulting related to healthcare education. Rhonda is well renowned in the sport of dog shows, raising and showing several whippets, including champion dogs, Snickers and Poppy. It was a hobby she began with no background but tackled with her trademark dedication, research and intensity. Those traits were evident in every endeavor Rhonda commenced: nursing, gardening, bread making, and artistry. She always placed others before herself. She was compassionate and generous, thrilled to share her knowledge and help to anyone who needed it. When Rhonda was diagnosed with her cancer, she became a vocal advocate and shared her journey through social media. She is an inspiration and touchstone for many she never met. Her most satisfying roles were as friend, daughter, sister, wife and mother. Her best friends were as close to her as siblings. She recognized the privileges and responsibilities that came as the only daughter of four children. Rhonda’s husband, Michael, was the love of her life and she made sure to remain by his side until the end. Her pride and joy were her two sons. Rhonda’s unwavering support as they tackled life grounded and gave them the drive to be just like their mother in exploring multiple paths and interests. Rhonda will be intensely missed. All who knew her are thankful for that relationship. She is survived by husband Michael Small; son Ryan Kumm and wife Katherine Braun; son Adam Kumm and wife Fiana Kumm; brother Allan Gold and wife Rosemary Olivo; brother Brad Gold and wife Marge Gold; brother Jack Gold and partner Lauren Asplen; siblings’ children Amy Gold, Eric Gold, S Gold, and Leah Gold; great-nephew Henry Bassford; and great-niece Poppy Gold. The family is holding a private memorial service. For anyone interested, they ask that donations be made in her name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, https://ocrahope.org/. Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, PA 17403.
Rhonda Miriam Gold passed away October 16, 2021 at her home in Shrewsbury, PA, shortly after her 66th birthday, finally succumbing to a hard fought six-year battle with ovarian cancer. Rhonda was born and raised in University Park, MD.... View Obituary & Service Information
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