Funeral Details

Rhonda Lerner

September 22, 1954 - September 3, 2023


Date and Time

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 12 Noon


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Nancy Landsman


Shalom Memorial Park
1700 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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Jameson's Charhouse
1331 West Dundee Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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Following the interment at 2:30PM

Memorial Contributions

World Central Kitchen
Attn: Donor Services
200 Mass Avenue NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20001


Rhonda Lerner, 68

Beloved wife, soulmate, best friend and love of his life of Robert Lerner for 40 years. Cherished sister and best friend of Holli Wagner. Devoted daughter of Sheldon Wagner and June Kaplan. Loved and will be sorely missed by many friends. Rhonda lived life to the fullest and impacted many lives. Service Wednesday, at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to World Central Kitchen Attn: Donor Services 200 Mass Ave NW, 7th Floor Washington, DC 20001, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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I became acquainted with Rhonda, Bob, and Holli a couple of years ago at Martyrs. We shared a love of rock 'n roll and ran into each other there several more times. It was fun to dance and sing and enjoy the live music together! My sincere condolences to her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing.

Dory Rand
September 4, 2023
Sincere condolences to you and your whole family. Rhonda was beautiful person inside and out.

Joseph Cozza
September 4, 2023
You will be missed. We you to call Holli and Rhonda our step sisters.. but many years ago we decided to remove the step of it all and just say rest in peace dear sister. Love you Bob and Holli. Trina and Mike

Trina Garcia
September 4, 2023
I met Rhonda fifty years ago when Rachel Winpar and I were together and we all became roommates at IT in Champaign in 1973. Rhonda was a passionate music fan and a great dancer. She was full of life and loved to party, as did we all. It was a wild time and yet we all graduated. I had fun memories of when she was working downtown a few blocks away from where Bob was working for the Fourier and I was working for Joseph's shoe salon. Always up to go out and hear music and party, Rhonda had abounding energy. And, to boot she had to work in college as did I and Ted at the Ramada Inn, as banquet waiters. We shared many firsts together. Her wedding to Bob who I've known since age two, was the best wedding party ever! (Bob and I met at his Dad's joint, Lerner's red hots which we all craved.) Bob my heart breaks for you. You two had a beautiful and long relationship. One in a thousand. May Rhonda's memory be a blessing 🇮🇱

Howie Specter
September 4, 2023
Rhonda was a very dear friend who I shared many fun times with. Dinners, pool parties, vacations and conversations through the 30 years of our friendship. She was very loving and kind to our two daughters Sarah and Michelle. She will always live in my heart and be remembered fondly forever.

Mary Kish
September 5, 2023
I was lucky enough to have Rhonda as a first cousin. I've known her my entire life, and I couldn't of asked to be related to a better person. She genuinely cared about others, and she was always willing to listen and offer advice, which was always spot on Perfect. This is a huge loss for me as I told her many times everyone needs a cousin Rhonda in their life.

Steve Dessent
September 5, 2023
Rhonda and I go back a long time. We met in high school when we were in the BBG. She went to Niles East and I went to Evanston but we lived only and a few blocks away. We also both worked at Turnstyle. She managed what they called the 'front end.' Then, several years passed and the next time we spoke was when I managed her mom June's property in Northbrook. I helped her with many issues and saw her through the sale of the unit. After that we were to meet up but unfortunately that didn't occur. She was always very kind and fun to be with and I'm so very sorry to hear this. May her memory be a blessing.
Marla Cooper Kryska

Marla Kryska
September 5, 2023
Bob and Holli,

Our hearts are breaking for you with Rhonda's passing. While we can't be with you in person, please know our prayers and thoughts are being lifted up throughout the day and days ahead. We have so many fond memories of good times spent together. Camping, canoeing, parties at Brad and Mary's, so many great memories. We can still hear Rhonda's laugh and remember her always meeting the goal of never getting her paddle wet when we canoed! We hope in the times ahead that the good memories will bring you peace as you grieve Rhonda's passing. We love you.

Bill and Hillary Marsh
September 6, 2023
Bobby we are so incredibly sorry for the loss of your soulmate, Rhonda. Please know we are here for you and do not hesitate to reach out.
Holli we also express our sincere condolence on the loss of your sister and best friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as well.
The Lerner Family

Alison Lerner
September 7, 2023