Live each day as if it were your last and garden as though you will live forever.
- Author Unknown
  • 62 years old
  • Born on January 25, 1954 in Washington, United States.
  • Passed away on September 30, 2016 in Santa Rosa, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rhonda Heth, born on January 25, 1954 and passed away on September 30, 2016. Rhonda was predeceased by her beloved Mother, Margaret (Peggy) Heth.  Rhonda is survived by Tom, her husband of more than 33 years, their daughter Margaret, her father Chester Heth, her brother and sisters C. Donald (Susan), Lorraine (Neil MacSwain), Carolyn (John Baricevic), and Eileen (Gary Wehrle), 21 nieces and nephews and 11 grand nieces and nephews and innumerable cousins.  Rhonda was a spark, a shining ray of joyful life.  Rhonda was unique and irreplaceable.  Our loss is profound.

Memorial service will be held on October 16th - details:

Tribute and Tea

Location: La Cañada Flintridge Country Club – LCF Room
5500 Godbey Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, California 91011

Time: 1:30pm, Sunday October 16th

Rhonda was a big believer in giving back to her community.  She supported education, science and the cultural arts.  In lieu of flowers feel free to make a donation to your local school, library, science/learning center or arts community.  Here are a few of her favorites:

Posted by Diane Cole on February 10, 2017
I was just notified about the passing of Rhonda Heth. I have so many memories of Rhonda at Times Mirror. Rhonda was always available to help me and give me guidance with whatever legal work I was involved. I always remember Rhonda with a smile on her face. I am so sorry about her passing. Tom and Rhonda were so fun and made a great couple. Both had great sense of humors. She will be missed. 
Posted by Christine Sauceda on October 15, 2016
Rhonda my Dear Friend,

The words from this song, "For Good", best describes our friendship.

   " Who can say if I've been changed for the better,

     I do believe I have been changed for the better

              Because I knew you,

              Because I knew you,
              I have been changed
                For good"    (Stephen Lawrence Schwartz)

Love always
your friend,
Posted by Mary Platt on October 15, 2016
My most lasting memories of Rhonda will be her laughter, kindness and generosity. She was the best hostess in the world and was always the first one in the kitchen helping with the annual Thanksgiving meal at our home. We will miss Rhonda and are here for you Tom and Margaret.  Much Love
Posted by Carole Stein on October 14, 2016
One of my happiest memories of Rhonda at The LA Times was when she was helping to train Lacey, a puppy on the way to become a service dog. Rhonda took Lacey to every meeting. She remarked that when there was a service dog present in the meeting, people tended to be nicer to each other! I always admired Rhonda for taking that on. She was a deeply caring, intelligent, funny, original and wonderful person. I am so sorry that she's gone all too soon, and send my deepest sympathy to her daughter, husband, father and other family, friends and colleagues.
Posted by Elaine Loeser on October 13, 2016
Rhonda was a wonderful, beautiful lawyer and woman. She was a great mom to Margaret. The minute I saw Margaret, I wanted to be her Hollywood agent. She was so adorable, and so loved by Rhonda. They were beautiful together, and I remember so clearly the many nights we girls partied at Rhonda's Glendale house. I don't remember the street all these years later, but I do remember the address -- 1234. It was just like her. Sensible, measured, logical and funny. It's sad to think of her gone, but then, she isn't gone -- she is here in these pages, in hearts and memories.  I am so very glad to have known Rhonda. Those were happy and good days. Margaret and Tom, my very deepest sympathy.
Posted by R Marilyn Lee Schneider on October 11, 2016
I can see Rhonda in her legal office at Times Mirror, surrounded by books and documents but always willing to take time for a social chat or talk over an employment case. She was one of the few women lawyers there in the early '80's and had the respect of her colleagues. Rhonda's smile could light up a room and when Margaret was born, it got brighter.

Many, many memories but especially St. Patrick's Day parties she and Tom faithfully gave in Glendale, purple jacaranda trees lining their street in the spring and seeing her at the Times Mirror reunion last November. She touched us all, what a beautiful LATimes obituary sharing her life. Our love and condolences to Tom, Margaret and her whole family.
Posted by John Lorick on October 9, 2016
Rhonda was a wonderful friend and colleague at Times Mirror and the Los Angeles Times. She was someone upon whom I could always depend to give me ethical, well-reasoned, sound counsel whether discussing the law or life. She was an invaluable partner in working out the details of countless contracts and business issues. She could be intensely serious, but she could just as readily share a laugh and a smile.

Rhonda was fascinated and well-informed, and loved to share about a wide range of topics: science, astronomy, religion, philosophy, nutrition, favorite vacation spots, a new book, or what to eat for lunch in the Picasso Room. 

She was also a thoughtful and compassionate person who cared deeply about others, and put that caring into action. An example of Rhonda’s care and compassion could be seen in her work with guide and service dogs, a steady rotation of which were Rhonda’s office companions during her later years at Times Mirror and the Los Angeles Times.

Rhonda, I remember your genuine kindness, your competence, your wisdom, your laugh, your smile and your friendship. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Posted by Carolyn Heth on October 8, 2016
"Sisters, Sisters, there were never more devoted sisters ..."
(Irving Berlin, 1954)
Rhonda, you will be forever in my heart. 
Love you always,
Posted by Yevette Peterson on October 8, 2016
I have such fun memories of hanging our with Rhonda at UCLA Chancellor's Associates events -- any event she attended was far more fun for me! She will always hold a special place in my heart. Tom and Margaret -- I am sending you a huge hug and so much love. I hope in time, warm, fun memories of Rhonda will bring you some peace and even a smile on your faces! Mike and I will toast Rhonda with our glass of wine tonight!
Posted by Jeanne Karpenko on October 7, 2016
Tom and Margaret your website is prefect for her - the flowers, music and her happy face.
Posted by Claudia Wade on October 7, 2016
Rhonda was such a special person and I was very blessed to have worked with her at the LA Times (her Legal, me Tax) and to have a t personal relationship outside of that arena. We both lived in Glendale, enjoyed crafts, cooking, and kids. We also both were on the Board at the LAT Credit Union. Rhonda will be sorely missed by me and others and especially her family.

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