Linda Ann Rodewald

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September 8, 1947 - August 13, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Mrs. Linda "Grandma Sparkly" Rodewald (Wooldridge), after a long battle against pancreatic cancer, died peacefully at her home surrounded by family, friends, and her dog Stella on August 13, 2019, in St. Peters, MO at the age of 71.

Linda is survived by her husband, Terrence J. Rodewald; her children and their spouses daughter, Michelle Mudd (Nate); son Matthew Bopp (Theresa) her bonus children and spouses; son Bill Rodewald (Pam); daughters, Vickie Rodewald, Christine Stegemann, Cherie Openlander (Jamie), and Mandy Volkmar (Justin); and sibling, Berry Wooldridge (Mary). She is preceded in death by her father, Wilford B. Wooldridge and her mother, Edith E. Wooldridge (Parott).

Linda was born on September 8, 1947, in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from UMSL in 1971 with a degree in education and taught for 45 years. She married Terry in 1987. Together, they raised their seven children and enjoyed life. They traveled extensively across all 50 states, several different countries and loved their time in Destin, FL as "snowbirds." Linda enjoyed reading, making jewelry, Cardinals baseball (especially attending spring training in FL), baking her delicious brownies, gooey butter, cheese, and carrot cakes, and spending time with her family and friends. Linda loved to Jazzercize.  She endeared herself to and became close friends with many of her classmates. They abundantly returned her love. She was a loving and always energetic grandma to her ten grandchildren, Hunter and Tessa Mudd, Lauren and Brandon Rodewald, Billy Stegemann, Jackson and Mikayla Volkmar, and Timmy, Hannah, and Emma Von Rump.

Linda was an accomplished musician and vocalist who sang with several different musical groups and the church choir. She was a friend to everyone she met, an individual who loved life and all it had to offer, and was passionate about all things she held dear. Her beautiful, infectious smile and sparkling eyes that could light up a room will be missed by all.

A memorial mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cottleville, MO. A reception will immediately follow mass at St. Joseph's Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Linda's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry at 1814 Boone's Lick Rd. St. Charles, MO 63301, or donate online to the American Cancer Society. The family would like to thank all her family, friends, Dr. Carol Rigdon, Dr. Dion Miranda, and Vitas Hospice Care for their efforts, care, and dedication over the past seventeen months.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Cindy August 15, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

    candle 7Butch, Debbie and I share in your sadness. Our love and strength to you Michelle and family.

  2. The Guinn Family August 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm - Reply


    We send our deepest sympathies to you, Nate, Tessa and Hunter during this difficult time. All our love to you. God Bless.
    Chris, MJ and family

  3. Carolyn and Phil Callahan August 16, 2019 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Linda’s infectious smile and enthusiasm will definitely be missed at Cardinals Spring Training where she made numerous friends while attending the games. I have had several compliments on my Cardinals jewelry I wear thanks to Linda sharing her Jewerly making skills with me. We will always think of her every time we go to our local Publix grocery store cause the condo she and Terry rented in Jupiter was located in this vicinity. Linda will always be our role model. Her never ending kindness, beautiful smile, positive attitude and warm personality will be her legacy for us.

  4. Earl and Joyce Rotman August 16, 2019 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Awe Terry you have our sympathy. We know that you had such a wonderful relationship with Linda. We know too that she was a very special person. So many things we loved about her. Her smile, her bubbly personality, her love for “bling” her talent for sooo many things. Remembering fondly the first time we met – on an elevator at our condos in Destin and Linda proudly stated that they had 8 kids – what??!!! they looked so young. They invited us over and from there grew a friendship like no other. She taught me things about cooking, making jewelry (she always called “candy”, and just being a great host at entertaining. I could write so much more, so many memories that we will forever cherish. Praying for you and the family as you go through the next few days and the days moving forward. May God give you all comfort. Love you bunches!!

    • Joyce Rotman August 16, 2019 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      This is not really a reply but just an addition to the above. I forgot to mention that Linda truly loved her family and loved God with all her heart!! Great testimony for her. Prayers. RIP Linda!!

  5. Terry Murphy August 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    candle 4Dear Terry and family.
    Shirley and I send you and your family our deepest condolences. You and Linda are and always will be very special and dear friends since we first met you on our Danube Cruise. We’re so sorry and realize that no words can help to alleviate the pain at this time . We just want you to know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    We’re so sorry that we couldn’t have visited with you and Linda last April. We would like to keep in touch and hope that you keep us apprised of how your doing. Just know that we’ll always be here for you.
    With love and deep affection,
    Your friends a Terry and Shirley.

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