Rhoda Swartz, 82


PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. – Rhoda Swartz died Aug. 12  in Palm Beach Gardens, a place she called home. together with her beloved husband Alan Swartz for the last 19 years. Married for 62 years, they were together for more than 67 years, including a five-year courtship that started when she was 15 years old. 

Rhoda was a native Rhode Islander, born in Providence to the late Samuel and Sarah Levy. She was a longtime resident of Pawtucket, previously living in Massachusetts and New York, New York. She is survived by her children Joanne and her husband, Randall Newman, of Houston Texas; Barry and his partner, Roger Emert, of New York, New York; her grandchildren Sara, Andrew and Matthew Newman. She was the sister to the late Thelma Chorney of Cranston. 

Rhoda graduated from Hope High School in Providence, where she became a leading Realtor for more than 25 years.

Always making time for charitable organizations meaningful to her, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and role model, adored by everyone who came in contact with her. Her family was the joy of her life; she enjoyed spending time with her husband, her good friends, traveling, visiting her children and grandchildren. Weekends at their second home in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire were always filled with good friends and family for more than 25 years. More recently, she loved spending her summers in Southampton, New York with her family. Looking forward to each day, always positive and happy, she led her life with no regrets.