February 10, 1935 – December 6, 2022
Rhoda E. Wilson, 87, of Merrillville, Indiana, passed away on December 6, 2022. Survived by
three sons, Paul E. (Gloria) Butler of Schererville, Philip W. (Kimberly) Butler of Anderson, and
Grant R. (Candace) Butler of Valparaiso; one daughter, Ellen R. Olinger of Valparaiso; one
sister, Pauline (Richard) Epps of Bridgman, Michigan; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Higgins and Judy Soverly; her parents John Paul and
Estelle Jones; and her niece Donna Ruth Higgins.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM Calumet Park Funeral
Chapel in Merrillville, Dr. Richard Epps officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville,
Indiana. Friends may meet with the family on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to time of service
at 11:00 AM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410.
Rhoda was a talented pianist and singer. She was a long time member of New Hope Church of
God in Valparaiso and the First Church of God in Munster, Indiana. She was always ready to
help with activities and events at the church, including choir, youth group, dinners, visiting shut-
ins, publishing the church bulletins and newsletters, and hosting groups in her home. She was
the family record keeper, taking photos at every gathering and event. She was an excellent
hostess for family celebrations throughout the years, including birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving,
and Christmas. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, finding joy in the
lives of others. Rhoda was devoted to her family, her church, and her friends. She will be greatly
missed, yet welcomed in the presence of the Lord.