Rae Aronheim, 88, died Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018, at Willow Gardens Care Center. There will be a celebration of life at First Presbyterian Church in Marion at a future date. Rae's final resting place will be in Santa Cruz, Calif., at Oakwood Memorial Cemetery with her dog, Max, and near her parents and sister, Mary Tonkin, of the Wilcox family.
Rae is survived by many family members in Idaho, Iowa and California.
A native of the West Coast, Rae was born on March 11, 1930, in Westwood, Calif. At the young age of 3, Rae came into foster care with the Wilcox family, where she soon joined the family and became one of four children. She loved her new family, and they loved and cherished her. Growing up, Rae enjoyed reading books and taking care of her baby dolls. The family moved from Westwood to Santa Cruz in the early 1940s. Rae loved working at the community hospital in Santa Cruz, where she stayed until her retirement. Rae lived with the Wilcox family the rest of her life, eventually coming to live with her niece, Noreen Tonkin, in Santa Cruz.
As the family grew, there were babies that needed attention. Rae loved being helpful and could always be found watching over the smallest members of the family. Rae was always an integral part of the family and was present at every big event. When she wasn't taking care of the children, she was volunteering at church, cheering on her San Francisco Giants, and enjoying the outdoor music concerts at the Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk on Friday nights during the summer.
Rae moved with Noreen to Iowa in 2004, where she quickly acquired an affinity for the Chicago Cubs and became the proud owner of her beloved dog, Max. Rae joined the First Presbyterian Church of Marion, where she could be found every week, tending to children in the nursery, assisting with Sunday school, or helping the music director for the cherub choir. Rae loved to travel, visiting her nieces and nephews in Idaho, joining the family for a trip to Disneyland, and visiting many different ballparks to watch her favorite sport of baseball. Rae got to travel with family to Wrigley Field to see her beloved Chicago Cubs in person as well as cheering them on as they eventually went on to win the World Series.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mercy Hospice Care.