Dolores Raisa “Rhody” von Kolnitz

May 12, 1950 - February 28, 2024
Dolores Raisa “Rhody” von Kolnitz



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Dolores Raisa (Rhody) von Kolnitz, 73, passed away Feb. 28 at Elizabeth House in her
hometown of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Born May 12, 1950, Dolores attended Hendersonville High School, and one of the last things she did before her health declined was to attend her most recent reunion for the class of 1968.

She graduated from Western North Carolina University with a degree in education also a masters degree in reading education, alongside her beloved poodle, Lolita, who went everywhere with her.

She was also a member of the Phi Mu sorority, and for the rest of her life, she stayed connected to her Phi Mu sisters.

During her teaching career in North Carolina and South Carolina, she worked with hundreds of students and had a talent for helping children who needed help the most. She was voted Reading Teacher of the Year early in her career and worked hard to ensure her students understood the written word.

Dolores was a gifted crafter and artist. She loved antiques, little dogs, bears (stuffed ones, not the real one she saw in the neighborhood that time), flowers, jewelry, shopping, traveling, cooking and watching Westerns on TV.

She traveled the world, including France, Germany, England, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwa, Hawaii and more.

Dolores loved to sit on the beach and work on her tan, and she loved clothes and putting together beautiful outfits. Her favorite non-Western movies included Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman, Terms of Endearment and A Star is Born.

She is predeceased by her parents, C.P. and Ruth Rhody, and her sister, Paulette Garis.

Surviving are daughters Francesca Womick and husband Evan and Cece Nunn and husband Scott; grandchildren Cameron Fowler, Garrett Fowler, Parker Nunn and Flannery Nunn; and her special friend, Terry Maxwell.

A memorial service will be held at Church Street Funeral & Cremation, Tuesday March 5, 2024 at 11:00AM.


Memorial Service

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
11:00 AM

Church Street Funeral & Cremation - Directions
125 South Church Street
Hendersonville , NC 28792

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  • March 05, 2024
    Alton Connor says:
    Dolores was one year ahead of me at HHS. I remember her well and I am so sorry for your loss. She was always a friendly person. Sending my heartfelt thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to you, her family.

  • March 03, 2024
    Tommy and Beth Tuten says:
    Delores was a light in this world. Terry you have taken such loving care of her. She loved you so much. We will miss her. Prayers for you all.

  • March 02, 2024
    Sandee Carpenter says:
    Dolores was a classmate at HHS. She also went on several beach trips with the girls of HHS. We were in Girl Scouts together also. To say that she will be missed is an understatement! When I think of our many experiences together, I can’t help but smile. May God comfort her family and friends.