Age 54 of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Wilmington, Illinois died peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Tampa General Hospital surrounded by her family.
Born June 9, 1968 in Joliet, Illinois, Rhonda was the daughter of Trish (Craig) McKim and Norman Lutes. She was raised and educated in Wilmington where she attended Saint Rose Catholic School and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1986. Following high school, Rhonda worked for the Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago. She also worked for the ExxonMobil Refinery in Channahon and assisted at power plants during outages, as well as for the Carpenters Local Union 174. There were not many things that Rhonda could not do, but she especially enjoyed working outside farming and in her garden, and raising chickens. She was very creative and loved to do handcrafts such as sewing. Rhonda loved family, and she was proud to be a loving mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her parents: Trish (Craig) McKim and Norman Lutes; her husband, Ed Swanson of Port Charlotte, Forida, whom she married on February 10, 2012; three children: Monique Waddell, Kenny Smith, and Kenny Bannon; one granddaughter, Cadence Kent, with two more grandchildren expected in April; one brother, Michael “Shane” McKim and his children, Kirstyn, Katy, and Brenan McKim; as well as several other nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles, and her dear friends: Loretta Cowie, Vicki Vana, Chantell Berg, and Laurie Hunter.
Cremation rites have been accorded and private services were held in Florida. A memorial service is being planned for a later date in Illinois.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book and share Rhonda’s memorial page via social media.
Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.