Article Published on 11/22/19:
Rebecca Rhodes Memorial Scholarship established to honor Henderson native
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April 27, 1992 – June 17, 2018

”A memorial garden with stones, rocks and bolders is being planned for an area next to Rhodes Greenhouses in memory of Becky, and this will be started in the Spring of 2019.. A huge bolder will be brought in from her Grandmother’s farm in Ellisburg, and a rock that apparently was created in Canada, and pushed here by the Glacers will also be included among many rocks presented to the family at Becky’s Funeral and after. A heartfelt, sincere thank you to all who have helped us out through this. Becky was very, very special. and still is.”

In honor of Becky, a Scholarship Fund has been set up. If you would like to donate:

Rebecca Rhodes Memorial Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Watertown Savings Bank, 10729 US Rt 11, Adams, NY 13605


Obituary of Our Becky

Rebecca Adeline Gerene Rhodes, 26, Henderson, beloved daughter and sister passed away at home Sunday, June 17, 2018. The funeral for Rebecca will be 11 am Saturday, June 23rd at the Grace Community Church, corner of Rt 11 and Michael Rd., Adams Center, with Rev’s Loren and Kyle Widrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday, June 22, from 2 pm – 6 pm at the church. Please bring a small stone with your name and place of origin in a zip lock bag. We will be making a memorial rock garden in her honor. Rebecca loved her flower and plants, but loved rocks the most. Thank you. She is loved and survived by her parents Gary and Jolene Rhodes, her brother Jonathan Rhodes and her two nephews Landen and Carsen, all of Henderson, her sister Amanda Bast and her brother in law Tyler Bast, Rochester. Her maternal grandmother Adeline Knechtel, Mannsville, her special Aunts Janelle Lehman, Mannsville and Patricia Thomas, Adams Center, many cousins, aunts and uncles, her companion Ian Dudley. Rebecca was predeceased by her grandparents, Leland and Gerene (Barney) Rhodes, Wilson Knechtel, an Uncle Leon Thomas, Jr., and an Aunt Janice Knechtel. Rebecca was born on April 27th, 1992 to Gary and Jolene Knechtel Rhodes. She graduated from Belleville Henderson Central School District in 2010 and went on to study geology, math, and physics at SUNY Brockport. She was part of the Green, Gold, and Presidential Leadership Development Program and President of the Earth Science Club and President of Sigma Gamma Earth Science Honor Society at Brockport before she graduated with honors magma cum laude in 2014. Rebecca interned at The Wyoming Dinosaur Center excavating dinosaur bone sites, researched the limestone pavements of Chaumont, and studied flash floods, soil erosion, and grain size distribution as an undergraduate researcher at the University of Texas in Austin for their REU Program in Global Change and Sustainably. She was one of the few to be awarded the internships in a matter of years. Rebecca was graduating with her Masters of Science in Engineering Science focusing on Geological Engineering this Summer from the University of Mississippi. Her thesis focused on the Geophysical Characterization of Short Segments in River Levees. Rebecca was also a teacher’s assistant and was awarded a full scholarship. She was also a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Geological Society of America, and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. Rebecca was an intelligent, loving, and gentle person who enjoyed spending time with her two nephews, listening to Phish, and valued the mystery of rocks In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established and funds can be sent to the Rebecca Rhodes Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Watertown Savings Bank, 10729 US Rt 11, Adams, NY 13605. Donations can be directed to that address or the Go Fund me page on Facebook. Arrangements are with the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville. Online condolences may be made at Please feel free to share memories, photos, and videos on her Facebook. We love to hear the mark she made on the world. Thank you all.




For Our Becky: “Some men see things as they are and say why, I dream things that never were and say why Not” Robert Kennedy