Rhonda Branam

August 18, 1956 ‒ November 12, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio


UPDATE: Please join Rhonda’s family 11am Tuesday, November 19, 2019, for a graveside service in Bellville Cemetery officiated by Celebrant Jerry Wilson. All are welcome to attend.


Rhonda (Coffer) Thompson Branam, age 63, passed away November 12, 2019, at OhioHealth Riverside in Columbus with family close by her side following a very recent cancer diagnosis.

She was born August 18, 1956, in Pontiac, MI to parents Walton Frank & Janice (Grant) Coffer. Rhonda worked 36 years as a Quality Inspector for Stoneridge Hi-Stat in Lexington. While at work, she met Virgil Branam and after ten years together, they eloped in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day 2007.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and attended all of her grandkids’ sporting events. Rhonda was a giving, compassionate, loving woman and was also a dog lover and liked to shop. She and her husband were blessed to travel and enjoyed trips to Amish country, PA, NY, Disney, Punta Cana for her 50th birthday, and a memorable family trip to Myrtle Beach where they survived a hurricane!

Rhonda was an incredible cook. She made everything with love (and rarely needed a recipe) and cooked a phenomenal dinner for her entire family every Sunday—as she called it, “Sunday Funday.” She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband Virgil Branam of Mansfield; children Tina Hively, Randy Jr. (Kris) Thompson, Stacey Aldridge, Ricky Branam, Jeremy (Miranda) Branam, and Brian Branam; grandchildren Kenny Hively, Dylan Warner, Shelby Warner, Jayden Thompson, Ryder Aldridge, Reagan Aldridge, and Rylan Aldridge; great-grandson Kavian Hively; and brothers “Micky” Coffer and Carl Coffer.

She was preceded in death by her father Frank Coffer and her mother Janice Brock.

Her family will receive friends from 4-7 pm Friday, November 15, 2019, in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Road) where a funeral service honoring her life will be held 11 am Saturday officiated by Celebrant Jerry Wilson and friends are invited to call the hour prior. Her final resting place will be in Bellville Cemetery at a later date. Contributions to the American Cancer Society may be brought or sent to the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Rhonda’s family and encourage you to share a memory with them and watch her tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • I have worked with Rhonda and her husband for over 20 years. my heart aches. Rhonda has always been soft spoken honest sweet. I can not say enough. my deepest condolences and prayers go out to Virgil and his family. may god hold you close and keep you strong.

  • I was is such shock to hear of Rhonda passing. I thought she was the healthier one of one of
    group. Rhonda and I worked together In the quality department for almost 35 years. She loved her family dearly. May god give her family the piece and guidance to get through this tuff time in theirs lives, and may Rhonda RIP.

  • Was saddened to hear of her passing,she was a great lady to know over the years,always kind to me & always a pleasure to talk to.My prayers go out to her husband & family.R.I.P.Ronda!

  • I worked with Rhonda for many years.Her kindness will always be remembered. She was always their to help and support others. My thoughts and prayers are with Virgil and family. RIP Rhonda

  • Tina and Family – so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for comfort for you guys in the days ahead. ((hugs))

  • Love her kindness, willing to be a help. She was a special lady. Love talking with her. She will be missed. Love and prayers to Virgil and the family.

  • Virgil a s family my most sincere condolences on your loss…During my stay in Lexington it was a pleasure working with her and you along with the rest of the HiStat team members. My God give the strength on these tough times. Bless you and your family.

    David Melchor and Family.

  • I’m at a loss. All I can say is a person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on, and through the Starlight she is watching over you. I know these words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for all of you. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Virgil and family so sorry to hear about the loss and your family she was a very fine lady always look forward to seeing her at work and having brief conversations may God give you all peace during this. Of time of suffering and sorrow…

  • I am so deeply saddened of the sudden passing of Rhonda. We have worked together for the past 35 years. Rhonda was a soft spoken, funny, dedicated person. We often spoke of her travelings and general life stories. She had a deep love for her family and will be greatly missed. The coil dept. will never be the same without her. Prayers to Virgil and her family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace my friend – you have received your wings.

  • Dearest Stacey, Virgil, Ryder, Reagan and Kloe bug, my heart pours out to you reading this sad news. Rhonda was always such a sweet lady. Having participated in her Sunday Fundays, I know how she will be missed. She will always be with you in your heart, cherish the memories you have. feel the love that surrounds you when you see or hear things that remind you of her, she is with you still in spirit. Sending you peace, love and hugs! Terry💖

  • Rhonda was a very caring person, she was very well like to work with. she would give you her last dollar if needed. I will miss her mornings smiles Prayers to Virgil and the family Rest in Peace my Friend

  • I am so sorry, for the families lost of Rhonda. I have worked with her and she always had high standards for her compassion for people and especially for her work ethics, I was proud of her as a Customer Rep. I’ve always loved her hair!

  • Virgil, I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Rhonda. My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family in this tough time.

  • Virgil and Family – I was shocked and heartbroken to learn of Rhonda’s sudden passing. Both of you were awesome to work with over my 15yrs at Hi-Stat. Prayers as you process this.

  • First I just want to tell you how deeply I offer my sympathy and condolences to Rhondas dear family, her husband her children and her grandchildren. Rhonda was a very dear friend to me many years passed. We were a pair of aces together. I love her and she will be soully missed. Again I am so very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Rhonda my friend.

  • Sending deep condolences and prayers to all her loved ones. What a great lady. Rhonda will surely be missed by so many people. It was a privilege to know and work with her for the last 11 years. Rest in peace sweet lady!

  • Condolences to Virgil and family. I worked with Rhonda for 26 years and she always looked at the brighter side of things no matter what the issues were. She will be greatly missed by everyone.

  • I have worked with Rhonda and Virg for almost 25 years, and a short while with Stacey.
    I will truly miss all of the talks, laughs and stories we’ve shared through the years about our families, pets and work. Rhonda was such a great person who was always around to lend a hand or an ear, and quick to share a smile.
    Heart-filled love and prayers to all of your family.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss Virgil. She was a wonderful and kind person.
    Thinking of you and the whole family.

  • I was shocked to hear of Rhonda’s passing. She was such a friendly and helpful person, and a joy to work with. I am certain she will certainly be missed.

  • We worked together for 25 years. Thoughts are with you, Virgil and family. She was a sweet person. Always making me a smile. I was shocked to hear of the loss of such warm human being.

  • Virgil, family and friends.
    So at a loss of words. I have known Rhonda for46 years. We became friends when we both worked at the L&K restaurant on 4th St. Way back when. We had a good time together when we were young. Will miss her sweet smile and bubbly personality. Know that she is in God’s hands and no longer will suffer with the effects of cancer. May God give you peace and comfort in the days and months ahead. I only found out about this on Saturday afternoon. I am so heartbroken.

  • Rhonda was a wonderful woman. I enjoyed talking to her ! My sincere condolences to Virgil, family and friends. RIP Rhonda

  • Virgil,
    I did not learn of Rhonda’s passing until it was too late for me to attend the services. Although I could not do it in person, I just want to know that I pray for you and the family’s in this time of loss. You were both perfectly matched, quiet, kind and easy to be with. Sincerely, Ron.

  • Sorry to hear praying for family she was so kind a so sweet to me at work so easy to talk to loved seeing her every day at work. See will be missed

  • I was saddened to hear of Rhonda passing. She showed nothing but kindness to me during my employment at HiStat. I can’t imagine what it feels like to see the love of your life not be present. My ptayers are for both families.

  • Virg,
    I am very sad to hear of Rhonda’s passing. It seems like I can only remember her with a smile on her face, always cheerful and willing to help.
    When I first came to Hi Stat, I was told that the best thing about working there was the people. Rhonda was one of the people that always made that true.
    Rest in Peace, Rhonda, and my prayers are with you Virg, and your family.