Patrice Arline (Cheatle) Rhein, age 84, died peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at The Atrium of Matawan after a brief illness. She was the loving wife of the late John E. Rhein who passed away in 2011. Patrice was born in East Orange, New Jersey to the late Russell and Elizabeth (Munson) Cheatle. Her early career started at NJ Bell in Cranford, New Jersey. Patrice owned and operated her own flower shop; Flowers by Patrice in Hillside, New Jersey before moving to Williamsburg, Virginia where she was a parishioner at St. Bede’s Church and was active in the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. While at The Atrium, she made many friends, becoming very active in the residents group and being elected.their President. Patrice played a major role, along with her best friend Peter and Administrator Heather Stockman, in creating the "general store" at Atrium and she volunteered there every day. She was known by all for making her bows and decorated hats. Her time at The Atrium was special because she held a special place in the hearts of both the residents and the employees.
She is survived by her children, Jay-Patrick Rhein and his wife, Doris, of Morganville, New Jersey who unconditionally took care of her since her return to New Jersey; James T. Rhein and his wife, Lori, of Nicholasville, KY; Ellen J. Adams of Oregon; her sister-in-law Patricia (Rhein) Slonina and her husband, Edward, of Oxford, CT; her four grandchildren and her three great-grandchildren. Besides her husband she was predeceased by her son, John Edward Rhein, Jr.; and her granddaughter, Samantha Jayne Rhein.
Relatives and friends are invited for a visitation on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 2-4PM & 7-9PM at Day Funeral Home, 361 Maple Place, Keyport, NJ 07735. A prayer service will be held in the evening at the funeral home at 8PM. Her burial will take place in Virginia at the Williamsburg Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, NY, NY 10016. To leave online condolence, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.com.