Rhonda Kay Weber Crane of St. Charles, Missouri was born on October 9, 1955 and passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at the age of 63 years.
Rhonda grew up in Cuba, Missouri.
She was the proprietor of Magpie’s Restaurant on Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri for 35 years, fulfilling her dream of owning a restaurant and making her the most-enduring, single owner of a business on the historic street. Her recipes have been featured in Gourmet Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other publications. She previously owned and operated on Main Street, Magpie’s Bakery & Creamery, River Star Café, and The Cats’ Pajamas. She also was active and influential on the boards of her homeowners’ association, Special Business District of City of St. Charles, and South Main Preservation Society.
A true connoisseur of life and living, she enjoyed traveling, including trips to Yellowstone, Wine Country, Spain, Italy, the Northeast and Pawleys Island. She especially relished her annual trips to New Smyrna Beach, where days before her passing she checked off watching fireworks over the beach from her bucket list. She delighted in New Orleans culture and cuisine and was known for hosting raucous Mardi Gras parties with Mike, complete with succulent shrimp and grits, gumbo, jambalaya and corn bread muffins. She was also an avid fan of Cardinals baseball and local musicians, and she played a mean game of Words with Friends.
A “mom” to many, her love and zest for living influenced countless lives. Rhonda hardly knew a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Bess Weber; and brother, Gary Weber.
She is survived by daughter, Maggie Crane of St. Louis, Missouri; partner, Mike Aubuchon of St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Sue (Jerry) Scantlan of Sullivan, Missouri; “adopted” daughter, Caroline Hoff of Chesterfield, Missouri; six “adopted” grandchildren; her beloved cat, Eddie; other relatives and friends.
Memorial service was held Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the St. Peter Catholic Church in St. Charles, Missouri followed by a traditional, New Orleans-style “second line” parade down Main Street to Magpie’s.