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Nona (Neubauer) Rawdin
January 15, 1933 ~ July 9, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
Nona Rawdin, née Neubauer, a mental health therapist and devoted mother, passed away surrounded by her family at home on July 9th, 2023 in Wyndmoor, PA. Mrs. Rawdin was 90.
Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY, Mrs. Rawdin was lovingly known as “Cookie” to her family and her many close friends. She was given the enduring nickname by her mother, Sally, since a cookie was her mood-appeasing antidote. Sadly, her mother passed away suddenly when Cookie was 16. Her late sister, Bernice Wallach, took on a mothering role for Cookie during her ensuing teen years.
Cookie had only just begun her university education when she fell for a dashing young engineer and saxophonist/clarinetist, the late Eugene Rawdin. A fairy tale romance ensued with the man she so fondly referred to as her “Prince.”
Interrupting her studies, they married, traveled, and soon began a family, ultimately settling in Philadelphia with their four children. After nearly two decades of raising the children, Cookie returned to school, achieving her BS from Hahnemann’s College of Allied Health Professions and then went on to Antioch University and received an M. Ed. in Counseling education.
After an internship at Hahnemann Hospital, Mrs. Rawdin spent most of her long career as a counseling therapist for Philadelphia Police Counseling Service, Inc., a service that provided therapeutic counseling to Philadelphia police officers. She was very proud of helping police officers work through their many stresses, home and work. Her police clients were effusive in their appreciation of her advice.
Much can be said about her devotion to her family. Years of caregiving for her wonderful father, the late Louis A. Neubauer, were a labor of love. Caregiving for Bernice during her last illness was gratifying to Cookie in grand appreciation of the years Bernice spent raising and mentoring her.
Cookie’s benchmark for success was raising independent children who found their way to define and achieve their successes. Benchmark met.
Of course, she was not without her foibles, which her children would delight in sharing with her. She took it mostly in good humor, secure in her belief that her children were not correct.
Mrs. Rawdin is survived by her children, Scott Rawdin (Alice), Janis Rawdin-Walcoff (George, deceased), Grant Rawdin (Laura) and Suann Shuster (Bob), 8 grandchildren (Yasha, Alex (Hannah), Jake, Jesse (deceased), Sydney (Jamie), Jordan, Aaron, and Rachel and three great-grandchildren, Penelope, Gemma, and Liel. She also had a long-time very special daughter-like devotion to Randi Gordon (Irv).
Funeral services were private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:
Redeemer Health PA Hospice
521 Moredon Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
in honor of Nona Rawdin, to further support their extraordinary services exhibited in the care and dignity they ensured during her last weeks.
Arrangements by John J. Bryers Funeral Home, www.bryersfh.com, 215-659-1630.