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Rajkumari Richmonds

Obituary for Rajkumari Richmonds

September 28, 1946 - March 6, 2018
Parma, Ohio | Age 71

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother


Rajkumari Richmonds, 71, of Parma passed away at Parma Medical Center on Tuesday, March 6. She was surrounded by her family during her last hours.

The visitation will be at 9:30 am and following funeral service at 11:00 am on Monday, March 12, at Parma Heights Baptist Church. She will be buried at Northlawn Memorial Gardens in Cuyahoga Falls.

Rajkumari Richmonds was born on September 28, 1946 to John and Mary Sathianathan in Coonoor, India. She was one of six children. After completing her secondary education at a missionary-run boarding school, she attended and graduated from Sri Avinashilingam University in Coimbatore, India. She also earned her Ph.D. in nutrition and dietetics there and afterward taught as a professor. After moving to the U.S., she deeply missed her family home in the beautiful hills near Ooty.

Raj married Chelliah Richmonds on December 30, 1985. They lived in Kent, OH before moving to Parma in 1992. Raj worked as a dietician for the State of Ohio mental health hospital system from 1995 until she retired in 2011. Throughout her career, she studied to deepen her knowledge. She became a specialist in diabetes management and worked hard to care for her patients.

Raj found great joy and purpose in practicing her faith and as a member at Parma Heights Baptist Church. There, she and Chelliah were active members of a small group and sewed over 150 girls' dresses for a missionary program. Raj was also a beloved mother and grandmother. She cherished her family deeply and loved spending time with her grandchildren, during which she would often share stories of growing up in India.

Everyone knew Raj to be a faith-filled, ambitious, strong, and perseverant woman. She was eager to make friends with anyone she met and constantly looked for opportunities to serve and help others.

Rajkumari is survived by her husband, Chelliah; sister Vimala Rajashekar; children, Annie (& Thomas) George, Reuban (& Kash) Richmonds, Ben (& Priya) Richmonds, and Carolyn (& Stephen) Wilke; and grandchildren, Joshua and Sarah George, Jeevan and Rohan Richmonds, and Kezia, Miriam, and Karissa Richmonds.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Sathianathan; her sisters, Emelin and Indra; and her brothers, John and Raja.

Burial, Monday, March 12, 2018 at Northlawn Memorial Gardens 4724 St. Rd., Peninsula, OH 44262 at 2:30pm.

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