Guadalupe (Toto) Rodriguez

Guadalupe Toto RodriguezGuadalupe Rodriguez died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 16, 2010.

Guadalupe was born on May 22, 1918, to Taurino and Inez Rodriguez. He was a lifetime resident of San Benito.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Raul Rodriguez, and two sisters Mercedes R. Caballero and Idolina R. Cantu.

Guadalupe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rafaela G. Rodriguez; three daughters Irene (+Arnold) Montalvo, Olivia Rodriguez, Elida (Rudy) Rubio, and three sons George Rodriguez, Arturo (Mary Ester) Rodriguez and Charlie Rodriguez. He is also survived by four brothers Taurino Jr., Mauro, Enrique, and Israel, all of San Benito and one sister Maria Luisa Gonzalez of Brownsville, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a self-taught carpenter, mechanic, plumber, and quite a handyman. All these skills he learned by being observant and helping others whenever he could. He was someone you could count on in times of trouble and he was good to his brothers and sisters and especially a good son to his mother and father. He was a good example to his sons and daughters. He was proud of having given his children a good education. He helped with school projects to his children and some of his grandchildren. He loved music and dancing. He could pick out a tune on the accordion, harmonica and guitar. He was a good dancer and could dance a “guapango” with the best of them. He could tell a joke and had a happy smile most of the time. We’re going to miss Dad or “abuelito” for the rest of our lives. Dad you’ll always be in our hearts.

Rosary will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the San Benito Funeral Home.

Church services will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church in San Benito on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 3 p.m. Interment to follow at Mont Meta Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Ray Rodriguez III, Rick Rodriguez, Sergio Rodriguez, Arturo Rodriguez II, Ernie Ortega and Anthony Barrientes.

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