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Marie A. Rodriguez
August 2, 1927 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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On a chilly Thursday afternoon in Visalia January 18th, our Mom, Marie Angelina Rodriguez took her last breath at Kaweah Health Hospital and became heaven bound. Middle daughter Anita Delgado was by her bedside when she passed. Her death occurred seven years to the day that our Dad, Luis Rodriguez passed away. She was 96 years old. Mom was born in Snelling in Merced County, August 2, 1927. She was the oldest of four siblings, Lupe Franco and twin sisters Virginia Franco and Teresa Franco. All three preceded her in death. The Franco Family moved to Lindcove when she was a child. She attended Lindcove school and was a 1944 graduate of Exeter Union High School.
During World War II Mom sent a very powerful letter to a classmate Luis Rodriguez who was fighting the war in Europe. When he was discharged from the Army in 1946 he put Marie at the top of his priority list to visit. Two years later they married. They lived in the same home in Lindcove their entire lives. The house was remodeled at least five times to accommodate their five children and Mom’s aunt Elvira Franco “Nana” who lived with them until her death. Mom was a telephone operator in Exeter. She retired after 33 years placing calls for customers locally and all over the world. Mom and Dad raised five children. Teresa Miller lives in Farmersville, Anita Delgado and her husband Fred reside in Kingsburg, Robert Rodriguez and his wife Minda live in Galesburg, Illinois, Richard Rodriguez and his wife Margaret live in Fresno, and Diana and her boyfriend Ed Brown live in Lindcove. Their greatest thrill was seeing all five graduate from college. They did it so well they also convinced their nephew Dan Haas to leave Southern California and attend COS and Fresno State. He too got his diploma. Mom grew up very poor but when our friends came to visit as kids she made sure there was a place setting for them at the kitchen table. When Mom retired she spent many years as a lay reader at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Exeter. She and my Dad also counted church collections every Monday. Mom is grandmother to 16 children and a great grandmother to 33 children. and a great-great grandmother to 6 children.
Visitation will take place for Marie on Tuesday, January 30th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. at Smith Family Chapel, Directly following visitation will be the Reciting of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 P.M. at Smith Family Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 9:30 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church in Exeter. Directly following Mass will be a committal at the Exeter District Cemetery...