Tommie L. Rodriguez

Tommie L. Rodriguez died Monday, March 28, 2005, at Hazel
Hawkins Memorial Hospital. He was 72.
Tommie L. Rodriguez died Monday, March 28, 2005, at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. He was 72.

A native of Guadalupe, he lived in San Benito County all his life. He was a graduate of San Benito High School and studied to be a professional upholsterer at Laney Junior College, Oakland. He owned and operated Rodriguez Interiors in Hollister for many years and enjoyed practicing his talents whenever he had a chance. He also was a Seamer Mechanic in the Canning Industry at San Benito & Gilroy Foods from 1976 until 1989 when he retired. He and his family had resided in Tres Pinos for a period of 26 years before moving to Hollister

Mr. Rodriguez served as a volunteer fireman for the Tres Pinos Fire Department for many years; on the Tres Pinos School Board; as a 4-H Leader in Tres Pinos; as a member of Immaculate Conception Church; as well as Sacred Heart Church and Local 890 International Brotherhood Of Teamsters of Salinas.

He was a Korean War Veteran, serving with the U.S. Army and was proud when he received a plaque and medal two years ago honoring him for his service to his country. He was proud to be a member of Hollister Post 9242, V.F. W.

Mr. Rodriguez loved working on projects around the house, and going on short trips which included the Oakland A’s games.

In addition to his wife Consuelo “Connie” Rodriguez, he is survived by his children and their spouses, Dolores Dribnak and husband Andrew of Fremont, Basil Rodriguez and wife Leticia of Tres Pinos, Julie Shaw and husband Bill of Hollister, and Tim Rodriguez and wife Jennifer of Hollister; 10 grandchildren; sister, Trini Gonzalez and husband Nacho of Hollister; brother Manuel Rodriguez and spouse Grace of Hollister; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother Frank Rodriguez and Frank’s late wife Lola.

Friends are invited to a vigil service at 7pm Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at the chapel of the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home 870 San Benito St., Hollister.

Family and friends will leave the mortuary on Thursday morning at 9:30am to go to Sacred Heart Church for a Mass of the Resurrection beginning at 10am.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery Veterans Section. Friends may visit at the mortuary today beginning at noon.

Memorials are preferred to Jovenes De Antano c/o the mortuary chapel.

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