Carlos “Charlie” D. Rodriguez, 86, of Sunnyside went to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, April 8, 2007, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Brownsville, Texas to Carlos and Julia (Diases) Rodriguez. He spent his early years and received his education in Brownsville.

On June 26, 1939, he married Fidela M. Marichalar in Carmeram County, Texas. They together made their home in Brownsville until 1950 when they moved to Sunnyside.

Carlos enjoyed fishing and playing cards with his sons. He especially enjoyed family gatherings and cherished time spent with his grandchildren.

Carlos was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside.

He is survived by five daughters, Irene Fraser of Sunnyside, Julia Dominguez and husband, Mike, of Mabton, Rosemary Esqueda and husband, Raul, of Everett, Elizabeth Rodriguez of Sunnyside, and Lori Guizar and husband, Ismael, of Sunnyside; four sons, Carlos Rodriguez Jr. and wife, Camelina, of Mabton, Joe G. Rodriguez and wife, Donna, of Outlook, David Rodriguez of Grandview, and Jesse Rodriguez and wife, Laurie, of Granger; 29 grandchildren, 43 great- grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Agustine Rodriguez and wife, Lupe, of California, Maria Flores of Walla Walla, and Rebecca Amador of Sunnyside.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Fidela M. Rodriguez, two daughters, Juanita Rodriguez in 1954 and Ninfa Morales in 1982; two brothers, Severo Rodriguez and Ramon Rodriguez; and one sister, Amelia Almada.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2007, from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 12, 2007, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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