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Obituaries

August 27, 2010

Manuel Antonio Rodriguez [Luke]

— LUKE — Graveside memorial services were held at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Westernport, for Manuel Antonio Rodriguez, 89, of South Euclid Ave., Pasadena, Calif., formerly of Luke.  

Mr. Rodriguez died on Jan. 22, 2010, and his body was cremated. Monsignor James Hannon officiated over the burial of the ashes.

Born June 9, 1920, in Clarksburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Jose’ and Carolina (Cuervo) Rodriguez. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph “Jake” Rod-riguez; and a sister, Olive Alvarez.

He graduated from Bruce High School, Westernport. He was a decorated veteran of the Military Intelligence Corps of the United States Army during World War II. He was attached to General Patton’s 1st Armored Division; 1 Armored Corp, II Corps and Seventh Army Headquarters, until it came under General Patch’s command. He participated in all of the D-Day invasions in which both generals were engaged including North Africa, Tunisia, Sicily and Southern France, through the Battle of the Bulge and the gates of Berlin, with decorations and honor, including receiving the Bronze Star. He returned to finish his undergraduate degree from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. He also received a master’s degree from the University of Texas, El Paso, ultimately receiving a doctorate in romance languages from the University of Madrid and post doctorates from the School of International Relations at Johns Hopkins and another in bilingual education from Purdue University. He was a professor of Spanish at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Rodriguez, Pasadena; two sons, Eloy Manuel Rodriguez, Ridgecrest, Calif., and Rey Marcelo Rodriguez, Pasadena; four grandsons, Diego Antonio Rodriguez, Pablo Francisco Rodriguez, Manuel Rodriguez and Ronises Rodriguez; and three sisters, Mrs. Audrey Nolan of Luke, Mrs. Banna Ghioto of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Eloise Ack of Rawlings.

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