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Carmela Rodriguez, 88, passed away peacefully at home on December 13, 2021. Carmela was born on July 14th, 1933 in Manhattan, New York to parents Joseph and Connie Canzoniero.
Carmela was a hard worker her entire life and loved the Lord. At an early age, she helped raise her siblings while their father was away at WWll and continued that work ethic into her final days. She volunteered her time at the Terrell State Hospital for many years and worked at the local florist shop and just about wherever she could to stay busy on top of studying the Bible. She was a seamstress as well in her early days. Carmela was also a fighter and overcame her battle with cancer on more than one occasion. She loved her family and enjoyed all the visits with them. She also enjoyed the Christmas holiday by decorating her house early and baking the best Christmas cookies.
Carmela was preceded in death by her parents, son Ralph Rodriguez and daughter Dolores Sharick.
Those left with cherished memories are her son Rick Smith and wife Cindy, daughter Diane Bartlett, son Ron Rodriguez and wife Michelle; six grandchildren: Eric, Cory, Joel, Kristin, Lauren, and Ryan; two great-grandchildren; three sisters: Marie, Angie, and Jean along with a host of other beloved family and friends who will miss her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a donation in Carmela’s remembrance to https://www.stjude.org/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
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Merry Christmas Grandma, i love you ❤️
Lauren Dec 25 2021 10:13 PM
Although we were not related by blood, Carmela, you always treated me as your sister and I am forever grateful to you for that.
You were a strong and loving woman especially when it came to your family. May you Rest In Peace with your Saviour. Love,
Yvonne Carroll Dec 25 2021 6:48 PM
D Dec 25 2021 4:26 PM
Will miss you dearly. You were always such a great friend
Donna Almeida Dec 19 2021 5:44 PM
We will miss you - but have precious memories filled with love and laughter!
I will miss our "Grandma" talks -
Jan Dec 19 2021 9:16 AM
Carmela, Today I was watching a movie that was made in New York. The guy told the other guy 'DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT' your favorite saying in that New York accent how that made me think of you. We would both laugh as I tried to say it in my best New York accent. I loved your New York humor. I will miss our long conversations were we cried and laugh and in those time we built a wonderful friendship. I will miss your radiated glow that reviled your love for Jesus. You were a good friend not only to me but others in our senior community at the Terraces.
In loving memory Angela
Angela Calucag Dec 17 2021 11:00 AM
We loved "Gramella" so much! We're going to miss her so much.
Christi Dec 16 2021 9:15 PM
She was my Mom and Dad, a single parent that raised 5 crazy kids in the Bronx NY. Mom gave us the foundation on which to build our lives. We all thrived thanks to her and never, ever for one moment did we ever doubt her devotion and love for us.
Mom was a caring, loving person, independent and a survivor. She taught me resourcefulness, kindness and the value of family. She treated my wife Cindy as her own daughter.
Mom, I never thought our call on Sunday would be our last on earth, but not ever.
Love you always your son,
Rick Smith Dec 16 2021 2:28 PM
Miss you Auntie C..... facebook or talking to you by phone. When you need a laugh😁....or some cooking tips🍝..or some wisdom....or some family history...I loved listening to you !
I will miss you terribly Auntie C...always in my Heart and Prayers,
Joseph P Rodriguez Dec 15 2021 10:58 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Carmela Rodriguez
Joseph P Rodriguez Dec 15 2021 10:46 PM