ZAPATA, TEXAS---Severiano Rodriguez Jr., “I am the light of the world he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,” John 8:12
On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Mr. Severiano Rodriguez Jr. of Zapata, Texas made the transition into the realm of enternity at the Laredo Medical Center.
Peacefully, the final curtain of his life was drawn at the age of ninety. “Chano“, as he was affectionately called by those who knew him was a most humorous and full of life gentleman. His life was characterized by love for others, good deeds for those in need, and positive thoughts of all he worked and lived with. His contagious laughter and humor spread joy to all who knew him, especially while running his fruit stand in Zapata, Texas.
Mr. Severiano Rodriguez Jr. was a World War II Veteran who served in the US Armed Forces as a Private First Class Company F349th Infantry from August 15, 1941 – September 15, 1945. His service included battles and campaigns in Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, and North Apenines Po Valley. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, American Defense Service Medal, Croix de Guerrea with Vermillion Star, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Mr. Rodriguez was born in San Ygancio, Texas February 1, 1921. He was preceded in death by his parents, Severiano and Maria Del Refugio Chapa Rodriguez; his wife Emma O. Rodriguez, his son Raul Ignacio Rodriguez, his in-laws; Delfino and Elosia Ornelas; his brothers, Juan De Dios (Josefa) Rodriguez, Rogelio (Estela) Rodriguez, his sisters; Maria Del Refugio (Olegario) Villarreal, Andrea (Fidel) Villarreal, Lucia (Delfino) Ornelas, Lucila (Miguel) Trevino, Rosa (Manuel) Luna, and Jacobita Rodriguez.
Mr. Rodriguez is survived by his daughter, Jacobita Mirta Rodriguez (Pedro E.) Laurel, his grandchildren, Melissa Emma Laurel, Pedro Eduardo Laurel Jr., Marissa Aida Laurel (Timothy) Wilson, and Melinda J. Laurel (John) Sandoval, Gary Igancio Rodriguez, Raul Ignacio (Blanca) Rodriguez Jr., Gerardo (Jocelin) Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez (Elly) Menchaca, and Cristina Rodriguez. His great grandchildren, Michael Anthony Cervantes Jr., Jose Fernando Loaiza II, Pedro Cristobal Loaiza, Ricardo Rodriguez, Issac Rodriguez, Gissely Rodriguez, Hazael Rodriguez, Zoe Rodriguez, and Denaly Rodriguez; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation hours were held on Monday, April 18, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with a rosary at 9 a.m. at Rose Garden Funeral Home. The funeral procession departed from Rose Garden Funeral home at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. funeral mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Committal services followed at Zapata Co. Cemetery, including full Military Honors by the American Legion Post 486 Color Guard.
The family will like to give very special thanks to the staff at Retama Manor Laredo South their time, dedication, and support.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Daniel A. Gonzalez Funeral Director, 2102 Highway 83, Zapata, Texas.