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Barbara Ann Rodarme-Diaz


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Barbara Ann Rodarme-Diaz Obituary
Barbara Ann Rodarme-Diaz, 84, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016 at her home in Wapello, surrounded by her family.  
Born on Jan. 5, 1932, at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Wash., to William and Grace Rodarme. Barbara was the middle child of three born to William and Grace.
She attended schools in Seattle and Los Angeles. Barbara met the love of her life in 1951 in Los Angeles, her husband of 60 years Alex Diaz. They were married in Las Vegas on April 5, 1952 in a civil ceremony. After being baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church, Barbara and Alex received the sacrament of marriage at Holy Family Parish Catholic Church in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 8, 1954.
Alex was a young Marine when he met Barbara in Los Angeles and together they started a Marine family as she followed him from post to post, raising their three children, Joseph, David, and Teresa until their retirement from the Marine Corps in August of 1969. The family then moved to Blackfoot so Alex could be near his home town of Pocatello. In 1970, the family moved to their home and final post for Barbara and Alex in Wapello, where Barbara lived for the next 46 years.
Barbara was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. She was a Den Mother for her son's Cub Scout pack and a leader in her daughter's Girl Scout troop. She also helped raise her grandchildren. Barbara and Alex were longtime members of the Blackfoot Elk's Club where she was involved with the Does. 
They spent many occasions dancing together at Elk functions with longtime friends. She also enjoyed for many years the annual trips around the country for the conventions her and Alex would attend for Korean War Veterans of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade. Vacations with Deanna and La Verelle Stecklein, trips to Seattle to see her son Joe and his family, her sister Pat, brother-in-law Curt and their family.
She has been a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Blackfoot since 1969 and has been involved in many church activities throughout the years.
Barbara was also an avid animal lover. She adopted many stray cats that would live outdoors at the family home. The first thing she did with any new cat that wondered to her back porch she would take it to the vet for shots and to be spaded or neutered. Her daily routine was to get up, get a cup of coffee, and feed the cats. Her love for animals found her not only feeding the cats she adopted, but also the local raccoons and skunks that visited her house frequently.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Grace, and her late husband Alex. She is survived by her sister Patricia and Curtis Sweeney of Renton, Washington, her brothers William and Martha Rodarme of Newbury Park, California, and Edmond and Cindy Miller of Vista, California. 
She is also survived by her three children, Joseph and Valentina Diaz of Tacoma, Washington, David and Debbie Diaz of Blackfoot, and Teresa and Rocky Cronquist of Blackfoot, by her 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. A rosary service will be held 6 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the Hawker Funeral Home, with a visitation with her family to follow until 8 p.m. and again one hour prior to the services on Saturday. Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family atwww.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on June 16, 2016
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