Connie Rodriguez

Obituary
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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Connie Rodriguez, age 97, died peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at her Port Orange, Florida, home with her daughter Cici Brown at her side.

She was former President of The Whately Congregational Church's Ladies Benevolent Society and the only female member of the Planning Commission for Frontier Regional High School, South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

The celebratory service will take place in her family's longtime hometown at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at the West Whately Chapel, on Conway Road at Williamsburg Road, in West Whately, Massachusetts. Please join Connie's family and friends to celebrate a long life, well lived. Please, in Connie's honor, wear either white or the bright summer colors that Connie so loved… No somber clothing, please. Burial will take place thereafter at the Whately Center Cemetery.

Connie Vanasse Rodriguez was born, raised and educated in Northampton, Massachusetts. Shortly after World War II, she and her husband, Robert A. Rodriguez, now deceased, moved to the nearby, small country community of Whately to raise their family. They had four children: Cynthia, now Cici Brown and her husband Hyatt, who currently live in Ormond Beach, Florida, Robert, now Rod, who is retired and lives in New York City; son Jeffery, who died at age 44, and son Mark, who died shortly after birth. 

Connie is also survived by three grandsons and six great-grandchildren: grandson Powell, his wife Nancy and their four children: Preston, Baldwin, Dempsey and Rory, who live in Winter Park, grandson Kellim, who lives in Brussels, Belgium, and grandson Barrett, his wife Carrie and their two children, Prosser and Worley, who live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Connie formerly was an insurance agent and owned The Stockade Agency in Whately. She later served as an executive recruiter at Hampshire Personnel Service, Northampton, Massachusetts.

She spent her life in public service. She led local Brownie and Girl Scout troops. She was the only woman on the Planning Commission for the Frontier Regional High School, developed to combine the educational facilities of four small towns in Western Massachusetts into a single system, a then-revolutionary idea. She was President of The Ladies Benevolent Society of the Whately Congregational Church. She was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi, a highly regarded national service-oriented sorority. She was active in several antique automobile organizations including the Veteran Motor Car Club of America and the Model A Ford Club of America. She and her husband, Bob, collected and restored such vehicles. She amassed and exhibited, for various charities, an extensive collection of late 19th and early 20th Century woman's clothing and accessories. The fashion shows she moderated and hosted were widely acclaimed.

Connie and Bob retired part-time to the Daytona Beach, FL, area in the late 1970s and permanently in the mid-1980s. Connie became a member of the Palmetto Club, a Daytona Beach woman's service organization. She was active on numerous committees and served for decades on their Board of Directors. In 2016, in acknowledgment of her long service, she was named Honorary President. Connie's focus in the group was on cancer-related projects. Her special love was the group's support of The Smile Train. She also served on the State Cancer Board of Florida.

She spent her life aware and grateful for her blessings and felt deeply obligated to pay something back. She always endeavored in some way to better her community. Hers was truly a life of service.

In lieu of flowers, please send checks in Connie's memory made out to The Whately Congregational Church. Send your check to the church % Nancy Wilson, PO Box 245, Whately MA 01093. Such contributions will be deeply appreciated and, of course, would be fully tax deductible.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 11, 2018