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Ismael Rodriguez(1921 - 2014)

Ismael Rodriguez

EAST FISHKILL - Ismael Del Carmen Rodriguez, 92, a resident of East Fishkill since 1989 and formerly of Peekskill, Verplanck and Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, died on Friday, June 20, 2014 at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center.

Born in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico on September 9, 1921, he was the son of Ramon Antonio Rodriguez and Ruperta Ortiz. Ismael proudly served our country as a Master Sergeant in the US Army during World War II in the European Theatre and was the recipient of a Congressional Proclamation for his military service from Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. He received his BA from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and his MSW from Fordham University. He was employed as a Psychiatric Social Worker for St. Joseph Home, VAMC Montrose, and Catholic Charities. A parishioner of St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction, he was involved with Catholic Renewal. He served on the Peekskill Hospital Board and the Peekskill Human Rights Commission. He was also a member of the East Fishkill Senior Citizens and enjoyed gardening, swimming and reading.

On December 12, 1947 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Ismael married Ena Marie Perez who survives at home. He is also survived by his children, Myrna Rodriguez of New York City, Robert Rodriguez and his wife Jeanne Hickey of New York City, Gilda Thompson and her husband Fletcher of Annapolis, MD, Mary Catherine Gagliotti and her husband Vincent of Hopewell Junction, Gerard Rodriguez of East Fishkill, Christopher Rodriguez of East Fishkill, and Johanna Douglass and her husband James of East Hampton, MA; six grandchildren, four sisters in Puerto Rico, and numerous nieces and nephews in Puerto Rico and the United States.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2-5pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10am at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by interment in Assumption Cemetery, Peekskill with military honors.

For driving directions, online condolences and memorial donations, please visit Ismael's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from June 21 to June 23, 2014
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