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  • "Rosie was my aunt. I remember her as having a great sense..."
    - Salvador Rivera
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    - Delia Medina - Salinas
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    - Mario Pompa
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    - Mario Pompa
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RODRIGUEZ, Rosie Mena A great jazz pianist has left the room. Rosie Mena Rodriguez, born in Los Angeles, CA, passed away peacefully at age 84 in San Francisco, CA, on July 9, 2016, and was cremated. Rosie was preceded in death by brother William Rodriguez; survived by sisters Grace Pompa, Mary Rivera, brother Robert Rodriguez, as well as loving nephews and nieces. Rosie had an extensive career life, but her greatest enjoyment was playing piano. "Jazz saved me" was one of her favorite sayings, meaning it saved her from ever getting married. She appeared with her trio, the Rose Trio, at many jazz venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She was also an opera aficionado and loved dressing up in all her finery to attend the opera. Rosie loved animals and fed stray animals whenever she could. This love for animals and expertise led to her own television program, Animal Spectrum, in the 1970s. Rosie's originality, humor, generosity, and talents will be missed by all her friends and family.
Published Online in the Press Democrat on Nov. 6, 2016