JOE RODRIGUEZ Age 85, a resident of Fontana, CA, for 57 years, passed away on May 26, 2011, at home with family, from colon cancer. He was born on July 1, 1925, in Canton, Ohio. Joe worked at Kaiser Steel in Plant Protection, he retired after 27 years. He also worked for San Bernardino County as a Job Developer, he retired after 10 years. He served in the Army during WWII as a Staff Sargeant, under General George S. Patton, and also served on the Grand Jury. He was a member of the Shriner, Masonic Lodge, Fontana Gridiron, Elks, American Legion, VFW, Senior Citizen and Old Timers Foundation, & many more. He is survived by his wife, Diane Rodriguez; daughters, Gloria Vitagliano Smith (husband, Ira), Joni Tovar (husband, Bob), and Diane (Dee-Dee) Crandall; sisters, Gloria Schnabel and Dolly Popa, both of Ohio; Grandchildren, Thomas Holland Crandall, Shannon Christine Williams, Vicent Joseph Vitagliano, Dominic Joseph Vitagliano, and Chelsea Jo Smith. Visitation: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 4-5 P.M. - Funeral at 5:00 P.M. - Military Service with full honors, and Shriner Service at Dickey Mortuary, 8080 Mango Ave., Fontana, CA 92336. Dinner will be served immediately following at Dickey Mortuary.
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Published in San Bernardino Sun on June 5, 2011