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Susan Rodrigues

Susan Eileen Rodrigues

Friday, October 14th, 1932 - Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Susan Eileen Rodrigues was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Irish immigrant parents on the fourteenth day of October, 1932, the first of their five children. Their home was the center of neighborhood activity, perfectly paired with a personality that easily made friends…and fun. In high school, she enjoyed playing basketball and, eventually, coaching. She was a bright student and, after graduating high school, quickly went to work as a secretary on Maiden Lane in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district. She had a classic sense of style that suited her natural beauty. She loved to watch the Dodgers at Ebbett’s Field.

A chance, blind date, arranged by a mutual friend, introduced her to Joseph Rodrigues, the love of her life. On the evening of their engagement, the couple visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral, asking God’s blessing on their marriage along with Susan’s prayer that their home might never be without a baby. Over the nearly 65 years that followed, her arms never longed for the tender touch of an infant, blessed with 8 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Her love for babies extended well beyond her own, choosing for a period of several years to open her heart and home to newborns awaiting adoption.

Her arms had the ability to hold and hug without hesitation. She was her children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan, cheerleader, and marketing agent. She was generous with praise but never held back the words one might not want to hear.

She was a woman of faith, a founding member of the Holy Name of Jesus Women’s Guild. For years, parishioners and visitors would find her heading up the food concession at the annual fair, famously serving up her sausage and peppers with a smile and a joke or two. This was the community that brought her some of the greatest, most lasting gifts of friendship.

Within this circle, she found the girlfriends with whom she shared life, the good and the bad, learning as they journeyed together, diminishing each other’s sorrows, and doubling each other’s joys, usually with hearty doses of laughter and fun. She relished the annual Women’s Convention, rarely missing the chance to ditch the kids and escape for a few days of raucous, wild abandonment.

She cherished tradition and the rituals of her Catholic faith. She was a dutiful and loving daughter and sister. She was a fierce and loyal friend.

Susan was proud of her Irish heritage, enjoyed reading about its history and culture. While she only returned to her birthplace a handful of times after making Florida home, her heart and her accent celebrated her New York, New York roots.

She loved the water, the beach, the ocean, the river, a plunge in a pool. She loved the color blue and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. She wasn’t afraid to sing or dance or be herself. Her Irish eyes were the sparkling windows to her effervescent essence, danced with delight, revealed the mischief within a sense of humor that had the power to transform and captivate.

Her ability to love knew no bounds. She had an unending ability to welcome everyone into her home and favorite gathering place, around the dining room table, where there was always room for one more and where she could make a meal stretch to feed anyone who walked through her door.

It is fitting that God chose to welcome Susan into her heavenly home on the day the world celebrates His greatest of gifts. We, the grateful recipients of her love, are forever blessed for a beautiful life, so well lived

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul and mailed to:

Holy Name of Jesus
3050 N Highway A1A,
Indialantic, FL 32903
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
    Address
    3050 N. Highway A1A
    INDIALANTIC, FL 32903
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  • Service

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
    Address
    3050 N. Highway A1A
    INDIALANTIC, FL 32903
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Pat F.

Posted at 08:32am
Dear Family, I am so very sorry about the loss of your dear loved one. May the thought at Job 33:25 give you comfort in knowing that Mrs. Rodrigues will return to the days of her youth and be able to enjoy life without the infirmities of old age. My sincere condolences to you.
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Dennis mannion

Posted at 08:26am
To Sue , Joe and family. We are saddened that you left us but we know you are breathing easier. To a wonderful lady and her family. Dennis and Fran Mannion
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Marcia Sousa

Posted at 08:30pm
Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you all. We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet mom. Love and hugs, Marcia and Rich Sousa
AM

Audrey McKelvey

Posted at 05:04pm
You came from Brooklyn and we came from upstate New York to Satellite Beach around the same time, we lived on the same street,we met and we have been the best of friends ever since. You were always there when I when I felt down all I had to do was to go see you and within five minutes I felt better. I loved your great sense of humor and your loving ways and your kindness. I will miss our phone chats and emails ( do you think heaven has a web site) I am so thankful that I was able to spend a week with you in January it was so nice to just relax and talk about the good time that we have had over the years. I appreciate having you in my life and you will forever be in my heart Save a place for me and until we meet again Audrey
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Vivian N Swiger

Posted at 11:27am
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Thank you for sharing your daughter Susie and her family with us. Her stories of you will live in our hearts forever. We were so blessed to have met you and to have visited your home. May God Bless you all and give you all strength. Rest in peace sweet lady. You've left a beautiful legacy behind.
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