Guillermo “Willie” Rodriguez, 91, of Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 12, 2017, at his home, under the care of his family.
Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Cerritos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, he was a son of the late Silverio and Catalina (Garcia) Sanchez. He married Lucia Hernandez on Oct. 4, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption, Ohio, and she survives.
Guillermo was employed as a welder for more than 28 years at General Motors Company. He was ordained a Deacon on Nov. 17, 1984, and faithfully served Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette until his retirement to senior status in 2005.
An immigrant from Mexico, he was a lifelong advocate of legal citizenship and became a member of Latinos United, of which he once served as president. He sought pleasure from the simple things that life had to offer, which included watching television and tending to his garden. He and Lucia enjoyed annual pilgrimages to Mexico for St. Joseph’s Day Fiesta each March.
In addition to his wife, Lucia, he is survived by seven children, Marina (and Wayland) Shell-Skeels of Shawnee, Kan., Yolanda (and Michael) Berg of Fort Wayne, Ind., Mercedes Rodriguez of Fort Wayne, Jaime Rodriguez of Fayette, Catalina (and Kevin) Rupp of Columbia City, Ind., Michael (and Lisa) Rodriguez of Fayette, and Veronica Molina of Fayette; a sister, Isabel Mata of Laredo, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Willie was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Reception of the Body is planned at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette. Visitation will immediately follow, concluding with a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at the church at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, with Msgr. Marv Borger presiding.
Private interment will take place in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Arrangements are being handled by the Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Gorham-Fayette Fire Department or Our Lady of Mercy Altar Rosary Society.