Manuel "Meme" Rodriguez entered eternal rest on Jan. 14, at his residence at the age of 79 years.

He was born on April 26, 1929 to Emeterio and Marta Rodriguez in Rancho Tacubaya, Brooks County Texas. He was a lifelong resident of Edinburg. He was employed by the City of Edinburg, Streets Department for 16 to 18 years. He spent eight years being a foster grandparent with Robert E. Lee Elementary.

Mr. Rodriguez is preceded in death by his parents, Emeterio and Marta Rodriguez; his wife, Elida Rodriguez; his brothers, Macario Rodriguez, Fidelio Rodriguez, and Francisco Rodriguez; his sisters, Juanita Hernandez, Evangelina Rodriguez, and Edelmira Ortiz.

Left to cherish his memory; his children, Armandina, Lydia, and Yolanda all from Sunnyside, Wash.; a sister, Maria Elvia Martinez from Sullivan City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 9 p.m. and Friday Jan. 16, from 3 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Gonzalez Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edinburg. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Edinburg. Pallbearers will be Sandalio Martinez, Lugo Rodriguez, Ruben Garza Jr., Oved Zamora, Juan Rios Jr., and Leonel Rios. Honorary pallbearers will be Reynaldo Ruiz, Micheal A. Murillo and Abel U. Martinez Sr. Funeral arrangements and services are being directed by the Gonzalez Family Funeral Home LLC of Edinburg.