(May 10, 2004)
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Wyoming pioneer, Antonia (Toni) Maestas Rodriguez, 92, who died in Anchorage, Alas., on Monday, May 10.
Four priests will preside at the funeral Mass. Father Pete Johnson is celebrant, with co-celebrants to include former St. Barbara's priests, Father Charles Taylor, Father John Wright and Father Tom Ogg.
A visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Miratsky Memorial Chapel. Friends and family are invited to share memories of Antonia at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's Parish with a Rosary to follow.
She was born Nov. 17, 1911, in Rociada, N.M. Her family moved to Powell in 1923. She was orphaned at age 13. She withdrew from school to help her brother raise their younger siblings.
She married Paul Rodriguez Dec. 6, 1929, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Billings, Mont. As a mother of six, she and her husband farmed in Powell until 1963 when they moved to Ceres, Calif., where she worked in a nursing home. They returned to Ralston in 1969 where she has since resided.
She has been an inspiration to her family and friends, as she lived independently, gardening and cooking until suffering a stroke in January, 2004, in Anchorage, Alas. She was recovering well until her sudden illness on May 5, 2004.
Survivors include her sons, Paul Rodriguez, Jr. (Beth) and Jim Rodriguez (Becky), both of Powell, and Roger Rodriguez (Irene) of Westminster, Colo.; her daughters, Virginia Damori (Jim) of Ralston and Patricia Roorda (Reg) of Eagle River, Alas.; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Esther Gonzales, and her husband, Paul, Sr.
Her devoted faith sustained her through many challenges. She will truly be missed by everyone whose heart she touched. Miratsky Memorial Chapels in Powell and Memorial Chapel in Anchorage, Alas., were in charge of arrangements.