Martha Rodriguez (Nemec), 94, peacefully passed away to join the Saints in Heaven, surrounded by her loving family Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Woodbridge Health Campus.
She was born on June 26, 1923 to Josef and Lucié Nemec in Nový Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia. She grew up in Hrabachov, Czechoslovakia with her family in the midst of World War II. In 1939 she was taken by the Germans as forced labor in a munitions work camp. Knowing the assigned job was going to be used to kill, she secretly sabotaged a munitions machine. In so doing, it backfired and damaged the machine and injured her in the process. Fearing the Germans might suspect her interference, she was reassigned to another part of the camp. While in the all-female work camp, she was often asked to yodel with other women which she loved to do. She spent the rest of the war as forced labor.
Surviving the entire war in Berlin, she and all others in her same situation, were liberated by the Russians as the war ended. She made her way to Mexico City, Mexico in 1948 when the Communists were taking over Czechoslovakia. As a result of this life changing experience, Martha was a very disciplined and strong willed person.
While working in the Mexican Embassy as a domestic, she met Alfred Rodriguez, who at the time was working for his father's dry cleaning service. He would deliver clothes to the Embassy, and she would receive the deliveries. They married March 19, 1951 in Mexico City, Mexico.
They came to Idaville in 1954 to work for the Crowell Family Farm and ultimately came to reside in Logansport. Martha was a homemaker who loved gardening, as her yard was always lovely and well-manicured.
Watching Lawrence Welk on Saturday evenings with Al was true enjoyment including watching their beloved Notre Dame football games. She had a very competitive nature when it came to playing games with her family, her favorite was playing canasta when the family gathered. She lovingly adored her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Al, daughters Lucia (Dave) Levermore, Alfred (Vickie) Rodriguez, Francis "Chico" (Susan) Rodriguez, and Elizabeth (Michael Kowalski) Rodriguez; grandchildren, Lindsey (Robert) Penn, Brandon (Alex) Rodriguez, Michael (June) Rodriguez, and Alfred Rodriguez; and great-grandchildren, Ryder, Jack, Hudson, and Noah Rodriguez, Brennan and Kallie Penn, Erik, A.J. and Kody Rodriguez.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13 in All Saints Catholic Church with Father Dominic Petan officiating.
Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday, July 14.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Fisher Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. You may share condolences and view her video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.
Published on July 9, 2017