Mary Rodriguez

Obituary of Mary Rodriguez

August 28, 1929 – February 26, 2016

Native of Santa Cruz

Friends and loved ones will gather on March 20th to say farewell to Mary Joan Rodriguez, who passed away in Santa Cruz at the age of 86. Mary Joan was born to Charles and Ester Rodriguez, and graduated from Holy Cross Elementary and High School. She received her associate’s degree from Hartnell College, and for 19 years, worked in the registrar’s office at Oakes College on the UCSC Campus. Mary Joan loved helping the students navigate the road map of the various aspects of their education! She was proud of and enjoyed connecting with “her babies” at subsequent reunions.

Mary Joan was always proud to be a third generation “Native Santa Cruzan” and told many interesting and colorful stories about events in Santa Cruz in days gone by. One specific part of her youth was participating as an “extra” in some of the movies made in Santa Cruz.

Mary Joan will be remembered for her energetic and outgoing participation in community life during her career and after retirement. She was interested in everything, a font of knowledge about her community and regularly wrote letters to the editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. She was never shy about letting her opinions be known or contacting anyone she either admired or disagreed with, with praise or blame. She enjoyed company, and was often the center of attention in social gatherings. She was active in Santa Cruz theater in her youth, and continued to sing through out her life!

A longtime resident of Montevalle in Scotts Valley, she was a member of the Montevalle Choral Group and treasured the friendships and the times spent performing and rehearsing together. She was also a parishioner of San Agustin Catholic Church in Scotts Valley.

She leaves a legacy of love, laughter and appreciation of theater, food and wine with many dear friends, including the Foxworthy and Burkhart Families.

A ceremony to honor her life will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, beginning at three O’clock p.m. Remembrances in her name can be made to the Catholic Community of San Agustin church in Scotts Valley, or to UCSC Silver Slugs Retirees Association for student scholarships.