October 12, 1945 – May 9, 2019
Chris Rodrigues Sr. 64, of Stratford left this world on Thursday, May 9 due to a short illness, surrounded by his family.
Chris was born October 12, 1954, in Hanford, Ca. He was one of nine children born to Tony & Mary (Nunes) Rodrigues. Chris lived most of his life in Stratford. Chris attended M I Q School and then Lemoore High School.
He married Cynthia Rocha, daughter of Gus and Dolores Rocha on May 3, 1975 in Stratford, Ca. and they had recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.
Most of his life consisted of farming with his family and working at the Napa Auto Store in Stratford where he was owner. He was involved in the Stratford I.D.E.S. Festa and was President of the Festa numerous times as well as committee member, member of Hanford Fraternal Hall, and he devotedly attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratford.
Chris is survived by his three children: son Chris Rodrigues Jr. (Jenn),daughter Michele Christensen (Dave), and son Wesley Rodrigues, as well as his pride and joy: his four grandchildren Eryn & Grant Christensen, Mackenzie & Kaydence Rodrigues.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Tony Rodrigues Jr(Manuella), Louie Rodrigues (Gina), Mary Jean Whitehurst (Tony), Irene Gomes, Leonard Rodrigues, Laverne Johansen (Ward), Bernadette Bray (Rick), and mother-in-law Dolores Rocha, 2 brother-in-laws Steve Rocha (Margie) and David Rocha, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Mary Rodrigues, brother Danny Rodrigues Sr., and father-in-law Gus Rocha.
Services for Chris will be held on Friday, May 17. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:30 with a Vigil Rosary Service at 6:30 P.M. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church 19300 Empire St., Stratford, CA
Donations may be made in Chris's memory to Stratford I.D.E.S Memorial Gazebo Fund (in care of Kim Rodrigues) 16836 12th Ave Hanford, CA 93230 or to M.I.Q. School, 884 N. Lemoore Ave., Lemoore, CA.