Thelma E. Rodriguez HARDWICK — Thelma E. Rodriguez, of Hardwick, 94, passed away peacefully July 16, 2019, at The Manor nursing home, with the love of her family with her. Thelma was born on April 10, 1925, in Sandown, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Ernest and Iva (Sherburne) Fletcher. At the age of 15 months, she and her family moved to Woodbury, where her parents owned and operated the country store in Woodbury village which is still there today. She attended school in Woodbury and Hardwick, graduating from Hardwick Academy in 1943. After graduation, Thelma worked at Ware Knitters in Hardwick and later, was secretary to the president of Sam Daniels Manufacturing in Hardwick. On Jan. 10, 1947, she married Lewis B. Rodriguez in the house in Hardwick that became their lifelong home. Lewis died on Dec. 28, 2007, after 60 years of marriage. Thelma was a stay-at-home mom for many years, as her family and home were most important to her. She later worked at the plastics factory in Hardwick and Sprague Electric in Barre. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, knitting, bird watching and picking berries, from which she made amazing jellies, jams and pies. She was a member of the United Church of Hardwick and often made delicious goodies for different church functions, as well as her exquisite crocheted doilies for church bazaars. She is survived by her son, Norman Rodriguez and wife Linda, of Barre; daughters Linda Gross and husband Clifton, of Bradford, and Ann Fecteau and longtime companion Brian Forant, of Hardwick; grandchildren Michael Gross (wife Lois), of Tunbridge, Daniel Gross (wife Carmen), of East Corinth, Sara Lory (husband Adam), of Hyde Park, and Dr. Brian Rodriguez (wife Lynne), of Montpelier; great-grandchildren Benjamin, Emily, Abigail, Brittany, Casey, Mason and Makana Gross, Asher and Mason Lory, and Isabella Rodriguez. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brothers Kenneth, Norman, Howard and David Fletcher. Her funeral service will be held on July 27 at 11 a.m. at the United Church in Hardwick. There are no visiting hours. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of the des Groseilliers Funeral Home. Friends wishing to convey condolences may do so at dgfunerals.com. Donations may be made in her memory to the Hardwick Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 760, Hardwick, VT 05843; or Justice for Dogs, 1014 North Wolcott Road, Wolcott, VT 05680; or to The Manor Inc. (activities fund), 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, VT 05661-8972.

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