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Hisako Rodriguez Obituary

Hisako Ishida Rodriguez
Hisako Ishida Rodriguez

December 29, 1933 - November 11, 2017
Born in Sapporo Hokkaido, Japan
Resided in Salinas, California
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Hisako Ishida Rodriguez (one of nine offspring) was born in Sapporo Hokkaido, Japan on December 29, 1933 to Ricchi and Sadayo (Yamaguchi) Ishida. When she was working in a hotel as a hostess, she caught the eye of Albert Rodriguez, Jr. (AKA Al and previously as "Rod"). Her older brother escorted them on all their dates before he persuaded her mother and other family members to be accepting of Albert. They knew Albert would take good care of Hisako and provide for her and their family. Their American Embassy Wedding was on March 3, 1955. She was so very strong, caring, loving and proud. The family traveled and moved frequently throughout Albert's 21 year Army career. She studied the English language and got her American citizenship, as well as learned to drive before Albert's last deployment to Vietnam. The family returned to Salinas, CA in 1972, at which time Albert started his Deputy Sheriff career. They took many exotic trips and cruises with friends.

Hisako was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, expert seamstress, and gourmet cook. Hisako was a classy and elegant woman, who took pride in dressing up and socializing with their friends and Albert's co-workers at the Monterey County Sheriff's Department's annual holiday events. They also contributed their time to annual Veterans Day events, and were active in the American Legion as well as the Elks. Hisako took pride in taking many trips with their life-long friends, cruises, and New Year's Eve Date night out annually! They always had their many trips to Laughlin with their close friends, as well as their weekly Friday night date nights when they would eat out at the Elks and/or The Legion and go dancing. They were a couple to watch on the dance floor! Throughout these last 7 years she often would still tap her foot to music and tell of how she missed dancing! Hisako was always so proud to support her grandsons in youth sports, Palma Sports and enjoyed established family holiday traditions, family birthdays and frequent GIRLS' Lunch/shopping days.

On December 20, 2010, Hisako suffered two massive strokes. She had been nursing her husband from a back injury/ surgery, and refused to allow help and in-home nursing because she felt she could take care of her husband herself. Unfortunately she had an undetected atrial fibrillation when she suffered two strokes in one night. She had been paralyzed on the left side and unconscious in between the strokes, but revealed her strong will and constitution by crawling her way around the bed and tickled Albert's feet to awaken him. When she was first admitted in the hospital the prognosis was grim. She was then in need of a pacemaker, which was implanted on Christmas Eve 2010. Since then she endured multiple hospital stays, rehabilitation, and private residential care. Yet, she continued to show amazing strength and will power.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ricchi and Sadayo Ishida, two brothers, three sisters, a niece, and a nephew.

She is survived by her husband, Albert Rodriguez, Jr., three daughters Berrina Shaw (Raymond), Cathy Hurst Neilson, and Sheila Rodriguez Payne (Erik), grandsons, Ryan Hurst and Cody Neilson (Cathy Hurst Neilson) and granddaughter, Keanna, and grandson Seth (Sheila Payne), great granddaughter, Shiloh Neilson, as well as her brother, Tsuyoshi Ishida, Niece Masae Suzuki, and Nephew Osamu Sakata of Japan. She had so very many loving friends near and far who supported her during the past seven years. We are eternally grateful for all your prayers, love, friendship and support. Hisako would want you each to know how much she has appreciated all your prayers especially!

Visitation will be on Friday, November 24th, 2017 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901 from 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
The Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be officiated by Pastor Jason Barraca of Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church at 536 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA. 93901 on Saturday, November 25th, 2017at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.
Please search the FB page for Page Hisako Needs a Village and post a note to RSVP for Reception by Wednesday, November 22, 2017 so that we may plan accordingly.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com




Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, November 24, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Memorial Service and Celebration of Life
Lincoln Ave. Presbyterian Church
536 Lincoln AV
Salinas, CA US 93901
Saturday, November 25, 2017
11:00 AM