Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home

5401 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA


Madeline Baez

July 23, 1922September 4, 2019

Madeline Baez peacefully made her journey to heaven on September 4, 2019. She was born in Marshall, Colorado on July 23, 1922. She was predeceased by her parents, Guadalupe and Maria Rodriguez; husband of 74.5 years, Alfred; daughter Barbara Anne; and brother, Manuel Rodriguez.

She is survived by her son, Alfred; grandchildren: Daniel and Sean Tyree, Marlon Gomes, Madeline Olson, Lizanne Tanaro, Brandon Baez; siblings: Nitch Rodgriguez, Lupe Lucio; Connie Ramirez, Henry Rodgriguez and David Rodriguez; great-grandchildren: Shannon Miller, Jordan Olszewski, Zach, Josh, Maisie and Alex Tyree, Makayla and Caleb Olson, Carson and Joseph Combs, Gabrielle and Vincent Tanaro; and Mason and Hunter Baez; seven great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Madeline’s family settled in Sacramento, California in 1925. Madeline and Alfred were married on January 17, 1942. They renewed their vows on their 50th, 60th, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries. They resided in Sacramento, San Francisco, Somalia, Honolulu, and Salem, OR over their 74.5 years together. She attended Sacramento High School and completed her high school diploma through the continuation program in order to help her mother attend her ailing father. During WWII, she worked at McClellan AFB and for the State of California. Faith and family were the cornerstone of her life. Her devotion to the rosary and weekly mass extended to the end of her life. Madeline gave a lifetime of love to her two children, Freddie and Barbara. She continued her devotion to her family when she took in four or her grandchildren. She raised her family and then worked for an insurance company in San Francisco before beginning to work for AT&T Pacific Bell. She retired from Pacfic Bell in 1987. She will be remembered for her understated ways, passion for reading, beautiful garden and delicious cooking. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Pioneer House where she and Alfred resided since July 2014 for their compassionate and tender care.

Madeline’s family invites you to join them for a visitation and rosary at Nicoletti Funeral Home at 5401 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento on Friday, September 27th from 5-8 pm. There will be a funeral mass held at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish at 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento on Saturday, September 28th at 12 pm. Reception to follow.



  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, September 28, 2019


  • Private Inurnment


Madeline Baez

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Mason Baez

September 10, 2019

July was one of the most amazing trips of my life. Getting to see Nan and the rest of the family I have never really met before was just amazing. Words really can't describe how amazing it was. But as I lay in my bed looking at this picture I just started to cry. I just look at Nan and Gramps so happy and together. Right now I'm just thinking of how amazing it would be to be to relive that moment now. I still have the candle that was laying on the table that day and I will keep that candle till the day I die.

Brandon Baez

September 7, 2019

I have to many memories to list just one! My grandmother and I shared birthdays and I feel a part of me has been taken from me! I guess my most cherished memory is when we , my son and my dad, surprised her with a visit in July! The smile on her face made my trip worth it! Much love and respect to all of my family! Love you all MORE!