May 13, 1929 – January 1, 2021
Bernard Rodriguez, 91, of Omaha, formerly of Gering, passed away on January 1, 2021 at Omaha, Nebraska. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, January 7, 2021 with the Rosary recited at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Friday, January 8, 2021. Both services will be private due to the COVID-19 restrictions and will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Bayard with Dr. Rev. C P Varghese officiating. Both will be livestreamed on the Bridgeport Memorial Chapel website and facebook page. Interment will follow the Mass on Friday in the Veterans Circle at the Bayard Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.bridgeportmemorialchapel.com
Bernard was born May 13, 1929 at Bayard, Nebraska to Margarito Rodriguez and Bibiana (Varela) Olivarez. He received his education in the Bayard Schools. He enlisted in the United States Army on April 1, 1951 and served until his honorable discharge on January 30, 1953.
Bernard was united in marriage to Viola Maestas on June 23, 1956 in Gering, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Bayard, Nebraska and were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include his spouse Agnes Rodriguez; sisters Jane Hernandez of Bayard, Ruby Marquez of Gering, and Irene Brabo of El Paso, TX; sons Paul (Wanda) Rodriguez of Lincoln, NE, Patrick (Judy) Rodriguez of Colorado Springs, CO, and Vincent (Katherine) Rodriguez of Omaha; daughters Veronica (Terry) Schmidt of Colorado Springs, CO; and Vivian Rodriguez of Loveland, CO; 17 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joe, John, Fred, Frank, and Robin Olivarez; sister Elpidia Muro; son Bernard; daughter Nadine, nephew Rick Hernandez.
- Josh Rodriguez, Casket Bearer
- Joshua Schmidt, Casket Bearer
- Jordan Schmidt, Casket Bearer
- Antonio Rodriguez, Casket Bearer
- Nathan Marquez, Casket Bearer
- Kurt Reynolds, Casket Bearer
January 8, 2021
I will never forget the times we spent together. I was so very blessed to have been with you during your last minutes. Being able to spend thanksgiving, Christmas and even my birthday with you. I’ll never forget going to Scottys and you giving me big bags of quarters whenever I saw you. I will never ever forget you and the kindness you have given me. You were seriously the best grandfather ever. I love you so much. Rest In Peace gramps.
January 8, 2021
You were loved deeply ❤️❤️
January 7, 2021
I remember as a little kid always looking forward to seeing my grandpa every Christmas. It never failed, every Xmas even if we didn't get to see you we could always count on you to give all of us $50 for presents..... then I remember our last moment spent together; I came over to see you for your last Father's Day here on earth with us. I remember asking you how you were doing and you said "I'm not doing very good hito". That moment hurt. But I was glad I got to see & spend a little of Father's day with my grandpa. It made me feel good to see you smile even tho u were in pain. I love you! And you will always be remembered.... Say hi to uncle Bernie for me up there. Til we meet again in Heaven RIP 🙏
January 7, 2021
You were an amazing man, a gorgeous soul, and most of all a tremendous grandfather. My heart hurts knowing I wasn’t able to hug you or say goodbye. I wish things were different. I love you grandpa.
January 6, 2021
I love you so much, I’m terribly saddened that I was unable to visit or see you the past year, but I love you so much and so did our entire family! You will be dearly missed, and forever in our hearts.
Until next time, love ya kid! ❤️
Danny and Stella Lopez
January 5, 2021
Our prayers and condolences to the family of the Bernard Rodriguez family. May God comfort you all especially during this very difficult time. RIP: Bernard Rodriguez.
Danny and Stella ( Moreno) Lopez