Jennie Eva Roderick

February 1, 1920May 2, 2018
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Chatham – Jennie Eva Joia Cardoza Roderick, age 98, peacefully passed from this earthly realm May 2, 2018, surrounded by her loving family, and supported by Hope Hospice Health Care, at home in Chatham, MA. She was the daughter of the late Manuel Francesco Joia and Fannie M. Joia. She was preceded in death by her late husband of thirty years, Louis Roderick of Chatham, her first husband of 26 years, Eugeno Cardoza of Chatham, her son Charles Cardoza of Chatham and granddaughter Lori Cardoza Reynolds. She was also preceded in death by three sisters: Alice M. Joia of Wareham, Doris Ferriera of West Wareham, and Helen Andrews of Marion, and brother, Arthur Joia Sr. of Falmouth.

She is survived by her son, James Cardoza and wife Octavia of Kansas City, MO. She is also survived by five sisters: Hilda Gibson and husband John of Miami, FL, Francis Dawson of FL, Rita Viera and husband Frank of West Wareham, Tina Raneo of Dennisport, Irene H. Walker and husband Sonny of Lake Placid, FL, and one brother, Manuel F. Joia Jr. of Apple Valley, CA. Grandma Jennie is also survived by her granddaughter and caregiver, Jodi L. Cardoza of Chatham, granddaughter Cheri Cardoza Young and husband Darrel of Myrtle Beach, SC, and granddaughter, Tina Cardoza and husband Gary of Kansas City, MO, grandson, Joseph Cardoza and wife Judy of Kansas City and James Junior of Kansas City along with eleven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and godchildren. She was born in 1920 in Wareham, married at 16 and moved to Chatham in 1936 and has lived happily for 82 years on the same property, where she raised her two sons and grandchildren. Jennie fed many children in town, catered meals for civic organizations and served as cook and kitchen manager for the Holy Redeemer Rectory. For 22 years she worked in the cafeterias of all three Chatham schools. While she never finished high school, she made all the meals and was an expert at meal planning. Her plans were published regionally. She helped assembled benefit cookbooks for Women Guild at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Helping out in her home community was a way of life and a way to give back. When Jennie was widowed during a family tragedy in the early sixties, the town’s people rallied to her aid, giving comfort and helping to rebuild a new house. In 1999 she received the Catholic Marion Metal for her life of faith and service from the Fall River Catholic Diocese. Jennie had many interests including dancing, fashion, cooking, and traveling. She had a hardy laugh that will be greatly missed. Visiting hours are from 5 to 7 PM, Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham. Her funeral will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Chatham. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Fellowship Hall provided by the Women’s Guild of Holy Redeemer. In lieu of flowers,please donate to Hope Hospice. For online condolences, please visit



  • Visitation Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 15, 2018


  • Burial

Jennie Eva Roderick

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Sharon Sparkes Stout

December 14, 2018

Jennie was an active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Chatham as were my parents, Tom and Fran Sparkes. I remember them working together on many special causes there.
Like Mary AnnDurfor and Pam Gleason said, she was our lunch lady at school who always brightened our day with her caring smile and hot lunches. Jennie added to everyone’s day every day.

Joannie Roderick

May 13, 2018

I remember my God Mom Auntie Jennie with many memories and good times.. When I was young girl she used to come and pick me up to stay in Chatham for a few days....this meant to me Dentyne gum, fast rides in a big car and delicious suppers. We used to sit outside and laugh and talk. When I became older she was a great sounding board and never pushed her views, however her advice was always something that I certainly took heed in. We spent many Thanksgivings, Christmases and Easter together with my Mom Tina and the family. A holiday without her at the table was not the same! As I look back I could never list everything that she meant to me and the laughs as well as the tears. I do believe that Auntie Jennie is now resting comfortably with all family and friends that have been waiting for gives me great comfort to know that she will forever look down upon me! I love you very much, your Goddaughter/Niece Joanne

Debby Sheehan

May 12, 2018

My sincere sympathy to Jennie's family. She was a wonderful lady and I had the pleasure of knowing her as
a member of the Holy Redeemer Womens club.

Sharon Joia

May 10, 2018

I will miss my dearly beloved Ti Ji ! She was beautiful inside and out and had such a caring heart and soul. Our family has lost its matriarch and we shall always carry her in our hearts ! Love you Auntie !

Pam Gleason Elmstrom

May 9, 2018

Jennie was the smile everyday in the lunch line from 2nd to Senior year! A lovely lady who loved her faith and encouraged all around her. Many sad tragedies in her life only made her stronger..often thought of her as I was a food service manager for years..her mac n cheese and homemade items never to be duplicated!! Loved seeing her about town in my adult years, even my children knew Jennie! I loved when she came on will be missed dear Jennie!

Marianne Durfor

May 8, 2018

Jennie was my "lunch lady" and had such a kind heart. One day I forgot my lunch and the cafeteria had baked beans which I am not a fan of. The teacher made me sit while everyone went back to class. Jennie came and gave me a tuna sandwich. In her later years I loved seeing her at Stop & Shop. She would buy a lottery ticket from me at the service desk. She was a wonderful, giving woman and will be missed.

Andrea White

May 7, 2018

Jennie was a lifelong friend of the White family and she will be missed. We use to go out for lunch at New England Pizza and she would play Keno while we ate. I will miss those moments. She will always have a place in our hearts and memories.

Benjamin Nickerson

May 6, 2018

I wish to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to Jennie's family at this sad time.

Paula Rooney

May 4, 2018

Such a strong lady, bright light, who loved her family. Her grand daughter and her dedicated support system who took meticulous care of her in the several years i had known her. Every time I would enter the house she'd offer me a seat and something to eat. She loved her home and had a strong faith.