Mary Esther Rodrigues
April 20, 1935 – April 5, 2021
Mrs. Mary Esther (Daley) Rodrigues of Mashpee, MA passed away Easter Monday, April 5 at Cape Cod Hospital. Wife of the late Leo L. Rodrigues, Mary was Born in Fall River, MA on Holy Saturday, April 20, 1935 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Mary Ellen (Foley) and William J. Daley, Jr. Mary was baptized and raised in her Faith at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Fall River, MA. She graduated from Mt. St. Mary's Academy in Fall River, MA in the class of 1953 and later went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree with a Major in Education from Salve Regina College in Newport, RI in 1958. She began her teaching career in Newport, RI, but spent 35 of her 40 years as an elementary school teacher, in the Fall River Public School Department, retiring in 1998. Mary's caring and nurturing nature as well as her kind smile, enabled her to be a truly great and much loved school teacher. She was a member of the Catholic Women's Club of Fall River and served as a Catechism teacher and Eucharistic Minister at St. Thomas More Church in Somerset, MA and Christ the King Parish in Mashpee, MA. Over the years, Mary enjoyed travel with family and friends to destinations such as Florida, California, Canada, Ireland, France and Italy. Many memorable summers were spent boating on Mt. Hope Bay and vacationing on Cape Cod and the Islands. She always loved celebrating her Irish heritage, especially traditional Irish music. She was an avid and life-long Boston Red Sox fan. In more recent years, Mary loved being a doting grandmother to her beloved girls. Mary and her husband Leo raised their family and lived the happiest years of their lives at their home on Fatima Drive in Somerset, MA. She is survived by her son, Rev. William M. Rodrigues, pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, MA and daughter, Ellen Marie (Rodrigues) Zontini and her husband Michael G. Zontini of Yarmouthport, MA and granddaughters, Sophia and Sarah Zontini. She also leaves behind a sister, Sheila I. Vanasse of Fall River, MA, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Since Mary was a great supporter of Catholic education, her family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory be made to the Scholarship Fund of St. Pius X Parish School 321 Wood Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 (508) 398-6112. https://www.spxschool.org/give/. Visiting hours will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, MA on Friday, April 9 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, MA on Saturday, April 10 at 11:00am. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed via the St. Joan of Arc Church Facebook page. Burial will be private. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.See more See Less
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