Elsa T. Rodriguez Vega, age 85, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.
She was born on July 29, 1931 in Guanica, Puerto Rico. She was the daughter of the late Domingo and Santia Vega Torres and spent the majority of her life on the island until moving to New York with her husband and four children. She worked for many years at a Day Care Center for Catholic Charities in Manhattan.
Elsa would return back to Puerto Rico to the town of Yauco with her husband Benjamin Rodriguez Vega for their retirement where they would live until his passing in 1997. Following his passing, Elsa returned to the United States to Hampton, New Jersey where she would remain until she was placed in Rolling Hills Care Center 3 years ago. She developed strong bonds with the staff and residents there including a friendship with her roommate Janice Tighe and her favorite aide Ernside.
Elsa was a very independent woman who enjoyed taking care of people. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother playing a prominent role in the lives of her granddaughters. A fierce advocate for education, she was proud of their accomplishments. She enjoyed listening to the radio, going out to eat, and spending time with her family. She also loved going to parks and being outdoors.
Survivors include 4 children; Benjamin Rodriguez Jr. and his wife Aida of Jacksonville, FL, Edgar Rodriguez of West New York, NJ, Maria R. Shariatdoust and her husband Reza of Califon, NJ and Jose Rodriguez and his wife Susan of New York, NY. 3 grandchildren; Marisa Shariatdoust, Rana Shariatdoust and Nicole Rodriguez. 2 sisters; Gladys Rosa and her husband Miguel of Puerto Rico and Mirtha Vega of Puerto Rico. 2 nieces; Madeline Duran and Gladys Merced. Several cousins.
Calling hour will be Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 11am to 12noon at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ, followed by Committal Services at Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Annandale, NJ.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society by visiting https://donate.cancer.org/index.