Gonzalo Rodriguez (July 16, 1928-May 25, 2016) entered eternal life on Wednesday, the 25th of May at the age of 87. He was the oldest child of Tomas Rodriguez and Maria Silva, and the brother of Rogelio, Tencha, Andres, and Hermilio. He is survived by his children, Angelina, Thomas, Maria, and James. His grandchildren, Alicia, Valen, Amanda, Natalie, Dana, Asia, Maya, Thomas, Emilio, Caleb, Isabella and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Matilda, who he could not bear to be without any longer. He can now watch Wheel of Fortune again with his “mujer”.
Although “Chalo” had very little education and spoke minimal English, he provided for his family by working hard at Wisconsin Steel for twenty years. Never one to miss work he would pass down his hard-working nature to his children. When the steel mill closed he did not retire, he continued to work continuously, reinventing himself as the local bartender at Al’s Low Liquors. No one dedicated himself to work as much as Gonzalo, and when he finally retired he missed it.
“Chalo” had a few things he loved, his boxing matches, his work, his ice cream, and his family. Although he was a man of few words, “Chalo” was a hard-working, extremely strong, and loving family man. Nothing gave him greater joy than enjoying his grandchildren. Once a tough guy, his grandchildren were able to turn him into an old softy. We will all miss the loving and gentle person he became. Vaya Con Dios, Dad.