Carolina Rodriguez Abalos, quierida madre, abuela, esposa, hija, suegra, hermana, tia, madrina y amiga.
Beloved mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, godmother and friend
gracefully and peacefully was welcomed to heaven by her husband of fifty-seven years, Anastacio B. Abalos, parents: Juan and Rosario Rodriguez; grandchildren: Marcos Lucio and Tammy Abalos; great-grandchildren: Ashlynn and Mathias Abalos. With all dignity, honor, love and respect, she was surrounded by her children Agripina (Juan) Rincon, Alicia (Roy) Lucio, Ben (Theresa) Abalos, Tom (Becky) Abalos, Roberto (Connie) Abalos, Anastacio Jr. (Sheila) Abalos, John (Marie) Abalos, Antonio (Leticia) Abalos, Jim (Tina) Abalos, David (Cheryl) Abalos, at Promedica Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe, MI as she passed on March 14, 2018.
Born December 29, 1930 in Orange Grove, Texas, Carolina was the oldest of eight children. Coming from humble means, she learned early the value of hard work and the importance of faith, family and friends. She made sure to instill this in all her children as well. To say she was selfless and caring is an understatement.
She always went way beyond when it came to helping others, even if they were strangers. Her generosity at one time was recognized by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit office of Hispanic Affairs, where she and her husband were awarded the Juan Diego award for their help within the community. She was a true champion for the underdog, the unloved, and the unlovely.
Carolina loved her church, and had a healthy reverence and respect for the Virgen de Guadalupe. In addition, she volunteered for many years at the annual St. Joseph's Erie Labor Day festival. Her Mexican food was enjoyed by many and helped to raise many funds for the church.
She is survived by forty-seven grandchildren, ninety-four great grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren; siblings: Roberto (Sara) Rodriguez, Marcelino (Elena) Rodriguez, Julio (Jeannie) Rodriguez, Nicolas (Juanita) Rodriguez, and Gloria Walters. Deceased siblings are Juan Jr (Maria) Rodriguez, Nicolasa (Daniel) Ramos, and brother-in-law Robert Walters.
Dementia has a terrible way of changing one's life, but as her disease progressed, she was lovingly cared for by Alicia and Roy Lucio so that her final years were as good as anyone could ask for. Special thanks to Promedica Hospice of Monroe, and the wonderful caregivers at Promedica Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe.
Arrangements through Merkle Funeral Service; South Monroe, 14567 South Dixie Highway Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070. Visitation begins on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00pm with the rosary to begin at 6:30pm followed by a time for sharing of memories open to everyone. Final visitation will be on Monday the 19th from 10:30am-12:00pm at Merkle. Procession to St. Joseph Church in Erie, Michigan for a 1:00pm Mass of the Resurrection with Bishop Donald Hanchon officiating will follow. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in Erie.
Online guests may visit www.merklefs.com.