RODRIGUEZ, Maria D. Born in Placetas, Cuba, 2-7-1939 Studied grammar and high school in Cuba. In 1957, due to the closings of universities in Cuba, she came to the US. She met her future husband, Henry F. Rodriguez. He attended Belmont Abby College, while Maria attended Sacred Heart James College. On January 1st, 1959 Fidel Castro took power of Cuba, therefore Henry and Maria made the decision to go back to Cuba. They were married on April 10, 1960 in Placetas, Cuba. In December 1960, the couple went back to the US. So-on later, Henry went to join the forces to prepare to fight against Castro, leaving a pregnant Maria and his parents. On April 17th, 1961 Henry was a paratrooper in Cuba and became a prisoner of war. For almost two years, Maria waited for his release. During this time, Maria, their son, Ricky, and their parents moved to Atlanta in March of 1963. Maria worked for the Lovable Company for a couple of years. She took a course in New York paid for by Rich's to become an electrolysis. In May of 1970, her father purchased a small grocery. Maria left her profitable job to help her father in the store. With her and her family's hard work the store grew to the Diaz Wholesale. She was an excellent wife and outstanding mother and grand-mother. She is survived by her husband, Henry; 2 sons, Ricky and Henry David, daughter-in-law, Antoinette; and 2 grand-daughters, Tiffany Maria and Nicole' Michelle. A service will be held at The Cathedral of Christ the King on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you would kindly donate to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in tribute of Maria D. Rodriguez. The website address is https://www.michaeljfox.org or you can call 1-800-708-7644.
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