OBITUARY: Phyllus Rodriguez

NEWTON—Phyllus Rodriguez, 86, longtime Newton resident, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at the Hospice House in Hutchinson.

She was born on May 26, 1934, in Newton, the daughter of Sebero and Teresa Grajeda Rodriguez. Phyllus was raised in Newton, graduated from Newton High School.

She had worked in the cafeteria of Bethel College for many years until retiring. Phyllus had also been a caretaker for her parents for several years.

She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton. Phyllus had moved to Hutchinson in recent years, due to her health, to be closer to her sisters.

Survivors include her three sisters Martha Gomez of Newton, Faye Garcia and Henrietta Calvillo both of Hutchinson, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Phyllus is also survived by her sister-in-laws Carmen Rodriguez and Rayma Rodriguez, and brother-in-laws Gade Caudillo and

Pete Calvillo.

Phyllus is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bacho and Ruben Rodriguez; and sisters Josephine Martinez, Gloria Caudillo, Estela Chavez, and Vera Martinez.

The Recitation of the Holy Rosary was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, with the Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 a.m., both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.

The casket was open at the funeral home on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1-7 p.m., where the family received friends from 5-7 p.m.

A memorial has been established with Hospice House of Hutchinson and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Kan., 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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