ForeverMissed
Thank you for joining us as we honor our loving sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Patricia (Sweetie/Patty/Patsy/Pat) Rodriguez.  Please feel free to share your memories, light a candle or leave a note.  We are in the process of building a slide show and would greatly appreciate if you could share your photos with us.
Posted by Margaret Martinez on April 16, 2021
We are a big Rea Family and so many of us knew Patsy well. Always brought cheer whenever she was around. An angel in disguise. So giving. So compassionate. Again, Cousin, just want to tell you that you will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Margaret Martinez on April 15, 2021
I didn't have the pleasure of growing up with my cousin as little girls but I am happy that we wound up being the best of cousins. There are many memories....happy and sad. I will never forget our "road trip" that we took in 2013 with cousin Martha and friend AnnDee the year before Martha died. It was a great trip to Stateline for the Art Laboe Oldies Concert and we had a great time playing and singing oldies on the road to Vegas. A trip that will never be forgotten....Cousin Pat was always there for everyone in need and always went out of her way to help others. She knew all the bus routes when she didn't have a car and knew how to get to where she wanted to go and could always help you if you needed to know what bus to take. So many times she would return to home after dark and was never afraid walking to her house, but she always watched her back (and her guardian angel watched over her)....Cousin included me on many events with her best friends and who always welcomed me with open arms, and do so until this day....As my grandson, Victor Martinez stated, we made memories at my home enjoying good times and memories that will never be forgotten. Playing music, being happy....Even through her chemotherapy, she kept her spirit up for as long as she could, until she couldn't anymore. Even though it was a difficult time, I have the precious memory of having Cousin Pat (Patty, Patsy, Sweetie) at my home for a month before Christmas. Even as sick as she was, we shared special moments that will never be forgotten. I am going to miss her, Big Time, but I know that she is with so many loved ones, especially her Mom.....I will never forget you, Sweetie, but know that one day we will meet again. Love you always.
Posted by Victor Martinez on April 9, 2021
Patsy and I differed in age. But from the time I was a kid, I would see her at family reunions and get together and was always amused and delighted by her energy and humor. As I got older, I got the chance to spend time with her at my grandma Margaret's house. We'd sit at the table together and I'd listen to the old stories and even Patsy's new adventures. Always a night full of laughs. A night full of oldies. And some good memories. Journey safe, Cousin. We love you. I know you got 'em dancing and laughing up there.

Victor Jr.
Posted by Lee Chavez on April 8, 2021
People used to tease me and sweetie that we were boyfriend / girlfriend and in a slight way we were, we had kind of a love for each other growing up on 23rd St. One of my first memories of “us” was when her house was right next-door to the house I was born and raised in on 23rd street, Sweetie had a dish set that That had plates tea cups and saucers etc, we were playing house me as her husband Sweetie as the wife,
There was a case of dog food (I believe it was Skippy) well sweetie opened a can and served it as our “dinner” well we sat down and ate it, funny thing years later in our 20’s at one of Freddie & my Halloween party’s (when he and I were roommates) at 1741 E 23rd street Sweetie came to one of our Halloween parties I remember her coming up to me and saying “i loved you from way back when we ate dog food” hahahaha I was really surprised she remembered that time.
Most recently she and I met a few times at San Antonio winery downtown LA along with my spouse “Dean” this is because I will always have a love for Sweetie. Dean loved her the first time he met her but then who wouldn’t.
I miss my friend but find comfort knowing that she is now pain-free.
I’ll always love my “Sweatin’ Sweetoe”

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Posted by Margaret Martinez on April 16, 2021
We are a big Rea Family and so many of us knew Patsy well. Always brought cheer whenever she was around. An angel in disguise. So giving. So compassionate. Again, Cousin, just want to tell you that you will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Margaret Martinez on April 15, 2021
I didn't have the pleasure of growing up with my cousin as little girls but I am happy that we wound up being the best of cousins. There are many memories....happy and sad. I will never forget our "road trip" that we took in 2013 with cousin Martha and friend AnnDee the year before Martha died. It was a great trip to Stateline for the Art Laboe Oldies Concert and we had a great time playing and singing oldies on the road to Vegas. A trip that will never be forgotten....Cousin Pat was always there for everyone in need and always went out of her way to help others. She knew all the bus routes when she didn't have a car and knew how to get to where she wanted to go and could always help you if you needed to know what bus to take. So many times she would return to home after dark and was never afraid walking to her house, but she always watched her back (and her guardian angel watched over her)....Cousin included me on many events with her best friends and who always welcomed me with open arms, and do so until this day....As my grandson, Victor Martinez stated, we made memories at my home enjoying good times and memories that will never be forgotten. Playing music, being happy....Even through her chemotherapy, she kept her spirit up for as long as she could, until she couldn't anymore. Even though it was a difficult time, I have the precious memory of having Cousin Pat (Patty, Patsy, Sweetie) at my home for a month before Christmas. Even as sick as she was, we shared special moments that will never be forgotten. I am going to miss her, Big Time, but I know that she is with so many loved ones, especially her Mom.....I will never forget you, Sweetie, but know that one day we will meet again. Love you always.
Posted by Victor Martinez on April 9, 2021
Patsy and I differed in age. But from the time I was a kid, I would see her at family reunions and get together and was always amused and delighted by her energy and humor. As I got older, I got the chance to spend time with her at my grandma Margaret's house. We'd sit at the table together and I'd listen to the old stories and even Patsy's new adventures. Always a night full of laughs. A night full of oldies. And some good memories. Journey safe, Cousin. We love you. I know you got 'em dancing and laughing up there.

Victor Jr.
her Life

Patricia "Sweetie" Rodriguez

Patricia, also known as Patsy, Sweetie, Pat, and Patty, was born and raised in Los Angeles and spent most of her life living on 23rd (and 22nd) Street.  She was the youngest of nine children born to Jessie and Doroteo.  She attended Nevin Avenue Elementary, Carver Junior High and Garfield High School and earned her A.A. from Los Angeles Trade Technical College. She worked for the California State University for many years as a data technician and later served as a caretaker for her mother and dear friends, Josie and Sophia.  

As a young girl, Patsy loved to spend time with her immediate and extended family and her 23rd Street family.  She earned the nickname "Sweetie" and was known for her big personality and huge heart.  She was always full of life as well as THE life of the party.  She loved to make you laugh and was always ready to spend time with her family and friends.  Most importantly, she loved her family and would drop everything to help a relative or friend in need. Although Patsy never married or had children of her own, she truly loved all of her siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends, and always felt a sense of duty to take care of everyone.  If you needed help, she was there.  It didn't matter if she had to take a bus or walk miles to get to you, she made sure she was there for you.

In her later years, Patsy loved to spend time with her friends and listen to music or go dancing. She also loved to visit the casinos! She did her best to check on all of her brothers and sisters and would often stop by to cook a meal or help around their houses.  She also served on the Rea Family Reunion Committee and did her best to get everyone together and help maintain those family ties.  During her retirement, she enjoyed spending time and eating at new restaurants with her brother Ronnie and she loved to spend time with "her boys," sons of her niece Stephanie, and spoiled them like a grandma.  For many years she lived with her brother, Eddie, and, despite their typical sibling disagreements, she loved him dearly and was always thinking of him. 

In addition to her deep commitment to friends and family, Patsy is probably most known for her love for animals.  She is preceded in death by her cat "babies," JJ and Babes, whom she cared for like her own children.  It broke her heart to see any animal in need and she would give her last penny to help.  She was the pet babysitter for many and took it upon herself to care for the strays in her neighborhood.  

Patsy is survived by her brothers Ronnie, Reggie, and Edward, sisters Dorothy, Bea and Cecilia, many loving nieces and nephews, her "boys," and countless loving friends.

We are still in the process of scheduling Patricia's services and will keep everyone posted as soon as we have more information.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
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Growing up on 23rd with Sweetie.

Shared by Lee Chavez on April 8, 2021
                         
The other day I was reminiscing days gone by and one funny story I remember is.......
One Sunday many years ago Sweetie,(back then she was known as “Patsy”) myself, Nup, Freddie & Frankie went walking to church (Saint Turibius) we would pass “Spots hamburger stand” on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Central avenue there were 3 phone booths on spots  parking lot that we would run into to jiggle the coin return handle and every once in a while a coin would fall out...
Well one Sunday while walking to church (Being the good Catholic kids that we were - wink-wink) we ran into these telephone booths jiggled the coin return and BINGO coins started rolling out of one booths coin return shooting out coins like a slot machine in Vegas (hummmm maybe that’s why sweetie likes playing slot machines) as we all tried to gather as much currency as we could Sweetie pushed herself in the booth and put her butt on the door to prevent us from getting in the booth, well she retrieved more money than the rest of us,
After church we stopped at Spots hamburger stand and each had enough money to buy each of us a hamburger WELL Sweetie not only had enough money for a burger but she had enough to buy her mom a chicken dinner... 
I remember her saying “I’m gonna buy my mom a chicken dinner”
Now remember hamburgers back then may have been something like .50 cents or so.
I doubt if any of us put any change in the Collection basket at church, we looked at this as a “gift” from god... and we we ALL love gifts.
funny times. 
DAMN KIDS.
So little rascal-ish.
PS: I’m the guy who gave her the name “Sweetie” it’s a name I’d call her back in the day and a name that stuck.