Barbara A. Rodriguez

March 29, 1944 - July 25, 2020

Barbara A. Rodriguez, age 76, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Born in Cumberland, MD on March 29, 1944, she was a daughter of Juanita Eloise (Kinser) Hodel and the late John William Hodel, Sr. Barbara worked as a baker at BJ’s Wholesale Club for 20 years before her retirement. She was a hard worker who took pride in her job. Barbara enjoyed going to Delaware Park and taking trips to Atlantic City. In her spare time, she loved shopping, cooking and baking.

In addition to her father, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio R. Rodriguez; and siblings, Patrick Hodel, Sr., Leon Hodel and Kathy Turner. She is survived by her children, Antonio R. Rivera, Jr. (Mary) of Rock Hall, MD, Juanita R. Luke (Phillip) of Smyrna and Angela R. Rodriguez (Matthew Derryberry) of New Castle; mother, Juanita Hodel of Cumberland, MD; siblings, Mary Ritchie, Marie Spence, Arlene Garris, Rosa Nixon, Linda Hodel, Timmy Hodel, Mark Hodel and John Hodel, Jr.; grandchildren, Tommy, Timmy, Tiffany, Diana, Felicia, Jamie, Angelee and Spencer; and 8 great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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9 Condolences for Barbara A. Rodriguez

  • My heart has been overwhelmed with the last several days of you passing. We all grown apart in our old years but Remembering times together, watching you make pasteless and you watching me eat it. You always had a smile and crack up laughing. Rocking in your rocking chair and looking at all the pictures on the walls. Always a great time being with you and the whole family. You will be missed.
    Bye for now until we meet again with the family group.
    Cousin Bonnie

  • I love mommom. I hated how everything happen but I am so happy to knew u are with pop pop and u no longer have to suffer. I hope u two are dancing in the sky. RIP. 2020 heaven gained our gainest angerl.

  • Barbie the Lord definitely broke the mold when he made you. You will be missed greatly , our hearts are saddened, but we have the great hope of ressurection day when we’ll be together again .

  • My beautiful Barbie my heart is full of sadness , I enjoyed working with you making each other laugh and cry I will
    always remember your soft hugs and remembering you calling me little girl , I will miss you soo much until will see each again I love you very much always Maria 😘

  • My heart is broken, I lost a great friend… I had the privilege to work with Barb for a few years and from day one she had me laughing. She was a beautiful woman from inside out, her smile, her little giggles then into a non stop big laugh. I will miss…. She was a joy to talk to, I loved her stories about her childhood, to meeting her husband to having her children and her grandchildren. She loved them ALL very much and she loved to talk about them… She retired a little over a year ago and I have missed her everyday since and will miss her until we meet again… God Bless you Barb 🙏 Thank you for ALWAYS bringing in the fun and laughter, you always made things better ❤❤❤

  • Deepest sympathy 🙏

  • My heart sits heavy to hear of your passing, you were a beautiful, & strong woman!! I have a lot of great memories that I will hold close to my heart.. Now your back in your husband’s arms watching over your family. R.I.P. Barbara A. Rodriguez, You will be greatly missed!!!

  • 🥺😭💔 With tears in my eyes & a broken heart… I missed you since I didn’t work with you at BJs anymore, but the last time I saw you there.. never in a million years would I have thought it would’ve been the last.. the past week I’ve been seeing a white butterfly in my backyard. You were like the grandmother I lost.. I missed you, BUT now I will miss you so much MORE.. My Barbie with her big fluffy hair. You always smelled so good.. you would get mad when I would gift you a perfume. I will never forget your hugs, your laughs and we even cried from laughing so hard! I will never forget when I spoke to you when Tony passed.. we both cried over the phone. I know you’re happy with him now. Today was hard.. as it rained and poured.. Love you Barbara.. I bet you were happily dancing in the rain. Until we meet again. I love you 🙏🏽💜

  • I know first my mother would like to thank everyone for coming to the funeral and the kind condolences from all that loved our mother. She was a kind and wonderful mother that I’m still till this day is learning from and also for the rest of my life… To always remember to smile and laugh.. Till I see you again my beautiful mother In heaven……..