Our loving mother, LaVerne Rodriques, passed away on September 2, 2016 at the age of 84. She was born to Carrie and Joe Lawrence in Gilroy, CA on June 12, 1932. Widow to her beloved husband Enio Rodriques, mother of Bryon and wife Janet Rodriques of Fremont and Tamee and husband David Pires of Newark. Adoring grandmother of Aimee, Dustin and Bree, and great grandmother of Gunner, Jaxon, Ashlyn and Harper. She is survived by her faithful sidekick, Shadow. LaVerne graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Secret Ten Club, located in San Jose. Her career path was managing a keypunch service for various companies, followed by customer service positions. Her retirement was spent providing all her loving care to her beloved husband, 'Rod'. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening and used her creativity in her garden as well as her home. She loved spending time with her family and friends and was a well-seasoned camper due to many trips throughout her life. She made a lasting mark on every life she touched and will be dearly missed. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM vigil at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA. A 11:00 am Mass of Resurrection will be held Friday, September 9, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 41933 Blacow Rd., Fremont, CA. Remembrances in LaVerne's name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.act.alz.org

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  1. LaVerne was a lady who loved life. She shared that love with all
    who knew her. She will be remembered for her warm smIle and gracious manner.

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  2. Dear Byron and Tamee, Although I have never met you or your mother, I clicked on this obituary because I saw that it was a Portuguese name and I was on the Berge Pappas site to read about another person. When I read your mother’s obituary, I was so surprised as when I read her parents names, Carrie and Joe Lawrence, I knew that she was related to me. Her great-great grandfather Antonio Caetano Bispo (who was father of Manuel C Lourenco, and grandfather of Joe Lawrence) is ALSO my great-great grandfather from his first marriage. I just thought I would reach out to leave a note and send you my condolences.
    I was very close to my maternal grandmother, Annie Vargas Maciel who was the daughter of Anna Lourenco (1/2 sister to the Manuel that I just mentioned) and she used to tell me so much about her mother who came from the island of Flores. If you are ever interested in knowing more about the family I have done a lot of research over the years. You can reach me at annajoe@aol.com I am sorry to write this at such a time of sorrow for you….I just was so shocked to read the obituary and thought I would send my thoughts as I have no other way tp communicate with you. When I looked into my genealogy program I had your mother’s name and your names in it too! Ida Lawrence gave that information to my mother long ago. I knew Ida, she actually married Joe Oliver who was my dad’s first cousin. The Portuguese connections go round and round! I am truly so sorry for your loss…..My best to you…

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