Raphael Rodriguez, 72, formerly of Spring Twp., died September 10, 2017, at

ManorCare Health Services, Spring Twp.

He was the husband of Donna Marie (Shade) Rodriguez, to whom he was married July 23, 2008.

Born July 21, 1945, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he was a son of the late Rafael and Maria G. (Gonzaelz) Rodriguez.

Ray was a 1966 graduate of Reading High School.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1964.

Ray was employed as a grinder with Carpenter Technologies for 25 years, retiring in 2002.

Ray was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, Whitfield.

Also surviving are his three sons: Michael, husband of Melissa Rodriguez, of Spring Twp.; David Rodriguez, of Pine Grove; and Christopher, husband of Michelle

Rodriguez, of Reading.

Other survivors include his three step-children: Lisa Lesko, of Sinking Spring; Brian McCarty, of Cockeysville, Md.; and Lori Niedrowski, of Wyomissing.

In addition, he is survived by his two sisters, Mirta I. Cortes, of Reading, and Gloria E. Galan of Bern Twp.

There are seven grandchildren: Amanda, Jessica, Solana, Ryan, Christopher Jr., Genesis and Pablo; seven step-grandchildren: Carter, Hunter, Ryan, Evan, Isabella, Collin and Tyler; and three great-grandchildren: Caleb, Timothy and Emma.

Prayer services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 3300 Kutztown Road, Laureldale.

Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Muhlenberg Twp.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to

American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.

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