Joseph Rodriguez

Joseph A. Rodriguez

Wednesday, August 12th, 1981 - Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
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Obituary

Joseph A. Rodriguez, 38, of Pleasant Gap, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Born on August 12, 1981, in Long Branch, New Jersey, he was the son of Jose and Yvonne (Heltman) Rodriguez, who are both surviving at their home in Pleasant Gap.

Joseph was a 1999 graduate of Bellefonte Area High School and attended CPI for Fiber Optics. He was currently working as a cook at Perkins in State College.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his three children, Sage, Jericho, and Aurelia Rodriguez, as well as a baby on the way, due in January 2020. Also surviving is one sister, Rosa Rodriguez, nieces Tyler Tyson and Ashlynne Burke, grandfather, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, grandmother, Sue Heltman, and step-grandmother, Mary Heltman.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ronald Heltman and Aurea Galarza Rodriguez, and aunt Barbara Heltman.

Joseph loved anything that involved him making things and working with his hands.

He struggled for many years with mental illness and addiction. These demons that he faced took ahold of his life, changing him, and destroying so much of the hope and promises of his future. While his loss is heartbreaking, his family finds comfort in the fact that his battle is finally over and he no longer must struggle with the pain that he lived with for so long.

There will be a public viewing held on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 10am-12 noon, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Keeping with the family’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 27th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Sunday, October 27th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Wetzler Funeral Services Inc.
    Address
    206 North Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Keeping with the wishes of the family, there will not be a funeral service following the viewing.
  • Service

    Location
    No Services
    Address
    BELLEFONTE, PA
    Keeping with the wishes of the family, there will not be a funeral service following the viewing.
  • Interment

    Location
    Private at the convenience of the family
    Address
    206 N. Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Mrs. Kitchen

Posted at 05:29pm
Sage.... You have a special place in my heart. Love and prayers with you and your family
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Charlie, Wade , Danielle (coach d) Michael

Posted at 08:21pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jose, Yvonne, Sage and family. We are here to support you all in his passing. May Joseph rest in peace
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Gayle Kuzemchak

Posted at 12:43pm
So sorry to here of Joseph's passing may God bless all of you.
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Nicole Maddox and Family

Posted at 09:40am
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. While this a difficult time, please take comfort in knowing that he is now in a better place and God has him resting in his arms. Joe was a kind person who helped my son when he needed it most. Joe will be missed.
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Gene and Rose Ann Alters

Posted at 05:47pm
So sorry for your loss. Please accept out condolences.
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