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Kathleen Fay Rodriguez

04/05/1954 - 10/28/2020

Kathleen (Kathy) Fay Rodriguez, 66 of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Wednesday, October 28th after a short battle with Leukemia.

Kathy was born in Estherville, Iowa on April 5, 1954 to Donald and Victoria Torreson. Her childhood was spent growing up on a farm, playing alongside her five brothers. After high school, Kathy traveled to California and it was there she would eventually meet her husband, Lino. In 1981, Kathy gave birth to their daughter Christina. They lived in California until 1989 when they decided to move to Minnesota to be closer to her family. In 2013, Kathy and her husband moved a final time to Mesa, Arizona. In 2019, she welcomed her grandson Hudson, whom she doted on with so much love and adoration.

Kathy was feisty, a fighter who bravely battled a neurological disorder since 2003. This illness greatly affected the use of her muscles. Although she struggled with her body over the years, her sense of humor, bravery and positivity never wavered. A kind soul, she touched everyone who knew her with her sweetness.

She was preceded in death by her father Donald Torreson; brother Bill Torreson; father-in-law Rodolfo Rodriguez; mother-in-law Rafaela Schueg Rodriguez; two stillborn sisters and beloved family dog of 17 years, Daisy Mae.

Kathy is survived by her husband Lino (43 years married); daughter Christina (Levi) Kinsey; grandson Hudson; mother Victoria Torreson; brother Rodney (Paulette) Torreson; sister-in-law Martha Torreson; brother Dean Torreson; brother Tom (Carrie) Torreson; brother Richard (Pamela) Torreson; many beloved uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews; her dog Lily and granddoggy Abbie.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who will be forever missed but never forgotten.

A private memorial service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Condolences

  • I am so deeply saddened by your loss. Kathy was a wonderful person inside and and out. I will always remember her quiet beauty and how sweet and kind she was to me. Christina is one of my dearest friends who emulates her mothers beauty and kindness. My prayers continue for strength and an on going faith in God for all of her family and friends. May Kathy rest in peace.

    With much love,
    Angela Fedick

  • So many good and fond memories. The dinners and all the conversations we had about about our children. Lino she was one of a kind . And Shelley and I do and will her allot .Take care. Shelley-Rich

  • Lino and Christina, I’m so sorry for the loss of Kathy. May your memories comfort you and bring you peace. Our love and prayers will be with you all.
    Mike and Teresa French

  • We are truly sorry for your families loss. We loved Kathy, she was one of the kindest, sweetest, warm, and loving people I’ve ever known. No matter the circumstances, she was always smiling and just brought warmth to everyone’s lives. We will always think of your family like our family, and Kathy will truly be missed. Our deepest condolences. We love you.
    Cassie & Damon

  • Kathy was a dear friend and former classmate from Terril. We were blessed to reconnect with each other a few years ago, we and enjoyed reminiscing over old times. She was a kind, brave, and sweet soul! I will miss her!! Love you, Kathy! Rest with God!

  • Lino and Christina & Levi & Hudson, my heart aches daily for you & our family. I’m so sorry you have to go through this time of grieving as you miss Kathy so deeply. I cherish the memories we have of family gatherings! More recently I treasure the numerous phone calls Kathy & Bill had together when Bill was on hospice. I loved listening to the reminiscing between brother & sister, and Kathy’s outpouring of love to Bill & to me. Bill loved his sister so much, and I loved having such a dear sister-in-law! Kathy may have left our earthly home, but she truly still lives and is enjoying the reunion we can only imagine with Dad Torreson and with Bill. I truly love you, Lino, and Christina, and will be keeping you so close in my heart & prayers, along with all of our family! Much, much love, Martha.

  • Sorry for your loss. Many nice menories. Rest in peace!

  • Best Kathy memory…..
    High school friend, summer of ’68, balmy summer porch party, latest records playing, sitting in the grass while fireflies added to the beautiful evening. Music, good friends, a bit of poetry and Kathy jumping up spontaneously, dancing across the lawn in pure joy and celebration of life. Dance on Kathy, dance on. My sympathy to all her wonderful family.

  • Christina, Lino and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. Kathy was such a wonderful lady who was very loved by all. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you.

    Love you so much.

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