Mary Esther Rodrigues, 85, of Mashpee died April 5 at Cape Cod Hospital.

She was the widow of Leo L. Rodrigues. They raised their family in Somerset.

The daughter of Mary Ellen (Foley) and William J. Daley Jr., she was born and raised in Fall River and led a life of faith, attending Saints Peter and Paul Church and graduating from Mount St. Mary's Academy, a a Catholic high school for girls, with the Class of 1953.

She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in education from Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating in 1958. She remained in Newport to begin her teaching career, but then returned to her hometown and spent 35 of her 40 years as an elementary school teacher in the Fall River Public Schools. Ms. Rodrigues retired in 1998.

A member of the Catholic Women's Club of Fall River, she also served as a Catechism teacher and Eucharistic minister at St. Thomas More Church in Somerset, and at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee. Ms. Rodrigues also participated here as a member of the 50+ Club of Parish of Christ the King.

She enjoyed travel with family and friends to destinations such as Florida, California, Canada, Ireland, France and Italy. Many summers were spent boating on Mt. Hope Bay and vacationing on Cape Cod and the islands. 

She leaves her son, the Reverend William M. Rodrigues of Orleans; her daughter, Ellen Marie Zontini of Yarmouthport; two granddaughters, Sophia Zontini and Sarah Zontini; a sister, Sheila I. Vanasse of Fall River; and extended family.

Visiting hours will be at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, where her son is pastor, on Friday, April 9, from 4 to to 7 PM. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church on Saturday, April 10, at 11 AM.

Burial will be private.

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