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Jennie B. Rodriques Veteran
July 10, 2018


Jennie B. (Pontes) Rodriques, 88, of New Bedford passed away Tuesday July 10, 2018 after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Rodriques.

Born in Wareham, the daughter of the late Elmer and Minnie (Fonseca) Pontes, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life.

Mrs. Rodriques was formerly employed by ONBOARD Day Care and the Early Learning Day Care until her retirement.

She was a member of the Turtle Club.

She is survived by three children, Bruce Joseph and wife Pamela of Hughesville, MD, Linda Witherspoon and husband Gregory and Ira Joseph IV and his partner Janine daSilva, all of New Bedford; two stepdaughters, Diana Costa of New Bedford and Rosemary Bunting of Indiana; her close friend and sister-in-law, Mary Louise Rodrigues of New Bedford; six grandchildren, Octavia Jones, Kahlil Bell, Ira Joseph V, Jaylene Dias, Alycia Joseph, and Bruce Joseph, Jr.; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Carlotta Gomes, and stepmother of the late Robert Rodriques.

Her Funeral will be held on Saturday July 14, 2018 at 8 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by her Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church at 9 AM. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday July 13, 2018 from 4-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes
495 Park Street
New Bedford, MA 02740