March 1, 1932 – July 29, 2013
Albino Varela Rodriguez, 81, of Lovell, died on July 29, 2013, in St. Peter, Minn.
Albino was born on March 1, 1932, to Eusebio and Ramona Varela Rodriguez. He attended school in Lovell and graduated from Lovell High School. Albino lived in Lovell for the majority of his life until 2011, when he moved to St. Peter with his son Cris to be closer to his family.
His first real job was at the Lovell Bowling Alley. Albino served in the U.S. Army, and he was a veteran of the Korean War after his honorable discharge. After his discharge from the Army, Albino studied diesel mechanics through P & H Diesel of Chicago and he worked for several years for them in Mexico and South America.
In 1966, Albino began his career with Burlington Northern Railroad and retired in 1996. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Laurel, Mont., a member of the VFW in Powell and also a member of the Lions Club in Lovell. He volunteered with the Cub Scouts in Billings, the Boy’s Boxing Association in Laurel and with Lovell Youth Wrestling. He had a passion for wrestling and many people recognized his loud voice and his wonderful laugh as he coached and cheered on his sons at wrestling matches.
Albino had a love for classic cars that he has passed on to his children and grandchildren, and he enjoyed restoring them. He had an extensive collection of them over the years, and he enjoyed going to auctions and salvage yards in search of parts.
Albino imparted many valuable things into the lives of his children. He taught them to always work hard, to be proud of who they are and to treat others with respect. Each one of Albino’s children possesses the same leadership and drive that he had. His children are living examples of the values and characteristics that Albino himself had. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought great joy into his life. He made the journey from Wyoming to Minnesota many times to escort his daughters down the aisle at their weddings, and for the births and special events in his grandchildren’s lives. They affectionately called him Papa, and the nickname stuck.
Albino was preceded in death by brothers Frank and Sam Rodriguez, father Eusebio Rodriguez, brother Lyle Franco, mother Ramona Varela Rodriguez, son Roy Rodriguez and sisters Andrea and Marina Rodriguez.
Albino is survived by his children: Pica Rodriguez (five children and 10 grandchildren) of St. Peter, Cris Rodriguez of St. Peter, Mona Broadway (two children) of St. Paul, Tio (Clinton) Persing (three children) of Claremont, Minn., Elena Rodriguez (two children and one grandchild) of Eagan, Minn., Eusebio (Angie) Rodriguez (two children) of Wheeler W. Va., and Samantha (Joe) Sepin (two children) of St. Paul.
Rosary/viewing will be held at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell, on Friday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lovell on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Lovell Cemetery.