A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 28 at St. Joseph R.C. Church for Purita D. Rodriguez, 80, of Jersey City. She passed away suddenly at her residence. Born in the Philippines, she immigrated to the US and settled in New York City in 1968. A former teacher in the Philippines, she was employed by Republic National Bank in New York, retiring in 1990 after 20 years of service. In the early 1980s, she and her family relocated to Jersey City. After her retirement, she returned to teaching, first in the New York City school system and then in the Jersey City school system as a Head Start teacher. An active parishioner of St. Joseph Church, she volunteered at the soup kitchen and Election Day polls. Purita was also a member of the Grace Church Van Vorst Senior Center. She was the wife of the late Rodolfo Rodriguez. Purita was the mother of Roderick and Rodelia Rodriguez; grandmother to Hector Del Rio III. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Jersey City.