Family medicine physician for more than 40 years

Jose C. Rodriguez

Jose “Carlos” Rodriguez, M.D., beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on Oct. 18, 2022, after a long illness in Princeton, Illinois, at age 85.

Dr. Rodriguez was born in 1936 to Isolina and Manuel in La Paz, Bolivia. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz. As a medical intern, he was recruited to Chicago in 1965 to fill physician vacancies by those serving in the Vietnam War. 

He was working his internship at Cook County Hospital when he met his wife-to-be Carol, a nursing student at West Suburban Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez was a respected medical community member and practiced family medicine for over 40 years.

Dr. Rodriguez spent his retirement writing poetry, painting and playing guitar. He loved to travel and did so at every opportunity he got. Whether visiting his son Marc in China and England or his homeland Bolivia with his daughter Serina, or a quick weekend getaway to Paris with his daughter Aimee, he was always up for exploring. The family is forever grateful to his son-in-law, Matt, who took him on his most recent and final adventure to New York this past August.

Most of all, he showed his love to his close friends and family. Dr. Rodriguez had an infectious smile that brought warmth to all of those around him. He loved to meet people and was most content joking and bringing gatherings to life with his humor. He loved jokes (both good and bad) and always had an idea up his sleeve. He was truly a man of many ideas.

Carlos and Carol spent over 40 years in Riverside, where they raised their family before moving to rural Illinois to spend time on their farm. He enjoyed raising chickens, growing fruit trees, and sitting among the tall grasses at his favorite spot along the creek running through the property. 

He loved visits from his grandkids and especially enjoyed beating them in poker games and late-night Dairy Queen runs. Their love of the simple farm life overjoyed him, and he was always so happy to be able to share it with them.

Dr. Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Carol; three children, daughter Serina (Matt) and grandchildren Hannah, Josh, and Ethan; son Marc (Andrea) and granddaughters Alice and Charlotte (in England); and daughter Aimee (Mark) and grandchildren Olive, Cooper and Drake; his sister Luz (Roberto) of Las Vegas, and many nieces and nephews who were dear to his heart.