Charles Rodolico of Denton, Texas was called home by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on October 09, 2010. He was a first generation American, born in Manhattan, New York, on August 29, 1929 to Italian immigrants, Giuseppe and Domenica (Serravilla) Rodolico. Charles lived in NY until the age of 19. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952. While stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he met Leora E. Hobbs and they were married on May 26, 1951. Moving to Texas in 1953 to attend Bible School Training and raise a family. Charles worked for Jack Coe Ministries in various capacities for several years and in 1956 was appointed Head Master of the Educational Division, a post he held for 6 years. He moved his young family to New York in 1969 when he was invited to become the Head Master of New York Christian Academy in Brooklyn, NY. Returning to Texas in 1971 to become a guidance counselor at the North Texas Job Corp Center in McKinney, he went on to work for the McKinney Independent School District until retiring in 1990. He was also a founding member of Christian Counselors of Texas and served as their treasurer 1984-1994. Throughout his life Charles was a faithful and dedicated servant of the Lord, pastoring many small congregations in Texas. After retirement from pulpit ministry and from the field of education, he became the Pastoral Care Minister at Asbury United Methodist Church in Denton Texas.
Charles will be remembered in the hearts of the thousands of people whose lives he graced with his unwavering commitment to serving those in need of compassion, understanding and guidance. He was always there with an ear for listening, a shoulder to cry on and a gentle voice full of hope, teaching and reminding his community to always have faith in their heart and soul.
Charles’ life was filled with great joy and delight from his family and friends. Near the end of his life he remarked with bittersweet reflection “It is with great joy and sadness I realize I will not get to see many of you again until we meet in Heaven and share in the joy and love of our Holy Father, Christ Jesus”.
Survivors include his wife Leora; son, R.W. Rodolico (Rod) of Dallas, TX; daughter, Domenica Rodolico (Niki) of Dallas, TX; and sisters, Rose Dudash of Ft. Wayne, IN and Lydia Blumenthal of Astoria, NY, and the numerous “children” he informally adopted throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Nick and Jack Rodolico; and sisters, Frances Midiri, Elizabeth Piscatello, and Sara Mruk.
At his request, in lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory can be made to the Methodist Children’s Home 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, TX 76708, toll free 800.853.1272 www.methodistchildrenshome.org.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 23, 2010 at 11 o’clock in the morning at Asbury Methodist Church, 117 Hercules Lane, Denton, Tx 76207. All are welcome.
There will be a light spaghetti dinner immediately following.
Family website: http://rodolico.org