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Phyllis Rodriguez-Peralta

May 29, 1921 May 5, 2019
Phyllis Rodriguez-Peralta
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Phyllis Rodríguez-Peralta died on May 5, 2019 after many years of deteriorating health. She was 97. The daughter of the late Helen Ryther and Dr. Thomas White, she is survived by her daughter Carmen Laura Rodríguez-Peralta (Hugo Delgado) and granddaughters Renée Delgado (fiancé Mauricio Rey Gallego) and Andrea Delgado (fiancé Dr. Daniel Galvez.) Her husband, Dr. Lorenzo Rodríguez-Peralta, preceded her in death in 1993.

Phyllis Rodríguez-Peralta (nee White) was born in Naperville, Illinois and she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Spanish from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She joined the Spanish faculty of the University of Illinois in Chicago at the age of 25, and in that city she met Lorenzo Rodríguez-Peralta, who was completing his medical residency in surgery at the University of Chicago. The newlyweds moved to Lima, Peru, where she became the head of the English Department of the Instituto Nacional Pedagojico. Later they returned to the United States, and she was a faculty member in the Spanish department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She taught at Temple University for 31 years, and she became the Chairman of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. During her career Phyllis Rodríguez-Peralta published 40 articles and two books on Latin American literature.

In her retirement she was a member of REAP (Retired Executives and Professionals) and the Serra organization, part of the archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2006, at the age of 85, she published a book on the Philadelphia Orchestra and gave numerous interviews and cable TV presentations. A strong supporter of the arts, she enjoyed the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Company of Philadelphia subscription concerts, and she faithfully attended performances given by her daughter and her granddaughters. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and her lively, vivacious and caring personality will be missed. She remains an inspiration to all whose lives she touched.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral mass Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Immaculate Conception BVM Church located at 602 West Ave. Jenkintown, PA. Her interment will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Services entrusted to Joseph J. McGoldrick Funeral Home, Jenkintown, PA. Condolences:

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10:30 AM 5/9/2019 10:30:00 AM
Immaculate Conception BVM Church

602 West Ave.
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Immaculate Conception BVM Church
602 West Ave. Jenkintown 19046 PA
United States

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Holy Sepulchre Final Resting Place

Easton Rd.
Cheltenham AVe.
Cheltenham, PA 11111

Easton Rd. Cheltenham 11111 PA
United States

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