Rodolfo Escatel

MENDOTA - Rodolfo Escatel, 75, of Mendota passed away Sept. 7, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Private family Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 10 at Holy Cross Church with Rev. Peter Pilon officiating. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery. Wasmer Funeral Home was privileged to assist the family.

Rodolfo was born in Totatiche, Jalisco, Mexico to Panfilo and Maria Cruz (Castaneda) Escatel. He married Luz Elena Rosales in May of 1969 in Totatiche, Mexico.

Survivors include his wife of Mendota; 12 sons, Panfilo (Victoria) Escatel of Mendota, Rodolfo Escatel Jr. of Mendota, Avel (Yoana) Escatel of Mendota, Patricio (Patricia) Escatel of Mendota, Arturo (Fatima) Escatel of Mendota, Antonio Escatel of Mendota, Carlos (Erica) Escatel of Mendota, Andres (Nancy) Escatel of Mendota, Juan Escatel of Mendota, Isidro (Carrie) Escatel of Mendota, Jose (Skye) Escatel of Mendota and Estevan Escatel of Mendota; three daughters, Estela (Gustavo) Garcia of Rochelle, Irma (Jeremy) Escatel Bantista of Bloomington and Marivel Escatel of Schaumburg; 36 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Luis (Guadalupe) Escatel of Mendota; and one sister, Herminia (Rogelio) Magallanes of LaSalle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Rutilio Escatel, Jose Maria Escatel and Reyes Escatel; and two sisters, Rosario Escatel and Juventina Godina.

During his work career, Rodolfo was a welder at Mayrath for many years until his retirement. He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Mendota. He was loved by many. He made many sacrifices for others throughout his life and had a beautiful character. He will continue to be a strong inspiration for his loved ones for eternity. His wife, children and all family will miss him dearly, but the memories will live on forever.

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