Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Dawn M. Rodriguez

Passed away on June 29, 2020

Dawn M. Rodriguez, (nee Simmons), “NaNa”, age 53, late of Hammond, IN and formerly of the South Side of Chicago passed away on June 29, 2020. Loving mother of Juan Rodriguez, Pamela (Marcial) Carranza-Martinez and Joseph Rodriguez. Devoted NaNa of Jimmy, Jorge and Jayson. Dear daughter of Leona and the late Rufus Simmons. Dearest sister of twin Janet Benavides. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Dawn attended Olive Harvey College, St Augustine College and earned her “Master’s Degree” in Early Childhood Development from Kaplan University. She was employed by Catholic Charities for 25 years and currently was a “PEL Teacher” at the Illinois Action for Children, as well as a consultant for “Paparazzi Jewelry”. Visitation Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 2-9 p.m. Funeral service Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Elmwood Chapel 11200 S. Ewing Ave. Chicago, IL 60617. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic social distancing as well as attendance guidelines recommended by federal, state and local authorities will be followed. 773-731-2749. www.elmwoodchapel.com.


Funeral Service:
Elmwood Chapel
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
Friday, July 3, 2020 - 10:00 am

Holy Cross Cemetery
801 Michigan City Rd
Calumet City, IL 60409

Visitation Location

East Side
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 731-2749


Visitation Information

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm

"Rest in peace my Seton sister, you will be missed. Forever is your love and strength that will always be in our hearts and souls. "
June 30, 2020 2:06 pm

"Dawn you are going to be missed dearly. I have wonderful memories working with you. You have a place in my heart. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Until we meet again."
- irma villalobos
July 2, 2020 11:27 am

"I was Dawn’s 4th grade teacher at ICS. She and her twin were delightful to have in class. I am so sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace, Dawn. "
- Rosemary McGinty
July 2, 2020 5:53 pm

"Janet we are so sad an sorry of Dawn's Death. If we have known we would have been there Call me 3127852453 please"
- Linda and Manuel Benavides
July 17, 2020 5:30 pm

Candles Lit
"Rip paparazzi sister,you will be missed"
- Mj Sparkles Rana
June 30, 2020 1:34 pm

"Rest In Peace dawn. You will be missed. Your smile always brightens the room and makes the day better."
- Laura
June 30, 2020 1:54 pm

"The joy, knowledge, and love for learning you instilled in many young children only heighten the amazing person you are. I will miss our chats and lunches during trainings, visits to each other's classrooms to volunteer or help each other. I hope you are rejoicing in heaven. Til we meet again. Rest in peace. "
- Virginia Lopez
June 30, 2020 7:20 pm

"Rip dawn,you will be missed."
- Denise
July 1, 2020 8:10 pm

"We are going to miss you things are not going to be the same with out watch over your kids and grandkids I hope where ever you are your with pops and the rest of your family up in heaven until we meet again am going to take care of John Love ❤️ Gaby "
- Gabriela Pimentel
July 1, 2020 10:35 pm

"Prayers 🙏 you'll be missed dearly. XOXO"
- Amy Felton and family
July 2, 2020 3:07 am

"We are going to miss you dawn nothing will ever be the same Watch over your kids and grandchildren hope where ever you are you are watch pops until we meet again Love you 😘 "
- Gaby
July 2, 2020 11:46 am

"You are still my mirrored image and I will miss you every day until we meet again. Fly high my twin sister you have pops and Lucio with you. "
- Janet Benavides
July 3, 2020 8:21 pm

"You will be greatly missed papa sister! Fly high Angel 😇 prayers for the family!"
- Deana Kendadi
July 4, 2020 12:09 pm