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September 6, 1968 ~ May 28, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 28, 2023, Belinda Gamez Rodriguez, loving wife, mother
of 5 and grandmother of 6, passed away at the age of 54.
Belinda was born on September 6, 1968 in McAllen, TX to Ruben Gamez and Hermelinda
Arigullin. Belinda moved to Chicago, IL with her family at the age of 5 years old.
Belinda attended Morton College in Cicero, IL. She began working for Stroger hospital in the
pediatric department in 1987. Belinda worked her way up to the Office Supervisor in the
Mammography Clinic at Stroger Hospital. She continued to work at Stroger for 31 years until
her retirement in December of 2018.
Belinda married Anibal Rodriguez on April 7, 2001. Together they raised their daughter, Selena
Rodriguez, along with their previous children which included Belinda’s son, Jose Cardenas, and
daughter Doreen Cardenas and Anibal’s daughters, Adriana Rodriguez, and Alicia Rodriguez, as
a loving blended family.
Belinda was a creative soul with a passion for event planning and she shined with her
extraordinary talent in making custom piñatas. She loved bringing joy and creating memorable
events. Most especially with her family and dearest friends.
Belinda also loved to be among nature, gardening and living an active lifestyle. She was an avid
Country and Tex/Mex music listener, and frequently blessed her family and friends with her
karaoke skills. Belinda was especially known for her fashionista ways, her brilliant smile and
infectious laugh. She was always up for some “friendly” competition and never backed down
from a challenge. Belinda had a magnetic personality and was known by everyone for her warm
and welcoming heart. As she would frequently say, “my door is always open”. Belinda had a
kind and compassionate heart and she touched the lives of countless people throughout her
Belinda was preceded in death by her daughter Doreen. She is survived by her husband, Anibal,
four children, Adriana, Jose, Alicia and Selena, her mother Linda, her sisters Chelo and Noelia,
her grandchildren Nalaya, Jose, Lissette, Giancarlo, Mateo and Jevon, and her niece and
nephews Ruben, Faylene, Andrew, Tony, Raul, and Jason.
Please join us in celebrating her life Thursday, June 1, 2023 between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm at
Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation 3117 S Oak Park Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402. Funeral
procession will be on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 1030 AM.