Funeral services for Rachael Leigh Rodriguez, age 26, of Richfield, Minnesota will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016 at East Freeborn Lutheran Church. Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at East Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Rachael died in a snorkeling accident on March 9, 2016 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Rachael Leigh Rodriguez was born October 13, 1989 in Janesville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Patty Karschnik and Joe Slatter. Rachael graduated from Central High School in St. Paul and was pursuing a degree at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. Adventure seeking and living life was what made Rachael! Mexico and the ocean was where she loved life the most. It ultimately became her final resting place. Friends and family are what made Rachael smile. She enjoyed laughing, salsa dancing, singing, playing games, and spending time together.
She is survived by her husband Jose Rodriguez; parents, Patty and Jerry Karschnik of St. Paul, MN and Joe Slatter of Janesville, WI; sisters, Chrissy, Sarah Jorgenson (Anthony), Maggie, JoEllen, and Annie Slatter; grandfather Dovain Otterson (special friend Darlene Underland); grandmother Irene Slatter, aunts; Shirley Otterson (Glenn Curry), Kris (Tim) Holcomb; uncle Lonnie (Cindy) Otterson; cousins, Ben Curry, Alissa and Trevor Holcomb, Lilly and Samuel Otterson; very special friends, Mario Vasquez, Jaylana Peters and Constance Marie; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Rachael was preceded in death by her grandmother Lana Otterson and grandfather John Slatter.