Maria Rachel Rodriguez (nee Maldonado) age 53 of Hobart, passed away on November 23, 2014. Rachel was a graduate of East Chicago Washington High School, class of 1979. She married her best friend and soul mate on March 13, 1982. She was a member of St. Bridget Church in Hobart. She was a dedicated employee with the School City of Hobart and very active in the community, "Once a Brickie, Always a Brickie". Rachel was an active member of the Calumet Region Striders and the Running Peeps. She was always laughing, smiling and caring for others. She has taught everyone so much about life and love, giving until the very end.