Landmarks 01

Israel Suarez, Jr.

January 19, 2021


Israel Suarez, age 50, known by family and friends as "Papo" or "Is" passed away on Jan 19th, 2021 in Bucks County Pennsylvania.

He passed away as as a hero on the front lines providing physical therapy care. Although, having underlying health conditions he did not back away from his oath to take care of all patients--including those with the coronavirus. Israel contracted the virus himself while caring for his patients and passed away after putting up a valiant fight.

Beloved son of Grisel Malave and the late Israel Suarez; loving domestic partner of Maria Cruz; devoted brother of Mildred Rosas (Edgar Rosas) and Manuel Suarez; son in law of Jaime  "Quique" Galarza and the late Blanca Galarza; brother in law of Migdalia and James; loving uncle of 4 nephews and 8 nieces; and his much loved boxer Maxx.

Israel was a talented and caring Physical Therapist Assistant for more than 20 years and was just 4 classes away from completing his bachelor's degree in Healthcare Adminstration at Purdue University Online. In addition to English, he was fluent in Spanish and Russian. Throughout his life he was an athlete, a former amateur middle weight boxer and a devoted fan of the sport, he also practiced martial arts including Aikido.

Israel enjoyed movies and was an avid Marvel & DC Comic fan.  He cherished spending time with his nieces. Maxx, an 8 year old boxer, was his most trusted sidekick. He was known for his quick witted humor and his generosity.

Israel will forever be our hero.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 9-11am at the Rodriguez Funeral Home J Street & Erie Ave. 

He will be placed to rest with his beloved wife Lisette Suarez-Galarza at Ivy Hill Cemetery (1201 Easton Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

"Grieve if you will, but not for long Upon my soul’s sweet flight I am at peace, my soul’s at rest For with your love I was so blessed There is no pain, I suffer not The fear is now all gone In your memory I live on Remember not my fight for breath Please do not dwell upon my death But celebrate my life"

--All my love your Dear Sister, Mildred

Your strength had gone but courage remained. I know you tried so hard to stay with me but your fight was not in vain–God took you to His loving home and freed you from the suffering.  Know that in my heart you will always stay♡

Psalm 23. A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3   he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever."

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Israel Suarez, Jr., please visit our floral store.


January 26, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Rodriguez Funeral Home
1101 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124

January 26, 2021

Ivy Hill Cemetery
1201 Easton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19150

© 2021 Rodriguez Funeral Home, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy