Patricia 'Pat''s Story

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Patricia "Pat" Colleen Rogers, 85, Sharpsville, was called home by her Lord Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family. Pat was born Feb. 2, 1932, in Tipton to Hardy O. and Estelle (Fox) VanDorn. On Sept. 25, 1948, she married Jack M. Rogers, who survives.
Pat grew up in Tipton and Howard counties and attended Sharpsville High School. She was a loving and devoted wife (68 years), mother of four, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was always a very active person and stayed young at heart throughout her life. She loved to have fun by teasing and laughing. Pat was very witty and just enjoyed being around other people. She was always very comfortable making conversation with people she didn't know and making new friendships. Throughout the years several children in town enjoyed stopping by and talking with her on her front porch.
Pat was always there to listen, offer advice, often in a straight forward way, yet always in a loving and caring manner. As a mother she could be very strict and firm, but at the same time balancing it with plenty of love. Pat was a woman of strong Christian faith, and had been a believer and follower from an early age. She attended Fairfield Christian Church in Oakford in her earlier years. Over the past several years she had been a member of Macedonia Christian Church in Kokomo.
Pat's faith was a priority in her life and a big part of who she was. She loved the Lord and was very active in her service to him. She taught Sunday school classes, vacation Bible school, sang in the choir, attended Bible study, and was a greeter at church. Pat's knowledge of the Bible was amazing and she was never afraid to share her faith with others.
She had many hobbies. She grew up roller skating and ice skating, which continued into her adult life. Pat also enjoyed riding bikes, refinishing and shopping for antique furniture, working outdoors in the yard, and growing beautiful flowers, which she always had a knack for. She also enjoyed sewing and making crafts for family and friends. In fact, she even opened her own craft shop for a time. Pat's love for decorating really shined through during the holidays, as she loved decorating her home on the inside as well as the outside.
Pat was an avid history buff. She was especially knowledgeable about family history. She loved sharing this with others. Pat very much enjoyed talking about the time she spent with her uncles growing up. She was proud to share about their roles in the service during World War II.
She also loved talking about and sharing with others about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by a family that will miss her presence daily, these survivors include her children, Douglas (Phyllis) Rogers, Jeffery (Sandra) Rogers, Bradley (Brenda) Rogers and Krista (Kerry) Carte; her grandchildren, Sarah (Ron) Riley, Christopher (Sarah) Rogers, Casey Yeary, Ashley (Cliff) Ragan, Jessica (Christopher) Garcia and Lindsey (Ross) Bailey; stepgrandchildren, Tara Redmond and Arianne Doan; her great-grandchildren, Quinn Weile, Christopher Riley, Sophia Rogers, Chloe Jo Rogers, Adelynn Yeary, Luke Ragan, Lily Ragan and Eleanor Baily; stepgreat-grandchildren, Rhyse Phillips, Hannah Braun, Alerandra Redmond, Fiona Redmond, Madisyn Doan and Hanah Braun; and a former daughter- in-law, Susie Rogers.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff from Great Lakes Hospice Care for the love, care and compassion shown and given to our mother and to us during her illness, and also to all of those who shared concern or helped with her care, and to those who offered prayers. It was all greatly appreciated.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 5, 2017, at the Macedonia Christian Church, 1532 S. 500 East. Visitation will be three hours prior to services on the same date at the church. Minister John Piotrowicz will be officiating. Interment will follow in the Sharpsville Cemetery.
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Published on September 1, 2017
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