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Rosie Rodgers

Rosie Nadine Rodgers

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Rosie Nadine (Deering) Rodgers
BELFAST – Rosie Rodgers, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, died on St. Valentine’s Day, 2020, at her home in Belfast at the age of 100 having lived a full and spirited life. Born in Caribou, Maine, April 27, 1919, she was the last surviving child of the nine children of George Deering, Sr. and Jemele (Sfeir) Deering who immigrated to the U.S. in 1903 from Lebanon.
Rosie was very active in Caribou High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Literary Club, editor of the yearbook, class officer, and standout athlete in basketball and tennis where she was team captain. These were but a few of her activities. No wonder she was named “peppiest girl” and whose motto in her yearbook was “When you rest, you rust.” This level of energy was manifest throughout her long life. She graduated shortly after turning 16 and then worked in her family’s business before working briefly at Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut during the war.
In May 1943, she married Richard J. Rodgers whom she met in Presque Isle where he was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war and living briefly in New Jersey, Richard’s home state, they relocated to Pittsfield, Maine, in 1950, where they raised their six children. She and Dick owned and operated Dick’s Riverview service station and store for many years. After her youngest was in school, Rosie worked for Church Goods Manufacturing Co., (later C.M. Almy Co.) in Pittsfield for 20 years, retiring in 1980.
Rosie was a woman with the ability to adapt and change with the times, but with her own spin. She bought a new car in June 2019, after turning 100 in April. She wasn’t going far, but she wasn’t going to sit still either. She was always ready for a new adventure or trip to visit children and grandchildren wherever they might be. She enjoyed a trip to Lebanon in 1997 with family members to discover her maternal and paternal relatives whom she had never previously met.
Throughout her life, Rosie was frugal, yet generous. Long before it became popular, she preached to all her children and grandchildren, the necessity of saving, reusing, repurposing, and recycling. She was a practiced cook of Lebanese foods and bread, a seamstress, knitter, braider of rugs and chair caner. Always ready for a family party or to play any game, she enjoyed a good (meaning competitive) game of cards from Bridge to Scat and often won. She was a founder of the Belfast Bridge Group.
Rosie is survived by her six children: Carol (Rodgers) Good and partner Debra Hockensmith; Patricia (Rodgers) Skaling (Michael);
Richard Rodgers (Jennifer); Robert “Buck” Rodgers (Alberta); Roy Rodgers and Rafe Blood; Kathryn (Rodgers) Trudell and partner Dennis Mitchell. She leaves 13 grandchildren: Sean Skaling; Sari Skaling Rauscher; Cedar Rodgers Lovell; Vanessa Rodgers; Tait Rodgers; Bryn Rodgers Faucher; Richard Rodgers; Amos Rodgers; Leah Rodgers; Hanna Rodgers Paglione; Ian Rodgers; Adam Rodgers; Kira Trudell; and Sonia Trudell Stauffeneker; her sister-in-law Lorraine Deering; 20 great-grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard J. Rodgers and a great-granddaughter, Mariah Faucher.
Honoring Rosie’s wishes, there will be no visitation hours. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11AM, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 81 Court St., Belfast. A summer memorial celebration will be planned. Burial will be in the spring next to her husband in Maine Memorial Veterans Cemetery.
If desired, Memorial Donations may be made in her memory to MaineHealth Care at Home, 125 Northport Ave., #106, Belfast 04915 or to St. Francis of Assisi Church, c/o St. Brendan the Navigator, 7 Union St., Camden, 04843. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Rosie’s family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
    Address
    81 Court Street
    BELFAST, ME 04915
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  • Interment

    Location
    Maine Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    163 Mt. Vernon Rd.
    AUGUSTA, ME 04330
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Douglas Coffin

Posted at 11:27am
Hello Roy . . . You Mom was wonderful. I mostly crossed paths with her over duplicate bridge. She was the sharpest, best player in the club, as well as the most welcoming and engaging. I once held many of her trump suit sitting to her left (I played after she did) which meant that any trump she led I would take. She finally turned to me with a twinkle in her eye but evil in her voice and said "you're not going to cut me a break, are you?" She was a giant of a little woman. It never occurred to me that she would ever pass away. Douglas Coffin
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Terri Hichborn

Posted at 09:38pm
it saddened my day to hear of your loss of Rosie. She will never be lost from the hearts and memories of so many. She was an amazing and true lady. I will miss my visits with her, the quick wit and laughs we shared will be forever cherished in my memories.
Terri Hichborn.
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Jean Wakem

Posted at 07:39am
May the many happy memories of Rosie’s 100 years of life be consolation to all her family during this time of loss. She is the end of a long line of the first generation of Lebanese in Maine and takes with her so much history.
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Jill Lathan

Posted at 02:20pm
What a phenomenal lady! It was an honor to have known her. I will missed they way she made me laugh, feel so loved, and gave me an example of what strength looks like every day! Rosie thank you for blessing my life in more ways than you'll ever know. Thank you 1000x over! I will love you and miss you daily. Rest in Peace my friend. Jill Lathan
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Charles E.Armstrong

Posted at 07:20am
Please accept my heart felt condolences on the passing of your mother and grandmother The last time I saw her was at the committal service for Lillian Elisa and Mabel Dysart on the same morning at the cemetery here in Pittsfield. She came to my mother's funeral in 1986. I am glad she was blessed with such a loving family. Sincerely, Charlie Armstrong.
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