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Dorothy Helen Rogers
Retired elementary teacher & librarian
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Dorothy Helen Stitely Rogers, 99, passed peacefully April 1, 2011 in Fremont, California.  She was born Sept 5, 1911 in Chicago, IL, where she spent her childhood and teenage years.   She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary School Education at the University of Denver in Greeley, CO and a Masters degree in Library Science at Rosary College in River Forest, IL.  She worked for the Chicago Board of Education for many years before relocating to Palatine, IL in 1949.  She taught for Community Consolidated School District #15 in Palatine, IL for many years before taking a position as a librarian in Lincolnwood, IL, where she worked until she retired.   

Dorothy was an avid reader, loved gardening, traveling all over the US and Canada with her husband in their small RV. They also enjoyed trips abroad that included such destinations as Europe, Japan, and Australia.

In 1991, Dorothy, along with her husband Mel and daughter Helen moved to California to be near her son Warren and his wife, Geri.  Dorothy loved helping people and volunteered for the Senior Center in Palatine, IL and The Shinn House in Fremont, CA.  She always found time to talk to and provide food for her friends and neighbors. She loved cooking and baking.  Since 1998 Dorothy lived independently as a resident of The Pasatiempo apartment complex in Fremont, CA where she made many close friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Melville Rogers and her daughter, Helen Rogers Smith.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Warren Rogers and wife, Geri of Manteca, CA, her 6 grandchildren Mike Rogers and wife, Carol of Buffalo Grove, IL, Tom Rogers and wife, Sue of Manteca, CA, Laura Dauzat and husband , John of Fremont, CA,  Steve Rogers and wife, Teresa, of Brentwood, CA, Julie Franz and husband, Mike of Cary, IL, and Karin Poreda of Des Plaines, IL and 13 great grandchildren whom she adored.  She enjoyed taking them to any place she could help educate them.  Most recently she shared a beautiful day at Monterey Bay Aquarium with her youngest great grandchildren ages 6-11 years.  It was a glorious day for all.  

As her final contribution to the world of education, Dorothy has requested that her body be donated to Stanford University.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Woodbridge Del Webb Community room at 2401 Morning Brook Drive, Manteca, CA 95336

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Manteca ( Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, April 9, 2011