Patricia A. Rodgers
DOVER - Patricia A. Rodgers, 86, died at home on December 5, 2020. Wife of the late John J. Rodgers, who passed in February 2019, she was born March 31, 1934 in York to Ada Rae (Mitzel) and Robert J. Reeling. A life-long York countian, she graduated from York High in 1952 and worked in the office at A.B. Farquhar before marrying John on May 12, 1956, moving into the new house John had built in Dover, and having their daughters, Lori and Dana. After the girls were in school, she worked part-time in the school cafeterias before working many years for Dover Township, retiring from there.
Pat was a long-time member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Dover, serving as church council member a number of years, as well as on the communion committee. She was active with Union Fire & Hose Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary, and with the Western York County Democratic Club, and enjoyed going to the senior center to play BINGO with her friends before her health prevented her going many places.
She and John enjoyed travelling in their camper up and down the Eastern Seaboard for many years, taking their kids to various historical places and making several trips each year to the shore, often visiting the ponies on Assateague Island. (And never letting us smuggle one home.) They took a long trip to Alaska in their camper - who knew the mosquitoes up there could bite thru denim?? She especially liked their trip to the world's largest yard sale, even if she didn't get to shop in every single yard. She enjoyed going on bus trips with her friends and had traveled to Hawaii and Germany. Much gratitude to her friends who regularly called and visited while she was housebound, you cheered her up and kept her in the loop.
She encouraged her daughters to read, do well in school, and don't be afraid of a little work - earn your way in this world. Pat worked hard making Christmas special for us in our younger years, baking cookies - and more cookies - with us and decorating everything in sight. An excellent cook, she'd put on feasts for the holidays; we were spoiled.
Pat loved her pets, Peppie the schnoodle and the many cats who made their home with the family over her lifetime. We hope they all greeted her at Heaven's gate.
She enjoyed listening to Patsy Cline and John Denver, helping her neighbors and community, and was proud to have voted by mail in November's election.
Survived by her daughters and their husbands, Steve and Clay, and her younger brother, Neil and his wife Judy of Ohio, she was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother Bob, Jr. Pat is also survived by her sister-in-law, Judy Smith (late Donald), and her brother-in-law, William Rodgers (late Peggy) and his companion Charlotte, as well as many nieces and nephews. Her elusive cat, Fluffy, remains on the lam.
Pat's family thanks the long-time caregivers who so faithfully and compassionately aided her in remaining in her home: Annette, Bonnie, Devonee, Mary, Mim, Nicole, and Tangee (partner in crime). All of you were so kind to her, brought her lots of treats, tangled with her when she was feeling feisty, and shared a pizza on a regular basis. She loved you guys! We were confident she was safe and well-cared for under your watchful eyes. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for your many kindnesses to both her and John.
Due to COVID-19, the family will have a private graveside service.
Remembrances to Animal Rescue, Inc, 2 Heritage Farm Drive, New Freedom, PA 17349, or York County Food Bank, 254 West Princess Street, York, PA 17401 so others may enjoy a feast with their families this holiday season. Let's take care of each other.
Safe journey to you; we will meet again.
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Animal Rescue, Inc.
2 Heritage Farm Drive, New Freedom PA 17349
York County Food Bank
254 West Princess Street, York PA 17408