January 14, 1925 - July 27, 2016
January 14, 1925 - July 27, 2016
Dateline: Glenville, NY
After a long and well lived life, Jean Mayerle Rogers passed away peacefully at the Glendale Home on Wednesday July 27th. Jean’s journey took her many places, from her rural beginnings to as far away as Australia, but home and family were always the center of her life. She took great pride in their accomplishments and loved their visits, phone calls and letters. Her final days were spent the way she would have wanted, surrounded by those she loved.
Jean was born on a farm in Cuyler, New York to David and Gladys Ike Mayerle but raised in the Cortland, New York area by her mother and beloved step-father Harold Zirbel. She learned at an early age the value of hard work and integrity which were traits she instilled in her children. After graduating from Cortland High School in 1943, she worked for several years at Peck’s Furniture Store in Cortland before meeting and marrying her husband, Harry (Hal) C. Rogers, Jr. of Baldwin, Long Island on August 30, 1947.
Jean and Hal moved to Schenectady, New York when he took a job at General Electric’s Research Lab. They moved to Burnt Hills in 1952 where they raised their three children. Jean was involved in their activities as well as the Women’s Club and various bridge groups. She and Hal belonged to several dance groups and enjoyed nights out with friends. Jean helped Hal achieve his PHD in 1956 by typing his thesis and holding down the fort at home.
Jean shared her love of reading with her children and they well remember many special trips to the old Schenectady Library. She valued education greatly and encouraged her children to get college degrees. She was immensely proud when they all achieved that goal. Jean went back to school when her children were young and received a degree from Spencer Business College. She went on to work at many area businesses.
In 1969, Jean and Hal moved to Berwyn, Pennsylvania when Hal accepted a professorship at Drexel University. They spent the next 34 years enjoying activities with friends and traveling. Their trips included those to Australia, Israel, Turkey and many countries in Europe. Closer to home, they enjoyed trips made in this country with their daughter Cindy and her family. While in Berwyn, Jean was a member of the Berwyn United Methodist Church, The Women’s Club and PEO Sorority. Jean and Hal also loved having their son and his family live near them. They shared many meals, holidays and moves together!! In fact, Jean and Hal’s many moves around the Berwyn area and elsewhere honed her redecorating and remodeling skills,
Jean became an ophthalmological assistant for several eye doctors on the Main Line and enjoyed expanding her knowledge of all things related to the eye. This knowledge was useful as she suffered from macular degeneration later in life.
After their retirements, Jean and Hal spent many winters in Florida enjoying the warm weather and relaxed lifestyle. They spent a few years living there full-time before moving back to the Schenectady area in 2007 to live near their daughter Beth and her family. They enjoyed being closer to family, especially their great grandsons. Their much loved granddaughter Jodi was instrumental in making their lives easier on a daily basis.
Jean was predeceased by her husband of 63 years as well as her parents, her brother and sister-in-law David and Letha Mayerle, and her nephew Alan Mayerle.
Jean is survived by her three beloved children: H. Carton (Maureen) Rogers, III of Ft. Washington, PA, Beth R. (Michael) Collins of Scotia, NY and Cynthia R. (Chris) Edwardson, III, of Duluth, MN; her cherished grandchildren: Jodi (Tim) Hollowood, Garth (Joanna) Townley, H. Carton (Carolyne) Rogers, IV, Christian Edwardson, IV, Julia Rogers and Linnea (MacKenzie) Riegel; and her adored great-grandchildren Brien, Luke and Ian Hollowood, Mia Townley and Harry Carton Rogers, V. Jean is also survived by her beloved brother Terry (Vicky) Zirbel of Zephyrhills, FL , sister-in-law Jean Rogers Cahn of Cooperstown, NY. and many much loved nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held in the fall at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY. Memorial contributions can be made to The Community Hospice of Schenectady, 445 New Karner Rd, Albany, NY 12205.
The family wants to thank the caring staff at the Glendale Home, Union Station for all that they did for Jean and her family the past few months. They went over and above to be generous and giving of their time. They would also like to thank the Community Hospice team for their kindness and support.
With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake, and they encourage you to view and leave messages on Jean’s Book of Memories at www.TownleyWheelerFH.com
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