2011-04-09 / Obituaries

Calvin Rogers


Calvin Rogers Calvin Rogers Calvin L. Rogers, Sr., 83, of Mackinac Island and St. Ignace, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at home, with his family at his side.

He was born August 1, 1927, in Manistique to John Henry and Delta (nee Brawley) Rogers and spent his childhood with his grandparents, Goodfella and Annie Brawley.

During World War II, at the age of 18, Mr. Rogers enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years, then returned home to help with the family’s fishing business.

He married Mary H. Andress November 6, 1954, at St. Joseph Church in Escanaba, and in 1955 they moved to Mackinac Island, where they resided for the next 45 years.

Mr. Rogers served on the Mackinac Island City Council, Mackinac Island Board of Education, the Mackinac Island volunteer fire department, and the Ste. Anne’s Church board.

He retired from the Mackinac Island Public School district, where he worked for more than 20 years as the custodian, and in 1988 he was voted Employee of the Year for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District.

Mr. Rogers was a caretaker for many businesses and summer homes on Mackinac Island and worked for Arnold Transit Company, the United States Post Office, and Moral Re-Armament (MRA).

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; four children and their families, Debora and Michael Carley of Mackinac Island, Calvin Rogers of Sault Ste. Marie, Richard Rogers of St. Ignace, and Anna Marie and Stanley Stott of Sault Ste. Marie; six grandchildren, Robert Calvin St. Onge, Joshua Carley, Samantha-Jo Stott, Justin Rogers-Stott, Joseph Rogers, and Mary Rogers; three brothers and their families, Harvey Rogers of Anchorage, Alaska, Floyd and Bev Camp of Houghton, and Gary and Gayle Rogers of Gladstone; a daughter-in-law, Briita Rogers, two brothers-in-law, Robert and Richard Andress; a sister-in-law, Marty Andress, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He also leaves his good friends, Jay and Midge Gillespie, Dean Gillespie, and Joe and Alice Mottillo.

In addition to his parents, Delta Brawley and John and Mae Rogers, and grandparents, Goodfella and Annie Brawley, he was preceded in death by two sons, Robert John Rogers and Robert Joseph Rogers; a brother, Jack Rogers; a brother-in-law, David Andress; a sister-in-law, Cathy Andress, and his mother-in-law, Gladys Chapman Andress.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held the first week in June at Ste. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island.

Memorials may be made to Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church, Mackinac Island Medical Center, or EUP Hospice.

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