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Catherine Rogers

Catherine Marie Rogers (McTaggart)

Thursday, May 17th, 1928 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Obituary

Catherine Marie Rogers (nee McTaggart), passed away at her residence in Glenboro on Tuesday March 31, 2020 at the age of 91.

Catherine leaves to mourn her passing daughters Gail (Albert) Hamilton of Glenboro, Joan (Barry) Jackson of Calgary AB, Jill (Ken) Vertz of Sherwood Park AB and daughter-in-law Trina (Curtis) Wytinck of Glenboro MB; nine grandchildren, Travis (Carley) Hamilton of Richmond VA, Trent (Kyla) Hamilton Kenora ON, Ian Hamilton (Kyla) Glenboro, Alana (Garth) Bates Millarville AB, Angela (Ryan) Smith Lethbridge AB, Karnie (Cori) Vertz & Kiel Vertz of Sherwood Park AB, Carson Rogers (Marisa) Brandon, and Jaymee Rogers (Payton) Killarney, twelve great grandchildren, Richmond & Phillip, Lane & Leah, Liv, Calie & Mac, Avery & Connor, Charli & Reese and Kyler. She is also survived by her oldest brother Wallace (Audrey) McTaggart of Winnipeg and youngest brother Bob McTaggart of Duncan B.C., sisters-in-law Elva McTaggart of Edmonton AB and Joyce McTaggart of Stonewall MB as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Catherine was predeceased by her husband Donald (2009), son Glen (2003), great grandchild Adria Bates (2009), parents Jack & Marie McTaggart, brothers Roy & Neil, sister Orma (Harry) Gray, and by sisters & brothers-in-law Lena (John Lyall) (Jim) Steele, Dorothy (Doug) Elliott, Bessie (Stan) Malyon, Eileen (Harold) Jackson, Bert (Audrey) Johnson.

We have often heard that with love, comes grief, and this saying rings very true as we prepare words to honour a woman who has created a family legacy that will never fade.
Catherine was born on ‘Frog Hollow farm’ in the Stockton district. She attended school at Stockton, Hawkins and Glenboro. She taught on permit at Northfield School, then attended Normal School in Winnipeg, and then taught at Wawanesa before being married on Oct 27, 1951 to Don Rogers.

Catherine and Don provided a loving family home, with Mom’s duties clearly being house, sewing, yard, and garden. She was a farmer’s wife, but she left the fieldwork, and the animal chores to Dad. She knew how to control her domain and was a full on mom. She provided her children with many enriching activities like music, 4-H, and church groups. She nurtured each of her children’s attributes and always pushed them to expand their horizons.

Most of her time was devoted to supporting her husband and children, but she and Dad did Square dance. And fun family outings, whether a shopping trip to Brandon, or a rainy day trip to relatives are still a cherished memory for all her children. There was always lots of laughter - especially when any of Dad’s five sisters visited. Mom felt especially close to her Roger’s sister in laws.

She derived great pleasure from being part of the UCW, and Rebekah lodge. This gave her a network of girlfriends, some Winnipeg escapes, and she especially loved being part of a group that catered meals, to weddings and other community events. She was always a willing volunteer for her community.

And speaking of food, she took immense pride in cooking and baking for her family as well. There has never been a special (or ordinary) occasion that did not include some of Grandma Roger’s dainties. Her little treasures of sweetness have always been a part of the warmth and charm of shared family times.

When grandchildren started arriving, she was there of course, to help in any way she could, babysitting, cooking, cleaning - however not a push over grandma, but one that always made clear the high standards she expected! She stressed working hard, doing your best, and tightening your belt when required!

In 1991 when son Glen and Trina took over the farm, Mom and Dad moved to a house in town. From this house she continued to welcome all with open arms, which always included baking!

In later years, Mom and Dad travelled to visit family all across Canada, and made two trips to England, where Dad still had family. More often, it was Mom who was hosting visitors. She was very inclusive and worked to maintain solid meaningful connections with all family. Mom’s ability to recall details, and in turn be truly interested in every family members most mundane activities was often joked about, but in truth quite remarkable. She never tired in hearing about what all her grandchildren and great grandchildren were up to. We have all often marveled at her lifelong desire to keep her mind actively engaged and challenged. Those skills never left her. Even in her last years as her congestive heart failure sapped her energy and she relied on a network of caregivers and delivery people to meet her needs, she included all of them in her circle of daily care, concern and interest. She was always so pleased to have a little chat with a home care worker, meals on wheels delivery person, a grocery delivery person, her hairdressers, and other personal care givers. And she always stayed on top of the latest news, in Spirit Sands Housing where she lived for her last 14 years, in Glenboro, in Manitoba, in Canada, and worldwide. If you wanted to keep abreast of happenings she was the source.

As we say goodbye to a woman who made us all feel so very loved, and filled us with an important sense of belonging and family, we take comfort in the following song lyrics from the Ed Sheeran song Supermarket Flowers.

"So I’ll sing hallelujah,
You were an angel in the shape of my Mom
When I fell down you’d be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go
And when God takes you back we’ll sing Hallelujah
You’re Home."

A burial took place at the Glenboro Cemetery on April 7, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a Celebration of Catherine's life will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Catherine’s memory to the Glenboro & Area Foundation, Box 147, Glenboro, or to the Glenboro United Church Memorial Fund, Box 623, Glenboro, Manitoba. R0K 0X0.



THANK YOU
The family of Catherine Rogers would like to thank everyone who has helped us through this sad time of Catherine’s passing. To all the people that enabled Mom to remain living in her suite, including, hospital kitchen staff that prepared tasty meals, volunteer meals on wheels deliverers, home Care workers that showed caring for Mom was more than a job, cleaning girls that were able to meet Mom’s exacting standards, grocery delivery, pharmacy delivery, hairdressers that accommodated Mom in their shops, and in her suite, Handivan drivers, foot care nurses, Dr. Ramos, Home Care co-ordinator Mary Sylvestor, and palliative care nurse Brenda Gudnason. And to all the family, friends, and neighbours that popped in to say Hi to Mom, she truly appreciated the visits. Mom felt a connection with each of you, and everyone of your visits brightened her day. To all those that have sent condolences in any form, your words have assured us that Mom had a life worth celebrating. Mom has been laid to rest in the Glenboro cemetery with Jamieson’s Moray and Dayna attending to all details with care. Thanks to Sandra Rex for providing a meaningful comforting graveside service, as well as support to Mom and the family. We hope to have a celebration of life at some time in the future, post Covid-19.
Gail & Albert Hamilton
Joan & Barry Jackson
Jill & Ken Vertz
Trina & Curt Wytinck
And families
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  • Interment

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    GLENBORO, MB R0K 0X0
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    A private family interment will take place at the Glenboro Cemetery.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, A Celebration of Catherine's life will take place at a later date.

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Janice Myers

Posted at 01:35pm
Gail, Joan, Jill and your families, so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your mom, she was a lovely person.
KN

Kevin and Laurie Newton

Posted at 03:34pm
A wonderful lady! Such pleasant visits with her whenever we crossed paths.
MG

Marlene Graceffo

Posted at 10:26am
We were very sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing and send our condolences to the family. She was a very good friend to our mother, Eleanor. We were grateful for the happy times they shared together. They also shared a birthday cake together for many years. Her smile and laughter were contagious. We will remember her fondly. Gail, please pass our condolences to Joan and Jill. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time, Marlene & Greg Graceffo
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Arvel Gray

Posted at 05:28pm
Our deepest sympathy to our cousins and their families in the loss of Aunt Catherine. We have wonderful memories of visits to the Rogers farm in the summer and at Christmas, and reciprocal visits to Cromer on a rainy Sunday. There was always a buzz of family activity with school and 4-H, sewing projects, and seeding and harvest, and always a kitchen of fresh baking to serve to company or to donate to church and district events.
We will miss her wonderful smile and laugh and her inclusive demeanor that made you feel like you were the most important person in the room.
She was a strong role model who leaves a legacy of raising a wonderful family, building her community, and creating a loving and welcoming home.

Not a day passes over this earth
But men and women of no note
Do great deeds, speak great words
And suffer noble sorrows
Robert Burns

-Avis, Arvel, Sheldon and Neal Gray
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Elaine

Posted at 10:27am
Gail,Albert and families
Deepest and heartfelt sympathies .

Elaine Miles (Budd)
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