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Joanne Rogers

Joanne Rogers, 87, formerly of Buffalo died peacefully on April 3, 2020 in Lakeville, MN. Joanne Bertha Mielke was born May 17, 1932 to Herman and Cora (Becker) Mielke in Independence Township.  The family farmed and ran a small resort on Lake Sarah, near Rockford.  She attended country school and graduated valedictorian from Rockford High School in 1950.

On Sept. 12, 1951 Joanne was united in marriage to Patrick A. Rogers.  They enjoyed 63 wonderful years together.  They lived in Rockford, Sleepy Eye, and Buffalo. Joanne helped Pat run the office in their Rockford Mobil station and Sleepy Eye Napa stores. Joanne was an active member of St. John’s quilting group for 30 years. She enjoyed reading, embroidery, sewing, jigsaw puzzles, and music.  She enjoyed fishing with Pat on Lake Ida at their cabin in Alexandria. Joanne loved dancing to old time music and spending time with family.

Survivors include her children Gail (Dennis) Fischer, Webster SD; Alan (June) Rogers, Charlotte, NC; and Lois (Kevin) Killian, Bloomington, MN; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Dixon and Irene Thompson; and sister-in-law Judith Mielke.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Pat; and brother, Arthur Mielke.

Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.  Due to recent events restricting public gatherings, a celebration of life service will be planned at a later date.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church 302 2nd St NE, Buffalo, MN 55313 or the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 in her memory.


4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Irene

    I will miss you as I miss my brother. We had a great childhood at Lake Sarah. At peace.

  2. Jill Marketon

    So sorry to hear of her passing, she was a neat lady for the sewing group at church.

  3. Eileen Harff

    Irene, so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Earl & Eileen Harff

  4. Diane Welzien

    My sympathy to you, Gail, Alan and Lois with your loving Mother’s passing. I hold very fond memories of your Mother growing up with your kind and gracious family living next door in Rockford. There was always a jigsaw puzzle in the works we’d spend a little time on together while enjoying her company. I can see her sitting on back steps shelling peas from her garden. We would ‘help’ shell and just enjoy hanging out with her. Then so many years later to see her and your Dad again now neighbors to my uncle! We would have the fun of running into each other from time to time around Buffalo. Blessings and love to you- Diane Yonak Welzien


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