|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1908|
|Death: ||Jan. 20, 1992|
Virginia Catherine Rogers worked as a private secretary most of her life. About age 23 she worked in Columbus, OH and then moved to Cleveland, OH where she worked for Shell Oil Company. When her father was diagnosed with cancer she returned to Lima, OH and lived at home helping with her father's care. She was 32 when her father died. She anticipated marriage when WWII was over, but that was not to be. About this time she started work as a private secretary for the City Loan Co. in Lima, a position she maintained for many years. She continued office work until her retirement.
She also continued to live in the family home at 733 S. Broadway, in Lima, OH until her death in 1992. She enjoyed playing the piano in the first half of her life, but did not continue as the years went on. She seemed to enjoy yard work and would personally mow her lawn twice a week for many years. She hated to cook and would eat at the hospital frequently. She liked to take guests to the Kewpee or Bob Evans for dinner, rather than prepare food at home. For many years she drove the same car--I only remember her having 2 cars during her driving career. She would use the car only on weekends and take a bus to work each day, to save wear on the car, which was probably a good thing because driving was not her forte. She liked to drive 25 miles an hour everywhere. Her license plate #was 47 VR and was the only license # I ever remember her having. She enjoyed picking out special cards for every occasion and occasionally would drive me crazy by sending "thank you for your thank you" cards. Picking out gifts was never difficult for her, because she always wrote a check. She remembered her father as stern and her mother as loving. She attended church at St. John's Catholic Church for as long as this church remained active, and then attended mass at St. Rose Catholic Church.
For many years I would spend Friday nights with her. Her routine would be to do the laundry that evening. She used a wash tub and scrub board to clean her clothes, rinsed them well and hung them on a line in her basement. Sometimes we would sew designs on Huck toweling that evening. Saturday mornings we would have oatmeal that she cooked herself, and for lunch we would go to the Greyhound Bus Depot. I always ordered their blue plate special, and while Aunt Virginia would diversify her order, it always included coffee with double cream. After lunch she would take me to visit her youngest sister (my Aunt Maude) and her family. After our visit, Aunt Virginia would drive me home.
Virginia maintained her home and her car with due diligence. She did not buy much for herself, but over the years she acquired possessions that started to clutter her home as she was reluctant to "regift" or give away anything of sentimental value. Although their was clutter, it was neatly arranged and I am confident she knew exactly where everything was, and she could tell you who had given her each item and for what occasion she had received it. She was sincerely appreciative of what she was given.
Ellis Burns Rogers (1873 - 1941)
Agnes Black Rogers (1878 - 1955)
Created by: Susan Roach
Record added: Jul 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94181780