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3/13/2017 5:00:00 AM
Sherry Lee Rogers
Feb. 18, 1951 - March 10, 2017
Sherry Rogers
Sherry Rogers

Sherry Lee Rogers, 66, Rochester, passed away at 10:37 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at her residence following a valiant fight with cancer.

On Feb. 18, 1951, at Rochester's Woodlawn Hospital, Sherry Lee Evans was born. She was a treasured daughter of Robert W. and Norma J. Bitterling Evans. Growing up, she shared her childhood with her little sister, Christina. During her youth, Sherry attended Richland Center School. She completed her formal education in 1969 as a member of the first class to attend the new Rochester High School for all four years. Sherry was a member of the RHS Marching Zebras, playing the clarinet. For her expertise in business class, she earned an award in shorthand. On July 24, 1971, in the First Christian Church of Rochester, Sherry married the love of her life, Mr. Russell Alan Rogers. They shared 36 years of life's adventures. During their early years of marriage, Russ was serving his country with the U.S. Air Force. Sherry and Russ lived in Germany and California. A favorite memory was on New Year's Eve in 1972 when the couple spent the weekend in Paris, France.

As a receptionist and chair-side assistant, Sherry worked for Dr. James Fritts, DDS, for a few years. In 1973, she began working for Topps Safety Apparel in the office as a bookkeeper and payroll and the general go-to person. She was dedicated for more than four decades, retiring earlier this year.

Skilled in her handiwork ability, Sherry enjoyed quilting, knitting and macrame. She was especially proud of her proficiency in tatting. This skill was taught by and acquired from Grandma Evans. Family and friends remember Sherry for her great sense of humor.

Embracing the outdoors, Sherry and Russ enjoyed the winter season by snowmobiling. In 2003, they toured Canada via snowmobile. The Michigan trails were their home away from home, as they enjoyed memorable escapades. Russ and Sherry were featured on the cover of "Outdoor Indiana" in the 2004 winter edition, trailing on the snowmobiles at Salamonie Lake near Andrews. The summer months brought on mini-vacations and extended weekend trips on their motorcycle.

Sherry will be lovingly remembered by her father, Robert W. Evans, Rochester; brother-in-law, Doug Garvison and wife Susie, Rochester; special uncle, Mick Evans and wife Judy, Rochester; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and her cherished canine companion, Marley the tan Jack Russell terrier.

Sherry was preceded in death by her mother, Norma in 1993; husband Russ on July 25, 2007; a sister, Christina Jean Evans Swango in 2014; and her in-laws, Don and Marilyn Garvison.

A celebration of the life of Sherry Lee Rogers will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Mike Van Heyningen officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 until the hour of the service Tuesday at the funeral home. She will be laid to eternal rest, next to her beloved husband, Russ, in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Heart Fund, Fulton County Cancer Fund or the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, all through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

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