Rogers, Helen (Ropiak)

Helen (Ropiak) Rogers, widow of Milton Neal Rogers to whom she was married to for 59 years, was born on February 21, 1926 and passed away peacefully on June 16, 2019 at the age of 93. Helen was born in New Britain then moved at a young age to Unionville. Helen attended the old school house and then started at the newly built Union School in second grade. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1944; where she was a cheerleader and secretary of her class. Upon graduating she worked at Wasley Products for three years, then spent twenty-four years at Trans Flex Packagers as a bookkeeper until retirement. Helen volunteered her time with several organizations; Meals on Wheels, representative of St. Patrick’s Church at St. Agnes Guild, Our Lady of Calvary retreat house, Extend a Hand and life member of Senior Citizens of Farmington. Helen was also an active member of St. Patrick’s Women’s Guild and had a deep affection for her church friends, especially the “Silver Bells.”
Helen had an innate quality for establishing close bonds and lifelong relationships with anyone who “crossed her path.” She held no reservations to walk up to a perfect stranger and engage in conversation. She held a deep love for her family and was always willing to go to any lengths to provide love and support when needed. Helen and Neal’s greatest source of happiness was to attend family and social gatherings and be surrounded by many others. She was also happiest when attending soccer games in and out-of-state to cheer on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close friends. She embraced others with her generous and loving spirit that made others feel special. Those that knew Helen could count on receiving thoughtful notes in her perfect cursive penmanship. She was best known for her abundant vegetable gardens and blueberry bushes and was always willing to share her home-grown commodities with others. Helen’s pool was a favorite location for her family along with all of their friends to enjoy every summer for many years. The pool was a place where everyone was greeted with joy and enthusiasm and encouraged to visit again often at any time. Helen remained at her home in Farmington until the age of ninety; then moved to Village Gate where she spent three years developing new friendships and participating in all activities; her favorite being winning at Bingo.
Helen is survived by her four children; Lucille Caren Munterich and spouse, Ronald of Farmington; Donald Rogers and spouse, Debra of Farmington; Nancy Ashley and spouse, Louis of Pennsylvania; and Neal Rogers, Jr., and spouse Claudia of Unionville. Helen is survived by her nine grandchildren: Thomas Munterich and spouse, Jackie; James Munterich and spouse, Melissa; Carie Beth Currier and spouse, James; Candy Bartley and Donald Rogers, Jr.; Jason Ashley and spouse, Shannon; Timothy Ashley and spouse, Molly; Jeffrey Rogers and spouse, Kristen; and Scott Rogers and spouse, Jenna. Helen is also survived by eighteen great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Joe, Edward and Stanley Ropiak; her sister, Irene Ruschmann; her grandson, David Rogers; and her great-grandson, Noah Rogers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (June 24) at 1:00pm in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New England Donor Services, 60 1st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 or to Noah’s Memorial SIDS Foundation, 5140 Kimberly Lane, Plymouth, MN 55446.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 1:00pm in the Church of St. Patrick ~ Farmington

Burial

Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

Memorial Contribution

New England Donor Services, 60 1st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 or to Noah’s Memorial SIDS Foundation, 5140 Kimberly Lane, Plymouth, MN 55446.

3 Responses to 'Rogers, Helen (Ropiak)'

  1. Debbie and Frank Dawidowicz and Shirley Henderson (My Mom) says:

    To the family of Helen, especially Jimmy Munterich and Melissa and family, and Ron and Lucy Munterich and family, we are so sorry for the loss of Bobcu. She was a delightful woman we were so happy to have the privilege to know, once Jimmy and Melissa got married. I know how much she will be missed. ♥️,
    God Speed Helen, may you rest in peace with your Husband now.

  2. SD says:

    My sincere condolences to the family Rogers for the lost of your beloved mother Helen, sharing this message from the Bible where our God Jehovah promised a resurrection for our dear ones. John 6:39,40 and give everlasting life here on the earth in a renewed paradise Psalms 37:11,29, while we wait for these blessings in a near future that the peace of God be with the family.

  3. Father Mark Suslenko says:

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the occasion of Helen’s passage into eternal life. She was an AMAZING lady and such a strong pillar of the St. Patrick and Farmington Communities. She was one in a million who always had a pleasant demeanor and gentle smile. Many laughs and stories were shared and she will be fondly remembered. I am saddened that other commitments prevent my attendance at her Funeral Mass. However, be assured that she will be remembered in my prayers and at Masses here this weekend.

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