OBITUARY

Betty I Rogan

January 9, 1931June 23, 2019

Florida- Betty Irene Rogan, of Fort Myers, Florida and Narragansett, Rhode Island, cherished wife for 59 years of the late Martin Rogan, died June 23, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Rogan and husband Francis Foley Jr. of Bonita Springs, FL, her son Mark Rogan of Willimantic as well as her granddaughter Elena Rogan Cecil and husband Marcus Cecil of Bozrah, her great granddaughter Susan Cecil and her daughter in law Susan Rogan.

She was predeceased by her husband Martin and her sons Jack and Dennis Rogan.

Betty was born in Norwich, CT on January 9, 1931 to Harry Jack and Esther (Tunick) Schatz. Betty lived in Norwich and moved to Bozrah at an early age. She attended Fields Memorial School and graduated Norwich Free Academy, class of 1948. She attended The University of CT, graduating from Eastern CT State College, class of 1952. Betty taught second grade at Central School in Colchester for five years and first grade for thirty years at Wequonnoc School in Taftville, Connecticut retiring in 1990.

Betty was affiliated with the American Cancer Society and in 1975 began her work as a Reach To Recovery Volunteer, visiting numerous mastectomy patients in the Eastern Connecticut area. She was voted President of the Cancer Society of Eastern Connecticut in 1992 and was also awarded Volunteer of the Year. She was a member of Beth Jacob Synagogue and also Temple Beth David in Narragansett, RI. From childhood, Betty enjoyed boating and fishing and was a member of the Westerly Yacht Club. She and her husband began wintering in Fort Myers Florida in 1998. She joined the Fort Myers Beach Art Association and pursued her love of painting attending many famous artist workshops also studying with Foster Caddell in Voluntown, CT. Some of her lifelong friends were those she met in her early childhood years and with whom she shared many happy times. Betty loved the theater and the arts attending Matunuck Summer Theatre in Rhode Island and the Southwest Florida Symphony Pops Concerts in Fort Myers. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and her favorite trips were the many cruises they took. She traveled to many foreign countries as well as most of the United States. Betty loved her bingo and was an envied winner time and time again.

Those who loved her in life will miss her kind hearted strength and grace in this world and will remember her best when walking on a quiet beach, feeling the freshness of an ocean breeze or hearing a funny anecdote or joke.

A graveside funeral service will be held at the Hebrew Benevolent Cemetery #3, 65 Middle Rd. in Preston on Friday, June 28 at 11 am. A celebration of life service will be held in Narragansett Rhode Island at a later date.

Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave a message of condolence for Betty’s family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN (https://www.stjude.org/donate).

The Church and Allen Funeral Home., 136 Sachem St. Norwich, CT, is assisting with arrangements.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service Friday, June 28, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Service

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Sharon Ayala

July 17, 2019

My prayers for you! I’ve known her for decades!!!

Raymond Schneider

July 1, 2019

Our deepest sympathies for your family at this time.

Our condolences,

The Schneider's

Jose & Venerina Da Silva

June 29, 2019

Dear Cindy, we were heartbroken to find out of Betty's passing. When we were neighbors at Glean Oaks both she and Martin were wonderful with our kids... Always loved seeing her in back Narragansett in the Summer and looked forward to receiving her holiday greetings at Christmas. She will be missed. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.

Aimee Balcer

June 28, 2019

My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family. Betty was a wonderful lady who I had the privilege to work with the last several years. She will truly be missed.

Denise Vachon

June 28, 2019

Cindy, Frank, and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Betty was a delightful lady with keen sense of fashion! She was quite a spit fire! She will be missed, but her spirit will live on.

Ronald Roberts SR.

June 27, 2019

To the entire Rogan Family,I express My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy in the Passing of Your Loved One!

Ronald Roberts SR.

June 27, 2019

To the entire Rogan Family,I express My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy in the Passing of Your Loved One!

Glenn Pianka

June 27, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the ROGAN and extended ROGAN family on the passing of a wonderful lady. I always knew her full name even as a youngster because of her vanity license plate.......BIR......Betty Irene Rogan.........rest your soul 🙏
Glenn Pianka

Doreen Johnstone

June 27, 2019

I loved Betty’s jokes that would always pop out at an appropriate time. How she enjoyed making people smile when she wore her funny cocktail sunglasses. Such wonderful memories I can see her smile and feel the love in my heart

Donna Baray

June 26, 2019

Famous for those Rhode Island Clam Bakes;
the pictures all organized and filed by year, the better half of an incredible duo...Betty had a passion for life and people. She will be missed by many .

FROM THE FAMILY