OBITUARY

Jean Rogers

December 22, 1929April 25, 2019
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Jean Rogers, 89, a longtime resident of Springfield, died in her home, Thursday April 25, 2019. She was born December 22, 1929 in Chicago to Bert and Pearl Sandell. Jean had two older brothers, Bill and Bob. She moved to Springfield as a young wife to James Kerst and had three children. She was a skilled artist and past member of Springfield Art Association, a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Powder Puff Club, various bowling leagues and bridge groups. She especially loved her Friday scrabble games with her dear friend Margie. Jean worked for the Dangerous Drugs Commission in Chicago and later worked for the Secretary of State in Springfield. She met her current husband, Charles Rogers on a train commuting to work in Chicago. They loved nature, travel, winters in Florida and time with their many friends. She loved the view of her garden and watching cardinals, robins and wrens in her back yard. Her contagious smile and sweet personality brought joy to all who knew her. Those who played games with her will remember her as a formidable opponent due to her sharp mind. Those who dined with her will never forget the wonderful meals she prepared with much love. She is survived by her beloved husband, Charles Rogers, and children, Ronald Kerst and wife Sharon of Livermore, CA; Leigh Asher and husband Joshua of Phoenix, AZ; and Suzanne Kerst of Chicago as well as her only grandchild, Tamara Root of Phoenix, AZ; and two great grandchildren, Gigi and Caelin Root who brought great joy to her later years. Also surviving are relatives in TX, Monique, “her belle sueur” of Chicago; and Charles son Brad Gates in AZ. Visitation and Funeral Service: The Rogers family will greet family and friends at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL from 10:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2019 until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am at the church. Rev. Joshua T. Traxel will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana, IL. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Kindred Spirits Hospice 2815 Old Jacksonville Rd. Suite 202 Springfield, IL 62704 Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhom.com Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424

  • FAMILY

  • Bert E Sandell, Father
  • Pearl I Sandell, Mother
  • Bill Sandell, Brother
  • Bob Sandell, Brother
  • Charles Rogers, Husband
  • Ronald (Sharon) Kerst, Son
  • Leigh (Joshua) Asher, Daughter
  • Suzanne Kerst, Daughter
  • Tamara Root, Granddaughter
  • Gigi and Caelin Root, Great Grandchildren
  • Also surviving are relatives from Texas, Monique "her belle Sueur" of Chicago and Charles son Brad Gates of AZ.
  • DONATIONS

  • Our Savior's Lutheran Church
  • Kindred Spirits Hospice

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Memories

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Susan Beard

April 30, 2019

I have know Jean for several years, primarily as a bridge player! She was one of the most fun players I have known. Her wit combined with her talent as a player made her a most sought after partner! Her presence has been missed for several months and she will continue to be missed. My condolences to her family, which she loved more than anything.

April Smith

April 28, 2019

It was such fun getting to know Jean these last few years! She was ecstatic when Suzanne returned to live in Springfield. Her children were the light of her life, and she had such fun when Leigh and Josh came to visit.
I was blessed to share time with Jean and Margie and got a kick out of hearing about their competitive Scrabble games!
Rest In Peace Jean, and watch over your loved ones.

Constance Cine-Harden

April 27, 2019

Suzanne,
My sincere condolences to you, family & loved ones.
So many beautiful memories of Jean. I will miss her open arms & genuine hugs & true love for me. Family holidays to lovely gatherings, she warmly included me. I will miss her smile, her conversations, her love.
🕯Rest in Peace lovely lady. Heaven is blessed. 🕯
Love Connie

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Biography

Jean Rogers, 89, a longtime resident of Springfield, died in her home, Thursday April 25, 2019.
She was born December 22, 1929 in Chicago to Bert and Pearl Sandell. Jean had two older brothers, Bill and Bob. She moved to Springfield as a young wife to James Kerst and had three children. She was a skilled artist and past member of Springfield Art Association, a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Powder Puff Club, various bowling leagues and bridge groups. She especially loved her Friday scrabble games with her dear friend Margie.
Jean worked for the Dangerous Drugs Commission in Chicago and later worked for the Secretary of State in Springfield. She met her current husband, Charles Rogers on a train commuting to work in Chicago. They loved nature, travel, winters in Florida and time with their many friends. She loved the view of her garden and watching cardinals, robins and wrens in her back yard. Her contagious smile and sweet personality brought joy to all who knew her. Those who played games with her will remember her as a formidable opponent due to her sharp mind. Those who dined with her will never forget the wonderful meals she prepared with much love.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Charles Rogers, and children, Ronald Kerst and wife Sharon of Livermore, CA; Leigh Asher and husband Joshua of Phoenix, AZ; and Suzanne Kerst of Chicago as well as her only grandchild, Tamara Root of Phoenix, AZ; and two great grandchildren, Gigi and Caelin Root who brought great joy to her later years. Also surviving are relatives in TX, Monique, “her belle sueur” of Chicago, and Charles son Brad Gates in AZ.
Visitation and Funeral Service: The Rogers family will greet family and friends at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL from 10:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2019 until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am at the church. Rev. Joshua T. Traxel will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana, IL.
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Kindred Spirits Hospice 2815 Old Jacksonville Rd. Suite 202 Springfield, IL 62704
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhom.com
Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424