Viola Rodgers

April 8, 1924May 1, 2013
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Viola H. Rodgers, AT&T retiree and volunteer

Viola H. Rodgers, an AT&T retiree and volunteer, died peacefully May 1st of congestive heart failure at her daughter’s home in Sparks, MD. She was 89.

Born Viola Helen Telmanoski, she was born and raised on the family farm in North Point, MD and was educated at area parochial and public schools. For a number of years Viola worked at the old Bay Shore Amusement Park and was an assistant to its owner, George P. Mahoney, 1966 Democratic nominee for governor. In 1943, she married John W. Rodgers and had three daughters.

In 1952, Mrs. Rodgers started working for the C&P Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator in Sparrows Point. After her 30 years with the phone company, she retired as a director. At this time she and her husband moved to Ocean City, MD.

Volunteering was an integral part of both Mrs. Rodgers and her husband of 56 years, John, who died in 1999. The organizations served in Baltimore and Ocean City included: The Order of the Alhambra, Special Olympics Maryland and the National Council of Aging. Even in her spare time at home, Viola enjoyed knitting baby garments and afghans she donated to local hospitals.

Mrs. Rodgers is survived by daughters Marcella DiGregorio of Vienna, MD and Sharon McKenna of Sparks, MD. She is predeceased by her daughter Carolyn Paulsen in 1986. She is also survived by granddaughters Robyn Simmons and Leah Ruby; great-granddaughter Brittany Simmons. Grandson, Christopher McKenna, died in 2012.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC. 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, MD 21093 on Friday, 4-7pm and Saturday, May 4, 9-10am at which time funeral services will be celebrated. Interment Holy Rosary Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed in "Vi's" memory to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, suite 350, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031. A guest book is available at


  • Visitation Friday, May 3, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Interment Service Saturday, May 4, 2013

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July 22, 2013

Hi Mom, boy is this house big & empty without you. And now you have our Matey girl. You didn't have to take her so soon, but I know she is in a better place with you, Christopher & Bosun. She is also getting to know her Pop-Pop, Auntie Carol, Uncle Joe, Fonzie & Chi. She is also playing with Taz & all those that have gone before her. Mom, I miss you & Matey so much & I love you so much. When something happens I want to call you or rush home to tell you about it, but you are not here. And no more warm greetings from Matey. Don't forget to give her plenty of rubbings & less treats. Love you & miss you!

John Streeter

May 14, 2013

I am a retiree C&P manager and I knew Vi from the day I first started at the company. She was always an important member of my team and a joy to work with. Although it has been at least 30 years since worked together I never forgot her enthusiasm, edeication and sense of humor.

May 5, 2013

I will always remember that smile and those laughing eyes. Your Mom was such a love and I enjoyed talking to her when I visited my parents at Mallard Landing. I'm sorry for your loss - she was a wonderful woman

Nancy Martin

May 4, 2013

Marsha our condolences in the passing of your mom. I remember Vi very well and saw her often when she lived in Ocean City.My love to you and Sharon
Richard and Bertha Huettner

May 4, 2013

I have a boy and girl cabbage patch dolls Viola made clothes for at MAC Inc. volunteer services. She was a caring and giving person. Pat Bunting

May 3, 2013

Sharon, no matter how old we are, we aren't prepared to lose our mom. May the wonderful memories of your time you shared carry you through this difficult time. Hugs to all. Donna

Ginny Pearce

May 3, 2013

SAM, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I didn't know your mom personally, but I knew her through you - from your stories and pictures. You are who you are because of her and her spirit will live on through you... Ginny

Holly Liberto

May 3, 2013

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Chris Davis and Holly Liberto GBBR Federal Credit Union

Paul Frick

May 3, 2013

Just wanted to express our sorrow for your loss.

May 3, 2013

Loved my neighbor at Mallard Landing. She did so much here and always did it with a smile. She was so much fun to be around. Miss her a bunch. Peggy