Lore Ann Rogers, 75, of rural Wessington Springs, died early Wednesday morning July 18, 2012 at the Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital in Wessington Springs. A private family memorial and burial of her cremains will be at a later date.
Lore Rogers was born November 26, 1936 in Rauenberg, Germany to Berta and Emil Menges. She grew up in Germany during World War II and came to Montreal, Canada to use her business education in a nylon stocking company.
Lore met Jack Rogers in Montreal while he was employed by a gas conversion company. They traveled back to Wessington Springs and were married on June 4, 1958. Jack and Lore moved to Harrisburg, Scranton, and Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania all while Jack was working gas conversion.
Lonie was born in Miami, Florida in 1959 when the conversion work took them further south. Jack’s work had him traveling throughout Florida while Lore stayed in Miami with a young Lonie.
The Rogers soon moved to Boston, Massachusetts and when the work project was complete, they flew to Europe to visit Lore’s family. Lore, Jack and Lonie flew to Paris and traveled to Germany so Jack and Lonie could meet Lore’s family for the first time. Traveling around the eastern United States, Wisconsin and Minnesota became the norm in Jack and Lore’s life in the early 1960’s.
A brief stay in Wessington Springs on the farm was followed by a trip back east to Philadelphia. John Rogers was born in Philadelphia in 1963. Lore and Jack then made a decision to return to Wessington Springs and put down roots on the farm. Aaron was born in 1967. At that time, Lore and Jack had a cow-calf operation on their farm.
Lore was an expert knitter and enjoyed crocheting. She could often be found in her garden picking raspberries or gathering herbs. Her whole family enjoyed her homemade preserves. Lore also volunteered to educate students on German culture in the Wessington Springs school district. Lore was an avid reader and loved quilting.
In retirement, Lore and Jack enjoyed traveling around to see family and friends. They have been to many parts of the US along with Italy, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos and returned to Germany many times. Recently Lore and Jack have spent their winters at their home in New Mexico.
Lore is survived by Jack, her husband of 54 years of Wessington Springs, a daughter, Lonie (Peter) Pelletier of Berwick, Maine, and two sons, John (Kelly)Rogers of Huron and Aaron (Julie) Rogers of Tokyo, Japan.
She is preceded in death by one son, Darwin Eric Rogers. Lore had 10 grandchildren Pierson (Melissa), Philip, Emily, Nijla (Vince), Helga, Josh, Niah, Brandon, Allessandra, and Oliver. Lore also had 2 great-grandchildren, Kingsly and Zoie.