Viola H. Rodgers

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Viola H. Rodgers, AT&T retiree and volunteer

SPARKS, Md—Viola H. Rodgers, an AT&T retiree and volunteer, died peacefully Wednesday, May 1, 2013, of congestive heart failure at her daughter's home in Sparks. She was 89.

Born Viola Helen Telmanoski, she was born and raised on the family farm in North Point, Md., and 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. Upon his death in 1999, Viola relocated to Mallard Landing Retirement Community in Salisbury, where she was always willing to help out with the residents in need.

Volunteering was an integral part of both Mrs. Rodgers and her husband of 56 years. 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, and Sharon McKenna of Sparks. 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.

Funeral services will be celebrated in the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley Inc, 10 West Padonia Rd (at York Rd) Timonium, Md.21093 today at 10 a.m. Interment will be in 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 www.lemmonfuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Times on May 4, 2013
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