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Johanna Rogers Obituary
Rogers, Johanna
1939 - 2017
Joanna H. Rogers (aka "Anneke") age 78 passed away Friday December 22, 2017 in her home. She was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands and earned full American citizenship in 2014. Her teenage years were spent learning acrobatics among the gymnasts at Muscle Beach, then teaching ballroom dancing at Fred Astaire studios in Santa Monica, California. After moving to Columbus, Ohio in the early 1980's she worked as an administrator at Ohio State University for many years, and by her retirement had earned a BA in English – one class and one quarter at a time. Johanna - or "Anneke" as many of her friends knew her - was a published poet, a cantor at St. Agnes, picked up languages easily, and could crochet just about anything. Often the life of the party, she was usually the first to volunteer, and knew no strangers. Survived by husband Mark H. Rogers; sons Zoltan (Georgette) Kakash, and Laszlo (Will Cammack) Kakash; and daughter, Annalisa (Christopher Whitney) Ventola; grandchildren Aislyn Kakash and Alex Kakash; sisters Neeltje Bakker-Singh and El de Rijk Spanhoff; brothers Franciscus J. Welman and Marinus Welman; plus numerous other family members and friends. Preceded in death by Parents: Fred and Maria de Rijk; Previous husbands, Zoltan Laszlo Kakash, Harry Lee Ventola; infant sons, Tristan Kakash and Harry R. Ventola II; brother Cornelius Welman and sister Maria Welman Ransdell. Friends may call at Jerry Spears Funeral Home 2693 W. Broad Street 43223. Wednesday 6-8 P.M. Funeral Mass 11:00 A.M Thursday at St. Agnes Catholic Church 2364 W. Mound St. Fr. Homer Bluebaugh celebrant. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 25, 2017
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