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Michael Joseph Rodgers passed away on Saturday April 7, 2018 after a brief struggle with cancer at the age of 88. Mike is lovingly remembered by his wife, Frances, of almost 63 years, his nine children; Mary McGinley (Joe), Sallie (Jim), Christine Frassenei (Joe), Michael (Rachel), Jeffrey (Kate), Elisa (Brian), Connie Dietrich (Bob), Frances Nadel (Doug), and Edward (Kelsey). He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by his sisters; Lucia, Antoinette, and Mary. He was pre-deceased by his father and mother (Joseph and Elisa) and sister, Josephine. Mike was born in south Philadelphia on September 1st, 1929. He graduated from Penn State University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then embarked on a long career in steam and nuclear engineering and was instrumental in the construction of many power facilities on the east coast. He was president of U.S. and Tool and Die in Pittsburgh, PA which he sold in 1990. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors of Charlestown Township in 1995 to a six-year term and subsequently elected to three more six-year terms and was serving when he died. He was most proud that while he served on the board that he and the board were able to put more than 30% of Charlestown Township into a conservation land trust green belting the township he so loved. He also was serving as President of the Board of Directors of Valley Forge Sewer Authority when he died. He was known for his deep love of his wife and family, his love for Penn State football and Joe Paterno, travel and his home in Charlestown Township. Visitation will be Thursday, April 12th, 7-8:30 PM at Logan Funeral Home, 698 E. Lincoln Hwy., Exton, PA 19341 and a Mass in celebration of his life will be held 10:30 AM Friday, April 13th at St. Philip and James Church, 107 N. Ship Rd., Exton, PA 19341. Interment Philadelphia Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mike’s memory may be made to Open Space of Charlestown Township. Donations in Mike’s memory, which will be dedicated to conservation projects in Charlestown Twp., may be made to French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, 511 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. www.loganfuneralhomes.com

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Published in The Daily Local from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2018.
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April 13, 2018
Dear Fran,

I am thinking of you and your family. So very sorry for your loss.

Vivian Good
Vivian Good
April 12, 2018
Fran--so,sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. My sincere condolences to you and your family. After reading his obituary I am impressed at what a legacy he left for the future of Charlestown residents with his open space support. You must all be so proud.
Sandy Brown (Library)
Sandra Brown
April 12, 2018
I remember Mike as a man with a kind heart and big smile. It's amazing how this smile is reflected in all the Rodgers' family. His kindness is demonstrated in how much he did to preserve the land in Charlestown township and his deep commitment to his family. He will be missed but it's safe to say that his smile and good nature will bring a smile to all who knew him...family and friends alike.
Richard Harrington
April 11, 2018
Dearest Fran & Family----
We know this will be a very difficult time for all of you. We are certainly thinking of you, praying for you & sending lots of HUGS to each one of you. I met Mike a couple of times when you & I were having knee replacement surgery, Fran. I loaned you some equipment; you loaned me some helpful things. When I was in & out of your home delivering or picking up, Mike was THERE---offering to help, very cheerful, wishing us both well, teasing us both about the GORGEOUS legs we would have post-op. He really cheered us both up, made us feel so encouraged, that we were certainly doing the right thing even though we knew we were going into a difficult time of pain, recovery & rehab that would be very challenging. We both had our fears & trepidations as we faced that surgery but Mike was such a dear to help us feel so much better about it all! He really cheered us up!!! I will always appreciate his kindness. And, Fran, we work with you every Wednesday @ Chester County Library, we have been so concerned about Mike with his health difficulties, treatments, the pain, as well as concern for YOU, Fran! A very sad time to see your life's mate going through such agony & now to face all of life's challenges on your own. Thanks be to God for your wonderful family about whom you have told us so much, we feel like we know all of them really well. They will be such fabulous supporters for you! Our hearts go out to you, Fran, with so much sympathy & love---we will miss you very much at the Library & hope you will be feeling like coming back to us soon----NOT just to re-shelve books, but to receive our hugs & our sincere love.
God Bless All of You & Yours! Jane & Jim Alexander
Jane & Jim Alexander
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