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Mary Freitas Rogers

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ROGERS, MARY FREITAS My grandfather once told me that he loved going out with his wife on his arm because she reminded him of Rita Hayworth. "Mary's prettier than her," he said in his usual matter of fact way, "but they both could stop a room cold when they walked in." Mary Freitas was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1921, the oldest of ten children. She found her smile when her family moved to San Diego, it was here she met the love of her life, Joseph C. Rogers. Mary and Joe were happily married for 65 years. Joe was a tuna captain and when he went out to sea, often for months at a time, Mary looked after their four daughters. She was a proud woman and dealt with the hardships of their life with grace and dignity, always putting the needs of her family first. A big part of her life was the Portuguese Community of Point Loma, where friends could come together to celebrate Church Holy Days. Mary also loved to travel and no matter where in the world she found herself, she always made a point to visit every cathedral and neighborhood church she could find. "It's good luck because you can make a wish at every new church you visit," she'd always tell the girls. She was a devout Catholic and through thick and thin she never allowed those around her to lose sight of what was truly important in her life: her relationship with God, her family, and her friends. She is survived by her four daughters, Linda (Mike) Gutierrez, Renee (Les) Perry, Maria Gaven, and Diana (Dan) Butler; her 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and six beloved siblings, Algerina Maughan, John Freitas, Babe Noe, Lorraine Finete, Elizabeth Cardosa, Carol Witt and sister-in-law, Mary Freitas. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009, at St. Agnes Church in Point Loma with the interment at Holy Cross Cemetery to follow.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 29, 2009
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