Obituary, James H. Rogers

James H. Rogers

James H. Rogers, 87, of Brick, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2013 at his home. Born in Orange, NJ to the late James and Rose Rogers, he was a long time West Orange resident, moving to Brick 18 years ago. Mr. Rogers was a proud World War II Navy Veteran. He was a survivor of the 1945 USS Franklin disaster and recipient of Philippine Liberation Ribbon 1 Star, Asiatic-Pacific Medal 4 Stars, American Theatre Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the NJ Distinguished Service Medal. James graduated from Seton Hall University. James worked for the West Orange Recreation Department for
37 years retiring as its Director/Superintendent of Recreation. James served as a coach and mentor to hundreds of young men and women and is an inductee into the West Orange High School Athletic Hall of Fame. James was a long time member of V.F.W. Post #376 of West Orange and enjoyed fishing and carpentry work.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Marie Kowalewski Rogers in 2007 and his dear sister Mary Jane Brown in 2011.

Surviving are his loving children, Roseann Pizzulli and husband Nicholas , James H. Rogers, Jr. and wife Maureen, Michael J. Rogers and wife Nancy, Timothy A. Rogers and wife Carolyn, and, his cherished grandchildren, Jessica Shaw, Meredith Chavlovich, Vanessa Pizzulli, Michael Pizzulli, Kelly Moore, Michael Rogers, Jr., Colleen Rogers, and Matthew Rogers, and his great grandchildren, Brody and Connor Shaw and Brayden and Patrick Moore.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 7 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Tuesday, January 8 at St. Martha’s R.C. Church, Point Pleasant. Interment will follow at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, at 2:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in James’ memory to St. Martha’s R.C. Church, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

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