Miriam R. Rogers, age 78 of Rochester passed away on July 5, 2021 at her home. She was born Miriam Rebecca Fokema on April 24, 1943 in La Crosse, WI to Peter and Loreen (Gerdes) Fokema.
Miriam graduated from a "one room" schoolhouse and received her Teaching Certificate and Master's from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She taught in Viroqua, WI. She enjoyed music and loved to sing and play piano and organ. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines and traveled to many different communities to perform. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and birds. She was a member of the Quilting Society of Rochester and was the 2019 Volunteer of the Year at Evangel United Methodist Church. Miriam personally quilted over 700 blankets and donated to local charities.
Survivors include her two daughters, Michelle (Lorne) Hedin of Rochester and Katrina (Josh) Jacobson of Chatfield; five grandchildren and one brother, Marvin (Shirley) Fokema of Tomah, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, and one son, Colin.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Evangel United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakwood East Cemetery.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Rogers family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Rochester, MN 55906
Rochester, MN 55906
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Michelle, Katrina and families,
Just wanted you to know that we are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Your parents were great neighbors to have for over 25 years and we so enjoyed our various talks in the backyard or driveway over the years. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
Greg, Geri, Maggie and Aaron
Loving and patient are 2 words that describe Miriam. She was truly a wonderful cousin and friend. Willing to speak with me at any time and listen to what was going on during the day. She definately kept me grounded in what is important. My day by day life in relationship with my Lord and others. She was a dear lady for sure.
Cousin Connie Gerdes Quan