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Vivian M. Rodgers

Vivian M. Rodgers
  • September 27, 1925 - November 17, 2016
  • Worcester, Massachusetts
  • St. John Food for the Poor Program
    44 Temple St.
    Worcester, , MA 01604

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“So sad .When we did not receive a Christmas card She must still be sick I talked to her In November and planned a visit after the holiday.Did not...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Jpyce - Rutland, MA - Friend

Vivian Rodgers KOL 2012 “We at the Franciscan Guest House are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Vivian's smile, laugh and friendship. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Franciscan Guest House staff - ME

“Vivian was was an energetic, active person in all she did. We met her through Council 10 of the Knights of Lithuania. She was always upbeat and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Helen and Ed Lepkowski - Gardner, MA

“I'm so sad to hear of Vivian's passing. She (and Al) were two of my very favorite clients .I considered them to be as much friends as business...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Robin Poole - Hudson, MA - Friend

“Please accept my sincere condolences. Vivian was a wonderful lady and a dedicated volunteer at Saint Vincent Hospital for many many years. I will...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Case - Worcester, MA

“To our good friends the Rodgers Family.It is with great sadness we offer our sincerest condolences. Your mom was such a great friend to our family....Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Stephen Kapurch - Manassas, VA

“Dear Steve and Andrea, so sorry about the loss of your Mom. Our Lithuanian community has also suffered a loss in one of their most active and...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Bobola - Paxtom, MA - Friend

“To Paul, Steven and family,We are heartbroken over the loss of your Mother. She was a beautiful, generous & loving woman who was cherished by many. ...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Karen & Joe Miller - Sutton, MA

“Words can never express what Vivian, "Mrs. Rodgers", meant to all of the Kapurches through the years. Her friendship, her great and generous heart,...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Kapurch - Kennett Square, PA

“Paul and Atephen:My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Dear Mother.WEe were the best of riends for years, I will miss her. May she rest in...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Rita Kapurch - Annapolis Md.

“RIP Vivian, you were always such a positive person who put up with all of us St Cssimir kids. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Kapurch - Highland Vlllage, TX

“Council 30 Westfield mass wish to send our. Ccondolence to Vivians family. We have known Vivian for many years. She will be missed by all koala...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: A friend


Vivian M. (Piragas) Rodgers of Worcester and West Dennis, MA died on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Her husband of over 65 years, Alfred J. Rodgers predeceased her on December 22, 2014. She is survived by her sons, Paul A. Rodgers and his wife Paula of Madison, FL, and Steven M. Rodgers and his wife Andrea A. Schofield of Auburn; a granddaughter, Heather L. Rodgers and her fiancé, Stanley Wheeler of Wesley Chapel, FL. She leaves a niece Ellen (Perry) Cook and her husband Thomas of Norwood, MA and her family, a niece Kathleen (Putis) Walance and her husband Paul of St. Mary, GA, a nephew John Putis, Jr and his wife Maryanne of Walnut Creek, CA and other relatives and friends. She is predeceased by her brother, Edward (Piragas) Perry and his wife Carol Dolan Perry. Vivian was born in Worcester, the daughter of Simon and Margaret (Zaveckas) Piragas.
Vivian graduated from Commerce High School and worked many years in the Office for Johnson Electronics and Stark Electronics. In 1980 she became a volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester where she later became manager of the Gift Shop, retiring when it moved to its downtown location. She continued to volunteer at the hospital and was a member of R.S.V.P.
She was a lifetime member of the now closed St. Casimir Church where she was very active in the church and school. She was a member of the Parish Council since its inception and served as Parish Treasurer as well as overseeing the building fund and finance committees. She chaired many successful Bishop Fund drives for the parish and was recipient of their distinguished member award in 2011 and the Diocesan Ministry Award in 2004. She was also Secretary of the Sisters of St. Casimir Auxiliary.
Vivian was very active as President for several terms of the former Mother's Guild of the parish school. She was a lifetime member of the Guild of Our Lady of Providence. She served as president of Knights of Lithuania, Council 26 for many years and was also president of the New England District. Vivian received the Designation of Honorary Membership in 2011. She was instrumental in assisting nursing students from Lithuania to attend Anna Maria College to continue their education. She was a member of the Lithuanian Charitable Society, Maironis Park where she was an auditor. Also, a member of the former Lithuanian American Women's Alliance and member of the former Triple "C" Squares and "Funtime Squares" square dancing clubs and at one time was secretary of the Worcester Area Coordinators Assoc. of Square Dancers.
Vivian was an active member of her St. Casimir Parish Community and was proud of her Lithuanian heritage and shared that at her new parish of St. John Church. She was a member to the Lithuanian Choir at St. John Church and participated in and was a Lector for the Lithuanian Masses there. She made many friends through her volunteering and dedication to many causes that were dear to her heart. She will be missed by all who knew her and whose lives she touched by her compassion and friendship.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 from DIRSA-MORIN FUNERAL HOME, 298 Grafton Street with a Mass at 10:00 A.M. in St. John Church, 40 Temple Street. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours in the funeral home are Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 .PM. Knights of Lithuania – Council 26 will gather at 4:00 P.M. to conduct their ritual. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to St. John Food for the Poor, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604.