Betty Jane Rodger

Betty Jane Rodger

Betty Jane Rodger

Betty Jane Rodger, age 89, of Oxford, Wisconsin died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Reverend Rudolph A. Wegert will officiate. Visitation will be 10 am until the time of service on Saturday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home. A luncheon will be served at the Oxford VFW Post (N 3250 1st Drive) beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Interment will be at the Davis Corners Cemetery, Town of Jackson, Adams County, Wisconsin at a later date.

Betty was born February 27, 1929 in White Creek, Wisconsin to Rudolph and Agnes (Kujawa) Wegert. She attended Mc Bride, Five Oaks and White Creek grade schools in Quincy Township then in Brooks when the family moved there. Betty attended High School in Oxford. Betty’s first job away from home was as a candy striper/nurses aid at the Portage Hospital then with Anderson Dental in Oxford, Wisconsin. She married Clayton Rodger on December 04, 1948 in Adams, Wisconsin. They operated a dairy farm near Jordan Lake in Jackson Township and began raising their family. Later she worked at Clearwater Resort on Jordan Lake, Swiss Maid Fudge Shop, Cold Water Canyon and St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Wisconsin Dells. More recently, she was a care giver providing those in need for area families.

Betty enjoyed gardening (especially raising tomatoes and potatoes), cooking (making casseroles from scratch, turkey dinners, and rhubarb and apple pies), picking blueberries, reading all books about Lewis and Clark, watching the Big Bang Theory, hosting family events at her home, selflessly caring for her family and others who needed help. She loved country music, especially Johnny Cash, homemade wine and looked forward to company during deer season. She also loved to talk about times of old growing up with her siblings and her mother and father discussing the hard work they put into farming with little money to live on.

Betty hosted 4H meetings at her home and was a member of Oxford VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Davis Corners Methodist Church.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Agnes Wegert; husband, Clayton Rodger; son, Lloyd A. Rodger; infant grandson, Adam Stroede, and sisters: Yvonne Wegert and Dolores Radl.

Son: Bruce (Kathryn) Rodger of Oxford, Wisconsin
Son: Edward Rodger of Oxford, Wisconsin
Daughter: Virginia (Jack Gaffney) Blatchley of Kalispell, Montana
Daughter: Marjorie Rodger of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Daughter: Dolores Rodger of Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Laura Cummings of Baraboo, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Byron (Aimee) Rodger of Lanesboro, Minnesota
Grandchild: Philip (Angela) Rodger of Ocala, Florida
Grandchild: Elliot Rodger of Oxford, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Hannah Rodger of Oxford, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Alexander (Kathleen) Nyhus of Cambria, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Heidi Alexander of Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Aaron Stroede of Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Ryan Stroede of Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Alexandra Holzem of New Berlin, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Patrick Holzem of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Kelli Holzem of Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Great-Grandchildren 6
Brother: Rudolph (Alice) Wegert of Poynette, Wisconsin
Sister: Frances Zimbric of Westfield, Wisconsin
Sister: Marilyn Schanel of Westfield, Wisconsin
Brother: William (Betty) Wegert of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Sister: Sandra Larkin of Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Lois Coddington says:

    Betty worked for me but we were also friends and she was the best cook, loved her meatloaf, no one made it better! Just heard from Karen Petersen of her last days and passing, many old fond memories running through my head. I’m in Mission, Tx and have been for 30 years in all.

  2. Terri Donnelly says:

    Dear Rodgers Family: My most sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I worked with Betty at Saint Cecilia’s from 2000 to 2004. We had many lunches together and she loved cooking for everyone. She spoiled us all. I remember having conversations with her and we got on the subject of music. I think she was a fan of country western music. She loved the song “Harper Valley PTA” by Jeannie C Riley. She said that she could relate to the lyrics. Rest in peace Betty. Fr. Arnie, Fr. Cassidy and Msgr Felix will welcome you with open arms.

    Terri Donnelly

  3. Dean Hartman says:

    The Rodger family…. my sympathy goes out to you. Many memories of visits where you never left Hungary after a visit. She was a great humble woman. Your mom and Squeek meant a lot to my dad Bill Hartman and now they are all re-united . May God bless you at this time as you are in my prayers. Dean Hartman

  4. Jodi Lecy Helgeson and Jim Grabarski. says:

    Bruce and family, my sympathy on the loss of your mother. Loved reading about all the things she was involved in. A good full life.