Obituaries

Jean V. Rodgers

November 24, 1933 - May 1, 2020

Jean V (Vicenzina Gina) Rodgers nee Pascente was born on November 24, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois and baptized into the Catholic Faith on June 30, 1934 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish, Chicago. October 26, 1957 she was joined in Holy Matrimony, St Mary of Celle Catholic Church, Berwyn, Illinois to John Robert Rodgers for 62 years.  On the morning of May 1st, 2020, Jean passed peacefully into eternal life.  Jean was a free-lance writer and active in her Broadview community, her residence for over 60 years.  Jean was a tremendous support to her husband, John, as he served as Trustee and later Mayor of Broadview. 

Jean is survived by her husband of over 62 years, John, who meticulously and devotedly cared for and tenderly loved Jean with a great sense of humor and charm for many years. Mother to Dolores (Ralph) Holmen, John (Elizabeth) Rodgers, Carol (Paul) Pokryfke and James Rodgers.  Grandmother to Victoria (Wesley) Peterson, Grace Holmen, Ramsey (Katie) Pokryfke, Taylor (Tim) Smith, Faith, Anne, Joseph, and Maureen Pokryfke, John and Daniel Rodgers.   Great grandmother to twin Peterson babies in heaven and one Pokryfke baby on the way.  She was very close to her cousin Phyllis Cantu and life long friend Patricia Marks Tank.

Preceded in death by her parents Gerardo and Antonia Pascente, in-laws John and Annie Rodgers, sisters Marie (Tom) Rocco and Ann (Robert) Main. Jean is surrounded by many loving in-laws Nora Forchione, Bridget (Josie) Skrowronski, Peter and Philip Rodgers, Mary (Honeygirl) O'Brien, Millie Zingarelli, Annie Getz, and Sara Lee Rodgers-Schmidt, and preceded in death by James, Charles (Irene), Joseph (Emmett) Rodgers, Catherine Neumann, and Grace Hyland,  Jean was very close to many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Batavia.   Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Masses be said for the repose of her soul.   

Guest Book

  • Julie I am so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all and praying for peace.
  • Dolores Rodgers Holmen On behalf of my father, John R. Rodgers, we thank all who took the time to “attend” Jean Rodgers Funeral Mass. If you would like to view, it is still posted on Moss Family Funeral Home Batavia facebook page. (Sadly, the audio is not very good, but the prayers still occurred.) The Funeral Mass took place at Holy Cross Catholic Church Batavia. We deeply thank Fr James W Parker and Deacon Larry for the prayerful and dignified Holy Mass, which aided Jean home and gave my father tremendous comfort. 568 screens logged onto the Mass - we thank you for your prayers and your kind notes. We also thank Fr Max Behna of St Michael Catholic Church Wheaton who anointed Jean and made the long drive to the cemetery for her Rite of Commital. We’re extremely grateful to Fr Matt Pratscher of St John the Baptist Catholic Church Winfield, who is unknown to our family, yet, took the risk and went to CDH hospital to give Jean the Apostolic Pardon for her journey home. I would like to thank my husband Ralph, who, in his retirement, quietly, consistently and loyally took such tender care of both of my parents. Please continue to pray for my father and for our family. Since many of you asked, the readings from the Mass were Wisdom 3: 1 - 9, I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18, John 11: 17 - 27.
  • Debbie Dorfman Sending hugs and prayers to you and family.
  • Neil & Sherry Holmen Our deepest sympathy to your entire family.
  • Alicia Aurit My deepest sympathy to you John,Dolores,Carol and all your family. I'm keeping the candles lit for Jean and will be attending the funeral mass with you all, virtually at !0:30am today. Keeping you all in my prayers.
  • Ron and Pat (Pascente) Esposito So sorry to hear of the loss of Cousin Jean, as we always referred to her. She was such a loving and caring member of the Pascente family. She had the most infectious laugh. I remember the touching euology she gave at my brother's funeral. That was Jean, always ready and able to help in any way she could. She will be missed by many.
  • Debbie In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend to you my heartfelt condolences. May our Lord comfort you and your loved ones.
  • Ralph Metz Good afternoon Delores and Ralph. I’m sorry Jean’s left for now, but she’s home talking with my mom and dad and my grandma Delores. what a lovely obituary and 62 years of marriage. Be at peace, stay safe, Ralph Metz
  • Br. Mark Visconti My deepest sympathy to you and the family and prayers for her soul. He is Truly Risen! His death is our hope and the hope we have now for Jean. The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius has enrolled her in our Perpetual Mass Society. Please know of our prayers for the family as well. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon her. Amen
  • Al & Yvonne Walz Saturday Afternoon, May 2,2020 Dear Family of Jean V. Rodgers, & especially for her husband John, sister Mary (Honeygirl) O’Brien (love that name) & Bob & Keri O’Brien, Yvonne & I send our thoughts, love, & most sincere sympathy over the loss of your Wife, Sister, & Aunt. With the passing of someone we love, it is hard to know what to say. I have shared the following story many times, & folks seem to appreciate it, so will share it with all of you too. Many years ago, I was in Havant, England on a business trip and was looking for a place to go to Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. I found no Catholic Church in Havant, so drove to the neighboring town of Chichester. I found a huge Catholic Church & the marquis indicated Mass at 5:30 PM. Checking my watch it was 5 PM. Perfect! I found a parking place, & walked back to the church. Right next to the old church (Cornerstone 1049 AD) was a very old Cemetery. I saw this quote on one of the gravestones. It touched my heart in its truth, & seems appropriate to share it with you today. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We know you have many great memories of Jean. We hope those memories sustain you at this difficult time. When visiting with Bob & Keri, it is evident you are all part of a large & loving family. What a good thing that is, but now with this covid-19 problem, you can’t gather at this time in support of each other. Be assured, we will pray for all of you. BTW, Al is Keri’s great Uncle on her Dad’s side. Again, we send our love & sympathy, Al & Yvonne Walz
  • Lois My deepest and most sincere condolences. May Our Lord, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, bring your family comfort during this time. Love, Lois (Masses will be offered)