Obituary of Evelyn Rita Rogan
Evelyn R, Rogan, 96, of Long Valley, NJ passed away on Monday August 12, 2019 surrounded by her family. Evelyn was born on February 5, 1923 in West New York, NJ. She lived in Brooklyn and Staten Island before moving to Long Valley 41 years ago. She was a woman of great faith from a young age and found peace love and acceptance at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn, NY. She dedicated her life to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She would always tell her family to give their problems to God and he knew how to handle them. She is survived by her four devoted children, Timothy M. Rogan and wife Susan, Regina A. Roth, Sharon L. Rogan, and Colleen M. Rogan; three loving grandchildren, Melanie Ann, Tara Marie and Renae Marie; four cherished great-grandchildren, Mia Rose, Vincent Michael, Daniel Richard and Violet Rose; and by a large extended family and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael H. Rogan; and sister, Sister Bonaventure, CSJB.
Evelyn joined AT&T Long Lines in New York City during WW11 as a long distance operator and volunteered with her friend and future sister-in-law, Veronica (Berg) Rogan, to travel throughout the United States and Canada, acting as ambassadors of AT&T for two years. As fate would have it, Evelyn met her future husband, Michael H. Rogan, at her best friend’s wedding and they married on May 1, 1949. In the early 1960s, Evelyn and Mike moved their family from a small apartment in Bay Ridge Brooklyn to the “country life” in Staten Island, NY. The move required Evelyn to commute by train, ferry, another train and/or bus to her office. The over two hour ride into the city was all worth it because she felt she was blessed to have a home of her own and to literally have a 30 minute cruise into Manhattan every day passing the Statue of Liberty.
To say she was beloved by all is an understatement. She married into a large Irish family and took every opportunity to host impromptu parties in her home. Her home was the place to be with an open door policy of “the more the merrier”. She was known to throw legendary “bashes” which are still talked about today. The parties were filled with family, friends and neighbors and lots of Irish songs, dancing and lively banter where hijinks often ensued. She maintained life-long friendships with her AT&T Colleagues and to this day she was still best friends with a girl first grade at OLPH.
In 1968, her husband unexpectedly died at age 42 and Evelyn raised her four children on her own and was proud to see them all graduate college. She felt blessed to work for AT&T as it provided for her family as she moved up the corporate ladder. Life certainly wasn’t easy, but no one ever would have known it. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Mountain RC Church in Long Valley, and member of the AT&T Pioneers. She will be remembered most for a joyful spirit, and her deep love and devotion to her family.
Evelyn’s Life Celebration will include a visitation on Sunday August 18, 2019 from 2PM – 6PM at the William J. Leber Funeral Home (908) 879-3090, 15 Furnace Rd. (corner of Rt. 206) Chester, NJ 07930. A Funeral Mass will take place on Monday August 19, 2019 at Our Lady of the Mountain RC Church in Long Valley at 11:00 a.m. and Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Mountain Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Calvary Hospital 1740 Eastchester Road Bronx, NY10461
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