COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Marguerite Veronica (Romero) Rodgers peacefully went to heaven Oct. 18, 2012, with her family at her side at her home. She was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Marguerite was a devoted and loving mother, companion, faithful friend and partner to her family and husband, Edward A. Rodgers, for 70 years. She was well known for her gracious manner, strength of character and spirit, and an elegant, energetic and radiant beauty experienced by all that knew her throughout her years. She was an inspiration to her family. She began an early career as a model in advertising and marketing, eventually becoming a personal secretary to a corporate executive in the Rockefeller Center in New York. She met Lt. Edward “Ted” A. Rodgers, U.S. Navy, class of 1940 U.S. Naval Academy, in early 1942, and after a brief romance they were married Oct. 23, 1942. During and after World War II, as a dedicated, indomitable and loving Navy spouse, she moved the family more than 20 times, several times cross-country back and forth during deployments, before settling in Castine in 1964 with her children and husband. There, while her husband served as the superintendent/president of Maine Maritime Academy, she was president of the Women’s Club, Castine Flower Committee and active in the Catholic church. Since 1987 she had resided in Orland in the summer and Cocoa Beach, Fla., in the winter, joined by and actively surrounded by her family and grandchildren.
She is survived by her devoted and loving husband Edward “Ted” A. Rodgers, rear admiral U.S. Maritime Service, retired; daughters, Carolyn Henderson and Dr. William Henderson, Mary Anne Rodgers, Claire Stewart and “Meg” Marguerite V. Rodgers Jr. and James Timberlake; and son, “Tony” Edward A. Jr. and Mary Jane Cullinan. She leaves seven grandchildren, Karin, Kelly Henderson and husband, Fabrizio Bordo, Michael Henderson, Amanda and Devon Stewart, Harrison and Veronica Timberlake; and a great-grandson, Braden Foote Henderson.
Calling hours will be held 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home, Cocoa Beach, Fla. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Church of Our Saviour’s Catholic Church, Cocoa Beach, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; St. Francis Hospice, Titusville, Fla.; Hancock County Hospice, Ellsworth; Emmaus Homeless Shelter, Ellsworth; or Central Brevard Humane Society, Cocoa, Fla. You may sign Marguerite’s guest book at www.beckman-williamson.com.