Betty Mary (Gesell) Rogge, 93, of Winona, died on Monday, September 23, 2019, at St. Michael's Assisted Living in Fountain City, Wisconsin. She was born on June 3, 1926, to Walter and Hedwig (Schamaun) Gesell in Winona. She married Harold John Rogge, Ph.D., on May 14, 1949. He died July 23, 1991.
Betty graduated from Winona Senior High School in June 1944. She graduated from Winona State University in June 1963 with a Bachelors of Science degree and earned a Masters Degree in Business Education from Winona State in June 1967.
She worked at Minnesota State College Southeast - Winona Campus - as the second year accounting instructor from 1968-1978. She previously worked as the office clerk at Ohio University in the business department from 1950-1951.
Betty volunteered at Winona Friendship Center and for AARP from 1992-2002, helping people file their taxes, which she enjoyed.
She is survived by her son, John (Carolyn) Rogge, of Winona; daughter Jane (Bruce) Fredericksen, of Mahtomedi, Minnesota; grandsons Michael Rogge, Jason Rogge, Noel Fredericksen and Derek Fredericksen; brother William Gesell of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and sister-in-law Faye Gesell.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the St. Michael's staff and Winona Area Hospice nurses for their love and support.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Please leave a memory of Betty at www.hofffuneral.com.
Betty was passionate about teaching and helping others throughout her life. In remembrance of her, please thank a teacher or help someone learn something new.
" Betty was like a second mom to me. Jane and I met in 4th grade. Betty always let us cook and bake at her house. It was there that I learned to make 7 layer bars, and assorted other dishes. Betty was always smiling, she also put up with my phone calls, Is Jane up yet? No, not yet, I?ll have her call you when she gets up! I remember when Jane & John saved a baby crow, and Betty made sure that the Crow, would have food. Another time, I brought this golden retriever to my house, it needed a home, my parents wouldn?t let me keep her. I carried this retriever up to Jane?s and Betty & Spike agreed to keep the dog. One memory, I will never forget, Jane and I used to listen to music together, and play guitars together, We loved 3 Dog Night. We got tickets and Betty took Jane & I to our first concert in the cities, we even stayed in a motel and went to southdale shopping. Betty was an incredible woman and mom. She did gardening, worked full time and still made time for her family and her kids friends. She always had a kind word, and a hug. She will be missed"
"Deepest sympathy to John and family. Betty was my Accounting Instructor in 1968-69 at Winona Vo-Tech. She was dedicated instructor and always a smile on her face i remember the most. God Bless.."
"Rest in peace Betty. You were always so kind to me and I?ll never forget that. Sincere condolences to Jane and John and their families."
"Betty was a dedicated educator with a passion for each of her students to succeed....and they did! Betty shared an office at SE Tech with Marion--total opposites but good friends. My office was next door and I would hear them giggle so often. She loved the donuts Mr. Hemsey had for us at faculty meetings. Betty was a wonderful, giving person. Rest in Peace, Betty"
"John and family, very sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy to you."