April 05, 1936—November 26, 2017

William E. Rogers

ROGERS, William E. – 81, of Cape May, NJ and formerly of Shippensburg, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Born in Carlisle, PA, Bill has been a resident of Cape May, NJ for the past 20 years after moving here from Shippensburg. He proudly served in the United States Army. Committed to education, Bill graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA with his Bachelor’s Degree; Penn State University with his Master’s Degree and the University of Minnesota with his Doctorate Degree. Bill’s career as a professor spanned over 35 years. He was a professor at Lycoming College and later retired from Shippensburg University after almost 30 years there. Music was a big part of Bill’s life. He enjoyed singing in the Madrigal Singers, the Angelus Choir and the Cape May Presbyterian Church Choir where he was a member and performed solos in the church musicals. He was a member of the Cape May Kiwanis Club and the Nature Center of Cape May, volunteering for their Harbor Safaris. Bill was deeply dedicated to his loving family and especially loved spending time with them in beautiful Cape May. He was an eternal student and loved to learn and to travel with his lifelong friends. As his friends and family know, his favorite pastime in later years was spending time on his beloved front porch. He is predeceased by his brother, Philip Rogers. Bill is dearly missed by his loving family which includes his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Rogers; three children, Deborah (and Robert) Faccenda, David (and Heidi) Rogers and Kimberly Rogers; six grandchildren, Elyse, Alex, Gustavo, Maya, Nora and Henry. Bill’s memorial ceremony will be held on Thursday (Nov. 30th) at 1pm in the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May where the family will receive guests from 12pm until 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ 08204. (Spilker Funeral Home, Cape May) info and condolences: spilkerfuneralhome.com

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