ST. PAUL - Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas Michael Rogers, 65, are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Assumption, 51 W. Seventh St., St. Paul. Visitation is from 9-10 a.m. Graveside services at Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's choice. O'Halloran & Murphy 651-698-0796.
He died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, while recovering from surgery.
He was born in Marshall. A bright, strong, caring boy with a winning Irish smile, he attended Holy Redeemer Grade School. When his family moved to St Paul, he attended Cretin High School, from which he graduated with the highest academic and athletic honors. He graduated from St John's University, attended the University of Minnesota and St. Thomas University, eventually earning a master's in English education. He suffered from mental illness from his early 20s on, but with the right medication, his brain chemistry eventually became balanced. He was a reporter for the Highland Villager, and in recent years, coached sports teams for Apollo Resource Center of People, Incorporated. He wrote and published stories and poetry for many years. Tom had a heart for those in any kind of need; all his life he generously helped them. His politeness and generosity were genuine and simple. All who met Tom were extended the same warm greeting, had a door opened for them or a stick of gum offered them, many all three. At the end of every phone call, he always asked that his love be extended to the caller's entire family. The family would like to specially thank Dr. Bruce Hermansen for his excellent care of Tom, and to so many who gave Tom their unique affection and kindness.
Survivors include his siblings, James (and Jacqueline), John (and Lois), Mary (and Peter), Margaret (and Thomas), Daniel (and Mary Ann); nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, Patrick and Alice Rogers, and sister, Patricia Jane Rogers.