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Michael Joseph Rodgers passed away on Saturday April 7, 2018 after a brief struggle with cancer at the age of 88. Mike is lovingly remembered by his wife, Frances, of almost 63 years, his nine children; Mary McGinley(Joe), Sallie(Jim), Christine Frassenei(Joe), Michael(Rachel), Jeffrey(Kate), Elisa(Brian), Connie Dietrich(Bob), Frances Nadel(Doug), and Edward(Kelsey). He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by his sisters; Lucia, Antoinette, and Mary. He was pre-deceased by his father and mother (Joseph and Elisa) and sister, Josephine.
Mike was born in south Philadelphia on September 1st, 1929. He graduated from Penn State University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then embarked on a long career in steam and nuclear engineering and was instrumental in the construction of many power facilities on the east coast. He was president of U.S. and Tool and Die in Pittsburgh, PA which he sold in 1990. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors of Charlestown Township in 1995 to a six-year term and subsequently elected to three more six-year terms and was serving when he died. He was most proud that while he served on the board that he and the board were able to put more than 30% of Charlestown Township into a conservation land trust green belting the township he so loved. He also was serving as President of the Board of Directors of Valley Forge Sewer Authority when he died.
He was known for his deep love of his wife and family, his love for Penn State football and Joe Paterno, travel and his home in Charlestown Township.
Visitation will be Thursday April 12th, 7-8:30 PM at Logan Funeral Home, 698 E Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341 and a mass in celebration of his life will be held 10:30 AM Friday April 13th at St. Philip and James Church, 107 N Ship Rd, Exton, PA 19341. Interment Philadelphia Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mike’s memory may be made to Open Space of Charlestown Township. Donations in Mike's memory, which will be dedicated to conservation projects in Charlestown Twp., may be made to French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, 511 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460.
French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
511 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville PA 19460