Joan Ann (VanNess) Rodgers

Born: Tue., Sep. 8, 1936
Died: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Funeral Mass

Mon., Feb. 18, 2019

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Douglas- Joan Ann (VanNess) Rodgers, 82, of Cummings Ct. passed away on Thurs. Feb. 14, 2019 after a brief illness. Her husband of 50 years Richard J. Rodgers died March 20, 2015.

     She is survived by 2 sons Michael J. Rodgers of Lafayette, CO and Christopher J. Rodgers of Thompson, CT; 4 grandchildren Nicole M. Rodgers and Elishia M. Rodgers both of Douglas, Mariah Leigh Rodgers of Pt. St. Lucie, FL, and Kelly Ann Rodgers of Colorado; in-laws Jacqueline and Peter McLaughlin, and Betty VanNess; 6 nieces and 2 nephews; and many good friends. She was predeceased by a son Richard J. Rodgers Jr. and a brother William VanNess. Born in Whitinsville, MA on Sept. 8, 1936 she was daughter of William Sr. and Eva (Therrien) VanNess and lived in Douglas 40 years. Previously she lived in Whitinsville and along the way had a couple of adventures in Maine and Florida.

     Joan worked for 50 years as a nurse at Memorial Hospital in Worcester. Previously she worked in the ER Dept. at Milford Hospital and for Dr. Johnson in Worcester. She was a graduate of Douglas Memorial High School, and the Salter Secretarial School. When her children grew older Joan went back to school for nursing. She loved the Boston Red Sox and never missed watching a game. She was also an avid fan of the NE Patriot’s and of Fox News. Always active, Joan was always helping people. A longtime member of St. Denis Church, she also belonged to their Catholic Women’s Council, Bereavement Ministry, and Ladies of St. Anne Society. She was a longstanding member of ALANON and the Douglas Seniors. Family was the most important to Joan and her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, sons, and grandchildren.

     Her funeral will be held Mon. Feb. 18 at 10am in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St. Calling hours at Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas will be held on Sun. Feb. 17 from 2-5 pm. Memorial donations in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill St. Whitinsville, MA 01588. To leave a condolence massage for her family please visit:

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Wendy Blizard Eldredge
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
I’m grateful for the many kindnesses she showed me growing up. Take comfort in how she taught everyone around her to be stronger.

Brenda (Simmons) Glode
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Joan....I miss you already....our texts, our talks. Watching the Red Sox won’t be the same without the texts between us. You were a good friend to me for years, as well as to my family. RIP

Ron Stebenne
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Though I didn't see Joan much over the years, my earlier memories of Joan when I lived close by were wonderful memories. Each of us had many discussions about raising kids and finding ways to survive the teen years of our boys. She always had a coffee ready and warm smiles and hugs. May the Lord grant her a special place in heaven with all her family and friends who passed before.

Vaughn & Verna Harding
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Dear Family: We were very shocked and chagrined to coincidentally learn of Joan's passing in February. When we last spoke on the phone earlier this year, she stated she was doing well while "bored." That's understandable knowing Joan. Please accept our sincere apologies as well as condolences as we certainly would have been there for and with you had we known as we have with the other family members who have passed before. It lessens our family while we know she lived a full and vibrant life full of family love and care for others. We will be in touch with the very few other cousins on Joan's side to advise. Good bless Joan and each of you.

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