Charles Jack ("C.J.") Rodgers, 89, of Williamsport, Pa., was reunited by death with his beloved wife, Edna, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at home. His daughter, Frances, was at his bedside.
Jack was a General Practitioner, who served patients in the Williamsport area for 43 years, until his retirement in 1990. "Happy Jack" was on the staff of both the Williamsport and Divine Providence Hospitals, in addition to engaging in private practice at 511 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.
He was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church. As a member and President (1973) of the Lycoming County Medical Society, Jack valued his professional associations and friendships with many esteemed colleagues in the area. His nearly 60-year membership in Dunwoody Big Bear Fish and Game Club gave him uncounted hours of pleasurable recreation, relaxation and camaraderie.
Charles Jack Rodgers, M.D.
Jack attended St. Boniface and Penn Elementary Schools, Curtin Junior High School, Williamsport High School, Bucknell University (Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity) and Jefferson Medical College (Nu Sugma Nu Fraternity.) He served in the Navy during World War II as a Corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia from 1943-1944, and later as a Lieutenant in the USNR, stationed at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia from 1950-1953.
In his leisure hours, Jack especially enjoyed time spent with his wife and large family, as well as hunting, fishing, X-C skiing, hiking, tennis, fly-tying and furniture restoration.
Born in Williamsport, May 31, 1922, Jack was the son of the late Harold Anthony Rodgers and Margaret Seiss Flock Rodgers, and older brother to siblings Jean and William, who died during childhood. He was also preceded in death by his cousin and lifelong friend Charles F. ("Chug") Flock.
Jack was married for 59 years to the love of his life, Edna Mae Stillmun, mother of their eight children. They are: Mary J. Rodgers, Wilmington, Del.; Ann E. (David) Farley, New Bethlehem, Pa.; Thomas P. (Patricia) Rodgers, Byfield, Mass.; Margaret M. (David) Beamer, Warminster, Pa.; Joan M. (Ken-ichi) Doi, Tokyo, Japan; Kathryn A. (Cindy Altland) Rodgers, New Cumberland, Pa.; Frances J. (Robert) Kuntz, Montoursville, Pa.; Dr. John C. (Dr. Marla Triano) Rodgers, Lancaster, Pa. His large family also includes 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Patricia Stillmun (Carroll E). Shelton Jr., Lansdale, Pa., and numerous Philadelphia area in-laws; an aunt, Mary Elizabeth Flock, State College, Pa.; cousins, Drewry Fox, Haverford, Pa.; Michael Fox, York, Pa.; Carolyn Flock Scarlett, Catonsville, Md.; Stephen Flock, Williamsport, Pa.; Michael Flock, Middleburg, Pa.; and Nancy Flock Rupp, Montoursville, Pa. Special niece, Sally-Christine Rodgers-Repass, Watsonville, Calif., and numerous California relatives survive on the Rodgers side of the family.
The family is being assisted by Crouse Funeral Home. A visitation is planned for Tuesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, and on Wednesday, May 30, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Faxon, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:45 a.m., with Rev. Paul C. Fontanella officiating. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport.
In lieu of expressions of condolence, the family suggests donations be made to Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701, St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 or CurePSP.org.