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Shirley A. Rogers, 81

Shirley Ann Rogers, 81, died peacefully in her home in River Falls on Tuesday, June 30, 2009,from complications of renal failure.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1927, to Hulda and David Miller, and spent her childhood in Kansas City with her seven siblings: Ruth, Helen, Bud, Mildred, Warren, Myra and Ben.

She married Mitchell Rogers and was employed until her retirement at the University of Minnesota as an admissions clerk.

She had a passion for cooking that was unsurpassed and in retirement enjoyed catering parties with her son Miller. She adored spending time with her family and friends and her interest in travel led her to many places in Europe, Russia and Mexico.

As an artist, she loved creating vessels and lamps from dried gourds. Her sense of humor and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed.

She is survived by son, Miller (Ingrid) Bjerstedt Rogers; daughter, Jane (Tim) Steinmetz; grandchildren: Alice (Chris) Lasar Olson, Nick Lasar, Jackie Steinmetz, Charlie Steinmetz and Quin Steinmetz; and great-grandchildren: Eloise and Dahlia Olson.

A celebration of life open house will be held at the home of Jane and Tim Steinmetz at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11.