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Eileen Marie Rodgers

July 27, 1935 ~ February 6, 2022 (age 86)



Eileen Rodgers 86, passed away to God's greater glory on 6 February 2022 surrounded by family and went away from us in peace.
Visitation will be from 5 PM to 6 PM followed by a Rosary on Thursday February 10th at Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights Texas. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Killeen at 12:30 PM on Friday 11 February with the internment at Killeen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Eileen was born on July 27, 1935 to John and Agnes (O'Sullivan) Ahern in New York City. She grew up in Hell's Kitchen and Queensbridge with her siblings Kathy, Agnes (Baba) Dennis (Nee Nee) and Maurice (Noo Nee). The 5 of them even had their own language amongst them. Living with the Ahern family was their Aunt Bridget (Aunt Bee Bee) who was Godmother to Eileen and a Saint to all the generations of the family.

Eileen was a product of Catholic Schools attending St Patrick's Elementary and Bishop McDonnell High School and was an outstanding student for the Nuns, the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Eileen worked in Schraders and Sons the leading Manufacturing firm for pneumatic valves and deep diving helmets and she met Jim Rodgers. She married Jim the love of her life in 1955 and they soon added 3 children James, Cathleen and John. Sadly, they lost Cathleen as an infant which affected all greatly.

Principally Eileen was there for her two boys being involved in their Catholic School at St Rita's in Long Island City. She volunteered with the Cub Scouts and many Church activities. She was selected by the School principal Sister Faustina to be on the Church Finance Council due to her great Math Skills since Sister Faustina had taught her Math in High School. Eileen was also an activist and protested in Ravenswood at a dangerous street corner with other concerned citizens where an elderly gentleman was killed at the intersection. Within a few months a new set of Stop Lights were installed at that intersection for the safety of the community.

Later Eilleen did go back into the workforce working within the Finance Clerical field ending up with the State of New York Tax Department. While her son Jim was a Cadet at West Point, she became the treasurer for the Parents Club of West Point and served on that great organization for 13 years. In the early 90s Eileen and Jim moved to Florida spending ten good years in Wintergarden and enjoying the nearby theme parks and then traveling to see their sons visiting Germany, Hawaii, and Alaska and seeing the new additions of grandchildren to our family. Finally, Eileen and Jim settled in Texas to be close to Jim and his Family and John and they came to Killeen Texas.  Many happy occasions followed, where the family celebrated holidays birthdays, First Holy Communions, Confirmations, and graduations. Eileen really enjoyed being in the water and any pool and especially enjoyed going with her family to Schlitterbahn. Following her husband Jim's passing she was taken care of by her younger son John for almost 17 years. And he is a hero to Eileen and all of the family for all that He did for Mom.
Eileen's greatest joy was being together with her family her children, grandchildren, her great grandchildren and many friends. Many people engaged Eileen in conversation whether she knew them or not, that was her kind heart; always cordial and loving.

Eileen was Mom to her sons and Nana to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was very proud of her Irish heritage as is all of our family. ARU THE RODGERS as we would say.
Eileen is survived by her two sons James and John, her daughter in law Virginia Her grandchildren Michelle, James (and wife Julie), Jennifer and Stephanie and two great grandchildren James IV and Jade. Eilleen is also survived by her two siblings Kathy (husband Buster) and Dennis (wife Joan). and Sister-in-law Carol. There are also many nieces and nephews throughout the country. There's always a story with Aunt Eilleen, Nana and Mom and all of us are the better for her presence in our lives then now and forever. We Love you MOM.

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February 10, 2022

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Killeen Memorial Funeral Home
3516 Lake Road
Killeen, TX 76543

Recitation of the Rosary
February 10, 2022

6:00 PM
425 E. Central Texas Exspy
Harker Heights, Texas 76548

Funeral Mass
February 11, 2022

12:30 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
2903 E Rancier Ave
Killeen, TX 76543

February 11, 2022

2:00 PM
Killeen Memorial Park and Cemetery
3616 Lake Rd.
Killeen, TX 76543

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