Joanne E. Rogers, 87, formerly of Albion, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home in Erie.  She was born March 7, 1932, in Girard, daughter of the late Bert and Evelyn (Struchen) Wilkins.  Joanne had many happy memories of growing up in Fairview, PA.  Over the years, she worked for the Erie County Courthouse, C.G. Woods in Girard and the Northwestern Elementary School cafeteria.  She was a member of the Cranesville United Methodist Church.  Joanne enjoyed going to the family camp, reading, bird watching, baking, cooking, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Alene Wilkins.  She is survived by her husband of nearly 66 years, Norman C. Rogers, whom she married on May 24, 1953, a son, Scott Rogers of Albion; two daughters, Lora Byerley and her husband Rick; and Valerie Hiebner and her husband, David, all of Albion. Also five grandchildren, Jeffrey Rogers and his wife Jessica; Nathan Rogers and his wife Heather; Michael Byerley and his wife Tammy; Debi Luker and her husband Steve; and Gunner Hiebner; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne Wilkins and his wife Daisy; Kenneth Wilkins and his wife Joan; Gary Wilkins and his wife Donna; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be made in honor of Joanne to the Cranesville United Methodist Church, 10017 Meadville Street, Cranesville, PA 16410; the Albion Area Public Library, 111 East Pearl Street, Albion, PA 16401; or to Great Lakes Hospice, 1700 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16501.  The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is handling the funeral arrangements.  To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit 


Left by  “Marilyn Caloneheskie / Randall” on 03/26/2019

So sorry to hear this. Prayers to the family.

Left by  “Diana Sterling” on 03/26/2019

I am so sorry for your loss! She was an amazing person! I have a lot of amazing memories with her and Valerie! Prayers for all of you!

Left by  “Jim, Debbie Feldmiller and Donald Hough” on 03/24/2019

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Left by  “Sharon (McDonald) Olesnanik” on 03/20/2019

I am so sorry to hear about Joanne. My parents Roy & Doris McDonald also send their condolences. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Left by  “Larry and Mary Herl” on 03/19/2019

We are saddened to hear of Joanne’s passing. We shared many memories with her of our time at the Cranesville church. She was always such n encourager to our family. Our sincere sympathy is given to the family.

Left by  “Kevin Fry” on 03/19/2019

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the family

Left by  “Ginny (Rogers) Mospan” on 03/19/2019

So sorry to hear about Joanne. My condolences to Lora,Scott, and Val and their spouses as well as Norm.

Left by  “Walt & Deb Weir” on 03/18/2019

Thoughts and Prayers to family and friends. She will be missed by so many. Was a wonderful person who I will miss talking to.

Left by  “Jack and Doreen Strait and family” on 03/18/2019

Prayers for you with deep sympathy to your family. We are saddened to hear of your loss.

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