- Published: 04 September 2015
Patricia Ellen Demarest Rogge (“Pat” Casey), a lifetime resident of Johnson, Nebraska, died Thursday the 13th of July, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Auburn,Nebraska. Born in 1918 in Auburn, Nebraska, Pat attended and graduated from Johnson Public School.After graduating she studied at Peru State College and Mortician School in Kansas City, Missouri where she attained her mortician’s license. She then worked with her father, Roy Casey, at the Casey Funeral Home until she married Lawrence Rogge at the beginning of World War II. Lawrence enlisted in the Army and Pat and son, Larry, followed him to various military bases around the country, sometimes living in basements or make-shift apartments. Kristen,their second child, was born after the war when they returned to Johnson.Pat had a vibrant personality andloved to visit with friends and family. She was active in the community. She was a member of Eastern Star and served on many church and community committees. As a talented musician she played the organ/piano for the Johnson Methodist Church for several decades. She also taught piano lessons and worked as a clerk in the Johnson Post Office. After retirement she and Lawrence traveled extensively, including many trips back east to visit Kris,and to Germany and California to visit Larry and family. As was her wish, Pat was able to spend the last years of her life in her home in Johnson. She was an avid reader and spent many hours reading and taking care of her dog, Dinah, and two cats, Willy and Jake. When her children and grandchildren visited they enjoyed because it is tied to the bluffs as well as cropland, Nelson stated.No drainage improvements were made when that portion of the trail was built in 1998.“We live with it,” he said. Most of the cost is being covered by a $287,000 grant received from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission with the NNRD contributing $72,000. Nelson said the district would not have pursued the project if it had not received the grant. The NNRD assistant manager explained the design of the project is nearly completed and the county will need to approve the final design before construction starts. Nelson said while construction is being timed to not disrupt farming or harvesting, it needs to be completed by the end of 2016.The trail, covering 22 miles from south of Nebraska City to south of Brownville, is extensively used, Nelson stated.Obituary 6 hearing stories of her life growing up. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, her two brothers,Allen and Lee; two sisters-in-law, Meredith and Margie, and her two children. She is survived by her sister-in-law,Helen; her daughter-in-law, Betty;three grandsons–Nathan and wife Jessica, Jason, and Joshua and wife Lauren, and four great-grandchildren–Paige, Andrew, Evan and Lilly.Service and interment will be at the Johnson Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday,Sept. 5, followed by a luncheon at the Methodist Church in Johnson.Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.