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In Memoriam: Joy S. Rogerson

Joy S. Rogerson passed away on May 17, 2024. Memorial contributions in Joy’s name will be placed in the Messenger Public Library of North Aurora Foundation Fund


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From the obituary:

Joy Sandell Rogerson, 94, formerly of North Aurora, IL died peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2024 at Barrington Hospice Center. She was born July 9, 1929 in Aurora, IL to the late Fred and Esther Sandell.

Joy was united in marriage to Robert Jeffery Rogerson on September 23, 1950. They happily spent the next 58 years together. In 2009, her beloved “Jeff “passed away after prolonged health problems.

Joy graduated with honors from West Aurora High School in 1947, and was employed for the next seven years as a stenographer at the Mooseheart Child City and School. Years later in 1965, Joy enjoyed working as an administrative assistant at The Messenger Public Library of North Aurora. In 1998, after 33 years of commitment and loyal service, Joy entered retirement.

Joy was an active member at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora, IL serving others in many ways. Joy participated in the “Willing Workers” group which sewed baby burp cloths and receiving blankets for the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Individually, Joy sewed more than a thousand pieces.

During her lifetime, Joy enjoyed sewing, quilting, needle work, gardening, reading and researching genealogy about her family history. In her retirement years, Joy mastered the art of baking the most delicious breads and cookies. She was always busy making and sharing these treats with friends and family for various occasions. Most of all, Joy cherished time spent with her family.

Joy is survived by a loving family; a son, John (Mary) Rogerson and a daughter, Julie (James E.) Sippel; her grandchildren; Jessica (Daniel) Alltop, Katie (Eric) Claypool, James M. (Rebecca) Sippel and Daniel Barney; her great grandchildren Kaylie, Landon and Jase Alltop, Gary and Hank Claypool, Owen Sippel, Evelyn and Willow Barney. Joy enjoyed a special relationship with her loving sisters, June Gamage and Janet Trapp; as well as a close relationship to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 10 am – 12 pm on Friday, June 21, 2024 at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL. A celebration of Joy’s life will follow at 12 pm with the Rev. Betty Weidert officiating. A private interment service will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Joy’s memory to Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, Messenger Public Library of North Aurora Foundation Fund, PO Box 4786, Aurora, IL 60507 or Wayside Cross Ministries, Lifespring Women’s Ministry, 215 E New York Street, Aurora, IL 60505. For further information, please call 630-466-1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.




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