Romona A. Rogers, 72

PHOENIX, NY – Romona Arlene Deuty  Rogers, died on Thursday April 30, 2015, at the age of 72.

Romona  A. Rogers
Romona A. Rogers

Born on May 6, 1942, in Phoenix, NY, she graduated from John C. Birdlebough High School in 1960.

Years later, she completed an associate’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Her long and varied career included work as a beautician, medical assistant, data entry clerk, and a claims processor.

She retired from National Grid (Niagara Mohawk), in New York, but went on to work part-time for several more years at the Virginia Employment Commission in Hampton, Va.

She was one of the first female firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians in Enterprise Fire Company No. 1, Phoenix.

She was actively involved in scouting and sports with her sons.

Her pastimes included: gardening, camping, puzzles, cooking, and watching Wheel of Fortune.

She loved music, especially of her nephew, Randy DeVore and of Herb Reed’s Platters.

Her greatest passions were helping people, spending time with friends, and doting over her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Deuty; her mother, Lillian Deuty; brothers, Carlton VanEpps, Harold VanEpps and Bob Deuty; sisters, Doris DeVore and Kate Hotaling; first husband, Gene Grifin, and third husband, James Rogers.

She is survived by her sister, Dawn Deuty Perry of Fredericksburg, Va.; sons, Michael Wade Lynk (Lisa) of Hampton, Va., and John Henry Lynk (Michelle Bramble) of Salisbury, Md.; eight grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Even in death, she continues serving others via her choice to donate her body to the Anatomy Gifts Registry for the advancement of medical science.

An informal, come as you are, celebration of life is planned for May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the front lobby of Northside Christian Church at 1300 George Washington Highway in Yorktown, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends to make donations in her memory to: Northside Christian Church of Yorktown, Va., or the Enterprise Fire Company, No. 1, of Phoenix, NY.