JoAnn Rogich, 72, formerly of SG
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:03 AM
JoAnn Rogich, 72, of Waunakee, Wis., died peacefully at her home recently.
She was born in Jeannette, Pa., on May 25, 1941, to Balis Dorflinger Evans and Dorothy (Burkhart) Evans.
JoAnn attended elementary and high school in Salem, Wis., where she was voted prom queen and homecoming queen. She married Donald Rogich in 1964 and raised five children. After moving to Spring Grove from Chicago in the mid-1970s, she owned and managed a hair salon in Spring Grove for many years where she made wonderful friendships. In her late 40s, she was not afraid to take on new challenges by moving to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter and son. While living in Los Angeles, she courageously survived a fierce battle with salivary cancer. She continued to work for Costco Wholesale for a total of 18 years until her retirement in 2007 when she moved to Wisconsin to be near her daughter.
Her spunk got her a long way in life and took her on many adventures. She loved to travel and was especially thrilled to go to any destination that started off with slot machines at the airport. The motto "show me a clean house and I'll show you a wasted life," was something she lived by. Her family is proud to say that she left us plenty of dirty dishes and dusty knick knacks behind.
She is survived by her five children: Ray (Jen) Works of Wendover, Nev., Larry Rogich of Mabel, Donnie (Quin) Rogich of Mabel, Lori (Matt) Morrissey of Waunakee, Wis., and Steve Rogich of Caledonia; nine grandchildren, Christopher Rogich, Colleen Rogich, Adam Rogich, Nicole Rogich, Jacob Rogich, Samuel Rogich, Levi Rogich, Sierra Rogich, and Luke Stoen; and many nieces and nephews.
JoAnn was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Suzanne and her daughter-in-law, Lynn (Erlandson) Rogich.
A private family memorial was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Waunakee. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
JoAnn's family would like to thank the staff and residents of Countryview Senior Apartments in Waunakee for their years of friendship to their mother.