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Former restaurant operator Julia R. Rogers of Whitney Avenue died Wednesday (Oct. 16, 1996) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. She was 83.

The former Julia Balassone, a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, was a 1931 graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

She and her husband, Richard R. Rogers, co-owned the former Jolly Roger Tavern at 16th Street and Pine Avenue during the late 1950s. She also worked as a cook at the former J&J Coffee Shop and later at the former Scalzo's Restaurant on Pine Avenue.

Mrs. Rogers also was employed at the former Bell Aircraft Co., Wheatfield, during World War II. She retired in 1985.

An active member of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, Mrs. Rogers crowned the shrine's first statue during Feast Day.

In Niagara Falls, Mrs. Rogers was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and its Ladies of Charity, Madonna Del Perpetuo Soccorso, St. Joseph's Senior Society and The Children of Mary Society.

She also was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niagara Falls, the Italian Sons and Daughters Association Lodge 158, Cristoforo Colombo Society, Senior Society of Sacred Heart Church, Socialites, Catholic War Veterans and the Golden Stars.

She and Richard R. Rogers, who died last December, were married for 61 years.

Survivors include a son, Robert J.; a daughter, Gloria Creps of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Margaret Ponzi; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Ave. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery Mausoleum.

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