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Jean Rogowski, active in politics, civic affairs

Aug. 23, 1929 – April 15, 2014

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jean Rogowski, a judge’s widow who was active in politics, charities and civic affairs, will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Rogowski, the widow of Erie County Judge John V. Rogowski, died at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. She was 84.

The Amherst resident was a homemaker and spent many years volunteering at her church and in other community organizations. She was the first woman ever to serve as a trustee at Queen of Martyrs Church. She was also a former trustee at Villa Maria College and was active in the women’s group at Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, in Cheektowaga.

“She liked to stay busy, and she liked to do things to help the community,” said her son, John E., an assistant U.S. attorney.

The former Jean Eberle was also an Erie County Democratic Committee member and spent many hours working on her husband’s successful campaigns for the Cheektowaga Town Board, for a town judgeship and the county judgeship. Her husband of 54 years died in 2007.

Mrs. Rogowski grew up in Williamsville and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. She spent several years working as an executive secretary at the Westinghouse Electric plant in Cheektowaga.

She loved cooking for family and friends.

She is survived by her son and three grandchildren.

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