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Frances M. Rogers, 101, longtime president of Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home

Sept. 5, 1917 – May 7, 2019

Frances M. Rogers, president of the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home in the Town of Tonawanda for more than 50 years, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 101.

Born Frances Cummins in Jackson Heights, she was moved to Kenmore in 1928 when her father, William R. Cummins, was appointed manager of Remington Rand in Buffalo.

She was a 1934 graduate of Kenmore High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1938 from Buffalo State Teachers College, where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She taught English and math at Amherst High School until 1940, when she married funeral director Lester H. Wedekindt.

She became president of the funeral home after her husband’s death in 1960 and presided with her son, H. Lester, until she retired in 2014.

She remarried in 1965 to the Rev. Theodore T. Lehmann and played organ and piano at his church, Kenmore United Church of Christ, for 43 years. He died in 1980.

She married again in 1985 to Buffalo architect Trevor W. Rogers, who began his career in the office of E.B. Green. She served as his assistant in the magic shows he performed for charity.

They traveled extensively until his death in 2003.

A longtime Town of Tonawanda resident, she was a member of Faith Chapter 722, Order of the Eastern Star and Athor Temple 19, Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors include two sons, H. Lester and Ronald C.; a daughter, Linda C.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

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