Thursday, June 3, 2010

Albert Rogers 1918-1959

UPDATED 2/01/2012: Obituary added, parents names and graves located, more pictures have been found and will be added later

Born: June 29, 1918 in Cantalupo Nel Sannio, Italy
Died: December 21, 1959 in Tracy, California
Burial: City View Cemetery, Pasco, Franklin County, Washington

Albert Rogers was buried on December 28, 1959 at location CITYVIEW-8-18-7. His son, Jerry Albert Rogers, was buried next to him on January 16, 2004.

Albert Rogers parents were Joe and Caroline Rogers.

Albert Rogers married Monzella Riley in Pasco, Washington on June 12, 1946. They had two sons: Jerry Albert Rogers and Larry Michael Rogers.

Albert Rogers and his family lived at 1503 Court in Pasco, Washington for a few years and then lived at 1911 Court Drive in Tracy, California. His birth certificate from Italy shows his name at birth to be: Ruggiero Umberto Pietro. He was born in Cantalupo Nel Sannio in the region of Molise in Italy. He immigrated to the United States when he was a boy, and his last name was changed from Ruggiero to Rogers. He served in the U.S. Army in World War Two and was a warehouseman for the government after the war.

Albert died of a heart attack at the age of 41. His son Larry Michael Rogers also died of a heart attack at the age of 41.


Albert Rogers, 41, died at Tracy, Calif., Monday. He formerly lived in Pasco.
He was born near Naples, Italy, June 29, 1918. His home has been in Tracy for the past five years. His occupation was with the general warehouse for the U.S. government. He was a member of the Father's Club St. Bernard, Tracy, of the American Legion Post 34 of Pasco, a member of VFW Pasco, Bernard Schmidtman Post and a member of St. Partick's Catholic Church of Pasco.
He graduated from Pasco High School in 1940 and was voted the most valuable player in football in 1940. He won a scholarship award to Gonzaga University. In 1957 he was given an inspirational award for outstanding work for the government.
Survivors are his wife, Monzella, at the home; two sons, Jerry and Michael, both at home; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Pappi, Pasco, Mrs. Mary Kehr, Renton and Mrs Lucy Martell of Portland; his mother, Mrs. Carolina Rogers of Pasco; two nieces, one nephew and numerous cousins.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Bruce Lee Memorial Home.


His last drivers license and his Sixth Army Civilian Employee ID Card shows his birthday as June 29, 1918.


Cantalupo Nel Sannio is a town and commune in the province of Isernia, in the Molise region of southern Italy.

The town was known simply as Cantalupo until February 4, 1864, when the denomination nel Sannio was added in order to differentiate it from other villages with the same name. The specification of nel Sannio is derived from the fact that the village is located in the ancient territory of Samnium, which was inhabited by fierce Italic tribes known as the Samnites, famous for their resistance of Roman domination in the Samnite Wars. The name Cantalupo is thought either to derive from the Greek "Kata-Lupon", "in the middle of the woods", or from the Bulgarian "Kan-Teleped", meaning "chief residence". The latter explanation is favoured due to the well-established Bulgarian presence in the territory of Samnium going back at least to the 7th century.

Many Cantalupo's inhabitants emigrated to North America, Australia, South America, and other places following both the Great War and World War II. A substantial population of Cantalupesi settled in Montreal, Canada, where they founded and still maintain the Associazione di Sant'Anna di Cantalupo, named in honour of the village's patron saint, Saint Anne, Christ's maternal grandmother. She became Cantalupo's patron following an earthquake on July 26, 1805 (which is the feast day of Saint Anne), that miraculously ended when the Saint's statue was taken out of the village church of San Salvatore. In 2005, the bicentenary of the miracle was celebrated on July 26, with the return of many expatriates from around the world, and a monument in the town square was dedicated to Cantalupo's sons and daughters in the worldwide Italian diaspora.

The town is also the birthplace of the cantaloupe.

Albert Rogers


Below Albert Rogers and Donetta Papi:

Below two pictures, June 12, 1946 - Albert and Monzella get married. Also with them in the second picture are Albert's cousin John Rogers and his wife, Irma Rogers:

Albert Rogers and his parents, Joe and Carolina Rogers:

Parents of Albert Rogers - Joe and Carolina Rogers:

Below, circa 1954, left to right - Larry Michael Rogers, Albert Rogers, Jerry Albert Rogers. Larry and Albert both died at the age of 41 of a heart attack:

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