September 12, 2021
Carolyn S. Rogers (nee Schermerhorn) was a beloved wife, mother and lover of education, who lived a life of service to others. Born in Syracuse, NY on October 8, 1933 to Porter J. Schermerhorn and Helen May Shermerhorn (Bolsom) she entered into the church triumphant on September 12, 2021, after a brief illness. Carolyn began her career as the administrative assistant to Principal Karl Saile, at Karl W. Saile Bear Road Elementary School in 1964. She had a genuine passion for education and went above and beyond for the teachers and the students at her school. She was the heart and soul of that school and was an inspiration to all who knew her. In 1970 she was hired as the administrative assistant to the Superintendent of the North Syracuse Central School District, applying her high level of administrative and organizational skills, and her passion for education to the entire school district. She completed her career by serving as a guidance counselor secretary at North Syracuse High School, retiring in 1992. She also served as an officer for the New York Association of Educational Secretaries for over a decade. Carolyn was devoted to her husband David. Married 55 years, they shared a love of service to others, while enjoying camping, hiking and traveling, and spending time in their beloved “home away from home” in Little River, South Carolina. She was tireless in her support of her husband’s career as an elementary music teacher, sharing his love of music and inspiring children. She loved her children unconditionally and family was always her priority. She encouraged her children in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts (even teaching numerous merit badges!), church youth group, and attended every high school musical and concert her three musical children participated in. A pianist and vocal musician herself, family sing-alongs were a routine and joyous event. She planned incredible trips and outings for her family, including camping, hiking, and cross country trips in the US and Canada. She loved board games and game nights are a wonderful family tradition she passed on to her children. Faith in God was paramount in her life and she was very active in living her faith, very involved with her beloved church, Pitcher Hill Community Church, chairing the Worship and Music Committee, serving on the finance committee and singing in the choir for decades. She led and participated in “The Wednesday Group,” a bible study and support activity for women. She and her husband donated the funds for new choir robes and participated annually in the Fowler Fair fundraiser and the Community Roast Beef Dinners. Following her retirement, she became even more active in her faith walk, serving as an elder delegate and as the president of The Reformed Church of America Classis of Montgomery. Throughout her life, she continued to make her children and grandchildren a priority, traveling all over the country and even to Germany to spend time with them and encourage them in their educational and career pursuits. She never missed an opportunity to brag about her children, as she was so proud of her son, Mike, for his well-honed IT skills, her daughter Debi for her successful Army and defense contracting career, and her daughter Kate for her incredible work in psychotherapy and her PhD. She loved to “facetime” her grandchildren to keep up with their lives as well, and never tired of telling them how proud she was of each of them! Carolyn is survived by her husband of 55 years, David M. Rogers and her real legacy, her children, Michael Rogers, Deborah Godwin (Matthew A. McHale), and Kate Messina (Lester Wielstein); her ten grandchildren, Derek and Scott Rogers, Daniel Godwin (Morgan Godwin), Michaela Adams (Christopher Adams) and Katie Rosa (Augustus Rosa), Adam McHale, Patrick McHale, and Christopher McHale (Jennifer McHale), Carly Wielstein (Nikhil Shukla), and Chelsea Koptke (Erik Koptke), her brother, Porter J. Schermerhorn, Jr.; and her 10 great-grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her parents, Porter J. and Helen M. Schermerhorn. The family anticipates a private committal service at a later date. However, the family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last days, especially the doctors and nurses of Upstate Medical Center (Onondaga Hill Campus), her exceptional case manager, MaryBeth Davis, and the incredible support provided by her 24 hour home care nurses! The dash between Carolyn’s birth and death stands for a lifetime of service. “Well done good and faithful servant. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23) Rest in peace beloved wife, mother, and friend.
Carolyn S. Rogers (nee Schermerhorn) was a beloved wife, mother and lover of education, who lived a life of service to others. Born in Syracuse, NY on October 8, 1933 to Porter J. Schermerhorn and Helen May Shermerhorn (Bolsom) she entered into... View Obituary & Service Information
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