Gertrude A (Wardwell) Rodgers

April 8, 1918 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 102)


   Gertrude Anna Rodgers, 102 years young, formerly of Boalsburg, died at The Oaks in Pleasant Gap on February 13, 2021. Born April 8, 1918 in Melrose MA, she was the daughter of the late Anna (Hansen) and Arthur Wardwell.  Gertrude married Robert Merton Rodgers on November 19,1934.  Robert passed away on April 14, 1970.

   She is survived by a daughter, Linda Rhine, of Snydertown, a son, Ken Rodgers, of Knoxville, TN, a daughter-in-law, Jayne Rodgers, of Middletown, NY, and a son-in law, Gene Steele, of Boalsburg.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

   Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn S. Steele; two sons: Dennis A. Rodgers and Robert M. Rodgers Jr, and one brother, Arthur Wardwell.  

   Gertrude was a member of Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church in Lemont and would often spend time at the church helping with the newsletter.

   She was an active individual.  After her retirement from the Office of Student Aid at Penn State, she traveled with friends through the U.S. and overseas; she enjoyed golfing, was a member of a bowling league for years into her late 80's, loved playing cards, games, puzzles; did the daily crossword puzzle from the newspaper, and loved to read.  She and her daughter, Marilyn, were avid quilters and created dozens of quilts and wall hangings with the group, Super 8 Quilters. They make Linus quilts for children in the hospital and a cancer quilt for the hospital each year.  She loved to watch the birds from her window every day.  Gertrude was independent and feisty until she joined the Lord!

     Gertrude was laid to rest privately next to her husband at the Boalsburg Cemetery.

     A celebration of Gertrude’s life will be held in the summer of 2021, when we can safely gather. The time and place will be announced.

      Memorial contributions, if you wish, may be made in Gertrude's name to Good Days, a group which paid for her macular degeneration treatments: Good Days 2611 Internet Blvd., Suite 105, Frisco, Texas 75034 or to the Centre County Grange Hospice, 115 Union Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Kader-Neff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 135 Main St. Howard. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at


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