Mary Judith Rogstad passed away in Aberdeen, Washington where she lived for the last 25 years. She was 74. She was born to Franklin and Phyllis (Thomson) Spinharney in Cherokee, Iowa. Judy and her family lived in Storm Lake, Iowa, until they moved to Boise, Idaho when she was a teenager.
In Boise she attended St. Theresa’s Academy. On June 21, 1956, Judy married the love of her life Ronald K. Rogstad in Boise, Idaho. He survives her at the family home in Aberdeen. From Boise they moved to Moscow, Idaho, where she worked at the University of Idaho, in the Student Union Building, while Ron completed his Chemical Engineering Degree. Judy and Ron had their two daughters during this time.
After graduation they moved to Port Angeles, Wash. where their two sons were born. Judy lived in Port Angeles for 21 years and while there, she was active in the Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Clallam County Republican Club, the Symphony League, Olympic Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the PTA. She also volunteered to model at several charity fashion shows.
When Ron was promoted to a position with Rayonier in Vancouver B.C., they lived there for 8 more years. Judy had developed many close friendships with whom she especially enjoyed their long walks around Stanley Park.
In 1988, Judy and Ron moved back to the U.S. when Ron became the vice president of NW Pulp and Chemical Operations for Rayonier. They relocated to Aberdeen. When Ron retired in 1994, they decided to remain in Aberdeen primarily because of all the close friendships they had developed.
While in Aberdeen, Judy was active in the Feed the Hungry Program at St. Marys’ Catholic Church, the Aberdeen Clothing Bank, and was a long time member of PEO Chapter AK where she served in many offices, from secretary to president.
The joy of her life was being with her family and her many friends. She was a vivacious, generous, and loving soul, who gave so much to all who knew her. She especially doted on her 11 grandchildren. Judy enjoyed the many trips to the sunshine state of Arizona and to St. Simons Island in Georgia, along with a cruise to the Panama Canal with several friends from the Harbor. Another trip she enjoyed was a 38-day car trip with Ron across the U.S., visiting 26 of the 50 states.
One of Judy’s favorite pastimes was walking, and according to her friends she had the fastest feet in the west! During the last several weeks of her debilitating cancer, one of the things she missed the most was the long walks with her close friends.
In addition to her loving husband, Ron; Judy is survived by her children, Kimberly Rogstad of Visalia, Calif., Dawn Black (Stuart), of Aberdeen, Wash., Eric Rogstad (Sue) of Bothell, Wash. and Ryan Rogstad (Laurie) of St. Simons Island, Georgia; two sisters, Elizabeth Dynes of Burlington, Wash. and Jeannie Pinamonti (Dave) of Roswell, Georgia; and 11 grandchildren.
Recitation of the Rosary will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10th in the chapel at Harrison Family Mortuary located at 311 Market St. in Aberdeen. A funeral mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Coastal Harvest, located at 520 Tyler St. in Hoquiam, WA 98550 or to Feed the Hungry program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located at 306 E. 3rd St. in Aberdeen. WA 98520.
To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.