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Aniela “Angie” Rogowski March 26, 1929 - February 15, 2021

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Aniela “Angie” Rogowski, 91, passed away on February 15, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Aniela was part of the greatest generation, one that fought and survived the horrors of the Holocaust.

Just a child when her homeland in Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany, she and her family were forced into slave labor camps.  When liberty finally came, they set their hopes on America.  A poor immigrant, she arrived at Ellis Island with not much more than her husband, Jan, and their 3-year-old daughter, Toni.  Another daughter, Jean, would join them a few years later.

Her love for America and the freedoms it provided was profound, but her heart was always with her native land. She deeply loved Poland.

Angie and John, as most people knew them, worked in pursuit of the American dream.  It wasn’t easy.  They worked hard, always grateful and proud. They raised their girls with an appreciation for that same work ethic and a faith in God. By her example, Aniela taught her family how important it is to love each other.

Aniela is survived by her daughter, Jean (Doug) Bobb, son-in-law Tom Brens, grandchildren Steve (Kerri) Brens, John (Jessica) Brens, Carrie (Matt) Shope and Christina Bobb, and great-grandchildren Matthew, Ryan, Lucas, Charley, Jack, and Johnny.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jan, and daughter Toni Brens.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later time, in Niles, Illinois.

Donations can be made in her memory to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, in Phoenix Arizona or The Carrie Bobb Foundation, in support of Aniela’s granddaughter.


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    Christine Ziola says

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. Basia and I understand the loss. Your mom was a wonderful person. She was my mom’s best friend.
    Basia Mielnik and Christine Ziola

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      Jean Bobb says

      Thank you, both. Yes, our mothers had a bond formed under very sad circumstances. Friendship and love are so powerful. They were survivors. ❤️

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    Donna winkler (Betty’s daughter) says

    “Angie”. Lived at COConino home with my mother, Betty for several months, not long enough for both.
    She was always so pleasant when visiting. Angie would say, “I’m your mother’s age” to me. She always wanted to tell me of her early life in Poland and how grateful she was to survived Holocaust.
    She was so sweet and will be missed…..

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