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Mary Margaret “Sis” Holzhauser Rogers, formerly of New Franklin, died in Boonville, Mo., on Aug. 5, 2013.  She was 96 years old.

Mary “Sis” Holzhauser was born in Mokane, Mo., on April 17, 1917, to Adolph Merlin Holzhauser and Mildred Nadine Sommers Holzhauser.  She had an infant brother and two sisters, Doris Mae Pealer and Mildred Pauline Taylor, all of whom preceded her in death.  Sis grew up in Portland, Mo., sometimes traveling with her family to follow her father, who was a professional minor league baseball pitcher.

On June 6, 1936, Sis married Thomas Chapman Rogers at the Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City.  They had two children, John Thomas Rogers of Williamsburg, Va., and Karen Kaye Baslee of Boonville.  Sis is survived by these children as well as her grandchildren, Todd Baslee of New Franklin; Aimee Rogers Fluitt of Toronto, Canada; Teresa Baslee Studley of Boonville and Kaitlin Rogers of Reston, Va.  Sis was also the proud great-grandmother of five great-grandchildren, Jacob Baslee of Boonville; Emily and Olivia Baslee of New Franklin; Levi Studley of Boonville and Alexander Fluitt of Toronto.

Sis worked for McGraw-Edison for almost 20 years, first in Boonville and also in Columbia.  After she retired, she enjoyed playing cards and dominoes, hosting family gatherings and loudly playing her electric organ, a prized gift from her husband, who died in 1980.  She was also accomplished at crocheting and knitting and she could extemporaneously compose a poem whenever the mood struck.

Services honoring Mrs. Rogers’ life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, August 8, at Markland-Yager Funeral Home in New Franklin. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Santa Fe Trail Monument Fund.

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