Patricia Ann Rodgers Ostrowski

Patricia Ann Rodgers Ostrowski, 71, passed away Saturday, January 9th 2021 after bravely battling Parkinson’s and dementia.  Born May 2, 1949 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Patti was the daughter of James and Dorothy Rodgers.  She was a 1967 graduate of Somerville High School and a 1971 graduate of Somerset County College.  She specialized in psychiatric nursing and worked 23 years at Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, TX, retiring in 2000.

Patti married her husband, Paul, of 43 years, on September 2, 1972.  Paul preceded her in death in 2015.

Patti was also predeceased by her father, James Rodgers, and her brother, Rory Rodgers.

She is survived by her: mother, Dorothy Wolsiefer Rodgers; daughter, Katherine Ostrowski French (Daniel); son, Andrew Ostrowski; sisters, Mary Catherine Rodgers and Linda Rodgers; brother, James Rodgers (Darlene); sister in law, Margaret Rodgers; and one grandson, Robert Joseph French.  She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends that brought so much joy to her life.

Patti was a caring and empathetic person who had a soft spot for animals, children, and the underdog.  She loved singing and playing her flute, and was a member of the choir at St. Bernadette’s Catholic church in Houston.  Patti loved sharing the candy she always kept in her purse.  She inherited her colorful sense of humor from her father and passed it on to her children, nieces, and nephews.  She will be missed terribly.

A private visitation for family will be at Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, Texas with burial immediately following at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.  Patti favored charities for veterans, pet adoption/rescue groups, and Parkinson’s research.


  1. Dear Cousins:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
    May God grant you the strength to bear your loss and the serenity
    to know and to feel the radiant peace that has overcome her.

    Alice Rodgers
  2. Omg…I am so sorry. I have many fun memories of Patti dating back to Girl Scout and Brownie Days. Candy…huh! Your Mother ( the leader of the troop ) would always take my Halloween candy that was hidden in my pillow case! Also remember the FRAT PARTIES at Lehigh U. And then u moved from Willow Rd., Hillsboro and never saw u again. My heart goes out to your family. Truly sorry for all of you.

    Micky Brackett
  3. Katie
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your loving mother. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Brenda Williams

    Brenda Williams
  4. Family,

    I am Ralph DeTurk, a friend of Patti’s from SHS and SCCC, and socially years thereafter. In a manner of circumstance-unbeknownst to even me-I am in possession of Patti’s year book. Since likely being left on a kitchen table after a night of nostalgia-and the usual fun and games-her high school digest of memories has been kept with my own manual of educational and emotional survival for fifty years. Betraying nothing personal I admit to occasionally being lured by the plentiful anecdotes offered by friends of this lovely girl, Patricia “Patti” Rodgers, of Magda Lane, the ‘Ville. As noted in the year book her Ambition: Peace Corps Teacher. She liked participating in our school’s literature
    clubs, the Spanish language and bands. Apart from all that enjoyable involvement in school activities, more importantly and endearingly, Patti’s modesty of self-consciousness was second only to her butterfly-like flight through life. Make no mistake, she laid life’s cards down and played them well. Somewhere here on earth she has a pile of chips stored away for future games in Heaven. She’ll be back for them. If you like I can send the year book to you… fate works in curious ways.



    Ralph E DeTurk III
    • Ralph,
      Thank you for your kind words. Diane has been in touch about getting the yearbook to me. We will talk soon. What a wonderful gift!

  5. Katie and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when your mom would come shopping at the Disney Store. She was very nice and outgoing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Sandy Sabatier

    Sandy Sabatier
  6. Katie and family,
    I just read your mom’s obit and I want to send my deepest sympathy. Please share with Daniel and RJ.
    I’m glad you’ve followed sharing your singing and sense of humor like she did. Blessings to you all. Barbara

    Barbara Schick

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