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Rogene L. Poppen

Rogene L. Poppen, 92, of Forreston, died on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris. 

Rogene was born on April 17, 1926 in Adeline, the daughter of Ernest and Rose (Horst) Hartje. 

She graduated from Forreston High School in the Class of 1944, and she received a bachelor’s degree in organ and piano from Carthage College in 1948. 

Rogene married Alfred V. Poppen on Sept. 29, 1951 in Forreston. He preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1988.

She was a piano teacher and she was the St. James Lutheran Church organist and choir director, retiring in 2015. 

She was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston.

Rogene is survived by children, Ruth Ann (Kirstie Felland) Poppen, of Wheeling, and Douglas (Leslie) Poppen, of West Union, Iowa; grandchildren, Marcie (Loran Marceau) Poppen, Melissa (Nathan) Husman, Mindy Poppen, Samuel Poppen, and Lily Poppen; great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Keandria Marceau; sister, Leona (Carl) Nelson, of Mt. Morris; daughter-in-law, Marta Poppen, of Forreston; niece, Beth (John) Chase, of Mt. Morris; nephews, David (Gretchen) Nelson, of Mt. Morris, and Rick (Michelle) Nelson, of Mt. Morris; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred; and son, Mark.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, rural Forreston, with Rev. Karyn Kost officiating. 

Burial will be in West Grove Cemetery, rural Forreston. 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris.

Memorials have been established to St. James Lutheran Church and Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

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