Francine Kay Rogaski, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 19, 2021, from congestive heart failure at Shasta Regional Medical Center.
She was born Francine Kay Lutz on Aug. 10, 1946, in Petaluma, Calif., where she was raised. She graduated high school in 1964. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and Humboldt State University and completed her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources in 1969.
In 1971, she married Joe Rogaski and together they moved to Trinity County where Joe established his career with the U.S. Forest Service. In 1973, Joe and Francine moved from Coffee Creek to Weaverville and lived there to the present time.
In 1976, they had their son, Nicholas. Francine was a loving and devoted mother; engaged in the fullness of adventure and imagination, while also creating a stable and supportive home for her son. She loved being a wife, mother and grandmother to her three grandchildren. She was dedicated to her family and friends and valued these relationships. To her family and friends, she could be relied upon for being present, practical, fun and honest!
She was passionate about education and teaching traditional values. She found no craft too difficult or messy and enjoyed the experience of sharing her talents with others. Francine loved doing arts and crafts and her work could be seen at numerous craft fairs in the Weaverville and North Coast areas.
When her son entered school, Francine volunteered and was later hired as a teacher’s assistant at Weaverville Elementary School where she worked for many years. She also enjoyed several years at Junction City Elementary School before retiring. She treasured working with her colleagues and students and found this work fulfilling. Many lifelong friendships were made and remained steadfast. It was not unusual for her to stay connected with youth into their adulthood; able to strike-up meaningful conversations as if no time had passed when they returned to visit family.
She is survived by her husband, Joe; son Nicholas (Elizabeth); grandchildren Lauren, Joseph and Kaitlyn; sister Karren Elsbernd; nephew Matthew Elsbernd, and many great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Frances and Helen Lutz, and her niece, Sarah Elsbernd.
She requested no services be held.
Arrangements will be handled by Trinity Alps Funeral Home in Weaverville with interment at Weaverville Cemetery.