Mt. Pleasant Councilman John Rogacki dies, remembered as community asset
John Rogacki was the type of elected official that every municipal government should have in its ranks, said Mt. Pleasant Council President Jack Caruso Jr.
The lifelong Mt. Pleasant resident didn’t shy away from sharing his opinion, whether his fellow council members liked it or not.
“That was one of his assets,” Caruso said. “He spoke what he thought in a positive way.”
There is now an empty seat on borough council after Rogacki, vice president, died Friday from congestive heart failure at age 76.
Rogacki was a member of the Navy Seabees in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
He later retired as facilities/plant manager and director of operations at the Amcel Center.
Mayor Jerry Lucia said Rogacki served three stints on borough council. Lucia grew up with Rogacki, who was on borough council when Lucia first was elected to the group in the 1970s before becoming mayor six years later.
“He had Mt. Pleasant in his heart,” Lucia said. “Every department — street department, sewage department, public safety. He had a good involvement. He spoke his piece, he brought things to the floor that would have a good discussion.”
Rogacki was happy to help his community in a multitude of ways, said his wife, Beverly Rogacki. She described him as ambitious.
“He’s very friendly,” she said. “Everybody loved him.”
As a member of the borough’s veterans committee, Rogacki was finishing up the process of getting a new granite tablet listing veterans names to add to Veterans Park. He was in charge of borough properties, and when something needed fixed or updating, Rogacki was quick to get moving on the project, Caruso said.
“He’s going to be sadly missed,” Caruso said.
Rogacki was involved with Medic 10, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard and the Mt. Pleasant fireman’s club, American Legion chapter and historical society.
And on most days, he made an appearance at the borough building, Lucia said.
“I appreciate his service to his country and his community,” said Councilwoman Cindy Stevenson.
Outside of his community service, Rogacki loved hunting for deer, fishing for steelhead in Erie and camping. He and his wife had a camper in Bedford County and a second one they used for long road trips. They took several weeks to drive from Mt. Pleasant to Oregon and back in 2017 and 2018.
“This year, we were going to go to the Grand Canyon,” Beverly Rogacki said.
The couple has three children and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Monday at Brooks Funeral Home, 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. A funeral Mass will follow a 9:30 a.m. blessing service Tuesday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where Rogacki was a member.
Military honors will be provided by the Mt. Pleasant VFW and American Legion Honor Guard. Interment will be private.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter .