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Oakmont meals coordinator went above, beyond for seniors

| Friday, July 30, 2010

The staff of Riverview Community Action Corp. in Oakmont considered Pat Rodgers to be a volunteer extraordinaire.

As coordinator of the Meals on Wheels program, Mrs. Rodgers arranged the meals to be delivered in Verona and Oakmont.

Patricia "Pat" Laird Rodgers of Oakmont died Monday, July 26, 2010, in Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Squirrel Hill. She was 75.

"(After) the meals were ready to be delivered, Pat went into our dining area and helped serve seniors, who were 60 and over," said program director Lynn Veratti. "And she could also be found preparing the itineraries for our senior bus outings to places like The Meadows."

Born in Rome, N.Y., and raised in Wilmerding, Patricia Laird was one of nine children in the family of accountant George Laird and his wife, Dora Wickman Laird.

In 1953, after graduating from Westinghouse High School, Patricia Rodgers was employed by General Electric Corp. in East Liberty.

While vacationing in Conneaut Lake, Crawford County, Patricia Laird met Paul Rodgers, a resident of Swissvale. They were married in 1967.

Paul Rodgers of West Mifflin recalled his mother's enjoyment of music.

"When my sister, Pam, and I were members of Churchill High School band, my mother was a band parent," he said.

Although Mrs. Rodgers was not musically inclined, she worked part time as a secretary for the Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh. "She really enjoyed being there and listening to the classical music," her son added.

"But most of all, she was proud to be associated with a group that raised funds for scholarships for musically inclined young people. And as a member of the school's PTA, my mother, who was a good cook, prepared the sauerkraut for the football games."

In addition to her son, Paul, Mrs. Rodgers is survived by her daughter, Pam Reddy of Swissvale; two grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rodgers is also survived by her siblings, Thomas Laird of Murrysville, Sally Locke of Turtle Creek, George Laird of Fresno, Calif., Mary Koncsol of Chambersburg, and Judy Laird of Turtle Creek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Rodgers, in 2004, and her siblings, Jack Laird, Anne Salvador and Charles Laird.

Visitation was Thursday at Alfieri Funeral Home Inc., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding.

Additional visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon today in the funeral home.

Interment will follow in St. Mary Magdalen Cemetery, Homestead.

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