Pauline "Polly" Rogers– (88) peacefully passed away Tuesday, May 2nd, 2018 in Ashburn, VA. She was born on October 24, 1929 in Krings, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late George and Mary (Havrilak) Butchko. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Frank Rogers, Jr. (Buddy); her daughter, Toni Krieger; and eight siblings, Anna Chinchar, George Butchko, Mary Wilkerson, Michael, Margaret, George S., Elizabeth, and Paul Butchko. She is survived by her four children, Teresa (David) Anderson of Schoolcraft, MI, Tamara Oliver of Manassas, VA, William / Tiger Bill (Erin) Rogers of Maurertown, VA, and Jeffery (Heidi) Rogers of South Riding, VA; 13 grandchildren, Heather, Kevin, Thomas, and Jessica Anderson; Nathaniel Krieger; Earl Smith, Lindsey O’Pries, and Angela Oliver; Willie and CJ Rogers; and Scott, Matthew, And Kathryn Rogers; three great grandchildren, Matthew Rock, Colten and Kellan Smith; seven siblings, Helen Royer of Ashburn, VA, Joseph Butchko of Monroeville, PA, John (Jean) Butchko of Columbus, OH, Eleanor (Tony) Borzcik of Lucern Mines, PA, Justine (Paul) Rusinko, Yonkers, NY, Juliana (Dick) Mills of Columbus, OH, and Stephen Butchko of Olympia, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pauline was the daughter of a coalminer and farmer and of a mother who raised beautiful flowers and kept her family together – both of whom immigrated from Czechoslovakia. From them she learned the value of hard work. She graduated from Conemaugh Township High School near Johnstown, PA and traveled to Washington, D.C. for work and there met her husband, Buddy. Married on August 10, 1952, they traveled to Taipei, Taiwan with the State Department. Here they began to raise their family – first Terry, then Toni, back to Maryland for Tammy, back to Taiwan, back to Virginia for Tiger, and finally back to Taiwan for Jeff and on to Udorn, Thailand before finally settling in Vienna, Virginia. Pauline was very strong in her faith both as a Russian Orthodox and a member of the United Methodist Church. Pauline led an amazing life, taking the opportunities provided through travel and other cultures to learn all she could from them. Pauline was a gifted artist dabbling in oil painting and crafts before settling on batik as her medium. Mara Batik was the outlet for her lovely creations where Tammy often worked by her side. She was also an excellent athlete as a gymnast, softball player, runner, and was always in continual motion. She practiced pole vault as a teenager with a pitchfork, would entertain her children by walking on her hands, and would race her grandchildren as they left to return home. Pauline taught her children and grandchildren to reach for the stars. Pauline loved her children and grandchildren and attended their many events and activities. She was proud to be part of the FBI, CIA, Air America®, and Civil Air Transport and was much involved with their groups. She was a good friend and kept in touch with her many friends and acquaintances over the years and a fierce supporter of those she loved. Pauline has always marched to her own drummer and we loved her for it! Memorials may be made in Pauline’s name to the Air America® Association.


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