Remembering Former City Council Member Thelma Rogers

Thelma RogersThelma Rogers, one of West Sacramento’s first City Council members, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the age of 91 after a long illness.

She was first elected on June 3, 1986 and served on the council until June 7, 1988.

Rogers was a long-time school teacher in the Washington Unified School District and retired just before running for office. Former Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson remembers that Rogers ran a very low-key campaign. “She said she had no expectation of winning as there were many other candidates. She went to bed on election night and woke up surprised and pleased she had won!”

City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon recalled Rogers fondly, “Always a teacher, she made her beloved town more wonderful.”

Rogers is credited with helping establish the city’s first Senior Center on Cummins Way. She also was concerned about child care and helped organized a Child Care Roundtable to discuss issues.

She continued as a volunteer at the Senior Center with her husband Bill. They were known for their specialty of building solar ovens and cooking in them. Rogers was also very active in her church.

Services are planned for Thursday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule Street, in West Sacramento.

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