Eloise Rodgers

Obituary of Eloise Marilyn Rodgers

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It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the passing of Eloise Rodgers who passed away on September 16, 2023. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and dear friend to all.

On Halloween of 1937, Eloise was born to her loving parents, Everett and Louise Pitcher in Teaneck, New Jersey. She was raised in the Bergen County area alongside her sister, Beverly, before making the move to Denville, Parsippany and lastly residing in Mount Arlington. During her time in Denville, she raised her 4 beautiful daughters. Family always came first for Eloise, and her daughters were the true love of her life. That love continued to grow as she was blessed with 5 grandchildren and even 3 great grandchildren. Time spent with her family was never time wasted for Eloise. Her daughters remark that their mother was a strong and independent woman; a trait that they were happy to inherit. And not only was she a devoted mother and grandmother, Eloise had the type of personality that just drew people in. She was friendly and caring with a good sense of humor. She was able to make friends wherever she went. Described as loyal, kind, generous, and thoughtful, it is clear that Eloise was loved by so many.

In Eloise’s personal life, she had many passions. While family would always come first, her love for all things garage sale was a close second. She had a knack for finding treasure in the least expected places and never passed up a good deal. When she went home with her finds, she used her natural talent to create beautiful interior designs. She indulged in another hobby; interior design! As she was always finding great pieces, she had carefully curated all the décor in her home and even found things to gift to others. In her free time, Eloise was active and social and would take part in community events. Once she retired, she took some time travel and made wonderful memories.

And though her passing brings us great sorrow, we take comfort in knowing that she is at peace now. We now look to those she leaves behind to carry on her memory. Her family members include her daughters, Sharon DiLauri and her husband, Stephen, Donna Vasta and her husband, Jack, Gail Rodgers, Patricia Thomsen and her husband, Curt, her grandchildren, Jennifer Trawinski (Jason), Jason Vasta, Nick Vasta (Erin), Cara Mascilak (Kyle), Emma Thomsen, her great grandchildren, Aubrey, Cameron, Shane an her sister, Beverly Reilly, and a wealth of friends, neighbors and coworkers who will all remember her fondly.


Eloise’s is a legacy of love, compassion, and kindness that we should all strive to embody ourselves. If you would like to continue her memory in your own way, please consider making a charitable contribution to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; an organization that Eloise herself was a patron of. Donations can be made via inmemof.org to ensure receipt of your donation. A Memorial Visitation for Eloise is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th, from 4 to 6 PM at Norman Dean Home for Services. A Funeral Service will begin at 6 PM, and all are welcome to come and celebrate the life of this wonderful woman. Please leave a condolence, share your favorite memory of Eloise, or light a candle to continue to let her light shine!