Margaret R. Rogers (Ryan), 98, of East Falmouth and formerly of Somerville and Everett, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Rogers (2006) for 59 years. She was born and raised in Everett, the daughter of John L. and Mary C. (Currier) Ryan.
Margaret began dancing at the age of 4 at the Dolbeare Studio in Everett. At the age of 19, she took over the studio after the death of Mildred Dolbeare. She taught dance in Everett from 1939-1964 and started teaching part-time on the Cape in Pocasset in 1963. Her first recital on the Cape was at Barnstable High School in 1965. She started teaching in Falmouth at the Recreation building the fall of 1965 and continued to teach there until 2010. In 2012 she began teaching tap at the Falmouth Senior Center until April of 2015, just shy of her 95th birthday.
Margaret was a member of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Inc. and the American Society for 74 years. She was honored for 70 years of membership in September 2014 at the Club’s September meeting. She was also a 50 year member of Dance Masters of America. During WWII, she performed at USO shows around the New England states. As a teen, Margaret roller skated and returned to skating in her 30’s and won the MA State Esquire Ladies Figures twice. She also competed in Esquire Dance. She taught ballet for skaters at Bal-a-Roue in Medford and Surfwood in Topsfield MA.
Margaret and her husband were active for many years in the Knights of Columbus Falmouth Council #813 where they were honored for outstanding service in 1993. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth of which her grandfather, Joseph Currier, a strawberry farmer was an original member. She summered at the farm, the family home since birth.
Margaret is survived by her daughter Joanne McCarthy and her husband Donald of East Falmouth; her grandchildren: Laurie-Ann Webster of Mashpee, Donald C. McCarthy and his wife Heather of E. Falmouth, Michael A. McCarthy and Vicki Botelho of E. Falmouth, Bryan and McCarthy and his wife Judy of Hope ME, and Melanie McCarthy-Pepin and her husband Jason Pepin of Acushnet. She also leaves 9 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, John, Joseph, and George Ryan.
Visiting hours will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9th at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 E. Falmouth Hwy (Route 28), E. Falmouth. Burial to follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Dance Education Training Course (in memo ref: Tap Scholarship-Margaret Rogers), Attn: Debbie Lamarcia, 100 Belmont St., North Andover MA 01845.