I hope the picture comes out for all of you. Hugs.. Alice in La Porte, TX -------------------------------------------------------------------- Roger Anthony Rozendal ROGER ANTHONY ROZENDAL, 74, died on the 22nd of October 2008, ending a struggle that began with a heart attack on the 10th of March. Roger was born in Volga, South Dakota to Bernard and Josephine Rozendal on the 30th of January 1934. In 1956, he graduated magna cum laude from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a BS in Geological Engineering. A year later, he received a MS in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Minnesota and began his 34 year career with Shell Oil Company. After being hired in Tucumcari, New Mexico, he moved around West Texas field mapping for Shell, followed by a three month long post at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1961, he married Patricia Thebedeaux Scott and they moved to Abilene, Texas. As he rose in Shell's Exploratoin Management division, his family gained three sons while moving with his work between Houston, Texas, Abilene, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Midland, Texas, and finally settling for the last 34 years back in Houston. As his sons grew up, he brought each of them into the Boy Scouts of America. As an Assistant Scoutmaster for his sons' troops, Roger helped in planning and leading monthly weekend camping trips and numerous educational activities for the scouts, providing moral, scientific, social and environmental development. In 1991, Roger retired as Chief of Operations for Pecten International (Shell Oil's international subsidiary). Roger and Pat began traveling with Shell retiree friends in 1992 and have made at least one foreign trip a year since. In 1991, he began service as an officer of South Padre Island Condo Association and on the national board of directors of Owner's Resort Exchange until this year. Between trips, Roger became a certified Master Gardener, and applied these skills for 13 years managing the daylily garden of Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and in building the Texas native wildflower trail for the Friends of Texas Wildlife at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Burrows Park, Tomball. His other volunteer work included positions at the Atwater Prairie Chicken Refuge and AARP Tax Consulting for the elderly. He became interested in genealogy and began tracking Pat's Cajun heritage, gaining respect for his careful research among the Cajun Genealogy community. From 1998 to 2006, Roger dedicated himself to providing for the social and health needs of his mother, Josephine, as her primary caregiver in the final years of her life. Roger is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pat, and three sons: Robert and his partner, John Dickens, Paul, and Keith. The family would like to thank Joseph Ramsubhag of Vitas Hospice Services in Houston, for providing excellent and effective TLC, going above and beyond the call of duty for both Roger and Pat since August 2008. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from nine until ten o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 25th of October, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. The funeral service will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, following the visitation. Interment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston. For those desiring, memorial contributions in Roger's name may be directed to The Mercer Society at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston, Texas 77338-1071.