M. Joyce Rodger

M. Joyce Rodger, 71, passed peacefully from her family’s arms into those of her mother on May 12, 2020. Joyce was born in Albany, NY to Joseph and Catherine (LaHait) Kowalski on May 29, 1948. She entered Vincentian Institute as a kindergartener and along with multiple friends and long-time neighbors, graduated in 1966.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oneonta, she completed a graduate degree at St. Rose and taught first grade at St. Patrick’s School in Ravena. She subsequently accepted a position at the NYS Department of Labor. Her unfulfilled dream was to open a book store. Instead, after retiring from the Labor Department, she worked part time at the Round Lake Library.

Joyce was a loving and generous wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed reading, knitting and animals. Her children and grandson knew she would nurture any dog, car, ferret or rooster they brought to her care so several strays found a permanent home on Malta Avenue.

Joyce will be greatly missed by her husband of 37 years Jack Rodger, her daughter Megan Brown, her son Matthew Rodger, her grandson Cody Rodger and by the pets who currently reside in their home. She is also survived by her brother Charles Kowalski (Margaret), her sister Marybeth Bonafide (Frank) all of Delmar, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Catherine, and her first husband Martin Brown.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Family Promise of the Capital Region, 738 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Guest Book

Rosemary Longo Engelhardt

Dear Jack, Marybeth and Family,

Hugs and many tears for our lovely Joyce. With her quiet beauty, dry humor, and quick wit - she was a beloved treasure.

Lou Schiavone

So sorry to hear about your sister. You and your whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

David and Cindy

We were very sorry to hear about this Megan and send many prayers as well as virtual hugs your way!!! Peace, Friend!

Hazel Landa

To the family: I am so sorry. Joyce was such a fine person, as you know. (I used to work with her.)

Joan Durso

Jack and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Joyce years ago. She was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met.


Joan Durso

Eileen Elsbree

Jack, Megan, Matt, Cody,
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Joyce for many years at DOL. She was always a pleasure to work with - smart and funny. There was one thing for certain, she had a great love for her family. I hope that you can soon be comforted by happy memories.

Eileen Elsbree

Pat Arcari

I am so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. She was a wonderful, warm person, with a great sense of humor. I'll always remember the roosters!! May she rest in peace.