Fred Roger's widowed wife of 50 years, was a pianist until 2008. Her husband died of stomach cancer in 2003.
Joanne is still alive today celebrating her husband's memory and legacy. They met in Rollins College in Jacksonville, Florida. They were married in 1952. They have two sons: James Rogers and John Rogers.
Mrs. Rogers also earned a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College. She later earned a master’s in music from Florida State University. She performed publicly from 1976 to 2008 with classmate Jeannine Morrison. She said that she didn’t do much work with her piano playing until her sons were older. ” I think it’s important that children growing up should see that their parents have other interests,” she said.