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Roberta Brogan

April 25, 1926 — December 8, 2019

Roberta (Bobbie) Brogan, age 93, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019, in Peoria, Arizona, with her family at her side.


           Bobbie lived a blessed life full of love for her family, her dogs and her love of golf. Bobbie was born April 25, 1926, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Joseph and Beatrice Werz Blakiston, and a sister of Jean. Bobbie spent most of her youth in Swarthmore, PA. Losing their father, Daddy Joe, when Bobbie was 11, Jean and Bobbie joined their mother in working throughout their teen years at the Inglenook Tea House on Yale Avenue in Swarthmore. Bobbie graduated from Swarthmore High School on June 6th, 1944. She would often share with friends that upon awakening on graduation day, the town’s church bells were tolling. She first thought they were celebrating graduation day. They were not. It was D Day, a joyful but scary day for the graduates.


          Following the war Bobbie met and married her husband of 50 years, Charles C. Brogan Jr. During their honeymoon she was introduced to golf (Charlie’s idea not Bobbie’s) and during the 1970s and 80s she would go on to win 15 club championships at Eagles Mere Country Club. They settled in Swarthmore and adopted the first of at least 15 dachshunds - Brogan’s Folly. Bobbie and Charlie had two sons, Charles C. Brogan III (Chip) and Barry Blakiston Brogan. They built a summer cottage in Eagles Mere PA, and upon Charlie’s retirement in 1983, moved to Sun City, AZ, while continuing to spend summers in Eagles Mere at Bobbie’s beloved Low Knob. Bobbie loved many things: her golfing girlfriends; traveling in her motor home, (the dog-mobile); visiting Charlie’s sister and family at the shore at Bethany Beach, Delaware; and the occasional piece of chocolate.


          Roberta Blakiston Brogan was predeceased by her sister Jean (1974), and her husband Charles C. Brogan Jr. (2000). She is survived by Chip and Debby Brogan of North Andover, MA, and Chip’s children, Charles Carson Brogan IV (Carson); McCallum (Callie) Brogan Ambrosino, (Tobey); Blakiston (Blake) Paul Brogan; and great grandchildren Lucus James Brogan and Adley Brogan Ambrosino. Roberta is also survived by Barry and Rosanne Brogan of Saranac Lake, NY and their two children Joseph Blakiston Brogan and Hannah Saranac Brogan, as well as two nieces, Joan Kelley O’Day (Jack); and Carol Kelley Psaros (Perry), all of Bethany Beach, DE.


A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Eagles Mere Community Cemetery, with the Rev. Sarah L. Weedon officiating.


          Military Honors will be accorded for her husband, Charles C. Brogan Jr. by the U.S. Army Honor’s detail.


          Memorial Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Eagles Mere Foundation, PO Box 402, Eagles Mere, PA, 17731 or to the Seasons Hospice Foundation, 1144 East Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85034 or at


          Remembrances may be left at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.


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