Tributes for

Barganski, Roger

Barganski, Roger J., born July 20, 1934, Chicago, IL, passed away peacefully November 1, 2014 in Orange, CA.

He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Chicago followed by active duty in the U.S. Army in Panama and studies at the University of Illinois. In 1956 he married Shirley Stewart in Chicago. Following the birth of their first 3 children they departed Chicago in November 1963 for Orange County, CA. They settled in Santa Ana and subsequently moved to Orange, CA.

In 1975 he proudly opened Roger's Tire Center in Santa Ana where he was the self-proclaimed "Mr. Big." He loved his customers, employees and all the joys and challenges associated with running the business. After retiring, Roger worked as a driver for Enterprise where he met/enjoyed the company of several other "old retired guys."

He was an active member of St. Barbara (Santa Ana) and later La Purisima (Orange) parishes as an usher at Mass and was also responsible for collection counting.

Roger's hobbies included an occasional trip with Shirley to Las Vegas, following his beloved Angels (including attending their Game 7 World Series win in 2002) and, most importantly, spending time with his loving family.

Roger is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley M. Barganski; daughters, Kimberly Bogue (Michael), Kathleen Gross (David); son, John Barganski (Denise); grandchildren, Katie Bogue, John Bogue, Ally Bogue, Nicholas Bogue, Nicole Bogue, Zachary Bogue, Emma Gross, Connor Gross, Dustin Gross, Sean Barganski, Jessica Barganski, Vanessa Travis (Andrew) and Cassandra Bjork (Peter). He was preceded in death by his beloved oldest son, Thomas Barganski.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, November 6th at Brown Colonial Mortuary (204 West 17th Street, Santa Ana) with Rosary following immediately at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Friday, November 7th at La Purisima Catholic Church (11712 North Hewes Street, Orange) followed by burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery (7845 Santiago Canyon, Orange, CA).


Mortuary: Brown Colonial Mortuary

Florist: Aladdin Florist