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Spanish Daily Journal
     August 22, 2018      #53-233 sdj
Bonnie Rogge, center, looks at the military banner of her late husband, Joe Rogge, at the intersection of East First Street and Illinois Route 50 in Manteno. Rogge’s daughters, Kristen Creps, Kathryn Punter, Marijo Harney, Michelle Karvunis and Lori Weber, purchased the banner for her through the

Because of Manteno, Bonnie Rogge can see her

Gracias a Manteno, Bonnie Rogge puede verla

MANTENO — Bonnie Rogge walked down East First Street toward Illinois Route 50 when her five daughters told her to stop and look up at a light pole.

When the 89-year-old looked up, she saw the man she met in 1943 on a blind date at a Minnesota bowling alley; the man she wrote overseas for two years; the man she married and raised five daughters with.

There was her late husband, Joseph, watching over her on a military banner on Route 50. He was among the 200 hundred veterans Manteno has honored with its military banner program.

“It was very heartwarming,” Rogge said. ...

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