Mother saw her son return to their homeland as ambassador
LAS VEGAS – Services are scheduled here Friday for Ragnheiour ”Ranny” Arnadottir Rogich, who immigrated from Iceland in 1949, then watched her son return to their homeland 43 years later as the nation’s ambassador.
Mrs. Rogich, 81, died Tuesday.
Her son, Sig Rogich, is one of the most influential political advisers in Nevada, and played key roles in the president campaigns of Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He served as a White House advisor to Bush, who appointed him United States ambassador to Iceland in 1992.
Mrs. Rogich was born Oct. 10, 1918 in Westmon Island, Iceland.
Rogich Thursday described his mother as a strong, smart woman who impacted many lives and sought to instill her Icelandic heritage in her children.
Mrs. Rogich is survived by her husband, Edwin; sons Sig and Ed of Las Vegas, and Steve of Spokane, Wash.; daughter Ronnie Chestnut of Las Vegas; sisters Ella Stefansson of Reykjavik, Iceland, and Elizabeth Moller of Westmon Island; and three grandchildren, Erin, Britten and Ross.