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June 18, 2013
Dear Sheila: Today I received the saddest E-mail from Yoshiko. I sincerely express my grief and regret over the passing away of Roger. The picture of a brilliant double rainbow was so touching as if Roger climbed up to the Heaven, being given send-off by his loving family. His picture reminded me when I visited your home in 1976. He took me with Alison to Rockport. I still remember Roger's bursting out laughing when we saw Alison's yacht turned over into the lake. I pray from the bottom of my heart that he is now sleeping peacefully amd lookng down to his Family's and people in this world in peace. Ane please tell m love to Alison. Tak Sawaki
June 15, 2013
Sheila, Alison, Megan and family,
I've been so sad about Roger's passing.
I was afraid that he might be sick , but I didn't think he was that grave for such a long time. I should have chatted and spent more time with him when I saw him last in 2008.
Sheila & Roger, thank you very much for coming to SLC Airport many times to pick up my daughters and me when we arrived from Japan.
As written in his obituary I spent a wonderful, splendid year in Utah as a Rotary exchange student knowing wonderful,warm-hearted people like Roger and you.
I'm sure many members of your family had the same feelings in other countries as Rotary exchange students.
Tomorrow is Father's Day and the celebrations are getting popular also in Japan.
Roger was my father figure and American hero as well as Mr. Bob Norman, my American host father in Moab, Utah who passed away also at the age of 89 last July.
We, Japanese, believe in reincarnation and I'm sure I'll see Roger again and enjoy sharing more things with him in our next world.
I can never thank Roger and you enough for all you have done for my daughters and me. Eri, my youngest daughter aged 21, whose birthday is May 15, the same date of Roger's passing, is going to study in the U.S. for a year starting next January. I'm sure our dreams and wishes will be passed on and carried on by our next generations in this world.
I can't help but think the two events are related like the rainbows were related to him.
Missing Mr. Roger vanFrank and with condolences to all of you,
May 28, 2013
Sheila and Family,
I am so sorry to read this today. I was speaking to our insurance agent the other day on how I became aquainted with the company and I had told him about you and Roger and the chance you gave me to own a home, of which I am still extremely grateful, for all you both had done for me and my family.
I am positive Roger is having the time of his life speaking with all the great minds he so cherished.
I am so sorry for your loss.
May 28, 2013
Sheila, Mereth, Leslie, Alison, Gweneth, Megan: My deepest condolences to you all. Roger had such a significant impact in so many lives - including my own. Mentor, sparring partner, making you think and use your noggin, the "why not" road and the importance of watching "the grass grow". My life would have been very different if I had never met Roger and all of you. Each of you have made my life in the US so much richer. With love, Rose and Brock
May 28, 2013
Sheila and Family, as I sit here this morning, in northern Michigan, I read with a heavy heart, the passing of my mentor and friend. Having worked with Roger from 1977 to 1988, I was truly blessed to work and travel with him. Oh, the stories. Roger was a unique individual and I loved him. He was my "father" in SLC. Please keep me informed as to when the memorial will take place. God be with you. DID!
May 27, 2013
Sheila and family,
There is a large space in the world now that Roger once occupied. There is a tear in the fabric of our lives. We'll miss him and his love of life.
May 27, 2013
Dear Sheila and Family, Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sharing with us the news of Roger's passing. We have beenout of town and would have missed it otherwise. We are grateful for our friendship with you and Roger and for the zest for life he always felt -- and shared -- with those around him. We loved our association with Roger in the Salt Lake Rotary Club, and especially the kindness and hospitality you both showed to our international visitors from Russia. We will miss him and pray that Heaven will bless each of you with rich memories of a life well lived. With love and best wishes, Charlie and Zella Dahlquist
May 26, 2013
Mrs. vanFrank, I am very sorry to read of the death of your husband. It has been more than forty years since you were my teacher two years in a row at Parkview Elementary on the west side of SLC. I had you for fourth and fifth grade in Pod 8. I often think of you as one of my best teachers, because you correctly saw I was unmotivated and you pushed me.
I just wanted to offer my condolences after reading what a lovely relationship you had with your husband. Like you, I am married to a very good man, and like you, I am also a teacher.
May 24, 2013
It has been many years since I worked for Roger; even so, he left an indelible footprint on my heart. He was a light spirit who combined joy and laughter and intelligence into a unique individual; he will always be a part of my memories. My deepest sympathy goes out to Sheila and family.
Mari Davis
May 22, 2013
Sheila, I am sorry to learn of Roger's passing, but he surely is in a place of enchantment. We had separate offices at the Intrade Building years ago, I as an interior designer and Roger as a mentoring architect. Merrill worked in my design firm and her presence still resonates with me.
I would like to attend his memorial, here is my contact information:
You may remember me as "Sharon Mulholland" Olpin-Hodson"
My best to you always,

May 20, 2013
Dear Sheila and Family,

I am very sorry for the loss of Roger. I always looked forward to see him and Sheila at the Infusion Clinic at the Huntsman Cancer Center. I know I speak for all the volunteers, nurses, and staff in the Infusion Clinic that we will miss Roger.

Always chipper. Always a handshake and thumbs up. Always smiling. Always opinionated! That's how I will remember him.

With love and respect,

Brent V. Marrott
Huntsman Cancer Center
May 20, 2013
I am truly saddened by Roger's passing. As a young intern Architect just out of school, Roger provided me with a window into the important world of helping people through design and I will always be grateful to him for that. Celeste and I send our love to Sheila and all of the family.
May 18, 2013
Our condolences to Sheila, Megan, Leslie, Kevin and all of the extended Van Frank family.
May 18, 2013
Thinking of you, remembering him.
May 18, 2013
My thoughts go out to Megan, Sheila and the vanFranks. Father will be dearly missed at home and from afar. Sending all my love and condolences. xxx
May 18, 2013
Sheila and Roger - two of my most favorite people. Sheila, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We will talk soon. Valerie
May 18, 2013
I was sorry to hear of Rodgers passing, and send my condolences to the family. I worked with Roger over the years on a few of his design projects, and he was truly one of a kind. Architect, philosopher, humanitarian and character, all rolled into one. We're all a little better for having known him.
May 18, 2013
Megan- I'm so sorry to read of your father's passing. I rarely read the Trib obits anymore, but something drew me there this a.m. Thinking of you, and hope to see you in August for the reunion. Love, Stef Val
May 18, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Megan and Sheila and the extended family from George and Eleanor Higgins and family, Australia
May 17, 2013
Part of my family forever, however the seas, mountains, earth and sky separate us ... we are forever connected xxx
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