January 24, 1933 - December 22, 2012
Resident of San Mateo
An Extraordinary Lady, an Extraordinary Life
Lucy was born in Tientsin, China to a Danish father and an English mother. She traveled on the Trans-Siberian Railway when she was only three years old. She spent three years (age 9 to 12) in the Philippines during WWII. Not by choice. With the looming danger of the Japanese invasion in China, her father thought it best to send his family to Australia. The Japanese intercepted their ship in Hong Kong and rerouted them to Manila where they were interned. Conditions were dire. These horrific experiences left an indelible mark on Lucy. One of the most memorable events in Lucy's life was the day the U.S. troops, led by General MacArthur, liberated their prison camp on February 3,1945.
After the war, Lucy spent time in London. Once her family reunited with her father, they decided to move to the United States. Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge to arrive in their new home was monumental.
Lucy graduated from Hillsborough Grammar School as valedictorian, graduated from Burlingame High School and attended UC Berkeley.
After college, Lucy worked in San Francisco for awhile and married her high school sweetheart, Ernie Roeder, in 1955.
Lucy had a wide variety of interests and talents. Her accomplishments are too numerous to list. Everything she touched turned to gold. Her greatest passion though, was her family. Lucy created a warm and wonderful home and always put her family first.
Lucy is survived by her soulmate-sweetheart, Ernie Roeder, along with three children (Cindie Leonard, Jeff Roeder, Mike Roeder), six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Lucy's amazing life will be held on December 30 in San Mateo. If you would like to attend, please contact the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lucy's name to MissionHospice.org or FreetoBreathe.org would be sincerely appreciated.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 29, 2012