Roya Lesa Geiderman
GEIDERMAN, Roya Lesa May 29, 1962-May 10, 2009 Beloved wife of Joel; mother of Camille, Ariana, Abraham, and Natalie; loving daughter of Parviz and Lillian Meghnot and Helen Geiderman; and loving sister of Jilla and Neda; passed away in her home in Beverly Hills on May 10, 2009 after a valiant battle. Roya (stage name Roya Megnot) was an accomplished actress who appeared regularly as Ava on the ABC soap opera Loving; on stage in multiple productions; on various nighttime television series; and in several small films. She had a beautiful singing voice; spoke French fluently, and played several musical instruments. Roya's best role was as wife and mother. She had a brilliant sense of taste and style and was known by all for her beauty, charm, wit, and warmth. She was also known for her design skills and her fabulous cooking. To her husband, children, and friends her loving knew no bounds. She was committed, caring, compassionate, and generous. Most of all, she had an appetite for life and all good things. She taught all around her how to enjoy each day and live life to the fullest.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Funds received will benefit The Johnnie L. Cochran Brain Tumor Center and The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.
Published by Los Angeles Times from May 12 to May 13, 2009.
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Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives.
I was fortunate to meet Roya in second grade at Angell. Her spirit and love of life was engaging! Let us all keep her spirit alive and her family close to our hearts.
with love and prayers for her entire circle of life-
Debbie DeBrooke
May 30, 2009
Dear Dr.& Mrs. Meghnot and Dr. Geiderman and family.

You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of grief.

It was with my deepest sadness and sorrow to hear of Roya's passing.

I attended Huron Hign with Roya, Neda and Jilla- it was always nice to see Roya in the hallways with her beautiful smile,she also had a special sparkle in her eye's. Roya was indeed a beautiful , gifted soul. My last encounter with Roya was at a restaurant in Ann Arbor in the late 80's early 90's, and what I remember so clearly was here is an alumni from Huron who is now a "Star" in her own right, and she was just as friendly as she was at Huron, down to earth and genuine..Roya was a "one of a kind".Roya will be remembered fondly.

With my deepest sympathy.
Wendy Wilburn
May 20, 2009
My condolences to Roya's entire immediate and extended family. I met Roya at Huron High School. She allowed me to use her senior photo so that I could draw a pastel portrait for art class. After the assignment was finished, I presented her with my drawing, and she was truly sweet in her thanks. I later saw Roya at an Ann Arbor dinner theater in a production of "Pal Joey," and she was a charismatic, talented presence on the stage. When I went to see her backstage after the show, Roya received me with a great deal of graciousness and warmth. It was easy to have a crush on her, because she radiated such a glowing vitality and a genuine charm. It was because of this that I knew she would do well in life, and would have a loving husband and family. I hold Roya in my special memories.
Niel Rishoi
May 17, 2009
Although I only knew Roya for a short time, she was a sweet and kind person. We worked together for a short time after high school, and we had a few mutual friends. I am sorry to hear of her passing, and my heart goes out to her family and friends. May God bless you all and support you in your time of sorrow.
Diane Culpepper
May 17, 2009
I am sorry for this sad news, and will keep a good thought for Roya's family and the ones I remember here from High School in Ann Arbor.
Bruce Geffen
May 17, 2009
I am so happy to know that Roya's life was filled with so many blessings and such love. She followed her dreams and clearly lived an abundant and beautiful life. My thoughts and prayers go to her family, equally so blessed with her life and her memory.
JulieAnne Nielsen
May 17, 2009
To Roya's Family - Roya was a role model of grace, fun and love in highschool and I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. I'll always remember her contagious laugh and upbeat spirit. It added to her beauty and talent. Roya made a positive difference in everything she did. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
In loving memories,
Lynn Gallagher Carbonelli
Lynn Carbonelli
May 15, 2009
Dear Meghnot and Geiderman Families,
I am shocked and saddened to learn of Roya's passing. I knew Roya and her sisters in High School and remember her for her kindness to everyone, her brilliant smile and her obvious talent as a singer and actress.

She was elegant even as a teenager, and I can only imagine the beauty, both inside and out, of the woman she grew into.

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lisa Bohn Psarouthakis
Lisa Psarouthakis
May 15, 2009
Dearest Geiderman Family,

My heart nearly broke upon hearing of Roya's passing. Though I had the pleasure of knowing her only a few short years, I was always impressed with her kindness, gentleness and the obvious joy and love she felt about her role of wife and mother. I have shed many tears and prayed sooo much for each of you - Joel, Camille, Ariana, Natalie and Bram - and will continue to keep you all in my prayers. G-d bless you and keep you during this tragically difficult time, and throughout the days and months ahead. What a dear, loving person she was.
Laura Dobbs
May 14, 2009
Dear Joel, Natalie, Ari, Camille, Bram,

I have a sense of Roya watching over her family and friends. There are fond memories of us working on her computer projects together. On Mother´s Day Roya was on my mind all day. My love thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mark Spalding
May 14, 2009
Dear Joel, Natalie, Ari, Camille, Bram,

I cried upon receiving the news, and I am so saddened by this. It is comforting to know she passed peacefully. It is unfortunate I never got to see her the past year, even though we planned to meet for lunch several times.

She will always be in my thoughts. She was a kind, beautiful person, that I was fortunate and lucky to know and work for. You have both raised the most beautiful, smart, loving children, and I did tell her she is the best mother I have come across, since moving to America, in fact, probably ever. I hope the kids are taking this with strength, and I am sure they are being surrounded by all the wonderful people in your life.
Jay Parmar
May 14, 2009
Many years ago I sat with you and Jim and I recall you speaking about Roya. You stated she was so beautiful and kind to everyone she met. That was the beginning of a beautiful family. I am so sad. gail flaum
May 13, 2009
Dear Joel, Natalie and Family,
So sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Roya was a beautiful soul, and we'll all miss her.
With deepest sympathy,
Ruth, Shel, Caitlin, Erika, Noah & Courtney Weisel
Ruth Weisel
May 13, 2009
To Roya's Dear Family,

My deepest sympathy to all of you. I knew Roya in high school, and remember her as a brilliant, talented, & beautiful young woman.

I enjoyed watching Roya's acting career take off, but I'm sure she would tell you that her greatest legacy was her family. My heart goes out to her children and husband.

Please extend my condolences to Roya's mom and dad, Dr. & Mrs. Meghnot, and her sisters, Neda & Jilla. I hope it helps to know that we are keeping all of you in our prayers.

It's a sad day in Ann Arbor.

Lucy Ann Lance
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Lucy Ann Lance
May 12, 2009
Dear Joel and your wonderful children,

Roya was an incredibly beautiful person. She will be missed dearly but remembered by all who knew her. Love and inspiration guided her life.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

David Hopp
David Hopp
May 12, 2009
To our friend and former neighbor Joel and children,
Tom and I are so thankful to have met and "partied" with Roya and yourself during the "pre" family days.....somehow McKim Court seemed better then......very possibly one of God's angels was with us at that time.... now she is with him...."til we meet again."
Our sincerest condolensces and affection at this time and always,

Ken Jones and Tom Spangler
Ken Jones
May 12, 2009
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May 12, 2009
To Dr. Joel Geiderman and family,
It is with profound sadness as I hear the disturbing news of the passing of your beloved Roya. She was such a happy person, enjoyed life to its fullest and cherished being a supportive loving wife and pride herself as a role model as a devoted and enthusiastic mother.
I personally had the honor and privilege to know Roya when formerly employed at Cedars-Sinai and receiving the grand opportunity to work with her on special projects for the Board of Governors. I recognized that her radiant smile, warmth, dedication and respectful character certainly made a significant impression on everyone she knew.
This is a great loss to us all, including you, her loving husband and family, as this is poignant reminder that nobody knows about what tomorrow may bring. Please try and take one precious day at a time and be gentle to yourself during your struggle with this very difficult departure. We deeply share your loss and sadness.
Alexis Stevens
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Alexis Stevens
May 12, 2009
I am so sorry for your great loss. Roya is an inspiration to all of us. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to share some very special times with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Paula Rubin
May 12, 2009
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