Joan Irene Roeter
September 3, 1936 ~ August 19, 2013
Our beloved wife and mother, Joan Irene Roeter, went home to heaven Monday, August 19, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital, surrounded by her family. Joan Irene Roeter was born in Atlantic City, NJ on September 3, 1936, to Malin and Agnes Doxtator. Her family moved from Atlantic City to Seattle by bus in 1949. Joan graduated from Holy Rosary Catholic High School and began working at the Federal Reserve Bank. Soon after, she fell in love with Jay D. Roeter and they were married March 15, 1957. Joan worked at Nordstrom Best while Jay attended University of Washington Dental School. Joan and Jay were married for 56 years. During that time, she raised and loved five children, Michael (Cathy) of Bellevue, Mark (Lisa) of Brush Prairie, Steve (Sandra) of Cashmere, Lisa (Ross) Hurd of Wenatchee, and Jennifer of Edmonds. She had 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Joan loved to go to Hawaii with Jay and ventured on memorable family trips there for reunions. Joan loved to shop and had an eye for color and fashion. She was artistic and loved to secretly paint in her free time. Joan’s selfless life was never about her, but always about others. She dearly loved her husband, Jay, continually putting him first. Joan had a Christ-like heart for giving, whether it was donating her time at the PEO and Robert E. Lee Elementary, or asking that her Christmas and birthday gifts be charitable contributions. Even recently she’d give cold water bottles to the newspaper carriers on hot days. She was involved in several groups and activities like The Follies, St. Damian Guild, Sagittarius Group, Art Guild, and Dance Club. Joan belonged to St. Joseph and Holy Apostles churches, volunteered at local hospitals and donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Catholic Charities. Most of all, she was enthusiastically involved in her children and grandchildren’s lives, giving unconditional love and encouraging words. She gave generously, both in endless time and gifts - renowned for her Nordstrom “care packages”.
Joan - wife, mother, and Nana, we love you and you will be genuinely missed.
Her Memorial Mass will be held Friday, August 23, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Joan’s honor to the Ronald McDonald House. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.