Christine Roerden Martinez

October 11, 1966November 17, 2012
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Christine Roerden Martinez, of Lake Jackson, Texas was born, Tuesday, October 11, 1966 in New York, New York to Dorothy Lorraine (Von Ende) & Kenneth Emil Roerden and died Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Houston, Texas at the age of 46 years. Christine was a 1984 graduate of Brazoswood High School and then received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas in 1988. She was a Sales and Marketing Executive from 1988 through 2009. Many of her professional achievements included being named one of the 2007/2008 Women of the Year by “Video Business” magazine, Vice President of Marketing at Warner Home Video, and Executive Vice President at Genius Products. After a long, successful career in the home entertainment industry she and her husband, Martin, left California to pursue their passion in education and continue her community involvement. After obtaining her teaching certificate in 2010, she worked as a substitute teacher in Brazosport Independent School District. Christine was always involved in community activities. These included being a Girl Scout troop leader with the San Jacinto Council in Freeport, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, March of Dimes walk, “March for Babies”, Run for Her (ovarian cancer awareness), and “A TIME to Read” (a reading program in Los Angles). She also enjoyed traveling, scrapbooking, antiquing, family history (genealogy), her beagles, Longhorn football, and her niece and nephews. Christine is preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Roerden; grandparents, Emil and Clara Roerden and Charles and Viola Von Ende. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Martin Martinez of Lake Jackson; father, Kenneth Roerden of Charlotte, North Carolina; father and mother-in-law, Rocky and Ophilia Martinez of Richwood, Texas; sister, Alysha Yelverton and her husband Guy and their children, Jacob, Henry and Emilia of White Plains, Maryland; brother-in-law, Matthew Martinez of Lakenheath, England and many aunts, uncles and cousins.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christine Roerden Martinez

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Sheila Zepeda

December 29, 2012

Dear Martin,
I just found out that Christine has passed away. I am so sorry that we did not know and come to her funeral. Michael and I will be praying for you and your families. God bless and keep you through this time of loss. Love, Sheila and Michael Zepeda

Jeff Nelson

November 30, 2012

I'm just now hearing this sad news and hope that Christine is resting in peace. She was very kind to me in the days when we both worked at Genius Products and will never forget that. I offer my deepest condolences to her family at this time.

Gail Martinez

November 27, 2012

Too soon for such a wonderful soul. I'm sad for the times we could have had.

Kerry McCarthy

November 27, 2012

Chris was a friend, mentor and an inspiration. Because of her I'll move forward ‘dwelling in the possible'. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was touched by Chris's life.

Aimee White

November 26, 2012

There are so many words to describe Christine but none do true justice to her spirit, kindess, abilities and friendship.

There are no words to convey the loss, and how this world will not be the same without having her with us.

However, I remain joyful and grateful in being so privileged to have known her.

My thoughts are with Martin, her family, and her many friends.

November 26, 2012

We are so very sorry for your tragic loss. We have no words to express what is in our hearts for you Ken and your family. Our prayers remain with you.
Our heartfelt sympathy and love,
Sally and Dick Rees
Overlook friends, Charlotte NC

Jasmine Royston

November 26, 2012

I had the chance to meet her many times, and she was a very sweet person my prayers go out to Coach Martinez and the family.

Nancy Gregoire

November 25, 2012

Christine was a blessed soul who touched so many lives dearly and personally. I will remember her with a bright smile on her face and a light jump in her step. She made every single day worth living, enjoying and cherishing. I will miss Christine. My thoughts are with Martin and her entire family.

Ken Stilling

November 25, 2012

Just got back from Thanksgiving with family and got the E mail about Chris. Please accept my sympathy. She was a part of the ETD Family and I will help to make sure that all of her "brothers and sisters" from that family get the word of her passing. May God rest her soul. Ken

Cheryle & Ed Saunders

November 23, 2012

Dear Ken, We are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of your dear Christine. Such a profound loss, we can barely imagine. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this terrible time and find solace in Alysha and your grandchildren.With our deepest sympathy