Connie Roeder

April 27, 1929March 20, 2018

Constance Carr "Connie" Roeder passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was the daughter of the late James M. and Minerva Nichols Canavan.

Connie was a graduate of Webster Groves High School. She studied two years at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University. She later earned a Masters in Urban Planning and Design from St. Louis University. Her interest in politics led to working for Governor Christopher Bond, and later Senator Bond, as his Office Manager in St. Louis. She was also active in several charities including serving on the board at Independence Center and volunteering at her church, St. Michael and St. George. Connie pursued further education in art during her retirement and became an accomplished water color artist. Her creative works depicts her travels to Mexico and the southwest.

Connie was preceded in death by her brother, James McGregor (Greg) Canavan and her sister, Minerva (Min) Carr Canavan, and her son Kurt James Roeder. Connie leaves behind two sons, Geoffrey Roeder (Jan) of Manchester MO and John Roeder (Kristie) of Boise ID and four grandchildren; Ashley Roeder, Bode Roeder, Joshua Roeder, and Katie Roeder. She will be missed by her extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to Independence Center 4245 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis MO 63108. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 3, 11am at the Church of St. Michael and St. George, 6345 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton MO 63105. A private burial will follow. You are invited to express your condolences or share your memories of Connie by visiting


  • James McGregor Canavan, Father
  • Minerva Carr Nichols, Mother
  • Geoffrey (Jan) Roeder, Son
  • John (Kristie) Roeder, Son
  • Kurt Roeder, Son
  • Ashley Roeder, Granddaughter
  • Bode Roeder, Grandson
  • Joshua Roeder, Grandson
  • Katie Roeder, Granddaughter
  • Minerva Carr Canavan, Sister
  • James McGregor Canavan, Brother


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Connie Roeder

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April 1, 2018

Connie was a dear friend. We took a couple of trips together - one to Mexico was the most amazing. She and some others did watercolor paintings for the rest of us to admire. We were in a bible study group together for many years. We visited my daughter in Tucson for the annual "Day of the Dead" ceremonies and were surprised that it was a huge parade, lots of music. I have happy memories of Connie.

Jennifer Higginbotham

March 27, 2018

To Connie's family,

I was so sad this morning to find out that Connie had passed away. Someone handed me her obituary when I walked in today. I am so sorry for your loss, our loss. I want you to know how fondly she will be remembered. I remember her time with us as a Board member. I remember the connection she made to St Michael and St George on our behalf. They supported our housing for members for years, particularly at our Holtwood Apartments in Overland when the Clubhouse was on Midland. I worked with Connie in her retirement and was fortunate to have her volunteer each week to teach an art class to our members, frame the art, and hosted art shows at the Clubhouse to celebrate their creations. She shared her talents and skills, her warm smile, her kind heart, and made genuine relationships with our members. She was a part of our community at Midland House, particularly on Olive when I was the director there.

I am the Associate Director of Independence Center. I have been here for almost 32 years. Unfortunately, I am out of town next week and will be unable to attend Connie's memorial. I want you to know that I will be with you in spirit and that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. She was such a kind woman with generosity of heart. Thank you for thinking of us in lieu of flowers. I am hopeful that a few members and staff who remember her will be able to attend her service in my absence. If there is anything that we can do for you, let me know.

Fondly and with sympathy,
Jennifer Higginbotham, MSW, LCSW
Associate Director, Independence Center

Robert Harvey

March 27, 2018

Connie was such a strong and consistent supporter of Independence Center and she was always helpful to me when I had the privilege of working there. May her memory be a blessing to her family and friends and may you find solace in the knowledge that she made a real difference and touched many lives.