Lori Claudette Roehl

November 12, 1954September 15, 2013

Lori Claudette Roehl

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ~Emily Dickinson

Our dear and beloved Lori, mother, wife, child, aunt, sister, and friend left this Earth on Sunday, September 15, 2013; she leaves us with aching hearts, but an eternal loving presence in our souls. She was 58 years young.

Lori was born in Corona, California to Sam and Joan Roehl. A well meaning relative once commented on how skinny Lori was as a baby. This comment was quickly followed by a tongue-lashing provided by Lori's mother Joan. No one was going to be anything but loving and caring with her beautiful and healthy baby girl. Lori inherited this "Mama Bear" characteristic and woe to the person who had anything but positive intentions for any of Lori's friends, family, let alone her beautiful daughter, Lindsay.

Lori was a colorful, loving, vibrant, and hardworking person. She earned her BA in Spanish from the University of California, Davis, and an RN and ARNP from the University of California, San Francisco (June 1977 to May 1982). Never complacent, Lori continued to develop her skills and knowledge as a Nurse Practitioner and became board certified: American Nurses Credentialing Center, and National Board, Perioperative Nursing.

As a young Nurse Practitioner in 1982, fresh out of graduate school, Lori arrived in Yakima to work at the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic. Lori's fluency in Spanish, together with her tender heart and desire to serve the uniquely diverse Yakima community, lead her into a life's work that would be personally rewarding. Her love for learning and her passion for education led her to join the faculty at the University of Washington where she taught in the PA program. More recently she spent time working in the emergency room at Yakima Memorial Hospital and also worked alongside Doctor Todd Orvald at Orthopedics Northwest.

Family was paramount to Lori and she never turned down an invitation for a family dinner in Seattle--even when she had to be back in Yakima the next day for an early morning surgery. Lori inherited a love for the outdoors from her father and found her perfect match when she met Yakima outdoorsman Dave Delp. Together they camped in snow caves in the winter, hiked the Enchantments, and most recently entertained Argentinian friends with a hike to Bumpin Lake near Yakima. Lori's life was complete when she was blessed with a beautiful baby girl in 1989. Lindsay was the light of Lori's life, and Lori could be seen on the sidelines cheering her on throughout her soccer career, from the Yakima Blasters to the Scripps College Athenas. She was a cheerleader not only for Lindsay, but also was a positive force in the lives of countless others.

Lori leaves her husband Dave, daughter Lindsay, parents Sam and Joan Roehl, sisters Lynn Clark (Herb), Lisa Pascualy (Rafael), Juli Lindquist (Tom), nieces and nephews, Jillian, Spencer, and Stephanie Clark, Alex, Gabriel, and Julia Pascualy, and Sam, Jeff, and Sara Lindquist, and many dear friends.

A service celebrating the life of Lori will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 22nd at the First Presbyterian Church of Yakima. In lieu of flowers, Lori's family requests that donations be made in her honor to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation for Children's Village.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lori Claudette Roehl

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Malynda Calkins

March 4, 2014

As the calendar days pass, I realize that it has been almost 6 months since you have passed, Lori. Unbelievable still that you are gone. I was a student at medex and can remember specifically two important things that you taught me. One was what a spondylolesthesis is (I was so impressed that you could pronounce it, a feat I have yet to master some days!) and you taught me the value of looking everything up that I don't know. Specifically, our group was stuck on a word in a case study and we asked you what it meant. You told us that it would be important for us to know it and we should look it up and discuss it's meaning. We did and I have not forgotten your important lesson since.
Thank you for your time and service here on earth, we sure do miss you!

Kirsten Smith

December 19, 2013

I am so sorry that I have just heard of this tragedy tonight and my heart is broken. This message is to Lindsey. I have such sympathy for you. I grieve for you for the loss of your mom; I can not imagine the pain. You, Lindsey, are a beautiful creation, just as you are, created by God. Any one that has called you friend or has been acquainted with you has been blessed by your very being. You have always radiated such joy and life. You are such a kindhearted beautiful gifted young woman and I know your mom was extremely proud of you. Dearest Lindsey, I pray that you will have peace in knowing that our God is sovereign and has a plan even in the midst of such heartache. He has you in the palm of His hand, He knows you and He loves every fragment of your being. He is so proud to call you His daughter. You are so worthy of being a child of His, He adores you and lifts you up by His mighty righteous right hand. He covers you with His wing and you are the apple of His eye. You are safe in the arms of Jesus. Amen!
If you ever need me Lindsey please call me. Charlie Smith's mom-Kirsten Smith 969-4024. I love you dear one and have known you since you were a young child and have admired you as you have grown into such a lovely young woman. God Bless you and keep you and make His Light shine upon you. My love and sorrow and Hope and peace to you,

Tanya Blankinship Chorn

October 17, 2013

Forever in my heart you will be Lori. I loved the way your eyes smiled at me, you talked with your eyes and made that serious face, I loved your trust in me with your prized possession, Lindsay. Your funny Halloween socks you wore into spring (always made me smile). I love that I always knew what to expect with you- your schedule stayed the same.. our talks, your support, visiting you at work. I loved being your personal shopper - taking your credit card shopping for clothes for you at Nordstrom, the can of Crisco in the bathroom "best night cream", seeing you daily was a gift to me -Thank you for being so good to me, for your support, your listening ear. I could go on and on... I will miss you and see you again in heaven Lori...till then I will forever love and remember you in my heart.

Sophie Gomez, M.D.

September 25, 2013

Querida Lori- Te mando el ultimo abrazo muy fuerte
Tu amiga Sophie

(Saludo a "Buddy")

Heather Sparks

September 24, 2013

I really enjoyed working with Lori....she was always very kind to patients and staff in ED at Memorial. I will miss her ready smile and positive attitude.

Ruth Ballweg

September 22, 2013

All of us at the MEDEX program send our concern and support ot Lori's family
Lori worked with us for a number of years. She was an excellent and committed teacher who put her students first! They benefited from her wisdom and her energy. We will all miss her so much!

September 22, 2013

We shared many fun moments together with you and Lindsey on our travels around the world. We will always remember your fun spirit. Bruce and Ginny Benson Benson Soccer USA

Sonja Dede

September 22, 2013

I worked with Lori at Orthopedics Northwest and very much enjoyed her love of nature. She was always soft spoken and took her time with each and every patient she saw. She was a beautiful person inside and out and will be missed dearly by all who had the pleasure of meeting her. My thoughts go out to her daughter.

Diego Córdoba

September 22, 2013

Hoy despedimos a una amiga, que tan pronto nos dejó. Una bella persona , una mujer maravillosa, amable, un ser extraordinario, que tuve la dicha de conocer y disfrutar en su máximo esplendor. Hoy quiero recordarla con esos ojos azules que brillaban como dos luceros y esa sonrisa cálida y sincera que todos los días en nuestra estancia en EU nos regalo. Una persona fácil de querer y disfrutar, un ser encantador. Hasta pronto Lori, fuiste un ser muy especial que la vida nos cruzó, dejaste una huella indeleble en nuestros corazones, que jamás te podremos olvidar. Hasta cualquier momento. Diego y Carmen. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gino Salandra

September 22, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013
Our prayers and thoughts with the family, sometimes we don't understand Gods ways but we learn to trust Him, I ask You Lord to please comfort her family and friends forth it has been a terrible lost ,although her legacy, her goodness and her love will forever be with us ; The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
Till then ..... love leave memories no one can't still ..........