Lorna Roebke


Lorna Roebke
March 10, 1938 - Nov. 4, 2010

Lorna Coe Roebke was born in 1938 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She grew up in Milton-Freewater as part of several large extended families in Umatilla County and Walla Walla County.

She graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1956 in Milton-Freewater and then in 1960 from Whitman College, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She taught school in Riverside,
Conn., and Sapporo, Japan, before moving to Seattle and teaching in the Bellevue School District. She met Louis Roebke, and they married in June of 1966. They lived in Seattle, where they created a family and enjoyed their house and garden, as well as power boating in the waters of Washington and British Columbia.

Lorna enjoyed cooking, entertaining, reading and traveling. She was active in Chapter BU of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Unit 4 of the Lake Washington Garden Club, as well as the Women's University Club
and the Sunset Club. Though a confirmed Episcopalian in her youth, she was for many decades an enthusiastic member of University Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Roebke; sons, Karl and Frederic Roebke (Kristina); and grandson, William, all of Seattle; a sister, Gail Hughes of Heppner, Ore.; a brother, Arnold Coe (Jean) of Cove, Ore.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at 2 p.m.


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