That smile
Rose Era Lundeen
  • 59 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 18, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    Clute, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 21, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Fayetteville, Texas, United States
All I ever wanted was a hug and hear that you loved me.... and oh, yes, to be able to dance on tables when I wanted to.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved Rose, who was wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, bestes friend and soulmate to dozens of very lucky and special people. She was an enigma to most because she had many sides to her and was extraordinarily guarded when it came to her personal life. She was a beautiful and wonderfully eclectic combination of almost childlike naivete, fierce independence, risk taker extraordinaire, intensely spiritual, rapier wit, mischievous, loyal to the core, extraordinarily compassionate, I'll try anything once, walk on the wild side, belly laugh type of person. Oh, how we miss her.

I have added many photos that reflect the life that Rose and I had together as a loving, committed couple. Please add your own to this collection and leave a tribute and a longer "story" that you can recall so that we can all share the memories of her. 


Viewing hint: The best way to see the photos is to put the cursor over Gallery, click on Photo then click on Slideshow and Play. This will show photos in large image with captions.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jacquelyn Meyer on 19th August 2015

"Still the bestest bestie ever!  Irreplaceable!  I miss you here on the planet and feel your presence all the time.  Thank you for continually touching my heart with scattered signs and glorious memories."

This tribute was added by Lara Ziady on 19th August 2015

"Rose, it's been years since you’ve been at NCAR but I still walk by your office and think of you.  You were an amazing person, mentor and friend.  You were also extremely talented.  We had a meeting this spring to explore business opportunities in Spain and were trying to send the right people; Several people mentioned “We need ‘a Rose’”  - You were one-of-kind and I miss you."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 21st July 2015

"On this two-year anniversary of your passing, I've finally transitioned from a period of long, continuous sadness to a new phase of celebration. I'm finally to the point where I can raise a glass to you and celebrate joyfully the love and the time we spent together. It was a precious part of my life and I shall always love you and miss you. Thanks for the good times and the love and care you gave me!"

This tribute was added by Rhonda Moore on 21st July 2015

"I can't believe that it's been 2 years already.....  Still miss you Rose."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 18th August 2014

"I put some of the roses from your rose garden in the vase above your marker today. Rest in peace and happy birthday dear Rose. There will be a toast this evening at sunset from people everywhere who were lucky enough to know you."

This tribute was added by Paul Pisano on 18th August 2014

"Happy Birthday, Rose!  I can't believe it has been a year (and a few weeks) already.  Rich, I'm so glad we got to spend time with the two of you in Austin in January, 2013.  My fond memories of Rose over all those years are something I cherish."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 29th July 2014

"I've been dreading this past week for a year, but now that it is past, although deep sadness lurks just below the surface, I find myself only focused on the wonderful life Rose and I had together. I shall forever remember her positive view of life, wonderful smile, sense of humor and her deep loving spirit. Thank you Rosie, for sharing your life with me and sending me a smile when I think of you as I care for the beautiful roses in your memorial garden."

This tribute was added by Laura Curtis on 22nd July 2014

"It's hard to believe it's been a year since Rose left us. And still so incredibly sad. I miss her blinding, beaming smile. It masked her deep, consuming sadness, even with the love she had from Rich, Jens, Lisa, and the rest of her family and friends. She was a brave, kind, funny, complicated soul."

This tribute was added by Ed Boselly on 21st July 2014

"I find it hard to believe it's been one year since Rose passed away.  I can't say anything better than my posting last year .... wonderful person who will be forever missed!"

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 31st December 2013

"One year ago almost to the minute you and I sat on the couch where I sit now and tweeted to #CNNNYE that 2013 was going to be our year. So sad, thinking about that. However, as strange as it may seem, I feel as close to you now as ever. I miss you so much and would give all the world's treasure if I had it just to hold you for 10 minutes. Knowing that you now have the peace that you so desperately needed is what keeps me going. Happy New Year my dearest Rose."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 25th December 2013

"Merry Christmas sweetie... this time of the year was always difficult for you, and now, it is for me. The sadness that i feel though is offset by the Christmas Spirit and your presence that is always with me. Rest in peace and know that you will always be in my thoughts every day of every year."

This tribute was added by Lesley Lundeen on 16th December 2013


Thinking of you so much lately.  Every new thing Ellie does makes me both indescribably happy, and sad that you aren't there to see it alongside us.  But then I remember, you see every little thing that Ellie does, every day.  We can't see you, but that doesn't mean you're not with us.  I've been seeing you in my dreams a lot lately, and there are times where I'll be driving and hear a song (most often "Into the Mystic") and I just start grinning because I know that's your way of showing yourself.  Missing you so much this holiday season... Jens misses you like crazy.  So much love... I know you're enjoying every second in heaven with Sam.


This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 26th November 2013

"Dearest Rosie -- A few days ago while out on the Sea of Cortez in one of your favorite places on the west coast of Mexico, I spread some of your ashes among the dolphins that you so loved to watch as they ran along our boat. It gave me great comfort to sit on the beach and look out over the water and know that you were there with me, literally and spiritually. Week after next i will journey to San Diego to our favorite spot there and do the same."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 2nd November 2013

"Dearest Rose - We raised a glass in your memory this evening at our ninth reunion in Myrtle Beach, SC. We miss your smiling face, your contagious belly laugh and the warm spiritual presence you always conveyed to us. May you rest in peace. With love, from all of us... The Guam Gang"

This tribute was added by Jacquelyn Meyer on 18th October 2013

"Hey Bestest I miss you.  We have had so many memories and laughable times together it is a pleasure to close my eyes and pretend that you are here with me reminiscing.  I am glad we had a few days together before you started your newest journey.  I know too that simply because we can't see you doesn't mean that you aren't here.  I feel your presence.  Thanks for visits.  I love you! xoxo"

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 27th August 2013

"Received from Chris Rocken & Betty Tobias who bought the Colorado home:

We did not have enough time to get to know Rose well; however, we love this place and we think of her often when we are out in the beautiful gardens, particularly with all the roses here. Please post the photos."

This tribute was added by Carl McCullough on 20th August 2013

"The news of Rose's passing was a shocking lesson to us as to how out of touch we've been the past 3 or 4 years.  We had some great times with you folks, most recently in rural Virginia, my sister's house in Evergreen, and dinner in Golden.  There were may times prior to that...all memorable.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Ed Boselly on 19th August 2013

"Rose was such a wonderful and beautiful person.  I find it very difficult to deal with her passing.  I enjoyed every minute with her, whether at NCAR, meetings, conventions, or conferences.  She will truly be missed.


This tribute was added by Pam Johnson on 19th August 2013

"Sweet Rose...  such a lovely soul... such a lovely woman.  The world is not the same without your dancing, smiling spirit. You are truly missed! So many, many people love you and I am one.  Rest in peace, sweet Rose."

This tribute was added by Kathy Cline on 18th August 2013

"It seems like yesterday we were flirting with the boys in our 6th grade class. You were so much more than a friend. I have loved you since I was 11 yrs. old. So many memories....I miss you terribly....Until we meet again....

This tribute was added by Larry & Mary Lou Giauque on 18th August 2013

""We went to the Gettysburg Battlefield with Rose and Richard and it was a wonderful experience and fun with her. We only knew her for a few days, but they were memorable. She was such a wonderful, warm person. Rose was a free spirit as we remember her. We were so sorry to hear the news of her loss. Our hearts are with you.""

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 18th August 2013

"Happy Birthday sweetie.  Today is the day we were going to move down to Sam's Place on Mustang Island. You were so looking forward to this day. So sad, but you will go with me there later, and some of your ashes will be under those palm trees you loved so much right along side your little Sammy statue you bought. Today I will work on your memorial rose garden. I love you more than life."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 17th August 2013

"Hello my sweet Rose. Today I received two beautiful cards mourning your passing. One was signed by all 15 of your coworkers at Second Chance Emporium and the other was from Penny and the tellers at Pioneer Bank. You would have been so pleased to see what they wrote... from the heart... brought tears to my eyes. Sleep in peace sweetheart. I feel your spirit guiding me every day."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 16th August 2013

"Received from Lynne & Frank Glaser:

Mutual friend John McCarthy posted us about the death of your Rose. We are so sorry to hear that. We enjoyed her, and seeing what a happy couple you were, at Guam Gang activities. We send our thoughts, our sympathy and all the positive energy we have."

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 12th August 2013

"Received from Bill Mahoney:

I was devastated to hear about Rose. This is truly a tragic end to a colorful and wonderful life. I have more fun memories with Rose (and you) than any other parts of my NCAR career. It is truly hard to imagine she is gone. I can only imagine the dancing on tables going on in heaven now. We can join the party later. - Bill"

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 12th August 2013

"Received from Nick Stoer:

Your remembrance of Rose is sad and beautiful... thanks for composing it... it conveys everything. Rose will want you to march forward with a strong heart, strong back and clear mind, knowing that you loved her dearly.


This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 12th August 2013

"Received from Cindy Schmidt:

I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear about Rose. She was one of the most lovely people I have known. I don't think she ever recovered from Sam's death, but you gave her the most happiness she knew after that. I wish she had made it to the new life you were building. - Cindy"

This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 12th August 2013

"Received from good friend Andy Devanas in Key West:
Dear Rich,

Words have no meaning here - so I'll not attempt the impossible. I wish I was there to offer a hug and a shoulder, 'cause that would have meaning. Rose will always be a part of my life, and I'll not forget her laughter. She was truly deliciously twisted, and the world is a little duller today. My heart breaks for you.


This tribute was added by Richard Wagoner on 11th August 2013

"Rose was my compass, as I was hers, to steer us through our golden years as deeply committed soul mates, experiencing life as one, She allowed me to look deep into her soul, baring all, with no fear. I loved her laugh, her quick wit, our friendly bantering and her frequent "Have I told you today that I love you?" She always said that I would miss her when she's gone. She was so right....."

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