Celebration of Life for Susan Roark
Sunday October 6, 2019 at 2:00pm
(details below)
  • Born on March 8, 1949 in New York, United States.
  • Passed away on July 18, 2019 in California, United States.
Susan, with the dark curly hair, was strong by every definition of the word.

In March, a couple weeks after turning 70, Susan woke up with a crossed eye.  Over the next two months she had increasing facial pain and numbness before finding out she had a cancerous inoperable tumor on her skull base.  She quickly underwent a surgery to understand treatment options for the tumor, and it was ultimately diagnosed as a form of thyroid cancer.  Susan started three weeks of targeted daily radiation on the tumor, which began to show signs of success.  Six days after completing treatment, she developed a blood clot in her lungs that she did not survive.  Susan was never one to give up at any point in her life, and we're so proud of how bravely and intensely she battled cancer for the 4 months prior to her death.  

Please join us October 6th to celebrate her life, and post memories, messages, or photos on this online memorial.

Celebration of Life for Susan Roark
Lucchesi Winery Vineyard (outdoor venue)
19698 View Forever Lane, Grass Valley, California 95945.

  • From downtown Grass Valley, go East on Hwy 174 toward Colfax 2.1 miles
  • Go RIGHT on Rattlesnake Rd. 1.9 miles
  • Go LEFT at the fork onto Brooks Rd.
  • Go 1/10th of a mile and go straight between the 2 big trees onto Tiger Lily.
  • Go 3/10th of a mile over 3 speed bumps and take a RIGHT on the 2nd road after the 3rd speed bump onto Tall Timbers.
  • Go 1/10th of a mile and go LEFT at the stop sign.
  • Go 2/10th of a mile and go LEFT at the tee onto View Forever Lane.
  • Go 2/10th of a mile and go RIGHT at the Lucchesi sign to the top of the hill. Follow the signs to the winery office.

Posted by Shari Fisher on September 7, 2019
Susan, I don't know how or why you got so lucky to marry into this crazy family, but I am so glad you did. We were the lucky ones. At your wedding you came up and hugged me and told me that you would take good care of Tim. You have done that and so much more. You both have raised two very beautiful girls. You both should be so proud.  Job well done. You are missed bunches. We shall meet again. Love you so much
Posted by David Gedigian on September 5, 2019
Hard to find the right words to express my feelings to a family devastated by the loss of their matriarch.
I met Susan not long after she and Tim (Ôi) began their relationship. I spent countless night visiting their small apartment and sleeping on their chair and ottoman. I was fortunate to be in Grass Valley for the births of both Lauren and Lindsey, and to watch them grow over the subsequent years.
Susan, you are one of a kind; strong, intellectual, caring and a whole lot of fun. I hate having to say goodbye for now, but know also that we will all be reunited in eternal life. My love to your family.
“Uncle Elmo”
Posted by Victoria Prechter on August 27, 2019
It was an honor and pleasure to know Susan. We will miss her. She had wit and humor that was unforgettable.
Posted by John Walker on August 27, 2019
I was one of the lucky ones to know and witness the love Susan had in her heart for her husband, daughters and grandchildren. She was an advocate for all things good and my friend. I will think of her often and smile.
Posted by Lauren Maddux on August 27, 2019
I’m not sure how I got so lucky to have such a thoroughly devoted mama, but I am thankful for you every day. I hope to honor your legacy by giving my own children that same love and support. I miss you beyond words, and although things feel impossible now I look forward to someday thinking of you with more smiles than tears.
Posted by Heather Farley on August 25, 2019
Thank you for all the love, support and uncensored honesty through the years. Love you Susan.
Posted by Kyle Bryant on August 25, 2019
Susan, thank you for your keen focus on all the things that really matter and your laughter for all the things that don’t.
Posted by Lindsey Roark Yee on August 24, 2019
I miss you, mama, and am grateful to have been so deeply loved by you--I feel both the sadness and appreciation each day. I love you more.

Leave a Tribute