Kathleen Smith Roeder
91, a long-time Honolulu resident, passed away on March 5, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. A native of Minneapolis, she and her family moved to Hawai'i from San Francisco in 1967. While raising four children, she was active in numerous local arts organizations during her 40 years in the Islands, serving as a founding trustee, director of docent training and acting director of education for the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu (now the Spalding House, Honolulu Museum of Art); and as a board member of The Garden Club and the Honolulu Symphony Society Women's Guild. She also served as a trustee of the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis for many years. Her devotion to the arts blossomed during her formal education: she studied art history at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Minnesota and Stanford University; and she pursued studio art at the University of Hawai'i. Her family and many friends in Hawai'i and around the globe fondly remember her as a generous, empathetic and devoted companion; a gracious host and five-star chef; an incomparable storyteller with a keen sense of humor; an adventuresome world traveler well into her senior years; and a devoted wife, mother, grandparent and great grandparent. She is survived by her daughters Harriet and Kathleen K. Roeder, sons John and Gil Roeder, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Husband Michael Roeder predeceased her in 2016. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Honolulu Museum of Art.
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