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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Tracy Roderick

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A Tribute to Tracy…she meant so much to so many people.

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Tracy Roderick was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend. She began her battle with ovarian cancer in April and fought courageously until she was born to eternal life on Wednesday, September 5th. Thoughout the last few months, she relied on her strong Christian faith and the love of many family members and friends. She will be remembered always by her family and friends.

Last updated on: 08/25/2008

Joel, Matthew, Eerina and family,
I had the pleasure of working with Joel for over ten years in St. Louis and Beaver Dam. Joel stayed in my house for a few weeks during the move to Wisconsin. Joel was my closest and most important co-worker, a person who was my ideal co-worker. During that time, I met Tracy and thought she was the most wonderful person with a powerful love of life and caring for others. From her loving care of other’s children, I couldn’t wait to see her with her own. This special gift she had was intended for Matthew, Eerina and countless others. I am sorry it was so short, but I know they will always remember. And I will always remember her in my dining room with Joel, Ken, Terri, Alanna and I, laughing and enjoying our friendship. May we meet again, our friend.

Richard and Alanna Scott – 08/25/2008

Every day is a struggle knowing that my loving sister is no longer with us. She was an inspiration to every one she had ever known. As everyone said, she was a loving mother to my neice and nephew, a great wife, and a loving sister. As sad as this time is, I will smile remembering the great times we were blessed to have and her memory will be with us until we can be together again in heaven. As she said, “No one listens, loves, or understands like my sister” Love you Sis!

Amber Randall – 08/25/2008

Tracy was a very special person a great sister, sister-in-law and was a wonderful Aunt to my baby girl I could always count on her she was always the one we could go to for advice about anything especially about Lexi I’m going to miss everything about her sometimes we are sad when we hear a song see a picture and think about old times and the things we were still suppose to experience together, but then a smile comes to my face knowing she is at peace now and we will all see her again someday. We miss you so much and we will be there with you singing our songs together agian one day! Love you Sis

Toni, John & Lexi – 08/25/2008

Tracy was one of the most amazing people I have ever known. She was a great wife, mother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. We will miss her everyday, and will never let go of the memories we have of her

Matt, Amanda and Amelia Lour – 08/25/2008

Not only was Tracy my sister-in-law, but a friend and a true inspiration. I will miss everything about her. Tracy touched so many people in so many different ways, it is hard to imagine life without her. Courage, strength, dignity and faith are words people use when talking about Tracy – we should all be so fortunate as to have these words spoken about us.

Jenna De Yong – 08/25/2008

Tracy was a great person who we were lucky enought to have in our family. Family gatherings will never be the same without Tracy’s smile, but they will forever be enriched by the memories we have of her. The strength, courage, and faith she exhibited during her fight with cancer will be an inspiration for us as we continue on….forever missing Tracy, but keeping her spirit alive through countless memories of great times.

jason & Rebecca Ivie – 08/25/2008

Tracy was evidence of a life well lived. In her final days on this earth she was surrounded by the love of friends and family. Her faith, strength and courage was amazing. I am grateful to have known her and to have her as my nephew’s wife. There is no doubt where she has gone and I know she is with not only her Savior but some pretty cool people as well. Someday we will meet again and if there are sappy old movies in Heaven I will be sitting right next to her watching them.

Marie Ivie – 08/25/2008

Joel, Matthew, Eerina and family,

We are deeply saddened to lose a wonderful friend in Tracy. It seems like only yesterday you were celebrating in the joys of marriage!

Tracy has always held a special place in our hearts. Personally, I would not be the father I am today if it were not for her loving guidance, support and teachings. Tracy helped to provide a strong solid foundation for my children while I was going through a difficult time. She was always willing to give her love, time and energy and never expected anything in return. I am forever grateful.

Never have we met a person so dedicated to the lives of children. Special were her abilities to love and nurture even those that were not her own. These were Tracy?s gifts from God. She will be forever missed!

Our love and prayers are with you all!

The Outmans – Rob, Shana, Keeg – 08/25/2008

Joel, Eerina, and Matthew,

Tracy was a loving wife, mother and blessed friend. Tracy will be missed dearly. We know that someday we will all be together again in heaven with Tracy and our Lord.

Mark, Connie and Kim Schultz – 08/25/2008

We will miss Tracy’s cheerful smile and her warm and welcoming heart toward all. Our thoughts, prayers and support are with you and your family.

The Blochwitz Family, Tom, Rac – 08/25/2008

Dear Joel,

When you were blessed to have Tracy as your wife, it was a blessing to last for all time. Even though her address is now in heaven, her special and loving talents and gifts will always reside here on earth as well. Her love and character will be seen in the smiles (and even tears) of your children and her passion for all children will be seen in the effect her life had on so many of us.

I will miss her.

Sheryl Evenson – 08/25/2008

Our sincere condolences to the entire Roderick family and their extended families mourning Tracy’s death while celebrating her life. Your family will be in our prayers.

Dale & Jackie Harris – 08/25/2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Remember Lives are always changed because of family and friends. Be strong and thank the Lord for the love and friendship you and Tracy shared.

The Loyd Family – 08/25/2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may Tracy rest in peace.

Jim and Debbie Dillon – 08/25/2008

So sorry for your loss, may peace be with you and your family

DeLoyce Rhoads – 08/25/2008

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights. James 1:17

Tracy was God’s gift to the Roderick family. She was a caring and beautiful woman, whose love of God, family and friends will live forever.

Justine and Dan Monken – 08/25/2008

Deal Joel and Family:
Words cannot express our sadness over your loss. You were a terrific couple who became a fabulous family. Those memories and joyful times will help you over these most difficult times. We only wish that we could be with you at this time. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Judith & Jim Josephs

Judith Leblein Josephs – 08/25/2008

Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simple mean you’ll miss her
until you meet again.

Tracy was a wonderful mother and wife, she is very fortunate to such a dedicated husband. May God be with you and your children.

Pat Lour – 08/25/2008

How can one sum up how wonderful a person Tracy was? Not only was she the wife of my best friend but also a friend in her own right. She was (and still is in heaven and in our hearts) constantly giving of herself to others. Always on hand to help even if it was just to smile.

When our son was born and we were nervous about daycare, it was Tracy that gave up her jobs to take him into her home. She provided a caring, warm and welcoming environment and treated him as her own. This love and caring, which is what Tracy is all about, helped produce the joy that is our son today. The same is true with her children. Tracy’s passion for children shone through at all times.

Tracy complimented Joel perfectly. Rarely have I ever seen such a strong relationship. Only this strength in love between themselves and in God could carry them through this tough time.

Of the plenty of memories that will always remain, and there are many, my fondest was how the four of us would go to carnivals or amusement parks and enjoy being with each other. We could talk for hours upon hours and then Joel and Heidi would wait while Tracy and I, our love of amusement rides a common joy, would spin, roll and sway our way to near queasiness. Likewise, our common love of food was always there as we would almost always plan outings around where or what we would eat.

Tracy?s spirit and personality endured her to many friends. She will be missed here on Earth but will remain in our hearts until we, too, are born to eternal life.

Tracy – Thank you so much for being a part of my family’s life.

Scott Stefanc – 08/25/2008

You are in my thoughts and blessings. Keep faith and remember there is a new angel among us.

Jennifer Harden – 08/25/2008


I wish there was something inspirational I could write that would take all your worries and sadness away…but since I can’t do that…I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you and your family. And please let me know if you need anything.

Jeanne Steiner – 08/25/2008

We did not know Tracy personally, but have prayed for her and her family, as we were regularly updated on her conditions through her friend, Melissa. We are thankful she is now peacefully in heaven. “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” – Rev. 2:10

Dan, Noel and Philip Becraft – 08/25/2008

There is a quote that says, “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.” Becoming friends with Tracy was such a blessing to me. She taught me about my faith and the kind of parent I strive to be. She graciously cared for my daughter, and then my son (her godchild). I couldn’t have asked for a better person to assist me in raising my children. Her children and my own will grow to be better people because of the love she gave them. She was a caring person who took care of all those around her…and she will continue to do so from her new home in Heaven. I will dearly miss the times we spent together.
You’ll always be in my heart Tracy…I love you!

Melissa Prochaska – 08/25/2008

Tracy Roderick was a friend of mine for 12 years. Friends come into your life for a reason. They touch your heart and they touch your soul. Thank you Tracy for coming into mine.

Jennifer Engelke – 08/25/2008

I did not know Tracy personally, but I heard alot about her from her mother-in-law. I do know that she sounded like a wonderful mother and wife. She was obviously a strong person, both physically and emotionally to cope with all of the hardships her illness brought her. If I would have know Tracy, there is no doubt that I would of liked her. May she rest in peace in that special place called heaven.

Karen Richey – 08/25/2008

Tracy was a loving mother and wife and will be missed by all who knew her. Her dedication to her family and her two kids were her life. Tracy will be missed by all who knew her.

Crista Harnetiaux – 08/25/2008

My thoughts are and have been with Tracy and her family. I hope that the support from friends and family will provide comfort to those that are surviving this great and tragic loss. Tracy will be remembered by many and live through the lives of those she loved.

Carin Keland – 08/25/2008

Joel, Eerina and Matthew

We will miss Tracey in church and on worship team. We know in the days to come, you will miss her in so many ways but we also know that she is well and with her Savior. What a blessing to have that peace and assurance! One day we will all join her and be united once again. PTL.

You all have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Dennis and Ellen Hierl – 08/25/2008

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Chelsi Chelsi – 07/14/2011

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Torn Torn – 01/23/2012