Alumni Spotlight: Lucile Catherine Roehl & Charles Roehl

Lucile Catherine Roehl & Charles Roehl – in Memorandum

Lucile was born in Chicago on September 16, 1918 to the late Carl and Anna (nee Koller) Schmidt. She was their only child. Lucile grew up in Chicago and was in the first graduating class of Steinmetz High School. After attending Wright Jr. College, she graduated from Northwestern University in 1939 with a degree in history education. Her husband, Charles (chuck) Roehl, proposed on the eve of that graduation. They were married on May 31, 1941. Two years later Chuck was drafted into the Marine Corps where he served for three years in the South Pacific. During that time, Lucile worked for her father at Hill Rubber Company.

After the war and for many years, Chuck and Lu were active in the Northwest Suburban Marine Corps League. Lu served in the League Auxiliary and they hosted numerous Marine reunions over the years. Together with her husband, who also graduated from Steinmetz, they founded the Steinmetz Alumni Association in 1946. It remains active today. Lu was membership chair for over fifty years. Because of the commitment to their high school alma mater, the Charles and Lucile Roehl Theater was dedicated to them in 1984.

In 1952, the purchased land in Prospect Heights and built the home they enjoyed together for 47 years.  Later the area was annexed to Arlington Heights.

Chuck died in 1996 after 55 years of marriage. Three years later, Lucile moved to The Moorings of Arlington Heights where she was blessed by the numerous activities, programs, and special friendships. Chuck and Lu shared a love of animals and supported several animal shelters. Over the years, they had many dogs ~ always named Mupsy. Lucile passed away on September 29, 2013. They were devoted godparents to many “children” as well, and will be remembered for their loving, humble, and generous spirit.

Lucile Catherine Roehl – Obituary

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