John G Roehl, 92, a resident of Manhattan Beach, California for 63 years, died of a massive stroke, on April 29, 2010. John was born August 19, 1917 in Cocoran Township, Minnesota, to Anna and Jacob Roehl. John and his twin brother, Lester, were delivered by their father and were the 10th and 11th children, in a family of 13 children. The family relocated to another farm in Foreston, Minnesota, where John grew up milking cows, baling hay and learning to fix anything and everything. As a young man, in addition to farming, John began building silos for his neighbors. This experience prepared him for his lifelong work as a Building Contractor. On June 14, 1941, John married Pauline Grace Krienke, a country school teacher. In 1947 they packed up their two daughters and moved to Manhattan Beach, California; away from the snow and close to Pauline's brother, Oliver Krienke and his wife Carol. With the help of relatives, John built his first California home and launched a successful career building homes, apartments, factory warehouses and community buildings. John used his building skills not only to provide for his family, which grew to include a son and another daughter, he also volunteered his time and skills in the community. He helped his children and many other families in the community, with their home additions and repairs and helped organizations, such as The House of Yahweh, as well. One memorable project happened upon his first arriving in Manhattan Beach. He noticed the congestion in the parking lot of the old American Martyrs Church. Between the Masses, cars were trying to leave and enter at the same time, by the same driveway. John suggested opening up the back of the multi-car garage, to let the cars depart from the back of the lot, while those arriving could enter from Highland Avenue. John was asked to put garage doors on the back of the garage, which he did and the traffic jam was fixed. John also participated in The Knights of Columbus, the American Martyrs School Men's Club and the 55 Plus Club. His generosity as a Landlord, well known by his many tenants, was marked by his policy to rarely raise the rent and never raise the rent for senior citizens. His friendship and loyalty as husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend were shared through his favorite activities: baseball, polka dancing, square dancing, camping, fishing and cooking. He was especially well known for his sausage making, turkey and dressing, corned beef and cabbage, soups, pancakes and ice cream… John and Pauline were models of marital love and lives committed to Jesus Christ. As an altar boy, John was dedicated to serving at the extra Masses that occured during the week. Through out their lives, John and Pauline went to church every Sunday and after retirement, they attended daily Mass. The living out of their faith and their Godly values have been a blessing and example to many. John is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, his parents and all of his 12 brothers and sisters. He is survived by all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 4 children, by birth order: Grace Van Dusen & her husband Gary; Marcy Nobriga; Gary Roehl and his wife Deb; Marie Craig O'Brien & her husband Rory. 15 Grandchildren, by birth order: Geoffrey Van Dusen; Gail Van Dusen Campos & her husband Dave, Gloria Van Dusen & her husband Steve Kleine; Christa Nobriga Porter & her husband Clem; Keith Nobriga & his wife Cindi; Cynthia Nobriga; Gretchen Van Dusen Axton & her husband Grant, Jen Nobriga Kakoschke & her husband Regan; Jaxson Nobriga; Jake Roehl & his wife Holly, Becci Roehl Twombley & her husband Dennis, John Craig & his wife Lori, Matt Craig & his wife Nikki, Lisa Roehl Walle & her husband Mike; Kevin Craig. 17 great-grandchildren by families: Katie, Kelsie & Kimberly Nobriga; Tony, Rosa & Miguel Campos; Elise Kleine; Janelle & Jeanna Axton; Jackie & CJ Porter; Piper; Toby and Tucker Twombley; Paige Roehl; Maxwell, Caden and Morgan Kakoschke. 2 great-grandchildren on the way: Aubrey Walle & baby Craig. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 15, 2010 at American Martyrs Church, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Following the service, the parishioners of American Martyrs Church will host a pancake breakfast celebration, in honor of John's passion for ...pancakes and syrup and... In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Cards may be sent to The John Roehl Family, PO Box 670, Manhattan Beach, CA 90267.

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  1. The most wonderful Grandfather one could have. He was such a great teacher, leader, and inspirer. He will leave a lasting impression on so many many people.

  2. Love you Grandpa you were a strong, loving, generous person!! You are loved very much and will be missed.

  3. Johnny and Pauline loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with their greater circle of the Krienke /Purdon Clan. All were included and always welcomed. Each of them demonstrated their caring and guidance for each new generation. I thank them for leaving such a wonderful legacy… FAMILY… Rest In Peace,Johnny… You are loved… always!

  4. John, you are deeply loved and missed. We enjoyed the many conversations and discussions on family history, farming in Minnesota, construction and real estate in California and all topics political over many, many years. No matter if we agreeded or disagreeded we could always end with some “round” ice cream…freshly made at home even better. You taught us by example how to lead a righteous, meaningful and productive life. You are now in His hands and probably having some homemade ice cream. Your memory is a blessing for us.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Although I met him only a handful of times, I know that great uncle John was a wonderful man who will be truly missed. Love and prayers from MN, Nicki Edmonson (Edward’s granddaughter via Marilyn)

  6. My thought go out to the family in this hard time. “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

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