Roselie (Roragen) Spivey passed away on June 13, 2019, in Manteca, Calif., at the age of 80. She will be remembered for being a kind and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
Roselie was born in Fertile, Minn., in 1939. She came from a large Norwegian family of six brothers and four sisters. Her family moved from Fertile to Kalispell, Mont., in 1955, where she attended high school and met her husband, Noel. In 1964, the family moved to Hayward, and then settled in Livermore in 1969.
Roselie was a homemaker for most of her life. When Noel passed away suddenly in 1973, she enrolled at Heald Business College and was hired by Pacific Electric Motors in Oakland. She purchased a home in Livermore and added a swimming pool. She enjoyed inviting the neighborhood children to swim on hot days, and became a second mom to her children’s friends. Roselie also attended and hosted Parents Without Partners gatherings and soon met her second husband Mac Spivey.
Roselie and Mac married in 1981, and she retired from PEM in 1982. They liked to travel, including visits to Hawaii, Norway, and the UK. When Mac passed away in 1996, Roselie moved to Manteca to be closer to her grandchildren.
Roselie was a devoted 49er football fan. She was a season ticket holder from 1966 to 2013. Roselie stayed active working on the family tree. She enjoyed doing research on her Norwegian heritage including making a trip to Norway where she met distant relatives and researched local libraries. She loved to read. She volunteered her time to the Friends of the Library and brought many books home. She also volunteered as a tutor for the literacy program.
Roselie was preceded in death by her husband Noel Coleman in 1973, and her second husband Mac Spivey in 1996.
She will be missed by her two sons Vance Coleman and Rod Coleman (Lisa); her daughter Rhonda Coleman; her grandchildren Brie, Keenan, Kendra, Jessica, Krystin, Jennifer, Melissa, and April; 10 great-grandchildren; three step-children Richard Spivey (Gay), Raymond Spivey, and Leslie Spivey; three brothers and two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to thank the Hospice House of San Joaquin for their loving and caring staff.
At Roselie’s request, there will be no service.