According to Oscar Wilde people are either charming or tedious…Roberta was never tedious. Gifted with a sense of charisma that simply enveloped those around her a stranger became a dear friend within a few minutes. This was even apparent during a casino trip; the normally statuesque and imposing Pit Bosses instantly became warm and approachable when they met her. Recently, after moving to Mt. Laurel she began frequenting Aziza’s Restaurant. It wasn’t long until the folks there saw her in the same light, they adopted her as extended family and vice versa. They would host their Thanksgiving dinner in their restaurant even though they were closed as well as hold their Easter Egg Hunts.
But, if she treated the world like family, she treated her family like gold. Sunday mornings were for family breakfasts. Her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving Dinner with the entire family. Coming together monthly with her “Sorority Girls” for over 55 years to just catch up on life and chat, which included three generations of family. In her years of driving the school bus she gained the nickname “TK” (Turtle Killer) in reference to when she could not swerve her school bus fast enough to save a turtle. Watching her grandkids play ball even converted her into a ravenous Phillies fan, she once had a serious health crisis, but waited until after the game to seek medical attention.
Roberta is survived by her children: Bob (Donna) of Willingboro, Jim (Kathleen) of Delran and Trish Frenz of Burlington and by her daughter-in-law Kathy (the late Chuck) as well as by her 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way. She is also survived by, her cousin Billy Ludmann, her special friend Fred Wetherby and her many, many friends.
Come celebrate Roberta’s 77 charismatic years (Nov. 1, 1935-June 12, 2013) Saturday from 9 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside, where the service will be at 11:30. Interment private. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Samaritan Hospice 3 Eves Dr., Suite 300 Marlton, NJ 08053.