October 27, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010 2:00 pm Vernon Funeral Home
Sunday, October 31, 2010 5 - 8 pm
Gerda Roberts, 70, of Urbana entered the gates of Heaven on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 9:10 p.m. in Vancrest Health Care Center of Urbana.
She was born February 19, 1940 in Ludwigsfeld Germany the daughter of Wilhelm & Anna Fronmuller.
Gerda married Robert H (Bob) Roberts on January 10, 1959 while he was serving in the United States Army stationed in Germany. After finishing his tour of duty they returned to reside in Urbana. Gerda learned to speak English from watching television and with help from friends. She obtained her American Citizenship in 1981. Gerda enjoyed many years being a homemaker and caring for her family. She also supported Bob by his side building the family business Roberts Refuse. Gerda enjoyed cooking German food and was famous for her German potato salad. Friends were always greeted in the afternoon by a cup of tea and coffee cake. She loved traveling to Germany several times to visit her family. Gerda enjoyed playing bingo, knitting blankets for family & friends, and going camping were some of her favorite times. Gerda was the founder of The Olde Barn Reception Hall which has housed many weddings & parties. She attended Grace Baptist Church when she was strong enough after her illness. She was a caring wife, mother, sister and friend. Gerda was known as “Oma” (grandma in German) to her great grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Robert H. (Bob) Roberts, Urbana; sister Siglinda (Erich) Moller Ludwigsfeld and brothers Willi Fronmuller Ulm, Heinz (Rosie) Fronmuller Ludwigsfeld, all of Germany; her son Bob (Sherry) Roberts of Urbana; her daughters Becky (Jeff) VanHoose of Cable, Angelika (Phil) Paxman of Urbana, Cornelia (Chuck) Wood of Urbana; grandchildren Heather Myers, Lissa Roberts, Ashley (Billy) Hofman, Brett Ridder, Brandon Ridder, Casey Paxman, Kristin Paxman, Cole VanHoose, Jacob Wood and Austin VanHoose; great grandchildren Bailey, Brayden, Tanner, Andrew & Zackary and several nieces & nephews. The Roberts family would like to give a special “Thank You” to the staff at Vancrest Health Care Center of Urbana for their loving hearts and cheerful spirits during Gerdas final days.
Gerda is preceded in death by parents, two sisters Else Eingedler and Anna Maria Inle, a daughter Margie (Roberts) Ridder and a great granddaughter Madison Hofman.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, 2010 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday in the funeral home with Bro. Mike Bird officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Dale Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.