BLOOMINGTON — Helen M. Roberts, 92, Bloomington, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday (July 19, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Allen Steinbeck officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington, and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity Lutheran School in Helen’s name.
Helen was born April 27, 1919, in Chicago, a daughter of James F. and Helen J. Glen Foley.
She married Oliver F. “Bill” Roberts on May 4, 1939, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2008.
Helen is survived by a daughter, Linda Messer, El Paso; two sons, Jack G. Roberts and Robin W. (Donna) Roberts, both of Bloomington; one daughter-in-law, Jean Roberts, Hudson; eight grandchildren, William (Stacey) Roberts, Lora (Ed) Miller, Larry (Susan) Messer, Amie (Brian) Mondl, Victoria (Seth) Minkoff, Christopher Roberts, Rachel Roberts and Sean Roberts; 14 great-grandchildren; special nephew, Gary Vielhak; and special niece, Suzanne Payne.
In addition to her husband Bill, Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James H. “Red” Roberts; a son-in-law, Lloyd Messer; and one brother, James Foley.
Helen was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington and the Westside Improvement Association. She was very proud to be founder of the “Good News Gang” Puppet Ministries at the church. She was also a member of the 50-Plus Group and Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid. She volunteered for numerous other organizations.
She graduated from Illinois State Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Helen served as an election judge; she taught kindergarten and third grade at Trinity Lutheran School; and was also a school bus driver for Bloomington-Normal schools.
Helen was an avid golfer, and was known as an advocate for all children. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and always put her family first. Helen remained active until her final days. We will all miss her.
Online condolence may be sent to the family at www.kiblersmith.com.