Today, we remember Colleen Roberts (mother of Lori Roberts-Cobbledick*)

Colleen Carey Roberts, 78, died May 21, 2010. Born in Kent in 1931, the only child of Edward and Hazel Carey, she was a life resident of Kent. She attended Kent schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1949. While in high school, she was active in numerous music organizations, was a member of the National Honor Society, Treasurer of her Junior class, and was chosen as the representative to Buckeye Girls State.

After graduation, she attended Kent State University, graduating in 1953 with a B.S. in Music Education. In her Senior, year she married her high school sweetheart, Richard D. Roberts. In 1953, she accepted a position with the Cuyahoga Falls City School, teaching vocal music, where she taught for two years, leaving to start her family. Beginning in high school, she taught private piano lessons for 48 years, during which she taught hundreds of students. A member of the Kent United Church of Christ for over 50 years, she sang in the young peoples choir while in high school and then for many years in the adult choir.

For 10 years, she directed the youth choir and produced an annual musical. For many years she served as a leader of the Brownie Troop at Franklin School. Colleen volunteered for 7 years at the County Clothing Center and served as accompanist for many elementary school Christmas programs. Her proudest achievement was raising her 3 daughters, Rebecca Roberts and Carolyn Roberts both of Kent and Lori Roberts (Tom) Cobbledick of Marblehead. Dick and Colleen were married 58 years.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Leslie (Tim) Oberholtzer, Steven Harbert II, and Dylan Cobbledick. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kathryn Cobbledick. A memorial service will be held June 5 at 11 AM at the Kent United Church of Christ, where a reception and light lunch will be served in Van Meter Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Kathryn Cobbledick Art Scholarship Fund, c/o Marblehead Bank, 709 West Main Street, Marblehead, Ohio 43440. Bissler and Sons Funeral Home are handling the arrangements.

* Lori is David’s aunt, a.k.a Joe & Sheryl’s sister-in-law, a.k.a. Sheryl’s brother Tom Cobbledick’s wife.