Roberta M. Kolterman
Roberta M. Kolterman
  • March 15, 1921 - December 22, 2017
  • Kansas City, Missouri

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Roberta Maxine (Mann) Kolterman, 96, of Kansas City MO passed away at the home surrounded by family on Friday, December 22, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 12 at 4:00 pm at White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO. Visitation will be at 3:00 pm. Private Interment to take place at the National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS.

Roberta was born on March 15, 1921 on her grandparents' farm, north of Jamesport, MO, to Aubrey and Bessie Mann. In 1927, the family moved to North Kansas City, where she attended school in a one room schoolhouse. Roberta attended Dagg Elementary and North Kansas City High School where she graduated in 1938. She attended Kansas City Business College and then went to work at Standard Steel Works during the war and later at Farmland Industries after she was discharged from the Waves. Roberta joined the WAVES in 1944. She was stationed in Washington DC and served 2 years with a rank of Yeoman First Class. She worked for the Bureau of Ships where she was in charge of the mailroom. She was very proud of her Military service and became lifelong friends with 2 of her WAVE buddies.

In 1947, she met her future husband, Lee Wayne Kolterman of Onaga KS, at the Pla Mor Ballroom. They were married on September 14, 1947. Lee was in home construction and Roberta was the bookkeeper and payroll clerk. They lived in a lot of houses, 9 in 14 years. They finally settled down at a house that Lee built on NW 40th. They loved the neighbors and kept these friendships their entire lives. In 1975, Roberta and Lee moved to Hermann, MO where they were active in tourism and the community. In 1987, they moved back to Kansas City and lived in Quality Hill and then later back to the old neighborhood.

Roberta treasured her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, reading and puzzles of all kinds. She was a member of Northgate Baptist Church. She was a volunteer at Shepherd Center well into her 90’s. Roberta was also a member of the NKC Hospital Auxiliary, WWI Museum and the Heart of America Unit 9 and Military Women Across the Nation. She was a Charter Member of Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington.

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Wayne Kolterman. She is survived by daughter, Paula Haberkern and husband Lou; grandson Benjamin and granddaughter Rachel of San Diego, CA; daughter, Debbie Swope and husband Carey of Kansas City, MO.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice who were so wonderful to Roberta and her family during her illness.