Roberta May Brinker
Roberta May Brinker
  • December 22, 1921 - March 21, 2015
  • LaGrange, Indiana

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Roberta M. Brinker, age 93 of LaGrange, Indiana, formerly from Rock Island, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Calvary E. C. Church, Hooppole, IL, of which she is a member.

Roberta was born on December 22, 1921 in Hooppole, IL. She was the daughter of Albert John and Luva May (Steinbrenner) Vandermoon.

Mrs. Brinker attended Hooppole High School through her junior year and graduated from Annawan High School in 1939. She then attended Augustana College and Sterling Business College. She worked at the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II as a key punch operator.

She was united in marriage to Reuben Walter Brinker on December 9, 1946 in Moline; he preceded her in death in May 9, 2000.

Roberta enjoyed crocheting, tending her flowers, playing the organ, volunteering at Eugene Field School, helping neighbors, writing to and/or calling shut-ins, playing Double Solitaire and watching tennis and basketball. She was an avid walker most of her adult life.

Survivors (and spouses) include two daughters: Nancy Thomas (Dan), St. Charles, IL, Judy Wall (Jung), Middlebury, Indiana; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Brinker, Rock Island; three grandchildren Christy Wall, Zebulon Wall and David Thomas; and one great grandchild, Waylon Wall. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister, Helen Theobald, and her son, Jerry.

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