Barbara Joan (Ludick) Roberts, age 72, of 619 Michigan Avenue, Gladstone, passed away Wednesday afternoon April 7, 2010 at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Barbara was born May 19, 1937 in Escanaba the daughter of Theodore and Mary (Boden) Ludick. She was raised in Gladstone and was a 1955 graduate of the Gladstone High.
Barbara was a lifetime member of All Saints Church where she received all her sacraments, was married and taught CCD for over thirty years.
Her biggest joy and favorite past time always involved her children and grandchildren. She loved to attend their school functions and rarely missed their sporting events, even when ill she listened to them on the radio.
She was deeply devoted to her faith and was very knowledgeable of the Catholic Religion.
She loved both writing and receiving handwritten letters from friends and family all over the country.
She enjoyed reading the most, and watching some of her favorite TV programs with Molly, her devoted cat of 21 years, on her lap.
Barbara Joan (Ludick) Roberts was preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years, Robert A. Roberts on April 8th 2006. Her parents Mary (Boden) Holmberg and Theodore Ludick. Her beloved grandparents who raised her after her mothers death, Bertha (Nana) and August (Papa) Boden. Caroline Holmberg. Grandson Dustin Georges Roberts. Uncles Albert Ludick, Joseph and Lawrence Boden. Aunts Mary Valencic, Emma Bell, Millie Carlson. Brother in law Bill Roberts, nephew Mark Boden and nieces Rachelle Boden and Mary Beth (LaVelle) Harris.
Survivors include her seven children Jessie (Tom) Seronko, Jim Roberts and AnnMarie (David) VandeWiele of Gladstone. Joseph (Shelly) Roberts and Mike (Diane) Roberts of Rapid River. Mary (Jeff Carlson) Roberts of Escanaba and Jeanne (Rick) Bartels of Kingsford.
26 Grandchildren: Steven, Jason (Lacy), Brian, James (Ellisha) Jaclyn, Janelle, JoEllen and Mykel Roberts, Andrea (Eric) Sargent-Rutledge, Jennifer (Alex) Tucker, Gabe (Anna) and Tom (Ashley) Sargent, Javi and Amanda Jasso, Chayse Beauchamp, Michael and Kristin (Dean) Willman, Jordan Bartels, Sara, Tommy and Steven Seronko, Taylor, Kelly and Rachel Bittner, Josh Georges and Cheri Popiolek.
12 Great Grandchildren: Devin, Andrew, Aubree, Bianca, Brayden, Cazlyn, Caleb, Brianna, Layla, Anna, Athena and Aaliyah.
Sister Sharon (Bill) Gottschalk, Bellevue, Nebraska
Sisters in law: Betty Roberts, Irene (Larry) LaVelle and Kathy (Jim) Grenfell, Gladstone.
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Roberts family will receive friends on Monday, April 12 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 6:00 PM at the All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Arnold Grambow officiating. A luncheon will be served immediately following services in the church fellowship hall. Barbara will be laid to rest, next to her husband, in the Fernwood Cemetery.