Plattenberger, Roberta Mae
On Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, Roberta Mae Plattenberger, 87, of Martelle, passed on at her home surrounded by her family. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Martelle United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jim Rollins officiating. Following the service there will be a meal in her honor at the church. Friends will be welcomed by the family until 4 p.m. at the church.
Roberta was born July 18, 1925, to George and Ethel (Fulwider) Wilson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa. She worked in her father’s law office during high school. After graduation from Mount Vernon High School in 1943, she attended Cornell College. She married Robert Plattenberger on Feb. 18, 1945, in Mount Vernon. The young couple moved to Martelle, where they farmed, raised a family, and lived together for nearly 68 years.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Roberta was very active in her church and community. Her dedication to children, the elderly, and those in need guided her quiet volunteer work.
She enjoyed time with grandchildren, cooking, gardening, quilting, reading, traveling, square dancing, drives in the country, and a good chocolate malt.
Survivors include her husband, Robert of Martelle; daughters, Margaret Sadeghpour-Kramer (Monte Kramer) of Mount Vernon, Marilyn Bauch (Jared) of Traer and Dr. Robin Plattenberger-Gilmore (Richard Gilmore) of Washington, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Barbara Helen; grandson, Robbie Sadeghpour; and a half sister, Luella Wilson Vaile.
Roberta and Robert traveled the world, but her heart was always at home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in the name of Roberta Mae Plattenberger has been established.
Published Jan. 5, 2013 in The Gazette