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Roberta Plattenberger

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, Roberta Mae Plattenberger, 87, of Martelle, IA, passed on at her home surrounded by her family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the 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 4:00 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in the name of Roberta Mae Plattenberger has been established.

Memorials may be mailed to:

Robert Plattenberger

PO Box 11

Martelle, Iowa 52305

Roberta was born on July 18, 1925, to George and Ethel (Fulwider) Wilson of Mt. Vernon, Iowa. She worked in her father’s law office during high school. After graduation from Mt. Vernon High School in 1943 she attended Cornell College. She married Robert Plattenberger on February 18, 1945, in Mt. 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 Mt. Vernon, Marilyn Bauch (Jared) of Traer, and Dr. Robin Plattenberger-Gilmore (Richard Gilmore) of Washington, IA; ten grandchildren and seventeen 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.

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My prayers for comfort go out to the family on the loss of your mom. She sounds like quite a lady! I can see the strong resemblance in both appearance and character to you, Robin. May she rest in eternal peace.

Lynette Sievers Jan 10 2013 12:00 AM

I understand your sense of loss of such a vibrant member of your family. But remember the good times, when we were all younger, and perhaps less wise about future events.Saying this, and remembering this has helped me many times over in the passing of my folks, and father-in-law. I will not be able to attend your Mom's funeral, due to other family obligations. I have to watch my youngest 2 granddaughters.I feel they would be a great disruption to your family at this time. They are only 2 & 3. Robin, perhaps I will look you up when we go through Washington.One of my sons lives in Keosauqua.If there is anything I can do please let me know. My phone is: 319-265-7116.Even if it's only to talk, I would love to hear from you all.Fondly remembering old neighbors, and friends.As ever, Kathy

Kathy Hinrichs Hall Jan 4 2013 12:00 AM

Many thoughts and prayers are with you Robin and Richard as well as the rest of your family. Stephanie, Dale, and Molly Sparks

Stephanie Sparks Jan 4 2013 12:00 AM