ForeverMissed

Roberta will be buried January 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery beside her beloved husband Joe. The family invites you to join us for the burial service and afterwards for a reception. We have been asked to gather at the Administration building by 10:30 on the 11th.

We held a memorial service for Roberta on May 14th at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill. 
After the memorial service, Roberta's granddaughter Kelly Smith and her husband Dan Smith invited friends and family to a reception at their home. Thanks to all the friends and family who were able to join us in celebrating Roberta's life as we mourned her loss.

Posted by Jody Brady on May 29, 2016
Today would have been Mom's 93rd birthday. We're thinking of her and fondly remembering birthdays past. --Bill
Posted by Megan Hubbard on May 29, 2016
I was so sorry to miss the service for Roberta. I have such fond memories of her and will be thinking of her today on her birthday.
Posted by Elaine Diepenbrock on May 15, 2016
Roberta was quite an amazing woman who pretty much never let anything get her down. I always appreciated that whatever I would suggest, and whenever I suggested it, she was always ready, willing, and eager to go. Kind of like the energizer bunny. Unless, of course (and this was a really big condition) she thought one of her children or grandchildren just might come by. The world stopped for all of you guys! She will be missed.
Posted by Julie Barausky on May 13, 2016
Roberta and I shared many wonderful experiences when we lived on Confederate Lane in Fairfax. She was always there - providing wise advice and helping with my four young children. We remained in touch throughout our many moves. She was truly an admirable role model - always on the go and helping others where she could. I will miss her.
Posted by Jody Brady on April 30, 2016
While it's never the right time to say goodbye, it's good to know that Mom passed away peacefully with kind, thoughtful people caring for her in the end. If you would like to make a donation in Roberta's name, we're suggesting a gift of thanks to the Capital Caring Alder Center hospice. --Bill
Posted by Jody Brady on April 30, 2016
This is just one of the things I find myself thinking about: Roberta was strong till the end, carrying on the best she could these last months with an aggressive brain tumor making things increasingly challenging for her. All that exercise, all those years, kept her body in amazing strength, especially remarkable for a 92 year old. Her example inspires me to stay fit and stay strong.

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Posted by Jody Brady on May 29, 2016
Today would have been Mom's 93rd birthday. We're thinking of her and fondly remembering birthdays past. --Bill
Posted by Megan Hubbard on May 29, 2016
I was so sorry to miss the service for Roberta. I have such fond memories of her and will be thinking of her today on her birthday.
Posted by Elaine Diepenbrock on May 15, 2016
Roberta was quite an amazing woman who pretty much never let anything get her down. I always appreciated that whatever I would suggest, and whenever I suggested it, she was always ready, willing, and eager to go. Kind of like the energizer bunny. Unless, of course (and this was a really big condition) she thought one of her children or grandchildren just might come by. The world stopped for all of you guys! She will be missed.
Recent stories

Proud Grandma

Shared by Sandi Kleinman on May 13, 2016

Matt and Kelly grew up with my children, Kevin and Jason.  We met Jody and Bill when Jody answered my ad at the local Giant for a part-time babysitter for my 3 month old.  We celebrated many of our kids  milestones together, and Roberta was always there beaming with pride over her two adorable grandchildren.  She  made a special effort to seek me out at family events, sit me down, and ask me to catch her up on my kids' lives.  Her genuine caring nature was evident to  "extended" family and friends, and I looked forward to these chats, even when the kids were grown and had their own kids - the last catch-up we enjoyed together was at Kelly's baby shower, and I will remember Roberta fondly.

Roberta's memories

Shared by Jody Brady on May 9, 2016

In clearing out Roberta's desk, we came across a few papers, where she had written down memories from growing up. Here are some of Roberta's stories, in her own words:

 
"My father had no brothers or sisters. He went to Canada to visit cousins each summer and truly enjoyed the farms as a young boy and as a teenager. My mother had 10 sisters and two brothers. [My parents] met at an Army Post where [my father] was stationed and [my mother] was working in the hospital on that Post as a physiotherapist."

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"My mother always seemed happy and quiet. She would take my brother and sister and me on walks in our Arboretum nearby. My Dad always seemed to be at work or on weekends and all summer building our cottage near Cape Cod. We always enjoyed helping him."

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"My sister and I always shared a room until I left to go into nurses' training. We had twin beds and had to keep everything put away and tidy."

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"Aunt Esther and Uncle Arthur were Gramp's cousins, and they and their three children were our special and only nearby relatives. They lived close to us and we celebrated birthdays together. Ruthie, Dorothy and Franklin were close in age to us so we did have fun with them."

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"I remember being outside a lot. Playing, picnics, short day trips, excusions to the zoo in Boston, Sunday rides in the countryside and a stop for an ice cream cone at Howard Johnson's sometimes. The whole family went together.

"In the wintertime we did a lot of coasting on our own street which was a Dead End (no traffic). Ice skating after school at a local playground was almost daily fun in the cold.

"From age 7 on, we had a spot on a small pond near Cape Cod. [My father] built a cabin there, and we all went almost every weekend and enjoyed swimming. We had a canoe or kyack to use. Pete and Gramp made the kyack in the basement one winter and then took it to Charge Pond to be used." 

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"I enjoyed all my schools truly, and any subject was interesting—history, science, languages. We had a French Club in High School. Team sports were great; volleyball was new to me. Tennis, I played a lot of—not in school, however." 

From Roberta's nursing school yearbook

Shared by Jody Brady on May 9, 2016


THE GATEWAY 1944

Faulkner Hospital Training School for Nurses
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

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ROBERTA J KELLEHER
"Berta" 
35 Arborough Road, Roslindale, Mass.

Chief Like: Adventure
Chief Dislike: Mosquitos
Amibition: To run a boat, a car and a hospital 
Musical memory: "Sophisticated Lady" 

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From "The History of Faulkner," by R. Kelleher:
    
    "Dr. George Faulkner, a foremost physician and surgeon of the late eighteen hundreds, was a beloved charcter of Jamaica Plain and vicinity, His cheery optimism and kindly presence dispensed comfort as real as any medicine. He believed little in 'drugging' his patients except with comfort, support, and cheer.
    "In 1896 the doctor lost his only daughter, a woman whose work had ably seconded the administrations of her father. As a result, the doctor and his wife started dedicating all their worldly possiessions in memory of their daughter to the founding of a general hospital to safeguard the health of whole community.
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    "In 1943, because of the neeed for more nurses in civilian and military hospitals, the United States Cadet Nurse Corps was established. Faulkner Training School was accepted by the Public Health Service and now, our school is being almost entirely run under the plan of the Cadet Corps.
    "The hopes and plans for the future seem almost greater than the work thus far accomplished."

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The School Pledge

Reverently do I pledge myself,
    to the wholehearted service
    of those whose care is entrusted
    to this hospital.
To this end I will strive for
    skill in the fulfillment of my duties.
Holding secret whatsoever I may learn
    touching upon the lives of the sick.
I acknowledge the dignity and care of
    disease, and the safeguarding of health in
    which no act is menial or inglorious.
I will walk in upright Loyalty and Obedience
    to those under whose guidance I am to work,
    and I will pray for Patience, Kindness, and
    Understanding, in the holy ministry of
    broken bodies.