Message from Roberta Weak, 1931-2014: ‘Get out & LIVE!’

April 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm | In Obituaries, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

This remembrance sent to us by a friend of Roberta Weak, gone at 82, includes a message especially meaningful on a beautiful evening like this:

Roberta Arlene Weak was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on August 18, 1931. She passed away on March 18, 2014. She is survived by 11 brothers and sisters and 3 cats.

She lived in West Seattle for the past 25 years, but had lived all over the US while working and exploring in Europe and hiking in Nepal. She loved to tell stories of hiking on Mt. Tamalpais in California, cooking classes with Julia Child in Boston, rescuing and providing homes for many cats that had been abandoned, attending the Fremont Solstice Parade, volunteering in schools to help kids and of course cheering on her Boston Celtics.

Roberta gave to others all of her life. Her motto was to “get out and LIVE! No matter what you do – ENJOY LIFE!”

Roberta was an inspiration to all who met her. Not to be deterred by her Parkinson’s, she exercised every day either at the YMCA Silver Sneakers or at home riding her recumbent bike. Her hope was that friends would take time to gather together, tell stories and celebrate that part of her life they had shared. Have a dark chocolate Dove bar in her honor.

Her final wish: “Stop the VIOLENCE – Be kind to people and pets.”

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11 Comments

  1. Condolences to Ms. Weak’s family and friends.

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    Sounds like she had a fulfilling life, and a wonderful perspective on life.

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 6:50 pm April 7, 2014 #

  2. Thumbs up for Roberta! Sounds like a smart lady and a life very well lived.

    Comment by Peeb — 7:08 pm April 7, 2014 #

  3. we should all do as much with our lives
    even if we never leave our block

    Comment by JoB — 7:04 am April 8, 2014 #

  4. What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing with us.

    Comment by Maggie — 7:19 am April 8, 2014 #

  5. Thoughts and prayers with Roberta’s family.

    She was such a pistol. I met her at Digital Equipment Corp on a project we were working for Boeing. She and I had many a laugh. I treasure the memories I have of her. She was indeed one of the most giving, thoughtful women I’ve known.

    -Cheryl

    Comment by Cheryl Boudreau — 8:00 am April 8, 2014 #

  6. what an inspiring message and an inspiring person. thank you for posting!

    Comment by sam-c — 9:06 am April 8, 2014 #

  7. I met Roberta when we volunteered together at Treehouse. She always added so much fun to our Wednesday warehouse crew whether we were sorting or tagging. She was a great lady!!!

    Comment by Joyce Ditore — 6:02 pm April 8, 2014 #

  8. I enjoyed being Roberta’s friend and neighbor for many years. She was an unforgettable character whom I was delighted in knowing.

    Comment by Susan — 3:25 pm April 9, 2014 #

  9. I knew Roberta for 2-1/2 years. She was a joy and one of the best times of my life. She made me laugh each day and I did my best to return the favor. She was my friend and I miss her.

    Comment by Ruth — 3:31 pm April 9, 2014 #

  10. Appreciate the posting to get a broader picture of this woman who was a standout character in our Y exercise class. Will miss her.

    Comment by christine — 10:49 am April 17, 2014 #

  11. Was just think about my friend,decided to google her. Thanks to Larry and Brin,it worked. Good read about a great person. Simply put,she was an angel on earth. Will be missed dearly.

    Comment by Jorge — 3:26 pm April 27, 2014 #

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