Dorothy Roberts, 92
A long time Alaskan resident, Dorothy Roberts joined her sweetheart, Bruce, in heaven on Feb. 14, 2018, passing peacefully at Bundle of Joy Assisted Living Home.
Dorothy Muriel Roberts was born Oct. 11, 1925 in New York Mills to Fabian and Lena Rimpila. She was raised on their dairy farm with her two brothers and learned to cook, drive a tractor and milk a cow. She met the love of her life, Bruce Roberts, roller-skating with her classmate and his sister, Betty. After Bruce returned from WW II as a pilot, they married in 1945 and started with their own dairy farm. Four children were born and added to the busyness of farm life. Then Bruce re-entered the US Air Force as a pilot during the Korean War. Thus began a life of adventure and moving around. In 1955 the family ended up in Anchorage, Alaska at Elmendorf Air Force Base. While there, Bruce flew Search and Rescue, and Dorothy raised the family of five. They were active at Anchor Park Methodist Church and in the neighborhood with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Then came a transfer to California, back to Alaska for three years, then off to Missouri for another four years. While in Missouri when Bruce was stationed in Vietnam, Dorothy entered Nursing School in Kansas City, Kan. at the age of 40 while maintaining a home with her five active children. She graduated as an RN and then moved back to Anchorage, Alaska with another transfer to Elmendorf AFB. Here she started working at the Alaska Native Hospital and then got a B.S. in Nursing at AMU. She loved nursing and after she retired, she continued as a Hospice nurse for many years in Chugiak, Alaska. Their home was always open to guests from boarding students, to young men from church. Dorothy even ran a Bed and Breakfast and guests loved her blueberry pancakes. She loved people. She and Bruce traveled to Brazil, China and Germany. Dorothy taught with the Anchorage Literacy Program for many years and traveled to Thailand with her student/friend, Buppa. She volunteered with Stephens Ministries through Chugach Methodist Church for many years and at Birchwood Methodist Camp as a nurse or cook. She loved to quilt and started making a quilt for each grandchild. She joined a fantastic womenís hiking group in Chugach, Alaska twice a week exploring the area and perhaps having a cup of tea afterwards. When she moved back in to Anchorage, Alaska she continued walking the Goose Lake trails and walked to church every Sunday. She knew her neighbors and baked cookies and breads for them. She was a fantastic gardener and shared her kale, broccoli and raspberries with many. She ventured to Italy to meet a new great grandchild. She loved to hike and pick blueberries up the Denali. In her last four years she lived at Bundle of Joy and enjoyed walking at Potters Marsh, the coastal trail and David Green Park; taking art classes at the Alzheimerís Association, and interacting with family and friends. She loved treats like a great grandís soccer game or concert at West High.
Dorothy is survived by her children: Kathy DeSchweinitz (William), Barbara Roberts, Bruce Roberts (Liz DeSchweinitz) and Lorelei Crewdson (Jay); Paulette Roberts (daughter-in-law); grandchildren: Erika Bly (Mark), Nathan Morgan, Matt Roberts (Brit), Michael DeSchweinitz, Amy DeSchweinitz, Christian DeSchweinitz (Bronwyn), Becky Roberts, Alex Roberts, Kathryn Roberts, Aaron Molletti (Wendi), Chris Crewdson, and Ken Crewdson (Maile); great-grandchildren: Sam Morgan, Zack Morgan, Cody DeSchweinitz, Selah Molletti, Gabe Molletti, Zoey Molletti, Delaney Molletti, Elliott Molletti, Ruby Crewdson, Cyrus Crewdson and Edelweiss DeSchweinitz.
Dorothy was preceded in death by brothers: Kenneth Rimpila and Ben Rimpila; husband, Bruce Roberts; son, Paul Roberts; and grandson, Brian Roberts
A memorial service was held at Anchor Park Methodist Church, on Saturday, February 24 at 1 p.m.
Dorothy would welcome donations to Birchwood Camp (PO Box 670049, Chugiak, AK 99567) and the Alzheimerís Resource of Alaska (1750 Abbott Road, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99507-561-3313).
Please send cards to PO Box 671389 Chugiak, AK 99567.
Dorothyís ashes will be scattered at Psalm Lake at Birchwood Camp as were her husbandís. Her name will be added to her husbandís plaque at Ft. Richardson. read entire story. . . .