Roberta Loveda Swatosh passed away on November 12, 2022, at the age of 96. Roberta was born in Payne County, Oklahoma on October 12, 1926, but spent most of her childhood in Childress, Texas. Roberta met her future husband Kenneth J. Swatosh while he was stationed in Childress, Texas. They were married on April 15, 1944. While Kenneth was deployed overseas during WWII Roberta traveled alone to Detroit, Michigan by train and bus to be with Kenneth’s family. Roberta is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and their sons, Douglas R. Swatosh (Diane) and Dennis L. Swatosh and survived by their daughters Diane L. Swatosh (Victor) and Denise J. Barnett (William), as well as four grandchildren: Douglas R Swatosh Jr. (Angelene), Debra A. Romalia (Brad), David W. Swatosh (Jennifer), and Derek R. Swatosh, and eight great-grandchildren; Hunter, Kendal, Lily, Garret, Ruby, Bralyn, Grace, and Bennet.
In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Roberta worked at both Olympia Arena and Joe Louis Arena. While Roberta was an enthusiastic fan of the Detroit Tigers, it was always the Red Wings that held a special place in her heart. Later on in life, Roberta worked at Hilltop golf course in Plymouth Township.
Family was very important to Roberta, or Granny as she was known to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many others. While she may have moved from Texas to Michigan after getting married, she never forgot her Western Cousins and often visited them in Texas. Above all else, Roberta’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart. When her grandchildren came home to visit from college Granny would often send them back to school with care packages of homemade cookies and other snacks; and later in life it was her great-grandchildren that often made her smile the most.
Roberta touched many lives and will be missed. She will be buried in a private ceremony at Riverside Cemetery and there will be a celebration of her life in the spring at Lake Pointe Bible Church.