Roberta was born in the Bronx in NY in 1940. She had two sisters. One sister passed away and the other resides in an ALF in NY. When Roberta was around 10 years old, the family moved to Hicksville in Long Island. After graduating high school, Roberta became a book keeper in a bank. In 1968 a friend set Roberta up with a man who had recently lost his wife and was left with two young girls. The couple married and had a daughter of their own. All together, Roberta has three daughters and five grandchildren. Her husband was a butcher and owned the first kosher butcher store in Staten Island. The couple retired and moved to Florida. Sadly Roberta’s husband passed away on September 6, 2017, which was right before Hurricane Irma. Roberta missed her husband greatly which caused a series of emotional and physical challenges. Eventually, she had to be hospitalized and was then transferred to a rehab facility.
After coming back to herself, she decided she was ready for an ALF. She came to Atlantis assisted living facility about a month ago and immediately started coming to TOP classes. When visiting her in her room this week I saw she had her Shabbos candles and her TOP Shavuos reader prominently displayed!