OBITUARY

Roberta Ona Luzuriaga

October 18, 1962March 26, 2021
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Roberta Ona Luzuriaga a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and sister passed away on March 26, 2021 at the age of 58 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on October 18, 1962 in Chicago IL. Roberta met her future husband, Francisco Luzuriaga while she was attending Schurz High School. Together they owed and drove their own Taxicab for the past 36 + years. Anyone that knows Roberta knows how friendly, outgoing and approachable she was. She moved to Berwyn IL 2010 where her husband and family currently resides.

Roberta devoted her life to care for her family and home. She loved making delicious meals and hosting family get togethers. She was an avid gardener and loved decorating and planting new flowers every spring and summer. The void she left is indescribable but her loved ones will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

She is proceeded in death by her father, Robert D Kotlarsky, her mother, Caroline M Kotlarsky, and her sister Caroline M Kotalarsky. She is lovingly survived by her husband, Francisco J Luzuriaga, her daughter Laura O Luzuriaga, her son, Frank P Luzuriaga, her son, George R Luzuriaga, Her daughter, Jennifer M Luzuriaga, her brother James Wilson Jr, sister in law, Shirley Domrzalski, her sister, Marie Kocera, her brother in law, Mark Kocera, her 6 grandchildren with one on the way; and all her nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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Karen Luzuriaga

April 5, 2021

I first met Roberta a few years ago when I decided to travel to Chicago to visit my uncle and learn a new language. We spent a short but wonderful time together. She became my best English teacher. Sharing with me her stories about her youth. She was a happy, enthusiastic and generous person. The best one, preparing Halloween parties for kids and thinking about details to others.

When we meet someone it does no matter the time that we spend. What matters is how connected we feel with that someone. The other person´s life has been changed already.
She was very special and I am sure that she left herself in everyone who crossed her life.

Hasta pronto

Marjorie Chagas

April 4, 2021

I had the privilege of meeting cousin Roberta for the first time back in the early 80s when she visited my family in Queens, NY. My mother and her husband George are first cousins and grew up like brothers and sisters with a strong family connection. Roberta came to visit with little Laura and Frank (lovingly called Lorita and Fankito); it was wonderful getting to know her and to see her play and relate to her kids as a little kid herself; it was a blast of loving fresh air.
Robert was a sweet and happy soul, friendly and incredibly approachable with a smile that lighted her face. I am glad she was part of our family, and my heart goes out to my cousins in this challenging time of irreparable loss.
May God give you all the love and comfort in the days ahead.
Lovingly, Marjorie Chagas

Jocelyn Cunningham

April 3, 2021

I can’t say that I knew this amazing soul well but what I can say is that she is and always will be an absolutely beautiful woman inside and out. I first met Roberta when I was maybe about eight or nine and of course all I wanted to do was play with her daughter ( my best friend ) Jennifer.

The few times I was lucky enough to be in her presence she was always so warm and silly with us, memories of Jennifer and I sneaking around late nights on the phone, and many of our mini adventures with her help are some of the hilarious memories Jennifer and I will always share about her.

Although she will be greatly missed I know she’s flying through the trees, laying in the flowers and watching over each and every one of us.

May she rest in eternal peace and bliss.

Victor Mauricio Reyes-Prieto

April 3, 2021

I am saddened by the early departure of such a wonderful woman —a good wife and a loving mother who selflessly sacrificed her life for her precious family. My first memory of Roberta Ona was in the early 80s when she traveled from Chicago to New York City to visit my mother Betty, her husband’s cousin. She was full of life and was happy to spend time with family. Her visit endeared her to us who were ju
st teenagers at the time.

The last time I saw her was when we traveled from Iowa picking up my mother’s belongings from my sister’s house. We were heading back to Massachusetts but decided to stop by Francisco’s place to visit for a couple of hours.

When we arrived at his house, we were pleasantly surprised that Roberta’s children were all grown up. We reconnected once again. I kept in touch with Roberta’s older daughter, Laura, and we developed a nice friendship. We’ve been in touch ever since.

Roberta believed in God; I know that some day soon, she will resurrect so she may be reunited with her loved ones, those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Our Lord’s promise is real. The apostle John wrote this:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” —Revelation 21:1-5

Rest In Peace, Roberta. Primo Francisco and family, take heart. Her d

Haley Hernandez

April 1, 2021

I met Mrs. Luzuriaga through my friend and her daughter, Jennifer. Any time I was around Roberta she was always very kind and welcoming, practically treating me as a daughter! She was always smiling, always laughing and cared very much for her family.. She even taught me some tricks in the kitchen that I still use today! She was a force to be reckoned with and I was so sad to hear about her passing. I pray for her family through this difficult time and I hope they find solace in the fact that she is no longer in pain and at peace. 💕

Cynthia Velazquez

April 1, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Roberta for over 20 years. I first met her while attending high school with her daughter Laura. She was truly an amazing woman. She was so caring and always did whatever she could for all those around her. She was always so loving to me and I will forever cherish all the beautiful memories of her. My deepest condolences to the Luzuriaga family during this difficult time. I know words cannot take away the hurt you are feeling, but I want you to know how much I care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss.

Tracie Jefferson

March 31, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Luzuriga through her wonderful daughter and my friend Laura . She had an infectious way about her and I'm glad that we met. May the Lord wrap His arms around you all and comfort you during this difficult time.

Allan Polidario

March 31, 2021

I am deeply saddened and truly heartbroken for this loss. Roberta was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and the absolute best mom-in-law. Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had her in my life. I will revisit and cherish all the memories we’ve shared for a lifetime. She will be forever missed, and she will always be remembered in our hearts. To the Luzuriaga family, please accept my sincerest condolences, may she rest in peace for eternity.

Shirley and james Wilson

March 31, 2021

Roberta you and I became very best friends when we were young. Then we ended up becoming sister in law's. You made me laugh and we cried together. We talked on the phone for hour's. We always had each other's back. I'm going to miss you dearly and I will always love you. Rest in peace my angel. Love you now and forever. You and your your brother were not only blood but best friends you meant more to him than you will ever know. He will carry you with him for the rest of his life and always remember how blessed he was to have you for his sister. Rip until he is reunited with all of our other angels waiting in heaven for us to come home ❤

Robin Firestone

March 31, 2021

Aunt Roberta
I can’t believe you’re gone but your not hurting anymore. I’m gonna miss you deeply you’re beautiful laugh your beautiful smile . You had the biggest heart there isn’t nothing you wouldn’t do for anyone. You where such joy to be around you where the life of any party or get together. Im still in shock I’m gonna miss our phone calls our fun visits . All the advice you always gave me . Thank you for everything when I was kid . Thank you for saying all the time how proud you was of me it meant so much .I love you aunt Roberta until we meet again love always Robin , Brianna, Mollie

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