OBITUARY

Roberta Teska

November 16, 1925September 10, 2019

Roberta Teska was born on November 16, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York and passed away on September 10, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Services

  • Gathering of Family & Friends Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Sunday, September 15, 2019

Memories

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Irene Gobeli

September 15, 2019

Irene Gobeli

September 15, 2019

How do I even begin to write about someone like Ro? I, too, met Ro through Swayzemania many years ago and then actually had the pleasure of meeting her at Mountain Lake, VA where a portion of Dirty Dancing was filmed. She and I developed a friendship that I will treasure forever. We spoke on the phone at least once a week and sometimes more when things in our lives were happening and we just needed to vent. I would come home from work and find a voicemail...."Rene, Dear...it's Ro!" On my birthday, she would always call me very early in the morning and sing Happy Birthday to me. I will miss that this year. We exchanged gifts and part of my holiday gift buying was to find another dolphin item for her. It became quite a challenge to find something new each year, but Ro always rewarded me when we opened our gifts together over the phone by telling me how exquisite the gift was and how much she loved it. When my husband, Dave, was dying of cancer she sent care packages to him on a regular basis that made him smile. She and I would talk about how things were going and she was here with me in spirit every step of the way. She became my friend, my mentor, and my confidant and I have been so very blessed by her presence in my life. Now she is my guardian angel and is with her "Dear John", Larry, Patrick, and my Dave. On the anniversary of John's passing, I would call Ro at 5:15 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. we would light a candle in remembrance of John. She would tell me "Dear John" stories about her life with him and most of the time they were hysterically funny.....life with Ro and John would have been a sight to behold, I am sure! It was a yearly ritual for many years. I will miss hearing her voice here on earth, but know that in heaven she is smiling down on me and instead of "sending them up" for me...she is merely speaking directly to God. I will always love her and will cherish each and every moment that I was so privileged to have with her.

Bonnie Hubscher

September 15, 2019

Lois Copeland

September 14, 2019

I first met Roberta when my sister, Margie and Larry move into there apartment on Ventnor Avenue. She was so bubbly and welcoming of our whole family. I remember how sweet she was to all of us. She was always there for all of us. She and my daughter Francine made a special bond with each other right away. They both loved animals, birds and flowers. Roberta sent my mom many movies when she was fighting her cancer. Roberta would send special Christmas gifts which we opened with her on the phone. But my fondest memory will always be her love for all her family and friends. She is now our angel watching over all of us and with the angels gone before her. Will always love and remember her. Our Prayers are with of her dear family and friends.


Dorothy Rajcoomar

September 13, 2019

I met Roberta when she worked at Palm Beach Junior College. We remained friends ever since. We shared many Holiday dinners at my home after John passed away. We always celebrated both our birthdays with lunches. She loved the Chinese buffet. She also loved going out on the Palm Beach Princess. She was very meticulous and never missed calling me on every occasion.
I was so happy when Larry moved here as he was able to take care of her. It was a shock to hear of his passing before her.
Roberta, you will be reunited with your John now. You were such a loving couple. I remember him dropping you off at the college and how you would wave and wait until he drove off. I was fortunate to have known him also. I feel like I know him as much as I know you. All your beautiful stories about your adventures together!
My deepest sympathy to Gloria, Johnny and the rest of the family.
Goodbye Roberta! I will miss you!

Phyllis Addis

September 13, 2019

Another member of Swayzemania. Ro was a light in this world. She had such stories and was so compassionate. She would always ask me how my family was doing. She sent my sister, mom and myself Angel Cheeks. My husband and I stopped at her place on a trip to Florida. What a treat. She was so thrilled to meet us in person. She loved everyone. My world is a bit darker with her passing but I am, also, glad she will be with her John. So many Dear John storied shared. I love you, Ro. RIP

Wendy Phillips

September 12, 2019

I too, Met ROE through a Patrick Swayze e-mail group and ROE was such a support to me when I went to get a guide Dog, Bandana. ROE loved Bandana and had several pictures of her in her appartment and some of those were with Patrick. She was one of the most caring ladies I have known and when my granddaughter was bit by a dog sent her an Angel Cheeks doll so she would feel better. I had the opportunity to spend some time with ROE and others from our group in Houston in 2003 where we had the opportunity to spend time with one another. When I first met ROE, Bandana took me right to her and I hadn't had a picture of her to show my dog. Though I live in Canada at the opposite end of the country I often called and spent more time then I should have on the phone, but it was still cheeper then the plane fair though I would have rather spent more time with her in Person. ROE has been a great encouragement to me and I was so happy to let her know I had graduated last april. She was so proud of me and I just want to say that you will be missed here on earth, but you will no longer suffer from pain and you get to see your John and Patrick again. For the family and friends please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Jesus is the great comforter so lean on Him for strength in these difficult days.

Marcia Studley

September 12, 2019

RO WAS SUCH A SWEET LADY. SHE WAS SO THOUGHTFUL AND KIND AND DID SO MUCH FOR OTHERS. MY FAVORITE MEMORY IS THE TIME WE SPENT TOGETHER IN HOUSTON, LAUGHING AND TALKING SWAYZEMANIA WITH THE MAN HIMSELF NEARBY.

WE HAD SO MANY PHONE CONVERSATIONS TALKING ABOUT HER LIFE ADVENTURES AND IT WAS SUCH A TREAT TO LEARN ABOUT HER LIFE AND BELIEFS.

I'LL NEVER FORGET RO, WHO WAS THE LIVING ANGEL CHEEKS

Mary Anne Beaudoin

September 12, 2019

R.I.P. Roberta. Give Patrick Swayze a hug for us!

Crystal Berger

September 12, 2019

Roberta was an Elf with an attitude! She brought such laughter and joy into my life. Patrick Swayze was the reason we met, I will bless his memory forever for giving me the gift that was Ro.

Hug John for me Katie! I miss you!

Love,

Crystal

FROM THE FAMILY