Roberta A. Cowan

January 26, 1933November 7, 2020
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Our dear mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother, Roberta Ann, passed away peacefully at the home of her Son and Daughter In-Law November 7, 2020 at the age of 87 surrounded by family. She was born in 1933 at home in Union NJ to Anthony and Ruth Heyeck. She met the love of her life, Henry Robert Cowan at Olympic Park when she was 18. They married in 1953 and moved to Hillside where they raised their three sons, Bruce, and twins, William & Robert. Nephew, Chris Cowan, moved into their home in 1971. She was very active in their lives especially sports, always there cheering them on. Roberta loved her crocheting, and took great pleasure in crocheting scarves, afghans, baby blankets and special beer can hats for her family and loved ones. You were lucky if you were the recipient of one of her blankets – they are BEAUTIFUL! Roberta especially loved watching her METS and JETS. She was a huge fan, and never missed a pitch or touchdown! In 1990 Roberta moved to her beloved home in Toms River where she enjoyed watching the deer in her backyard. She attended Pinelands Reformed Church in Toms River every Sunday and was very involved in many aspects of their Ministry. Her belief in her Lord was steadfast, she was a true woman of faith. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren, she was involved in all parts of their lives. In return they gave her all she ever wanted: Love and Respect. Her great grandchildren were always thrilled to see their Grandma Bert! Family was the key to Roberta’s life. She is predeceased by her husband Henry, her parents, Anthony and Ruth Heyeck; and her sister Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Addison (Lewis Addison) She is survived by her three sons; Bruce (Patricia McNamara, deceased / partner Donna Crouse); William (Pamela Stachura) and Robert (Christine Laughery). 7 grandchildren; Timothy, Lindsay, Casey Jane, Daniel, John, Spencer and Kevin. 4 great grandchildren; Ryan, Owen, Connor, and Henry. Also, her nephew Chris (Mary Kuypers) and their 4 sons; Andrew, Evan, Matthew, and Ryan. Roberta was kind, generous, thoughtful, funny, sharp as a tack and full of energy for all of her 87 years on this earth. We are all so proud of the way she lived her life; always joyful, always positive, always supportive, and forever grateful! Viewing will be on Friday, November 20, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm, at McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union, NJ.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Pinelands Reformed Church 898 Rt 37 Toms River, NJ 08755 or Deborah Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Road Browns Mills, NJ 08015. (

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Edward Heyeck

November 22, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Roberta's passing. We lived next door to Aunt Ruth ad Uncle Tony when I was a baby. I'm sure Roberta had to keep an eye on me. She would have been about 16 years old when I was born.

Edward Heyeck, youngest son of Fred Heyeck Sr.

Frederick Heyeck

November 21, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are sorry that we were unable to attend the wake.

Gloria Stone

November 18, 2020

Dear Roberta,
We sat together last year at Spencer and Gina’s wedding. You looked beautiful and we had a fun time catching up with just stuff. We laughed, joked, and had a wonderful time. I’ve never seen you without a smile and your excited voice telling me about the latest sporting events. I’m going to miss your smile and your sparkling personality. I believe you are in heaven visiting family and friends that you’ve missed.

Marty winnicki

November 15, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Cowan family. I have fond memories of her.

Pamela Addison

November 13, 2020

I have such fond memories of Roberta. She was so much fun to be around, laughed alot and she sure loved to cook and bake. We talked about recipes we both enjoyed. She even wanted my sugar cookie recipe & she liked it. Uncle Lew spoke fondly of her too. They were so close. Now, they are in heaven together laughing and sharing stories and watching us all from heaven. You're so missed and loved!RIP🙏❤

Carmen Skarl

November 13, 2020

My dear friend Roberta. I am sure that you have found your place in Heaven by now. I Rember the time that we spent at Pop Warner when your boys and my Michael were participants. My fondest memory was when we purchased Season tickets for the Jets. It certainly was special for both families. And then we became bankers. We shared a lot of years with our friendship which I will always treasurer. Rest in piece Bert. Love and God Bless.

Peter Cappio

November 11, 2020

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the entire Cowan family. Grandma Bert was like another grandma to me when I was growing up right next door to John and a frequent visitor to Coblestone Lane in Ramsey, NJ. Whenever I would come over and walk into the tv room, there would be Grandma Bert, in the back right corner on her favorite recliner chair watching the Jets or Mets game depending on the season. I’m a big Yankees and Giants fan, so I would always give her grief about how terrible her team was doing and how wonderful mine was (growing up 1999-2000’s was a wonderful time to be a Yanks/Gmen fan!). I was always so impressed over how much she really knew about the team and the players, even for an “old lady”, as I would jokingly call her, she knew more than me! She was also so kind and gentle, and would make John and I laugh whenever she would talk about her ‘terrible’ sports teams. Those are some memories I’ll never forget. Rest easy Grandma Bert. Love you, Pete.

Marlene Green

November 11, 2020

Dear Mr. Cowan, My heartfelt condolences to you and the family for the loss of such a dear mother and friend to all who came to know and love her. She has led a wonderful, giving life, for which you can all be very proud. Be at peace, knowing that she, too, is now in peace. God's blessings on you and your family.

Casey Dickerson

November 10, 2020

There are so many amazing memories over the years. I was lucky enough to have known her 35 years, since
1985 when I was born. I remember all the easter egg hunts and halloween parties she would have in her back yard for us grandkids. She would always play her organ for us and me and my cousin Lindsay would dance. She had jingle bells and wooden sticks we would use to accompany her organ.
Christmas cookie baking was always a fond memory. Gram would use her cookie press and make us sleds and Christmas trees. One year our dog Buttercup ate all the cookies that were cooling on the dining room table.
One year we went camping in tents at Lake Atsion.
This past summer covid was a blessing in disguise. My work was called off due to the virus and I was able to spend the majority of my summer at my family's shore home in Toms River. Grandma came over just about every Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon with one of her famous cakes, Blueberry Buckle, the cake with her homemade chocolate icing, the chocolate cake with the homemade lemon zest icing. My children adored her and were always soo excited when Grandma Bert popped over for a visit.
On my birthday this year end of August it was visible she was slowing down, but she went out of her way to make me her pasta salad with shrimp. She even went as far as making a gluten frre version for Richard and Gina.
She was a thoughtful, kind, and grateful soul. She will be missed greatly but her memory will live on in all the beautifully crotched blankets, scarfs, and hats she has made all of us. God bless Grandma Bert and may she be in peace in heaven with her loved ones smiling down on us all.

Robert Schulz

November 9, 2020

Aunt Roberta was always fun to be with. To Bruce, Bob and Bill. Our condolences to you. I will always remember our camp trip holidays. And playing army in the backyard and the great athletes and people that you became as the Legacy of your Mom (and Dad too). She loved all the kids and was well loved by our Family and everyone she knew. She was always so generous and thoughtful and loving.
Love, Bob Schulz and family.


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