Jacqueline A. ‘Jackie’ (Stenberg) Roberts, 79, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Oberon, ND, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Heartland Care Center in the loving care of family and Altru Hospice.
Jacqueline A. ‘Jackie’ (Stenberg) Roberts, 79, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Oberon, ND, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Heartland Care Center in the loving care of family and Altru Hospice. Jacqueline Adelle Stenberg was born on Dec. 19, 1938, to Alvin ‘Ollie’ and Blanche (Dabson) Stenberg on the family farm at Oberon. She attended Hamar Public School for four years and graduated from Oberon High School with the class of 1956. Jackie married her high school sweetheart, Lester J. Roberts Jr., on June 2, 1958, at the Congregational Church in Oberon. They lived several places in their first years of marriage as Lester was attending college and teaching. In 1966, they moved to the Stenberg farm where they lived, worked side-by-side and raised their children for the next 51 years, moving to Devils Lake in 2017. Before her marriage to Lester, Jackie worked in the Benson County Auditor’s office and after marriage she was the hard-working, dedicated farmwife, doing whatever was necessary to keep the operation going, the family and hired help fed and with great devotion and love, caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. No family, friend, or stranger ever left Jackie’s house without enjoying a good cup of coffee and some of her delicious baked goodies that never seemed to run out. Jackie was an active member of the Congregational Church and Calvary Lutheran Church in Oberon until moving to Devils Lake and then attending Our Savior’s Lutheran Church when able. Jackie was diagnosed with cancer on her birthday, Dec. 19, 2012, and with great faith, courageously fought the battle for a cure for the next six years. When there was time for fun, Jackie participated in league bowling in Maddock, ND, was an avid reader, skilled at solving crossword puzzles and never missed a chance to go ice fishing. Jackie’s faith, her determination, her loving spirit will be carried in our hearts forever. Jackie’s family includes; her husband of 60 years, Lester; children, Roberta ‘Bobbi’ (Tom) Duberowski, Parkers Prairie, MN, Lezlee Thorson (Bob Hoffart) of Devils Lake and Justin Roberts, Oberon; eight grandchildren, Scott (Kayla) Duberowski, Jason (Brandi) Duberowski, Jim (Jackie) Duberowski, Ryan (Megan) Thorson, Kayla Thorson, Sean (Stephanie) Thorson, Krissy (Andy) Hillier, Carrie (Ben) Tufte; eleven great-grandchildren, Taylor, Marisa, Isaiah, Brittany, Jersie and Aubrey Duberowski, Aiden Thorson, Beckett and Rory Hillier, Olivia and Isabel Tufte; sisters, Janice Ploium (Leslie) Ferry, Devils Lake and Sharon (Dwight) Nelson, Shawnee, Kansas; in-laws, Roger Roberts, Devils Lake, Delores Stack, Minot, ND, Jean Olson, June Sabbe and Marlene (John) Miller, all of Mesa, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by; her parents; son-in-law, Michael Thorson; brother, Dale Stenberg and his wife, Hazel; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lester and Otilla Roberts Sr.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Albert Ploium, Paul Stack, LaVern Roberts, Juanita Roberts, Oscar Olson and Leroy Sabbe; Funeral Services for Jackie will be held next Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Tom Westcott officiating. Jackie will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery, rural Oberon in the spring. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. and will continue on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.