Roberta J. Loomis Obituary

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Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Roberta J. Loomis of Savanna passed into eternity on May 8, 2013 at Freeport Memorial Hospital.  She was 87 years of age.  Friends and family may pay their respects to Roberta and family on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna.  A funeral Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at the Lower York Cemetery in Thomson, IL.   A time for fellowship and remembrance will be held at the Methodist Church following interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Savanna.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

The daughter of Epa and Jennie (Kamphuis) Hook, Roberta Jean was born on October 30, 1925 in Fulton, IL.  She married Merton P. Loomis on August 22, 1948, celebrating over 64 years of marriage. Roberta attended schools in Argo Fay and Thomson, and she graduated from Mt. Carroll High School.  Upon her graduation in 1943, she was appointed Gas Stamp and Sugar Rationing Clerk in Carroll County during WWII, and was later appointed Deputy Circuit Clerk of Carroll County.

After her marriage, she was employed by the Department of Public Health; Northwestern Illinois Gas and Electric Company; Savanna Medical Center and finally, the Savanna Community Unit School District as head bookkeeper, under the administration of Bill Floyd for 22 years, until she retired in 1987.  After retirement, she was appointed Treasurer of the Savanna School Board for 18 years. 

Roberta was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary (past president), VFW, Moose Lodge, and the 600 bowling club.  She volunteered her time at the First United Methodist Church in the church office.  She enjoyed bowling, golfing, crocheting, poker, traveling with her husband helping him navigate throughout the United States, with the Extra Miler Club. Most of all, she cherished time with her family.

In later years, as blindness set in and her other senses took over, her family learned many lessons from, and with her, for which they will be forever grateful.

Roberta will be deeply missed and remembered lovingly by her husband, Mert of Savanna; three daughters, Karen (Dennis) Harvilla, Lafayette, CO; Jean (George) Sammeth, Arvada, CO and Susan Loomis (Eugene Correa), Thornton, CO. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Stephanie and Heather Hensley; one grandson, Matthew Harvilla; one step-grandson, Andrew Sammeth; and a great-grandson, Nathaniel Hensley.

She was preceded in death by her parents Epa and Jennie Hook, an infant sister, Wilma Mae, and infant daughter, Tina Lee.


From: Gottsche, Heather

May 16, 2013 2:42 pm

Loomis/Sammeth family,

Our sincerest condolences to your family at this bittersweet time. May your grief be covered by the grace of God and the belief that your mother is somewhere beautiful and may your hearts always hold on to memories of her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as your gather to mourn and celebrate a life well... Read More

From: Noel Arbuckle

May 10, 2013 10:20 pm

Dear Loomis Family,

May The Lord be with you all and comfort you as you mourn the passing of a loving wife and mother. Sincerely , Noel(Buck) Arbuckle
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Monday, May 13, 2013
4:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Law-Jones Funeral Home-Savanna
309 Chicago Ave P.O.Box 309
Savanna, IL  61074

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
11:00 am
First United Methodist Chuch-Savanna
2100 Chicago Ave.
Savanna, IL  61074