Roberta Fruth, 69

Patient care specialist

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I'm sorry I can't tell you this story in person.

Born on Sept. 22, 1949, I grew up in Lebanon, Illinois, where I built the foundations of my life under the loving guidance of Robert McCabe and Anna Mae Schomaker, and with my siblings: Tom, Bob, Ed, Mary, and Elizabeth Raleigh (Thomas), who all brought me joy, challenges, and many memories.

I earned my degrees at Belleville Area College (ADN), St. Louis University (BSN), Rush University (MSN), University of Illinois Chicago (PhD), and once again the University of Illinois Chicago (MSPSL). As you can tell, education became a guiding tenet of my life. The other was my lifelong passion for nursing and patient care. Until my last days, I was still working to help improve the quality of patient care and safety where I could.

My life grew tenfold when I married my wonderful husband, Steve (1972) and we moved to Chicago. Steve gave me my three fantastic children: Matthew Fruth (Erin), David Fruth, and Susan Fruth (Craig Kidwell). My grandchildren, Maggie and Kate, are the smartest, funniest, and most lovable in the world and brought me such joy!

I was extraordinarily fortunate to have traveled the world over — from Canada to Chile to Saudia Arabia and Singapore — but I always liked home best.

I am thankful for the wonderful years I had full of adventures with my dear friends and family. As they say, "I am now going to my place and I will greet you there. Have fun along your way." I sure did!

Roberta Fruth PhD, RN, FAAN, 69, of Oak Park, died on June 12, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Steven; her children, Matthew (Erin), David and Susan (Craig); her grandchildren, Margaret and Katelyn; her sisters, Mary and Elizabeth; and her brothers, Robert and Edward.

Visitation was held at Peterson-Rossi Chapel, and a funeral Mass was celebrated at Ascension Church. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Roberta Fruth's name to Sarah's Inn, 309 Harrison St., Oak Park, IL 60304 or the LMM Food Pantry in Lebanon, Illinois.

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