Roberta I. Essman, 74 of Streator and a resident of the Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center passed away Sunday (November 3, 2019) at the OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Following cremation, a visitation will be held Saturday from 1- 2 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday at 2 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Roberta was born on January 26, 1945 in Streator to John and Marcella (Detmering) Wright. She married Edmund Essman of November 16, 1965. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2019.
Surviving are siblings; Marcella McKee of Streator, Kathleen Hays of Streator, Miriam Hawley of Phoenix, AZ, Mary Werhane of Lena, IL , Beth Crank of Manville who she and her husband raised, John Wright of Parkersburg, WV and James Wright of Streator, grandsons Jacob Mahon and Dylan Crank, great-grandsons Julian and KJ Mahon and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Chad, sisters Janene Bennett, Victoria Matzen, Jacqueline Raber, Rebecca Tavitas and Sharon Palko.
Roberta attended Streator Grade Schools and Streator High School. She was formerly employed at Owens Illinois Glass.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.