Roberta D. Venskus, age 85, of Lanoka Harbor passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Born in Paterson, she lived in Fairlawn and Wayne before settling in Toms River in 1977. After retiring, she lived in Florida for several years before returning to Lavalette to be with her family and has lived in Lanoka Harbor since Hurricane Sandy.
Roberta was a secretary for the Toms River Department of Public Works for over twenty years. While raising her family in Wayne, she was an active member of Our Lady of the Valley R Church, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was an avid reader and had a lifelong love of books, and enjoyed volunteering at both the Wayne Public Library and the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library.
Roberta was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her children, Donna Kayler and her husband Edwin of Forked River, John Venskus of North Carolina, and Deborah Halek and her husband Robert of Cranford; her grandchildren, Corinne, Christina, Daniel, Rachel, Steven, Philip, Nathaniel and Brianna; her great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Luca; and her brother, Ralph (Butch) Brauch. She will be sorely missed by her family and anyone whose life she touched.
Cremation was private. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2-4 pm at Forked River Funeral and Cremation Service, 1022 Lacey Road, Forked River.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Roberta's memory to either Ronald McDonald House at https://rmh-cnj.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DonationPage/tabid/15199/Default.aspx
Or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjudes.org
"Roberta you will be missed. I could have never asked for a better neighbor. You were always so special to me even though I only knew you for four years. I felt I knew you all my life. There was nothing I would not do for you. I will miss your smile and all the little things we talked about. I will always cherish the memories I had with you. Rest in Peach "
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Roberta for the past three years. In that time I learned that Roberta had a real zest for life and was passionate about a lot of things. On the top of that list was Family, Books and the Beach. Nothing gave her more joy than being with her family. I always looked forward to hearing about the latest family news and seeing pictures of how her great-grand children Gabe and Luca are growing. Though Roberta struggled with chronic pain, when I would see her, she always had a smile for me and our chats would end up in hysterical laughter. I will cherish her memory."
"Roberta was a wonderful person who cared deeply about her children, grandchildren and great grandsons. We shared many years with happy and sad times together! She was always ready to help when she could. I will miss our weekly phone calls and occasional visits. She can now be free from pain. Rest In Peace."