She was born April 1, 1947 in the Bronx, New York to Harry and Mary Fassler. Roberta passed away at home, with her family beside her on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
She and her brother, Marty settled in Northern California. Roberta earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her M.F.T. degree from Cal State University-Hayward.
Upon obtaining her graduate degree, she served as Executive Director of the Berkeley, and subsequently, Long Beach Women's Center. In Long Beach, California through the 70s into the 80s, she served as a program specialist for Orange County Mental Health agency focusing on training first responders in providing benefit, care, and treatment to rape victims. Her next career stop was as Director of the Women's Division for the Jewish Federation of Long Beach and West Orange County. Her exuberance and passion for the federation's mission was evident in her approach to its constituents.
Moving to Sacramento in summer of 1989, Roberta distinguished herself as a selfless, giving, and caring person, both in her professional and personal lives. She has served both Sacramento and El Dorado County Superior Court system as a mediator. In this work her compassion, clear thinking, commitment to hearing each client's perspective were her signature skills. Her reports to the court were thoughtful and always with the minor children's best interest clearly articulated.
Roberta served for many years as an Adjunct Professor for National University, teaching graduate students in areas related to work with couples, marriages, and families in a variety of different settings. Her students loved her exciting and oftentimes humorous sessions. Students consistently praised 'Dr. Fassler-Katz' for her teaching skills and her approach to modeling ethical behavior within their professional field.
Finally, this tireless woman found time to conduct a private therapy practice in Sacramento for the past several years. She loved the direct and personal opportunity to help those who sought her counsel.
One of the early board members of her beloved 'B' Street Theatre, she served with skill and dedication to their fundraising efforts for many of the early years. Each time she was called upon by the Blood Source folks to donate blood, Roberta was there. She continued this practice throughout her residence here in Sacramento. Many holidays were spent at Loaves and Fishes or other outreach sites, pitching in wherever needed to make a contribution to her community.
A long-time member of Congregation B'nai Israel and the Women of Reform Judaism. A walker both for sheer delight and for causes, it was her tonic for reenergizing herself. Giving to others was a constant and common component of her whole being. She touched all who came into her world. Her friends were precious treasures to be loved and cherished.
She is in the hearts and memories of her husband, Norman; her son Jeremy (Yenyy) of San Francisco; her son Jason (Emilie); brother Marty (Katie); her nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends for life. Her two grandchildren, Jonah and Ethan, opened her eyes to new unbounded love. She loved them with all her enormous heart.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00 pm at Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95818. Donations are appreciated to the
''The elephants of the world have lowered their trunks in sadness and loss.''
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 21, 2012