(nee Kaye), a longtime businesswoman and resident of the Cleveland, Ohio, area, passed away on February 21, 2021. She was 84. At age 22, Roberta, a dynamic, hard-worker took over her father's drapery store at the Southgate Shopping Center when he died suddenly and ran it for many years while raising her children and providing lifelong care for her mother Rose. She then got a commercial real estate license and served as director of sales and leasing for EMMCO Realty Group in Beachwood, Ohio, where she and her late husband Sanford Wasserstrom lived for decades. Roberta was a strong-willed, generous and loving "can-do" person who retired at age 78 and moved to Louisville, Kentucky to be near daughter Abby Kamen and her family. Her parting thoughts to her children and grandchildren can be found in the following passage which she saved for this moment: "Please be safe, be careful, be happy, be loved, and, whenever possible, wise, compassionate, and forgiving. May you always be lucky and blessed. This is the perfect recipe for life. With all my love." She is survived by her brother Ron Kaye (Deborah); children Abby Kamen (Craig), Beth Epstein, Gail Jutkowitz (Stan), Dan Wasserstrom (June) and Neil Wasserstrom; and twelve grandchildren. Due to the pandemic, there will be no visitation and the family will be holding private graveside services at Hillcrest Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her honor to The Pete Foundation, 2323 Lime Kiln Lane Louisville, KY, 40222 or Jewish National Fund.
Published in The Plain Dealer from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2021.