Roberta Wasserstrom
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(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.

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Published in The Plain Dealer from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Roberta's passing. She was a fun loving person who had such a zest for life. She was a passionate real estate maven who was well liked by all. She will be missed
Larry Klein
Larry Klein
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February 24, 2021
Roberta, Thank you for gracing us with your presence at Milestone! I always looked forward to our chats, laughs and time shared. You will be missed but like any true legend, you will live on. Sending so much love up and out. Peace be with you.
Michelle Bries Nichols
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February 24, 2021
To Roberta's family: I was Roberta's personal trainer at Milestone (in Louisville). I loved her so much and am going to really miss her. She was more than a client to me, she was a friend and a grandmother figure, always there to provide a good laugh and positive outlook on life! We celebrated her 80th birthday at the gym (see photo) and we had cupcakes in the shape of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), one of Roberta's famous sayings. Everyone who met her loved her. I'm so sorry for your loss and this world is a little less bright without her in it.
Lisa Groft
Friend
February 23, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Abby and the rest of the family. A great person of whom I knew for over 50 years. Many good memories. Bob (Stazzone)
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February 23, 2021
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February 22, 2021
Abby:

Your mom brought so much happiness and warmth to our office during her time as a patient! We love her and you and your family! Our hearts and prayers are with you!

Lissy Wines and the rest of the staff at Orthopedic Motion and Sport Physical Therapy
Lissy Wines
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February 22, 2021
My name is Brian Vance and I worked with Roberta when she came to Louisville Kentucky and volunteered at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. We bonded quickly, shared stories, lots of laughs, and Roberta always had some sort of wise advice for me. It was so much fun and I grew to love the sassy, wise fireball! Roberta spoke of her family often and was so proud of each and every one of them. She was so kind and cared about others. My mother was in Rehab after a fall and Roberta sent her a care package, she sent me one too on New Years Eve a few years ago, it was full of all kinds of party favors! One time at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Roberta stepped off the elevator that had about 6 or 7 handsome men on it, she stepped out said "Oh boy Brian, these are my friends, we been out partying all night and I wanted to introduce them to you". Of course they weren't and she hadn't but that is the wonderful humor she brought to us there. My heart is saddened but I will hold her spirit near to heart all the rest of days of my life. Peace my friend, peace.
Brian Vance
Friend
February 22, 2021
Dear Abby and Family,
Thinking of you all at this sad time. I (and my folks) always enjoyed your Mom and her zest for life and family. May you take comfort in warm, happy memories!
Love,
Amy Heather
Amy Heather
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