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Roberta E. (Riker) Romano

AGE: 56 • Vineland

Roberta E. (Riker) Romano, age 56 of Vineland, NJ, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 17, 2017 surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with melanoma.

Roberta was born in Point Pleasant, NJ to Robert and Ruth (Bauer) Riker and was raised in Brick, NJ, where she graduated from Brick Township High School in 1978. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University in 1982 and moved to Vineland after marrying Bryan in October 1983. Roberta was an active member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Vineland, where she taught Sunday School for many years and served on countless committees. She was also a member of the Vineland High School All Sports Booster Club and past member of the Red and Gray Gridiron Club. She enjoyed gardening, all forms of exercise, including morning walks with neighborhood friends, yoga and Pilates classes, and always loved taking advantage of a sunny day at the beach. She was a dedicated member of her Bible Study group and the Cross and Crumbs fellowship. Above all, she loved to support her sons in every one of their academic and athletic pursuits. Roberta's loving heart, quick wit, selfless nature, and radiant smile were cherished by friends of all ages, from 1 to 101. During her 4-year fight against cancer, she was known among her doctors, nurses, and fellow patients as having an infectious optimism and unmatched positive outlook to bring sunshine to everyone's day. Roberta's family and friends could never have hoped to have a more wonderful person in our lives and we hope to bless others in the same way she blessed us.

In addition to her parents, Roberta is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Bryan D. Romano of Vineland; her 4 beloved sons, Ross B. Romano and wife Janet Choi Romano of Arlington, VA; Rex D. Romano of Vineland; Frank R. Romano of Atlanta, GA; and Robert "Bobby" C. Romano of Vineland. She also leaves behind her 2 sisters, Rosalind Dombrowski, and Rhonda Munden and husband Bobby, all of Wellington, FL; her father- and mother-in-law, Frank and Vivienne Romano of Vero Beach, FL and Sea Isle City, NJ; brother- and sister-in-law Chris and Barbara Romano of Landisville; along with 7 nieces and a nephew.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 25th at 12:00 pm at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2384 E. Landis Ave. Vineland. The viewing will be on Thursday evening from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, 1024 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, and again on Friday morning from 11:00 - 12:00 pm at the CHURCH. Interment will be private.

In recognition of Roberta's life and battle with cancer, her family recommends that everyone educates themselves on the risk factors and causes of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2384 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08361.

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Arrangements are in the care of Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, Vineland.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 21, 2017
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