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Irma Gamba Roberts


1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Irma Gamba Roberts Obituary
February 13, 1924 - February 8, 2017 Irma Gamba Roberts died peacefully with her family by her side, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Des Moines, Washington. She is survived by her daughter Eriberta (Bobbi) Hammond, and her husband J. W. Hammond, as well as her granddaughters Kelly Anne Hammond and Victoria Gottschalk. Irma was born in Neiderbruck, Alsace, France on February 13, 1924, to Anna and Giuseppe Gamba. Several years later she returned to Italy with her parents and older brother. She lived in Caneva, Pordenone, Udine Province, in Northern Italy until she was 18. She then went to Rome, Italy where she met and fell in love with an Italian Army pilot, and they had a child, Eriberta. He died shortly after his daughter's birth. Irma then married an American G.I. in 1946 and moved to the USA. Irma worked in many of the exclusive hotels in New York, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. She also worked in many of the finer Italian restaurants in both New York and California where she gained an extensive repertoire of recipes. With this experience and knowledge, she fulfilled her desire of owning her own Italian restaurant. She opened "The Paparazzi" on Balboa Island, California, where she was the owner and chef. After many years, she sold her beloved restaurant, and retired to Northern Italy to be with her brother and extended family. Still in good health she returned to the USA in 2014 and lived with her daughter and enjoyed an active family. Her illness and death came on suddenly. Irma's remains will be returned to her beloved Italy.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2017
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