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Roberta Mrohs Rupp


1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Roberta Mrohs Rupp Obituary
June 28, 1943 - December 30, 2017 Roberta ('Bobbie') Mrohs Rupp passed away on Saturday morning December 30th at St. John's Medical Center in Oxnard. She was peacefully sleeping while fighting an infection, but really she had been fighting and inspiring us for the last 28 of her 74 years. In 1989, at the young age of 45, she suffered traumatic brain injury while receiving care at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. She emerged from a coma and during those first years she gradually regained her ability to see and speak, but over the decades she was not really able to come back to us as our 'Bobbie'. The vibrant beautiful Bobbie that we all know was an accomplished concert clarinetist, First Chair with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, and an admired and busy private music teacher. She loved her husband Stewart, concert musician and music teacher, and loved and raised her two children, Brian and Kathleen, and now leaves behind her grandchildren Tommy, Nelly and Emma. She was born in Bakersfield, CA, but grew up in Panorama City in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, practically raising her brother nine years younger, Mark, while her mother Ruth and father Max both worked. She attended USC and then UCLA, performing in the orchestras and the marching bands. She was beautiful and vibrant, supportive and a great listener, threw great parties, and had many, many wonderful friends, and we are all grateful that we had the privilege to have her in our lives, and will all miss her terribly. A memorial Eucharist will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 11:00 in the morning at St. Andrew and St. Charles Episcopal Church in Granada Hills, followed by a gathering in the church's parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to fund a permanent memorial to be placed on the grounds of the facility where she received 20 plus years of loving care. To donate, please contact Bobbie's daughter, Kathleen at [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 21, 2018
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