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Roberta M. Hansen

January 8, 1934 — May 14, 2013

Roberta M. (Kircher) Hansen, 79, of North Platte, NE passed away on May 14, 2013 in North Platte, NE. She was born in Indianola, NE on January 8, 1934 to Albert and Ola Faye (Elms) Kircher.

Roberta, along with her three brothers, was raised on a farm outside of Indianola. She graduated from Red Willow High School in 1951. She was united in marriage to Rodney L. Watkins. Roberta was blessed with four children, Diane, Dallas, Dennis, and Donald.

On January 5, 2002 Roberta married Vernon D. Hansen. As a couple they lived north of Curtis and North Platte. She felt blessed to share her final years with Vernon and his family.

Roberta was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Indianola, NE, and later on St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte, NE. She worked for St. Catherine’s Hospital as well as McCook Community Hospital in the medical records department and at Southwest Public Power in the records department.

She was known as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She also loved being Aunt Roberta to many nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would bring a sparkle to her eyes and a smile to her face whenever they came to see Grandma Roberta. Roberta loved watching the grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and other activities. She also enjoyed working in her yard with her flower gardens, dancing, any family activities, especially family dinners, and liked to keep her house neat and clean.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Vernon, children, Diane Watkins of McCook, NE; Dallas (Kelley) Watkins of Kearney, NE; Dennis (Laura) Watkins of Hutto, TX; and Donald Watkins of San Antonio, TX; step children, Rebecca (Karl) Randecker of Cozad, NE; and Rex (Heidi) Hansen of Tualatin, OR; brothers, Gayle (Caroline) Kircher and Ken (Karen) Kircher, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law Roger and Betty Kircher, and step son, Randall Hansen.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of Rosary at Carpenter- Breland Funeral Home in McCook. Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, with Father Gary Brethour and Father Thomas McGuire officiating. Burial will follow in St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Indianola, NE.

Memorials may be made in Roberta’s name.


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