Roberta “Bobbie” Koral, 93, of Streator passed away Saturday, February 18, 2023 at her daughter’s home in Long Point surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 A.M. Thursday, February 23rd at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Streator. Pastor John Gutz will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 23rd at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Burial will be in the Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Streator. Pallbearers will be, Phil Nicolosi, Eli Nicolosi, Eli Koral IV, Kevin Ensign, Joshua Ensign and Adam Ensign. Honorary Pallbearers will be Patrick Welch, David L. Ensign, Lana (Welch) Gore, Heather and Kimberly Ensign.
Roberta was born on January 14, 1930 in Chicago to Helen Rubis of Streator and Robert Day of St. Louis, Missouri. She married Eli Andrew Koral Jr. at the Russian Orthodox Church in Rockdale, Illinois November 21, 1948.
Surviving are 5 children; Pamela (Angelo) Nicolosi of Rockford, Illinois, Diana (David) Ensign of Long Point, Illinois, Eli (Debbie) Koral III of Streator, Larry (Lynn) Koral of Vermillion, South Dakota and Lori (Tim) Welch of Palm Coast, Florida; 21 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Eli of 60 years; siblings Robert E. Day, Donald E. Day, Eugene R. Day, Helen Johnson, Thomas Grennan and Leo Grennan.
Roberta was survived by her half-brother, Ronald Day of Missouri; half- sister, Nelda (Don) Dunlap of Missouri; her sister Mary Poruba of Streator and Cheri Grennan of Venice, Florida.
Throughout her life, Roberta was active with many organizations, including, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Missouri Synod where she was a choir and Mary Martha Society member. She also worked on the preservation of the Old #3 Slovak Lutheran Church. She was active with the YMCA, morning swim group and Athene Women’s Study Group. She was also a member of the Streator Historical Society, Engle Lane Theater, and Young at Heart.
Roberta was employed at Owens Glass where she worked for 32 years until her retirement.
Roberta loved working in her flower garden, was an avid reader and loved baking Slovak recipes handed down from her Grandmother.
Roberta’s heritage stems from her great Grandmother, Mary (Marco) Sholtis and George who were one of the early settlers here in Streator who founded the first and oldest Slovak Lutheran Church in America known as the Old #3. She was raised by her grandparents, Mary Sholtis Rubis and Andrew Rubis who continued to raise her in her Lutheran faith. Faith and family were an important part of Roberta’s life which she also passed down to her children and grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Streator Brain Injury Club House or the Alzheimer’s Association.
To send flowers
to the family, please visit our floral store.