Roberta Jean “Bertie” Kramme

Roberta Jean “Bertie” Kramme

Roberta was born May 24, 1936, in Bellevue, Nebraska, to the late Richard Otten and Melba (Miliam) Otten.  Roberta married Phillip Kramme on November 23, 1957.  Together they raised four children.

Roberta was sharp minded.  As the valedictorian of her 1950 graduating class, she excelled academically.  Throughout her life she engaged her mind with reading and trivia, as well as televised games shows such a Jeopardy, Are you Smarter Than a Fifth Grader and Cash Cab.  Her joy in watching this type of entertainment was clear.  She often remarked that she had correctly answered all the questions in an episode, with a sparkle in her eye.  She actively participated in the education of her children, taking extra time to assist them with nightly homework. In her youth Roberta taught Sunday school, rejoicing in sharing her Lutheran faith.

Upon graduation, Roberta was employed as a bookkeeper at the natural gas company where her salary was 75 cents per hour. After three years of employment her true calling appeared, and she became a wife and mother.  Roberta relished her role as homemaker.  She was an outstanding cook, preparing nightly meals of traditional comfort foods. Her joy in her home was apparent, planting lovely flowers, decorating for holidays, and baking special three tier cakes for birthdays.  Her children have fond memories of her popping corn for the Saturday night movie.  Occasionally the home movie reels were watched, with the family playing the star role for the evening.

In the early period of her marriage, Roberta resided in New Mexico and Arizona, and after 15 years the family returned to live within a 50-mile radius of her native Bellevue.  As time passed, Roberta was blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She would play games with them, enjoying weekly outings for lunch with family.

Roberta and Phillip had a splendid 64-year marriage.  In their retirement years they were constant companions.  They delighted in taking walks at the local park, watching rodeo and football, and shopping together for household items.   Trading cars was a hobby that consumed their time and delighted them.  Her Buick was definitely her favorite.

Roberta is survived by husband of 64 years Phillip; children Mark Kramme (Sue), Melba Rhoades (Mike), Mavis Cannia (Joe) and Shelly Schreiner (Jay Crom); grandchildren Bryce Schreiner, Tori Schreiner, ReAnn Schreiner, Cody Rhoades, Travis Cannia, Kelly Staab, Patrick Kramme and Kristopher Kramme; great-grandchildren Cal Kramme, Conner Kramme, Beckett Staab and Stella Staab. Preceded in death by parents Richard and Melba Otten; brother Dick Otten; sister Shirley Tedford.

Visitation following CDC guidelines: Saturday, May 8, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. followed by

Funeral Service following CDC guidelines: at 11:00 a.m., all at Bellevue Memorial Chapel

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Interment: Bellevue Cemetery

Memorials will be directed by the family.




  • Donna Ulik Posted May 6, 2021 1:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Hope all of you can find comfort in each other at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Kari Johnson Posted May 6, 2021 5:30 pm

    Sorry for what you are going through. Losing parents is so difficult. Cherish the great memories. Know your mom touched anyone who ever met her. I remember her fondly. God Bless.

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