United Township High School Class Of 1960


Kathleen (Hill) Roberson

Kathleen Anne Roberson, age 74 of Rolla, MO, went to heaven August 26, 2017. Kathleen was born November 21, 1942 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Odell and Alice (Van den Berghe) Hill.
Kathleen was kind and generous to everyone she met. After high school, she attended Davenport's Marycrest College, earning a BA in biology with minors in Spanish and chemistry. One of her favorite activities while in school was working as editor of the Spanish newspaper, where she designed Spanish crossword puzzles. 
Her career in medical technology began at Carle Clinic & Hospital in Champaign-Urbana. After moving to Evanston, IL, she worked in immuno-chemistry for Northwestern University. She has been enjoying retirement since January 2010, after working in the laboratories of 14 different hospitals. The last 25 years of her career were dedicated to working in the laboratory at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, MO, where she managed quality improvement in addition to being a technologist.
Kathleen lived in six different states including Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Virginia, and Missouri. In her many moves and travels, she explored as far west as Los Angeles, as far north as Alaska, as far south as Catalina, and as far east as Virginia.
Her many hobbies included embroidery, reading mystery novels, and watching tennis. She was a devout Catholic and an avid bridge player, but her favorite craft was knitting. She volunteered to knit caps for newborns at the local hospital, and her yarn collection was her biggest vice, with many skeins inherited from her mother.
Kathleen's most cherished accomplishment was being a beloved mother of three, and a grandmother to three beautiful and gifted grandchildren.
Those left to honor her memory include her three children, David Roberson, Rolla, MO; Anne Hill (husband Peter Zimmerman, grandchildren Dell, Zoe, and Wynne), Chattanooga, TN; Aimee Roberson, Trinidad, CO, and brothers Tom (wife Gail) Hill, IN, and Richard (wife Peggy) Hill, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Odell and Alice Hill, her sister Patricia Fetter, and her brother Jerry Hill.
Forthcoming will be a Catholic mass at St.Patrick's church in Rolla, MO on October 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., a celebration of her life for family and friends in November, and burial with her parents in East Moline, IL. Memorials can be sent to 42 McFarland Drive, Rolla, MO 65401.
Published in The Rolla Daily News from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2017



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