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John T. Roberts
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John T. Roberts 

 Age 84, of Owosso passed away peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Always ready with a quick smile that lit up the room, and a cheerful compliment to anyone he met, he will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 am Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Dieudonne Ntakarutimana officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a rosary prayed at 5pm. 

John was born August 30, 1933 in Kalamazoo, the oldest son of William and Mary (Tabbia) Roberts. He graduated from St. Augustine Catholic High School in Kalamazoo, attended Western Michigan University and the University of Toledo Law, and proudly served in the United States Army. John was a faithful member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree, Life Underwriters, and the Lions Club, and enjoyed his decades of volunteering with friends in each of those organizations. He also enjoyed serving as a volunteer for years at Memorial Healthcare. 

He married Helene Pawloski in Hilliards on June 24, 1961, and never tired of telling the story of how she stole his heart, and how he won hers. In his years of declining health, it was never himself he was concerned for; instead he worried about his beautiful wife and the care she needed to provide him. John always prioritized family, and enjoyed living nearby to several immediate family members and hosting those from far away. You could always tell when Helene was out, because that is when he loved to call his kids and grandkids. Big brother to nine siblings, he was always ready to lend a hand, and enjoyed the robust Roberts’ Family Reunions, and any chance to celebrate his birthdays with family.

John retired from State Farm Insurance after 40 years of devoted service, 25 of which were spent as the local Owosso State Farm agent. He took great pride in his business and his work with State Farm. 

John is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Helene; son Stephen and Susan Roberts, and their children, Benjamin, Cassie and Roman; daughter Anne Masters and her children, Jarrod and Stephanie; and one great-granddaughter, Jarrod’s daughter Annabelle; son John and Gina Roberts, and their children, Andrew, Madison and Haley; daughter Jo Ellen and D.J. Hrcka, and their children, Justin, J.D. and Brendan; and daughter-in-law Patty Roberts (Frank Barcalow) and her children, William and Megan; his siblings, Barbara (Stan) Beckwith, Helen Roberts, Fred Roberts, Katherine (Bob) Kaminga, James Roberts, Joseph Roberts, Margaret (Ray) Williams, and Paul (Becky) Roberts; and many other loving family and friends.

He is rejoicing with our Father in Heaven, and is gratefully reunited with his son, Kenneth, his brother, Charles Roberts, and his mother and father, William and Mary Roberts. 

The family would like to extend its appreciation to the many health care providers who consistently provided him great care, and to those who helped make him comfortable in his final days.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Hospice and St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso, Michigan.

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2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867





10:00 AM
St. Paul Catholic Church

111 North Howell Street
Owosso, MI 48867

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St. Paul Catholic Cemetery

Chipman Street
Owosso, MI 48867


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