Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Lynn Almquist
June 30, 1934 — July 17, 2015
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” — Mark 6:31
Roberta “Bobbie” Lynn Almquist, age 81, formerly of Eagle River and Three Lakes, went to rest on July 17, 2015, surrounded by family at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.
Her journey started June 30, 1934, in West Milton, Ohio, when she was born to Rod and Dorothy “Dot” Ingram. They affectionately nicknamed her “Snooks.” (In high school she insisted she outgrew the nickname and then missed it for the rest of her life.) She moved with her parents and three siblings to Three Lakes when she was in seventh grade. The North Woods of Wisconsin would forever be home to Bobbie.
She was a fixture in the business community for many years and, with her husband Sig, owned The Copper Kettle restaurants in Three Lakes and Eagle River and the Maple Shores Motor Lodge in Three Lakes.
Bobbie’s love and devotion to family started early in life and she put family above anything else. She idolized her father and her older brothers, Gene and Jerry. Her mom and her sister Joyce were her best friends, especially later in life. They spent hours talking, playing cards, and just enjoying time together.
As a mother to four sons, her love of family only grew stronger. She was devoted to her sons and instilled the love of family in them. Her grandchildren were the sunshine in her life and she enjoyed every moment she spent with them, always wishing for more time together. They also inherited her strong devotion to family.
Bobbie loved every minute that she spent with those she cared about — extending her family to a close circle of friends. She could instantly make you feel at ease and welcome you into her life. You would be a “forever friend” and hold a special place in her heart.
Special memories of Bobbie include priceless conversations over a glass of wine, Christmas cards sent with special notes, apple pie and cookies, Coke in a bottle, her adoration of every dog within petting distance, her love of the Green Bay Packers, and driving fast over little hills. She gave the best hugs.
Her wit was quick and sense of humor unique and she valued those traits in others. We will always remember the smile of “the bright eyed one.”
She was a strong, strong woman and she set an example for all of us.
She was preceded in death by mother, Dot; father, Rod; brother Gene; sister Joyce Tillman; and husband, Sig.
She is survived by her brother Gerald Ingram (Springfield, OH); her sons John Lehman (Lake Mills), Robert (Sharon) Wadd (Billings, MT), Jay Wadd (Madison) and David (Cindy) Wadd (Pewaukee); stepdaughter Karen Almquist (Three Lakes); grandchildren Gretchen Ruby, Rebecca (Eric) Bloom, Jaedyn Wadd, Dylan Sandri, Allison Wadd, Collin Regalia, Gavin Regalia, Jenny Servent, Brittany Servent and Marilyn Servent; and two great-grandsons, Mason and Colton; as well as treasured nieces and nephews and her lifelong friend Janet Chappel.
The family would like to thank the staff of Angels-Grace Hospice. Their love and care for Bobbie and her family will always be remembered.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00am Saturday, July 25, at the Union Congregational Church in Three Lakes with the Rev. William Brown officiating. Interment will follow immediately at the Three Lakes Cemetery.
Bobbie’s family would like to request that donations be made to AngelsGrace Hospice in her name in lieu of flowers. Donations can be sent to N74-W35908 Servants’ Way, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.
Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home of Eagle River is serving the family. For more information, call 715-479-4777 or visit online at www.gaffney-busha.com.