The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 6, 2013

Roberta B. Balsley


DANVILLE — Roberta B. Balsley, 85, of Danville, passed away at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville.

She was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Denver, Colo., to Doan and Gladys Robertson Carlock.

She married Delbert Fritz on Feb. 13, 1945. She then married Delmar Summers on Nov. 12, 1953. Roberta and her last husband, Joe Balsley, were married Oct. 10, 1980. Her husbands had preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Becky (Jewell) Lucas of Danville; four sons, Irvin (Diana) Summers, David (Kim) Fritz, Wayne (Annie) Fritz and Steve (Jodie) Summers; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Myra Myers, and a great-grandson, Christopher Johnson.

Roberta was a long-time member of Second Church of Christ, as well as an avid gardener. Roberta loved spending time outdoors and planting in her flower and herb gardens. Roberta belonged to the Danville Garden Club as well as the Green Thumb Club. She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, and also a former member of the Danville Boat Club, Gao Grotto, and a former leader of the Boy and Girl Scouts.

A service to celebrate the life of Roberta Balsley will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, Danville. Drew Mentzer will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 8, also at Sunset in Danville.

Memorials may be made to Second Church of Christ. Please join Roberta’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of her life through her Tribute Wall at

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