Mollie Elizabeth Roberts, La Crosse/formerly Janesville, WI

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

December 3, 1935 - April 15, 2017

Mollie Elizabeth Roberts, 81, of La Crosse, formerly of Janesville passed away peacefully on Saturday April 15, 2017 at Bethany Riverside Care Center in La Crosse. She was born December 3, 1935, to Albert and Mollie (Rahr) Bryan in Madison. She graduated from West High School in 1953 and UW Madison in 1957. She married the love of her life, Charles Edward Roberts, on February 2, 1957. Together they lived in Milwaukee, Rockford and Janesville while lovingly raising seven children. She moved to La Crosse in 2013, where she enjoyed time with family and friends.

While Mollie was notably a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, she was also a gifted teacher. She shared her talents with kindergarten and first grade students before finding her niche in early childhood education. She taught at Lynn Wood Nursery School for several years prior to opening The Gingerbread House Learning Center. Mollie enriched the lives of countless children in the 23 years she owned and operated GBH. She continued to enhance early childhood education by teaching numerous courses to young teachers, many of whom credit her with influencing their careers. She leaves a legacy of songs, stories, games and unconditional love for young children.

Mollie is survived by her children: Jessie (Mike) Pieper of Onalaska, Catherine (Andrew) Speth of Janesville, Betsy (David) Pieper of Caledonia, MN, and Ed (Barb) Roberts of Elkader, IA; 17 grandchildren: Emma, Josh, Nolan, Oliver, Thomas, Monica, Samuel, Tobias, Liberty, Kelly (CJ), Ben, Ella, Tessa, Chris, Laura, Rebecca, and Charles; great grandson, Elliot; and brother, Albert (Helena) Bryan. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Bryan; mother Mollie Bryan; husband, Charles Roberts; three daughters: Charlotte Roberts, Virginia Roberts, and Mollie Ann Roberts; and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Mollie was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 East Court Street, Janesville, where her celebration of life will be held on Monday, April 24th at 11 a.m. The family is asking that memorials be given to the Alzheimer's Association, or the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to help with the advancement of research and to provide and enhance care and support for all affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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