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Roberta Ione (Johnson) Mellberg, 93, lifelong resident of Rockford and the Belvidere area, went home to Heaven to be with the Lord she loved so much on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
She most recently resided at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford, IL.

Born in Rockford on January 1,1924, Bobbie was the oldest child, and daughter of Frank (Eckie) Johnson and Mildred Swenson Johnson. She graduated from East Rockford High School in 1942, and then attended Luther Junior College, Wahoo, NE. She was a member of the Beloit College Summer Theater Arts and spent several years acting with the Burpee Little Theater Group. Bobbie enjoyed her "notoriety" as being one a special group of people who celebrated each new year by being the first baby born in Rockford on January 1, in their respective years. She married her husband of forty one years, Burdette H. Mellberg, on October 2, 1948. Later, she went on to enjoy working for twenty five years in communications as a switchboard operator at Swedish American Hospital.

One of Bobbie's greatest passions of her life was her avid love of East High School and her fellow high school classmates. For seventy years, she headed the Reunion Commitee from her Class of 1942. She continuously worked to locate and keep updated on every one of the 444 classmates from her class during all those years, and it enabled her to keep in close contact with her many cherished high school friends, who eventually became more like an "extended" family to her.

Bobbie was baptized, confirmed and married at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where her children were also baptized and confirmed. However, she later was a very active member of Rockford First Assembly Church for over forty years, in which she was heavily involved with Joy Fellowship and provided leadership to the Women's Ministries program there. She later lived in Belvidere for twelve years and loved her community there and the fellowship with her many friends in the Belvidere Women's' Club. Bobbie had a passion for writing, and in 2001, was excited to produce her first novel, "A Twilight Romance."

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Richard F. Johnson, and nephew, Darrell R. Johnson. She is survived by daughters, Diane Mellberg of Rockford, Debbie (Bruce) Lundquist of Hanover, MN, and son, Dr. David (Dana) Mellberg of Bloomington, MN; Grandchildren, Christopher and Sarah Lundquist, Matthew Mellberg, Jennifer (Mellberg) and Ed Miranda, great grandchildren, Molly and Mason Miranda, one sister, Phyllis Sio, Nephew Tim (Cheryl) Sio, Nieces, Christina (James) Winkels, Leslie Susan Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Jenner Streed, Hayden Streed, Darren Sio, and cousins, Margorie Morrow and Stuart (Shelly) Johnson.

Please join us for a celebration of Bobbie's life at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center Chapel on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to the family, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or online condolence, visit

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  1. Claire Sciame

    I shall miss you Bobbie but we will meet again...thank you for all the joy we shared together...especially at Swedes.. Love you... To the family, your mom was a special person...write me at

  2. Jeff Williams

    David, I'm so sorry for the grief you must feel at your mom's passing. I remember my last conversation with her, so many years ago that I couldn't possibly guess which one, when she scolded me for not coming to your aid after that horrific accident. I hadn't heard about it, but that was a poor response. I should have --- we were closer than that. Too late for apologies? If not, I apologize. She was a dear lady and a wonderful mom. I can't pass by your house on Tennessee without thinking of her and you. I hope warm memories will ease the hurt. I've often wondered how to make contact with you (I am a complete tech idiot), and perhaps someday when the healing has had a chance to overtake the pain, you'll call me. I still remember the beautiful message you left for me in 2003 (I think) and my frustration at being unable to reach you. When the right time comes, I want to hear it all. I hope you are well and your grief passes gently. Jeff. 815-217-4994.

  3. Bonnie Birkett

    When I was a new christian many years ago, I met Bobbie at church in Women's ministries. She counseled me and helped me to learn and grow thru some difficult times in my life. She was for a short time a mentor to me. I know she gave of herself to help many women back then and had much wisdom. I will always remember her.

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