Roberta Jenny “Bertie” Lymburner

August 15, 1922 ‒ May 07, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Bertie Lymburner never gave birth – but she had numerous children. She was blessed with a care-giving spirit – a mothering personality – that led her to care for family and friends for generations.

Remembered as a cheery woman, neat as a pin, who easily made friends, Bertie’s faith became sight Sunday morning May 7, 2017 from Elmcroft Assisted Living, her home the past four years. She was 94.

Born Roberta Jenny Nipper August 15, 1922 in Galion to Luther and Nancy (DeWalt) Nipper, she was the third of six children. She learned baking by her mother’s side and was hired to prepare meals for wealthy Mansfield families.

On July 24, 1943 she married Dean Lymburner in Lincoln, NB, where he was stationed with the US Air Force. After his discharge they returned to Cleveland and Bertie became the “navigator” and manager of Dean’s many sales trips, traveling five states selling signs. After Dean suffered a severe stroke, Bertie faithfully cared for him, as well as a former landlady, who were both in the same care center for three years.

Widowed, Bertie returned to Mansfield and moved into The Brittany in 1993, but spent winters in Sarasota, Florida. She was active in volunteering, enjoyed bowling and miles-long walks, dining out and playing cards (Pinochle, 500, and Hand & Foot were favorites). An excellent cook, Bertie’s German Chocolate Cake and Ham-in-wine-sauce met wide acclaim.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

She is survived by cherished friends Sharon Kneale of Wadsworth, and Gary (Barb) Thomas of Medina; nieces and nephews Roderick (Barb) Snyder of Longs, SC, Vicki (Lee) Thompson of Eden Prairie, MN, Jeanette (Robert) Yohn of Mansfield, Patricia Boone of Mansfield, Dan (Laurie) Boone of Bellville, the Rev. Cyndy Garn of Columbus, Deborah (Bob) Collins of Lexington, Rebekah Landes of Columbus, Jay (Gerri) Nipper of Ashland, Barbara Guth of Mansfield, Steven Garn of Duluth, GA ; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews; and her Elmcroft Family who enveloped her with love and care.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Carl and Robert Nipper; sisters Mary Snyder, Lillian Garn, and Alice Boone; great nephews Nicky Yohn and Evan Guth; and a cherished friend Stu Paterson.

Bertie’s family will receive friends Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted.

Contributions in Bertie’s memory to The American Lung Association or OhioHealth Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Bertie was my favorite resident at Elmcroft. I loved her very much. She made us laugh, and smile even when she was ornery. It was a privilege taking care of her and I’m going to miss her. My condolences to the family.