Roberta K. Phillips



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Irondequoit: Sunday, December 21, 2008 at age 62. She is predeceased by her father, Bernard C. Coons, Sr. Roberta is survived by her mother, Helen M. Coons; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew & Jessica Phillips; grandson, Thomas Bernard Phillips; one grandchild on the way; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernard Jr. & Berhe Coons, William & Leslee Coons and Christopher & Sue Ellyn Coons, sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Ellen & Ken Gauntlett, Susan Goodwin, Beth & Phil Jerzak and Coleen & Jim Zingaro; aunts, Jennie Coons and Kathleen Cole; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; many supportive friends. Roberta is retired from the Rochester City School District and a proud teacher at School 39. In Roberta’ s memory, “pay it forward”. Friends may call Friday, December 26th, 4-7 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. A Celebration of Roberta’s Life will be held, Saturday, December 27th, 10 A.M. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment in held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, ( 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 in her memory.


  1. Pearlie B. Johnson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    God Bless You Ms. Phillips. I thank God for putting you in my life for 13 years. I enjoyed talking to you on 12/08/08. I enjoyed your X-mas card I will always cherish it. Love Grandma Pearl #39 school. I moved to Texas but we always stayed in touch. We are a family. Grandma Pearl 2008 (The team: CeCe, Mrs. Phillips, Grandma Pearl). I will always love you and remember you. Love Grandma Pearl To her dear son Matthew and Jessica I love you, and stay in touch. Love Grandma

  2. David Reilly on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I was a colleague of Roberta for many years at School #39. I was unable to attend her retirement dinner in June, but now I wish I had found a way to be there. I was shocked and saddened to learn of her passing, particularly on Christmas Day. I’m sorry that Roberta didn’t get to enjoy her retirement. I will remember her as a great teacher and a very nice person. My condolences and sympathies to her family. David Reilly.

  3. Betty Garner on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I worked with Roberta at #39 School until 1985. She was an excellent teacher and a very nice person. I choose to remember her retirement party in June. She was happy, and looked marvelous. I extend my sincere sympathy to the Family

  4. Susan Phillips on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Matthew, Jess and Tommy, We are thinking of you and praying for you in the loss of your beloved Mother, Roberta. Bobbi was a wonderful Mom and friend. We will miss her always. Love, Sue, Joe, Sarah and Alison

  5. Lorrie Crandall on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My thoughts are with all of Roberta’s family- I can’t put up my Christmas tree each year without thinking about Roberta and all of the fun that we had going to a little Christmas shop in the Adirondaks each summer. I still have all of my angels and a Santa and Mrs Claus riding a bicycle built for two that sent Roberta into a hearty laugh when we found it. I will cherish all of my memories of her and all of the times that she listened and offered such great advice with a touch of humor.

  6. Judy and George Doble on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Matt,Jess and Tommy, Bobbie talked about you all the time when we got together or talked…you were her joy! Helen and all the rest of the Coonc’,Bobbie was so lucky to have you all..and she knew it. We had alot of memories together(walks back and forth to our houses,day camp,weddings,children,etc……..just not enough….I will miss you Bobbie! We can not be there today but we are there in spirit! Love,Judy and George

  7. Lynn Baker on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Dave and Lynn Baker

  8. sue arnold on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Roberta’s family; Truly sorry to hear of Roberta’s passing, Knew her through the City Schools and through Beth ( my aide at #1 school.) May her memory be eternal. Sincerely, Sue Arnold

  9. Ace Cole on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We want to express our deepest condolences to the entire family. We are sorry we are unable to attend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Ace, Sandy and Family

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