Norreen M. Roberts

    Norreen Margaret (Cloney) Roberts, 91, of Kalamazoo, died peacefully, Feb. 5, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family. Norreen was born May 24, 1927, in Martin, MI, the middle daughter of Cecil and Helen (Cavanaugh) Cloney.
    She started tap dance and violin lessons at age eight, and graduated from Nazareth Academy, still playing the violin.
    She married Harold Roberts in 1946, and together they had three children, Michael (Nancy) of Oxford, MS, Patricia Hokanson (Chuck) of Kalamazoo, and Timothy (Catherine Snider) of San Jose, CA. She is survived by her children; four grandchildren, Angela Brightwell, Ashley Nelson (Carl), Erin Raderstorf (Lindsay Cox) and Eric Raderstorf (Angela); five great-grandchildren, Christian Nelson, Michael Nelson, Noah Raderstorf, Buddy Curry and Lucy Raderstorf; and many nieces and nephews.
    Norreen held various offices with the Borgess Follies and appeared in their performances. She returned to tap dancing with The Time Steppers, a part of Prime Time Players, which she directed. She was also an accomplished dressmaker. She also played violin in the Portage Senior Center Band for a number of years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1943, and a member of the Kalamazoo Irish American Club.
    Norreen was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in 1998; and sisters, Colleen Duncan (James) and Mary Probst (Gerald) in 2000.
    Cremation will take place. Visit with family and friends today (Friday, Feb. 8), from 4 to 6 p.m. at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, (269) 375-2900, where the Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
    Visit Norreen’s personal web page at:, to archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to Catholic Charities.


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