Roberta F. Franks, 87, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Roberta F. Franks, 87, of 134 Central St., Watertown, passed away on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at Samaritan Medical Center due to a long illness.

Roberta was born April 14, 1933, the daughter of Robert and Mary Audette Coleman.

She married Carl A. Franks of New Rochelle, NY, on May 9, 1959, at Our Lady Sacred Heart Church in Watertown. They had five children.

Mrs. Franks was heavily active in her support of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and their former School through her life cooking for their charity fundraisers, donating her time to the Church and her Community.

Roberta was a big New York Yankees fan as well as other Sports like the NFL & the WWE.

She worked briefly at the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown as well as in the Fort Drum Commissary Food Court working at Baskin-Robbins.

Roberta is survived by her two sisters, Maureen Schatz and Rose Coleman, both of Watertown.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Coleman; and two younger sisters, Bernadette and Dorothy Coleman.

Her Husband, Carl A. Franks, passed away in June 2010 after 52 years of marriage.

Her surviving children are Richard A. Franks, Mary A. Franks, Carl R. Franks and Dorothy V. Cusack. Roberta had a child, Rosemarie who passed away as an infant. She is also survived by her nephew, Michael J. Schatz and a niece, Maria Schatz, Watertown.

Roberta was once described as a wonderful, generous humanitarian and loved her final years with her son Richard and daughter Mary who were her caregivers as her health declined.

Roberta also enjoyed listening to Music, especially Elvis Presley, watching Movies, watching NCIS, cooking and baking.

Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She enjoyed decorating her home through the years with her family for Christmas.

She was a good friend to everyone who knew her and she was well respected by the Priest from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church.

Donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association online in Roberta’s name.

No funeral service is planned.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown, NY.

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