Obituary of Roberta "Bobbie" Witt
It's with heavy hearts that we announce that Roberta "Bobbie" Witt passed away after a long health battle at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. She was 76.
Bobbie, as she was known by her friends, was born in New York City on Oct. 18, 1941 to Ida and Leo Siegel. She spent most of her life in New York, growing up with her siblings Beverly and Irwin Siegel.
She graduated from Great Neck North High School and in 1963 from New York University, where she trained to be a physical education teacher. She met Robert "Bob" Witt in 1958 during a blind date. They soon became inseperable, finally tying the knot on May 28, 1961 and becoming the iconic "Bob and Bobbie" duo.
She worked for 15 years in education before switching into the pool business, selling chemicals for a local pool company. Not too long after, she answered an ad for a construction supply company, where she successfully competed against five male applicants. She quickly moved up in the male-dominated industry, becoming a leader and expert in sales for over 30 years and becoming a woman ahead of her time.
In 1963, she gave birth to her first child, Jodi. They adopted Andrew five years later. They first lived in the Bronx before moving to Commack on Long Island, and later Dix Hills, to raise their family. Bobbie was dedicated to family, hosting the Jewish holidays at her home and doting on her two grandchildren, Carli and Kayla.
In her downtime, she read voraciously, played tennis, swam, enjoyed the outdoors, and cheered on her favorite sports team, the New York Mets. She was a social butterfly, constantly meeting and talking with new people, much to the embarrassment of her children and grandchildren.
Bob and Bobbie were avid travelers, but in 1999, they bought a second home in Las Vegas, first moving to Summerlin and then North Las Vegas. She retired in 2010, whereby the couple moved to the West Coast full-time. They spent their time attending every show in Vegas, eating out, hanging out with their many friends, and keeping up with their favorite sports teams. They became big Golden Knights fans during the inaugural season and became a common sight at home games.
Bobbie is survived by her husband Bob; her two children Jodi and Andrew; her two grandchildren Carli and Kayla; her brother Irwin; and numerous cousins, friends, and strangers from all walks of life who had memorable interactions with her.
The family will be celebrating her Las Vegas life at Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1 p.m. before heading back to their home for a social gathering. They will then fly to New York the following week to hold a service there, which is still to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, people can send a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, and personnel at Valley Hospital, who gave her around-the-clock, personal care during the final weeks of her life.
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