Bronislava "Brone" Roberts

Brone was born in the small agrarian town of Mazeikiai, Lithuania. She grew up picking berries and mushrooms in the forests and selling them to help her widowed mother.

On the day of her high school graduation in 1940 her country was invaded by the Russian army. On that day and days to come she saw things that no person should have to witness in their whole lives.

In 1941 the German army invaded, and on the return of the Stalinist forces in 1944 she was taken by the Germans across the Baltic Sea surviving allied bombings and submarine attacks, and placed in a labor camp in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia. Upon her liberation by the U.S. army in 1945 she made her way to a displaced persons camp in Erlangen, Germany where she studied at the University of Erlangen.

With her ability to speak six languages she was hired as a telephone operator for the armed services. It was there she met her future husband Sgt. Buster Roberts. They were married Nov. 1947 and upon the arrival in the U.S. she quickly obtained her citizenship of which she was very proud. 

Brone and Buster had two sons and eventually settled in Aurora, Colorado, where Brone became a computer operator for Frontier Airlines. Upon her retirement, she liked to play bridge and dote on her grandson, whom she cherished.

Brone is survived by her sons Tom Roberts and Jerry Roberts; daughter-in-law Lorri Park; and grandson, William Roberts. Her ashes will be placed at Ft. Logan military cemetery next to her husband. A celebration of her life will be planned for a later date.