Roberta (or Bobbi, as she was called) Roscoe (LaMonda) Stys, 79, passed away at her home in Essex Junction after a brief and courageous battle with lung cancer, on Monday March 4, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 27, 1933 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Beryl (Roscoe) LaMonda.
She grew up in Potsdam, N.Y., graduated from both Potsdam High School and Ogdensburg Business School. There, she met Richard, who was a student at Clarkson University. They were married in 1954 and began their family in New York State. In 1965, they moved to Vermont to raise their five children.
Bobbi began her career in public education as manager of the Audio-Visual Department of South Burlington High School. Her faithful volunteer work throughout the district led her to a career as secretary of Chamberlain School.
Her devotion to volunteer work was a life-long commitment. She acted as the religious education coordinator and a parish council member of St. John Vianney Parish. She also volunteered in the Essex school system art classrooms and as a receptionist at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
Her life was filled with helping to guide her five children as they grew and started their own families. She found great joy in supporting the endeavors of her grandchildren. She spent countless hours at baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, football, swimming, track and dance events cheering on her family.
She held a deep love of the ocean, Amish Country, and painting. Her welcoming character, always ready to pour a cup of coffee for those needing company, will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Richard Stys of Essex Junction; her son Rick Stys and wife Tammy of Apex, N.C.; four daughters Renee Vanyush and husband Mark of Milton; Debra Mosher of Essex Junction; Michele Webb and husband Kevin of Essex Junction; Kathi Dwyer and husband John of Essex Junction; her brother Bruce LaMonda and wife Carol of Shokan, N.Y.; a sister-in-law Joan LaMonda of Massena, N.Y.; nine grandchildren: Stacey Mosher; Justin Mosher; Collin Vanyush; Anna DeGraff and husband Javan; Sarah Webb; Nick Dwyer and wife Katelyn; Emma Dwyer; Tory Stys; Alexis Stys; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also predeceased by her brother Robert LaMonda.
The family would like to thank the staff and physicians on Shepardson 4 and FAHC for their kindness, support and excellent care they provided for her. A special thank you goes to Dr. Hannah Rabin for her love, care, and friendship that she has been providing for years.
Per Roberta’s wishes, there will be no public visiting hours held. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace, Colchester with Revered Peter O’Leary officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Roberta’s memory may be made directly to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495 c/o Relay for Life of Chittenden. The family invites you to view more information and share your memories by visiting www.awrichfuneralhomes.com.