Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District
Roberta Antoinette Breithaupt, 93, died Oct. 25, 2011, at Garfield County Memorial Hospital in Pomeroy due to congestive heart failure.
She was born Jan. 13, 1918, to Charles Diener and Mary Macklin in Spokane. Growing up and attending school at Otis Orchards, Roberta went into high school at age 12. She completed high school by age 16, in 1934, with honors. With scholarships she attended Spokane Junior College and Eastern Washington University, graduating in 1937 with a three-year degree in music, and a four-year degree in education in 1938. By attending college in the summers, as well as the school year, this was completed by age 19. From 1937 to 1941, Roberta taught elementary school in Albion, Rosalia and Teoka, all in Washington, and Orchard Park in Spokane.
In January 1941, she moved to Seattle to attend Northwest Bible Institute, where she met and later married Harold H. Breithaupt on July 20, 1942. Ten children were brought into this union. Together they pioneered churches in western Washington, finishing pastoring in Hay, Wash., in 1955. Harold was employed by farmers and the railroad, which included many moves. In 1957, the family moved to Pomeroy and settled in Pataha in 1959.
Roberta was part of the Assemblies of God from 1941 to 2009, when the local church closed, having served in the music and teaching Sunday school.
Her hobbies were listening to the radio, writing, making birthday cards for her family, art and gardening.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Winafred Diener; parents, Charles and Mary Diener; daughter, Sarah Naomi; and her husband of 59 years, Harold.
Roberta is survived by nine of her children, Paul Harold of Rockhill, S.C., Philip David of Columbia, Mo., Daniel Joseph of Omak, Wash., Elisabeth Esther Ward of Russellville, Ark., Stephen Samuel of Japan, Rebekah Ruth Titus of Sioux Falls, S.D., Reuben Benjamin of Pomeroy, Wash., Hannah Mary Czoski of Fort Meyer, Fla., and Evangeline Roberta Workman of Pomeroy; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Pomeroy Church of the Nazarene, with Pastors Dan Lewis and David Knittel officiating, and a graveside service officiated by son, Stephen.
Memorials may be given to the Pomeroy Church of the Nazarene youth group. Richardson-Brown Funeral Home is handling arrangements.