In loving memory

Roberta passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC at the age of 93. She is survived by her nephews Daryl, Brian, and Kevin Rutt and their families. Born in Bredenbury, Saskatchewan, Roberta was an independent and adventurous woman who loved to travel. In her early years, she worked as a typist and record keeper, skills which were very useful when she joined the Canadian Army Reserves in the 1960s. One summer, she was posted to Camp Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where she lived under canvas with hundreds of other soldiers. After returning to college to obtain her teaching degree, Roberta went on to teach high school Civics and Keyboarding in Walkerton, Ontario for over 20 years. Throughout the decades, her curiosity and zest for travel took her to such faraway places as South Africa, Australia, and Central America, but her favorite place of all turned out to be Victoria, to which she retired in 1995. She loved tooling around the city and the Island, reconnecting with cousins and making new friends, having family visit from Alberta and Ontario, and keeping track of the cruise ships at Ogden Point from her ideally-situated apartment in James Bay. We will miss the stories and the memories, and we will remember Roberta for the interesting life she led as well as for the valuable contributions she made through her military and teaching careers. We would like to thank Siusan of Serenity Home Care and the staff of Sunrise of Victoria for their care and kindness in Roberta’s final years, and we owe a heartfelt debt of gratitude to Ibbi Quong for her loving visits to our Aunt Berta during Covid restrictions.

Arrangements by McCall Gardens, with interment to take place at 10:00 am on Friday, October 7th, 2022 at Royal Oak Burial Park.

For those who wish, memorial contributions to the Victoria Cool Aid Society ( or a charity of your choice would be much appreciated by the family.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Michelle MacDonald

    It is with sad news that we hear of Aunt Berta’s passing but we are comforted by the warm memories we have of her at many family gatherings over the years! Aunt Berta you will be missed but we know you will be happy to greet your friends and family that have gone before you. xoxo The MacDonald Family, Calgary AB

  • Penny and Dale Wannamaker

    Oh how we enjoyed our visits with Aunt Berta! Stories about her teaching days in Walkerton and her travels around the world were always a source of entertainment and wonder for us, while at the same time, she enjoyed hearing stories about our family, and especially liked to receive pictures of our children, Caleb and Mikayla, as they were growing up. Our most recent visit with Aunt Berta was at her apartment in Victoria. Given this was our first trip to Victoria, we were quick to understand why she had always wanted to move there, especially once we looked out from her apartment window to see several cruise ships docked only a stones throw away from her building. She even knew which cruise ships were in port that day and what their routes and departure times were! We are so blessed to have these wonderful memories of our beloved Great Aunt Berta.

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