Roberta A. “Bobbi” Ceryanec

Roberta A. “Bobbi” Ceryanec

Roberta A. “Bobbi” Ceryanec


Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Bobbi Ceryanec, 86, of Bettendorf, will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2023, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to Mass at St. John Vianney. A luncheon celebrating Bobbi’s life will be held after Mass with burial following at the Rock Island Arsenal. Bobbi died peacefully Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Independence Village in Waukee, Iowa, surrounded by family.

Roberta A. “Bobbi” Bender was born on March 27, 1937, in Chicago, the daughter of Henry and Edna (Lamb) Bender. She graduated from St. Mary’s All Girls Catholic (Chicago) in 1954. Roberta was united in marriage to Joseph M. Ceryanec on Nov. 9, 1957, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Chicago. They shared 25 years of marriage together before Joseph’s death in 1982. Years later she married Ronald Harness, who passed away in 1993.

The three most important things in Bobbi’s life were her faith, family, and friends. She was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church (Bettendorf) and previously St. Anthony’s and St. Paul’s Parishes (Davenport). She was very involved at St. John Vianney including serving as a volunteer and as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also involved with the Catholic Service Board and Birthright. She worked at Davenport Bank, White New Idea and retired from the Mississippi Valley Blood Center (Bettendorf).

Survivors include her children and their spouses: Joseph (LaNae) Ceryanec, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Janet (Jeff) Hicks, Muscatine, Iowa; grandchildren: Megan (Niall) Murphy, Michael (Katrina) Ceryanec, Jacob (Ayla) Hicks and Matthew (Alexandra) Ceryanec; and four great-grandchildren, Morgen and Zane Hicks and Henry and Quinn Ceryanec.

Bobbi was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Edna Bender; her husbands, Joseph Ceryanec and Ronald Harness; and her grandson, Joseph Hicks. May they rest in peace.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Independence Village (Waukee, Iowa), the nurses and staff at St. Croix Hospice (Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa), and the staff at The Fountains Senior Living (Bettendorf, Iowa).

Memorials may be made to St. Croix Hospice and St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

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