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Bob and Marilyn Roberts celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

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The family of Marilyn and Bob Roberts recently hosted a dinner party in their honor, celebrating the couple’s 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16, 2020.

Marilyn grew up in North Lima, the daughter of Charles and Mary Lenz. She married Bob, son of Jerry and Gladys Roberts, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Youngstown.

Bob earned distinction as a registered Professional Engineer, and the couple built and operated the successful Robert E. Roberts Consulting Engineers firm for 25 years. Not content to sit idly in retirement, they then built and operated the popular Mimi’s Cafe coffee shop in Salem.

The couple has enjoyed many civic and recreational activities throughout the years. They filled many roles at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem, including teaching and serving on the church council. Marilyn was active in the Quota Club, and Bob in Kiwanis, serving as President and Lieutenant Governor. Bob also served as president of the Salem High School Alumni Association, while Marilyn served as its treasurer. They both served on many additional activities and organizations in their town that they love.

The couple has enjoyed traveling, and made many international trips. Notable among these include several “Santa Goodwill Tours” to Taiwan and Iceland, in which they took toys and gifts to orphans and handicapped people. Throughout their married life they enjoyed many pleasure trips to Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

Marilyn and Bob will tell anyone that their greatest treasure is their family. Their children include sons Bob (Mary) Roberts and Ron (Terri) Roberts, and daughter Diane (Paul) Young. Son Bob passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer. Their grandchildren include Rob (Caitlyn) Roberts, Anne (Erik) Knudsen, Dan Roberts, Ben (Emily) Roberts, Dr. Angela (Young) Choi, and Colin (Jeannine) Rank. They have six great-grandchildren, Caroline, Catherine, and Charlotte Choi, and Harriet, Frances and Georgia Knudsen.

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