Graveside Service


Roberta B. Herr

February 24, 1958 – October 30, 2010


Mountain View Cemetery

Altadena, California

November 6, 2010

(map to the Norm & Roberta Herr grave site)



Welcome  - Ron Svendsen, Roberta’s pastor at Valley Presbyterian Church


Pallbearers -  Stephen Herr (son), John Herr (son), Marten Naaktgeboren (son-in-law), Scott Herr (nephew), Andrew Roos (nephew), Thomas Roos (nephew)


Opening prayer – Jason Petterson, pastoral intern at Valley Presbyterian Church


Scripture reading – Jason Petterson


Be Still My Soul


Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend

Through thorny waysleads to a joyful end.


Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake

To guide the future, as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know His voiceWho ruled them while He dwelt below.


Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

And all is darkened in the vale of tears,

Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,

Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay

From His own fullness all He takes away.


Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord.

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.


Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise

On earth, believing, to thy Lord on high;

Acknowledge Himin all thy works and ways,

So shall He view thee with a well-pleased eye.

Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine

Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.


Message – Ron Svendsen


Amazing Grace!


Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.


'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,And grace my fears relieved; 

How precious did that grace appearThe hour I first believed.


Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come; 

'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,And grace will lead me home.


And when this flesh and heart shall fail,And mortal life shall cease, 

I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace.


When we've been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, 

We've no less days to sing God's praise Than when we first begun.


The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.



Be Thou My Vision


Be Thou my vision,  O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me,  save that Thou art 

Thou my best thought,  by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.


Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;  I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; 

Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.


Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always: 

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High king of heaven, my treasure Thou art.


High king of heaven,  my victory won, May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun! 

Heart of my own heart,  whatever befall, Still be my vision, O ruler of all.


Closing Prayer - Ron Svendsen

Committal - Ron Svendsen

Benediction - Ron Svendsen


Please join us at Valley Presbyterian Church, 9200 Haskell, North Hills, at 2:00 PM for a Memorial Service and celebration of Roberta’s life and legacy.



Roberta – A brief biography


Roberta was born to Robert and Alice Beagles in 1958, and lived her entire childhood with her parents and older sister, Jessica, in Pacific Palisades. Roberta had a serious congenital hearing loss, but with great determination became an extremely good lip-reader and excelled in school.  She graduated from Palisades High School in 1975, and attended the University of California Irvine, and San Jose State University where she earned a degree in occupational therapy. Roberta married Norman Herr in 1981 at Palisades Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed 29 wonderful years of marriage. 


During the early years of her marriage, Roberta worked as an occupational therapist at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.  Although she enjoyed her career, she said her most important job was that of wife and mother and was privileged to be an at-home mom.  Christiana was born in 1986, followed by Stephen in 1988, and John in 1991.  Roberta invested deeply in her children and received much joy from teaching her children and watching them grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. 


Roberta was a very active member of Valley Presbyterian Church in North Hills, California.  She had a deep concern for children and was involved in family and children's ministries for the past 24 years.  Roberta was a quiet servant and friend who blessed many, many lives.


Roberta's favorite past-time was to be with her family, regardless of the activity. She had a deep appreciation for the out-of-doors, with a particular love for the ocean and mountains, and made many happy memories camping, hiking, and exploring with her family.  Recently she acquired a great interest in European travel, primarily because her new son-in-law, Marten, is from the Netherlands.  


After years of good health, Roberta suddenly learned that she had terminal cancer.  She fully understood the doctor’s words and calmly said she had no fear of death, knowing she would spend eternity with God because of the work of her savior, Jesus Christ.  Her final 20 days on Earth reflected her love for God and for her family and friends, and evidenced the peace she had in God’s promise of eternal life.   Roberta will be deeply missed, but we will always remember her and look forward to a great reunion in heaven.



Memories of Roberta

A website has been made in memory of Roberta.  Please consider sharing your memories of Roberta on it:  robertaherr.com.  Please note that more photos of Roberta, family, and friends will be forthcoming in the months ahead.






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