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Roberta "Bobbi" Jean Chester

September 17, 1949 ~ December 13, 2020 (age 71)


Roberta Jean “Bobbi” Chester, 71, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. She was born on September 17, 1949, in Waverly, the daughter of Lee and Lorraine (Lynes) Chester.  Bobbi was raised and educated in Plainfield and a graduate of Plainfield High School. She graduated from Wartburg College and was crowned the Homecoming Queen her senior year. Bobbi received her Master’s in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She remained in Iowa her entire teaching career, serving students of the Riceville, Panora-Linden, and West Delaware districts.


Bobbi and her family moved to Manchester in 1991. She was the Talented and Gifted Coordinator at West Delaware Schools until her retirement in 2005. Bobbi introduced her students to many wonderful books and activities. She had a passion for discovering new books and sharing them with her students and  fellow teachers.


Bobbi was a longtime member of the Manchester United Methodist Church. She loved to read and send greeting cards to her friends and family. Above all else, Bobbi loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. In 2019, Bobbi beat a breast cancer diagnosis and was recently diagnosed with leukemia.


Survivors include her son, Jim (Chelsea) McCurdy of Marion; two daughters, Andi (Bob) McCurdy-Savago of Manchester and Katie (Larry) Savago of Dundee; five grandchildren, Cooper, Elizabeth, Charlee, Emma, and Tucker; her mother, Lorraine Chester of Plainfield; one sister, Kathy (Bob Brazzil) Weber of Naperville, Illinois; one brother, Reed (Linda) Chester of Grayslake, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.


Bobbi was preceded in death by her father; and two sisters, Diana Frana and Renee Chester.


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December 19, 2020

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Private Memorial Service

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057