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Roberta Jean Achterhof

December 23, 1942 - March 25, 2023

Roberta Jean Achterhof of Eugene, Oregon, formally of Woodhull, Illinois, passed away on March 25, 2023.

She was born December 23, 1942, in Moline, Illinois, to Anton and Caroline Calsyn and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1961. Roberta married Robert Litton of Woodhull, and had three children. She worked as a grocery clerk and bookkeeper in the Super Valu store in Galva, Illinois. Roberta later married Gil Achterhof in 1983 and moved to Eugene. They also lived in Sisters for 10 years before returning to Eugene in 2017.

Roberta enjoyed gardening, playing golf with her friends, and traveling. She was a member and past president of the Assistance League of Eugene, which is nationwide in assisting communities to become a better place to live through volunteering and donations. She was an active member of the Sisters Rotary Club and later the Eugene Delta Rotary Club.

She especially enjoyed her family, 13 grandchildren, and new great-grandson, Waylon Litton.

Roberta and Gil traveled to many parts of the country and world, including walking the Great Wall in China, riding a camel in Egypt, taking river cruises in Russia and Europe, hiking the Denali Park in Alaska, trips to Australia, New Zealand, the Far East, up the Amazon River, and sailing around the Horn of South America.

Roberta lived with Alzheimer's for 12 years. Her family wishes to thank the great staff at Brightstar Care and Elder Health & Living for the loving care they provided for Roberta. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Research.

Survivors include her children, Rod (Michelle) Litton of Astoria: Jean (Kent) Achterhof of Eugene; Scott (Eileen) Litton of Riverside, California; stepson Kent (Jean) Achterhof; stepdaughter Leann (Tom) Lasters of Grand Rivers, Kentucky. She was proceeded in death by her parents and sister, Patricia De Pauw.


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