In Memory of Roberta J. Fries

Roberta J. Fries
Roberta J. Fries
Born: March 25, 1933
Died: July 15, 2021
Age: 88
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Roberta J. Fries
March 25, 1933 - July 15, 2021
From: Johnston, IA | Originally: Ida Grove, IA

Roberta Jean Fries, 88, of Ida Grove Iowa passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by loved ones on July 15, 2021, at Edencrest of Green Meadows in Johnston, Iowa.  

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Luann Benge will officiate. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Roberta "Bert" Jean Fries, the daughter of Woodrow "Buster" and Virginia (Kolb) Sindt, was born March 25, 1933, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She grew up in Ida Grove and graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1952.

On February 6, 1955, Bert married her true love, Dale John Fries, in the United Methodist Church of Ida Grove. The couple made their home in Ida Grove for the majority of their lives.

In Bert's teen years, she worked at Heffron Drug as a "soda jerk" up until 1969 when she became a mother. She later worked at Midwest Industries part-time for about 10 yrs.

Bert enjoyed traveling near and far. She traveled with her husband on trips with the Emerald Club to Alaska, Hawaii, and even Paris. But a trip to the ice cream shop was always a good trip! Bert also enjoyed her summers at Lake View skiing and boating. Later years came bridge club and grandkids.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, where she participated in Rainbow during high school and then Eastern Star up until 2017. In 2017 Bert and her husband moved to be closer to their son and grandsons in Des Moines.

Survivors include her loving husband Dale Fries; son Jay (Lisa) Fries of Des Moines, IA; two grandsons Tyler Fries and Trevor Fries; her younger sister Shirley Alm of Sun City, AZ.

She is preceded in death by both of her parents.

Memorials can be made to the family.


Graveside Service:
1:00 p.m., Wednesday
July 21, 2021
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Luann Benge


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“So sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathies. We so enjoyed hanging out with Roberta and Dale at the church events. Hugs and prayers to you Dale and your family!🤗🙏❤️”
- Doug and Patty Wheeler
Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 3:08 PM
“I am a post Rainbow girl and my mother was great friends with Bert through Rainbow, Eastern Star and church. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! What a sweet, kind lady she was!”
- Linda wonder
Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“Deepest sympathy to Roberta’s family.”
- Terri Grell
Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of good times spent with Bert, Dale and the Sindt family.
- Bonnie Reynolds
Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“What a wonderful funny lady who will missed. My thoughts and prayers to you all.”
- Terri (Sheer) Treiber
Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“My sympathy to Berts family. I remember when she was at willow dale n-home, I helped her in the mornings. She was a joy to take care of. I was very lucky to now her”
- Betty treiber
Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 3:37 PM
“Dale and Jay and family. So sorry for your loss. I have been concerned and wondered how Roberta and Dale were doing.
we shared so many years in Star and associated activities. Vera Varner”
- Vera Varner
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