Roberta Echard

Roberta J. “Bert” Echard, 54, of Wheeling, WV, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Brightwood Center, Follansbee, WV, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born October 20, 1959, in Weirton, WV, the daughter of the late Robert S. and Claudia Ann Gruber Echard.

Bert was an employee at McDonald’s in Elm Grove prior to her illness. She was a 1977 graduate of Weir High School; she loved country music, cats and dogs, and was giving to the Salvation Army. In her younger years, Roberta was a successful Handgun Silhouette Shooter and earned numerous titles.

Surviving are her sisters, Jackie Echard of Weirton, WV, Anita (Robert) Heupp of New Cumberland, WV; nieces, Tanya and Jennifer Harless of Weirton, WV; nephew Robert (Tara) Heupp III of Fairmont, WV. In addition to her family she is survived by loving, caring, and supportive friends Fay Straub of Warwood, WV and Mary and Dave Becker of Wheeling, WV.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Valley Hospice, Inc., 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Weirton, WV.