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Roberta F. (Farley) Ward

April 23, 1940 ~ November 13, 2021 (age 81)

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Roberta F. “Bert” Ward, 81, of Alpha, IL died Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Trinity Point in Rock Island, IL.  Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 19, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Woodhull. Burial is in the Alpha Cemetery. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha, where a rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. prior to visitation.  Memorials may be left to St. John’s Catholic Church or Meals on Wheels and online condolences can be made at

She was born April 23, 1940 in GreenTop, Missouri to Joseph and Frances Cody Farley. She graduated from Brashear High School in Missouri. Roberta was employed as a waitress at the Moline Maid-Rite when she met and married Laurence “Larry” Ward September 9, 1961 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in East Moline, IL.

Roberta was a homemaker and after her children were in school, she went back to waitressing at the Cornerstone in New Windsor and the Alpha Lanes.

She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Woodhull, Meals on Wheels, Die Hard Cubs Fan Club and was a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include her husband, Laurence; two daughters, Lori Ward of Alpha, IL; Teri (Jason Smay) Ward of Galesburg, IL; three sons, Todd (Anne) Ward of Cambridge, IL; Scott (Kathryn) Ward of Galesburg, IL; Gregory (Kelly) Ward of Corpus Christi, TX; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Troy; one grandson, Colin, two sisters and one brother.

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 Service Program


November 18, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home Alpha
111 S. 1st Street
Alpha, IL 61413

Mass of Christian Burial
November 19, 2021

10:00 AM
St. John&rsquo!s Catholic Church (Woodhull)

November 19, 2021

Alpha Cemetery
3000-3492 US 150
Alpha, IL 61416


Meals On Wheels
Woodhull IL 61490

St. John's Catholic Church of Woodhull
432 E. Hwy. Avenue, Woodhull IL 61490

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