A benefit for Roberta Bontjes-Oslund, of Rockford, whose knee replacement is likely to keep her from ever working again, will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at The Image, 5524 Auburn St., Rockford. Trash 80’s will be performing at the benefit, and there will be raffles, a bake sale and a spaghetti dinner.
Roberta is a single mother to 16-year-old Jordan. In 2010, Roberta had to have a complete knee replacement. Because of complications, she then had to have a revision and then another total knee replacement that included tibia and femur alterations on the same leg, the most recent one in November. It is unlikely she will ever be able to return to work. Roberta has been unable to work during this time, and her disability benefits ceased in July. Roberta and Jordan have been struggling financially and emotionally during this time, with no source of income.
Roberta is the first to help anyone in need. In the past, she has volunteered with United Way, bringing food baskets and presents to families in need at Christmas, and with numerous benefits for others. For more information or to make a donation, contact Jennifer (Hullinger) Swiggum at (815) 543-1853.
From the Jan. 15-21, 2014, issue