Roberta Koenig

Roberta Koenig

Surrounded by loving family members, Bertie Koenig passed away peacefully on October 20, 2017 in the comfort of her Bellevue, WA home at the age of 74. Like a best friend or sister, she will be deeply missed by her children Karin and Rod, as well as her grandchildren Kristy, Julie, Michelle, Kara, Micah, & Dustin.

Sharp and spirited from day one, Bertie became independent at the age of fifteen to pursue a life with her high school sweetheart, Wed Koenig.  They married, formed a band, and hired a bass player. Wes played lead guitar and sang backup while she played the drums and often sang lead –  inspiring thousands with her radiant voice

A genuine earth angel at heart, Bertie thrived on enriching the lives of anyone who came into her presence- friends, family, and strangers alike. Laughter and camaraderie let the good times roll at the frequent parties Bertie and Wes hosted over the years.

Many will remember her for her generosity, as she gifted all who stopped by her home with helpful necessities, homemade goodies, profound companionship, and heartfelt hugs. If you were lucky enough to be Bertie’s neighbor, you probably enjoyed exchanging services for her skilled haircuts or delicious pies!

Affectionately connected with nature, Bertie loved plants and would often be found nurturing her beautiful garden, and even tending the landscape of her neighbors.

Despite being cursed with lifelong chronic pain from a spinal injury at age five, Bertie’s endearing “tough cookie” disposition always kept her smiling. Her contagious aura never ceased to encourage.

Bertie had an infectious spirit, embracing her youthful sense of humor and independence throughout her life. She was a musician, a pool shark, a bargain hunter, a giver, an awesome pie-baker, a casual sage, and a loyal friend to many.

There will be a Celebration of Life for those who knew Bertie to come enjoy a last farewell from her physical being. It will be held at the Everett Yacht Club on November 11, 2017 from 12:00 TO 2:30 pm. You’re welcome to participate while we send her off to cruise in Bertie’s T-bird in the sky.

4 Responses to “Roberta Koenig”

  • Rod Koenig (Son) says:

    Though my mom is physically no longer present, her imprint on my life and many people IS present. We all carry forward part of her energetic spirit she invested in us. As many are able to gather together at her Celebration of Life event, this will combine those parts we all carry into one room and will undoubtedly be a great experience! These types of occasions have a wonderful way of enriching our own spirit to invest positively in others too…just as my mom was an example.

  • Walter A. Roder says:

    I have known Bertie for many years and she always seemed to have a happy smile for you. She was a fantastic drummer and played in one of the best bands around Spokane,Wash, when I live there. In addition to being a great drummer, she had a beautiful and pleasant voice and was one of the best female singers I have ever heard. We will miss you a lot Bertie, Love, Walt Roder

  • PEEWEE AND BARB WARDEN says:

    BERTIE HAS BEEN OUR FRIEND FOR MANY YEARS. BACK TO WHEN WE WERE IN OUR EARLY 20’S – THAT IS OVER 50 YEARS. SHE WAS ALWAYS FUN TO BE WITH AND A CARING AND HAPPY PERSON. WE HAVE STAYED IN CONTACT OVER THE YEARS EVEN THOUGH WE LIVED MILES APART. SHE IN SEATTLE AND WE ARE IN MONTANA. WE HAVE MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES WITH HER.WE WILL MISS HER AND HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED HER A WONDERFUL FRIEND.

  • Jin says:

    I only had the privilege of meeting Bertie once just a couple months ago, and it will always stand out as a beautiful day. Her energy, her smile, her humor, and her kindness, were all immediately evident. I felt as though I was at my own Gramma’s house, and that here was a strong, independent woman with whom I could share anything with and she would be there with advice, no judgement, and perhaps a pie. I’m good friends with her granddaughter Kristy, and I don’t think there’s an understatement in saying so many of her amazing qualities clearly came down from her grandmother Bertie. What an amazing woman who will be missed by so many, and who’s examples of kindness, artistic expression, and healthy rebellion, will continue to live on through her family and friends. It was lovely to meet you, Bertie. Thank you for being you, it was indeed my pleasure.

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