Roberta Kiriluk Puma, beloved mother, sister and friend, passed away on September 11, 2023, at the age of 73. Born on September 20, 1949, in Portsmouth, VA, Roberta lived a life filled with inspiration and dedication.
Roberta’s passion for education led her to pursue a Master’s degree in English from Old Dominion University. Armed with knowledge and a love for language, she embarked on a fulfilling career as an executive resume writer, helping countless individuals achieve their professional goals. Her commitment to excellence and attention to detail made her a trusted source of guidance and support.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Roberta had a deep appreciation for history and nostalgia. She dedicated her time to operating “The Ocean View Nickel Tour”, a website that showcased the original Ocean View area of Norfolk. Through collecting, restoring, and publishing vintage photographs and stories, Roberta ensured that the rich heritage of this community would be cherished and remembered for generations to come.
Roberta will be remembered as a proud and unapologetic person who had a zest for life. She had a magnetic personality that drew people in, and she thrived being the center of attention. Her sense of humor was infectious, and she never shied away from making others laugh. With an unwavering stance against disrespect, she commanded respect wherever she went. Authority and political correctness held no sway over Roberta. She walked her own path, breaking barriers and challenging societal norms. She refused to conform and sought independence with a passion that inspired those around her. Overcoming numerous struggles in her life, she took great pride in her resilience, always reminding others that they too could rise above any obstacle. While Roberta loved her family with boundless enthusiasm, she was undoubtedly a trailblazer. Her fierce determination and refusal to be dictated by anyone made her a force to be reckoned with. She relished in the strength that emanated from her, valuing it more than being perceived as merely kind.
As we bid farewell to Roberta Puma, let us remember her as a fearless and independent woman who fearlessly carved her own path. Her legacy serves as a reminder that each of us has the power to shape our destinies and stand tall in the face of adversity. May her spirit continue to inspire us to live life authentically and embrace our own unique journey.
Roberta is preceded in death by her parents, John Charles and Reba Alberta Belding Kiriluk, as well as her siblings, Curt Kiriluk, Cecilia K. Kabler, and Tony Kiriluk. She was also predeceased by her husbands, Cappy Puma and Wayne Phillips.
Roberta’s legacy lives on through her loving sons, Joseph Phillips, Anthony Phillips, and Chance Puma; sisters, Andrea Edwards and Vanessa Kiriluk. Their lives were enriched by her unwavering love, guidance, and encouragement. She will forever hold a special place in their hearts.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at 2pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel. Following the service, a reception will be held, allowing family and friends to come together and share cherished memories of Roberta. You may also leave words of comfort and sympathy at www.AltmeyerFH.com.
Roberta Kiriluk Puma’s life serves as an inspiration to all who knew her. Her dedication, kindness, and passion for learning remind us to embrace each day and make a positive impact on those around us. Though she may no longer be with us in person, her spirit will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those who loved her.
Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA is honored to serve the family.