Roberta “Bert” Jean Turner

Roberta TurnerRoberta “Bert” Jean Turner, 78, of Topeka, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Midland Hospice.

Bert was born July 26, 1936, in Riley, Kan., the daughter of William Loney and Dorothy Rachel (Condray) Loney. Her twin brother, Robert Dean Loney, died at 6 months of age. Bert spent her early years in   Riley and later graduated from Lawrence High School.

She attended dental assistant’s school and worked as a dental assistant for Drs. Gary Newman and Mark Hall, both of Topeka, and Robert Gillihan, of Lawrence.

Bert married Les Regnier in November 1957. They later divorced. They had a daughter, Cheryl (Regnier) Kelly.

In the 1980s, Bert moved to Topeka. She married Art Turner on March 14, 1992. He survives.

Other survivors include her daughter, Cheryl (Patrick) Kelly, of Topeka; two sisters, Dorothy Kirby, of Sparta, Tenn., and Patricia Burke, of Moore, Okla.; two brothers, Mike Shannon, of Manhattan, Kan., and Don Lovgren, of Kingman, Ariz.; stepsons Bret Turner, of Topeka, and Jason Jones, of New York City; and granddaughters Erin and Colleen Kelly.

Bert was a member of Phi Tau Omega sorority. She enjoyed visiting with friends and always seemed to bump into former dental patients while shopping. She especially liked spending time with granddaughters Erin and Colleen.

Bert was cremated. The family will hold a private service at a later date.


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  1. To Bert’s family, May you be comforted in your time of loss surrounded by family & friends. I will miss our daily chats. Bert was an exceptional friend who was always there for me. I’m so grateful our paths crossed & we were able to travel on life’s journey together for many years. I will miss my friend. But she will live on in our hearts forever. Love Barb

  2. With love to Art & Bert’s family, So many fond memories of Bert. May you all be surrounded by love, family & friends during your time of loss. She was a wonderful wife, grandmother, mother, sibling & compassionate friend. We will never forget her as she will reside within all our hearts. She was an excellent friend who never failed to be there for me. I will especially miss our daily chats filled with every topic imaginable. I miss you my friend. Barb & Bob Willis

  3. To all of Bert’s family . . . Please know how deeply saddened we are with Bert’s passing. We shall miss her greatly. We met Bert and Art a number of years ago when we purchased our Deauville condo from them and ultimately became good friends. Some of our most cherished memories revolve around the many evenings we all spent around the condo pool or around the Turner’s patio table enjoying time together. Phone calls and emails helped us stay in touch during our years away from Topeka. We always looked forward to our breakfast dates when we returned to Topeka to visit. Roberta Turner was one very special lady, a lovely person and a great friend. Topeka will not quite be the same without her.

    Fred and Marge

  4. Art,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing. Glad I got to meet her but it’s been a while, and I did not know of her illness.
    In reading about Bert, it sounds like she had the love of many…and will be so very missed.

    I have no words of wisdom for you; just want to tell you that you and your family are in my thoughts.

    I hope there is comfort in knowing that you will forever have those dear memories of Bert in your heart.


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