Roberta Lynn Brown
09.18.1959 - 01.20.2023
Bobbi was born to Robert William Mataitis and Bettie Lou Schlegel at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
on September 18th, 1959.
Bobbi was a beautiful, kindhearted woman full of spunk. She dedicated her life to her children and
brought joy to all who knew her. She appreciated her father’s approach to life, and once wrote, “He
always tried to make life fun with his use of humor, imagination, charm, music, food, etc. I like that... life
has lots of heartache, so why not find a way to smile and in turn, pass it on?”
She is survived by her two beautiful children, Becky and Robby Brown, two loving brothers, Rich and Joe
Mataitis, and her close friends, Christine Krueger and Peggy Stepuszek.
Bobbi enjoyed cooking food for those she loved. She was always humming, whistling and singing when
she was cooking (and also when she wasn’t). From a young age, she enjoyed getting lost in a good book. When she couldn't sleep, she would stay up for hours reading adventures, thrillers, and mysteries. She was also very creative, hand sewing costumes, crocheting baby blankets, and drawing whimsical birthday posters.
She stayed in the Chicago area until she met Mike Brown at a family wedding in South Carolina. The
couple chose to move to Oconto, Wisconsin (into the Schlegel family home) to raise their family. Bobbi
inherited her green thumb and deep appreciation for traditional home cooking and preserving from her
maternal grandmother, Mary Schlegel. The Browns opened a custom metal shop in Oconto and ran the
business successfully for 17 years before selling it. After the two separated, Bobbi moved to Marinette
for a fresh start. There she became an in-home caregiver and was once again able to sing and cook for
She passed away peacefully on the morning of January 20th, 2023. Bobbi was 63 years old.
Bobbi’s dream retirement consisted of a large vegetable garden, a few chickens and a honey bee hive.
We like to believe that she has made it there to her garden, where she is joined by her dearest angels.
She was preceded in death by her grandma, Mary; her parents, Bettie and Bob; her son, Daniel; her
dear friend, Diane; her former husband, Mike; her loving cousin, Mike;, and countless others.
A celebration of Bobbi’s life will be arranged at a later time. Please contact Becky Brown for more