Ken & Vicki Roberge, Pete & Sue Roberge

The Roberge family, Alphonse Joseph, Rose Elizabeth, and their 7 children, came to the Northwest in 1943, first living in Spokane, then moving to Coeur d’Alene with their 9 children in 1946. Alphonse (Al), as a foreman with Kaiser Aluminum, was transferred to the Northwest from Messena, St. Lawrence County, New York.
The family first lived in a small home at 1020 Elm where the kids attended Bryan Elem. And the Jr. /Sr. High School at 7th & Montana. By the time the family moved to a larger home at 1215 Mill (then known as Gibbs), the Roberge family had grown to 12 children. The neighborhood of Gibbs included Gibbs Mercantile and Post Office, the Winton-Northwest Timber Co., a motel, a gas station, and the infamous Gibbs Tavern. The younger kids attended Winton Elementary.
Al did numerous jobs in Coeur d’Alene – painter, salesman, lawn mover sharpener, septic business, and even a laborer in Alaska, along with his grown sons, Phil and Dave. He worked very hard to support his growing family, but found time to become involved in the local Eagles club.
The family pretty much entertained themselves. Every Saturday, the kids all went to the movies, the older kids herding the younger ones to the Roxy Theater (12 cent movies), the more expensive Wilma Theatre, and the Dream. On Sunday, the Dream and the Roxy usually had 2 movies, cartoons, and news reels. The kids would all take a taxi home – how did we ever fit? Summers for the kids were always spent at the beach, again the older ones herding the younger ones. We always walked the tracks from the house to the City Beach, a long walk, especially coming home! We packed a lunch of peanut butter sandwiches and a gallon jug of Kool-Aid – no ice included – that would have been a treat!

The family always spent the 4th of July at the City Park – it was Al & Rose’s anniversary and a big celebration for everyone. Along with the neighbor kids we found ways to entertain ourselves – ball games, playing cards, being the “town renegades”. Winters were spent on Mill Street sledding whenever possible, wearing socks for gloves. There were just too many stories to tell – it would take a book that would make you laugh and cry, so interesting you wouldn’t believe it!

Alphonse & E. Rose Roberge - July 4, 1928
Elizabeth Rosa Vari Roberge

Tragedy struck our home way too soon. Al, our father, died at age 49. The youngest was only 3 years old. Mr. Evans, the high school principal, brought the 4 middle girls home, and our lives were never the same. Our mother didn’t drive, money was very tight – we could only guess how hard it was on her. The older children were grown and out of the house; they were good to our mother, pitching in to help the family financially. Mother was really strong but we heard her cry many times in the night. None of us realized our mother was ill until it was too late. One day, Joan noticed a huge lump under her dress which turned out to be breast cancer. She died at age 56. There were only 3 children at home by then – ages 12, 13, & 14 – now orphans. One child went to live in Alaska and 2 stayed with family in Coeur d’Alene. It was a tragedy for the family to lose both parents at such an early age. Al & Rose are buried in the Catholic Cemetery off Sherman Ave.
The children of Al & Rose certainly tried to help populate the Coeur d’Alene area with our many children and grandchildren. 9 of the 12 children are still living, most within a 30 mile radius. Coeur d’Alene was a wonderful place to grow up and continues to be a great region to live.

Summer in Montana while Al, Dave & Phil worked at Libby Dam - Phil, Yvonne, Joan, Frank, Pete, Dad, John, Lillian, Anette, & Mom
Rose, Lillian, Cooky, Joan, John
Mom, Joan, Yvonne, John, Lillian, Frank
The Children and Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren and Great-great- Grandchildren of Alphonse and Rose Roberge:

Phillip and wife Toni – Spokane, WA
Roxanne – Portland, OR

David (deceased 1991) and wife JoAnne – Coeur d’Alene, ID
David (Larry) Roberge and wife Betty – Kent, WA
Ken Roberge and wife Vickie – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Katie, Hailey, and Chad
Patty Rainbolt and husband Rick – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Steve Roberge and wife Denise – Dalton Gardens, ID
Ryan (Noah), Jennifer & Michelle (Ellie Maya)
Mike Roberge – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Mitch and Chanelle
JoAnne (Annie) Hixson and husband Rick – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Tara (Caleb) and Travis

Rose Marie Zinkgraf and husband Jim – Spokane, WA
Patricia and husband Larry – Spokane, WA
Deena and Danielle
Barbara (deceased 1987)
Linda and husband Dean – Spokane, WA
Taylor and Nichole
Michael and wife Patty – CleElum, WA
Mike, Angie (Hailey and Ethan)
Ronald and wife Julie – Spokane, WA
Richard (deceased 2001)

John Roberge and wife Rexann – Post Falls, ID
John Paul and wife Sherri – Post Falls, ID
Jenna Lee, Aaron, and Kailee
David (deceased 1991)
Joseph (deceased 1994)
Tina Gabriel and husband Paul – Spokane, WA
Marina and Austin
Paula Moffett – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Frank Roberge and wife Diane – Soap Lake, WA
Kevin and wife Patty – Clearwater, FL
Shauna and husband Steve – Anchorage, AK
Tomika, Shalaine, Andrew, Aaron
Sheri and husband Keith – Ephrata, WA
Katie and Kimberly

Lillian Dehle (deceased 2006)
Michael – Wasilla, AK
Charles – Spokane, WA
Robert and wife Renee – Spokane, WA

Diane Tillotson and husband John – Spokane, WA
Jimmy – Anchorage, AK
Maxine – Tallahassee, FL
Teresa (Ariel, Sela, Adain, & Seth), Marlys, Tama, Devina

Joan Betz and husband Wallace – Post Falls, ID
Vicki Hart and husband Don – Otis Orchards, WA
Jack, Brett, and Lindsay
Wallace Betz Jr. – Spokane, WA

Yvonne Adolphson – Post Falls, ID
Chauncey – Wasilla, AK
Kelsey and Chad
Tony – Eagle River, AK
Annette and Cathy – Spokane, WA
Leslie Custer-Meyer and husband Marty – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Nikki and Joey
Kelly and Brett – Palmer, AK
Christina and Justin
Laurie and Kelsey – Palmer, AK
Jacob, Brennan and Timarie

Charles (Pete) Roberge and wife Sue – Post Falls, ID
James – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Renee Vanek Walsmith and husband Dean – Post Falls, ID
Annette Fuller and husband Don – New Hampshire
Christy – Post Falls, ID
Chastin, Keaton, Kendra, and Caleb
Tammy and husband Randy – Kingman, AZ
Taylor and Jayden
Julie and husband Rick Stephens – Kingman, AZ
Savannah and Rachelle
Eugene Roberge (deceased 5/21/2001) and wife Laurie – Vancouver, WA
Bradley – Portland, OR
Greg and wife Traci – Vancouver, WA
Cooper Eugene Joseph (born 5/22/07)

Top: Phil, Diane, John, Lillian, Joan - May 1946.
Frank, Dave, Phil, John, Eugene, Pierre, Cook, Lillian, Diane, Rose, Joan, Annette - April 1964.