Roberta “Bobbi” Diaz

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Roberta “Bobbi” Diaz, 62, passed away November 27, 2021, at home surrounded by her family. Bobbi was born in Kansas City on May 22, 1959, the daughter of William “Bill” Swope and Betty (Larson) Swope of Kansas City, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was united in marriage to Angelo Diaz Jr. on January 29, 1983. To this union were born three children: Joshua Matthew Diaz on March 18, 1979, Ashleigh Maria (Diaz) Noel on June 1, 1983, and Alicia Athena Diaz on November 8, 1985.

In addition to her husband and children she is survived by son-in-law Joseph Noel of Kansas City, MO, daughter-in-law Sabrina Diaz of Leawood, KS, two granddaughters, Charleigh Noel and Emerson Noel, one grandson, Kai Diaz, sister Carol Swope of Overland Park, KS, and sister and brother-in-law Debi and Dave Hodes of Kansas City, MO. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her sister Cheryl (Swope) Reed of Kansas City, MO and in-laws Josephine and Angelo Diaz Sr. of Kansas City, MO. 

Bobbi graduated early from Southwest High School where she met and fell in love with her husband Angelo Diaz Jr. She attended the University of Kansas; but only for a semester, as she would say “I partied too much”. She began her career that spanned 42 years with Gill Studios when she was nineteen. Her commitment and love for the family-owned company and her co-workers was evident when you spoke to her. She would always have a ‘work story’ to tell and it usually ended in a laugh. Throughout her years, she made sure her kids were never short on stickers and magnets. 

She and Angelo loved to travel, especially on the motorcycle. They spent many days and weekends riding with friends and made multiple visits to her cousins in California. Their most recent visit found them driving Route 66 in Angelo’s 1965 Corvette, one of Bobbi’s bucket list items. Bobbi and Angelo loved to take day trips to the surrounding areas and would occasionally let the grandkids tag along.

Bobbi had a passion for sun, sand, water, and palm trees. During the summer months you could find her at the pool, likely with one or all her grandchildren, and in the winter months, she’d be at the indoor pool swimming laps. In the later years she enjoyed watching the grandkids laugh and play in the sprinklers and slip’n slide in the front yard.

She enjoyed life to its fullest and was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandma, cousin, aunt, and friend. She loved her family immensely and was committed to making sure they had as many experiences as possible. Many people will best remember Bobbi for supporting her children in all their passions – although I think we all know that we’re really talking about sports. Bobbi wouldn’t miss a game and was proud of everything her children and grandchildren accomplished. She loved playing cards, especially on holidays and never let anyone win, even one of the grandchildren. Shanghai was her favorite and most of the time she would verbalize her displeasure with her cards and turn around and Shanghai the next hand later. 

We feel blessed for the years and memories we all made together and will miss her deeply.


Services will be held at Visitation Church located at 5141 Main St. KCMO on Thursday, December 9th 2021.  Visitation at 9:00 a.m. followed by mass at 10:00 a.m.


  1. Chris Mahley on December 9, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to Bobbi’s family. I didn’t know Bobbi but if she was anything like her older sisters (classmates of mine at Southwest), Cheryl and Carol, she was special and leaves a wonderful legacy. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw them coming down the hall towards me!

  2. Jim Quinly on December 9, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Angelo and Bobbie were the perfect couple. We all love them both and will forever miss her kindness and spirit.

  3. Pamela Rogozenski Rosenberg on December 9, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    To Carol and her family, so very sorry for the loss. May she rest.

  4. Rusty Denes on December 9, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    My condolences. I am saddened by this news. We all had some good times.

  5. Julia Mullane on December 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    May Bobbi’s memory be a blessing. She was such a bright spot in the day in high school.

    • Christopher Peeler on December 9, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      I remember during high school how she supported Angelo and our football team May you now RIP and thank you being a part of my life Sending the the family strength and love at this time

  6. Russ Rieling on December 9, 2021 at 10:44 am

    My condolences to Angelo and family on the passing of Bobbi. It truly seems like a short while ago we were in kindergarten and playing at each other’s houses. I remember being in total awe of her being on the Overland Park pool (now long gone and built over) summer swim team at a very young age (5?) and thinking that I would never be able to do something like that. Her Dad officiated her meets (Starter if I remember correctly) so her love of supporting her kids in sports came from the example her parents set. May her love of life live on in Angelo and her children and grandchildren; who hopefully inherited her infectious smile – which didn’t change a bit since kindergarten.

  7. Anna Cheng Catalano on December 9, 2021 at 7:36 am

    I remember her well in junior high and high school. Always smiling, and always had a kind word for everyone. She’d light up any room she entered. Although we didn’t stay in touch, it sounds as though she continued to brighten lives during her life. May she rest in eternal peace.

  8. Elisa Haith Pener on December 9, 2021 at 7:15 am

    Condolences to Bobbi’s family. I knew Bobbi in High School- I remember her radiant smile. May her memory forever be a blessing…..

  9. Sara Smith on December 9, 2021 at 6:49 am

    I had planned to be at her services, today, but I won’t be able to make it. Bobbi was always nice, upbeat, and pleasant whenever I saw her in school or in the years since.
    She was a devoted friend and family member, and I am so glad that I knew her! Thinking of you, Angelo! Much love

  10. Susan Kice on December 5, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Lovely tribute for a lovely lady! Went thru junior high & high school with Bobbi-beautiful and kind. A very special person. Best wishes to all in the family.

  11. Susan Mitchell on December 5, 2021 at 9:17 am

    I’ve only know Bobbi for a few short years but loved her immediately. A beautiful person inside and out. Her love for family, friends and life was evident. My heart is sad but also immensely grateful for times together and her friendship. I’m so very sorry Diaz family.

  12. Debbie Harris on December 4, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with your family. Bobbi was such a beautiful woman to everyone that knew her. My heart goes out to you all.

  13. Robin Mackey Hill on December 3, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I was so very sorry to hear about Bobbi’s death, which brought a flood of fond memories from our friendship at JC Nichols Elementary and the many nights I slept at her house after tagging along with her family to SW football games. And then there was that super cool paper dress she had in 5th grade! Must have been a perk from having older sisters, ’cause no one else had one! I’m not a bit surprised to read about her love of family, friends, co-workers and all things sports. It sounds like your family has a treasure trove of wonderful memories, which I know will never be enough. Sending love, strength and peace from my home in Alaska to yours.

  14. Lisa Mason-Mandelbaum on December 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Bobbi’s heart and soul was her family including the furry ones. My earliest memories of Bobbi are her kind smile and gentle soul.
    My heart and prayers are with you all!

  15. Sophia Nichols on December 3, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    My dear Angelo…

    This hurts my heart to hear this. Bobbi was a beautiful soul inside and out. I will forever remember our junior high and high school days and any times spent with her and our group of friends.
    My deepest love and condolences to you and your family with continued prayers. God Bless you all!

  16. Dimitra Focas Rhudy on December 3, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Angelo and family,
    I am sending you continued love and prayers. Such a lovely tribute.
    Bobbi was a beautiful girl, inside and out, as I knew her at Southwest High School (Class of 1977), and a beauitful woman as I had the pleasure of sharing a few moments with her at a couple of our High School reunions. She was very kind and always smiling which is what I remember most of her.
    May Bobbi’s memory be forever eternal. My sincere condolences, Dimitra Focas Rhudy

  17. Liz Dysart on December 3, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    My Heart breaks for you Angelo and your family! Bobbi was such a beautiful, kind person. I’m praying for all of you. She will be missed!

  18. Jeanne O’Boyle Teter on December 3, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I grew up with Bobbi, she lived down the street from us. I have many good memories of us having fun.
    I ran into her about 3 years ago. It was so good to reconnect. She was beautiful inside and out. I will treasure my Memories of her. Also I followed she and her Husband on their “Route 66 Trip” via FB. That was so neat, and I’m so glad she got to do that. Prayers to her entire Family.

  19. Patti Barackman on December 3, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Wonderful tribute to your mom. She was an amazing woman. Her friendly, beautiful smile will be missed. Prayers for all of her family.
    Chris & Patti Barackman

  20. Julie Lawless Matthews on December 3, 2021 at 11:15 am

    What a beautiful tribute. My heart is sad for you all. May she rest in peace.

  21. Barbara Miller on December 3, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I worked with Bobbi for years. She was a very kind person who was always there to help teach and make sure others succeeded. She was a good friend that will be truly missed. We shared many work and personal moments together that will never be forgotten. Heaven has a very special angel.

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