She was born March 25, 1909 to Robert and Alma Biele Leber (formerly of Hoboken, New Jersey). She was the eldest of three children, her brothers were Alwin and Edward. She attended Alfred University where she studied Ceramics. She first taught art at Henry Street Settlement, then at the Crafts Students League in New York. Later, she moved to the suburbs with her husband John McVeigh and three children, Janet (now Sunflower), Judith and John. She taught at the Rockland Center for the Arts, near her home at 117 Leber Road in Blauvelt, New York.
Judith followed in her footsteps as an artist and teacher, also helping children to discovery the joy of clay and exhibiting her own work. Roberta's grandson, Darrell Slane, Jr., has carried on her love of pottery. Roberta loved creating raku pottery at her home in Blauvelt and butterrum lifesavers.
This entry is written by Judith Slane, Roberta's daughter, and Maggie Slane, her granddaughter, with whom she lived until she died at 73 on January 23, 1983.