LAKE COUNTY, Ohio -- Longtime friends of Eleanor Robertson, 77, of Madison Twp., draped the Geneva Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6846 charter plaque with a black ribbon during Thursday evening’s Women’s Auxiliary meeting.
Robertson was a lifetime member of the VFW, they said.
"She was great. I can't believe this happened. I really can't," Lois Lippart said.
They said Robertson would have been at the meeting if she was still alive.
"She helped out so much when we did funerals, luncheons, she always made sure she was here to help out," Lippart said.
Robertson was part of the color guard, giving final honors to those who served our country, VFW members said.
"She enjoyed doing that for other people, and the families, because the families suffer too," Jean Winchester said.
Now, it is her friends and family who are suffering.
Police said Robertson was killed by a mother and son, 52-year-old Danna Weimer and 22-year-old Zack Weimer, who allegedly broke into her Canterbury Drive home to steal jewelry to feed their drug habits.
Wednesday night, neighbors called police to check on Robertson when they noticed her van was missing, and she had not been seen.
One of the neighbors was able to get into her home, and saw that something was terribly wrong.
“My wife happened to get inside the house, to open the front door that was blocked with a couple chairs,” neighbor Bob Arnold said.
“They had candles inside, like eventually they were trying to set the house on fire, big candles, that would take time to burn down,” Arnold said.
Police say they found Robertson's body hidden in the bedroom.
Thursday morning, both mother and son pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and aggravated burglary.
Wednesday night, Euclid Police found the pair during a traffic stop.
When police searched their car, investigators said they found things that were stolen from Robertson's home, including her jewelry.
"This just isn't quite a fair way for her to go out," Winchester said.
Madison Twp. police said they have not found Robertson’s red 1995 Plymouth Voyager van with a license plate number of BV81VT.
The coroner has not yet determined how Robertson died.