Rose Albrecht, 80, passed away February 3, 2013, in Chico, California, after a short illness.
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Rose was born to Anton and Fekla Suchoj on September 30, 1932, in Zukavich, Russia. Her family fled war-torn Russia in 1943 but found farm work in Zorneding, Germany. After working in Germany, Rose joined her sister, Galina, in French-speaking Casablanca, Morocco, in 1946, where Rose worked as a waitress at a popular restaurant and then as a nanny for the owners of the Derby Shoe Store in Casablanca. Rose eventually settled in Lodi, California, where she lived from 1957 until the present. Rose was employed by Stokely Cannery and Mary's Café before going to work for the General Mills plant in 1974, where she worked as a caser packer until her retirement in 1994. She was always admired by her employers for her strong work ethic and commitment to her job.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Fekla Suchoj, and her sister, Galina Myfedov, and brother, Egor Suchoj. She is survived by her sister, Lydia Zoren, and her children, Reberta (Jerry) Stack, Steve (Nancy) Albrecht, Tina (Phil) Abba, Marian (Chuck) Johnson-Hayward, Lisa (Greg) Johnson, and by her 11 grandchildren, whom she adored.
Rose spent her retirement years traveling twice back to Russia and Poland to be reunited with her Russian relatives. She had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii and Washington, D.C. numerous times and most recently with family to Paris, France. Throughout her life, Rose learned to speak Russian, German, French, and English. Because Rose experienced first-hand the world-shaking events that unfolded during World War II, both friends and family alike marveled at her insight into world history. Friends often remarked "someone should make a movie of her life."
A private family service will take place at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church of Lodi in her memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.brusiefh.com.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13, 2013