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Rose Abate Urbach

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Rose Abate Urbach Obituary
Rose Abate Urbach
72 years a San Bruno Legend
Rose Abate Urbach - Airport Noise, I-380 Impact, Local Government, National Elections, Child Training, Devoted Mother, Community Advocate, Friend of Citizens , Avid Bowler, with a ready smile, spontaneous wit, deep concern for all; these are but a few of her life-long commitments and traits.
Rose was born in Cerrisi, Italy, in the southern Calabria region on January 21, 1917. She passed away peacefully at her home in San Bruno on March 27, 2014. She was 97. Rose survived her husband, the late Gunther Urbach who died in 2000.
Rose immigrated to the USA in 1921, was raised in Hibbing, MN, and moved to California in 1941 and to San Bruno in 1942. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia L. BeBeau and sons, Roy J.G. Urbach and Rey E. Urbach; grandchildren, Christine Boyd, Michele Bebeau, Joe Bebeau, Lori-Ann Aaron, Elizabeth Urbach, William BeBeau, Ann-Marie Walters, David Urbach, Tenaya Urbach and Julie Urbach, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Orlando Abate and daughter of the late Luigi and Lucia Cherro Abate, and sister of the late James Abate, Biondina Baratto and Carmela Pascuzzi.
Rose set an example of high standards for her children and was always there for them. She was a regular classroom mom, faithfully drove teachers to appointments, led her daughter's Girl Scout troop, and worked the local precinct elections for forty years. Rose taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine to second grade students at St. Bruno's Catholic Church for several decades.
Rose met with the then San Francisco Airport Director discuss the impact of the airport on her community several years before formation of the San Francisco International Airport Community Roundtable in 1981. Along with other community-minded citizens, she was instrumental in this country's first successful campaign to reduce aircraft noise of departing airplanes.
For over thirty years Rose was a regular fixture at San Bruno City Council meetings. Though very timid in her childhood years, she never hesitated to speak out boldly on behalf of the community. When I-380 was built, she pursued the present location of Forest Lane Park, contributed to the placement of traffic lights in near her neighborhood, and was instrumental in rerouting a traffic plan which would have channeled trucks and more cars into her residential neighborhood.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral service on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2:00 PM at CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, 194 Millwood Dr. at El Camino Real in Millbrae with further services and interment in Hibbing, MN.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in memory of Rose Abate Urbach to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (800) 805-5856. www.stjude.org.
Chapel of the Highlands, Millbrae
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 2, 2014
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