STRUSS, ROSA Rosa passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2013. Born in Switzerland in 1929 to an Austrian mother and German father, she was the youngest of ten siblings. Rosa started working at the age of 13 as a waitress to help support her family. It was while waitressing in her early 20s that Rosa met her husband. After a brief stay in Germany they immigrated together with their two sons to San Diego in 1959. During her first five years in San Diego, Rosa was busy raising her sons and managing the household. She was an excellent cook and baker. In the mid 1960's Rosa started selling charter flights out of her garage for members of the German American Societies. This enabled her to still run the household between customers. As the charter flight era was winding down in the mid 1970's, Rosa along with her friend and partner, Margaret Cook, started Fleetridge Travel in Point Loma. She and Margaret ran the agency for over twenty five years until their retirement. Her kindness and caring personality will forever find a place in the hearts of her friends and loved ones. Rosa was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin, and is survived by her two sons, Franz and Wolfgang, her daughter-in-law, Elisabeth, and her three grandsons, Thomas, Brian, and Peter. Services will be held at: Clairemont Lutheran Church, 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Feb 25, 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA ( under "Donate/Tribute Gifts".

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 20, 2013