Rose Arbach, 95, died unexpectedly after a brief illness on December 8, 2020.
Rose was born on February 27, 1925, the youngest of 12 children, to John and Rosina (Trefz) Hettick in Tolstoy, South Dakota. She grew up in this peaceful, rural farming area and attended grade school and high school in Onaka.
She married Giles (Eugene) Arbach in early 1946 and remained married until his death in 2005. To this union two children were born, a daughter, Linda and a son, Lee. She lived in Utah and South Dakota until Giles’s job with IBM transferred him to Illinois, and from there to California where she lived until her death.
Rose was always busy and never sat idle for any length of time. Having grown up on a farm, and during the "dirty 30’s" she knew how to work. There wasn’t much that Rose couldn’t do, and she tackled every job until it was done to perfection. She found pleasure in the simple ways of life. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking for family and friends. She was an excellent seamstress. She loved picnics, traveling and seeing new sights. She volunteered her time at church helping with the newsletters each month, teaching Sunday School and working in the church nursery.
She is survived by her son Lee and his wife, Dana, her granddaughter Jillian, and her in-laws, Elisabeta and Mihai Voicu, all of Danville, and by several nieces and nephews from several mid-west states.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter Linda, her parents, her brothers, Edward, Fred, Johnnie and Reuben. Her sisters, Emma, Lydia, Bertha, Katherine (Katie), Marie, Martha, and by Eva, who died in infancy.
Services will be held on Tuesday, December 15 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley, Danville, California at 2:00pm with visitation two hours before services. Burial will be on Wednesday, December 16, at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery where Giles was interred in 2005.
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