Rose (Hugentobler) Baumer May 23, 1923 – Jan. 3, 2016 After only a few hours away from her knitting, Rose slipped away peacefully in her apartment at Aldersly Garden Retirement Community in San Rafael on Sunday, January 3. Rose (Rosa), the second of five children was born in Jona, Switzerland in 1923. Her mother was tragically killed when she was 12, and the duty to help raise the family fell on her and her older sister. After learning French near Lausanne, she became employed in the Hospitality field and served as head waitress in several Swiss resorts. Her growing familiarity with English led her to become a nanny in England, which further cultivated her love of children, the English language, and a yearning to explore more distant countries. She traveled to America on board the original Queen Mary and stayed with friends in San Francisco. During that time she met her future husband in the Swiss Singing Society. She returned to Switzerland to request permission of her finance’s family to wed him, which was granted. Fred and Rose were married in Holy Name of Jesus Church in San Francisco in 1952 and Rose gave birth 12 months later to a son, Frederick. Susan was born 16 months later. Helping to subsidize her husband’s modest income, she did her best to support vacations for their family that most single income couples couldn’t afford in the 60s. These included a 1965 trip to Switzerland via the California Zephyr, a visit to the New York World’s Fair, and a transatlantic crossing on the S.S. United States. In order to accomplish this, Rose became a licensed daycare mother, reinvigorated her skills as a service provider at various San Francisco catering companies, and worked as a housekeeper in a few, select San Francisco homes. Somehow she also found time to foster her yodeling skills as a member of the “Swiss Yodel Trio”. Fred and Rose lived together in San Francisco’s Sunset District until Fred retired in 1980 when they moved to Novato. They lived a fulfilling and idyllic life there for 25 years but, due to Fred’s advancing Parkinson’s disease, relocated to Aldersly Garden Retirement Community in San Rafael. Fred passed away in 2008 at age 94 and Rose stayed on at Aldersly where she became well known and loved as an avid knitter, jigsaw puzzle, Rummikub and bingo aficionado. She loved playing “Happy Birthday” on her harmonica for fellow residents and sang in the Aldersly choir. She will be missed and long remembered by friends and family as a loving, positive and good-humored soul. A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23 at 1:30pm at Mission San Rafael Arcangel, 1104 5th Ave. in San Rafael, followed by a reception at Aldersly Garden Retirement Community, 326 Mission Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the LAM Foundation or the Aldersly Residents Club.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Jan. 16, 2016