Rosa Dieffenbach

Rosa Dieffenbach 102319 onlineRosa (Trumler) Dieffenbach, 84, peacefully passed away on July 10, 2019 in Poulsbo, WA, after complications from Alzheimer's. Rosa was born in Gleisdorf, Austria on August 17, 1934 to Josef and Maria (Wilfling) Trumler. She grew up in war-torn Austria, the fifth of seven children. After WWII, at age 16, she left home to find work in Switzerland. She became a governess for an American family, who later sponsored her, allowing her to emigrate to the United States. Arriving on the Queen Mary, she embarked on a courageous adventure, working first for the sponsoring family, then later in the cafeteria of Gallaudet University before finally heading west, to San Francisco, CA. On an outing with the Northern CA Swiss Club, she met her future husband, William Dieffenbach.

They married on September 6, 1961, settling down first in Woodside, then Los Altos, CA, and together, raised 4 children. They were married 33 years before his untimely death in 1995. After 40 years in Los Altos, Rosa retired to Lincoln, CA and then to Poulsbo, WA, near her youngest daughter, Susan. Rosa always loved tending the garden, making jam, and baking bread and vanilla gipfeli. She also enjoyed attending theater performances and musical concerts. She was very skilled at knitting and sewing and worked hard preparing many delicious luncheons and dinners for family, friends, and guests. She loved seeing her kids and grandkids grow up and loved to laugh with friends and family. Her smile was contagious and her laugh is sorely missed. Rosa is survived by her four children, Heidi Dieffenbach-Carle, Rosemarie Dieffenbach, David Dieffenbach, and Susan (Dieffenbach) Bell and their spouses and 5 grandchildren; her sister, Frederika Meil, as well as extended family in California, Oregon, Switzerland, and Austria. A private interment will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, CA. A Celebration of Life memorial reception will be held at the Garden House in Shoup Park, Los Altos, CA, November 9, 2019 from 1 pm – 4pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Swiss Benevolent Society of San Francisco

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