Anna Marie De La Rosa (née Garcia), July 7, 1928 - November 12, 2018
Anna is survived by her husband of 70 years, Ruben De La Rosa; their children and spouses Linda Higgins (Mark), Raul David De La Rosa, and Lou De La Rosa (Mary); nine grandchildren (Dustin, Theresa, Valerie, Amy, Jarrod, Christine, Katherine, Chelsea, Emily) and five great-grandchildren (Anthony, Kiersten, Brenden, Reagan, Holly). Daughter of Thomas and Aurelia Garcia, and sister to Hector and Ofelia, deceased, she is survived by her sister Lodie (Bob), brother Ralph (Pat), and sister-in-law Leah Garcia, as well as her siblings-in-law Estelle de la Rosa, Aurora Martinez, Mary Ellen Pandolfi, Irene De La Rosa, Richard & Florence De La Rosa. Born in San Juan Bautista with her baptism and first communion in the Mission Church, Anna grew up during the Great Depression in various mining towns where her father worked, until they moved to South San Francisco where she spent her formative years. She met her husband on a blind date along with lifelong friend Phyliss Silvas, and was married at All Souls Church in South City on September 19, 1948. Both Ruben and Anna instilled a strong work ethic in their children, which they passed on from their parents, all of whom immigrated from Mexico during the Revolution. However, Ruben and Anna learned to play as hard as they worked, vacationing in the early years primarily in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Disneyland with friends and family.
Later, when their daughter entered the airline industry, Ruben and Anna began traveling frequently and for long periods of time to Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and all over the United States and Canada. Anna kept journals and photo albums of their travels, meticulously documenting everything she and Ruben saw together. Stories of their travel adventures continue to make their way into conversation, and provide a source of inspiration to their family never to stop learning about new places and cultures. Anna referred to herself as a homemaker, not a housewife, for that is what she did: she made a home for her family, and she made everyone she met feel at home, not only through her many kindnesses, but by her gift of gab; she could start a conversation with a total stranger and make a new friend faster than anyone. More than once, people that she and Ruben met on their travels came to visit and stay with them later. She was quick to open her home and hosted a number of foreign exchange students long after her own children were grown. Anna always busied herself with arts and crafts, sewing clothes, knitting blankets and creating gifts for family and friends. She served as an election precinct worker for years, until she re-entered the workforce when her youngest child was in high school. She worked as a teller, then assistant manager at California Federal Savings from the mid-1970's until she retired in 1990 to spend time with her grandchildren. Anna's greatest joy was her family. She gave loving and devoted care to her mother and her sister Fe in their final days and years. But nothing gave her greater happiness than caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she asked to call her "GG." Grandma Anna insisted that she be allowed to provide daycare for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who lived nearby, and did so with love from pre-kindergarten through middle school. She was a soft-touch, indulging her grandkids and great-grandkids without spoiling them...too much. She will be missed more than words can express.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Anna's memory to any of the charities below:
Sacred Heart Community Service
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
or any charity of your choice that demonstrates kindness of others.