|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1902|
|Death: ||Jun., 1979|
Rena Albitz was our cleaning lady... in fact she was the cleaning lady for a few families in my parents' circle. Looking her up now, I find it amazing that they were letting a woman their parents' age do their cleaning.
Maybe they never knew her age. Rena was strong, loud and vital. She came into our home with the force of a smiling hurricane, and she and my mom would work together for a few hours until the house was sparkling. I don't think they had that much to do however, because like some women of the day, my mom sort of cleaned before the cleaning lady got there. I can remember being told to do my room beforehand.
As a small child, pre-school, I found her volume and cackly laughter a bit intimidating- nothing wrong with her, just an unaccustomed manner in our quieter home. When Mom and Rena broke for lunch, I would sit at the table and eat with them. At the time, Rena had bright red, somewhat kinky hair. I remember her telling me to eat my carrots to make my hair curly, and thinking I was okay with my straight hair.
Mrs. Rena L. Albitz, 77, of Emmaus R. 2, died Tuesday in the home of her son, William C., with whom she resided. She was a domestic worker in the Allentown area for 30 years. Born in Harrison County, Morgan Township, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late Charles S. and Jennie (Priest) Adams. Surviving with her son are three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Reinsmith Funeral Home, 225 Elm St., Emmaus. A calling hour will precede the service.
For the genealogically inclined - Rena was the only child of her family born in Iowa- the rest were born in New York state. The 1900 and 1910 censuses show her father as a farmer and common laborer respectively. I believe Rena and her husband William A. were divorced. Neither is mentioned in the other's obituary, though both are mentioned in their son's, William C.'s obituary. Her spouse's 1967 obituary says he was the son of Henry and Katie E. (Gilberg) Bauer of Berks County. The 1910 census of the family suggests Katie was his mother and Henry his stepfather, accounting for the difference in surnames.
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Feb 24, 2011
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