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Regula ‘Reggy’ Fandrich

January 21, 2014

Regula ‘Reggy’ Fandrich
1922-2014

Regula “Reggy” Fandrich passed away on Jan. 7, 2014 at the age of 91. She died at the home of her son, Dale, and daughter-in-law, Wanna, in Palmdale. Dale and Wanna had been her devoted caretakers for the last five years of her life.
Reggie was born on Aug. 2, 1922  in St. Gallen, Switzerland to Gertrude and Hans Ruckstuhl. One of the most important things in the Ruckstuhl family was music. They owned a music store and Hans refurbished and tuned pianos. Reggy was taught to play the piano at a very young age and played beautifully her entire life. From her childhood in Switzerland, Reggy also kept a strong love of the mountains, sewing, knitting and Swiss chocolate.
After finishing secondary school, Reggy went to the French part of Switzerland to study to be a chef. During World War II she worked as a chef at the Tissot watch factory. After WWII, Reggy left Switzerland for London where she worked as a nanny for three young boys. She dreamed of going to America, and soon moved to Los Angeles. She was working as a house mother at a sorority at UCLA when she met the love of her life, Gerhart Fandrich.  They met at a dance at the Swiss Park located in Duarte in December of 1951. After a whirlwind, three-month courtship, they were married on March 16, 1952. After a honeymoon trip to North Dakota to meet Gerry’s family, they moved to Annette Island, off the coast of Ketchikan, Alaska where their daughter Elizabeth was born in April of 1953.
After they saved enough for a home, Gerry and Reggy moved to the San Fernando Valley, where their son Dale was born in February of 1956.  Reggy played the piano for Sunday school, sewed, baked and cared for her family. She also worked as the cafeteria manager at Bertrand Elementary School, a job which allowed her to be home when her children were home while she earned extra money to take her family to Switzerland to see her parents. She was very proud of the excellent food she was able to cook and serve to the children and staff.
Gerry and Reggy retired in 1978 and moved to Chalfant Valley. They bought an acre of land and placed their home so that Reggy could see the Sierra Mountains from her kitchen window and the White Mountains from their living room. Gerry had a huge garden, fruit trees, a grape arbor and raised chickens.  Reggy cooked, canned and pickled what he grew. They lived a simple and very happy life, hiking, fishing and enjoying the company of their many friends. They played cards and dominos every afternoon. Together they were active in the various Masonic clubs in the Bishop area and she played the piano at many meetings and installation ceremonies. Reggy also sewed hundreds of stuffed animals and dolls, which she sold at the Alpen Rose Restaurant in Mammoth (now closed). Reggy donated all of the proceeds of her sales to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. When they decided it was time to move into town, they bought a home on Fulton Street in Bishop.
Gerry passed away Dec. 15, 2008. In 2009, Reggy moved to Palmdale to be closer to her son and his family. 
Reggy is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Whitten (Marcus); granddaughter, Neva Mackres, of San Diego; her son, Dale Fandrich; daughter-in-law, Wanna Fandrich; and grandson, Nicholas Fandrich. 
A celebration of her life is planned for the spring. 

 

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