Rose C. Colby

[wds id="4"] Rose Christine Colby went home to be with the Lord peacefully in the company of her children on July 17, 2018, in Spring, Texas. Rose C. Colby was born into a devoutly Catholic family on a farm in rural New York state on February 25, 1923. She was one of ten (10) children, the youngest girl of five (5) girls and five (5) boys. She survived all of her siblings. She was 95 years old when she passed. Rose was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Hucko; her mother, Rose P. Hucko; by her sisters, Anna R. Labanowski, Julia E. Hucko, Sophie Simko, and Mary H. Cunningham; by her brothers, John E. Hucko, Stanley V. Hucko, Andrew T. Hucko, Joseph Hucko, and Walter S. Hucko; by her beloved husband, John Walter Colby; and by her son, Jeffrey John Colby. Rose is survived by her daughter, Barbara R. Sommer and husband John J. Sommer; by sons James F. Colby and Michael J. Colby; by grandchildren Shannon Sommer and husband Adam Doppelt, Amy K. Sommer Andrews and spouse Jeri Andrews, and Andrea M. Colby, and her mother, AnnaMaria Pantaleo; and by great-grandchildren Elizabeth Rose Doppelt, Theodore Jeffrey Doppelt, and Bridget Kathleen Doppelt. A member of the Greatest Generation, Rose studied nursing during the Second World War and graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) from Saint Vincent Nursing School in New York City. Upon graduation in 1944, Rose began work as an RN at U.S. Marine Hospital in Staten Island, N.Y. One of her patients was a handsome decorated U.S. Coast Guard Officer recently back from the Pacific in WWII, John Walter Colby. Rose and John married in the Catholic Church and raised a family of four children together until his passing sixty-five (65) years later at age ninety-nine (99). The Coast Guard transferred the family to Houston, Texas in 1959. After the move Rose worked as an RN in Houston at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital. Rose insisted that all of her children attend Catholic parochial grade school and Catholic high school. All four went on to complete one or more college degrees, and all subsequently obtained advanced academic or professional degrees. Her daughter, Barbara, became an intensive care RN. Her eldest son, James, became a lawyer; her second son, Michael, earned an MBA; and her youngest son, Jeffrey, became an award-winning abstract artist. When her husband retired, the family traveled extensively in the U.S. in a small travel trailer. Later, Rose and John made a number of trips to Hawaii, as well as to Canada and Alaska. They also visited countries in both Eastern and Western Europe. Rose's generosity of spirit was particularly evident on holidays and important occasions when she hosted special family meals. She was a wonderful cook. People were drawn to Rose, she could relate to anyone and people felt comfortable sharing thoughts and experiences with her. She made everyone feel special. Rose was a strong woman; she was funny as well and had a great sense of humor. When asked about her funeral arrangements, she said “Surprise me!” Besides being a great wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a caring nurse; she enjoyed bowling with her friends and could play an amazingly competitive game of Scrabble. She was an accomplished artist as well and worked in both oils and water colors. Rose was a Prayer Warrior, not only for her family, but for relatives, neighbors and friends, and for peace in the world. She had a great devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and prayed the rosary daily. She prayed literally for decades, following the Holy Father's request, for the conversion of the Soviet Union.

A Rosary at 9:30 AM and a Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM will be held for Rose C. Colby on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Christ The Good Shepherd Catholic Community, 18511 Klein Church Road, Spring, Texas 77379 (281) 376-6832

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Burial follows at 1:45 PM at Houston National VA Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038

Click Here for Directions The world is a better place for Rose Christine Colby having been here. Her family, including her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and anyone who knew her well, will miss her deeply. May the peace of Christ, a peace that transcends all human understanding, be with her always!
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