Albina Baraba passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Friday November 17, 2017. She was at home with her daughters Dee and Patti by her side.
Albina was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her grandkids affectionately called her “Noni”. She was born in Wilmington DE to her parents Nadalina and Joseph Brcich who had immigrated from Croatia. She attended Catholic Schools in Wilmington and was a long time member of Holy Rosary Congregation.
In 1950 she met and married Emil Baraba who was the love of her life. She was an amazing homemaker. She had extraordinary culinary talents and created “Sunday Dinners” for her family every night of the week.
Although family was always first…Albina had many pursuits of happiness. She was an avid golfer and member of the Cavaliers Country Club. She was also on Women’s Bowling Leagues for over 40 years. She bowled twice a week even into her 80’s. In addition Albina loved to play poker. She played weekly with many friends and family. She also loved fishing and spent every weekend in the summer down the shore with her family at her summer home in Brigantine N.J. She traveled all over the world with her husband, golfing together in the Caribbean and seeing the sights all over the U.S., London, Paris, Greece, Rome and their beloved homeland of Croatia.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years Emil Baraba, her parents Nadalina and Joseph Brcich and brothers William and Bobby Brcich. She is survived by her daughters Denise Widdoes with whom she lived, Patricia Trostle (Craig), and son Michael Baraba(Kathy) of Newport News VA, brother John Brcich from San Jose CA, grandchildren Kristin Waxman(Jeremy), Kevin Trostle, Michael Widdoes( Sara), Jessica Link(Adam) and great grandson Joey Waxman.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the Doctors, Nurses and caregivers who helped Albina in her later years. Her loving caregiver Mara, faithful aids Joyce and Darlene who affectionately called her ”Ma”, her visiting nurses Valerie, Sarah and Tawana , and all the doctors and nurses with Christiana Care Independence at Home.
Albina had a wonderful life. She was blessed with a loving family and many friends. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.
A visitation will be held on Saturday November 25, 2017 from 9-11 a.m. at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home 3924 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803 where a service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be at Cathedral Cemetery 2400 Lancaster Pike Wilmington DE 19805. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 50 Memphis TN 38101-9929 or Wounded Warriors. To send condolences