Originally created 04/27/04

Mrs. Gertrude Aulbach (LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C.)



LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. - Mrs. Gertrude F. "Duts" Aulbach, age 75, of Lake Toxaway, N.C., formerly of Atlanta, died Saturday, April 24, 2004 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Born in York, Pa. in 1928, Duts was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. A graduate of York High School, she was married to George L. Aulbach for 54 years. She always said she fell for him because he could dance "Philly style." Together they had five daughters. Duts was devoted to her eight grandchildren and enjoyed the time she spent with them. She had a lifelong passion for all nature. Those who knew her well, loved her for her lack of pretense, her sense of humor and her total acceptance of people for who they were. Duts always followed her own path, which tended to wander to places not always well traveled. She had a sense of adventure and would spend hours exploring the back roads in the mountains around Lake Toxaway, always looking for a new waterfall or a special tree. She loved all animals. She enjoyed bird watching and had a loyal following of crows, squirrels and chipmunks who would wait patiently every morning for their breakfast. She loved horses, especially her beloved Phantom, recently deceased. She was an equine advocate and spent much of her time championing for the fair treatment of all animals, especially horses. Dut's volunteer work was a constant everywhere she lived, from York, Pa., to Columbia, S.C., to Atlanta, Ga. and Lake Toxaway, N.C. She was involved with the Girl Scouts, the SPCA, Garden Clubs, La Sertoma Club, and many church activities. She was a member of the York Country Club, the Spring Valley Country Club, and currently a member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club and Lake Toxaway Country Club. At Lake Toxaway, she was an active member of the Toxaway Falls Garden Club. Her fellow members describe her as an enthusiastic team player who was willing to pitch in and help with any project, no matter the task she was assigned. Duts especially enjoyed working on projects that helped TC Henderson Elementary School. Her brother, Bob Frisby, describes her as "a gallant, fun-loving lady." In addition to her husband, Duts is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne Aulbach of Norcross, Ga., Cindy Aulbach and fiance, Bob Swisher of Lexington, S.C., Pat and Joe Burns of Lawrenceville, Ga., Kate and Dane Anderson of North Augusta, S.C., Barb and Ron Bradley of Alpharetta; brother, Robert C. Frisby, Jr. of York, Pa.; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert C. and Leta Neel Frisby, and her brother and sister, Thomas Stewart Frisby and Jeanne Neel Davis. The family will receive friends Tuesday April 27 at the Roswell Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. with Rosary Service at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Roswell, Ga., where she was a member. Interment will be at Green Lawn Cemetery. A Memorial M [filtered word] will held at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Sapphire Valley, N.C. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to The Nature Conservancy , 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22003-1606 or the Free Rein Center (horseback riding for handicapped children), 420 Las Praders Circle, Brevard, N.C. 28712. Roswell Funeral Home 950 Mansell Rd. Roswell, Ga. 30076 770-993-4811. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle April 27, 2004