Thoughtful, rose-loving Sadie Boss Jauch of Lodi died Wednesday night at age 106, leaving behind memories of her kindness and love of life.
Sadie, who was lovingly known as “Lady Sadie,” was an exemplar of graceful aging, remaining mentally and physically active until her death.
Just days ago, she had been walking around the neighborhood without a cane — a tool which she considered personally humiliating.
Sadie was found dead by her neighbor Eldaree Walther, who helped her put eyedrops in twice a day. Walther believes she may have died of heart failure.
Age did not take away Sadie’s independence. Walther said Sadie made frequent trips to Europe well into her 90s, and she still did her own cooking.
With a reputation of utmost respect for her friends and neighbors, Sadie was known for being gracious and helpful toward others.
Neighbor and life-long friend Donna Keehnel said Sadie was the first to send bud roses to Lodi Funeral Home, so they would be there when the families arrived.
Others recall the way she would offer neighbors oranges and grapefruits from her garden in thanks for a favor.
Many at English Oaks Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where Sadie was a regular church-goer, knew her for the roses she and her husband planted around the church.
Judy Jeffries, a neighbor and family friend, said that Sadie had stories about all of the roses, and would call her over to tell her about one or another.
Sadie was born March 15, 1907, in Parkston, S.D., and had been a Lodi resident since 1919. She was in the graduating class of 1926 at Lodi Academy and became a nurse in 1928. By 1929, Sadie married her late husband Ernie Jauch.
On her 106th birthday in March 2013, a family friend presented her with a rose named in her honor — the Lady Sadie rose, created by Weeks Roses in Kern County — at a party in her honor at English Oaks.
She is survived by her son, Bob Jauch, and daughter, Doris Williams. Sadie also had five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Sadie was a faithful subscriber to the Lodi News-Sentinel, having been a reader for more than 90 years. Her loyal and lengthy readership of the paper was even featured in the trade magazine Editor and Publisher.
Those who knew her will treasure the time they were able to spend with her.
“She was just an unusual, amazing woman,” said Jeffries. “It was an honor for me to know her.”