Rubi Abreu

August 23, 1926 - September 7, 2020

Rubi Abreu, age 94, of Minneapolis, died peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, September 7, 2020 at Walker Methodist Health Center.  She was born in Cuba on August 23, 1926 to Dionisio and Caridad (Gonzales) Garcia.  She attended college in Cuba and married Manuel Abreu-Roch on June 21, 1952 in Cuba.  Manuel and Rubi and their two daughters left Cuba in November of 1970 to immigrate to the US with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, arriving in Minneapolis during one of Minnesota’s legendary snowstorms.  Having been the only daughter coming from wealth and growing up just a tiny bit spoiled, she was never afraid of hard work when she arrived in the states.  Rubi immediately demonstrated that she also came from strong stock.  She was high-spirited, determined, and resilient and carved out a life for her daughters that gave them a foundation forged by hard work and independence, but also contained the balance of humor and a fun-loving spirit. She enjoyed the sea having spent most of her summers in a vacation home with her  family in Cuba.  She loved telenovelas and was an avid Twins fan, with Tony Oliva and Kirby Puckett being her two favorites.


Rubi is survived by her daughters, Carmen Lundberg of Apple Valley, Maria (John) Edlund of Savage; grandchildren, Marcia (Charlie) Schaff, Mara (Matt) Campagna-Pinto, Jon Eric Edlund; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Davin, Elli, Cami, Haley, Nadia, Rubi, & Gigi; Sister-in-law, Celia Garcia.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Abreu-Roch on October 27, 2001; grandson, Michael Lundberg; brothers, Javier & Raul Garcia.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, private family services will be held graveside on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Czech National Cemetery in New Prague and a private family Celebration of Life Service at Minnesota Valley Lutheran Church in Lakeville on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

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