Alberta Cauz, née Becker
December 27, 1932 - May 27, 2020
Pleasant Hill, California
Alberta Cauz passed away peacefully on May 27th after a long fight with Alzheimer's. Alberta was born to Theodore and Appolonia (Ted and Leona) Becker in Tipton, Kansas on December 27, 1932. Her grandparents emigrated from Germany in the late 1800s to America, and she was raised on the family farm with her seven siblings. Being one of the eldest daughters, she was instrumental in helping her mother run the busy household. After high school, she worked at Hake Hardware in Tipton, before moving with girl friends to Denver and then further west to San Francisco, California. At a social event in the basement of Old St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, she met Ugo Cauz and they married shortly thereafter. They had two children, Stephen and Cathleen. They first settled in San Francisco but spent six years in Arlington Heights, Illinois before moving to San Mateo in 1972, where Ugo had grown up. After retirement, Ugo and Alberta spent some time in the Sierra foothills in Penn Valley and then Lincoln, California before returning to the Bay Area to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Alberta worked in the insurance industry until stopping to raise her children. She returned to work when the children were older, first to help in the school kitchen at Baywood Elementary School and then as a bookkeeper at Motorola where she worked until retirement.
Alberta was a kind and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She loved crafting, from needlepoint to sewing her own clothes and curtains to reupholstering and refinishing furniture, but she found her passion in quilting after retirement, making beautiful wall hangings entirely and impeccably hand stitched. She was an excellent baker and the family gatherings were not complete without Auntie Bert’s apple pie and a platter of cookies. She was also proud of her children and grandchildren, and what she loved most of all was being with her family on holidays and special occasions.
Her warm smile and hearty laugh will be dearly missed by the family she leaves behind. She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years Ugo, son Stephen (Kristen) Cauz, daughter Cathleen (Serge) Terentieff, and grandchildren Nicklaus, Zackary and Macallan Cauz and Claire and Michael Terentieff, all of California; sister Alice (Jim) Herredsberg of Smith Center, Kansas, brother Francis (and Lucille deceased) Becker of Tipton, Kansas, brother Art and Wilma Becker of Topeka, Kansas, brother Chuck and Sandy Becker of Cookeville, Tennessee, and brother Bob and Marguerite Becker of Cawker City, Kansas. She is preceded in death by her parents Ted and Leona Becker, her sister Mary Ann (Bob) Moritz and her brother Teddy Becker, as well as by her mother- and father-in-law Caterina and Isidoro Cauz.
The family wants to thank the incredible care Alberta received from the staff at Carlton Senior Living in Pleasant Hill and from VITAS Hospice. Private graveside service will be held at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, California. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
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