June 3, 1928 ~ July 26, 2020

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: San Ramon, California

Beatrice Taus, “Bea” who was a thirty-six -year Fremont resident and recent resident of Sunrise Villa, San Ramon,” had a short battle with cancer. Husband Herbert George Taus and Sister Marge McCallister preceded her in death. Bea is survived by her children, Destiny Morrison, Peter Taus (Paige) Daniel (Antoinette) Taus, Margaret (Stephen) Campbell, Eleven grandchildren, Thirteen great-grandchildren, and her sister Blanche Comiskey.

Bea was born in Chicago Illinois and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, the oldest of three sisters. Her father Hans was the chef at the Hotel Duluth, and his talents influenced Bea to develop what we know as her Michelin rated culinary skills.

Bea and Herb met first as pen pals while Bea lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Herb was stationed overseas serving in the US Navy. The couple married and moved to Greendale, Wisconsin where they began their life together. Desiring to have a family, Bea and Herb selflessly adopted their four children, Lisa (Destiny), Peter, Danny & Peggy. The gift of motherhood was showered upon Bea and her children and legacies are blessed because of it. The family then spent the children’s school years moving through the Midwest; Brookfield, WI., Minnetonka, MN., Lincolnshire, IL., and ending up on the East Coast in Centre Square, PA.  In all the houses they lived in, she had a knack for making each place special and feel like home.

In 1983 the Taus’ moved to Fremont California. As a member of St Joseph Mission San Jose Parish Bea was active in parish life including founding Women of St Joseph Ministry and at age 90 returning as vice president. Bea and Herb were instrumental in raising funds for the Oakland Diocese Cathedral and Stewardship formation. She shared her extraordinary culinary skills with St Joseph Church at their annual Senior Luncheons, Fiestas, and Oktoberfests.

Bea was a gracious hostess who enjoyed entertaining friends and relatives often times preparing German and Polish dishes. There was never a meal without starting happy hour with a Manhattan and tray of artfully arranged appetizers and all followed by a decadent dessert! She became the official Bay Area tour guide for visiting friends and relatives.

Other favorite pastimes include long time member of Die Golden Gate Zecher Beer Stein Club, playing bridge, gardening, travel, opera, the symphony and German Shepherds. Bea loved life and abundantly shared her talents and treasures with all she met and offered assistance to those in need. She always wore a beautiful welcoming smile.

A special thanks to Johanna Prevost, Visiting Angels, and Hospice of the East Bay’s outstanding job taking care of Bea in a very supportive and loving way.

Due to Covid 19, no memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation for the continued care of Bea’s German Shepherd Bruno at https://www.gofundme.com/f/new-home-for-bruno or to Catholic Charities of the East Bay https://www.cceb.org/get-involved/donate/ or  433 Jefferson St. Oakland 94607. Cards may be sent to Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538.

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    • CandleDan, Antoinette, Matthew, Alex, Danielle and Mark Taus.
      The world was a much better place with you in it mom. Now heaven is a better place with you in it. Thank you so much for all you did for us all. You were the best mom anybody could wish for. We will miss you every day.

  1. CandleYou will forever be in our hearts Gigi. You will always be remembered and always loved by those that knew you.

  2. We are all better people for having experienced the joy of having Bea in our lives. She will always be remembered for her thoughtfulness & kindness to all who had the honor of knowing both her & Herb.

    May eternal rest grant unto her O Lord & may perpetual light shine upon her.

  3. CandleLiebe Bea,
    Ich werde die Zeit, die du mir geschenkt hast niemals vergessen. Du hast mir unglaubliche Wochen geschenkt, deine Heimat gezeigt und mich liebevoll bei dir aufgenommen. Ich bin so froh und dankbar, dass ich diese wundervolle Zeit mit dir verbringen konnte.
    Ich hätte dich so gerne noch einmal getroffen und hätte so gerne mit dir noch einmal geredet und gelacht. Ich dachte es wäre noch so viel Zeit….
    Du bleibst meine Patentante und du bleibst in meinem Herzen. ich werde dich nie vergessen und wir werden uns irgendwann wieder sehen.
    In Liebe,
    Natalie

  4. I will forever hold Bea close to my heart.Without her I might never learned how to cook! Bea gave me my very first cookbook The Joy of Cooking…which i still have and still use often. She had given it to me as an engagement gift over 40 yrs ago..Bea will be greatly missed having lead a truly beautiful life.

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