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,

  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.

  5. Everyone who came to know Bea immediately fell in love with her spunk, calm attitude and love of life. The world is better because of Bea. We shall miss you

  6. CandleJust having known Bea has made this world a better place. Her zest for life, cheerful and helpful attitude as well as her desire to be a part of “what is happening” made her a welcome guest and family friend foe many years. She will be missed

  7. CandleThank you, Bea, for your gracious hospitality, your loving generosity and your outstanding meals! We were so blessed to have met you and bask in your light. We hold you in our hearts and prayers as you join the banquet in heaven. Cindy and Michael O’Leary

  8. CandleIt was a pleasure to know Bea, I knew her through the Women of St. Joseph Group. She always had a positive attitude and a lovely smile. She was a gracious lady and always ready to help in any way she could. May she rest in peace with God forever.

  9. I knew Bea for many years with the Women of St. Joseph group. I am saddened with her passing. I pray God welcomes her into heaven. May He provide her children & other family members peace during this trying time. She was a wonderful woman.

  10. CandleBea was a truly wonderful, kind, caring and very generous person. She was one of a kind for sure. We have many fond memories of our time spent together with many of the functions that were held by St. Joseph’s Men’s Club. She hosted so many of them. They were all just wonderful. Her strong faith made her who she was. She will truly be missed by many. I just know she’s where she truly belongs, because she was like a angel to many.

  11. A very strong lady in all aspects of your life, I miss you and will try to carry on this strength you taught by your example. Rest in peace, my friend.

  12. CandleI first met Bea in “93” when we went to the S.F. design center to look for samples for her home remodel. She was so exited about everything and we had a grand day. Later she wrote a beautiful thank you note on her monogrammed cards. Some people have the most wonderful gift of doing things with such panache and making you feel like it was all for you, that was Bea’s gift. When I think of the symphony I will think of her, another generous gift. In December she was talking about making her next move and wanted to put her spin on her new place. I remember thinking, she just doesn’t age she is still so active and full of vim and vigor. So I’m truly sad and shocked cause I thought she’d go on forever. I love you and will miss you my friend. See you at the pearly gates !

  13. CandleTo the real trooper during all those years we worked on the Fiesta! You were a pro!
    Thank you for the many kindnesses.

  14. CandleEvery time I see an artichoke, I think of Bea and her delicious cooking and generous hosting skills. I never knew I liked artichokes until I had the at Bea and Herb’s home!
    Rick and I visited Bea at her home about five years ago, we stopped by for the day and she took us to her favorite kitchen store so we could get ideas for our remodel. She drove down the streets at top speed and got on and off the freeway with the same boldness that we loved. Later that day we got to have a delicious dinner, joined by Peter, Lisa, and family.
    Bea was a generous, kind, and talented woman who will be deeply missed. Prayers for you all.

  15. Bea was my role model for being a good Catholic, and gracious host. I have only known Bea 6 years, but I was able to join her in the kitchen with the Senior Luncheons, hosting the Christmas Tea one year, and her “Going Away Party” at Casa Bella in Sunol. (Power went out in Sunol that day, but that didn’t stop us from a great luncheon and large turnout.) And, of course, we both loved dogs, and I really enjoyed Bruno.

  16. CandleThanks for all the memories of Holiday feasts, Tahoe ski trips, St. Joseph’s Guild, and your family.
    You’ll be missed by our whole family.
    Pete, Cece, Lisa’ and Nicole

  17. CandleThe DeLisi-Davis clan also want to thank you for the memories which our family will cherish for many years to come. To this day, my boys vividly remember the sights, sounds and smells that encompassed the Taus Haus.
    The many magnificent meals
    Plenty of precious pigs
    Stunning steins
    Classic cuckoo clock
    Player piano and gazoos
    Swimming, diving and water aerobics in the beautiful black bottomed pool
    Hansel, Gretel and Bruno running and barking in the backyard
    With much love,
    Lisa, Chase and Peter Davis


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