Beatrice We­icker Bal­dauf

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

Beatrice We­icker Bal­dauf passed away peace­fully at home in San Fran­cisco, July 23, 2018. She was 84.

Bea was de­voted to her fam­ily and dear friends. She loved small gath­er­ings, in­tel­lec­tual con­ver­sa­tions and time around the ta­ble lis­ten­ing in­tently to all that was hap­pen­ing with ev­ery­one and with the world. She was for­ever thought­ful, and while she wasn’t the first with a re­tort or com­ment, when she did let her opin­ion or ob­ser­va­tion be known, it was usu­ally with keen in­sight and per­spec­tive.

Born May 15, 1934 in New York City to Beatrice Tros­tel We­icker (of Mil­wau­kee) and Fred­er­ick Ernst We­icker (of New York), she was al­ways known as Bea.

Bea’s child­hood was spent in Mex­ico, pri­mar­ily at Ran­cho Santa Bar­bara, a cat­tle ranch es­tab­lished by her par­ents in the re­mote Sierra Madre Moun­tains of Du­rango.

Bea at­tended the Madeira School in McLean, Vir­ginia (1951). She was a good stu­dent, an ac­com­plished ath­lete and, in her se­nior year, elected Head of Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment. Bea went to Mills Col­lege for a year be­fore trans­fer­ring to Cor­nell, where she grad­u­ated in 1955. There she met the love of her life, Bumps Bal­dauf, who was get­ting a grad­u­ate de­gree at the Ho­tel School. Bea’s brother Fred, a close friend and DKE fra­ter­nity brother of Bumps, in­tro­duced them. In 1956 they were mar­ried in Mil­wau­kee and hon­ey­mooned at Tuolumne Mead­ows in Yosemite.

Bea and Bumps’ early life to­gether took them to New York and Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia where Bumps set-up, man­aged and opened the new Trader Vic’s restau­rants. Later, back in San Fran­cisco, they pur­chased a home on West Clay Park where they lived for the re­main­der of their lives.

Bea vol­un­teered for the Edge­wood Chil­dren’s Cen­ter work­ing on their an­nual Gar­den Fair. As Pres­i­dent of the Aux­il­iary, she served on the Board of Trustees and in the 1980’s she worked tire­lessly on the cot­tage ren­o­va­tions of their lovely cam­pus.

In 1968 Bea and Bumps pur­chased a 37’ sloop named Wind­song, that would be the cen­ter of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties for the next 30 years. Bumps took great pride that Bea was the helmswoman, no mat­ter if the fog was down on the deck or the wind was howl­ing.

Bea spent a num­ber of years com­pet­ing as a mem­ber of a women’s-eight crew out of the Marin Row­ing Club in Corte Madera. She al­ways loved ex­er­cise and be­ing out on the water.

In the early 1990s, the fam­ily re­al­ized dream of build­ing a house on the coast at Sea Ranch. She be­came a mem­ber of the Posh Squash, an or­ganic com­mu­nity gar­den that she en­joyed im­mensely.

Bea strug­gled with con­ges­tive heart fail­ure over the past sev­eral years, but she sol­diered on, un­com­plain­ing and en­joy­ing her time with friends and par­tic­u­larly fam­ily, es­pe­cially grand­chil­dren.

This past Novem­ber, she ex­pe­ri­enced a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult episode that landed her in the hos­pi­tal. She framed her sit­u­a­tion as an­other of life’s chal­lenges to be dealt with. As al­ways, she turned to strength­en­ing her body to help her through this stage. Although it was a chal­lenge and tired her out, she loved phys­i­cal ther­apy and looked for­ward to ev­ery ses­sion. She was an in­spi­ra­tion.

Bea is pre-de­ceased by her beloved hus­band of fifty years, Bumps, her brother Fred, Bumps and her first child, Fritz, who died at child­birth. She is sur­vived by her sis­ters, Florence We­icker of Mill­brook, New York and Dorothy We­icker of San Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia. Re­main­ing and cher­ish­ing her mem­ory also are her son Hans (Mar­ian), Fritz, Liesl, her daugh­ter Lisa (Jay) Pier­re­pont, Jack, Béa and her son Karl (Lizann), Eva, Lach­lan, Con­lan, all of San Fran­cisco.

A me­mo­rial will be held at 4:00, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20 at St. Mary the Vir­gin, 2325 Union Street, San Fran­cisco. A Life Cel­e­bra­tion will fol­low at the St. Fran­cis Yacht Club.

Do­na­tions in Bea’s mem­ory can be made to the Edge­wood Cen­ter for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, 1801 Vi­cente Street, San Fran­cisco, CA 94116 - (415) 375-7576 or to a char­ity of your choice.

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