BEATRICE KATHERINE SELBERT
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SEPT. 11, 1912 - APR. 24, 2014
Bea was surrounded by family and friends at her home when she passed from this life on April 24, 2014 at the age of 101. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, Robert Selbert. Surviving her are daughters Sandra Nunez (Mario), Katherine Venn (Chris), and grandchildren Nicolas Nunez, Serewo Venn, Claudia Venn and Sasha Venn, as well as great-grandchildren Brenden and Drew Balleras.
Born on September 11, 1912, in Detroit, Michigan, Bea was the third child of Rose Wodolan Fryzek and William Fryzek. Her siblings were Mildred, Dorothy and Gerald Fryzek. She always talked about her happy childhood living over her father's grocery store in Detroit and spending summers at their house at Cass Lake in Pontiac. Bea took piano lessons for many years and eventually taught students as a young woman. In 1930 she graduated from Northwestern High School and completed a course at secretarial school in Detroit. During World War II she worked at the Detroit Gasket Company as she waited for her fiancé, Robert to return from overseas combat duty with the Army Air Force. After their marriage in July of 1944, Bea and Robert began their life as a military couple and then a military family with the birth of their two daughters. Travelling to a new assignment every few years, they lived in Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Japan, Hawaii, and finally, California where they settled in Modesto in 1959. This was to become the home where they made life-long friends.
Bea worked for many years at the Stanislaus County Tax Collectors Office. She enjoyed gardening, photographing flowers, and oil painting. She was an accomplished knitter and seamstress. Over the years, friends and family were treated to the many delicious meals she prepared and the marvelous array of baked goods she turned out, including the Czech buns called kolache at Christmas time. Bea was a long-time member of the Congregational Church where she taught Sunday school. In her later years, she and Bob enrolled in the Senior Gym Class at the Courtroom, and found time to indulge their love of dancing with the Carousel Dance Group. They also got the urge to travel again and set off on cruises to Mexico, the Panama Canal and the Mediterranean.
Bea was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. There are no words to describe how much she is and will be missed by her family and friends.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Optimal Hospice Foundation, 1101 Sylvan Ave., Suite B-10, Modesto, CA. 95350.
Lakewood Memorial Park
900 Santa Fe Ave Hughson, CA 95326
Published in the Modesto Bee from May 4 to May 6, 2014