Mavis June Caulfield
1927 - 2020

Mavis June (Reichenberg) Caulfield

1927 - 2020

Mavis June (Reichenberg) Caulfield, 93, died peacefully from natural causes at her home, Elders Inn, on Monday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Alameda, Calif. Mavis was born July 21, 1927, in Arthur, Neb. As a young girl her family moved to Napa, Calif., and she graduated in 1944 from Napa Union High School. In 1948, she married George Richard Caulfield and they remained in Napa until October 2008 when they relocated to Alameda to be more centrally located to their three daughters.

Mavis was a true renaissance woman. In Napa, the walls of the family home were adorned with her oil paintings and photos she snapped then printed in an on-site darkroom, while gourmet meals were often prepared with homegrown vegetables picked fresh from the garden and served in a dish she threw on a handcrafted potter's wheel on the backyard patio. She loved sewing, quilting and took classes in flower arranging, ceramics, art history and appreciation and more at Napa College. Mavis passed on many of her passions to her three daughters. Eldest daughter Jan shares her love of quilting. Middle daughter Julia tends a beautiful vegetable and rose garden and is a masterful cook and flower arranger. Youngest daughter Kathryn has a passion for graphic design, paper crafts and letterpress printing.

Mavis also lived a life in service to others. When her daughters were young, she led their Bluebird, Campfire and Brownie troops. As they got older, through the 4-H program, she taught sewing, cooking and home decorating classes to the three girls and other young people and served as a camp counselor. Women's programs at the Napa Methodist Church also featured prominently in her life. She found particular fulfillment serving as a Stephen Minister, providing one-to-one care and companionship to others experiencing difficult times.

Mavis' beloved husband of 63 years preceded her in death in 2011, at which time she elected to move to Elders Inn, where she continued to live an active and creative life. Her days were filled with art classes, discussion groups, church services, twice-weekly personal training, and more. Each afternoon, you would find Mavis camped out in the Elders Inn café sipping coffee and nibbling a cookie, while she chatted with staff and residents or worked a word puzzle to keep her mind active. She was known throughout the community for her sunny disposition and being "game" for most anything (except Bingo!). Mavis' family is deeply grateful for the exceptional care she received from the staff at Elders Inn and its sister facility The Lodge. Not only did they provide for her physical needs, but they opened their hearts to her with friendship and kindness. She lived a full and happy life during her years in their care.

Mavis is survived by her daughter Janet (Caulfield) Schardt of Wellington, Nev., whose husband Thomas is deceased; daughter Julia Caulfield and husband Kevin Wandryk of Los Altos, Calif., and daughter Kathryn Caulfield and husband, Robert Chrobak, of Carmel, Calif.; brother Bill Reichenberg and wife Arlene of Napa, Calif.; as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mavis will be laid to rest in Tulocay Cemetery, Napa. The family suggests memorial contributions to The Elders Inn Employee Recognition Fund, 1721 Webster St., Alameda, CA 94501.

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Published by Napa Valley Register on Jan. 3, 2021.
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Kathryn’s lovely mother Mavis was kind, caring, and high spirited, always happy to be with her family. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
January 13, 2021
As we moved out of Napa some time ago, I read obits every now & then. Aside from not realizing (until now) the passing of your father, George, we are just learning of your mother's passing, as well. On behalf of Dave Ball and myself, we are sorry for the loss of both of your parents, they were good people. Ray Ball passed in 06/08, and Lucille Ball passed in 10/20, so we're also dealing with final affairs. Dave will never forget his next door neighbors, the Caulfields, and the good people they were. We wish all of you comfort and peace; may God bless and be with all of you. Take care and stay safe! Truly, Gwen Ball - on behalf of the Ball Family
Gwen Ball
January 9, 2021
Your mom sounds like an amazing woman. My prayers go out to family and friends during this time.
Kathy Franco
January 5, 2021
I am so sorry for the passing of your Mom. She sounds like she was absolutely amazing! Kathy, you & your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Debra Muck
January 4, 2021