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Publication: Globe anbd Mail, The add link
Issue: 14 September 2010, page R12
Title: ALBERTA MAY CAUZ (Death Notice)
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(NEE ELDRIDGE) JUNE 16, 1910 - SEPT. 13, 2010 ALBERTA MAY CAUZ Mother was in her 101st year when she passed away peacefully with her daughters Marie and Beverly by her side early Monday morning in London. Born in Parkhill, Ont., to Walter Kingston Eldridge and Martha Irene (nee Dishman) Eldridge, Alberta was the last survivor of their seven children. She was predeceased by her husband (Luciano, 1984). Alberta was the loving and proud mother and mother-in-law of Louis (Deborah), Marie (John Meren) and Beverly (Fred Polci, 2002). She was the cherished and funloving grandmother of her Cauz grandchildren, Carrie, Michele (Kevin), David (Roxane), Jason (Gina), Joshua (Krista), and Matthew; David and Laura Meren; and her Polci grandchildren, Victoria (Tom), Christopher (Sarah), Fred (Hedy) and Jennifer as well as thirteen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. This spirited lady lived life with humor, joy and compassion for others. She was always ready with a smile, song and funny saying and truly was one of a kind. Alberta lived on her own until she was 99 and drove her car until her late 80s, taking friends to their hair and doctor's appointments or grocer y shopping. Alberta loved to travel and was eagerly looking forward to still another trip overseas when she was in her 90s. She traveled to Italy, England and Ireland and often to the States. Growing up she lived in Parkhill, Stratford, Saginaw, Mich., Hamilton and London. Helping others were her life's commitments. During The Depression those needing a meal often were rewarded when they knocked on her back door in Hamilton. During World War II young women working in factories boarded at mother and dad's place. She was always taking in stray cats and dogs. Alberta bred canaries and always had a budgie. She enjoyed babysitting as a teen and talked of the time in Stratford when she sat the son of NHL immortal, Howie Morenz. Later, during a trip to the Blue Jays' training camp in Florida she gave some of the players' wives a hand minding their children. Alberta was a devoted Blue Jays' fan. When they won she wore her Blue Jay cap for ward to the morning breakfast sessions with her Cherryhill coffee club neighbours. When they lost she wore it backwards. In a small cabinet outside her room at Longworth Long Term Care facility she had two photos, one of her children and the other of Jays' manager Cito Gaston, her favorite. Lou, Marie and Bev acknowledge with thanks the kindness and care mother received at Longworth. Visitation on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo St., London. Funeral service will be held at Donohue Funeral Home, on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Cremation to follow. Inter nment at St. Peter 's Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex, 1680 Oxford St. E., N5Y 5R8, or a charity of your choice.