Alberta Youngdale, 92, of Turlock, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. She was born to Howard Lee and Ruby Caffey in Long Beach, CA.
She attended Long Beach schools and graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1944. After graduating, she moved to Chicago to work for American Airlines. In the summer of 1949, in route to San Francisco to find a new job, she stopped in Turlock to visit her parents at their farm on N. Soderquist Road. She met Bill Youngdale while he was on a service call to repair a refrigerator. They married on May 6, 1950, and two years later their first daughter, Lynne, was born. In 1954, they moved to their current home and welcomed second daughter, Dara, and in 1958, their third daughter, Sonia.
Alberta was a consummate homemaker, caring for her children, husband, home and mother Ruby, who lived to be over 100. She was the faithful driver for her daughters’ school and church activities, ballet performances and girl scout outings. She enjoyed her bridge club and potluck group that both met for decades.
She and Bill traveled the world, beginning with trips in the 1950’s provided by G.E. to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Over the years, they traveled throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In later years, they cruised extensively, including trips to Mexico and Alaska with their children and grandchildren. She took her daughters on annual camping trips to Tuolumne Meadows with her beloved brother and sister-in-law, JB and Jane. Bill and Alberta spent summer vacations with the girls at the family cabin in Mission Springs. She never said no to a weekend getaway or road trip with her grown daughters.
Alberta was a high school athlete and enjoyed sports throughout her life. In her 30’s, Bill gave her a gift of ski lessons and she became an excellent skier, relishing weekends in Squaw Valley, vacations in Sun Valley and other destinations in the U.S. and Europe. She was an avid and competitive tennis player and thrived on tennis friendships.
Alberta’s passion was family and living life fully. When Bill passed away in July 2014, her social life became centered around her family, and she hosted restaurant dinners (having retired from cooking) and vacations with her children.
She is survived by daughters Lynne, Dara and Sonia, sons-in-law Jim, Steve and Laverne, grandchildren Chris, Laura, Claudia and Grace. She is also survived by many adoring nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law Joan Youngdale.
Over the last several years, Alberta has been lovingly cared for by Maria and Robert Ramirez, who moved in with her in May 2017. Other caregivers, including Alejandra Baez, Annie Javier, Claribel Villagran and Covenant Care Hospice, provided loving, often fun and joyful support to the end.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd. Private interment will take place at Turlock Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.