Ursula Becker turned 100 years old on Sunday, May 19, surrounded by friends and family at Deer Park Villa.
Becker and her husband Barney, a retired San Francisco police sergeant, moved to Novato from San Francisco 35 years ago at the urging of their son, Bernie Becker, to retire and be close to family.
Formerly married to Ernest Koepf, a fisherman from Half Moon Bay, she married Barney in 1971 at Our Lady of Loretto Church. She was widowed for the second time when Barney died of a sudden heart attack at home after attending mass on Aug. 15, 1983, on the feast of the Assumption.
She is still residing at the same home in downtown Novato with her caregiver Josephine Sandaval. Confined to a wheelchair after several falls, she manages to work on her computer every day and maintains with the help of Sandaval. Even with failing sight she manages to play cards at lunch each day with Sandaval and neighbors on Valencia Court.
Becker and Ernest raised three sons on the coast. All were involved in the fishing industry. She worked very hard to help support the family. As Catholicism was very dear to her, she made sure all the boys were baptized and raised in the Catholic Church. She also was an organist and sang in the church choir.