Longtime special education teacher, traveler, originally from California
Patricia Ann Beisser Pascal died after a short illness on December 10, 2021, at the age of 97, with her family by her side.
“She cared about people as individuals and had a lifelong interest in education,” her family said. “She was known to her friends as someone who lit up the room at a gathering. We will miss her so much. »
Pat was born in 1924 in Whittier, California, where she grew up as the middle child of three sisters. She graduated from Whittier High School and remained close to the special friends she made there. She went to Whittier College and then to UC Berkeley, where she earned a BA in sociology.
In her senior year, she served as the sorority president of Alpha Xi Delta. That year, she met and married Stan Beisser, who had served as senior class president at Berkeley. The newlyweds then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a county social worker in East Los Angeles. Soon after, the couple moved to Whittier to raise their family.
She returned to Whittier College and graduated as an elementary teacher, then became a special education instructor for 25 years for the East Whittier City School District.
After the death of her beloved husband, Stan, she traveled with friends on walking and birding tours in the United States and Europe. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, her brother-in-law, Dr. Arnold Beisser and his wife Rita, and Stan’s mother Mae Beisser Elkins and her husband Ben Elkins.
Later in her life she married Carl (Carme) Pascal and moved to West Covina. She and Carme loved to travel, especially to Ireland and Italy. She enjoyed being part of the Pascal family with her adult children, their children and grandchildren. She was a member of the KI chapter of Covina PEO. After Pascal’s death, she lived at the Claremont Manor retirement community. She enjoyed her time there with her dog, Dolly, and made many friends.
She is survived by her son and daughter, Ken Beisser and Janet Belmar, and their families; sister, Megan Thomas; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Patrick Pascal and Julie Miller, as well as their spouses and children.
His family would like to thank Vitas Hospice and Claremont Manor for their kind assistance.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Whittier Area Audubon Society at https://www.whittieraudubon.org/give-and-join; or the East Whittier City School District Office of Special Education. Call (562) 907-5900 for information.