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Obituary: Patricia Ann Beisser Pascal

Longtime special education teacher, traveler, California native

Patricia Ann Beisser Pascal died after a short illness on December 10, 2021, at 97 years old, with her family by her side.

“She was interested in people as individuals and had a lifelong interest in education,” her family shared. “She was known by her friends as someone who lit up the room at a gathering. She will be so greatly missed.”

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 on to UC Berkeley, where she earned a BA in sociology.

In her senior year she was sorority president of Alpha Xi Delta. That year she met and married Stan Beisser, who had been 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 earned her elementary school teaching credential, then became a special education instructor for 25 years for the East Whittier City School District.

After her beloved husband Stan died, she traveled with friends on walking and birding tours in the U.S. and Europe. She also loved spending time with her children, her brother-in-law, Dr. Arnold Beisser and his wife Rita, and Stan’s mother Mae Beisser Elkins and husband Ben Elkins.

In her later life, she married Carl (Carme) Pascal and moved to West Covina. She and Carme enjoyed traveling, particularly to Ireland and Italy. She loved being a part of the Pascal family with his grown children, their children, and grandchildren. She was a member of the Covina PEO Chapter KI. After Pascal’s death she lived at 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; stepson and stepdaughter, Patrick Pascal and Julie Miller, and their spouses and children.

Her family wishes to thank the Vitas Hospice and Claremont Manor for their caring 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 Special Education Office of East Whittier City School District. Call (562) 907-5900 for giving information.

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