Obituaries for the week of 10/13/2010

Gwen Beyerle Harris, 81

Elroy (Roy) Gullingsrud, 88

Constance Stirling Beadle, 85

Peton Oneita Pratt

Gwen Beyerle Harris

Gwen Beyerle Harris died suddenly Aug. 25, 2010 at the age of 81. Gwen moved to Portola from Susanville at the age of seven, when her father, Alvin Beyerle, opened Beyerle’s Drug Store in Portola (later Kehoe Pharmacy). She was a 1947 graduate of Portola High School. Gwen attended Sacramento College and worked for California Almond Growers as a secretary. In 1954, she married Stanley W. Harris. After her daughter, Melissa Harris, was born, Gwen worked as a homemaker in Sacramento until 1968. Gwen and Stan settled permanently in Belmont in 1970. Stan preceded Gwen in death in 2005, after 51 years of marriage. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Harris; son-in-law, Doug Kennedy and granddaughter Sydna Kennedy of Lake City; as well as cousins Richard Spaulding and Jay Spaulding, and his wife Lorita. A graveside service was held at the Cedarville Cemetery on Sept. 29. She will be missed by her friends from the Class of ’47 and by her family.


Elroy (Roy) Gullingsrud

Elroy (Roy) Gullingsrud, 88, of Yountville died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. from pnuemonia in the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. Roy passed away peacefully surrounded in love with his son, Robert, wife Nancy and his daughter Peggy, husband Rick.

Roy is survived by his son Robert Gullingsrud (Nancy) in Waterford; daughter Peggy Born (Rick) in Pacific Grove; stepson Irving (Linda) Weisner in Chesapeake, Va. and two stepdaughters, Linda Robinson (Tom) in Bend, Ore. and Ina Newhouse (Mike) in Middleton, Wis.; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

His parents, five brothers, three sisters and two wives preceded Roy in death.

Donations in memory of Roy sent to either the American Diabetes Organization; or Help Hospitalized Veterans Organization 36585 Penfield Lane, Winchester, CA 92596 would be appreciated.

A Military Service of Remembrance will be held Oct. 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Home Memorial Chapel 260 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599. Following a short reception, a gravesite service will take place at the Veterans Cemetery.


Constance Stirling Beadle

Constance Stirling Beadle was at peace when she passed Oct. 3, 2010 in Chico following a long illness. She and her family had recently celebrated her 85th birthday.

Connie was born Sept. 21, 1925 in Palo Alto. She continued to live in the Bay Area until World War II came along and she met a tall, skinny sailor from Brooklyn, N.Y. Connie and Floyd W. Beadle celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1.

After two stints in the Navy, Connie, Floyd and their growing family migrated north to Susanville for a few years before they settled in Chico in the 1950s. During that time, Connie was employed at KHSL-TV as a receptionist and weather person. She was also active in community affairs and served as President of the Chico Junior Women’s Club. During that same era, Connie also became a member of the Lake Almanor Country Club and during the 1960s served on the Board of Directors of that organization.

Following retirement in the 1980s, Connie and Floyd took up year-round residence at Lake Almanor and later established their current “winter home” in Corning. Connie had a great gusto for life and was an eternal optimist. She saw only the best in other people and was always the life of the party. She is, and will continue to be, sorely missed.

Connie is survived by her husband Floyd of Corning and Lake Almanor; her son, Richard L. Beadle of Red Bluff; her daughter, Carol J. Caldwell of Olympia, Wash.; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen C. Stirling of Chico; her sister, Helen Shelley of Red Bluff; her daughter, Susan G. Boydof Sacramento; son-in-law, Bruce Caldwell of Friday Harbor, Wash. and her granddaughter, Allegra S. Beadle of Redding.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be announced in the future.


Peton Oneita Pratt

Longtime Lake Almanor Basin bartender Peton O. Pratt passed from this life suddenly following complications from liver disease early Monday morning, Oct. 4, 2010 at Seneca District Hospital located in Chester. Her loving companion for the past nineteen years, Tony was at her side.

Born in Lomita Park, Petie as she affectionately became known was raised and educated in San Mateo County. She moved to the Chester-Lake Almanor area with her first husband Henry "Hank" Pomi in 1970. Hank tragically passed from this life in 1987. She later married Kenny Pratt who passed from this life in 1991.

Petie will be fondly remembered by many in the community for her warm welcoming spirit and expertise behind the bar. She is famous for her homemade chili, winning numerous chili cook-offs.

In passing Petie leaves her loving partner, Anthony "Tony" Vincent of the Lake Almanor Peninsula and a brother; Dayne Lopez of Washington State.

She joins her husbands; Henry "Hank" Pomi and Kenneth Pratt in their eternal home.

Graveside services will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 in the Chester District Cemetery. A celebration of Petie's life will follow at the Lassen Club in Old Town Chester. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. Any remembrances in Petie's memory can be made to the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


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