Jan. 21, 1932 – Nov. 10, 2012
A celebration of life will be held for Beverly Bessel at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Cracchiolo's Banquet Hall, 1320 E. Main St., Woodland. She passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Bev was born on Jan. 21, 1932, in Golden, Colo., to Wilton and Alice Sollenberger. She was raised in Golden with her brother Wilton, whom she adored and had a wonderful childhood. She attended college at Colorado State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. While attending college, she met and married John Bessel. They were married for 58 years and had two children, Kesty and Mike.
In the early '70s, the Bessel family moved to Woodland and Bev began her 27-year teaching and coaching career at Lee Junior High. She was loved and admired by countless students and faculty members and built lifelong friendships along the way. She coached volleyball for 20 years and led her girls to many victories.
One of her other passions was being involved as a member of P.E.O. Chapter FI. This organization helps raise scholarship funds for young women to attend college. Bev's quilting played a big part in fundraising and all enjoyed seeing her beautiful work.
Bev's time after retirement was spent enjoying her grandchildren's sports. She also loved fishing, camping and traveling with her husband John. They traveled in their motor home to various destinations, one of them being the yearly family Eagle Lake trip of 33 years. This was a highlight for all and one of the memories her family will forever cherish by continuing the tradition.
Beverly is survived by her husband John Bessel, daughter Kesty and husband Brian Schmidthans of Woodland, and son Mike and wife Brenda Bessel of Sacramento. She also has six beautiful grandchildren, Kyle and Cody Schmidthans of Woodland, Bryce and Melissa Wilson, Katelyn and Kelsie Bessel, all of Sacramento. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilton and Alice Sollenberger, and her brother Wilton Sollenberger.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Woodland Health Care Foundation for the Stroke Recovery Group, 1321 Cottonwood St. Suite 305, Woodland, 95695; or P.E.O. Chapter FI, 42 Clark Court, Woodland, 95776.