Beatrice began her life in Gilroy, California, the first of two girls born to Adolph Moehle of Hanover Germany and Ada (Rempfer) Moehle of Judd, North Dakota.
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Before her ninth birthday, Beatrice and family had moved from Gilroy to Salinas, CA to Monterrey, Mexico and then Woodland, California. They finally settled in Lodi, California where the Moehles made a permanent home.
Her father, a sausage maker for Lodi Pure Meat & Sausage Co., passed away during her freshman year in high school. Bea spent the war years studying and working part time in jobs ranging from teen farm labor crew to clerk typist for the Navy at Rough and Ready Island.
In 1946, she met her future husband: a Navy veteran named Alex Roessler. They were married in 1947 and moved to Washington D.C. where Alex became a student at George Washington University. Alex Jr. was born soon after.
Alex Sr. enlisted in the Army in 1949 and was sent overseas to Korea. Beatrice came back to Lodi where their daughter Olivia was born. Alex Sr. was killed in action in 1951.
As a young widow, Beatrice was determined to get a college degree and become a teacher. She worked summers as a bookkeeper for Richmond Chase Cannery to fund her education. Beatrice graduated from College of the Pacific in 1959, receiving her teaching credential the following year.
Immediately after, Beatrice began her thirty-one year career with Lodi Unified School District later earning a masters degree in library science that lead to several years as district librarian. She chose to return to teaching at the 2nd grade level because of her belief in the importance of this age as a life long turning point. Among Bea's many honors was as recipient of the John R. Williams Award conferred by the California Teachers Association. Upon retirement in 1990, she fulfilled her lifelong desire to travel.
She remarried for 10 years and her children Alex and Olivia were happy to have gained a brother, Jerry (Terre) Castaneda and nephews Eric and Justin.
Beatrice is pre-deceased by her husband Alexander, second husband Leo, her parents, sister and grandson Justin. She is survived by children Olivia, Alex and Jerry as well as grandchildren Jonathon, Erica and Eric and great granddaughter Jennifer.
Public viewing at Donahue Funeral Home is Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from noon-5:00pm. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday June 20, 2012. Private committal at Golden Gate National Cemetery with her husband Alex Thursday morning.
Donations may be made in her name to: Lodi Historical Society and the Delta Humane Society.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 19 to June 26, 2012