Bernard Louis Fallesen, of Gridley, passed away late Sunday night, December 16, 2012 in the Enloe Hospital, in Chico, California.
Bernard and his wife Ella moved to Gridley in 1999 from Bell, California to join his son, Barry Fallesen and daughter Jacqueline Warriner in Northern California. Bernard was the husband of 63 years and care giver for Ella who passed away in 2006 from complications of Alzheimer’s.
Bernard grew up on a farm in Nebraska, moving to California in 1940 after graduating from Neligh High School. He and Ella married in 1941 and raised their family in Maywood, California in the Los Angeles Basin. Bernard served in the army during World War II. Bernard was a member of the American Legion, serving as Patriotism Chairman and coaching American Legion Baseball in the years after World War II. He received his Life Membership card from Gridley American Legion Post after 67 years as a member of the legion. He worked for several manufacturing companies but spent his last 31 years of work at Mobil Oil beginning in the pipe line department, working as a steam engineer and finally as a service station maintenance mechanic. He retired in 1981.
Bernard and Ella’s primary focus was on their family; first their children, then their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom have survived him. Son Terry with wife Ginger, sons Sean and Geoffrey, their daughter Erin, her husband Erick Edquist and their son Jude live in the Los Angeles area. Daughter Jacqueline and husband Thomas Warriner, son Tim, his wife Jill and twin sons Bryce and Landon, and son Jason and his wife Hannah all live in Northern California. Son Barry with wife Sandra are Gridley residents. Their daughter Kari, husband John Wiser and daughters Abigail and Madalyn live in Montana. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
Bernard was the recipient of extra special attention and service from the Biggs-Gridley Hospital “Pink Ladies” who called every morning at 9 a.m., the past six years to check on him and provide a friendly and caring wake up call. His children wish to thank the Pink Ladies for their conscientious attention to this service and their patience on several false alarm calls due to Bernard’s excursions out with his family. His children would also like to thank Sandra and Billie Pruitt for their work and care. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and other medical and emergency personnel who have provided care and services to both our father Bernard and previously to our mother Ella.
Funeral services and internment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at Rose Hills, in Whittier, California. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Biggs-Gridley Hospital Pink Ladies service organization.