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Services at noon today for long-time businessman, rancher Chris Beratlis

Original post made on Apr 12, 2012

A funeral mass will be held at noon today at St. Augustine Catholic Church for Chris Beratlis, a longtime city, civic and business leader and rancher who died last Wednesday.

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

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Dear Beratlis Family, Our sincerest condolences. Life is so precious and short as you so very well know. May God Bless and Comfort All of You in this Terrible Time of Loss. Gary Schwaegerle & Family

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Posted by Howard Neely
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

Chris Beratlis...........A pillar of Pleasanton has moved on. But, he leaves us with wonderful momories of his efforts to make P-town a spectacular place to live.
For thos of you who did not know this native born son, you missed a part of our City's History.
Blessings to his devoted family.
Howard and Kathleen Neely

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Posted by Dave and Becky Frank
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

Chris was a gentle man and gentleman. We shared some fun times with Chris and Glenda, and we will miss his smile and great sense of humor. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Glenda and the family. May memories of Chris bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Dave and Becky

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Posted by Neighbors
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Our condolences to the family. We moved here when the sheep farm was still in existence and loved walking up to see the babies each spring! I'll never forget one year as we watched a lamb just born roll down a little grade and how the mother got him going again.

Another time a little lamb had his head caught in the fence and my kids were screaming at the top of their lungs to save the lamb. Chris heard the commotion and came down. He told the kids that lambs are like children and they get themselves into and out of trouble. A fond memory.

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Posted by Cheryl Cook-Kallio
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Apr 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I am saddened to hear this news. My heart goes out to his family.

I will always remember a conversation I had with Chris regarding the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery. We talked about institutionalized memory and how important that was to a community. I made a comment to him that he surely was part of that institutional memory of Pleasanton and we were fortunate to have someone interested in preserving that memory.

True then, even more true now.

Thank you, Chris, for all that you did for this community.

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Posted by Mike Cheney
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

All of us @ Valley Plumbing send our condolences to the family. Chris was a pillar of our community and we are all living in a wonderful city due in part to his hard work and dedication.

I too had found memories of the property that he cared for and the animals he raised. I lived near by and remember the seasons of the year and the things like the Tarantula Spiders coming out to mate in the evenings. I also remember the baby Lams and the decorations on the barn for Christmas. Good memories. Thank you Chris and Beratlis family.

Mike Cheney
Valley Plumbing

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Posted by Mike Madden
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

All of the above and more... I think Chris had more to do with the "comeback" of our downtown in the early 1990's than anybody else. He created the original Restaurant Row on Main at a time our downtown was way underserved of dining establishments. As a landlord, he kept his rents fair and his properties were always full and contributing to the vibrant fabic of our Downtown. He was a Civic Leader his whole life, from the days he served on the Council, thru to his recent involvement and leadersip in the PDA.
And he made the best Chili in town! He always prepared the chili for the GASIT Golf Tournament, which if you ever tasted it, you always went back for seconds... I used to ask him for the recipe and he would look back at me and say, "No way Mikey! But if you want to join me in the Sunol Chili Cook Off, you can get it it that way..." He held up his end of the deal, and now I know a couple of Chris's Chili making secrets...
As a businessman I considered him a mentor. As I sit here writing this, I realize I've lost one of my very good friends.
Chris left Pleasanton way better then he found it.
God Bless Chris and his family....

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Posted by Jim Jordan
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

Goodbye to a great civic leader.

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