November 16, 1923 – September 21, 2017
With great sadness but with fondest memories we commend Pete to his heavenly home. His wife Thelma, daughter Lynn and son-in-law Don McCulley, granddaughters Meagan and Erin, and many other friends and family will miss him, but with the consolation that he lived a long, productive and happy life.
He was born to Frank and Nellie Breault in Fresno; graduated from Kerman High School; earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley; and continued graduate work in English at Columbia University until interrupted by WWII, when he served in the US Army.
After the war, and until retirement in 1985, he taught English at El Dorado County High School in Placerville, Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, and Gunn High School in Palo Alto. He was devoted to his students and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was himself a serious student of literature. He also enjoyed classical music and was an accomplished pianist. Pete was extraordinarily curious and informed his ideas by reading and by travel to most of the world’s continents. When travel became difficult for him, he wrote letters of encouragement to volunteer organizations pursuing goals he valued. Former students sometimes corresponded with him. One, now a professor, remembered Pete as very “influential,” and another, Zoe Lofgren, remembered him as “a wonderful teacher… intellectual without frightening young learners.”
Before his death he was received into the Catholic Church. He will be interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery on December 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. May he rest in peace.