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Beatrice North

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With deep sadness, we have to share the passing of Beatrice North.  Bea dedicated an enormous amount of time, talent (especially artistic), treasure and service to the Ashland County Retired Teachers Association.  She served decades in key leadership roles in our association and remained so committed to supporting retired educators to the very end of her life.  She dedicated her life to helping others through her faith and numerous community service organizations.  Bea's kindness and generosity was a blessing to countless thousands of students and friends in her life.  At the time of her passing, she was serving as ACRTA Vice-President.  Following is Bea’s obituary:

Beatrice North, 72, of Ashland passed away following a period of declining health on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in her home and with her family by her side. 

She was born on May 1, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Charles “Chuck” and Monna (nee Evans) Gudel.

Bea graduated from Charles Brush High School, class of 1968. She earned a bachelor's degree of science in education in 1972 from Bowling Green State University. She later earned a master’s degree of education in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University. 

She married the love of her life, Bruce North on June 7, 1975.

Bea was an art teacher in the Ashland City Schools for 33 years, retiring in 2005. Following her retirement, she supervised student teachers from Ashland University and also worked as the Kroc Center Art Program Coordinator.

Bea received recognition for her years of contribution to the community, receiving a regional outstanding art teacher award from the Ohio Art Education Association in 1989 and volunteer of the year in 1999 and 2000 from the Boy Scouts of America, Johnny Appleseed District. 

Throughout her life, Bea was a devoted member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was also active in other organizations including P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), Ashland County Retired Teachers Association, Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Ohio Art Education Association, North Central Ohio Art Education Association, and as a board member of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.

Bea is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Bruce North of Ashland; one daughter, Julianna (Ben) Richard of Painesville; one son, Eric (Lauren Macfarland) North of Hoquiam, Washington; four grandchildren, Simon, Graham, Oliver and Laurel Richard; one sister, Cindy Gudel of Columbus; and one brother, Bill Gudel of Columbus.

In addition to her parents, Bea is preceded in death by one brother, Charles Evans Gudel.

Our Vision:


The Ashland County Retired Teachers Association promotes the well-being of its retired educators by providing educational and social opportunities for its members, disseminating information to its membership and encouraging proactive community service.  ACRTA works to promote the future of education in Ohio, as well as the economic well-being of retired educators.  ACRTA schedules regular meetings where retirees come together with their colleagues.  
We always welcome NEW members!  Interested in becoming a member?  Click on the Join ACRTA and ORTA tab above or click here

Our Mission:

  • ​To aid in the advancement of the public schools

  • To foster good fellowship among retired educators

  • To promote interests and welfare of retired educators

  • To keep our membership informed of retirement system and health care issues

  • ​To promote volunteerism in education and community programs

Upcoming Events:

Program for the 2023 - 2024 year is in development.

Details on Events Page.

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