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Fillmore High Alumni Association  P.O. Box 385 Fillmore, CA. 93016-0385  (805) 524-0416

Ted Breshears class of '54

     Ted Breshears, class of '54, passed away at his home in Albany, OR.  Ted was in the Navy for six years and moved to Albany, OR after marrying Martha Marino.  He retired in 2007 after a long career with Long Haul Transportation.  Ted loved fishing and camping and was an annual attendee at the alumni dinners.  He is survived by his wife, Martha; two daughters, Melissa and Andyce; and two brothers, Nathan and Ernie.  A memorial service will be held for Ted in August at the annual family reunion.

Therese Lechler Langolf class of '58

     Therese Lechler Langolf was born February 8, 1941, in Glendale, CA and passed away peacefully on April 5, 2009 at her home in Piru, CA.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, John Langolf; brother, George Lechler; and parents Harry and Peggy Lechler.

     Therese is survived by her daughter, Denise Curry, husband Darryl; son, John Langolf, wife Dianne; grand kids, Kady Langolf, Danielle Seth-Hunter, husband Mike Seth-Hunter, Amanda Case, Allison Case; great grandson, Ryan Seth-Hunter; sisters. Zita Lechler, Eileen Richter; and several nieces and nephews.

     Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at the Piru Cemetery. 

Betty Cooper Hood, class of '47

     Betty Cooper Hood passed away March 26 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Betty was born November 27, 1929 in Oklahoma to Clay and Mollie Cooper.  At age 7 she moved to Fillmore where she attended all the Fillmore schools, graduating from Fillmore High in 1947.

     Betty met the love of her life, Richard Hood, while in high school and married him after graduating.  Richard and Betty were married for sixty-one years, and at the time of her death were still madly in love.  Betty and Richard owned and operated Dick's Market in Fillmore for many years.  After raising their children in Fillmore, they both retired--Betty from the City of Fillmore and Richard from Vons, and moved to Ventura.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and her youngest son, Gary Richard Hood.  She leaves behind her loving husband, Richard; daughters Vicki and husband, Dr. Donald Kinder; Kathy and husband Randall Moss; son, Steven and wife, Mary; daughter Jennifer and husband, Jerry Smith; daughter Rhonda and husband, Larry Fisk; 13 grandchildren; 5 great granchildren and many others that she loved as if they were her own.  She will be missed by too many to list. 

     A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at the Ventura Church of Christ, 5401 Bryn Mawr, Ventura, CA.

George Madsen, Ag. Teach and Principal

     George Madsen passed away March 21, 2009 at his home in Fremont, CA.  George was born in Sacramento, CA in 1919,  and attended the University of California, Davis, where he received his degree and his teaching credential.  He enlisted in the Air Force after graduation and was stationed in San Antonio and Reno.  He married Esther Bowman in August, 1942, as a result of correspondence to a soldier as encouraged by her pastor.  George insisted their marriage was God's will, and it proved to be true for 66 years.

     George and Esther moved to Fillmore in 1945, where George taught agriculture and was advisor to the Fillmore FFA chapter until 1962, when he became Director of Curriculum and eventually Principal at Fillmore High School from 1967 to 1974.  They raised their three children, Nick, Karen and Linda in Fillmore, where they lived until George's retirement in 1974.

     After retiring, George and Esther became volunteers with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Mitla, Mexico, later in Texas and then in Idylwild, CA at the orientation for new missionaries.  Friendships were made which led to George's correspondence with 80 missionaries around the world.  E-mail simplified his efforts tremendously, and everyone will miss his weekly and monthly letters.

     After leaving Fillmore, George and Esther set up their retirement home at Dillon Beach, CA, in the house he remodeled that was his boyhood family vacation home.  He loved going poke pole fishing and teaching others the skill of fishing under the rocks. He also loved digging clams which his family enjoyed in the form of clam chowder.  Another tradition of George's was to make applesauce from Gravenstein apples that were grown in the Dillon Beach area. A family tradition that is still carried on by his granddaughters.  When poor health came upon the scene, the children encouraged them to move to Fremont to be closer to their children, grandchildren and doctors.

     Funeral services were held Saturday, March 28 in Fremont.

Virginia James Taylor, class of '42

     Virginia James Taylor, class of 1942, died March 13, 2009 in Modesto, CA after open heart surgery, as reported by her husband, Bob Taylor, class of 1940.  More information will be added as it is received.

Jose Limon class of '49

     Jose Limon, age 79, passed away peacefully on Mach 11, 2009 at his home in Santa Paula.  He was born in Pico River, CA on December 23, 1929, but grew up in Fillmore, graduating with the class of 1949.  He was a Ventura County resident for 70 years.  He was a retired construction supervisor.  Jose was a member of El Buen Pastor.  He enjoyed swimming, traveling, gardening, walking, spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and working in his wood shop.

     He is survived by his wife Frances Limon, son, Michael Limon; daughter, Nicey Cabral; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Nelson Somers, class of '62

     Nelson Somers, a lifelong resident of Ventura County, suffered a fatal heart attack on February 21, 2009.  He was 64 years of age.

     He was a prominent rancher who pent his life conducting business based on "his word and a handshake."  Nelson began his farming/ranching career in high school as a member of the Fillmore F.F.A., and continued in that business for the rest of his life.  He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Brooks, and they were married almost 44 years.  Together they raised three sons and became a vital part of the community.

     Nelson was well-known for his custom farming and became a successful, well-respected rancher.  His love of the land expanded to Oregon, where he pursued the development of hay and catttle ranches.  He always looked forward to the family "working vacations" in Oregon.  His many loyal and long-time employees were "like family" to him.  He was an animal lover who could be spottted with his devoted Dalmatian, Dottie, by his side in his truck.

     He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and sons; Nelson, Jr., Chris and Shannon, all of Fillmore, as well as his nephew and wife, Dave and Sherri Wright and their children, Riley and Hayden, also of Fillmore.

     A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28 at Skillin Carrol Mortuary in Fillmore.  As Nelson would have insisted, casual ranch dress is appropriate.

     In lieu of flowers, please feel free to honor Nelson's memory through a donation to the charity of your choice.

James "Jim" Wilson, Class of '58

     James "Jim" Wilson was born September 14, 1939 and passed away January 30, 2009.    

     He was born in Oxnard, the first son of Dick and Ardis Wilson.  He lived in Fillmore and Bardsdale while growing up and graduated with the Fillmore High class of 1958.

     He began his advertising career at the Star Free Press newspaper in Ventura.  He later transferred to Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, and continued his career at the Register-Pajaronian.

     He moved to Sonora in 1982 and was the classified advertising manager for

The Union Democrat until his retirement.  He then bought and maintained several rental properties.

     He was a member of the Sonora Mountain Lions Club for many years, and until recently, was in charge of the club's hospital equipment lending program.

     His family said he had strong religious beliefs and was known and loved by many.

     Jim is survived by his mother, Ardis Wilson, of Sonora; sons, Mitch Wilson of Sonora and Geof DeZavala of Fillmore; a brother, Bill Wilson of Oxnard; 

a sister, Sue Robertson of El Centro; a grandson, Austin Wilson of Sonora; and step-daughters, Wendy Brooks of Salinas and Lori Schudda of Oregon.

     A celebration of his life was held Saturday, February 14 at Chapel in the Pines in Twain Harte, CA.

Bernice Lebard Lander, Class of '38

     Long time resident of Bardsdale, Bernice Othea Lander has passed away in Reno, NV on January 25, 2009.

     Bernice was born and raised on the family citrus ranch in Bardsdale.  She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1938.  In January of 1942 she married Bob Lander.  They continued to live on the ranch until the time of his passing in 2004.  Bernice moved to Fallon, NV with her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Will Smith until the time of her passing after a short illness.

     Bernice is survived by her daughter and son-in-law; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Donna Lander of Orangevale, CA; grandsons, Mark and Lisa Lander of Virginia; Todd and Heather Lander of Texas; great grandchildren, Colten Lander and Markelle Lander; and sister, Aletha Courtice of San Gabriel.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold LeBard; and husband Bob Lander.

     Graveside services were held on Friday, January 30, 2009 at the Bardsdale Cemetery.


Virginia Lee Redding, Class of '62

     Virginia Lee Redding,65, of Piru, died Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Abilene, TX.  She was born September 9, 1943, in Santa Paula, CA to Hubert Howell Redding and Ollie Lee Beall.  She is survived by her son, Robert Vance McCloud, and grandson Colton Alan McCloud, both of Piru, and her siblings, Ross Redding (wife Sharon) of Abilene, Nancy Sharpe of Abilene, Diana Reed (husband Richard) of Abilene, and Fred Redding (wife Sachie) of Torrance, CA, along with 19 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.

     A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 27 at 2 p.m. at Elmcrest Baptist Church, Abilene, TX.  Burial is planned for Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA.  She may be gone, but will always remain in our hearts.

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