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Pearl A. Haas
Pearl A. Haas, a longtime Ceres teacher, half-century member of Ceres Christian Church and widow of Ceres High School Principal Fleming Haas, has died. She was 94 when death claimed her on Sept. 21, 2010.

Services were held Saturday at Ceres Christian Church.

Mrs. Haas was a lifelong member of the Persephone Guild of Ceres and served as its president from 1967 to 1969. She taught Ceres elementary schools for 28 years as her husband worked for Ceres Unified School District. Mrs. Haas was considered a pioneer of special education. She first started working at Whitmore Elementary School in 1948, teaching mostly second- and third-graders. She later went to teach at Carroll Fowler Elementary School, retiring in 1976.

For over 50 years Pearl was a member of Ceres Christian Church and enjoyed supporting Christian missions. The financial and prayer support she gave to Christian missions was said to have affected seven nations.

An outdoor enthusiast, Pearl enjoyed family camping and backpacking trips for years. At age 60 she started organizing back packing trips for younger women.

Pearl was born May 8, 1916 in Upland to Hyram and Mary Alderfer and grew up on a farm. She married Fleming Haas on May 15, 1937 and they were married for 67 years until his death in 2003.

She leaves behind four children, Larry Haas of Grand Junction, Colo., Donald Haas of Winchendon, Mass., Rollin Haas, of Salinas and Elaine Marlett of Hughson; her sister, Pauline Landis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Elsie Zook of Monrovia; and 22 grandchildren and 14-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Remembrances may be sent to Ceres Christian Church missions program, Christian Encounter Ranch at Grass Valley or a favorite evangelical Christian mission.

-Ceres Courier/ September 29, 2010