Geraldine Hardison (December 1946 – September 2023)

Geraldine Hardison (December 1946 – September 2023)

Geraldine Hardison Sauer passed September 26th after a long illness while at the family ranch property near Fillmore. Gerry was born in 1946 to Betty and Russell Hardison and raised on their citrus, avocado, and dairy farm in the Sespe area.

After kindergarten in Fillmore, she attended St. Sebastian's School in Santa Paula, then graduated from St. Catherine's Academy-By-The-Sea in Ventura.

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees and her teaching credential.

Her first work was at Old Orchard School in the rapidly growing Newhall School District. For over 40 years Gerry taught kindergarteners and others in that district. She was always pleased when she found a new generation of students whose parents she had also taught.

She met and married Jerry Sauer and they lived and taught in that district, earning the respect and affection of students, parents and fellow teachers and staff members.

Jerry and Gerry had their greatest pleasure when their daughter Stephanie Anne arrived and became the focus of their lives.

The Sauers bought a second home in Big Bear Lake where they enjoyed the climate and their community of friends. Gerry had recently decided to make Big Bear her primary home.

Gerry loved her family and teaching and her friends - and, despite chronic back pain, enjoyed chocolate, house-boating on Trinity Lake, "game night", old Hop-along Cassidy shows, Buck Owens music, NASCAR, her pet cats and, especially, her pug dogs.

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry and her brother Philip Hardison, Gerry is survived by her daughter Stephanie Sauer, her brother Tom Hardison, her many friends and her beloved pets.

A memorial lunch is planned for 11AM on November 11th at the William S. Hart Park Hall, 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Cal Poly Alumni fund, the Children's Home Society, the Fillmore Historical Museum, or the Pug Queen rescue