Christine Ann Diez
December 26, 1950 – June 21, 2016
Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Josephs Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 8 a.m. for Christine Ann Diez who passed away surrounded by her family on June 21, 2016, in her home of twenty five years. Chrys, as many knew her, was born December 26, 1950 to Gilbert and Germaine Garand in Honolulu, HI.
Growing up in San Diego, Chrys attended Madison High School along with her brother and three sisters. She often spent days at the beach and cruising Mission Boulevard in her beloved blue Mustang.
Mrs. Diez moved to Holtville in 1980 and raised her five children in her favorite little town. A career of 30 plus years with the Holtville Unified School District started in 1983. Chrys, throughout her time with the district, was an advocate for numerous community programs that focused on youth.
She truly loved the thousands of children she met through her job and it was reflected on the picture wall that was proudly displayed in her office. Chrys loved the warm valley weather, good laughs with great friends, a winning lottery ticket and most of all spending time with her family.
Mrs. Diez is proceeded in death by her mother, Germaine Garand. She is survived by her father, Gilbert Garand; daughters, Jolene, Jessica and Joey; sons, Jim and Justin and their families; sisters, Paulette, Michelle and Marybeth brother, Roger; numerous nieces and nephews.
A Rosary service was held Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Holtville.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Accentcare Hospice Foundation, 2344 South 2nd St, El Centro, CA 92243.
The care that was given to our mom was truly extraordinary, and we wish for so many to be blessed with the same compassion she received. –
Samuel Gordon Webb
Nov. 12, 1916 – June 21, 2016
Samuel Gordon Webb was born on November 12, 1916 in Holtville, California. His parents were Samuel Fleming and Susan May (Gordon) Webb. Sam’s grandfather was an early pioneer in the Arizona Territory, where he published three different newspapers and served five terms in the Territorial Legislature, two as Speaker of the Assembly. In 1904, Sam’s mother and father moved from Phoenix, Arizona, by horse-drawn wagon, to Holtville, California. Together, they built the first house, an adobe structure, in town in 1905. Sam’s father owned and operated the first blacksmith shop in the eastern part of the Imperial Valley and served as the first Justice of Peace in Holtville.
Sam Jr. started working in his father’s shop at age 10, as an apprentice. At that same age, he was also driving a car, since driver’s licenses were not yet required. The shop would shoe up to 100 horses and mules a week. His pay was $1.00 per day, six days a week. When automobiles and tractors took over, the business was converted to a machine shop. Sam’s father designed and manufactured farm equipment, including a rotary land leveler. Eventually the shop became Webb Manufacturing Company.
Sam worked closely with his father, learning how to use, not only the forge, but lathes, mills, drills, welding equipment, etc, becoming an expert in all aspects of forming and machining metal. And following in his father’s footsteps, Sam designed and built specialized farm equipment, and holds a U.S. patent for a rotary planter-cultivator that he invented in the early 1950s.
Sam married Jeanne Stewart in 1938. They were married for 53 years, until her death in 1991. They had three sons, Samuel Stewart, Lee Dale, and Andrew Howard, all graduates of Point Loma High School in San Diego. Lee died in 1986. The oldest son, Sam and his wife Astrid are now retired in Borrego Springs and the younger son, Andy, a retired minister in the Free Methodist Church, and his wife Margie live in Roland, Iowa. Sam’s second marriage to Louise Des Jardin in 1993, lasted 10-years, until her death in 2003. Sam’s third marriage was with Velma Mauldin in 2003, and lasted until Velma’s death in 2006.
Sam moved his family from Holtville to San Diego in 1955, purchasing a home on Willow Street in the Point Loma area. He went to work for Ryan Aircraft as a Master Machinist toolmaker. In 1961 he went to work for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography as an instrument maker. Scripps’ wanted Sam to go back to college to get an engineering degree, but Sam declined, saying, “There is nothing they can teach me about building things that I don’t already know.” So Scripps came up with a special Oceanographic Instrument Maker title just for Sam. During his 20-year tenure at Scripps, Sam worked at the Marine Physical Lab in Point Loma building one-of-a-kind instruments for their research ships, such as Flip. Sam retired in 1981.
In 2006, Sam began his Point Loma neighborhood cleanup campaign to keep himself busy after the death of his third wife. His cleanup route covered about 28 blocks and, on average, Sam spent about 30-36 hours weekly patrolling the streets, with his pick-up tool and trash bag, removing litter from the sidewalks and gutters. In 2010 Sam was awarded a Community Beautification Award from the Point Loma Association for his work in keeping the streets clean in his Roseville neighborhood.
In December of 2013, Sam sold his Point Loma home, where he had lived for over 55 years, and moved to the Mountain View Cottages Assisted Care facility in Borrego Springs. Sam enjoyed the facility and its caregivers. He loved to tease and joke with the staff as he counted down the months until his 100 birthday, which he was really looking forward to celebrating – but missed by less than five months.
John Richard (Dick) Fitch
A Valley tribute will be held in October for John Richard (Dick) Fitch who died in Kerrville, Texas June 26.
Private family services will be in Kerrville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fitch’s name may be made to the Kiwanis International Foundation in care of the El Centro Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 362, El Centro, Ca. 92244.
A man of many interests, Fitch was foremost a newspaper man. He was in the newspaper and publishing business for more than 48 years.
He was a newspaper editor and publisher with over 36 years serving the Imperial Valley Press. He retired on September 30, 1996. Fitch was a long time member and director of the California Newspaper Publishers Association and served a record-setting nine consecutive years as chairman of the legal affairs committee.
He also was a past president of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and was the founding president of the Imperial County Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) which helped locate two prisons and a General Dynamics facility to Imperial County. REDI was a precursor of what is today the Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission.
A strong believer in giving back, Fitch was a member of two service organizations — Kiwanis and Rotary. He was twice named Kiwanian of the Year of the Kiwanis Club of El Centro. He served as a director in each organization and was a past president and past distinguished lieutenant governor in Kiwanis. He was a member of the Kerrville (Texas) Noon Rotary at the time of his death. He accumulated more than 46 years of perfect attendance between the two organizations.
In his newspaper career, Fitch met Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Fitch often advised men not to have their photo taken with Reagan citing that the former president was so handsome he made others, including Fitch, look bad. As a boy, Fitch watched and listened as Harry Truman campaigned from the back of a train during a stop in Clarksburg, W. Va.
After retiring, Fitch authored and published four children’s books. He printed limited numbers of his books as he intended them mainly as eBooks. Fitch believed strongly that digital books would grow in popularity. When his first book went on Amazon, only two percent of books were selling as eBooks. Today, over 20 per cent of all books sold are digital.
In Kerrville, where Fitch lived at the time of his death, he would occasionally read his stories to gatherings of students at area schools when invited. Publishing his books, he partnered with former Imperial Valley Press illustrator/artist Margaret Silva-Chairez, now of San Diego, and credited her with making the books graphically pleasing to children. He often said her illustrations were more important to the books than the words he wrote.
Citing he was an absolute failure at “Retirement 101”, Fitch took on the duties of Director of Newspapers in Education at the Kerrville Daily Times in June, 2006, a part-time position he held until his death. He jokingly referred to himself as a “recycled publisher”. He grew that department and took it electronic almost immediately after beginning his employment at the Times. He worked with over 300 educators each year via the internet and put approximately 1600 newspapers daily into area classrooms.
In September, 2006, he started and managed a Teacher of the Month recognition program.
He also produced an annual coloring book and coloring contest for children through fifth grade which culminated each year with a “Celebration of Winners” ceremony. Fitch would present 45 awards to children of various ages who were judged to be winners. The contest would receive over 1,000 entries each year.
He was in the U. S. Marine Corps reserve as a high school student and upon graduating enlisted in and served four years in the U. S. Air Force with tours in Chandler, AZ; Tokyo, Japan; and Waco, Texas. He was with the Pacific Stars & Stripes newspaper in Tokyo for two years where he was an artist/illustrator and compositor.
In Tokyo, Fitch joined the Meji Players Theatre and had major roles in Rain and The Drunkard. He also was in several one-act plays. On nine occasions, he participated in Kiwanis Kapers, a variety show performed three nights every three years, over many years, as a major fund-raising event for the Kiwanis Club of El Centro.
Fitch attended Baylor University, and was both a student and a part-time instructor at Imperial Valley College.
In retirement, Fitch transitioned from a horseman to a classic car enthusiast. In his lifetime he owned nearly 100 cars, many of them collectibles. He was a member of five car clubs, two in Arizona and three in Texas. He served in various capacities: president, vice president, tour master, bulletin editor and web master.
Fitch’s other interests included collecting a complete first edition set of books written by turn-of-the-century author, Harold Bell Wright, as well as gardening and collecting art — mostly western.
Fitch is survived by his wife, Dr. Diane Fitch, five children: Joanne Girkins, Troy Fitch, Victoria Dawson, Valerie Segraves and Megan Fitch, Michelle Macklin their spouses, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, all deeply loved by Fitch.
April 18, 1918 – May 21, 2016
Former Holtville resident June Ary, 98, passed away on Saturday, May 21, at El Centro Regional Medical Center. June was born June Moretto on April 18, 1918 to Norma and John Moretto in Evansville, Illinois. June attended schools in Indiana and married Thomas L. Ary in 1939. Her and her family moved to Imperial Valley in 1949 and resided in Dixieland. June believed she had “died and gone to hell.” In 1951 she moved to Holtville to the east Highline and then in 1965 she and her family moved into Holtville.
Mrs. Ary attended Imperial Valley College and held numerous jobs throughout her lifetime. She was a beautician by the age of 19. Upon her graduation from Imperial Valley College she went to work for Thompson Truck Lines in El Centro. She later worked at the Holtville TB Sanitarium for 11 years until it closed. She then went to work for Royal Convalescent in Brawley then worked for Valley Nitrogen in El Centro. She decided to be close to her family and was last employed by the Holtville Cotton Gin.
Upon her retirement she began work on genealogy and then became president of the Genealogy Society of El Centro. She served on the Grand Jury Commissioner in El Centro as a volunteer secretary. Before her passing she was working on her fifth and sixth book on her genealogy.
June was preceded in death by her husband Thomas L. Ary in 1986, two sons Stephen Ary in 1973 and Mike Ary in 2012 and two grandsons Thomas Ray Ary in 1985 and Stephen Phillip Ary Jr. in 2012. She is survived by sons David Sandefur of Loma Linda, Calif. and Brock Ary of Korat,Thailand; Grandsons Jeff Sandefur of Los Angeles, Calif., John Sandefur of Salt Lake City, Utah, Shawn Ary of Illinois and Tomar Ary also of Illinois. Granddaughter Michellio Estrella of Sacramento, Calif., numerous great grandchildren Brandy, Brian, Thomas Leroy, Lucas, Kristen, Erik, Thomas Michael, Kayla and Capri.
Viewing will be held on Monday, May 23rd at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services will be held on Tuesday at Hems Chapel at 9 a.m. and burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, 3751 Market Street, San Diego. All flowers will be donated to the Valley Convalescent Center in El Centro.
Alberto A. Lomas
January 1, 2012 (age 82)
Alberto A. Lomas passed away peacefully at sunset on January 1, 2012 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maria Luisa; seven children (spouse name in parenthesis):Clara (Luis),Cecilia, Rosa (Jim), Alberto M, Jose Luis (Yolie), Mary (Eric), Alma (Herb); eleven grandchildren, Veronica (Tom),Luis Alberto (Krista), Armando(Jessica), Alejandro (Carolann), Christopher (Jill), Nycole, Natalie, Clara Cecilia, Albert III, Nathan, Lucas; and six great grandchildren ( Alex (deceased),Hannah, Rylee, Jasmine, Cash and Joshua.
He is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.
He spent 32 years as a valued management employee at S.H. Kress in downtown Calexico. Joe recalls that many of his friends called Alberto “apa” as they loved and respected him. Alberto remembered his friends and co-workers fondly. His family enjoyed his countless witty and humorous stories. He was a great story teller and later in life spent hours writing his memoirs.
The family gives their heartfelt gratitude to Hospice of the Valleys for their hard work and the kindness given to “our loving Dad.” He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Alberto’s ashes were laid to rest at Mt. View Cemetery in Calexico at a private family graveside service on Saturday, January 28th at 11:00 a.m.
SIGMON, VERNON LLOYD
Thomas Lamar De Paoli
Tom was born Nov. 1 1936, in Holtville, to John and Mary De Paoli. He passed away peacefully Dec. 11, in San Diego at the age of 75.
He attended local schools, graduating from Holtville High School and later he graduated from Cal Poly Pomona. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany 1959 – 1961.
He is survived by his wife, Heidi De Paoli of Holtville, son Ed De Paoli, wife Kelly two granddaughters Morgan and Alexis of Washington State, and son Buck De Paoli and his daughter Presley of Holtville.
There will be a celebration of his life this Saturday December 17th from 11AM to noon in the Social Hall at the Corner Stone Church located at 125 E. 6th St. Holtville, California.
Ricky I. Escudero
May 5, 2006 – June 7, 2011
A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 11th, 2011 at United Methodist Church, in Shickley, Nebraska for Ricky I. Escudero whom parents are former Holtville residents. Officiating was Pastor Dorothy Aspegren
A graveside service was held following the memorial at Shickley Public Cemetery in Shickley, Nebraska.
Richard “Ricky” Ismael Escudero was born on May 5, 2006 in Omaha, Nebraska to Richard & Debra (Garcia) Escudero. He went home to be with Jesus on June 7, 2011 at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ricky was known for his vibrant contagious smile, and his beautiful eyes and eyelashes that went on for miles. To know him, was to love him! Ricky loved his family and especially loved kissing on his mom, and he shared an incredible bond with his daddy. Ricky enjoyed attending school everyday and looked forward to delivering the mail each morning. He was adored by his teachers and classmates. Ricky attended the United Methodist Church in Shickley where he participated in Sunday School and enjoyed the many activities there. He had a special place in his heart for Pastor Dorothy and the congregation. One of Ricky’s Grandma Mary’s most cherished memories was the conversations they had over the telephone and always ending their talk with a “Barney” song, “I Love You, You Love Me.” Ricky will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his father and mother Richard Sr. and Debra Escudero of Shickley; sisters Erica of Colorado, Clarissa of California, Victoria and Olivia Of Shickley; brother Julian of Shickley; maternal grandparents Mary Alice and Raul Garcia of California; paternal grandmother Petra Escudero of California; aunts Jenny of Nebraska, Monica, Susan, Connie, Mary Helen, and Gloria of California, and Patricia of Nevada; and numerous cousins and friends.
William James Thornburg
Apr. 7, 1925 – June 11, 2011
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 17th at Holtville United Methodist Church, at 11 a.m., for longtime Holtville resident William J. Thornburg, He passed away on Saturday, June 11th.
William James Thornburg was born April 7, 1925 in Calipatria, CA. He attended Harding, Lincoln, and Wilson grammar schools. He graduated from Central Union High School in 1942, Imperial Valley College where he was awarded the American Legion Award in 1949 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and was president of his fraternity. William received his Master of Arts degree in Business Education from San Diego State University in 1973. Upon graduating from college he joined the family farming enterprise, Thor Packing Co., Inc. At various times he served as president and directed of the Holtville Chamber of Commerce, president and member of the Holtville Rotary Club, president and Director of Western Growers Association. President and member of the Imperial Valley College Foundation, he served on the Holtville City Council from 1954 to 1960 and was Mayor of Holtville form 1956 to 1960. He was named Holtville’s first Citizen of the year in 1954 and was inducted into the Imperial Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame of 1989. In 1967, Bill resigned as Trustee of IVC and applied for and received a position as Instructor of Business. He pursued his teaching career until 1980 when he applied for and received the position of Vice President for Business Services. During his tenure as teacher he served nine years on the Academic Senate where he served as chairperson one year. After retiring as Vice President for Business Services in 1990, he has been active in the Imperial County Historical Society and museum, serving as President in 1999 and pursuing his lifelong love of music by working for three years helping to restore the original pipe organ from the State Street Christian Church of El Centro. He served as organist for the United Methodist Church of Holtville for 52 years. He is the only person who graduated from IVC, served as a trustee of IVC (founding) taught at IVC and became a vice president of IVC.
William James Thornburg is survived by his wife Evelyn Marie of 63 years; sons, William Rogers and Janet Thornburg, Joel James and Denise Thornburg, Gregory Lewis and Nancy Thornburg, Todd Samuel and Patricia Thornburg; daughter, Rebecca Marie and Ray Blevins; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Donations can be made to the IVC Foundation, Pioneers Museum and Holtville United Methodist Church.
Carmen Quiroz De Lopez
Passed on June 12th 2011.
She was known as Carmenza. Born
August 1st 1925 in Magdalena Sonora Mexico. She was married to jose Lopez Valenzuela She is survived by her 4 children Cesar, Sonia, Javier, Carmelita Lopez and her sister Alejandrina Padias, and 2 brothers Ramon and Ernesto Quiroz. She has 13 Grandchildren and 8 Great grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, sister and grandmother. We will miss her Happy ways greatly.
Lucy Belandres Francis
March 30, 1950 – February 14, 2011
On Valentines Day, February 14, 2011, at 5:55 am, Lucy Belandres Francis passed away at Pioneers Memorial Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 7pm at the Assembly of God Church located at 580 C. Street.
Born on March 30, 1950 to Santiago L. Belandres and Dolores Ramirez Belandres, Lucy was the fifth child of nine children.
A graduate of Brawley Union High School in 1968, Francis attended college at IVC, earning an Associate’s degree.
Francis would later have two children with Gilbert Eugene Furguson: Christopher Michael, born in 1977, and Joseph Jason, born in 1979.
Mrs. Francis would later marry Mr. Allen Gene Francis, then of Westmorland, in 1985, which whom she remained with until per passing. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2010.
Mrs. Francis is surivived by her husband, her sons, her siblings: Lola Hankins, Josie Jones, Tony Belandres, Frank Belandres, Aurelia Otero, Jimmy Belandres, Richard Belandres, Maria Belandres and Gilbert Belandres.
Mrs. Francis was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, guests are asked to donate to help cover the costs of the funeral.
Payton Peck Cannon
Feb. 10, 1950 – Jan 26, 2011.
Beloved Son, Brother, Uncle, dear Payton passed away in Hawaii, after a valiant and heroic difficult struggle with Cancer. He was the most gentle of souls, never complaining and always eager to offer advice about his work/hobby; health food nutrition. He loved Music, his Buddhist teachings and computer designing. He will be missed by his Mother Marjorie Cannon, bothers Scott and Morgan, and nephews Dylan and Landon, plus many friends and other Family. He grew-up in Holtville and probably always kept the small town cultural advantages with him. His remains will be brought to San Diego and he will rest with our other brother Russell. May God Bless Payton and offer him Peace.
MARTHA JOSEFINA ARROYO
Dec. 31, 1966 – Jan. 22, 2011
Mass will be held for longtime Holtville resident Martha Josefina Arroyo, 44, on Friday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Holtville, with Father Jorge Moreno officiating. Burial will follow at Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville. Rosary was held on Thursday, January 27, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Mrs. Arroyo passed away on Saturday, January 22 as the result of a traffic accident at the intersection of Highway 7 and Heber Road near Holtville.
Martha Arroyo was born December 31, 1966 in Mexicali, BC, MX and was married to her high school sweetheart, Juan Antonio Arroyo on November 17, 1989 in Holtville.
Mrs. Arroyo was the varsity girls’ soccer coach for 10 years in Holtville, and president of Holtville’s California Youth Soccer Association for 10 years.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whose greatest accomplishments were loving and caring so much for her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends. With her fun character and loving personality she brought much happiness and joy to her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Juan Arroyo; sons, Juan Jr., Jose, and Cesar Arroyo; daughter, Yessenia Arroyo; grandchildren, Christian, Kassandra, Cesar Jr., and Francisco Arroyo.
Also survived by parents, Jose and Juana Romero; sisters, Gabriella Luzanilla, Dora Fuentes and Karina Romero; brother, Felipe Romero all of Holtville, and many family and friends.
MICHAEL EUGENE JOHNSON
Sept. 9, 1957 – Dec. 18, 2010
Services for Pastor Johnson will be held on Tuesday, December 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Faith Assembly Church in Imperial and Wednesday, December 29 at 10 a.m., also at Faith Assembly. He will be laid to rest at Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville. A Celebration of life will be held at Turning Point Life Center in Holtville following the funeral.
Our beloved servant of God has completed his missions here on Earth and will now begin his journey with Christ.
Born September 9, 1957 in Calexico, CA to Lou and Louie Johnson. Mike was raised in Holtville, CA where he attended elementary, junior high and high school. As a child, he enjoyed baseball and various outdoor activities such as riding his dirt bike, camping and fishing. When Mike became a young man he joined the family businesses, Johnson Brothers Welding and L & M Welding where he excelled as a welder. Mike also had a passion for helping people. He worked as a volunteer for the Holtville Fire Dept. and Gold Cross Ambulance for several years.
In 1994 after enduring many of life’s struggles he gave his life to the Lord and dedicated himself to his ministry whole heartedly. Some of his greatest accomplishments in life were becoming a Pastor and founding Turning Point Ministries and Turning Point Life Center.
Pastor Mike will always be remembered for his love and passion for his ministry, sharing the words of God, trying to save souls for Christ and his enormous love for his family. He was willing and ready to help those in need.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louie Johnson; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Sawyer.
Michael is survived by his wife, Rosemary Johnson; daughters, Jericho Menvielle, Destiny Johnson, Melissa Cardona, and Gina (Tony) Diaz; grandchildren, Madison Menvielle, Jacob, Jayden, and Abigail Diaz; mother, Lou (Johnson) Robinson; sister, Nancy (Rick) Turner; sisters-in-law, Mary Garcia, Margie (Gabe) Gutierrez, Patty (Javier) Moreno, Christina (Julio) Tydingco, Janina Hurtado; mother and father-in-law, Helen and Elias Hurtado.
Dear Dad, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being our anchor, but for you, our hearts have no bottom. We love you – your daughters.
The family suggests memorials to Sun Community Federal Credit Union c/o Rosemary Johnson.
Elizabeth Angeline Maynard
March 28, 1924 – July 1, 2010
Elizabeth Angeline Maynard, a long-time resident of Holtville, California and recent resident of Yucaipa, California, passed away Thursday the 1st of July at Redlands Community Hospital.
Born on March 28th, 1924 in Imperial and raised in the Meloland area, Liz attended Meloland schools and graduated from Holtville High School in 1942.
She married Claude Maynard, also of Holtville in 1944.
Throughout her life, Liz actively assisted individuals and organizations in Holtville and in Imperial County. She began her involvement in community services as a teacher’s aide and also served as Welfare Chairman of the Holtville Junior Women’s Club in the 1940’s. She worked with the Salvation Army and United Way for several years and served as president, secretary, and treasurer of the Golden Age Senior CItizens Club and held several offices in the Golden Carrot Club. She held every office in her sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, of which she had been a member for 54 years.
Liz Maynard was the driver for many individuals who needed to visit local doctors, as well as specialists and hospitals in San Diego. She was named “Woman of the Year” by the Imperial Valley United Senior Citizen’s Clubs in 1992 and was also honored with a Resolution from the California State Assembly as a tribute to the significant contributions that she made to the people of her local community and throughout the state.
Liz loved to vacation with her family in Mammoth Lakes, which became a tradition for many years. She also enjoyed country music, reading, and working on crossword puzzles.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, who was loved by all.
Liz will surely be missed, but will remain in our hearts forever.
Preceded in death by her husband, Claude; son, Claude Jr; and daughter, Marie. She is survived by her son, Mort Maynard; granddaughters, Wendy Burdo, Hannah Antinucci, and Hollie Moore; grandsons, Bryan Maynard and Travis Singh; and great-grandchildren, Shelby, MacKenzie, Seth, and Rider.
A “Celebration of Life” memorial service was held in Beaumont, California at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9th.
Richard (Dick) Plummer
Jan. 14, 1928 – June 28, 2010
Services were held July 7th at Yuma Mortuary for Richard Plummer, 82, of Yuma, Arizona who passed away on Monday, June 28, 2010. There was a private burial.
He was born January 14, 1928 in Holtville, California. He married Kathy Plummer. Born and raised in Holtville, attending school and working on the family farm until 1946 when he joined the Navy. After his military service he moved to Nevada and joined the Sparks Police Department. After 25 years of service, he retired as Sgt. in the Department. Richard enjoyed sports, the outdoors and enjoyed life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Plummer.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Plummer, daughters Deborah, Patty, Pam, Leah and Cindy, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cecilio Federico Barrientos De La Torre
Mr. Barrientos passed away Monday June 21. He was 87 years old. He grew up in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico and studied at the Colegio Militar in Guadalajara. He relocated to Mexicali in 1947 working for the Federal Government under Recursos Hidraulicos. He was instrumental in the design, coordination and construction of the Presa Morelos in Algodones, B.C. Thereafter he was employed by the State of Baja California Public Works department handling the infrastructure of public roads and government buildings. In addition, he was a Teacher of technical design at the Preparatoria del Estado (UABC) and Art instructor at the Escuela Normal Fronteriza. He was a member of the Instituto de Historia de Baja California and Advisor to the Consejo de Desarrollo Municipal de Mexicali. Among his many other activities he participated in during his life, Mr. Barrientos regularly was involved with Mexicali local radio stations applying his valuable knowledge on community issues.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria Lizarraga, both his parents and his sister. He is survived by his Sons: Alfonso, Federico, Pablo, Jorge, Octavio and Alejandro, daughters: Sucky, Linda and Marcia his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were held Friday June 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm at the Jardin De la Esperanza funeral home located at Av. Lopez Mateos in Mexicali, B.C. and on Saturday June 26, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Mater Dolorosa church followed by his burial at the Jardin de la Esperanza cemetery.
FREDERICK “FRED” STUDER
Aug. 9, 1941 – April 1, 2010
Frederick “Fred” Studer passed peacefully into heaven while with his wife Kathleen, daughters, siblings, other family and friends at his side; on April 1, 2010 of cancer.
Mr. Studer, 68, was born in Holtville, CA to John Studer and Gertrude Binggeli Studer, Swiss immigrants. He attended Holtville’s Alamitos, a small country school and graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Fred then attended Loyola High School in LA and graduated from El Centro High School. He was drafted and proudly served in the army in Germany, joined the Navy Resale system traveling in Europe and speaking fluent German for fifteen years and retired after thirty-five years of dedicated service. Fred then stepped into real estate business. (what he always loved) with his wife and partner Kathleen Studer forming the “Studer Team”.
Kind, loyal, honest and generous best describes how he will be remember. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, and poker. He loved his large family, delighting in being “Papa” to five grandchildren.
He is survived by his brother, John Studer of Keizer, Oregon; his four sisters, Barbara Collins of Arroyo Grande, Loretta Abatti of Holtville, Sylvia “Pinky” Drew and Lydia “Blondie” Cutting, both of San Diego; his children, Sara Kuite and Leigh and Don Cook; nieces, Jennifer and Todd Mitosinka and Anna and Joseph Dhalliwall; nephews, Ben and Judy Abatti, Michael and Kerri Abatti, and Jim and Deborah Abatti; numerous great-nieces, and nephews, cousins, and his wife, Kathleen.
A celebration of his life will be held on April 17 at 12:30 at the North Chapel, Liberty Station, 2881 Roosevelt Road, 92106. A reception will follow at the San Diego Swiss Club, 2001 Main Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911.
His ashes will be interred at Fort Rosecrans at a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s honor to: Mother Antonia, Servants of the Eleventh Hours, 3542 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 or The Oasis Christian Fellowship, 2051 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107 or call 619-546-5275 for information.
Please email your memories of Fred to: RememberFredStuder@gmail.com.
December 1, 1926 – March 19, 2010
Carlos Padilla, 83, of Lakeside, CA. peacefully passed away at the residence of his son Sergio Padilla in Lemon Grove, CA. Carlos was born and raised in Calexico, CA. and graduated from high school with the class of 1946. With God given athletic talents, Carlos earned the All Valley award for football in 1944 and 1945. Carlos is one of the few Bulldog players to win the all-star recognition two years running and both times as a first stringer. As a senior in high school, Carlos was the captain of his football team, playing both offense and defense. Carlos played for three football championship teams from 1943-1945. The 1943 team went undefeated in football, basketball and baseball. He was also an All Valley baseball player. In high school his teams won baseball championships from 1943-1945. When Carlos was not pitching, he was playing center field. He is known as one of the best pitchers to ever come out of Calexico High School. He also wrestled in the 175 lb. Division even though he only weighed 150 lbs. beating out two “gorillas” to win the Valley championship. In 1946, his senior year, Carlos represented Imperial Valley in the Southern California C.I.F. golf tournament in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Country Club. Out of the entire Southern California contestants, he placed 15th. After graduation, Carlos played semi-professional baseball with the El Centro Imperials of the Sunset League as a pitcher and outfielder. In 1948 the Mexicali Eagles bought his contract. During this time, Carlos pitched a game against Satchel Leroy Page, the legendary Negro League Star. Carlos is a member of both the Calexico Hall of fame and the Imperial Valley Hall of Fame.
Carlos was a freight salesman by trade with several trucking companies. He loved cars and traveling. Family friends included John (Duke) Wayne, Anthony Quinn and as a teenager, Carlos was a guide for Clark Gable during dove hunting season in the Imperial Valley.
Carlos was preceded in death by his parents, Dario and Concepcion Colon de Padilla, his wife, Ofelia Ynda Padilla; his brothers Ruben Dario, and Peter; his sisters Concha, Willie; and his son Carlos Jr.
He is survived by his brother Oscar, sister Margarita De Nechochea and his 6 children: Sergio, Daniel, Ricardo, Linda , Karla and Norma. Carlos leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Carlos will be dearly missed, but his legend will be remembered for a very long time.
A Service will be held Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:30am at St. John of the Cross located at 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA. Immediately following the family will receive friends at a Memorial reception in the churches parish hall.
Carlos Padilla along with his wife’s ashes will be laid to rest at Mt. View Cemetery in Calexico at a private family graveside service.
BERTHA LOU MYERS
March 15 1924 – April 10, 2010
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 16th for Bertha Myers, 86 of Calexico who passed away Saturday, April 10 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Services will be held at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in El Centro.
Bertha was born March 15, 1924 in El Paso, TX and later married Omar Myers. Bertha will be remembered for her willingness to help others. Bertha Myers was a teacher for 34 years with the Calexico Unified School District. Literacy was her life long passion. In 1933 she was Citizen of the Year for her outstanding community involvement and civic achievement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Omar Myers.
Mrs. Myers is survived by her son, Bradley Myers of Wasco, CA: daughter, Luann Deneault of Bremerton, WA; granddaughter, Melissa Myers of Houston, TX; Bradley’s wife, Judy Myers and Luann’s husband, Gerald D. Deneault.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Orthopedic Clinic of Calexico, California.
Velma Louise Norwood
10/27/27 – 3/22/10
Services will be held April 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Assembly of God in Holtville for Velma Louise Norwood, 82, who passed away on March 22nd. Art Zeigler and Paul Norwood will officiate. Graveside services will be at Evergreen Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Mrs. Norwood was born Oct. 27, 1927 in Pecos, Texas. She was a longtime member of Holtville Assembly of God and a Nurse at the El Centro Regional Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by husband James F. Norwood, son Danny Norwood and daughter Judy Norwood.
She is survived by one son, Jimmy Jack Norwood of Redlands, CA; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
HAROLD D. BURNWORTH
Oct. 21, 1920 – Mar. 17, 2010
Longtime Holtville resident and Holtville High School counselor/Director of Special Education, Harold D. Burnworth died of natural causes Wednesday, March 17, at El Centro Regional Medical Center. He was 89.
Burnworth was born in Benton Harbor, MI, on October 21, 1920 to father Harold Burnworth Sr. and mother, Hazel Krieger.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in music from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1942 before joining the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the 33rd Infantry Division Band and served in WWII, fighting in the East Indies, New Guinea, and Luzon. He received several decorations and citations including the Victory Medal, an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Battle Stars, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Battle Star, 4 Overseas Service Bars, 1 service stripe, a Good Conduct Medal, a Meritorious Unit Award and a Gold Star.
After his military service, Burnworth returned to the United States to continue his education. He received his Master’s degree in Education at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1954.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s Burnworth continued to add to his profession expertise through courses at The National Defense Educational Act Counseling and Guidance Institute, Pepperdine University, and LaVerne College where he pursued his interest in psychology and guidance counseling.
Burnworth married his wife, Mary Ruth Wilferth in 1954 and they both lived in Wagon Mound, NM.
The family relocated to Holtville in 1966 when Burnworth took a job as a guidance counselor at Holtville High School. In 1977 he was promoted to Director of Guidance and special education for the Holtville Unified School District. Burnworth went into semi-retirement in 1991, but still served as a consultant for special education
for the school district.
In 1997 Burnworth retired completely to travel, taking several trips to Alaska, Michigan, and New Mexico. He also took frequent trips to San Diego where he indulged his passion for opera and was a member of the San Diego Opera Association for more than 30 years.
Burnworth has been honored by the Imperial Valley Attention Deficit Disorder Parent Support Group and the San Diego State University School of Psychology and in 2006 he was inducted into the Holtville High School Green and Gold Hall of Fame.
Burnworth was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth in 1977.
He is survived by his children, John Hal Burnworth, Karl Erick Burnworth and wife, Patricia, and Mary Jane Phillips and husband Larry, all of Holtville; his grandchildren, Michelle Keperling and husband Brad of San Diego, Luke Phillips, Erick Burnworth, Mandy Thomas and husband David, and Jonathan Burnworth, all of Holtville, and Jason Hall of El Centro; his great-grand- children, Brett Keperling of San Diego, and Mary Jane Thomas of Holtville.
Public services will be officiated by Pastor Richard Moore on Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church in Holtville.
Ramiro (Ray) Torrez
April 23, 1930 – February 23 2010
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 17th 11:00 a.m. at Frye Mortuary in El Centro for Ramiro (Ray) Torrez who passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at his home in Holtville after a short illness. Mr. Torrez was born on April 23, 1930 in Santa Rita, New Mexico. He served in the army for 5 years and worked for the railroad for many years. Ray was employed at Golden West Hay Company for 30 years, several of those years living in such places as Nevada and Australia. He met and fell in love with his beautiful wife Frances Garcia during this time, and they were blessed with 29 years of marriage.
Ray spent his retired years tending lovingly to his flower garden which was admired by many in Holtville. He enjoyed fishing, card games with his grandsons, and visits to the casinos. But Ray found his greatest joy in spending time with his family who adored him. He loved to tease his grandchildren and tell them stories about the “old days”.
Ray will be greatly missed by his wife, Frances Torrez. His two sons Ruben Acosta Jr. and Joey (and Diane) Acosta, and his treasured grandchildren: Cody, Shawn, Justin, Nick, Skye, Cassie, and Emily. He also leaves three great-grandchildren: Jacob, Armani, Alijah. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Holtville Takedown Club.
Tillie Vindiola Harris
Sept. 10, 1921 – Feb. 18, 2010
Services are pending for Tillie Vindiola Harris, 88, former resident of Calexico who passed away on February 18th in San Diego. Burial will be private. Services will be held at a later date in Sacramento, California.
Mrs. Harris was born September 10, 1921 in Calexico. She was a resident of Calexico for many years before moving to San Ysidro, California where she last resided.
She was preceded in death by her husband: William Harris of Oklahoma, parents: Jose Maria and Beatrice Aroz Vindiola, sister: Susie Vindiola Fritzinger and brothers: Ray Vindiola and Fito Vindiola.
She is survived by a sister: Lupe Anderson of Tucson, Ariz. and brother, Joe Vindiola of Calexico, CA.
Wayne Joseph Van De Graaff
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, February 5th for Wayne Van De Graaff, 81, of Calexico who passed away on Thursday, January 28th. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on 1280 South 8th Street in El Centro. He will be laid to rest Saturday, February 6th in Mesa, Arizona.
Mr. Van De Graaff was born in Ogden, Utah on May 24, 1928 to John and Ellen Van De Graaff. He completed his elementary and secondary education in Ogden before serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Pacific Theater. He was recalled into the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
He married his eternal sweetheart, Josephine (Josie) Marett on January 7, 1953 in Logan, Utah. They eventually settled in Calexico, California in 1956 where they raised their family while he worked for the Border Patrol and the Immigration Service for 30 years.
The Van De Graaff’s were a great force for good in the Imperial Valley for five decades. They helped co-found the Valley Orthopedic Clinic in 1963 which provided medical care for over 125,000 crippled children during the ensuing years. Even after retiring, Wayne and Josie tirelessly devoted themselves to keeping the Clinic operating and helping others. Wayne also served as a member of the Calexico School Board, Calexico City Council and Imperial County Board of Supervisors.
Wayne and Josie served two consecutive missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Marett Van De Graaff, Calexico, CA; daughter, Margaret (Paul) Smith, Salt Lake City, UT; daughter, Marina (Gary) Glindinning, McFarland, WI; son, Marvell Earl (Cindy) Van De Graaff, Mesa, AZ; son, Wayne (Vickie) Van De Graaff, Woods Cross, UT; son, Kenneth (Kim) Van De Graaff, Gilbert, AZ; sister, Ellen Mitchell, Ogden, UT; sister, Lucille (Ralph) Rackham, Ogden, UT; sister, Sherma (Chuck) Price, Clinton, UT; brother, David (Pearl) Van De Graaff, Boise, ID; brother, John (Miriam) Van De Graaff, Argyle, WI; brother, Fred (Sandy) Van De Graaff, Houston, TX; 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, please send donations to the Valley Orthopedic Clinic, 352 East First Street, Calexico, CA 92231.
William E. (Bill) Maring
3/2/27 – 1/13/10
Services will be held today, Friday, January 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at Hems Brothers Chapel in El Centro for William Maring, 82, of Kingman, Arizona who passed away on Wednesday January 13.
Pastor Paul Creiglow will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Maring was born March 2, 1927 in Baltimore, Maryland and married Velma on March 7, 1970 in Holtville, CA.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked at the I.V. Field Station (Meloland) where he retired in 1982 and moved to Texas before making his last home in Kingman, Arizona. Being around family and friends brought him great joy and his strong Christian faith sustained him his entire life.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Melva Maring and second wife, Velma Maring.
Mr. Maring is survived by his brother, Charles Ed (Frances) Maring; son, Danny (Joyce) Maring; daughter, Susan (Sonny) Rasmussen; stepsons, Steve (Roxanne) Mayne, Mike (Sandy) Mayne, Cliff (Valerie) Mayne, and Scott (Cheryl) Mayne; grandsons, Wade Maring, Ryan (Jamee) Maring, and Jeff Rasmussen; granddaughters, Katy (Les) Knapp, and Kristin (Paul) Maloof; great-granddaughters, Paige and Emma Maring and Madeline Knapp.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Alzheimer’s Association.
8/10/29 – 1/9/10
Former Valley resident, Velma Maring, wife of William (Bill) Maring passed away January 9th in Kingman, Arizona at the age of 80.
She is survived by her sons, and daughters-in-law, Steve (Roxanne) Mayne, Mike (Sandy) Mayne, Cliff (Valerie) Mayne, and Scott (Cheryl) Mayne; stepson, Danny (Joyce) Maring; stepdaughter, Susan (Sonny) Rasmussen.
Following her wishes she was cremated and no services are planned.
John Walter Neidiffer
John Neidiffer was born in the Holtville Hospital on March 24, 1939 to Walter and Lillian Neidiffer. He was number 6 in a family of 9 children. He passed away on January 9, 2010 in Grants Pass, Oregon at the age of 70.
John joined the Navy at the age of 17. He worked for his father a short time in the sheep business. He worked in farming in the Imperial Valley and Bakersfield as a truck driver. He lived in Oregon for the last 30 years. John was a good friend to those who knew him and he had a kind heart, which really showed in his love for animals. The last several years of his life he helped run a wolf sanctuary, which is a place where injured or abandoned wolves are cared for.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Holtville on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 11:00 AM. Pastor Richard Moore will officiate.
He is survived by his brother, Frank Neidiffer of Petersburg, Alaska. Sisters: Nancy Lambert of Mountain Ranch, CA; Catherine Blennerhassett of San Jacinto, CA; Jane Strahm of Holtville, Edith Neidiffer of Arizona City, AZ and Kristin Britschgi of Boulevard, CA; Sons: Tim, Rod, Vincent and Stephen, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He is also survived by his good friend Sandy Donnelly.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Lillian Neidiffer, and sisters Mary Anne Marloborough, and Lillian Mack.
Marshall Scott Jones, 61,
Scott moved to Imperial Valley in 1952 and attended school in Holtville. He did roofing in the Valley and in Las Vegas for many years, and later did termite inspections for Matador Pest Control.
Scott loved telling jokes and making people laugh. His hobbies included target practice and he especially enjoyed completing crossword puzzles.
As his family and friends knew, Scott dealt with struggle in his life, but those who knew and loved him take comfort in knowing that later in life he accepted Jesus as his Savior.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2009 at Trinity Baptist Church in Holtville, with Pastor Richard Moore officiating.
Scott was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Charles Jones, brother Rodney Jones, and step-father Edd Hanely.
Survivors include his mother, Rosalene Hanely; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Mary Jones (grandson Scotty Jones); daughter Marsha R. Molloy; (grandson Anthony W. Capps and granddaughter Christina R. Carpenter) brother and sister-in-law Ken and Sue Jones; sister and brother-in-law Sharon Trudy and Manuel Mata; sister and brother-in-law Melanie and Rod Gaddis, and many nieces and nephews.
Joe Sandoval, 71, Holtville,
Dec. 24 in San Diego. Visitation 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 29 with rosary 7 p.m., Basham Funeral Care; Mass 10:30 a.m. Dec. 30, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Basham Funeral Care.
Jean Mae Varner Alexander (Bilberry)
Services will be held for Jean Mae Varner Alexander, 88, on Saturday, December 19th, at 11:00 am in Holtville at the Trinity Baptist Church. The family invites anyone knowing Jean to come and join them for this time of honoring her. �
December 13, 2009, Jean Mae Varner Alexander (Bilberry) went home to be with the LORD. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by Loreen Todd (sister); Verona Still (sister); and Basil Varner (brother). Her surviving children are: Alice and John Wilson; Dalbert and Lynda Alexander; Jeannette Alexander Cary; Betty Alexander; Robert and Cherylene Alexander; and Elizabeth and Steve Loe. Jean Alexander also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
TERRI GAYLE FUSI
August 9, 1947 – Nov. 27, 2009
Graveside services will be held for Terri G. Fusi of Holtville today Friday, December 18, at 11:00 am at the Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.
Terri G. Fusi, 62, passed away Friday, November 27, in San Diego. Terri was born August 9, 1947 in Blythe, CA. She married Americo Fusi Jr. Our mother was a very good mom and grand-mother. She held various jobs, such as Dairy Queen, where she met our dad. Terri also worked for K. K. Sharp as a bookkeeper, and at numerous banks until she found her passion as a manicurist which she did for years. She enjoyed going camping with family and friends. Terri was very involved in all her grandchildren’s activities.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mistie and Matt Mills and their children, Madison and Mathew Mills of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Steve Mamer and their children, Kannan, Savannah and Cole Mamer of Holtville; son and daughter-in-law, Americo Shane and Lourdes Fusi and their children, Bella and Giada of Holtville.
Terri was preceded indeath by her husband, Americo Fusi Jr; her father and mother, OJ and Joyce Freeman; father-in-law, Americo Fusi Sr.: and sister-in-law, Rose Marie Shawver.