Patrick O’Connell Ward
1948 – 2016
Patrick O’Connell Ward, longtime resident of Holtville, California left the world on December 13, 2016, to join his parents, Aileen and Thomas Joseph Ward as well as his older brother, Joe Ward.
He loved his community and always found joy in talking about how this place was once the former carrot capital of the world. Born on October 24, 1948, into a large Irish Catholic family of 11 brothers and sisters.
Patrick’s siblings would describe him as an affectionate sweet boy who was a sports fanatic. After graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Navy from 1969 – 1973 where he was stationed in places like Guam and Hawaii. It was during this period that he met his wife, Catherine Ward. They were married in 1975 and went on to have three daughters.
Patrick earned his B.S. in Kinesiology from Chico State, Teaching Credential from San Diego State University and later returned to Chico State to obtain a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. His first official teaching job was at Holtville Middle School and he would remain at that school for his entire 33 year career teaching Physical Education. It was during his teaching career that he impacted an entire community who grew to know and love Coach Ward referred to affectionately as “Yogi.”
In 2010, Patrick retired and his life became dedicated to his granddaughters, volunteering his time refereeing, and spending time with his 95 year old motherin-law, Virginia Reed. He was also an active member of the Holtville Optimist club for many years.
A memorial fund has been established for the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation and envelopes were available at the Rosary held on Wednesday, December 21 and at the funeral service on Thursday, December 22. Both events took place at St. Joseph’s Church in Holtville, California.
Patrick is survived by his loving family including his wife, Catherine; children, Kimberly, Jenny, and Courtney; son-in-law, John Higginbottom; granddaughters, Hailey and Hannah; as well as ten living siblings.
Calvin Jacob Mandel
1951 – 2016
A Celebration of Life will be held in San Diego for family and close friends for Calvin Jacob Mandel, also know as Cal, a former resident of El Centro who passed away at the age of 65 on November 23, 2016 at home with family by his bedside after a two-year battle with cancer.
He is survived by Lois, his loving wife of nearly 42 years. He is remembered by his daughter, Valerie Harmon and her two children – Emilie and Eli of San Diego, CA; son, Jeffrey Mandel, his wife Candice and their two children – Hailey and Henry of San Antonio, TX; sister, Brenda Asarch and her husband Stan, mother-in-law, Margaret Wasson; sister-in-law, Esther Wasson. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews and a circle of close friends. Calvin was born in Newark, NJ in 1951. He graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, CA in 1969 and earned an Associate Degree in Communications/Business from Los Angeles Valley College. He began his broadcasting career in 1972 as a disc jockey under the name of “Sean Casey” for radio station KAMP AM 1430. He quickly advanced to sales, management and then ownership of KAMP AM 1430 and then ownership of KWST 94.5 FM and KMXX 99.3 FM. After selling the radio stations, he and his family moved to San Diego in 2001. He always enjoyed his work, but above all else his family was the greatest joy of his life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Lung Association.
Grace Louise Bernsen
July 10, 1921 – October 13, 2016
Louise Bernsen, a long-time resident of Holtville, California, passed away at the age of 95 on October 13, 2016, in Reedley, California, where she was a resident of Palm Village Retirement Community. The youngest of nine children, Louise was the only California-born child to E.E. and Clara Bever Owen who settled in Norwalk after moving from South Dakota. While working as a bank teller, Louise met a young man who would make sure he got to her window for help. He often brought her fresh strawberries from his farm. She and the customer, Rolf Bernsen, married on December 31, 1944. Louise and Rolf moved from La Habra, California in 1948, and settled in Holtville where they farmed and raised their sons.
Louise was an active member of the Holtville United Methodist church where she was a Sunday school teacher, played the piano, sang in the choir, served in leadership roles on many committees including president of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, now known as the United Methodist Women, and worked in the church’s Little Thrift Store. During the Carrot Festival, she could be found in the city park working with the women at their Mexican luncheon and baked goods sales. Louise was also a member of the California Women for Agriculture. For a short time she worked as an elementary teacher’s aide in the Holtville School District. Louise was always ready to lend a helping hand whether it be driving people to church, the market, or to the doctor, sharing a meal, or visiting shut-ins. She was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking for her family and sharing baked goods with many people. She loved perusing the greeting card section and thus, many family and friends were the recipients of a special card selected just for them.
While a resident at Palm Village in Reedley, Louise enjoyed the many activities offered. She was often the first one to sign up for the “field trips” to concerts, plays, trips to the beach and mountains, and farm tours. Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Rolf; her parents, and sisters Frances Owen, Irene Nuffer, Myrtle Ahlborn, Clara Culp, Margaret Nice, and brothers Frank, Howard, and Ross Owen. She is survived by her sons Mark (Marlene) of Brawley and Dennis (Julie) of Kingsburg; grandsons, Jeffery (Courtney) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Joshua (Robyn) of North Vancouver, British Columbia; Steven (Nicole) of Orono, Maine; Eric (Ali) of Fresno, and great grandchildren: Austin, Aaron, Brayden, Mattea and Lynden; and many nieces and nephews.
Louise was a good and faithful servant of the Lord. A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Holtville, California, on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holtville United Methodist Church.
August 20, 2013
Martha Martinez a lifetime resident of Calexico, passed away August 20, 2013 at Scripps Mercy Hospital of San Diego. Ms. Martinez was a graduate of SDSU and taught in the Calexico Unified School District until her retirement. Ms. Martinez was preceded in death by her parents Juan and Mercedes Martinez and brothers Robert, Juan Jr., Richard, Jack and Daniel (Zarco)
She is survived by her sisters Rosie, Ruth and Sylvia Martinez and Josephine Pizano all from out of town and her very special nephew, Alfredo Martinez as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services are Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 10:00 am.
Arrangements are being held by Frye Mortuary of Brawley California with religious services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heber, California followed by burial at the Calexico Cemetery.
Oliver (“Ozzy”) James Hartshorn
Oliver (“Ozzy”) James Hartshorn was born on October 23, 1991. He took his life on August 17, 2013. He was 21.
Oliver lived in Holtville, CA, until he was 6, when he and his mother moved to Pleasanton, CA. There he attended elementary and middle school. They again moved, this time to Placerville, CA, where Oliver attended eighth grade and one year at El Dorado High. He spent his sophomore and junior years at the Academy in Oregon, and then in Fiji. He returned to Placerville and graduated from Independence High School, and went on to take classes at Folsom Lake College.
Oliver struggled with depression as a teen and young adult. He was happiest when he was playing his guitar and spending time with his friends. He was a good friend to many, and a much-loved son and grandson. He hoped to be remembered “not by what he said, but how he listened.”
Oliver is survived by his mother, Noelle Hartshorn, two aunts, and his paternal grandmother. No funeral services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to a favorite charity or suicide prevention group.
EVERADO ANTONIO “TONY” VILLALOBOS
June 5, 1960 – July 7, 2013
Everardo Antonio “Tony” Villalobos passed away peacefully at the age of 53 on July 7, 2013 in Fresno, California. To his family, friends co-workers and neighbors, he was known as “Tony”. He is survived by his loving wife Maria, (step)daughters Tina, Cindy, Lisa and Stephanie, mother Eustolia, brothers Juan and Jose, sister-in-laws, nephews, a niece and ten grandchildren.
Tony was born in Los Angeles, California and spent almost half his life in Imperial Valley, Holtville, California and the other half in the Central Valley, Salinas and Coalinga, California. A son of a migrant worker, Tony had a passion for the agricultural industry and rose to become a successful Operations Manager for several produce companies. He enjoyed being around and talking to people, and always showed warmth and kindness to others. His huge smile and ability to instantly light up a room will be greatly missed.
He cherished his family time and loved coaching his daughters and grandchildren about life lessons. He loved spending endless hours dreaming about the future on earth and heaven with his wife, Maria. Tony enjoyed fishing, sports and was a football fanatic fan for his beloved Kansas City Chiefs.
Tony heard God call and he paused a moment, not wanting to leave us in so much grief. He took God’s hand and followed him home, for he knew from our sorrow he would bring us relief. As we stood by his gravesite praying to God, there was a gentle breeze that comforted us with his love. Tony said grieve for me if you must, but remember that he’s in God’s trust. Go on living a life filled with love and happiness as a tribute to him for he has gone with God to prepare our home, where someday we will be together again.
A private memorial service and reception celebrating Tony’s life was held on July 25, 2013.
EUGENE PARKS WILKINSON
Aug. 10, 1918 – July 11, 2013
Services are still pending for Retired Vice Adm. Eugene P. Wilkinson, 94, who passed away Thursday, July 11th in Del Mar, Calif, according to the Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut. Burial was at Rosecrans National Ceremony. He was the first commanding officer of the US. Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine.
The cause of his death wasn’t disclosed.
Wilkinson was born to Dennis and Daisy Wilkinson in Long Beach, Calif, on August 10, 1918 he was the youngest of two. The family moved to Holtville in 1919 when he was one year old.
Both his parents died when he was a child. His father died in a car accident and his mother of a sudden illness. He was raised by his grandparents Dennis and Lillian Wilkinson, who ran a creamery in Holtville. He was known to friends and family throughout his life as Dennis, the name of his father and grandfather.
Wilkinson attended Holtville schools and skipped two grades. He was a tennis champion in high school and graduated at the age of 16 from Holtville Union High School. He was also a member of the Holtville Christian Church. He then attended what is now San Diego State College and graduated at the age of 19. He graduated with a degree in physics and chemistry in 1938 and he taught chemistry and mathematics there for two years before receiving his Navy commission.
Wilkinson received his commission on 1940 and reported to the heavy cruiser USS Louisville for his first tour of duty. He graduated from the Naval Submarine School in Groton in March 1942. During World War II, he participated in eight submarine war patrols. Wilkinson commanded the Nautilus, which was commissioned in 1954 as the world’s first nuclear-powdered ship. On Jan. 17, 1955, ranked as commander, he led the submarine’s crew of 11 officers and 85 enlisted men as it left its berth in Gronton, Conn. He sent a terse cable from the Nautilus, which has entered naval lore and is engraved on the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, “Underway On Nuclear Power.” He ordered all lines cast off and signaled the message.
The Submarine Force Library and Museum said on its Facebook page that delivering the message was not a simple matter, Wilkinson said two Navy captains who handled public relations advised him he was about to take part in a historic event and he should send a “historic message.”
“Listened,’ I replied, ‘we’re doing our part getting ourselves, the ship and its systems checked out and ready,” the museum quoted Wilkinson as saying. “You gentlemen are public relations experts,. Write a historic message, and we’ll send it.’
“That took care of them for a day and a half,” he said. “Then they gave me a message that was one and a quarter typewritten pages long with some elegant-sounding words.”
Instead, Wilkinson said, he wrote the briefer message. After attending the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. in 1957-58, he served as commander of a submarine division.
In September 1961, he was assigned as the initial commanding officer of the first nuclear-powdered surface ship, the guided missile cruiser Long Beach. He was director of the submarine warfare division from 1963 to 1966. Wilkinson served as executive officer in three submarines: the Menhaden, the Raton and the Cusk, which was the first submarine to fire guided missiles. And he commanded four submarines: the Volador, the Sea Robin, the Wahoo and the Nautilus.
Wilkinson retired from the Navy in 1974 as a vice admiral and later was executive vice president of Data Design Laboratories, a high-tech company. In 1980, he became the first president of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. From the beginning he was certain that the Nautilus would revolutionize the Navy’s vessels above and below the surface. Today, the entire U.S. submarine fleet runs on nuclear power.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Janice Thuli Wilkinson, in 2000.
Survivors include his four children Dennis E. Wilkinson of Nagasaki, Japan, Stephen J. Wilkinson of Austin, TX, Marian Cassazza of Del Mar, CA and Rodney D. Wilkinson of Bremerton, Wash; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Donations are suggested to be made to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid Road, Ste 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23462; and to the Submarine Force Library and Museum, P.O. Box 928, Gronton, CT 06340.
Berta Myrl Chambers
Dec. 13, 1914 – July18, 2013
Berta Myrl Chambers, 98, went home to the Lord on July 18, 2013. Born to Jonathan and Bessie Casey on December 13, 1914, in Lenox, Iowa, Myrl graduated from Lenox High School and went to business school. In 1935, Myrl came to Holtville to live with Dr. Lamar and Grace Webster to help in the doctor’s office and in their home. Delbert Chambers soon asked her for a date, and they were married November 22, 1936, at the First Christian Church in Holtville.
Myrl worked seasonally for Dorman Farms while she and Delbert lived at Drops 3 and 4 on the All American Canal. While Delbert was in the Navy during World War II, she moved to Los Angeles and worked for an insurance company and Southern Pacific Railroad. After the war, she went to work as a secretary at Holtville High School. She retired in 1977 after 25 years.
Myrl was a great seamstress, sewing and mending for her family and creating many colorful quilts. She was a wonderful cook, especially known for her pies and fixing Sunday dinners for the family and guests. She loved to read and enjoyed traveling, camping, rock collecting, four-wheeling and making jelly. She was a member of the Holtville Women’s Club and a life-member of the Imperial Valley Historical Society.
On Mother’s Day, Myrl was honored by Cornerstone Community Church (formerly First Christian Church) for her 78 years of membership and service. She taught the Junior High girls Sunday School class for many years, was active in the Missionary Circle, and made many pies and other dishes for church events. Her keys to longevity were faith in God, sleeping well, a positive attitude and staying busy.
Myrl is survived by her daughter Carolyn of Redding; daughter-in-law Ruth; grandson Paul (Karin); granddaughter Anne; great grandchildren Caleb, Rachel, John and Luke all of Holtville and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert, of almost 73 years; sons John Michael and Joel; her parents; and sisters, Marie Moore and Dorothy Alexander.Graveside services will be Friday, July 26, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, followed by a brunch reception at Cornerstone Community Church. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Myrl’s memory may be made to the Pioneers Museum/Holtville Gallery, 373 E. Aten Rd., Imperial, CA 92251, or Cornerstone Community Church, P. O. Box 58, Holtville, CA 92250.
Earle W. Sperber
February 10 1950 – April 4, 2013
The life journey ended for Earle W. Sperber on Thursday, April 4, 2013 as he passed peacefully in his sleep after a hard fought battle with cancer. Earle was born February 10, 1950 in Brawley, CA to Margaret and Herman “Red” Sperber. He graduated from Pine Union Elementary School in Holtville where he was awarded an Eagle Scout degree. He attended Holtville Union High School for 2 years and then transferred to Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fl. While there he discovered his passion for flying and earned his private and commercial air pilot’s license as well as graduating as valedictorian in 1968. He studied a couple years at the University of Florida in Gainesville before returning to the Imperial Valley to learn the farming business with his father and eventually take over Sperber Farms. Earle was very active in his community of Holtville and the Imperial Valley. He was a lifetime member of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Navy League of Imperial Valley and Imperial County Pioneers Museum. He was also a member of the Pima Air & Space Museum, Rotary Club of Holtville, Swiss Club of Imperial Valley, Rustlers and Gourmet Club. Many will remember the numerous hours devoted each year as “Santa”.
He married his wife Mary Muller on December 31, 2004.
He was preceded in death by his father Herman Sperber and sister Marilyn Sperber.
He is survived by his beloved wife Mary; son Brian of Holtville; mother Margaret Sperber, San Diego; sister Carolyn (Giovanni) Bertussi, San Diego; step-children Gretchen (Jess) Johnson, Brawley; Danell (Brad) Gunter, Cayce, SC; Trevor Cartee, W. Columbia, SC; grandchildren Haylee & Conner Johnson and Oslynn Cartee, numerous nieces and nephews and especially his loving canine companion “Lucky” Lindy.
A viewing will be held at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley, CA from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Services will be held at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship has been set up in Earle’s name at Holtville High School. Donations can be sent to Holtville High School c/o Chrys Diez 755 Olive Ave. Holtville, CA 92250 (memo – Earle Sperber) or the Imperial County Pioneers Museum.
Minor R. Lee
December 23, 1934 – August 3, 2012
Minor R. Lee, 77, of Holtville passed away on Friday, August 3. Minor Richard Lee was born December 23, 1934 in McCrory, Arkansas. Lee attended McCrory High School in the late 1940’s. He then served in the US Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from 1957 to 1959.
Lee then came to the Imperial Valley in the early 1960’s and opened up his own business Lee’s Land Leveling around the same time. In the late 1980’s he went on to work for Granite Construction where he retired from in 1999. After retirement he continued to do land laser work for various friends.
Lee is survived by his wife, Erlinda Lee; daughters, Flora Foster of El Centro and Barbara Homan of Bellingham, WA; sons, Alan Lee (Malu) of Holtville and Bryan Lee (Liz) of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, Sandy Lee (Sharon) and Manuel Lee; sisters, Madge Burgess and Judy Prowse all of Oregon; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Lee; parents, Robert and Anna Mae Lee; sister, Carol Ann Lee, and brother-in-law Charles Prowse.
Interment will be in Rogue River, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in his honor are made to American Cancer Society or charity of your choice.
Edward G. Ormand
March 23, 1922 – April 13, 2012
Memorial Services and a Celebration of Life will be held for long-time Holtville resident Edward G. Ormand. Edward passed away at his Holtville residence on April 13, 2012. The services will be held on Friday, May 4th at the gazebo in Holt Park in Holtville. Eulogy will be given by brother, Jerry Brittsan. Disposition will be private. Arrangements were made by Hems Brothers Mortuary.
He was born March 23, 1922 in Mexia, Texas. He was the first born child to Guy C. Ormand and Waltzia Campbell. Mr. Ormand moved to Holtville in 1938 and worked for room and board for various Swiss Dairymen. He was very proud of his Swiss connections. Edward graduated from Holtville High School in 1942. Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was in active duty for 33 months.
He later returned to Holtville where he married his high school sweetheart Effie Mae Portwood. They united in marriage April 12, 1946 in Yuma, AZ. Mr. Ormand was married for over 66 years. He was last employed by Imperial Irrigation District as Hydro Operator for Drop 4. He was employed for 29 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War.
Mr. Ormand is survived by wife Effie Mae Portwood Ormand of Holtville; son Michael and wife Darlene of Imperial; son Ray and Sunshine of El Centro and daughter Shirley Peterson of Plano, Texas.
Survivors also include his brothers Jerry and wife Jeanne and family and Carol and wife Josie and family. He was preceded in death by sister Billy Jean, 1984.
He is also survived by children of son Michael: Kevin and wife Laura; Brian and wife Kristen.
Survivors also include children of grandson Kevin; Michael, Gabriel, Tyler, Jose, Zachary, Lali, Sara, Isabella. Also surviving him are children of grandson Brian; Jasmine, Alec, Abigail, Ethan, Sean and great great granddaughter Hadlee.
Granddaughter Brittney Nicole.
He is also survived by great grandchildren, Dustin, Cody and Nathan children of Beverly Smith granddaughter and also grandson Ron Conner children of Ray and Sunshine.
Mr. Ormand is also survived by grandchildren, children of daughter Shirley; Eric and Shelly and husband Chris Brehm.
Many nieces and nephews also survived him.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shrines Children’s Hospital, AL BAHR Shrine, 5440 Kearney Mesa, San Diego, CA 92111-1303 (1-858-292-0092).
Victor Manuel Telles Jr.
Oct. 31, 1927 – Feb. 1, 2012
A private family viewing was held on Wednesday, February 8, at Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville with Pastor Rudy Garcia and Minister Ralph Garcia officiating.
Victor M. Telles Jr., 84, of Holtville, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 1st, while a patient at El Dorado Health Care Center in El Cajon, CA.
Victor Telles Jr. was born on October 31st 1927 in Glendale, AZ. He was the eldest child born to Victor and Eloise Telles. The family moved to the Imperial Valley shortly after his birth and settled in Holtville, CA. He was raised and attended schools in Holtville and joined the U.S. Army in 1944 during World War II. Victor was honorably discharged from the Army in September 1946 and returned to Holtville.
After the military, Victor began his career in agriculture, performing Entomology work for Agriform Chemical Company, Brawley Chemical and Geigi Chemical in Clovis, CA. After his career in Agriculture, he went to work for Robinson Ford in Calexico as a salesman, retiring in 1980. After retiring, Victor opened Victor Telles Income Tax Service in Holtville, which he owned and operated for over 30 years. In retirement Victor could be found working on washing machines, dryers, or anything else that had an engine. Victor was an avid horse racing enthusiast and also enjoyed playing golf with his friends and family.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Eloisa Telles and brother, George Telles. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lydia of Holtville; children, Victor III (Patti) Telles of Fresno, CA, Georgia (Rick) Buscaglia and Lola Telles of Holtville, Robert Telles of Crestline, CA, Edward (Lois) Telles of El Centro, and Barbara (Randy) Harris of Nuevo, CA; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and his companion, a Daschund named “Gigi”. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Philip Thomas Vessey
July 9, 1992 – January 30, 2012
Philip Thomas Vessey, of Holtville California, passed away on January 30, 2012. He was 19 years old. Philip was born on July 9, 1992 in La Jolla , California, the son of Jon and Darla Vessey.
Philip graduated from Holtville High School. While currently attending Imperial Valley College, he was learning to farm with his father Jon and brother Jack at Vessey & Company, Inc.
Philip had many interests. He enjoyed hunting, gaming, and riding his quad.
Philip was a fine son, wonderful brother and an uncle who adored his nieces and nephews. He was always there ready for a swim and the enjoyment of spending time with each and every one of them,, Victoria, Brody, Lane,Griffin, Blaze and Hazel. Philip will also be missed by his many friends and remembered for their many shared experiences.
Philip is survived by his parents, Jon and Darla Vessey, his brother Jack Vessey ( Jamie), and his sisters Cameron Elizabeth Vessey, Heather Vessey-Garcia(Danny), and Alexis Wyatt Vessey. He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Faye and Glenn Zeller.
Memorial services will be held at Barbara Worth Country Club on Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m. The family asks in lieu of flowers a donation to Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association scholarship fund can be made in Philip’s name @ P.O.Box 358 El Centro, CA 92244.
Gerald Clint Snyder
Sept. 7, 1976 – Jan. 29, 2012
Gerald Clint Snyder, 35, of Holtville, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2012. He was born September 7, 1976 in El Centro, California.
Services will be held Friday, February 3, 2012 at Hems Brothers Mortuary, 1975 S. Fourth Street, El Centro, CA 92243. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Graveside immediately following at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro, CA.
“Shooter” to his friends, “Uncle Shooter” to their kids, was known and loved by many. His personality was infectious and his hugs were one of a kind. He will be in our hearts forever.
Clint was preceded in death by his brother Michael Snyder; cousins, Kristen Snyder, Pat Brinnon and Michele Minner; and paternal grandparents, Gerald B. Snyder and Mary R. Snyder.
He is survived by his daughter, Ashlan Michelle Snyder, 13, of Bakersfield, CA; parents Lynda Snyder of El Centro, CA and Lynn and Glyn Snyder of Holtville, CA;
Siblings Colt, Curt and Katelyn Snyder; maternal grandparents Glenn and Maxine Roussel of El Centro, CA; uncles, Keith (Millie) Roussel of El Centro, CA and Ken (Ani) Snyder of Yuma, AZ; cousins Robert, Eric, Lalo and Angie Snyder; as well as many loved ones and “Amegos”.
Bailey John (Sandy) Santistevan III
Holtville native Sandy Santistevan passed away unexpectedly at home on Jan. 15, in Murrieta, CA.
Born Feb. 28, 1956, Sandy graduated from Holtville High School as valedictorian in 1974 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in Spanish literature, from UC San Diego. As an undergraduate, he studied at the University of Madrid and also spent several years in Spain teaching and traveling. Upon graduation, he lived in the Los Angeles area and held numerous positions in the TV and motion picture industries, including NBC, at the same time earning a master’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Most recently, Sandy was a freelance writer and consultant and also taught at Virgil Middle School in Los Angeles, where he inspired students through Shakespeare. He is the author of Song of the Cicada, a novel set in the Imperial Valley and based on his experiences as an 8-year-old in the Imperial Valley TB Sanitarium. At the time of his death, he was working on a screenplay and collaborating with longtime close friend Dr. Marty Yanofsky on writing a musical. It was one of Sandy’s dreams to see this musical performed live on stage.
Sandy is survived by his mother, Jamie; brother, Dane; sister, Holly; seven nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bailey, and brother, Rick.
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.