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A. Sr., JOSEPH "STERANKO"  
JOSEPH A. STERANKO SR. June 7, 1936 - Nov. 17, 2014 Joseph Steranko Sr., 78, of Niland passed away Monday, November 17. He was born June 7, 1936 in Port Carbon, PA and was married to Ann F. (Bercher) Steranko on March 13, 1964 in Schuylkill Haven, PA. Mass will be held Saturday, November 22 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria, CA at 10 a.m. Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ann of California; children, Christine Steranko of Tennessee, Joseph Steranko Jr. of Colorado, Sonia Ormsbee of Colorado, and Sandra Steranko of New York; brother, Thomas Steranko; five grandchildren, four great-grand- children and nieces and nephews.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 20, 2014
AGUILAR, ELENA QUIRARTE  
ELENA QUIRARTE AGUILAR July 18, 1933 - Nov. 15, 2014 Elena Quirarte Aguilar, 81, passed on to be with the Lord on November 15, 2014 in La Mesa, California. She was born July 18, 1933 in La Mesa, Jalisco. The 6th of 12 children she was raised in Alta Vista de Ramos, Jalisco by parents Jose & Maria de Jesus Quirarte. There she met and married Joaquin Aceves Aguilar on February 21, 1952. God blessed them with two daughters and four sons. Elena answered the call of God to enjoy an intimate walk with HIM, being baptized in the El Centro Apostolic church on June 30, 1963 by her beloved pastor Enrique Salcido; and shortly thereafter Christ sealed her with his Holy Spirit on September 15, 1963. With a heart for the work of the Lord the couple were the founding pastors of the Imperial Apostolic Church laboring tirelessly as such for over 25 years. She worked many years as an agricultural laborer and, being known for her excellent cooking skills, her last years of employment were spent working in the kitchen of La Hacienda. Her hospitality was well known. Throughout her lifetime anyone visiting her home would find themselves being sat at the table and being offered a portion of NANA'S kitchen special of the day. In retirement she could always be found either reading her bible, listening to her Christian records or tending to her beloved flower garden. She is survived by her husband Joaquin; daughters, Gloria Rivera (Fred), and Adelaida Seay (Vince); sons, Ruben, Jose Angel (Yolanda), Ricardo (Martha), Daniel (Angela); 14 grandkids, and many great-grandchildren. Brothers, Fidencio, Jose & Esteban; sisters, Carolina, Herlinda, Luisa & Belia. Viewing will be from 6-7 p.m., with services beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, November 24 at the Apostolic Assembly Church, 427 S. Hope Street in El Centro. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, at the church, with interment immediately following at Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico. She leaves behind hearts full of loving memories grateful to God for her sterling example of loving faithfulness and steadfastness in Christ.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2014
BAIZA Jr., ROBERT  
ROBERT BAIZA, JR. May 4, 1978 - Nov. 7, 2014 Robert Baiza, Jr. was born on May 4, 1978 and went to be with our Lord on November 7, 2014. He was a longtime construction worker who often traveled with his father up north to work. He was preceded in death by his paternal- grandfather, Florentino Baiza; uncles, Gerardo and Richard Baiza; his maternal-grandfather, Enrique Santana; uncle, Alfonso Santana; and cousin, Pedro Aoalin. Robert is survived by his parents, Robert and Angelica Baiza; his grandmothers, Elda Baiza and Justina Santana; all of El Centro. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jacob Baiza and Stephany Alvarez; his nephews, Jacob Andrew Baiza, Robert Josiah Baiza and Isaac Gallegos Baiza, all of El Centro. Robert had a great love for family, and in addition, he will be missed by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Viewing is set for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro. Services will be at 9 a.m. at New Destiny Church, 202 N. Cooley Rd., El Centro, CA.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2014
DEMARS, ARTHUR JAMES  
ARTHUR JAMES DEMARS Apr. 19, 1946 - Oct. 30, 2014 Arthur James DeMars, or "Uncle Art" as his family and friends knew him, passed away peacefully and surrounded both physically and spiritually by his loved ones on October 30, 2014 at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. Arthur was a long time resident of El Centro and until 2011, owned and operated Imperial Desert Glass Company. Art was born in Seattle, WA on April 19, 1946 to Arthur W. DeMars and Dorothy M. DeMars. During his life, he lived in Wisconsin, California, Florida and Minnesota as he followed his father's career in the U.S. Navy, settling in El Centro, Ca. A 1964 graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Alameda, CA, he also earned a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of San Francisco in 1968. He began his "business career" as a young newspaper carrier. In the late 1960's, Arthur worked for Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) and American Airlines. He traveled extensively in those years, including a trip around the world. In the early 1970's, Art moved to El Centro and worked as an Assistant Manager for the local Safeway Store before opening his own business-Imperial Desert Glass Company and Art's Tropical Fish Hut on 4th Street near Stark Field in El Centro. He worked side by side with his father who owned and operated I.V. Screen and Awning at the same location. Father and son worked together for decades until Art Jr. was hospitalized in March, 2011. Art was actively involved with the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and the Desert Golf Association. He also worked with the California State Contractors' Licensing Board, traveling to Sacramento to help write and edit tests for the State Contractors Licensing examination for many years. He served his community as a life-time member and Exalter Ruler of the B.P.O.E, El Centro Elks Lodge #1325. As an active parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro, Art taught classes in the CCD program where he was given the Father of the Year Award for his service and dedication to the program. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as the Financial Secretary for Christ the King Council #3614. Art was an avid golfer and Green Bay Packers fan. He participated in many outdoor sports and activities – fishing, hunting, gardening, and logging on the family farm in Park Falls, WI each summer. He was a voracious reader, especially of western novels. As a son, he provided wonderful loving care for his aging parents throughout their latter years. "Uncle Art" will be remembered for his kindness to others and his love of children and animals. Even on his most difficult days, he almost always had that beautiful and ever-present smile to offer. He especially loved sharing a good story or pulling a practical joke. Art was also well known by the hospital staff for his joke telling and even his doctors would stop by just to hear the "latest." Of his many gifts and talents, "Uncle Art" was perhaps best known for always being there for others to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. Many came to him for his mentorship. He was always eager to share from his vast array of knowledge and many life experiences. Art is loved and greatly missed by his family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, and is survived by his father, Arthur W. DeMars Sr., sisters Cheryl Hobson (Robert), Kathleen Gonzales (Kenneth), and Susan Graham (Benjamin). He was uncle to Matt Hobson (Farrah), Mike Hobson (Adriana) David Gonzales (Josie), and Joey Gonzales (Aimee). He was Great Uncle to Isabella, Sarina, Iliana, Isla, Italia, Benjamin, and Jaxson. Vigil services will be held at Hems Brothers Mortuary, El Centro, CA on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00PM with a Rosary service at 7:00PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 9:00AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro, CA. A reception will follow immediately in the St. Mary's auditorium. Internment will be later at Nola Cemetery, Park Falls, WI. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the superb and exceptional care given to him over the last two years by the "family" of dedicated professionals at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to: Scripps Health Foundation, P.O. Box 2669, La Jolla, CA 92038 "In Memory of Arthur J. DeMars".
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 18, 2014
DENSON, TOMMY JOE (TJ)  
TOMMY JOE (TJ) DENSON Mar. 3, 1935 - Oct. 29, 2014 Tommy Joe (TJ) Denson age 79 passed away in La Jolla of natural causes on October 29, 2014 with family members by his bedside. Tommy had been living in El Centro for the past three years where he lived with his wife, Mary Lou Sanchez Denson, of Brawley. He was born on March 3, 1935 in Parsons, Kansas. His parents were Bessie and Thomas Denson. TJ had five siblings: John (Betty); Glenn (Becky); Mary (Clyde) Dyke; Juanita (Marlin) Hatcliff; and Betty (Norman) Racy, and numerous nieces and nephews, all still living in Oklahoma and Kansas. He attended Cleveland, Oklahoma schools and finished his education while in the Navy. He served one term and was stationed at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro. He joined the Brawley Fire Department in 1955. While working at the fire department, he also worked at Imperial Stores in Brawley and owned Denson's Locksmith. In 1991, after serving 36 years with the fire department, he retired as Chief. After he retired he lived in Texas for 20 years. TJ enjoyed deer hunting with his buddies every year in Washington, and pheasant and dove hunting locally. He sang and played guitar. For many years he belonged to the Masons, Elks Club and American Legion in Brawley. He is survived by his three children: Terri Denson, Traci (Dan) Gibbs of Brawley and Tommy G. Denson of San Diego and step-daughter Paula (Duane) Decker of Texas, also grandsons Jake Denson and Joseph Gibbs. He lost his cherished grandson, Blake Denson, in an auto accident in 2007. His first wife, Marie Smith Denson, passed away in 2011. Memorial services will be held at Frye Chapel in Brawley on Thursday, November 20th at 6 p.m.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2014
FAULK, SAM  
SAM FAULK Apr. 20, 1947 - Nov. 15, 2014 Sam Faulk, 67, of El Centro passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 of complications from Metastatic Melanoma in Escondido, CA. He was born on April 20, 1947 in Ventura, CA and was married to Sandra Faulk on September 4, 1971 at Granada Hills, CA. Sam was a teacher from 1971 to 2008 with bulk of career at Holtville High School (1979-2008). He won multiple Championships in Football and Baseball, member of IVFCA Hall of Fame and Holtvilles "Green and Gold" Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond and mother, Louise. Sam is survived by his wife, Sandra of El Centro; son, Scott of Redlands, CA and daughter, Stacey of Valley Center, CA; 6 grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Holtville, CA.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2014
FLORES, HUMBERTO  
HUMBERTO FLORES Mar. 24, 1994 - Nov. 17, 2014 Humberto Flores, 20, of Holtville, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014. Humberto was born on March 24, 1994 in Mexicali, Mexico. He is survived by his mother, Ana F. Sandoval of Holtville, CA; father, Humberto Flores of Yuma, AZ; and sister, Ana Murphy of Holtville, CA. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November, 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville. Service will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville. Burial will immediately follow at Terrace Park Cemetery.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 22, 2014
FLORES, LUIS MANUEL  
LUIS MANUEL FLORES Dec. 31, 1928 - Nov. 20, 2014 Luis Flores, 85, of Indio passed away Thursday, November 20. He was born December 31, 1928 in Needles, CA. Visitation will take place Monday, November 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in El Centro. Luis is survived by his daughter, Mary Lou Ozuna of Indio; sons, Carlos Flores of Imperial, Robert Flores of Brawley, John Flores of Lodi, CA, and Ernesto Flores of Lodi, CA; sisters, Esther Lemus of Thermal, and Rosalva Von Stockhouser.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 23, 2014
GOTTI, PATRICIA A.  
PATRICIA A. GOTTI May. 8, 1931 - Nov. 11, 2014 Patricia A. Gotti went home to her lord and savior on Tuesday, November, 11, 2014 in the presence of her loving husband of 43 years, Joe. She was born May 8, 1931 in Buffalo, Ohio to Everett and Shirley Taylor. After grade school in Ohio the family moved to Berkley, CA and then to Imperial, CA. She had two children with her first husband, Denise and Mark Porter. She worked for Imperial Chamber of Commerce from 1965 to 1991, as well as Louies Cafe, Lydias Cafe and The Owl Cafe. Pat and Joe Gotti were married in 1971 and enjoyed a life and love of family and friends. Pat and Shirleen Roben started "Christmas in a Small Town" and "The Spring Festival" at the park in Imperial. She was named "Citizen of the Year" for unselfish service and devotion to the community and businesses of Imperial in 1984-1985. Pat was preceded in death by her precious son, Mark Porter; parents and her sister, Charlotte. She is survived by her husband, Joe; daughter, Denise Porter; grandchildren, Tiffany Flowers and Amy Bonillas; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Aaron Bonillas and Timi Ann Flowers along with numerous nieces and nephews; two sisters, Enid Bidou of Bencia, CA and Madgel Richard of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is extremely loved and will be missed by numerous family and friends. Pat loved working at the Imperial Chamber of Commerce. Some of her best times were working on the parades and fundraisers. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6 to 9 p.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro. Gravesite services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2014
HINSON, RODERICK ANGUS  
RODERICK ANGUS HINSON Dec. 23, 1963 - Nov 18, 2014 Roderick Angus Hinson, age 50 of Clarksville passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at his residence from Liver Disease. Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. No services are planned. Mr. Hinson was born in El Centro, CA on December 23, 1963 to Royce Hinson and Jacqueline Gregory. He was a Carpenter with the Carpenters Union and a member of Little West Fork Baptist Church. He is survived by his father, Royce Hinson; Mom, Nell Hinson; mother, Jacqueline Gregory; wife, Trinnie Hinson; daughters, Emma Hinson, Peggy Hinson; brother, Kevin (Monica) Hinson; sisters, Sheryl (Mark) Busch and Kris (Ray) Lozano. Online condolences may be made at www.sykesfuneralhome.com
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 22, 2014
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