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RECTOR, ROSARIO AMEZCUA  
ROSARIO AMEZCUA RECTOR Oct. 30, 1925 - Nov. 15, 2014 Rosario Rector, 89, of El Centro passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014. She was born October 30, 1925 in Mexico. She is survived by her daughter, Maria Vess of Lake Elsinore, CA, son, James "Andy" Rector of Bullhead City, AZ; granddaughters, Christina Mallobox-Ross (Anthony) of Palm Springs, CA, Laura "Nikki" Vess-Stephens (John) of Murietta CA; four grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12 p.m. at Cypress View 3953 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA. with rosary being said at 1:30 p.m. Service will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Cypress View 3953 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA. and will be officiated by Father John Carple.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 20, 2014
Steranko Sr., Joseph  
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 (Bill) Ormsbee of Colorado, and Sandra Steranko of New York; brother, Thomas (Kathy) Steranko; five grandchildren, Alissa, Shayla, Mitchell, Hannah and Tyler; four great-grand- children and nieces and nephews.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 21, 2014
SWAIN, BRUCE L.  
BRUCE L. SWAIN Oct. 5, 1947 - Oct. 19, 2014 Bruce L. Swain was born on October 5, 1947. He passed away on October 19, 2014 in El Cajon, CA. He is survived by his wife, Linda Swain; son Bruce Swain Jr.; his 2 daughters, Josie Alva and Rebecca Swain; and 3 grandchildren Joshua, Jason, and Jessica Alva. Bruce was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Memorial service will be held at Riverview Cementry in Brawley CA. on November 26, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to attend his burial services. Bruce will be remembered for introducing family and friends to his wrestling world, his mischief ways, his determination to succeed and of course last but not least his beautiful eyes.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 23, 2014
Terrazas, Esperanza Hernandez  
ESPERANZA HERNANDEZ TERRAZAS Aug. 1, 1916 - Nov. 11, 2014 Our beloved matriarch Esperanza Hernandez Terrazas, 98, went to be with the Lord peacefully on November 11, 2014, with her family by her side. She was born to the late Jesus and Emilia Hernandez on August 1, 1916, in Colima Mexico. In 1935, she moved to Mexicali to pursue her teaching career. Esperanza taught for 25 years until she retired. She married Joaquin F. Terrazas on December 16, 1947 in Calexico, CA, where they resided until they moved to El Centro in the early 1990s. Esperanza was a woman of strength, loyalty, faith and a kid at heart. She was affectionately referred to as "La Señora Bonita" as she was known to always have a smile on her face, wear bright red or pink lipstick, and she was the first one jumping at the candies for every piñata. She truly enjoyed celebrating life with her friends and family, especially her husband of 67 years whose lives were full of dedication to each other, marked by music, dancing, family trips and small traditions. Esperanza is survived by her three children: Jesus Joaquin "Jack" (Frances) Terrazas, Guillermo "Willie" (Maria) Terrazas, and Mary Margaret Terrazas Rojas, along with her 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great- grandchildren, all living in the Imperial Valley and San Diego region. She was preceded in death by her husband on October 24, 2014. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her brother, Waldo Hernandez Maldonado. Mass services will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro at 12 p.m. (noon). Burial will immediately follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico. "We love you so much Nanita!" !!IMAGEHERE!!
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2014
WRAY, SHIRLEY GILBREATH LERNO  
SHIRLEY GILBREATH LERNO WRAY Oct. 13, 1938 - Nov. 15, 2014 Shirley was born on the family farm in Fannin County, Texas, October 13, 1938, to Alfred Denton Gilbreath and Ruby Mae Mynett. At 3 years old she moved with her family to California, where she attended schools in the Long Beach area, moving to Imperial Valley as a young adult. Shirley raised three children in the Imperial Valley and was very active in many philanthropic organizations, and the children's school activities. As active member of Christ Community Church she loved to listen to Walter preach. Shirley enjoyed an active career as a real-estate broker for many years before her retirement and move to Windom, Texas. Traveling was a favorite hobby second only to a good card game. She was a very competitive player and loved to win. When Shirley moved to Texas she had a guest house built on the ranch. The guest house was soon dubbed the Windom Recreation Center, with exercise classes in the mornings and card games of bridge and spades in the evening. As for travel she loved it, just the mention of a trip and she was ready to sign up. She had been all over the world and loved seeing and learning about new cultures. Grandma was a title she wore proudly as her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life, she loved and doted on them. She always loved company and having a group of friends and family around to share a meal, card game, or travel with. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Ruby & Harold Tillar, Denton Gilbreath, and her beloved daughter Linda Russel. Shirley is survived by her husband Neal Wray; children, Gloria Fortin (Myron), Brian Lerno (Joanna), son in law Doug Russel; grandchildren, David Hartsock, Shavonne Borchardt (Donald), Elliot Fortin, Skylar Lerno, Brock and Blake Russel; great- grandchildren, Madilyn Borchardt, Page Lerno; sister, Loretta Goble (Jim); and Uncles Joe and Ben Gilbreath; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral will be on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. both at Frye Chapel. 384 W. Main Street El Centro, CA. In lieu of flowers please make donations in the name of Shirley Lerno Wray to Windom Baptist Church, 203 1st, Windom, TX. 75492.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 23, 2014

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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
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
JACKSON, TENA LOU  
TENA LOU JACKSON Oct. 6, 1924 - Nov. 10, 2014 Tena went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, November 10, 2014 at age 90. She passed away at Shay Hospice Care in San Diego, CA. Tena was a longtime resident of Holtville and El Centro, CA. She lived in San Diego for the past 5 years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro for Tena L. Jackson at 11 a.m. with Reverend Walter Colace of Christian Community Church of El Centro officiating. Burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. Tena was born on October 6, 1924 in Humbolt, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Pierce Milam and Ethel Vailes Milam. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Jackson; brothers, Ernest Milam and Arlon Milam; sisters, Winnie Martin, Clara Horton, and Mary Brooks. Tena is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Chell of Holtville, CA and Sherry Marquand of San Diego, CA; son, Gary Jackson of Bernie, MO; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Tena will be remembered as a loving mother with a giving spirit; for her strong faith in God and her constant prayers for her family and friends.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2014
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