Matilde Chicas

January 05, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Matilde Chicas, 41, of Brawley, who drowned Monday in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Jorge H. Moreno officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Chicas was born on March 25, 1959, in Monteca, El Salvador. He was raised in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1989, settling in the Imperial Valley. He married Sonia E. Rosa in Brawley in 1994. He worked in agriculture most of his life.

He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley.

Survivors include his wife, Sonia Chicas of Brawley; daughters, Myrna, Myra and Monica Chicas, all of Brawley; son, Ricardo Chicas of Brawley; and brothers, Gertrudes and Cristino Chicas, both of El Salvador.



Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday in Seventh-day Adventist Church in El Centro for Waloma Elise Bennet-Fehrenbach, 74, of Calexico, who died Monday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. Basil Bell will officiate.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Montecito Memorial Park.

Mrs. Bennet-Fehrenbach was born April 5, 1926, in Loma Linda and raised there. She attended Seventh-day Adventist schools from the first grade through Loma Linda school of nursing in 1948.

She earned a bachelor's degree in science from Pacific Union College and three months later married Marvin Lee Fehrenbach in Loma Linda on Aug. 27, 1950. In 1957, the couple went to South America as missionaries. In 1968 the family returned to the United States, where Mrs. Bennet-Fehrenbach worked as a nurse for the California drug rehabilitation program in Chino before moving to Calexico. She worked as a nurse at the old Imperial County Hospital and later taught at Imperial Valley College for eight years. While teaching nursing, she received her master's degree from the San Diego Consortium.

She worked as a school nurse in Holtville for 10 years, until her retirement in 1990. In the past year, Mrs. Bennet-Fehrenbach celebrated her 50th anniversary of graduating from Pacific Union College and her 50th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include her husband, Pastor Marvin L. Fehrenbach of Calexico; daughters, Graciela Elias of Loma Linda and Siry Leal of Calexico; son, William Lee Fehrenbach of San Diego; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for James H. Phillips, 88, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Phillips was born Aug. 29, 1912, in Griggsville, Ill.

Mr. Phillips was raised in Griggsville, Ill. and came to the Imperial Valley in the 1930s, and he settled in El Centro. He managed the Jack M. Roth Co., which made produce crates. He worked in the crating business for 65 years and was well-known to many produce farmers in the Valley. In the early 1950s, Mr. Phillips became involved in micro midget car racing as a driver and sponsor.

He married Inez Tarvin on July 16, 1942.

He was preceded in death by his sons Dennis Phillips in 1976 and Jim Phillips Jr. in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Inez Phillips, of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Marci Phillips of Imperial; daughters, Katherine Sherwood of Bakersfield, Helen Billington of Colorado Springs, Colo.; foster son, Jim Brinkman, of Shreveport, La.; numerous brothers and sisters; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Red Cross.


Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside for Michael E. Foss, 56, of Escondido, who died of emphysema Tuesday in Escondido. The Rev. Cecil Barham of First Assembly of God of El Centro will officiate.

Mr. Foss was born Jan. 9, 1944, in El Centro. He attended local schools and graduated from Central Union High School in 1963. He served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman at San Diego Naval Hospital. He received an honorable discharge from the military in May 1965.

He attended Mesa Junior College in San Diego, graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Cal Poly, Pomona, and earned a master's degree from U.S. International University in Point Loma. He taught handicapped students at the El Centro and Calexico school districts from 1976 to 1980. He was a teacher and assistant principal for the Los Angeles County Office of Special Education from 1980 to 1984.

Mr. Foss also served as principal for various special education schools in Stockton, including Harrison School for Special Education from 1984 to 1988 and Walton Severely Handicapped School from 1988 to 1991. He returned to teaching the handicapped at Hamilton Junior High in Stockton from 1994 to 1998.

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