Blanche Bonino Fornasero

January 11, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro for Blanche Bonino Fornasero, 82, of Pacific Beach, who died Sunday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro. Monsignor Thomas Vidra and Deacon Wesley Jones will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Fornasero was born Oct. 15, 1918, in Los Angeles. She moved to the Imperial Valley in 1944 when she married Joe Fornasero. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, according to family members Mrs. Fornasero was a businesswoman, managing the sales office for Fornasero Farms and several rental properties in Imperial and San Diego counties.

In 1958, Mrs. Fornasero established Grasso's Italian Restaurant with her sister-in-law, Giacinta Fornasero Grasso. The restaurant was an instant success with local residents and visitors.


While visiting Italy in 1971, she learned how to prepare fettuccine from Mr. Alfredo himself at his restaurant in Rome. Although she sold Grasso's in 1976, the restaurant still uses many of her recipes, including her salad dressing, a favorite of many patrons.

After selling Grasso's, she and her husband spent much of their time in San Diego while maintaining their home in El Centro. She later become an active member at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Pacific Beach, yet for 12 years Mrs. Fornasero would commute from Pacific Beach every Wednesday afternoon to teach catechism at St. Mary's School in El Centro.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was active in the parish and other community organizations including Pilot Club International and Women's Ten Thousand Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Fornasero, in 1984.

Survivors include her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Wesley Jones of Anaheim and Gloria and Jack Childs of Temple City; son, Joseph Fornasero of Sacramento; daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Gordon Rycroft of Las Vegas and Mary and Charles Borchard of El Centro; grandchildren, Brooke and Kevan Fornasero of Sacramento and Joseph Borchard of El Centro; granddaughter and her husband, Kara Rycroft and Ken Manqueros of La Jolla; great-grandson, Matthew Manqueros of La Jolla; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Mary's School, 700 S. Waterman Ave., El Centro, CA 92243.


Services have been postponed for Francisco Hernandez-Tejeda, 78, of Holtville, who died Sunday in his home.

Mr. Tejeda was born Oct. 4, 1922, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. He was employed in agriculture in the Imperial Valley for 60 years, working as an irrigator for various companies.

He loved his family and friends and his grandsons called him "Tata Pancho" knowing he would play and joke with them, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Amalia Hernandez-Tejeda of Holtville; stepdaughter, Lina Lopez of Calexico; stepson, Oscar Lopez of Santa Ana; brother, Lucio Tejeda of Mexico; sister, Maria Elena Tejeda of Los Angeles; and nieces, Maria Elena Tejeda and Adela Alvarado, both of Los Angeles.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Samuel R. Panduro, 77, of Heber, who died Tuesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heber with the Rev. Angelo Risoli.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Panduro was born Sept. 10, 1923, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, and was raised there. He came to the Imperial Valley in 1962, settling in Heber. He had worked in the Valley since 1945 while residing in Mexicali. He worked for Joe Maggio for 25 years and several other farming operations in the Valley.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Panduro of Heber; sons, Jose Luis Panduro of El Centro, Daniel Panduro of Imperial and Alfredo, Ruben and Norberto Panduro, all of Heber; daughters, Alberta Panduro Romo of Heber, Rosa Panduro Camacho of Phoenix, Evangelina Panduro Zendejas of Yuma, Alicia Panduro Canett of San Diego and Consuelo Panduro Bohannan of Palm Springs; 34 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Daniel N. "Brow" Teniente, 43, of Ontario, who died of heart disease Tuesday in Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Rosary will be said at 9 a.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Jorge Moreno officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Teniente was born Nov. 9, 1957, in Fresno. He was raised in Brawley until moving with his family to Ontario in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1979. He served in the National Guard after completing his service. He was a self-employed landscaper for many years.

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