Joyce Nadine Sassie

January 16, 2001

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in First Presbyterian Church in Brawley for Joyce Nadine Sassie, 76, of Brawley, who died Sunday in her home. The Rev. Paul Soderquist will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Sassie was born June 29, 1924, in Hutchinson, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glen Johnson; and brother Jackie Lewis.

Survivors include her husband, John Sassie of Brawley; daughters, Glenda Foster and Charlotte Jack, both of Brawley, Janet Williams of Aliso Viejo and Gloria Green and Teri Schmidt, both of San Diego; stepsons, Bill Sassie and John R. Sassie, both of Brawley; sisters, Marie Richter of El Centro and Shirley Danskin of Tustin; brothers, Larid Lewis of Hacienda Heights, Edward Ellis Lewis of Bakersfield and Arthur Lewis of Temecula; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests donations be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1276, Brawley, CA 92227, or the Juvenile Diabetes Society.



A celebration of life will be conducted at noon Sunday in the home of Mike and Julie Burton, 14783 Cool Valley Ranch Road in Valley Center, for Marguerite Swerdfeger, 83, of Escondido, who died Thursday in Escondido.

Mrs. Swerdfeger was born Nov. 22, 1917, in Harrisonville, Mo. She lived in the Imperial Valley most of her life, attending Valley schools and graduating from Central Union High School. She worked her way up to the position of Imperial County chief probation officer, retiring in 1973. She then moved to La Mesa and lived there until February 1997. She moved to the Escondido area after her second stroke, where she remained until she died.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer A. Swerdfeger Jr., on Oct. 23, 1971.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Wilmer Allen III and Nancie Swerdfeger of Bakersfield; daughter, Marigene Roberts of El Cajon; daughter and son-in-law, Julie Ann and Mike Burton of Valley Center; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Jeanette Hurst of Oceanside; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and Joe Qualls of Apple Valley and Barbara and Ed Blackman of El Centro and Fort Collins, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

For more information call (760) 749-7361.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria for Maria Ramirez, 78, of Calipatria, who died Friday of heart problems in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Rev. Amador Lopez will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Ramirez was born Aug. 17, 1922, in Arlington. She moved to Arizona, then to the Imperial Valley in 1933. She attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church for many years.

Survivors include her sons, Tomas Gonzalez of Calipatria, Carlos Gonzalez of Brawley, Jose Guerra of Indio and John Alvarado of Tustin; sister Maggie Rivera of Huron; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Raymon Roberts Carver, 85, of Imperial, who died Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Imperial Community Church. Pastor Wayne Mudge and the Rev. LeRoy Jackson will be officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Carver was born Sept. 7, 1915, in Comanche, Texas. He married Helen Kaiser in Yuma in 1940. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Imperial Irrigation District for more than 42 years, retiring in 1980. He had lived in the Imperial Valley for over 65 years.

He was a member of Imperial Community Church and a former member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Carver of Imperial; son, Bill Carver of Alpine; daughter, Darlene Ormand of Imperial; sister, Josephine Stilwell of Imperial; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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