Jose M. Escalera

January 25, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Jose M. Escalera, 75, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico with the Rev. Gerardo Fernandez officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Escalera was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Mexicali. He was a self-employed carpenter in Calexico for more than 55 years.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Manuela Nuñez and Trinidad Perez.

Survivors include his wife, Celia Escalera of Calexico; children, Jose Eduardo and Luz Carmen Paredes, both of Calexico, and Mario Escalera of El Centro; brother, Lorenzo Nuñez of Mexicali; sisters, Carmen and Aurora Escalera and Jesus Lugo, all of Mexicali, and Maria Romero of El Centro; and 10 grandchildren.



Private memorial services are pending in San Diego for Dr. Benjamin "Jack" Shinn Jr., 82, of San Diego, who died of cancer Monday in his home.

Dr. Shinn was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He studied veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and began his practice in Wisconsin. He moved with his family to El Centro in 1954 to enjoy the California weather. Dr. Shinn had a small animal practice office in El Centro for many years.

In the early 1970s, Dr. Shinn moved to Chula Vista, where he built a 47-foot sailboat, studied marine biology and sailed the south seas. He later maintained a home-visiting veterinary service in the Julian and San Diego areas.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Barker of Exeter and Barbara Mitten of Yuma; sons, John Shinn of San Marcos, Jim and Ben Shinn, both of El Centro, Robert Shinn of San Diego and Harry Shinn of Twentynine Palms; sister, Dorothea Francescan of Oklahoma City; and 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Cross Cemetery at 99th Ave. and Thomas Road in Avondale, Ariz., for Patricia Jane Waterman, 76, of Phoenix, who died Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz.

Mrs. Waterman was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Los Angeles. She lived in the Imperial Valley for 31 years. She was a registered nurse.

Survivors include her husband, Frederick W. Waterman of Phoenix; daughter, Mitzi Fay Alvarez; sons, Frederick Richard and Patrick Brian Waterman and Michael Claiborne-Waterman; and seven grandchildren.

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