Herminia Melendez Santos

March 01, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Herminia Melendez Santos, 86, of Calexico, who died Sunday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Barry Vinyard of the Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Santos was born June 3, 1914, in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, where her father was a mining engineer for the Phelps-Dodge Mining Co. She moved with her family from Cananea to Magdalena, Sonora, and later to Nogales, Sonora.

In Nogales, she attended Normal (Teachers') School and became an educator. She married Rafael Santos Guzman in Nogales, Sonora, on Dec. 12, 1934. They later moved to Nogales, Ariz., where three of their four children were born.


In August 1943 the Santos family "temporarily" relocated to Calexico, where Mrs. Santos could remain close to her mother and siblings, who lived in Mexicali, while Mr. Santos was away during the war. The "temporary" relocation became a lifetime.

In 1946 the Santoses established El Bazar Store in Calexico. The store remained in business for 43 years until the health of Mr. Santos forced its closure.

Mrs. Santos was active in the Calexico-Mexicali communities throughout her residency in the city. In her younger years she was active with Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, participating in the many fund raisers that eventually brought the current church building to fruition in the early 1960s. She supported her late husband's community activities through the Calexico Host Lions Club from its inception in 1949 and through the clubs heydays of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. She was a charter member of Las Vecinas auxiliary of Valley Orthopedic Clinic and actively participated in its events until recently. She participated and supported various social and community organizations in the Mexicali area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rafael Santos Guzman; and son Rafael Santos Melendez.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jaime Alberto Santos and Silvia Serrano-Santos of Mexicali and Sergio H. and Maria L. Santos of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Luz Herminia "Mini" and Ronald Gonshak of Phoenix.; daughter-in-law, Carmen M. Santos of El Centro; grandchildren, Rafael Santos III of San Diego, Arturo Santos of Imperial, Carmen G. Sanchez and Nicolas S., Christina M. and Daniel S. Santos, all of El Centro, Jaime A. Santos Jr. of Calexico, Carlos Javier Santos of Mexicali, Dr. Silvia Santos-Jones of Victorville, Alejandra Santos-Rodriguez of Chula Vista, Christopher Gonshak of Apache Junction., Ariz., and Elizabeth M. Peters of Phoenix; brother, Roberto Melendez Quintero of Tijuana; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews in Mexicali, Tijuana and Nogales, Ariz.


Funeral services were Feb. 2 in Kimbraugh Funeral Home in Cisco, Texas, for Dollie Osburn, 90, of Brawley, who died Jan. 30 in Brawley.

Mrs. Osburn was born Jan. 16, 1911, in Springtown, Texas. She lived in Cisco for 30 years, where she was a bookkeeper at Kimbraugh Funeral Home for 17 years. She and her husband owned and operated Osburn's Grocery in Holtville for many years. She last resided in Brawley with her niece, Corky Molina.

She will be missed by all who knew her, according to family.

She was a member of Eastern Star in Holtville and Cisco for more than 50 years. She was an active member of the Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burnel Osburn; son, Burnel Osburn Jr., and an infant son.

Mrs. Osburn is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Werner R. Locher, 68, of Seeley, who died Monday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Grace Lutheran Church in El Centro. The Rev. Lewis Busch will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Locher was born Nov. 6, 1932, in El Centro. He was a lifelong resident of the Imperial Valley and attended local schools. He graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1951, where he was involved in the wrestling program.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and during the Korean War. He was self-employed in the hay and trucking businesses.

He was a 4-H leader for many years and coached Pop Warner football. He was a member of the Imperial Valley Swiss Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Locher of Seeley; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Ronda Locher of El Centro; son, John Locher of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Deanah and Tom Cleere of North Carolina, Barbara and Luzi Phillip of Switzerland and Rose and Mike Smith of El Centro; daughter, Susan Locher of Seeley; brothers, Walter Locher of El Centro and Eddie Locher of San Diego; sisters, Heidi and Elizabeth Locher, Fay Spriz, May Sotelo and Ann Hanson, all of San Diego, and Margaret Hoyle of Escondido; mother-in-law, Mary Bates of Seeley; aunt, Marie Locher of El Centro; grandchildren, Bethny, Carly, Megan, Katlyn, Anne and Ocean Locher and Derrick Smith, all of El Centro, and Ian Cleere of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests donations be sent in Mr. Locher's memory to the American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial counties.

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