DEATHS: May 10, 2001

May 10, 2001


Services are pending for Elizabeth H. Hastings, 66, of Imperial, who died Monday in her home.

Mrs. Hastings was born Dec. 21, 1934, in Corsicana, Texas. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1955 and married Carl Hastings in 1963.

Mrs. Hastings enjoyed collecting dolls and movies. She also enjoyed being a housewife, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hastings, in June.

Survivors include her son, David Carr of Imperial; granddaughter, Tanya Pascua of Imperial; grandson, D.J. Hastings of Imperial; great-grandson, Steven Pascua of Imperial; daughter-in-law, Margot Hastings of Germany; and stepson, Jim Hastings of El Centro.


Memorial services were Friday in Hughes Funeral Chapel in Yucaipa for Lester E. Swanger, 73, of Yucaipa, a former Niland resident who died May 1 in St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino.


His nephew, the Rev. Thomas Edmiaston, officiated the services.

Burial was private.

Mr. Swanger was born May 6, 1927, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and was raised and attended schools there.

Mr. Swanger served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1952. After his discharge from the service, he lived in Los Angeles and worked for Lockheed Aircraft for several years. He then moved to Niland and worked as a plant supervisor for the Niland Sanitary District.

Upon his retirement, he moved to Banning and then relocated to Yucaipa.

Mr. Swanger was a member of a gem and mineral society. He enjoyed traveling, wood-working and had done extensive genealogical research on the paternal side of his family, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his niece, Elaine Wyatt in 1989.

Survivors include his sister, Barbara Edmiaston of Bakersfield; brothers, Stanley and Clinton Swanger, both of Calipatria; nephews, the Rev. Thomas Edmiaston and Royce Edmiaston, both of Bakersfield, Guy Swanger of Spring Valley, Jeff and Clinton Swanger II, both of San Diego, and Gary Swanger of Perris; nieces, Rose Ann Coronado of Rockmart, Ga., and Judy Swanger of Escondido; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.


Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe, Ariz., for Patricia "Patsy" Ramirez Cummings Doyle, 42, of Tempe, who died Sunday in Tempe.

A determination of her cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe.

Her ashes will be scattered at a later date.

Mrs. Doyle was born Aug. 20, 1958, in Indio. She was a longtime Calexico resident and resided in Alamogordo, N.M., before relocating to Tempe. She was employed at Empire Machinery in Mesa, Ariz.

In her late teens, Mrs. Doyle was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and despite living with the daily pain of her condition, she managed to comfort all who needed her, according to family. She devoted many hours to charity.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Enriqueta and Ramon; brothers, Roger and Alex; and first husband, Michael Cummings.

Survivors include her children, Kristina and Peter Gerardo; husband, Brendan Doyle; brothers, Randy and Raymond; sisters, Myrna and Lena; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Arthritis Foundation.

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