DEATHS: May 27, 2001

May 26, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for former Imperial Valley resident Mearl C. Clapp, 83, of Escondido, who died Tuesday at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

A memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Hems chapel with the Rev. Walter Colace of Christ Community Church officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Clapp was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Hickory, Okla. He married Alberta Whaley in 1945.

Mr. Clapp came to the Imperial Valley in the early 1940s. When World War II started he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Burma, where he met his wife. After the Valley he returned home with his wife.


He worked for many years in produce as a labor contractor, grower, packer and shipper. He also worked in agriculture for a fertilizer company and sold cars for Bert Pope's Lincoln/Mercury dealership.

Later in life he was the owner of Mearl's Place in Boulevard. For many years, Clapp was a member of the Western Growers Association. He was an active member of American Legion Post 25 in El Centro.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Young of El Centro and Anita Russell of Escondido; grandson, Steven Switzer of Milford, Pa.; granddaughters, Sherry Murphy of San Diego and Julie Combs of Clairemont Mesa; great-grandchildren, Carissa, Shane, Sawyer and Steven Switzer Jr., all of Milford, Donal and Aaron Murphy, both of San Diego, and Justin Combs of Clairemont Mesa; nieces, Connie Mayberry of Bakersfield, and Kelly Chandler of San Pedro; nephews, Von Clapp of Bakersfield and Gary Clapp of San Marcos.


A memorial service was May 12 at Valle Vista Baptist Church in Hemet for former Imperial Valley resident Joseph Edward "Joe" Mitchell, 72, of Hemet, who died April 20.

Burial was private.

Mr. Mitchell was born In Pampa, Texas. He grew up in the Imperial Valley, attended schools in the Valley and graduated from Brawley Union High School.

He worked in the Brawley Safeway and other Safeway stores for 32 years before retiring in 1986. He had been a resident of Riverside County for 35 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rick Henry Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife, Trudy Mitchell of Hemet; sons, Leslie Mitchell of Rib Lake, Wis., Dave Mitchell of Statesville, N.C., and Danny Mitchell of Nevada; daughters, Kelly Mitchell of Canoga Park and Penny Nichols of Dana Point; sisters, Nora Ellison of Highland, Dallas Dunkleberger of High Ridge, Mo., and Laura Root of Imperial; brothers, Major Mitchell of Oakdale and Jerry Mitchell of Brentwood; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville for Marguerite Mary Omlin, 87, of Holtville, who died Wednesday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's with the Rev. Cecilio Moraga officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro beside the grave of her late husband Kamill "K" Omlin.

Mrs. Omlin was born Dec. 28, 1913, in Holtville. She was the first of four children of parents who immigrated from Switzerland. She attended Verde School and graduated from Holtville High School in 1932.

She married Kamill Omlin in 1932. They settled in the Bonds Corner area to farm and remained their all their lives.

She was active in her community and was always willing to help until her health failed, according to her family. She was a member of the Imperial Valley Swiss Club, the Holtville Woman's Club and St. Joseph's Church and Alter Society. She was a past president of the Barbara Worth Brigadettes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sister, Ana Enz, brothers, Joe Enz Jr. and Walter Enz.

Mrs. Omlin loved to travel and visit friends, family said.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Roberta Omlin of Holtville, daughter, Marguerite Martin of El Centro; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 400 S. 8th St., El Centro.


Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Chula Vista for Oscar Ruiz-Suarez, 81, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. The Rev. Andre Ramos of Chula Vista will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Ruiz-Suarez was born March 26, 1920, in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. He married Aida Gessenius in Tijuana on Sept. 10, 1942. He worked in a family business in Mexico for many years, retired in Mexicali and then moved to Calexico.

Mr. Ruiz-Suarez was a co-founder of Club Campestre Tijuana, where he published its magazine. He was admired by his family for his faith and dedication to God during his long illness and was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Aida Ruiz of Calexico; sons and daughters-in-law, Oscar Ruiz and Estela Gomez de Ruiz of Chula Vista and Victor Ruiz and Ilvia Barbosa de Ruiz of Tijuana; daughter and son-in-law, Lupita and Fernando Arguelles of Calexico; and 10 grandchildren and six-great-grandchildren.

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