DEATHS: June 15, 2001

June 15, 2001


No services were conducted for Doris E. Bartindale, 84, of Menlo Park, a longtime Imperial County social worker and a founder of the Imperial County Humane Society who died May 4 in Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto.

Her remains were cremated.

Mrs. Bartindale was born June 24, 1916, in Springfield, Mass. She graduated from Classical High School in Springfield and then attended the Posse Nissan School of Physical Education and Physiotherapy. While in school she worked with infants and children at the Boston School for Crippled Children.

She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Alabama in 1939 and a master's degree in educational psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1941. She married Roger Bartindale in 1941. The Bartindales had one child and divorced in 1971.


During World War II, she worked for the USO, training and directing hostesses and overseeing educational and recreational programs for servicemen in Boston and Seattle.

Mrs. Bartindale lived in El Centro for 15 years. She was a child welfare worker and supervisor for the Imperial County Welfare Department, working with children in foster care. She also worked as an in-patient social worker for Vista Hill Psychiatric Foundation and then for Imperial County when it took over the mental health program.

Following a move to Chula Vista in 1979, she acted as conservator for psychiatric patients from Imperial County who were living in board-and-care homes in the San Diego County.

Known as "Dodie" to her friends, Mrs. Bartindale loved animals and doted on her own cats, according to family. She devoted much energy to establishing the Imperial County Humane Society and building an animal shelter in the 1970s.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Brandon Bailey of Palo Alto; and ex-husband, Roger Bartindale of Fowler, Ind.

The family suggests memorials to the Girls Scouts of Imperial County, 1681 W. Main St., Suite 412, El Centro, CA 92243. The tax identification number is 951644585.


Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Charles Leo Gronich, 73, of Calexico, who died Wednesday in Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico. The Rev. Barry Vinyard of the Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

A family private disposition is planned for a later date.

Mr. Gronich was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Los Angeles. He attended schools in Los Angeles, graduated from Fairfax High School and then attended a community college in the Los Angeles area for two years.

He lived in the Imperial Valley for 41 years and owned Garlan's Department Store in Calexico for many years.

He was a member of the Calexico Elks Lodge, Calexico Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Calexico Lions Club. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Gronich of Calexico; sons, Robert Gronich of Calexico and David Gronich of Los Angeles; brothers, Ted Gronich of La Mesa and Ed Gronich of Oregon; and grandson, Robert Anthony Gronich.


Services were June 5 in California Burial Chapel in National City for David A. Lopez, 63, of San Diego, who died of cancer June 2 in San Diego Hospice. The Rev. Jack Shuk officiated.

His remains were cremated.

Mr. Lopez was born Dec. 7, 1937, in Calexico. He lived in Calexico until 1965 and then moved to San Diego, where he resided for 36 years. He was a self-employed painter.

In his youth, Mr. Lopez was a member of The Academies, one of the first Imperial Valley rock 'n' roll bands.

He was preceded in death by his brother Manuel Lopez in 1989.

Survivors include his daughters, Yvonne, Michelle and Lydia Lopez, all of San Diego; sisters, Carolina Zoda of New York, Helen Figueroa and Elsie CastaƱon, both of San Diego, Christina Bridges of Whittier, Martha Hutsell of El Monte, Ruth Morlett and Lydia Montejano, both of Calexico, and Rebecca Owen, Enedina Hunga and Linda Williams, all of El Centro; brothers, Henry, Richard, George and Mario Lopez, all of San Diego; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Roman C. Martinez, 88, of Heber, who died Wednesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heber. The Revs. Gianantonio Baggio and Miguel Mascorro will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Martinez was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Colton and was raised there. He moved to Mexicali to farm and raise his children. He returned to the United States in 1960, settling in Calexico.

Mr. Martinez moved to Heber in 1975, residing there the rest of his life. He worked as a heavy-equipment operator for various Valley agriculture firms for many years.

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