Stanley S. Sierad

June 29, 2001

Services were June 11 in Eternal Light Chapel in Santa Clarita for Stanley S. Sierad, 85, of Valencia, who died June 8 in Valencia. The Rabbi Steven Conn officiated.

Mr. Sierad was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Dallas. He lived in El Centro from 1950 to 1971 and was a well-known community business leader and businessman.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He owned a furniture store in Brawley and Stan's Furniture Store in El Centro. He was affectionately known as "Stan the Bald-Headed Furniture Man." He also owned English Village Liquor Store and the "Q" Inn in El Centro.

He was active in community fund-raising events for seniors, children, homeless, public safety and church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Sheriff's Posse and was a sheriff's reserve.


Survivors include his wife, Henrietta Sierad of Valencia; and daughters, Marsha, Susie and Roberta Sierad, all of Santa Clarita.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Felipe "El Guero" Lopez-Zarate, 80, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Lopez-Zarate was born on July 2, 1920, in Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico. He lived in El Centro for 57 years.

His love for agriculture made him well known in the Valley, according to family.

Prior to his retirement from his work as a campesino and U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service worker, he garnered several accolades for being a fast and strong worker.

Survivors include numerous children including his daughters, Rosa Maria Diaz of Phoenix, Erlinda Roach of Calexico and Maria Ignacia Lopez of San Francisco; son, John Lopez of Modesto; brother, Enrique Lopez-Zarate of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; sister, Mariana Lopez of Santa Maria; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Robert Leland Roberts, 69, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in his home.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Church of the Nazarene in El Centro.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Roberts was born June 30, 1931 in San Diego. As a young man, he worked for the Imperial Valley Press. He later worked as a master mechanic for JCPenney Co. and for the Valley Nitrogen Plant until it closed.

His final working years were spent at Magma Geothermal, retiring in 1996.

Mr. Roberts enjoyed his retirement with his family and coffee buddies, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Rosa Roberts of El Centro; daughter, Cathy Roberts of San Diego; daughter and son-in-law, Dona and John Harshman of San Diego; grandson, Christopher Harshman of San Diego; stepchildren and spouses, Rosa and Mitch Hull of Descanso, Melinda and Gordon Coleman of Lake Elsinore and Monica and Devin Anderson of El Centro; step-grandchildren, Timothy, Caleb and Ariel Coleman, all of Lake Elsinore, and Shelby and Seth Anderson, both of El Centro; sister, Marjorie Forbes of Oceanside; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Phyllis Roberts of Boulevard; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Earl W. Smith, 80, of Hanford, a former Holtville resident who died of cancer June 15 in Hanford.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Smith was born July 18, 1920, in Spencer, Iowa. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at age 15 and enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18, serving in Europe during World War II.

He worked at the tuberculosis sanitarium in Holtville, where he met Dorris Franklin. They married in 1952 and moved to Riverside.

They later moved to the Chicago area, where Mr. Smith was employed by United Airlines before retiring in 1980.

During his years of retirement in the Imperial Valley, Mr. Smith and his wife worked as substitute drivers for his stepdaughter, Mildred, in delivering the Imperial Valley Press.

The Smiths loved to travel with their five-wheel trailer to the southern states, visiting friends and relatives and fishing along the way. Mr. Smith loved to work on wood crafting and was an avid reader of western novels, according to family.

The Smiths returned to Holtville to live near their daughter Mildred. After Mrs. Smith died in 1996, Mr. Smith moved to Lemoore to live with his granddaughter Tricia, where he resided until his death.

He also was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Donnie Simpson, in 1992; brothers, Austin and Clarence Smith; and sister, Betty Hanna.

Survivors include his stepdaughter, Mildred Simpson of Lemoore; grandson and girlfriend, Charles Simpson and Ginger Ward of Holtville; granddaughter and spouse, Tricia and Randy Johnston of Lemoore; great-grandchildren and spouses, Nick and Alma Simpson of El Centro and Zack and Christy Simpson of Lemoore; great-grandchildren, Patrick, Sophie and Heather Johnston, all of Lemoore; great-great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Donald Simpson and Isaiah Johnston, all of Lemoore; cousins, Jack and Ann Munn of Holtville and Ron and Kit Simpson of Sanger; friend, Fred Mahoney of Lemoore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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