DEATHS: July 8,2001

July 07, 2001


A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Holtville for Roy Bernard Schaffner, 77, of Holtville, who died Saturday in his home.

The Rev. Allen Deinert of St. Paul's will officiate.

Mr. Schaffner was born July 15, 1923, in Holtville to Emil and Marie Schaffner, Swiss immigrant dairy farmers. He attended Eastside School and graduated from Holtville High School in 1942. In high school he was known as "Flash" due to his swiftness in track and field events. He married Marion Tietz, in LaCrosse, Wis., on Jan. 10, 1948.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was a school board member for Pine Union School, and later served on the school board when the Holtville schools were unified.


Mr. Schaffner was a two-time Paul Harris Fellow of the Holtville Rotary Club. He served as president of the Imperial Valley Swiss Club, and was a member of the Holtville Athletic Club. He also was a life member of the Imperial County Historical Society. In 1998 he and his wife were honored as Holtville's Citizens of the Year for their many years of support and service to the community.

He had continued to have an active role with his sons, Emil and Rudy, in the family dairy business. The dairy has been in continuous operation since it was founded in 1921. It is the last of the dairies owned by Swiss immigrants in the Valley.

Mr. Schaffner was known for his ready wit and his generosity to people of all walks of life. He loved his family and his cows, said a family member.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Schaffner.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Schaffner of Holtville; sons and daughters-in-law, Emil and Terri Schaffner and Rudy and Renita Schaffner, all of Holtville; daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Jim Lowrey, of Holtville and Redding, Debra and Gary Fjeldsted of Holtville, Susan and Ken Lohse of Glenn, and Ellen and Sam Underwood of Holtville; daughter, Heidi Schaffner of Holtville; brother, Henry Schaffner of Minden, Nev.; sisters, Susanna Waterman Anderholt of El Centro and Elisabeth Waldschmidt of Grass Valley; grandchildren, Mike Lowrey of Redding, Brian and Janice Lohse, both of Glenn, Alan and Eric Fjeldsted, both of San Diego, Adam Fjeldsted of Monterey, Loren and Chase Schaffner, Kelly Lowrey, Eric Lyerly, and Erin and Emily Underwood, all of Holtville; grandchildren and spouses, Adam and Annabel Lyerly of Salinas, Roy and Carly Schaffner, and Neal and Amber Schaffner, all of Holtville.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Imperial Valley Swiss Club, Holtville Rotary Club and Pioneers Museum.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Dolores R. DeLeon, 77, of Calexico, who died Wednesday in Pioneer's Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Hems chapel in Calexico with family members officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery next to her husband, Lucio DeLeon, who preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1991.

Mrs. DeLeon was born March 24, 1924, in Sinaloa, Mexico. She came to the United States in 1974 to reside in Calexico. She was a homemaker who cared for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She loved to cook and sew, according to family.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Hector and Ylaria DeLeon of El Centro; son, Juvencio Leyva Baes of El Dorado, Sinaloa, Mexico; grandchildren, Christina DeLeon of La Mesa, and Cory and Regina DeLeon, both of El Centro; great-grandchildren, Celesteh DeLeon of La Mesa and Marcus Lucio DeLeon of El Centro.


A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley for Jerrie Carol Magee, 36, of Yucaipa, who died Thursday of cancer at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Magee was born on March 21, 1965, in El Centro and raised in Brawley.

She attended grammar school in Brawley and later attended high school in Flagstaff, Ariz. In 1984 she moved back to Brawley where she lived until 1995 when she moved to Yucaipa to be closer to her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Magee, in 1999.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Dellene and Dean Brunt of Yucaipa; sons, Tyler and Michael Jim of Flagstaff; daughter, Caroline Baker of Yucaipa; brothers, H.B. Herrington and Mike Sloan, both of Henderson, Nev., Leroy Herrington of Brawley, Darrel Sloan of Sacramento, Ron and Ray Sloan, both of Texas, and Buck and J.P. Magee, both of Portage, Wis.; sister, Tara Magee of Portage; aunts and uncles, Pat and Joe Ketner of Brawley, Florence and Bill Magee of Montello, Wis., and Charlene and Bill Wright of El Centro; uncle, Bob Brunt of Wenden, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Memorial services for Peggy J. Fernandez, 74, of Brawley will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley.

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