DEATHS: July 16, 2001

July 16, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Alejandra Arvizu, 93, of Calexico, who died Thursday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico with the Rev. Edmundo Zarate officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Arvizu was born April 24, 1908, in Yuma. She lived in the Imperial Valley for over 90 years.

She married Dario Espinoza and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her son, Gilberto Espinoza, in 1987; and daughter, Yolanda Carrillo in 1990.

Survivors include her sons, Ricardo, Guillermo and Roman Espinoza; daughter, Elida Farias; daughters-in-law, Juana, Ines, Lydia and Josefina Espinoza; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.



Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Lester Delwin Hendrix, 90, of El Centro, who died Friday in his home.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Hendrix was born April 14, 1911, in Benett, Texas. He came to the Imperial Valley in 1930 and was a innovative and successful farmer. He married Magdalena Zamora in 1961.

He was a lifetime Elk, a member of Los Vigilantes and past member of the Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer and member of the Barbara Worth Golf Association.

Survivors include his wife, Magdalena Hendrix, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests donations be sent to the Elks Club or Home Choice Hospice.


A requiem Mass was celebrated July 5 in Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Brookings, Ore., for James Andrew Sullivan, 92, of Brookings, who died July 3 in Brookings.

Revs. Edmund K. Ryan and Dan Kolinski officiated.

Mr. Sullivan's burial will be at a later date in Singing Hills Cemetery in El Cajon.

Mr. Sullivan was born May 24, 1909, in East St. Louis, Ill. He grew up in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

He attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a degree in pharmacy from Butler University.

He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II and served in the South Pacific.

He married Celeste Loretta Strehlke on June 10, 1943, while stationed at Camp Callen Hospital in San Diego.

After being discharged from the Army in 1948, he moved to the Imperial Valley and founded El Centro Drug Co. Inc. He loved his business and customers and for many years, working seven days a week to meet the needs of the community, according to family members. The drug store became well-known for its soda fountain and Emma's homemade pies.

He was deeply devoted to his faith and was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and co-chaired the committee that built St. Mary's School.

The Sullivans enjoyed dancing and were members of Entre Nos dance club. The Sullivans enjoyed visiting nightclubs in Mexicali. While living in El Centro, Mr. Sullivan explored the desert extensively and was involved in archeological digs. He loved to take Jeep trips to Mexico.

He retired in 1980 and relocated to Brookings. He was a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharist minister, visiting homebound parishioners. He loved working in his garden, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Celeste S. Sullivan.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law; Michael and Jessica Sullivan of El Centro, John and Suni Sullivan and Eddie and Carole Sullivan, all of San Diego; daughters and sons-in-law; Sharon and Ed Stevens of San Diego and Mary and Jube Najarian of Fresno; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Mary's Catholic Church building fund, 795 S. La Brucherie Road, El Centro, CA 92243.

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