Justo J. Zamudio

August 23, 2001

A Mass was celebrated Aug. 2 in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Escondido for Justo J. Zamudio, 64, of Escondido, a former Imperial Valley resident who died of cancer July 26 in Escondido.

A burial with full military honors was Aug. 2 in Oakhill Memorial Park in Escondido.

Mr. Zamudio was born Aug. 9, 1936 in Calexico. He moved to El Centro in 1959, residing there for 18 years, later relocating to Escondido.

Mr. Zamudio attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Calexico, Calexico High School and Palomar College.

He served in the U.S Air Force during the Korean War in the 413th TAC. He was stationed in Okinawa and Nagasaki, Japan.

Mr. Zamudio retired as a deportation officer with the Department of Justice. He trained at the federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Labor.


He was a longtime member and usher at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Escondido.

Survivors include his wife, Lillie Lopez Zamudio of Escondido; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and William Peden Sr. and Julie and Rene Tristan, all of Escondido; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Laura Zamudio of Pasadena; sister, Luisa Garcia of Imperial Beach; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Manuel Esperanza of Calexico; grandchildren, Gina, Marlene, William, Sonny, Anthony and Stephen Peden and Alexander Justin Tristan.


Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ofelia G. Brana, 79, of Holtville, who died Monday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. Cecilio Moraga of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Holtville will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Brana was born Nov. 15, 1921, in Havana and was raised there. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s during Fidel Castro's regime.

She retired as a sterile technician from St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach after more than 25 years of service.

Mrs. Brana had been residing in Holtville with her husband, Laureano Brana, for two years.

Survivors include her husband, Laureano Brana, of Holtville; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Susan Brana of El Centro; sister, Ester Rodriguez of Miami.; and granddaughter, Laura Brana of El Centro.

The family suggests memorials to Valley Retirement Inn, 708 S. 5th St., Holtville, CA 92250.

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