Lucile M. Volner

August 25, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro for Lucile M. Volner, 93, of El Centro, who died Friday at home.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's. Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's with Monsignor Thomas Vidra officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery beside her husband, William Volner.

Mrs. Volner was born June 5, 1908, in Ottertail County, near Wadena, Minn. She grew up on a small farm outside Wadena, where she was educated and graduated from Wadena High School. She returned to school the following year to earn her teaching credential.

Mrs. Volner was teaching in a one-room country school when she met her future husband, W.K. "Bill" Volner, in fall 1930. Mr. Volner grew up a few miles east on a family farm but moved to the Imperial Valley in 1921. He was visiting family and friends in Minnesota on his way to the 1930 World Series when he met his future wife on a blind date. They were married in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena on Aug. 20, 1931. After their honeymoon they returned to El Centro, where they lived out their lives.


Mr. and Mrs. Volner started their own wholesale business in the early 1940s and a vending service in the 1950s.

They raised four children, Phyllis, Mary, Bill Jr. and Margaret. Mrs. Volner was active in the El Centro community as a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she was a long-time member of the Altar Society. The Volners were devout Catholics and contributed to the church throughout their lives, according to family. In Mr. Volner's memory she donated the stained glass window representing the sacrament of matrimony.

Mrs. Volner was a member of the Women's Ten Thousand Club and enjoyed playing bridge in her later years. She was an amateur artist and enjoyed gardening and travel. She and Mr. Volner traveled to Europe and Ireland as well as to various vacation spots throughout the United States, visiting national parks and Major League Baseball stadiums.

Mrs. Volner was active into her 90s, living alone after the death of her husband in 1986. She had a zest for life and enjoyed reading, music, playing cards, educational games and whatever her children and grandchildren were doing, according to her family.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Phyllis and Clarence Nickel of El Centro; Margaret and Jerry Ambrose of Kingman, Ariz.; and Mary and William Sheridan of Rancho Palo Verde; her son and wife William K. and Jean Volner of Bass Lake; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, including one born just days before her death.


Memorial services were Saturday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home in Wichita Falls, Texas, for Lewis "Lew" Henry Daves, 67, who died of natural causes Thursday in Wichita Falls. Burial was private

Born June 4, 1934, in Wichita Falls, Mr. Daves was a funeral director for many years, having worked at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley and Blythe for 17 years. He also worked for Ryzek Mortuary in Yuma and The Neptune Society in San Diego.

He is survived by three sisters and one brother, who live in Texas and Arizona, and by numerous nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church in El Centro for Charles O. Beinhorn, 92, of El Centro, who died Friday at home.

Pastor Jim Mersereau of Central Baptist will officiate.

Burial will be in Exeter Memorial Cemetery in Exeter.

Mr. Beinhorn was born March 13, 1909, in Exeter and raised there. He was a graduate of Stanford University and served in World War II, earning a battlefield commission while serving in France. He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Following the war, he worked for the Federal Land Bank and was transferred to the Imperial Valley to manage the El Centro office in 1952. When he retired in 1974, he and his wife spent seven years crisscrossing North America in their travel trailer before returning to El Centro to build a second home. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 15, 2001.

Mr. Beinhorn is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Beinhorn of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-laws, Gretchen and Robert "Doug" Simms of El Centro and Tahne and Bob Gollwitzer of Poway; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Molly Beinhorn of Lyman, S.C.; grandchildren, Rob Simms; Jason Simms and wife, Tara; Aaron Simms; Erin and Stacy Beinhorn; Jesse and Gabe Caldwell; Diane and Daina Gollwitzer; and great-grandchildren, Cole Simms, Austin Simms and Rion Simms.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Central Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 721, El Centro, CA 92244.


No formal services are planned for Etta C. Boggs, 92, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Disposition will be private.

Born Oct. 26, 1908, in Duncan, Ariz., Mrs. Boggs moved to Imperial four years ago to live with her daughter.

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