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Mary Ann Reyes-cornejo

September 25, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Mary Ann Reyes-Cornejo, 55, of Brawley, who died of heart failure Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Gil Espuelas will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Reyes-Cornejo was born on June 17, 1946, in Florence, Ariz. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1960.

She married Herman Cornejo in Brawley on June 25, 1960. She was employed by Pioneers Memorial Hospital for 22 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mollie Reyes.

Survivors include her husband, Herman Cornejo of Brawley; daughters, Marylou Sandoval, Christina Cornejo and Roselie Macias, all of Brawley; sons, Herman Cornejo Jr. of Brawley and David Cornejo of San Diego; sister, Lydia Ramos of Brawley; brothers, Eddie Reyes of Fresno, Jessie, Albert and David Reyes, all of Brawley, and Louie Reyes of San Diego; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Victor G. Alvarez, 74, of Calexico, who died Sunday in his home.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico. The Rev. Barry Vinyard of Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

Mr. Alvarez was born March 6, 1927, in Calexico and was raised and attended schools there. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Alvarez worked as a supervising gardener for the El Centro School District for 22 years and later at Plaster City for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mabel Alvarez of Calexico; daughter, Muriel Cantu of Vallejo; daughters and sons-in-law, Olivia and Tony Paez of San Diego and Loreta and Rene Romero of El Centro and Sylvia and George Fernandez of Sacramento; sons, Victor Manuel Alvarez of Salinas and Francisco Alvarez of Calexico; son and daughter-in-law, Alvaro and Christina Alvarez of Chula Vista; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Merced for Felix C. "Neco" Torres, 57, of Planada, who died of liver cancer Saturday in Merced.

Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Planada. The Rev. Edgar Jimenes will officiate.

Burial will be in Planisburg Cemetery in Merced.

Mr. Torres was born May 12, 1944, in Brawley. He worked as a migrant center manager at a Merced County Housing Authority's migrant camp for 35 years. He recently retired and the migrant center was renamed the Felix C. Torres Migrant Camp. in his honor.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Benny, Juan, Ruben and Manuel Torres.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Torres of Planada; daughters, Teresa T. Zuniga of Le Grand and Margaret Torres and Rachel T. Perez, both of Planada; son, Felix V. Torres of Merced; sisters, Olivia Lopez, Irene Chavez and Yolanda Noriega, all of Brawley, and Rose Sweet of Richmond, Va.; brothers, Lolo Torres of Brawley, Mario Torres of El Centro and Ignacio Vega of Ventura; aunt Rebecca Camargo of Brawley; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Dale Axler, 49, of Calipatria, who died of cancer Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Friday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Axler was born Jan. 9, 1952, in Brawley. He was raised in Brawley, attended local schools and graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1970.

Mr. Axler began working in agriculture for Emmanueli & Son and Ben-Co Cropdusting Services in Calipatria. He then worked for J.H. Flourney petroleum services and was last employed as a truck driver by Sellers Petroleum for the past seven years.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time in the desert, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Julie Axler on Dec. 31, 1979.

Survivors include his fiancee, Lisa Thomas of Calipatria; father, Leo Axler of Brawley; sister, Leona Barber of Brawley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ginger and Ken Swain and Judy and Toby Johnson, all of Brawley; numerous nieces and nephews and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


Services are pending for Leo Samaha, 84, of Holtville, who died Friday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

Mr. Samaha was born Aug. 19, 1917, in Calexico.

He was preceded in death by his sister Tuts Reidy in 1993 his brother, Ralph Samaha, in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Samaha of Holtville; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Steve Barthelme of New Jersey; daughter, Cathy Dunham of Holtville; son, Jon Samaha of Morro Bay; son and daughter-in-law, Richie and Mary Samaha of Holtville; sister, Margaret Abdelnour of Phoenix; grandchildren, Mallory, Morgan and Sydney Samaha, all of Holtville; and step-grandchildren, Raina, Erin, Sam and Megan Barthelme, all of New Jersey, and Kevin and Justin Dunham, both of San Diego.

The family suggests memorials to the Holtville Rotary Club, P.O. Box 395, Holtville, CA 92250.

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