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OBITS: October 16, 2001

October 16, 2001

GILBERT S. CHELL

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville for Gilbert S. Chell, 70, of Holtville, who died Tuesday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville. The Rev. Cecilio Moraga will officiate.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Chell was born June 18, 1931, in Holtville. He graduated from Holtville High School, attended Imperial Valley College and graduated from University of California, Davis, where he studied agricultural business and entomology.

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He was actively employed in farming in the Imperial Valley area and with DiMare Co. of Indio.

Mr. Chell married Micaela Cota in Yuma on Feb. 8, 1953. The Chells spent time between homes in Holtville and Carlsbad.

He was well-known for his farming knowledge and ability to get things done. His work took him across farming communities throughout California and the Yuma and Mexicali valleys, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Elsie Castro; and brother, Geronimo Rivera.

Survivors include his wife, Micaela "Micky" Chell of Holtville; daughter and son-in-law, Melani and Chris Graeser of Encinitas; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Christy Chell of Camarillo; daughter, Marla Chell of Oxnard Shores; son, Kalbert Chell of Carlsbad; brothers, Martin Rivera of Heber and Albert Chell of El Centro; sisters, Lupe Benitez of Santa Ana, Rosie Canaris of Calexico, Ruby McKinzie of Palm Springs and Deena Staab of San Diego; grandchildren, Christen and Amanda Graeser and Jordan and Carter Chell; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 560 Maple Ave., Holtville, CA 92250.

CRUZ A. ESCAMILLA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Cruz A. Escamilla, 77, of Soledad, a former Calexico resident who died Saturday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico with the Rev. Gerardo Fernandez officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Escamilla was born May 2, 1924, in Calexico. He was raised in Calexico and graduated from Calexico High School.

He retired as a lead-end supervisor from U.S. Gypsum Co.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Escamilla of Soledad; son, Antonio Escamilla of San Jacinto; daughters, Rosario Duron of Calexico, Beatrice Ramirez of San Jacinto and Lupe Rodriguez of Chula Vista; brothers, Magdaleno and Eduardo Escamilla, both of Calexico; sisters, Aurora Felix of Watsonville and Mary Rodriguez of Calexico; grandchildren, Sandra Simms and Angelica Rodriguez, both of San Jacinto, Joseph Rodriguez of Las Vegas, Michael Rodriguez of Chula Vista, Loni Escamilla of El Centro and Diana Ramirez of Japan.

AURORA

VASQUEZ-HERNANDEZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Aurora Vasquez-Hernandez, 74, of Brawley, who died Sunday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Roque Vano officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Hernandez was born Dec. 5, 1926, in Brawley, where she was raised and attended schools.

Mrs. Hernandez worked as a packer for many years for various companies throughout the Imperial Valley.

She was a longtime member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, was an active member of Las Guadalupanas and worked as member of Sociedad Mutalista.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Irene Hernandez of Brawley; grandchildren, Sandra Santana of Salinas, Sylvia Hernandez of El Centro, Jesse R. Hernandez of San Diego and Sara Hernandez of Brawley; great-grandchildren, David and Jonathan Santana of Salinas; sisters, Jessie Vasquez of Brawley, Ramona Lupercio of Woodlake and Helen Singh of Calipatria; brothers, Arturo and Steve Vasquez, both of Brawley, Ramon Vasquez of San Diego, Gilberto Vasquez of Woodlake and the Rev. Peter Vasquez of Tijuana; and several nieces and nephews.

FRANCES SAIZ

CONTRERAS

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Frances Saiz Contreras, 75, of Brawley, who died Sunday in her home. 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. Contreras was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Brawley. She was raised in Brawley and attended local schools. She was a homemaker, raising seven children.

Survivors include her husband, Rito A. Contreras Sr. of Brawley; sons and daughters-in-law, Rito Jr. and Mary Ellen Contreras and Frank Sr. and Esperanza Contreras, all of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Rosie and Albert Aguilar Sr. of Brawley and Barbara and Richard Perez of Holtville; daughters, Lucy Contreras, Betty Espitia and Jennie Chavez, all of Brawley; brothers, Pedro Saiz Jr. and Thomas Saiz, both of San Diego; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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