OBITS: November 7, 2001

November 07, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Maria O. Portillo, 64, of Holtville, who died Friday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Services will be at 6 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro. Family member Maria Nolasco will officiate.

Mrs. Portillo was born Jan. 16, 1937, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1976, settling in Holtville.

She married Rosendo Portillo and was employed by Dole Packing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rosendo Portillo, in 1986.

Survivors include her daughter, Monica Portillo of Las Vegas; sons, Martin Portillo of Holtville and Rafael Iglesias of Victorville; granddaughters, Ruth and Silvia Iglesias, both of Victorville, Carmen and Maria Veronica Portillo, both of Holtville, and Odeth Partida of Las Vegas; grandson, Rafael Iglesias of Victorville; and step-father, Jesus Iglesias of Mexicali.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Christine D. Moreno, 86, of Calexico, who died Monday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Mrs. Moreno will be buried next to her late husband, Tony Moreno, in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Moreno was born Dec. 25, 1914, in Holtville. She attended schools in Brawley and graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1933. She married Tony Moreno.

Mrs. Moreno worked for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, retiring in 1984 after 30 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Angela Maness, in 1966; husband, Tony Moreno Sr. in 1994; and son, Tony Moreno Jr. in 1998.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Richard Bredernitz of Imperial; son and daughter-in-law, Rudolph and Liz Moreno of El Centro; daughter-in-law, Catalina Haworth of El Centro; three sisters, two brothers, eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.



Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Friday in Woodville Cemetery in Woodville for M. Janice Hutchinson, 91, of Brawley, who died Monday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Mrs. Hutchinson was born Dec. 5, 1909, in Merit, Texas. She married W. Troy Hutchinson in Collins County, Texas, on Dec. 25, 1928. The Hutchinsons moved to California in 1930, by way of the old wooden plank highway, settling near Woodville. She was a homemaker.

After her retirement in 1973, she and her husband moved to Brawley to be near their son.

Mrs. Hutchinson was active in a local parent-teachers' association as well as in other community groups such as Eastern Star and Emblem clubs. She was a charter member of Woodville Civic and Quarter Circle clubs and was a member of the Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Troy Hutchinson, on Sept. 13, 1982; and an infant son, Parnell Hutchinson.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Cindy Hutchinson of Brawley; daughter and son-in-law, Janelle and Jack Burgess of Oklahoma; brother, Walter Y. Henslee of Porterville; and nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.



Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria for Rita L. Donkerbrook, 77, of San Diego, a former Calipatria resident who died Saturday in her home.

The Revs. Amador Lopez and James Kernan, both of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria and the Rev. Tom Dermody, chaplain at Calipatria State Prison, will officiate.

Mrs. Donkerbrook was born Oct. 1, 1924, in Wickford, R.I., and was raised and attended schools there. She married Jim Donkerbrook in Rhode Island on Sept. 10, 1948, and soon after they came to California, settling in San Diego.

Mrs. Donkerbrook began working as a purchasing agent in the civil service and was employed at North Island Naval Air Station and later at Miramar. She was primarily a homemaker.

Mrs. Donkerbrook had resided with her daughter, Kim Taylor, in Calipatria since 1996.

She was a member of the San Diego Bowling Association, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, St. Patrick's ladies society, Claddagh Club and Ebell Study Club. She was active in school, church and PTA activities and was an avid bowler, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Donkerbrook, in 1981; and son-in-law, Bob Taylor, in 1995.

Survivors include her daughter, Kim Taylor of Calipatria; grandsons and spouses, Rob and Mary Taylor of Castaic and Sean and Amanda Taylor of Palmdale; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Cameron Taylor, both of Castaic, and Cole Taylor of Palmdale; sister-in-law, Madeline Place of Rhode Island; and niece, Mary Place of Rhode Island.

The family suggests memorials to HomeChoice Hospice, 1647 W. Main St., Suite B, El Centro, CA 92243.

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