DEATHS: Nov. 9, 2001

November 09, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Pomposa Lugo-Castruita, 76, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in Citrus Valley Hospice in West Covina. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Lugo-Castruita was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Elota, Sinaloa, Mexico. She lived in the Imperial Valley for more than 40 years and was a homemaker.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymundo Castruita; son Javier Castruita; and daughter Elvia Lewis.

Survivors include her sons, Victor R., Mario and Angel Castruita, all of El Centro; daughters, Esperanza Breton Mora of Mexicali, Eva Hernandez of Velinda and Estela Almanza of La Puente; sisters, Esperanza Duni of Lodi, Maria Lugo of El Centro, Alva Herrera of Mexicali and Hilda Parra of Sparks, Nev.; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Services were July 6 in Central Congregational Church in La Mesa for Leola Pierson-House of La Mesa, a former Imperial Valley resident who died July 1 in her home.

Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park in La Mesa.

Mrs. Pierson-House was born in California. Her father's career as a Navy officer took the family to San Diego, where she grew up and graduated from San Diego High School.

At the end of World War II, she and her first husband, Marshall Pierson, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, moved with their family to Holtville, where Mr. Pierson was involved in crop-dusting. They later purchased Agriform Co., an agri-business and crop-dusting firm.

The Piersons were involved in many community organizations while promoting Holtville throughout their worldwide travels. They later divided their time between Holtville and San Diego, preparing for a Shriners grand potentate reign and early retirement from the agri-business.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Pierson moved to San Diego. Several years later she married Joseph House and resided in the San Carlos area of La Mesa until her death.

Mrs. Pierson-House was a "Gold Star" member of Lighthouse Opera and a member of San Diego Playhouse, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and Ladies of Al Bahr Shrine. She was a worldwide traveler, curator of history, a member of the cultural arts and golfing groups of Golfcrest and a longtime member of Central Congregational Church of La Mesa.

Mrs. Pierson-House was a talented musician, performing at many organ and piano recitals. She served as a musician at her church while in Holtville. She also enjoyed singing and sharing her joy and music with all her family and friends. She maintained her interests in Imperial Valley during many visits to the area.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marshall Pierson; son, George Pierson; and second husband, Joseph House.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Claudia Pierson of Pahrump, Nev.; daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Terry Fritts of Clairmont; sister, Evelyn Cook of Palm Springs; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Shriner's Children Hospital, 5440 Kearney Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111, or the American Heart Association.

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