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DEATHS: Nov. 20, 2001

November 20, 2001


Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family Catholic Church, 4490 Mountain Vista in Las Vegas, for Frank Acker, 78, of Las Vegas, a former Brawley resident who died Friday in Las Vegas.

Graveside services will be at noon Saturday in Palm Valley View Cemetery in Las Vegas.

Mr. Acker was born June 7, 1923, in Miami, Ariz.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during World War II.

Mr. Acker was a teacher and then served as principal at Miguel Hidalgo Elementary School in Brawley. He resided in Las Vegas for the past 10 years.

Survivors include his son, Paul Acker of Las Vegas; sisters, Herminia Acuña of Bell Gardens and Beatrice Hernandez of Phoenix and two grandchildren.



A Mass was celebrated Nov. 12 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Barstow for Andrew Alvarez, 53, of Barstow, a former Imperial resident who died of liver complications Nov. 6 in Barstow Community Hospital.

Burial was in Riverside National Cemetery.

Mr. Alvarez was born on June 3, 1948, in Heber.

After he graduated from Imperial High School in 1966, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. He retired as a master sergeant.

Upon his retirement, Mr. Alvarez began his education in the field of school psychology. He graduated from Imperial Valley College in 1989 and then earned bachelor's and master's degrees from San Diego State University.

In 1996, he began his employment as a school psychologist at Silver Valley Union School District.

He married Donna Kay on July 31, 1999.

At the time of his death he was working on his doctorate and had fulfilled substantial requirements toward certification in pediatric neuropsychology.

Survivors include his parents, John and Delfina Alvarez of Imperial; wife, Donna Kay-Alvarez of Barstow; stepsons, Austin Ian Farrar and Tyler Lee Farrar; son, Andres Miguel Alvarez of Kentucky and Tomas Juan Alvarez of Virginia; daughter, Alisandra Meri and Yolanda Michelle Alvarez, both of San Antonio; granddaughters, Andrea Alvarez and Sidney Ann Farrar; sister, Lydia Salazar of Sam Bernardino; brother John Alvarez Jr. of Morgan Hill; and many other relatives and friends.

The family suggests donations be sent to the Andrew Alvarez Scholarship Memorial Fund at Silver Valley High School in Yermo.


Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Salton Sea Beach Fire Department for Twyla Dawn Phillips, 67, of Olathe, Kan., a former Salton City resident who died Nov. 13 in Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Phillips was born Oct. 12, 1934, in Osceola, Iowa.

Mrs. Phillips lived in the Salton City area for 32 years. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and Fellowship Baptist Church of Olathe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter D. Phillips, and son, George Phillips.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Berns of Olathe and Salley Samra of Imperial; sisters, Janice Clark and Frances Kalebaugh, both of Gravois Mills. Mo; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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