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Juan R. Palacio

November 30, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Juan R. Palacio, 87, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel with the Rev. Gerardo Fernandez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Palacio was born Feb. 8, 1914, in Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico. He lived in Mexicali as a young man, where he worked in various night clubs, played baseball and trained several youths in boxing.

Mr. Palacio moved to the United States in the 1950s and worked for La Hacienda Restaurant in Imperial for about 20 years. He married Cecilia Gradillas in Yuma.

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After his retirement, he enjoyed monthly meetings with friends from "La Fraternidad Deportiva," of which he was a member, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia Palacio, on Dec. 18, 1990.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Raul and Virgen Palacio of San Jose, Roy and Dolores Palacio of Calexico and Victor and Elizabeth Palacio of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Carmen and Raul Perez of Mesa, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

LIDA SANCHEZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Sendero de la Cruz Church in Calexico for Lida Sanchez, 72, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in her home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Sendero de la Cruz Church with Pastors Esther Fox and assistant Pastor Francisco Carrillo officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Sanchez was born Oct. 5, 1929, in Bisbee, Ariz. She lived in Calexico for the past 46 years and worked at a carrot packing shed for 30 years. She also was a homemaker.

She married Jesus Sanchez in Mexicali on Feb. 27, 1950.

Mrs. Sanchez was an active member of Sendero de la Cruz Church for the past 35 years, where she was involved in the women's ministry as a head cook, usher and secretary of church activities. She loved to cook for her family and being in the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Sanchez, on Sept. 17, 1998; and grandson, Jesse Bermudez in 1997.

Survivors include her sons, Carlos and Marcos Sanchez, both of El Centro; daughters, Martha Ubence, Dora Leal, Esther Parra, Ofelia BaƱuelos and Elena Bermudez, all of Calexico; brothers, Luis Gonzalez of Mexicali and Eliseo Gonzalez of San Diego; sister, Lidia Soto of Westminster; and 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

HIPOLITO NEVAREZ RUIZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Hipolito Nevarez Ruiz, 72, of El Centro, who died Thursday in his home. 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 with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Ruiz was born Aug. 13, 1929, in the state of Durango, Mexico. He came to El Centro in 1964 and worked as a farm laborer for 52 years.

He married Martina Lerma in Mexicali on Oct. 26, 1953.

Mr. Ruiz was a devoted father, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Martina Ruiz of El Centro; sons, Manuel, Raul and Clemente Ruiz, all of El Centro; daughters, Isabel Llanas of El Centro, Irene Celles, Juanita Cordova and Elosea Vasquez, all of Fresno, and Martina Ruiz and Lupe Hernandez, both of San Diego; brothers, Raul Miguel and Jose Ruiz, all of Mexico; sisters, Raquel, Adrian, Gerarida and Maria Ruiz, all of Mexico; 21 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

ELENA C. PERAZA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Elena C. Peraza, 82, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Peraza was born May 23, 1919, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, where she was raised.

She moved to the Imperial Valley in 1944, residing on the Elmore Desert Ranch near Westmorland for 24 years. The family then moved to Westmorland, where Mrs. Peraza lived until 2000, when she moved to Brawley.

She was an excellent cook who enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Peraza, on May 26, 1981.

Survivors include her sons, Octavio Peraza of Arizona, Carlos Peraza of Brawley and Pete Peraza of Walnut; daughters, Amalia Peraza of El Centro and Mary Alvarado, Leonora Mamer and Dora Gonzales, all of Brawley; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three brothers and two sisters, all of Mexico.

MARY LOIS BYRD

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