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DEATHS: Dec. 9, 2001

December 09, 2001

JESUS "SANDY" SANDEZ

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro for Jesus "Sandy" Sandez, 81, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in his home. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Sandez was born Feb. 19, 1920, in Calexico. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. After four and a half years he returned to the Imperial Valley and settled in El Centro.

He married Amalia Fimbres on Nov. 10, 1946.

Mr. Sandez was a member of the Lions International Club for 50 years, Optimist International for five years and the Blue Angels golf tournament for 30 years. He was director of the local United Way.

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Mr. Sandez was an avid golfer and cook.

Mr. and Mrs. Sandez recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include wife, Amalia "Molly" Sandez of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Woodrow Fruge of Lake Charles, La., and Judith and Stephen McLemore of Santa Paula; brother, Ted Sandez of San Diego; sisters, Vicki Shelton of Oklahoma and Consie Nielson of Bernie; grandchildren, Jon, Michelle, Amelia and Evan Thomas Fruge, all of Lake Charles, Sean, Maranda and Meghn McLemore, all of Santa Paula, and Keith Steward of Lake Charles; great-grandchildren, Brycen Steward and Brady, Kaleb, Hunter and Tyler Fruge, all of Lake Charles; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Society.

ISIDRO "CHILO" VALENZUELA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Isidro "Chilo" Valenzuela, 84, of Brawley, who died Friday in Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel in Brawley.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Brawley with the Rev. Jaime Moreno officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Valenzuela was born May 16, 1917, in the state of Sonora, Mexico. He attended schools in Sonora.

He married Maria Valenzuela.

He immigrated to Arizona and worked in Yuma in agriculture for some time.

He moved to the Imperial Valley in 1970 and settled in Brawley, where he worked as an irrigator until he retired in 1982.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Valenzuela, in 1985.

Survivors include his sons, Mario Valenzuela of San Luis, Ariz., Biduar, Alfonso, Dario, Rene and George Valenzuela, all of Brawley; daughters, Celia Urquidez of Brawley, Nilda Espinoza and Nidia Neblina, both of San Luis; brothers, Fidel Valenzuela of Holtville and Roberto and Alberto Valenzuela, both of Somerton, Ariz.; sisters, Ernestina Villa of Long Beach and Estela Castillo of San Luis, Mexico; 24 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

MARIA F. SOTO Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Maria F. Soto, 85, who died of natural causes Wednesday in her home.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Edmundo Zarate will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Soto was born April, 24, 1916, in San Diego de Alejandria, Jalisco, Mexico. She married Fidencio Soto on April, 24, 1939, in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

She was a homemaker for 63 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, according to family.

Survivors includes her daughters, Francisca Soto of Palmdale, Felecitas Soto of Mexicali, Maria de Jesus Soto of Chicago, Socorro Soto of Calexico and Isabel Soto of El Centro; son, Juan Soto of Calexico; grandchildren, Alberto, Armando, Irma, David, Silvia, Esther, Alfredo, Sammy, Gloria, Mario, Francisco, Pedro, Marisol, Marcos, Julio Cesar, Adrian, Alejandra, Erik, Judith and Sergio Soto Jr.; two great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

JOSE PILAR MONTES

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Jose Pilar Montes, 76, of Heber, who died Thursday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary and Chapel in Calexico.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Miguel Mascorro of Mexicali will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Montes was born Nov. 18, 1925, in Nayarit, Mexico. He married Porfiria Cosio on April, 2, 1955, in Mexicali.

Mr. Montes worked in California and Arizona for 40 years as an agricultural worker.

He lived in Mexicali for more than 30 years. The last 10 years of his life he lived in Heber.

He loved his family and life, was always friendly with everyone and had a positive attitude, according to family.

Survivors include wife, Porfiria Montes of Heber; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Miguel Franco of Los Angeles; daughter, Carmen Montes of Heber; son and daughter-in-law, Gilberto and Patricia Montes of Heber; sister Agapita Montes of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico; sister-in-law, Manuel Alvarado of El Centro; grandchildren, Deana Campos of El Centro, Alonso Mercado of Cathedral City, Claudia and Gilberto Montes Jr. of Heber, Cristal Franco of Heber, Lupita, Miguel and Angel Franco of Los Angeles; and two great-grandchildren.

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