DEATHS: December 13, 2001

December 13, 2001



Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Lena Anderholt Von Ah, 90, of Chula Vista, a former Holtville resident who died Sunday in Pleasant Care Convalescent Hospital in San Diego.

The Rev. Cecilio Moraga of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Holtville will officiate.

Mrs. Von Ah was born Nov. 24, 1911, in Holtville.

Mrs. Von Ah attended schools in Holtville, was an active member of Imperial Valley Swiss Club and loved to dance to Swiss music, according to family.

Survivors include her daughters, Rosalie Abacherli of Arvin, Alice Abacherli Boswell of Chula Vista and Louise Von Ah Bucker of Santa Fe Springs; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.




Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Maria Hortencia M. Alvarez, 77, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Alvarez was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Siqueros, Sinaloa, Mexico, and raised there.

She came to the United States in 1966, settling in Calexico and living there the rest of her life.

She married Esteban Alvarez.

She loved to cook and sew for her family and grandchildren and was a loving wife and mother, according to family.

Survivors include her husband, Esteban Alvarez of Calexico; children and spouses, Dora Leticia and Alfredo Huitron of Mexico City, Adrian and Alicia Alvarez and Claudio and Juanita Alvarez, all of El Centro, Rosario and Cirilo Segura of Inglewood, Pedro and Lucia Alvarez, Ramona and Armando Ramirez and Tina Alvarez and Carlos Zambrano, all of Calexico, Esteban Jr. and Ruth Alvarez of Big Bear City and Matilde and Donato Alvarez of Arocha, Nayarit, Mexico; sisters, Lucia Morelos of Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico and Arcilia Tirado of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico; 39 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Victoria R. Alonso, 67, of Imperial, who died Tuesday in Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in Rancho Mirage. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Imperial. The Rev. Giantonio Baggio will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Alonso was born Dec. 23, 1933, in Mexicali. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1966, settling in Imperial.

She married Aurelio Alonso in Mexicali in June 1949.

Mrs. Alonso was involved in the care of needy families and in spiritual retirement and marriage encounter activities at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her son, Guadalupe Alonso, in 1953.

Survivors include her husband, Aurelio Alonso of Imperial; sons and daughters-in-law, Armando and Maria Luisa Alonso of North Palm Springs, Jose and Esperanza Alonso of Imperial and Martin and Mercedes Alonso and Aurelio Jr. and Lucia Alonso, all of Indio; daughters and sons-in-law, Estella and Rafael Porras of San Diego, Patricia and Francisco Galas of San Bernardino, Margarita and Sotero Duran of Indio, Juana and Nester Castillo of Desert Hot Springs and Susie and Sefereno Duran of Thousand Palms; brothers, Jesus and Juan Bautista of North Palm Springs and Jose Rivera of Watsonville; sisters, Liborie Garrido of San Luis, Mexico, and Maria Rivera of Mexicali; 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for John D. Masserini, 86, of Brawley, who died Monday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. The Rev. David Conrad of First United Methodist Church of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Masserini was born June 23, 1915, in El Centro.

The Masserini family owned a dairy business and farmed at various locations all over the Valley until 1941 when the Masserinis purchased a farm six miles southeast of Holtville, where Mr. Masserini dairy farmed until his retirement in 1979. At that time the Masserini dairy was the next to last in business in Imperial Valley.

Mr. Masserini served during World War II as a second lieutenant in the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion. His service included participation in the Normandy Campaign that liberated France from the Germans. His battalion cleared mines and built various types of bridges and was joined with Patton's renowned 3rd Army.

He was later called into the famous Battle of the Bulge and was discharged on Jan. 6, 1946.

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