DEATHS: December 28, 2001

December 28, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Felipe Mata Luna, 72, of Imperial, who died Dec. 21 in Santa Maria. 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 Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Luna was born Dec. 29, 1929, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico and married Alejandrina Meza on June 28, 1954, in the Mexican state of Sonora.


He worked as a neon technician and sign maker for Imperial Valley Neon Sign Co. for 40 years.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Sonia and Manuel Medina of Imperial and Virginia and Arturo Platero of El Centro; daughter, Alexandria Nava and her fiancee, Clay, both of La Jolla; sons and daughters-in-law, Jesus and Tammy Luna of Oregon, Erasmo and Sonia Luna of Santa Maria and Felipe Jr. and Sylvia Luna of El Centro; sister, Chila Rojas of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Services will be private for Florence G. Bushgen, 86, of Niland, who died  Dec. 21 in her home.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Bushgen was born on July 18, 1915, in Horton, Kan.

She moved to Reno, Nev., at age 18, where she met and married George Bushgen. The Bushgens moved to the Imperial Valley in 1975.

She enjoyed reading, playing bingo and spending time with her grandchildren, according to family.

Survivors include her sons, Jack Bushgen of Sacramento, Donald Bushgen of Georgia and Darryl Bushgen of Guerneville; daughters, Kay Ellis and Toni Webb, both of Nevada, Susan Cannon of Sacramento and Teresa Bushgen of Texas; sister, Hazel Stanley of Sacramento;  and brother, John Breckenridge of Santa Rosa.

The family suggests memorials to the Bombay Beach rescue unit.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville for Edward Higuera, 94, of Holtville, who died Tuesday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville. The Rev. Cecilio Moraga will officiate.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Higuera was born on April 21, 1907, in Tucson. He married Garnet Varner in 1935.

He lived in the Imperial Valley most of his life and resided in Los Angeles for 12 years.

Upon his return to the Valley, he owned and operated the Alamo Store. He last worked as a zanjero for the Imperial Irrigation District, retiring in 1972.

Mr. Higuera was a longtime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was a member of the St. Joseph's building committee when the new church was built in 1963.

Survivors include his wife, Garnet Higuera of Holtville; son and daughter-in-law, Edward "Bud" and Eunice Higuera of Bellevue, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Howard Jencks of Holtville; daughter, Kathryn Higuera of Holtville; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Estella Reyes, 59, of Brawley, who died of renal failure Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

The Rev. Barry Vinyard of Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

Burial will be under private disposition.

Mrs. Reyes was born April 30, 1942, in Oceanside.

She lived in the Imperial Valley since 1993 and enjoyed playing bingo and crocheting, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Epifanio Martinez, and sister Rufita Martinez

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ernesto and Nancy Reyes of Carlsbad; son, Robert Reyes of Vista; mother, Rufina Martinez of Oceanside; brothers, Fred Martinez of Vista and Ed Martinez of Oceanside; and granddaughters, Victoria and Raquel Reyes, both of Carlsbad.

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