DEATHS: January 13, 2002

January 12, 2002



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Claudia Jessie "C.J." Gonzalez Castro, 23, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in a car accident near Calexico. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at noon Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Castro was born Sept. 6, 1978, in Brawley. She married Roberto Castro on Jan. 20, 1999, in Mexicali.

She attended El Centro schools, graduating from Central Union High in 1996 and Imperial Valley College in 1999 with a major in social science. While at IVC she was student body president.


Mrs. Castro was a student at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus, where she was head tutor for the tutoring center.

While in school, she was involved in numerous activities, including orchestra, chorus and drama, according to her family.

She worked as a substitute teacher for Imperial County and as a on-air personality for KXO Radio, where she was known as "C.J." Gonzalez.

Survivors include her husband, Roberto Castro of Mexicali; daughter, Tayisha Jazzlyn Castro of Brawley; parents, Alfonzo and Evangelina Gonzalez of Brawley; brother, Alfonzo Gonzalez Jr. of Brawley; aunts, Victoria Rosebaum and Marina Bolanos, both of El Centro, Maria Luisa Navarro of Somerton, Ariz., Leticia Brizuela of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Carmela Garcia of Mexico and Sara Aviles of Fresno; uncles, Rene Brizuela of Lake Havasu; Earl Rosenbaum of El Centro, Ismael Aviles of Fresno and Mario Garcia of Mexico; and maternal grandmother, Lorenza Brizuela.


Graveside services were Thursday in Ramona Nuevo Memory Gardens in Ramona for Ada Jaggi, 83, a former Holtville resident living in Lakeside, who died Jan. 6 in San Diego Hospice.

Born Oct. 11, 1918, near Holtville, Mrs. Jaggi lived there until 1947 when she moved to Lakeside, where she operated a dairy and chicken ranch. Mrs. Jaggi was a member of Holtville's Swiss community.

She was preceded in death by husband Thomas Jaggi in July 1991.

Survivors include her sons, Tom, Henry, Albert and Mike Jaggi, all of Ramona; daughter, Martha Maddox of Lakeside; brother, Arthur Kuhn of Brawley; sister, Clara Wisler of Washington state, 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.


Services are pending for Clair W. Mitchell, 88, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in Encinitas.

Born Nov. 7, 1913, in Folsom, Mr. Mitchell married Viola Clark in 1937. They moved to Brawley shortly thereafter. Mrs. Viola Mitchell died in 1982.

In 1985, Mr. Mitchell married Gladys MacKenzie. They divided their time between Brawley and a mountain summer home in Jacumba.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his return to the Imperial Valley he helped to open Smith-Mitchell Insurance Agency and later acquired interest in Carey Bros. Insurance.

Mr. Mitchell was an active member of the Brawley 20-30 Club, and held offices within the Brawley and Westmorland Lions clubs and the Brawley Elks Lodge. He also served as president of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, the Brawley Union High School Booster Club and the local Campfire Girls.

In 1982, Mr. Mitchell was awarded the Brawley chamber's Branding Iron Award.

Mr. Mitchell was a member of Calipatria Community Church and, according to family, was devoted to community service.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Mitchell of Brawley; daughter, Candace Flammang of Oakhurst; son, Kelly Mitchell of Visalia; stepdaughters, Laurie Massie of Brawley and Peggy Longoria of San Diego; stepsons, Jim MacKenzie of Salinas and Doug MacKenzie of Fallriver, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Graveside services are pending at West Park Cemetery in Hereford, Texas, for Elsye M. Smith, 81, of Brawley, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Born Oct. 23, 1920, in Lawton, Okla., the former Elsye Wilkins was raised in Hereford. She married Bill "Gunnysack" Smith on Sept. 29, 1942, in Hereford. After marriage the couple joined the U.S. Navy. Upon their discharge both attended and graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

In the 1950s the Smiths moved to the Brawley area, where Mrs. Smith taught kindergarten at Phil Swing Elementary School for 27 years.

After she retired, Mrs. Smith moved to Descanso, where she was instrumental in raising funds for the Descanso Public Library.

The Smiths moved to Las Cruces, where they lived for several years, then to San Diego. Mrs. Smith returned to Brawley two years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Smith, in December 1997.

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