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DEATHS: January 16, 2002

January 16, 2002

ELIZABETH SHAW

Private graveside services are pending in Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton for Elizabeth Shaw, 80, of El Centro, who died Jan. 1 in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Shaw was born on June 20, 1921, in Oakley. She moved to the Imperial Valley in the early 1930s, attending schools in Brawley and El Centro. She graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1937.

She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Alex. E. Engleman Co. and then worked for numerous organizations in California and Arizona, including The Chas. Freedman Co., Ralph Samsel Co., Shaw Packing Co. on association with her brother, Jack Shaw, and most recently for Jerry Pepelis Co.

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Her outside interest was her concern and love for animals as a strong supporter of the Humane Society, according to family.

Survivors include her nephews, James Shaw of Portland, Ore., and John Shaw of Los Angeles; cousins, Marquita Dowling of Fullerton, Andy Priest of Dallas, Melvin Salveson of Los Angeles and Robert Salveson of Greenwood, Miss.

The family suggests memorials be sent to LuLu Belle Memorial Animal Haven, 2549 Dogwood Road, El Centro, CA 92243.

CARLOS JAVIER RODRIGUEZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Carlos Javier Rodriguez, 32, of Calexico, who died in a car accident Sunday in El Centro.

Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Rodriguez was born Jan. 9, 1970, in Mexicali. He married Maria Elena Gutierrez in Las Vegas on Aug. 19, 1995.

He came to the Imperial Valley in 1995, settling in Calexico. He worked for Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo for one and a half years.

He loved being around his family and friends, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Catarino Rodriguez.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Elena Rodriguez of Calexico; mother, Gloria Beyles of Mexicali; daughters, Viviana, Brandy Denise and Daniela Rodriguez, all of Calexico, and son, Carlos Rodriguez Jr. of Calexico.

TOMMY M. CASILLAS

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Tommy M. Casillas, 51, of Littlerock, a former Calexico resident who died after a long illness Friday in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Casillas was born Dec. 16, 1950, in Calexico.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserve.

He worked as a technician for G.E. Medical Systems for 18 years.

Mr. Casillas enjoyed being with his family and was considered a role model to his younger brothers and sister, according to family.

Survivors include his parents, Joe and Natividad Casillas of Calexico; sister, Angie Trejo of Canoga Park; brother, Henry Casillas of Camarillo; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Julie Casillas of Simi Valley; godchild, Clarissa Garcia of El Centro, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

BETTY G. FRANKS

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Friday in Central Baptist Church, 1290 S. Imperial Ave. in El Centro, for Betty G. Franks, 74, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in Shreveport, La.

Mrs. Franks was born Aug. 17, 1927, in Missouri.

She married Joe Franks in El Centro on Jan. 23, 1970. She worked for Womack-Mitchell Motors for many years and volunteered at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Franks resided with her granddaughter, Dawn CastaƱeda, in El Centro for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Franks, in 1994; sons, Robert Franks in 1984 and Leon Miller in 1996; and sister, Lois Dill in 1998.

Survivors include her daughters, Freda Hicks of Springfield, Mo., Mary Jessee of Shreveport and Ellen CastaƱeda and Barbara Rodrigues, both of El Centro; sons, Craig Arthur of El Centro, Phillip Arthur of Indio, Brian Arthur of La Mesa, Kevin Miller of Sacramento and Don Franks of Las Vegas, and 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

FRANK G. ORTIZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Frank G. Ortiz, 63, of Brawley, who died Sunday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. Pastor Mike Neciuk of El Redentor Assembly of God of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Ortiz was born Feb. 20, 1938 in Brawley and was raised and attended schools there. He moved to Chicago at age 17, where he worked for one year and decided to move back to the Imperial Valley.

Soon after coming back to the Valley, he started working in the agriculture fields at age 21.

Mr. Ortiz married Guadalupe Ruelas in Brawley on March 17, 1956 and worked for Holly Sugar for 35 years.

He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Rosemary Ortiz, in 1964; sister Clara Granados in 1999; and parents, Luz Vasquez and Juan Ortiz.

Survivors include his wife, Lupe Ortiz of Brawley; son, Henry Ortiz of Brawley; daughters, Rachel, Mary Helen and Lupe Ortiz, all of Brawley, Frances Robles of Brawley and Cindy Ortiz of El Centro; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elvira and Lupe Rico of Chicago and Augustina and Carmelo Espinoza and Helen and Sal Gutierrez, all of Brawley; Brother and sister-in-law, Raul and Dolores Vasquez of Riverside; sister, Lucia Lapina of Coachella; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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