DEATHS: January 24, 2002

January 24, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Teresita "Terrie" Oropeza, 50, of El Centro, who died of cancer Sunday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo will officiate.

Graveside services will be at noon Saturday in Desert Lawn Cemetery in Yuma.

Mrs. Oropeza was born Oct. 20, 1951, in El Paso, Texas, and was raised there. She came to the Imperial Valley in the 1960s, settling in El Centro.


She married Conrado Oropeza and they moved to El Centro, where the Oropezas later owned and operated Sharp Sanitation for 25 years.

Mrs. Oropeza was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church parish of El Centro, singing and playing the piano in the choir. She also participated in cancer foundation awareness drives.

She loved to sing and dance. Her favorite songs were religious songs and she loved to be around family and friends, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Josefa Lopez Casillas and Jose Trinidad Casillas.

Survivors include her ex-husband, Conrado Oropeza of El Centro; daughter, Claudia Christina Oropeza of El Centro; stepson, Frank L. Harrell of Spokane, Wash.; granddaughter, Callie Harrell of Spokane; and siblings, Dr. Miguel A. Casillas of San Diego, William R. Casillas of El Paso, Beatrice Reynolds of Benicia, Carlos Casillas of Yakima, Wash., Gilbert Casillas of Zillah, Wash., Rose Mary Jacob of Tucson and Consuelo Ramos and Frank P., Robert and Alfredo Casillas, all of Yuma.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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