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DEATHS: Jan. 27, 2002

January 26, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Leo Axler, 85, of Brawley, who died of cancer Thursday in his home.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley with the Rev. Richard Moore of First Southern Baptist Church of Holtville officiating.

Mr. Axler was born Aug. 7, 1916, in Eldora, Iowa. He moved to the Imperial Valley with his family in 1921. He was the oldest of five children.


He attended schools in rural Holtville until the eighth grade, when he started working full time for the family farm.

He married Julie Jessie Nelson in 1940.

Mr. Axler worked for Victor Chalupnik, sewing grain sacks, and in 1943 he drove a tractor for John Suchey.

For the next 45 years he worked for J. Emmanuelli & Sons until his retirement in 1990. He continued to farm his own acreage after his retirement.

Mr. Axler was preceded in death by his wife, Julie Axler, in 1979; son, Dale Axler, in 2001, and a brother, Fred Axler, in 1995.

He is survived by his daughter, Leona Barber of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Ginger and Ken Swaim and Judy and Toby Johnson, all of Brawley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley and Gladys Axler of Sanger, and Marvon and Norma Axler of Golden, Okla.; sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Sam Stacey of Reserve, N.M.; grandchildren, Terri Lockwood of Apple Valley, Jim Love of North Las Vegas, Diana Marshall of Hampton, Va., Kevin Swaim of Brawley, Michelle Carter of Frisco, Texas, and Julie and Jason Johnson of Brawley; 11 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico for Eufemia "Effie" Cardenas-Peña, 71, of Calexico, who died Jan. 22 in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Rev. Barry Vinyard of the Imperial Catholic Chaplaincy officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Cardenas-Peña was born June 14, 1930, in Dallas.

She was a cook at the Hotel De Anza for 15 years and at Hollie's Fiesta Motel.

She worked for the U.S. Border Patrol for 10 years.

A horse enthusiast, she was active with the Association de Charros. She was a promoter for mariachis and the band Los Malos, with which her son, Robert Peña, was involved.

According to family, Mrs. Cardenas-Peña was Calexico's first Santa Claus and she was proud of making floats. She was active in park events, among them the Fourth of July and Sept. 16 celebrations.

Family said that she was known for her involvement with the floats La Virgin de Guadalupe and Juan Diego for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Valdez of San Diego, Charles Cardenas, Armando Cardenas, Victor Manuel Cardenas, Elizabeth Estrada and Robert Peña, all of Calexico, and Rosa Cardenas de la Vega of El Centro; 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Carmen Mora Malinao, 69, of Seeley, who died Jan. 22 in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mrs. Malinao was born May 15, 1932, in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. She was raised in Mexico and moved to the Imperial Valley in 1962, settling in El Centro. Before retiring, she worked in harvesting.

She was loved by her family.

She is survived by her son, Armando Malinao of El Centro, and daughters, Dianna Malinao of El Centro and Carmen Villa of Seeley.


Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for former Imperial Valley resident Maebelle Mayfield, 73, of Yuma, who died Jan. 22 in Yuma Regional Medical Center.

The Rev. Richard Moore of the First Southern Baptist Church of Holtville will officiate.

Mrs. Mayfield was born March 6, 1928, in Alhambra. She later married Dorman Mayfield.

A lifelong Imperial Valley resident, Mrs. Mayfield moved to Yuma two years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorman, on Sept. 19, 1989.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Daniel Foster of Holtville; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Pam Mayfield of Holtville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Lakeshore Gardens recreation room in Carlsbad for William "Bill" Reiter, a former Brawley resident who died Tuesday in Campo.

His remains will be cremated. Burial is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Reiter was born March 28, 1927, in Burk Burnett, Texas. He worked at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley for 30 years, where he served as director of the hospital's biomedical engineering department.

He also was a reserve police officer for the Brawley Police Department.

Mr. Reiter had many diverse hobbies, including car-racing, gardening, fishing, music, dune-buggying, model car-collecting and CB radios, according to family.

He was preceded in death by wife, Allene Reiter, and son Frank Reiter.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Robert Leedom of Laguna Beach, Sharon and Dave Holt of Carlsbad and Shirley and Ross McManus of Carlsbad; daughter, Sherry Reiter; sister, Frankie Ward of Alpine, Texas; grandchildren, Steve Holt of Brawley, Mike Harp of Murrietta Springs, Kris Roberts of Los Angeles, Kimberly Dick of Carlsbad and Antonia Gabriel of Laguna Beach, nine great-grandchildren and two nephews.

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