DEATHS: January 29, 2002

January 29, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 8  tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Leo Axler, 85, of Brawley, who died 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;  and 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Fidelia R. Galindo, 87, of El Centro, who died Saturday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Galindo was born May 25, 1914, in Durango, Durango, Mexico. She married Jose Antonio Galindo in Durango in 1935.

She moved to the Imperial Valley in 1956, settling in Calexico and El Centro.

Mrs. Galindo was a sweet, kind and loving person who always thought of others, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose A. Galindo, on April 19, 1987; daughter Linda Portillo; and son Tony Galindo.

Survivors include her sons, Mundo Garcia of Palm Desert, Arturo Garcia of Mexicali, Gustavo Galindo of Holtville and Javier Galindo of El Centro; daughters, Lucy Thomason of Palm Desert, Rosalinda Guerrero of Calexico and Lina Rivas and Josie Montoya, both of El Centro; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Services are pending for Jesus Manuel Vidaurrazaga, 12, of El Centro, who died of a brain hemorrhage Monday in Children's Hospital in San Diego.

Jesus Manuel was born Jan. 1, 1990, in Mexicali.

He was raised in Mexicali until coming to the Imperial Valley at age 7 and residing in Calexico and El Centro.

Jesus Manuel attended Blanche Charles Elementary School in Calexico and was a student at Meadows Elementary School in El Centro at the time of his death.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Rosalba and Agustin Becerra of El Centro; brothers, Benjamin, Eddie and Agustin Becerra Jr., all of El Centro; maternal grandmother, Esperanza Sanchez of Mexicali; and paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Antonia Becerra of El Centro.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Mary Lou Gonzalez, 34, El Centro, who died of hypoxic encephalopathy in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Evening services will be at 7.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. Elder Arturo Ortiz of the Jehovah's Witnesses of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Ms. Ramos was born Jan. 11, 1968, in El Centro. She graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro and attended Imperial Valley College.

She was a dedicated mother and homemaker, raising her three children and will be missed by all who knew her, according to family.

Survivors include her parents, Manuel and Lucinda Ramos of El Centro; sons, Rodolfo Rocha Jr. and Manuel and Jose Luis Gonzalez, all of El Centro; sisters, Susana Soto and Anabelle Ramos, both of El Centro; brothers, Juan Emanuel Ramos of El Centro and Jose Manuel Cardenas of Cathedral City; brother-in-law, Gerardo Soto of El Centro; and her beloved cat, "Kicho."


Services are pending for Richard A. De Bow, 59, of Long Beach, a former Brawley resident who died of cancer Friday in Long Beach.

Mr. De Bow was born April 19, 1943, in Brawley.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Ted A. Christinson and Robert De Bow.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and Marjorie De Bow of Long Beach and David and Leslie De Bow of Elko, Nev.

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