Deaths: February 5, 2002

February 05, 2002


Visitation will be from 5 to 9 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Carlota Ruiz-Castro, 69, of Imperial, who died Saturday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. Elder Jose Cornejo will officiate.

Mrs. Ruiz-Castro was born June 12, 1932, in Corcoran and moved with her family to Mexicali at age 5.

She married Jose Ruiz-Sermeno in Mexicali in 1948. The Ruizes moved to the Imperial Valley in 1971, settling in Calexico for 12 years and residing in El Centro until 1986. She later relocated to Imperial, where she lived until her death.

She was a member of Testigos de Jehova Imperial Congregation.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Ruiz-Sermeno, in 1985.

Survivors include her sons, Miguel and Jose Ernesto Ruiz, both of El Centro, and Andres and Hector Ruiz, both of Imperial; daughters, Virginia Salazar of El Centro and Blanca Shirino, Gloria Rivera and Jacquelina Briseno, all of Imperial; sisters, Armida Soberanes and Jesus "Chuey" Garcia, both of Tijuana; brothers, Tony and Gilberto Soberanes, both of Mexico City; and 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.



A memorial service was held Jan. 18 in Arnold for Deone Ethyl Pearl Cross Parker, 83, a former El Centro resident known to her friends and family as "Daisy," who died after a long illness Jan. 15 in Murphys.

Born in La Jolla, Mrs. Parker attended high school in El Centro and graduated from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.

Mrs. Parker was a 50-year resident of Tucson, where she and Townsend Parker, her husband of 60 years, raised a family. They had recently moved to Murphys.

She is survived by her husband, Townsend Parker of Murphys; sister, Cecil George of Minnesota; daughter, Beth Parker of Arnold; son, Peter Parker of Ben Lomond; grandchildren, Shannon Parker of New Orleans, Parker Townsend Martin of Arnold and Sam Ruffin of St. Augustine, Fla.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Concepcion "Connie" Montenegro, 50, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Imperial.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Ms. Montenegro was born Aug. 16, 1951, in Brawley. She was raised in the Imperial Valley and attended local schools.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jesus Montenegro, in 1998; brothers, Gilberto Montenegro in 1965, Frank Montenegro in 1997, Ted Villa in 1998, Richard Montenegro in 1999 and Joe Montenegro in 2000; and sisters, Consuelo Montenegro in 1970 and Rosemary Montenegro in 1973.

Survivors include her companion, Cesar Romero of El Centro; daughters, Frances Martinez of Brawley and Marina Romero of San Diego; son, Cesar Romero Jr. of El Centro; granddaughter, Leah Hernandez of San Diego; grandson, Israel Martinez of Brawley; mother, Frances Montenegro of Imperial; brothers, Manuel Montenegro of Coachella, Robert Montenegro of San Luis Obispo, Jesus and Eddie Montenegro, both of San Diego, and Frank Navarro of Imperial; and sisters, Linda Lopez of Brawley, Susie Ponce of Imperial, Mary Ponce of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Patricia Ruiz of Los Angeles.


Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville for Jacqueline Leimgruber, 68, of Holtville, who died Saturday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville. The Rev. Cecilio Moraga will officiate.

Mrs. Leimgruber was born June 14, 1933, in San Diego. She married Ernie Leimgruber in December 1950 in San Diego.

She was a registered nurse.

Mrs. Leimgruber was a member of the Imperial Valley Swiss Club, Pilots International of El Centro and Republican Women of Imperial County.

She was an avid traveler and was generous with her time to help whenever she could, according to family. She was a hard-working and family-oriented person and a spiritual and vibrant member of the community, according to family.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Ernie and Vicky Leimgruber, Wally and Marjie Leimgruber, Patty and Norberto Irungaray and Ronnie and Laura Leimgruber, all of Holtville; grandchildren, Rick, Erin, Rebekah, Amy, Matt, Stephanie, Andrew and Paul Leimgruber and Norbert, Gerard and Emily Irungaray; great-granddaughters, Krystyna Olbrich and Amaya Irungaray; brothers and sisters-in-law, Laurence and Martha Sue Powers and Max and Maria Leimgruber; sister-in-law and spouse, Darlene and Wayne Kelley; dear friend, Concepcion Rodriguez; friends, Sisters Betty Anderson and Maria Luisa Valdez; and numerous nieces, nephews and longtime friends.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Sister Evelyn Mourey Center at Posada Del Sol, 1400 N. Imperial Ave., El Centro, CA 92243.

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