Deaths: February 17, 2002

February 17, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Sergio Farias, 72, of Calexico, who died Wednesday at home. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Calexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. The Rev. Edmundo Zarate of Our Lady and the Rev. Barry Vinyard of the Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico at a later date.

Mr. Farias was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Mexico City.

He married Lydia Terasi on March 22, 1947, in Tijuana.

Mr. Farias lived in Mexico until 1953. After entering the U.S., Farias worked to support his family as a dishwasher and a watch repairman. While working as a watch repairman, he began working with the FedMart Corp. He would prosper and rise to become a vice president, eventually moving to Calexico to work at the FedMart Center there.


His family said he was an avid golfer who enjoyed many sports, as well as the former president of the Lions Club, former president of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce, founder and president of the Club Deportivo Britania in Mexicali, and a founder of the Calexico Orthopedic Clinic. Before retirement, Mr. Farias was involved in the opening of El Centro's Costco, according to his family. After retirement, he continued to stay active in the community and was involved in real estate development.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia Farias of Calexico; four daughters and sons-in-law, Maggie and Stan Plank of Mission Viejo, Diana and Victor Wiley of Agoura Hills, Julieta and David Duncan of San Diego and Marisela and Ernie Morlett of Calexico; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church or the Calexico Orthopedic Clinic.


A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church in El Centro for Anna Dynell "Dee Dee" Alexander, 49, of Holtville, who died Saturday at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Alexander was born Dec. 18, 1952, in Holtville, where she was raised.

She attended schools in Holtville and San Jacinto; graduating in 1971. She was primarily a homemaker but also worked as a bartender for years in Lake Shastina and in Holtville at the B&S Pub. She enjoyed writing poetry, painting and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Fuller, in 1997.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Scott Hoover of Riverside; mother, Doris Blunt of Holtville; sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Jason Burch of Weed; brother, Joseph Blunt of Sacramento; nieces, Timber Ortiz of Sacramento and Bailey Burch of Weed; nephew, Jarrod Burch of Sacramento; aunt, Sue Taylor of Coalinga; and cousins, Shannon, Derrick and Boyd Taylor of Holtville.


A memorial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for former El Centro resident Andrea "Ney" Villalobos Strom, 45, of Poway, who died Wednesday in San Diego.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Strom was born Aug. 26, 1956, in Brawley.

She married Dana Strom on Jan. 14 in Las Vegas.

Mrs. Strom was raised in El Centro, graduating from Central Union High School in 1974. While living in the Valley for 42 years, she worked on and off at her family's Country Boy restaurant for 12 years.

Survivors include her husband, Dana Strom of Poway; children, Jason Allaire and Breanna Cason of Poway; father, Richard Villalobos of Escondido; mother and stepfather, Priscilla "Pookie" and Daniel Sprigg of Mount Shasta; brothers, Richard Villalobos of La Mesa and Robert Villalobos of El Centro; sisters, Denise Redd of Brawley, Vivian Freeman of Tracy, Lisa Villalobos of Yuma and Alison Seay of Holtville; grandmother, Lucille Villalobos of El Centro; two grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.


Funeral services will be at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Ludlow, Mass., for Maria Nazare Costa Maia, 76, of Ludlow, Mass., who died Wednesday at her daughter's house in Calexico.

Burial will be in Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow, Mass.

Mrs. Maia was born July 9, 1925, in Bustos, Portugal.

She married Armando Maia on Oct. 26, 1951, in Portugal.

Mrs. Maia was raised in Bustos. She began working as a seamstress at age 11. The couple immigrated to the United States with their daughter, Olga, in 1967. They settled in Ludlow.

Mrs. Maia was visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Calexico at the time of her death. Her daughter, Olga Amaral, is a professor in the education department at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus.

Mrs. Maia worked as a dressmaker in Ludlow until her retirement in 1992. She had recently completed her memoirs and was editing them with her daughter for publication in Portugal. She enjoyed writing poetry and gardening.

She was devoted to Portugal but was proud she had recently become a U.S. citizen.

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