Deaths: February 21, 2002

February 21, 2002


Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church in El Centro for Elmer Banks House, 86, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro.

The Revs. Suzi Jacobson of First United Methodist Church and Daryl Ingle of Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. House was born June 19, 1915, in El Centro.

He graduated from Central Union High School in 1931 and worked at Golden State Creamery before joining the U.S. Army-Air Force during World War II. He served in the Aleutian Islands.

After the war, he returned to the Imperial Valley to farm with his sisters and brothers for House & Haskell Farms Inc. He was featured in several farm magazines.


Mr. House married widow Karye Ingle in El Centro on May 8, 1965.

He was self-educated and an expert in antique swords and the Lewis and Clark expedition. He also was well-known for his photography, for making special gifts from stainless steel for family and friends and writing ditties for his nieces and nephews. He loved to tell stories to willing audiences, according to his family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James House.

Survivors include his wife, Karye House; sons and daughters-in-law, Van "Jerry" and Jacquie Ingle, Daryl and Linda Ingle and Clifford and Vicky Ingle; brothers, Gilbert, Henry and Ray House; sisters, Thelma Haskell, Betty Fisher and Margaret Dickson; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, 312 S. 8th St., El Centro, CA 92243, or HomeChoice Hospice, 1647 W. Main St., El Centro, CA 92243.


Memorial services will be at 6 tonight at Imperial Valley Ministries, 427 Broadway in El Centro for Rosario P. "Rosa" Oliver, 67, of El Centro, who died Saturday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

After the services, a dinner will follow at the American Legion Hall, 569 Broadway in El Centro.

Mrs. Oliver was born Oct. 4, 1934, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, where she was raised.

She married Arthur Oliver.

Mrs. Oliver worked at The Owl Cafe for more than 26 years until her retirement three months ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Oliver Sr.

Survivors include her parents, Jose and Ramona Hernandez of El Centro; daughters, Martha and Adriana Oliver; son, Arthur Oliver Jr.; brothers, Ernesto and Esteban Hernandez; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Crisparo Acosta Vista, 100, of Calipatria, a longtime Imperial Valley resident who died Tuesday in Royal Convalescent Hospital in Brawley.

A memorial Mass is pending at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Niland.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Vista was born Feb. 28, 1901, in the Philippines and was raised there.

He moved to the Imperial Valley in 1935. He was a farmer in Niland for several years and later worked as a gardener at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley for more than 10 years.

Mr. Vista loved to fish and to be outdoors. He was an accomplished gardener and kept an immaculate yard and a beautiful garden at home, according to his family.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Samuel and Ernest Vista.

Survivors include his wife, Natividad Vista of Brawley; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Mary Vista of Indio and Robert and Judy Vista of Calipatria; son, Crisparo Vista Jr. of Los Angeles; daughters, Linda Galvan of Compton and Amelia Vista of Rosemeade; and 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Roberto Curiel Rosas, 82, of Heber, who died Tuesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heber. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Rosas was born May 15, 1919, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

He came to the United States in 1944, settling in Imperial. He then moved to the Meloland area, where he lived for a few years, and relocated to Heber in 1970.

Mr. Rosas married Guadalupe Garcia in Mexicali on April 22, 1971. He was a farm worker employed by Abatti Farms for 50 years.

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