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Deaths: March 8, 2002

March 08, 2002

BIBI DIN PANTOJA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Bibi Din Pantoja, 42, of El Centro, who died Feb. 26 in El Centro. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Gil Espuelas will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Pantoja was born on April 15, 1959, in El Centro, where she was raised and graduated from Central Union High School.

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She married Claude Valenzuela Pantoja in February 1979.

Mrs. Pantoja enjoyed being around her children, according to family.

Survivors include her husband, Claude Valenzuela Pantoja of El Centro; children, Arian Pantoja of Las Vegas, and Lana, Nicholas and Evan Pantoja of El Centro; and grandchild, Demontre Jordan Thomas.

OLLIE BREWER

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ollie Brewer, 78, of El Centro, who died March 1 in Kindred Hospital in San Diego.

Church services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Edwards Chapel CME Church of El Centro. The Rev. K.C. Rodgers will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Brewer was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Hugo, Okla. He worked for the Pacific Telephone Co. for 15 years and the California Highway Patrol for 21 years.

He married Lovie M. Kiles in El Centro in 1944. She preceded him in death in 1946.

He was a member of Edwards Chapel CME Church in El Centro for many years and the Salton Sea Elks Lodge since 1955.

Survivors include his son, Wilbert Brewer of San Diego; sister, Willie Hudson of Dallas; and brother, Andrew Brewer of Fresno.

JUAN M. ROMAN

Visitation will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro for Juan M. Roman, 75, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Barry Vinyard of Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Roman was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. He came to the United States in 1945, settling in the Imperial Valley.

He worked as a farm laborer from 1945 until his retirement in 1991. He was employed by Abatti Farms from 1963 to 1991 and spent most of his life residing in El Centro.

Mr. Roman married Cristina Espinoza in Guasave on Nov. 24, 1950.

He will be remembered by all who knew him for his love of baseball, which he passed on to his sons and grandchildren. He was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers and Aguilas de Mexicali baseball fan who was constantly listening or watching the games on television.

He was a simple man who devoted all his life to his family, according to his family. His passion was to see his children and grandchildren play. He also was a constant heckler of umpires, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Cristina Roman of El Centro; sons and daughters-in-law, Gustavo A. and Christine Roman, Francisco J. and Marcia Roman and Jose and Araceli Roman, all of El Centro; son, Juan Jesus Roman of El Centro; sister, Maria de Jesus Ramirez of El Centro; longtime friends, Rosa and Hipolito Bojorquez of El Centro; and 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

HENRY HARELL BAKER

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Henry Harell Baker, 71, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in his home.

Mr. Baker was born on June 3, 1930, in Burkett, Texas. He was the son of James Monroe and Emma Jean Baker.

He joined the U.S. Army at age 18 and received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in the Korean War.

After being discharged from the military, he met and married Dorothy Ann Tolzien in Brawley on May 11, 1953. He worked as a mechanic for most of his life.

Mr. Baker enjoyed reliving his Army days, playing bingo and fishing and hunting, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his son, James Baker.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann Baker of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Mike Miller of New Mexico, Margaret and Ronnie Pope and Deborah and Jim Draughn, all of Utah, Linda and Eddie Croom of North Carolina and Barbara and Lindy Jim of Arizona; sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Sarah Baker and Cecil and Lynn Baker, all of California, and Ronnie and Jennifer Baker of Arizona; nephew, Joe Ronald Post of California; 40 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

PEDRO E. MAGA--A

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria for Pedro E. MagaƱa, 93, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria. The Rev. Amador Lopez will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

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