Deaths: March 11, 2002

March 11, 2002


Memorial services were at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in Alhiser-Comer Mortuary in Escondido for Nicholas Charles Ellis, 82, of Escondido, a former Calexico resident who died Feb. 11 in Escondido.

The Rev. Richard Huls of Escondido officiated.

His remains were cremated.

Mr. Ellis was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Calexico. He graduated from San Diego State University.

He lived in Escondido for 32 years, where he was a Realtor for 13 years.

Mr. Ellis retired in 1987 as the owner of Nick Ellis Home Furnishings, which he operated for 35 years.

According to his family, Mr. Ellis was an avid golfer and played professional baseball for the San Diego Padres.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline M. Ellis of Escondido; son, Charles Ellis of Martinsville, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Bette and Allen Compton of Escondido; brothers, Mitch Ellis of Brawley and Chuck Ellis of Palm Springs; grandchildren, Kimberly Speckhahn and Jeffery Allen Compton; and two great-grandchildren.


The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3625, San Diego, CA 92163-1625.


A memorial Mass was celebrated March 4 in Prince of Peace Catholic Community Church in Albuquerque, N.M., for Warren S. Lavezo, 79, of Albuquerque, a former El Centro resident who died Feb. 28 in Albuquerque.

Mr. Lavezo was born in San Francisco. He served in the U.S. Dental Corps.

He retired from dentistry, having served in private practice in El Centro from March 1947 until his retirement in 1994.

According to his family, he grew to love the Imperial Valley while stationed at Naval Air Facility El Centro.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Lavezo of Albuquerque; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Lynn Lavezo of Denton, Texas, and Laurence and Luz Lavezo of Albuquerque; daughter, Christiane LoCascio of Carlsbad; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Frank Asaro of El Cerrito; grandsons, Christopher and Jonathan Lavezo and Joey LoCascio; granddaughters, Laura Ann and Leah Lavezo; and three nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Pioneers' Museum, 373 E. Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251, or to the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Foundation, 2400 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90007.


Services will be private for Jo Ann Severe, 67, of Brawley, who died Friday in her home.

Mrs. Severe was born June 4, 1934, in Burwell, Neb., to William and Fern Fischeron. She graduated from Calipatria High School in 1952.

She married Fred Severe in Yuma on Sept. 27, 1953.

Mrs. Severe loved camping, fishing, cooking and being around her grandchildren, according to family.

She was a member of several clubs, including the American Legion Women's auxiliary and the 8/40 Club.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Billy Fischer.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Severe of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Jesse Reyes of Brawley and Karen and Mike Scogin of San Diego; daughter, Susan Rubalcava of Imperial; son, Johnny Severe of Michigan; sons and daughters-in-law, Willy and Peggy Severe of Imperial and Danny and Kathy Severe of Brawley; grandchildren, Stacey Barbee of Holtville, Matthew Reyes and Kirstie and Travis Severe, all of Brawley, Steve and Jeff Scogin and Shasta Rubalcava, all of San Diego, and Eric and Michael Rubalcava and Shannon, Jenna and Austin Severe, all of Imperial; sisters, Gaylene Harder of Sacremento and Sharon West of Fresno; brothers, Bob Fischer of Tulare and Larry Fischer of Calipatria; and sisters-in-law, Donna Fischer of El Centro and Juanita Fischer of Calipatria.


Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Whitehurst Funeral Chapel in Los Banos for Mary E. Morton, 57, of Los Banos, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Tuesday in Los Banos. Rosary was said at 7 p.m.

A Mass was celebrated at 11 today in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Los Banos. Monsignor Wayne Hayes officiated.

A graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Morton was born Feb. 7, 1945, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She grew up in rural Iowa along with her 12 brothers and sisters.

She worked in the medical field most of her life, first at Shenandoah Community Hospital at age 17.

She married John "Buck" Morton in El Centro on May 6, 1967, who preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1997. The Mortons resided in Los Banos for many years.

According to her family, Mrs. Morton was an avid reader, loved sports and was always involved in her sons' motorcycle and sporting activities.

She was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and employed at New Bethany Residential Care Facility, both in Los Banos.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Rob and Suzanna Morton and Bob and Carol Morton; son, Jim Morton of thousand Palms; grandchildren, Gavin Morton of Los Banos and Clinton and Abigail Morton of Carlsbad; mother, Wilma Maher of Farragut, Iowa; and sisters and brothers, Sandra Bugg of Farragut, Denise Childers of Redmond, Ore., Pat Connelly of Chula Vista, David Maher of Indianapolis, Doug Maher of Escondido, Jerry Maher of Shenandoah, Iowa, Duane Maher of Omaha, Neb., and William Maher of Red Oak, Iowa.

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