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Deaths: March 14, 2002

March 14, 2002


Private services were heldfor Jo Ann Severe, 67, of Brawley, who died Friday in her home.

Mrs. Severe was born June 4, 1934, in Burwell, Neb. 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,  Willie 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 Sacramento 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.


The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 400 S. 8th St., El Centro, CA 92243.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Aurelio Martinez Garcia, 47, of Brawley, who died of liver complications Tuesday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Jorge H. Moreno will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Garcia was born Oct. 1, 1954, in Presidio, Durango, Mexico.

He came with his family to the Imperial Valley in 1969, settling in Brawley, where he attended schools, worked as a gardener and was employed at Holly Sugar for about five years. Mr. Garcia last worked as a mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Yvonne Garcia Scott, on Feb. 2, 1998.

Survivors include his parents, Alfonso and Consuelo Garcia of Brawley; brothers, Ralph Garcia of San Diego and Larry Garcia of Brawley; and sisters, Eva Garcia of Salinas, Socorro Hernandez of Calipatria and Magie Garcia of Brawley.


Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in First Methodist Church of Holtville for Herman Parker Smith, 98, of Holtville, who died March 7 in his home.

Pastors Jamie Dollins of First Methodist Church and David Strong of Maranatha Fellowship, both of Holtville, will officiate.

Burial will be private in Pomona.

Mr. Smith was born Jan. 27, 1904, in Bradshaw, Neb., and moved to Holtville in 1927.

He worked as an ice deliveryman for the Holtville Ice Co. and became president of the company in 1954, continuing in that role until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Smith was considered a visionary when he expanded the ice company's operations to include lettuce vacuum cooling in the early 1950s. He was instrumental in the founding of Holtville Veg-Vac Cooling Co. in 1963, which he also headed until his retirement.

He was a well-known and highly respected resident of Holtville, fondly remembered for his commitment to his family, his church and his community, according to family.

His desire to be of assistance to others was reflected in all of his activities. He was always giving of himself to help others achieve their dreams and goals, according to family.

Mr. Smith was active in the Holtville Rotary Club and was known as "Mr. Rotary" by Rotarians around the Valley. He was the recipient of the Rotary International's highest commendation, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

He was a 32-year mason with Masonic Lodge 425, F&AM of Holtville.

His supported interests included The Salvation Army, where he served on the board of directors for various years, Little League baseball, Boy Scouts and other youth and service oriented activities.

Mr. Smith was named Holtville's "citizen of the year" in 1964. According to his family, there are many people today who credit their successful living to his efforts on their behalf.

He married Dorothy Dreher on Jan. 1, 1930.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Smith, in 1989; and four sisters.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Donald H. and Jeanne K. Smith of Telluride, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and C.W. "Bill" Housouer of Holtville; grandchildren, Sharon Housouer of El Centro, Pam Smith of Las Vegas and Lynn Housouer and Jeff Wells, both of Holtville; grandchildren and spouses, Dean and Carol Wells of Holtville, Vernon and Tamy Wells of Houston, Katy and Chris Schiller of Albany, N.Y., Becky and Steve Souza of San Jose and Alonna and John Moreno of Bakersfield; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Joy Souza, Andy and Joshua Wells, Matt and Brian Bogdan, Laci O'Brian, Heather Wells, Nicole, Jacquelyne and Klara Studer and Tyler Aubertin; and one great great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and other family members.

The family suggests memorials be sent to The Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.

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