Deaths: March 18, 2002

March 18, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic Church in Brawley for Rachel C. Godinez, 69, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

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

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Godinez was born on June 1, 1932, in Brawley. She was raised in Brawley and graduated from Brawley Union High School.


After her high school education, she met and married Raymond Godinez in 1950. The Godinezes had seven children.

She was active in her church her entire life and was an excellent homemaker, providing her family with everything they needed, according to family.

Mrs. Godinez enjoyed gardening, cooking and being around her grandchildren. She also was an avid Los Angeles Lakers basketball fan and watched every game she could, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her brother Juan Castañeda; sister, Celia Noriega; and mother, Petra Castañeda.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Josie Godinez of Brawley and Raymond Godinez and Martha Lynn of El Centro; daughters, Martha Linares of Brawley, Sylvia Santiago of San Jose and Dora Warner of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Elsa and Shelby Frans and Alice and Roy Camargo, all of Brawley; brothers, Alfredo Castañeda of Imperial and Gilbert and Dolores Castañeda, both of Brawley; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Evangelina A. "Angie" Gutierrez, 57, of Brawley, who died Friday of heart-related problems in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

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

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Gutierrez was born May 18, 1944, in Brawley, where she was raised and attended schools.

She married Homero Gutierrez in Brawley on Aug. 6, 1976. They exchanged religious vows at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley on May 10, 1981.

The Gutierrezes made their home and raised their family in Brawley.

Survivors include her husband, Homero Gutierrez of Brawley; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Estella Gutierrez and Ralph and Mercy Gutierrez, all of Brawley, and Bobby and Sandra Gutierrez of El Centro; son, Tommy Gutierrez of Brawley; mother, Teresa Arias of Brawley; nine grandchildren and numerous brothers and sisters.


Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church in Brawley for Robert Leroy Clemans, 90, of Brawley, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

The Rev. Jeffrey Bowman of First Baptist will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Clemans was born April 26, 1911, in Linneus, Mo., and graduated from high school in Hooker, Okla. He met his wife, the former Elsie Lewelling, at Wichita Business College. At the time of his death they had been married nearly 68 years.

The couple moved to California during the Depression and eventually settled in El Monte, where they built a home and raised four children.

After serving in the Seabees during World War II, Mr. Clemans established a garden machinery shop, then was a factory representative for several lawn and garden machine companies. The couple was active in their church as youth directors. When they moved to Clovis, they became youth directors in First Covenant Church of Fresno.

Upon retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Clemans traveled and camped with family and friends. They had visited most of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and many countries in Europe and the Middle East.

The couple moved to Brawley in 1991 to be closer to family.

Mr. Clemans was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. David Clemans and Jimmy Clemans.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie, of Brawley; his brother, Orville Clemans; sister, Margaret Louise Dunkel; children, Wanda Horton, Harvey Clemans, Elayne Doran and Doris Thurber and their spouses, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church or the Parkinson's Foundation.

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