DEATHS: March 22, 2002

March 22, 2002


Memorial services will be held Saturday in Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God in Mena, Ark., for Clarence Norman Wilson, 83, of Mena, a former El Centro resident who died of pneumonia Tuesday.

Mr. Wilson, best known to his friends as "Norm," was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Ottawa, Kan.

He served in the Army Air Corps as a radio man and gunner on B-24 bombers during World War II.

After the war, he moved to Brawley from San Diego to manage the Foremost Diaries plant. He later became one of the owners of Dold Auto Co. in El Centro for many years.

After his retirement from Dold, Mr. Wilson joined Imperial Printers as a salesman and eventually retired to Mena.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Wilson; sister-in-law and spouse, June and Frank Pillard of Hot Springs, Ark.; niece, Diane Daniels of Royal, Ark.; and nephew, Silas Rippee of Santa Cruz.




Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Mercedes Franco Kastner, 82, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in Valley Convalescent Center in El Centro. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Roque Vano will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Kastner was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Glendale, Ariz. She came with her family to the Imperial Valley in 1929, settling in Brawley.

She married Juan Kastner in 1938.

The Kastners made their home in Brawley, where they raised their children. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Kastner was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Kastner, in 1964; sons, Jesse Kastner in 1971, Ventura Kastner in 1991 and Johnny Kastner in 1997; and brother Leopoldo Franco in 1984.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Gilbert and Estella Kastner of Brawley and Ralph and Kathy Kastner of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Esther and Emilio Coronado and Norma and Julio Jauregui, all of Brawley; brothers, Raymundo Ramos of Brawley, Benigno and Armando Franco, both of Yuma, and Perfecto and Leopoldo Franco, both of Mexico; and sisters, Esperanza Lopez of Indio, Connie Perez, Rachel Fernandez and Elvira Ruiz, all of Brawley, and Esther Franco of Tijuana, 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

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