Deaths: April 17, 2002

April 17, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Mary Binggeli, 90, of El Centro, who died Sunday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro. Monsignor Thomas Vidra will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Binggeli was born in Chur, Switzerland, and moved with her mother and brother to the United States in 1920. She graduated from Sacred Heart School in Brawley in 1927.


She married her first husband, Joe Sigrist, in 1929.

Mrs. Binggeli worked in the farming and dairy business in her early years. She married her second husband, Fritz Binggeli, in 1937.

During the 1940s, Mrs. Binggeli was a Grey Lady, volunteering at the tuberculosis sanitarium in Holtville. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for more than 68 years, where she was a member of the church's Sodality and Altar Society.

Mrs. Binggeli was an Imperial Valley 4-H leader, a founding member of the Imperial Valley Swiss Club an active member of Knights of Columbus and a member of the Imperial Valley Pioneers.

Survivors include her children, Joe Binggeli of Seaside, Mary Beaver of University City, Betty Binggeli of Brawley and Fred Binggeli and Kathy Sanders, both of El Centro; brother, Steve Holseizen of San Francisco; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Sacred Heart School of Brawley or St. Mary's Catholic School of El Centro.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in New Jerusalem Ministry in Heber for Richard Soto, 46, of Calexico, who died Monday in Calexico.

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Friday in New Jerusalem Ministry in Heber. Robert Cordero will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Soto was born Nov. 27, 1955 in Calexico and attended schools there.

He worked as a hydrographer for the Imperial Irrigation District for the past 12 years.

Mr. Soto was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He loved camping, fishing, jogging, sports cars and being with his family.

Survivors include his mother, Manuela Soto of Calexico; son, Abraham Soto of Calexico; brothers, Rigoberto Jr. and Arthur Soto, both of El Centro, and Frank Soto of El Cajon; sisters, Esther Gonzales, Martha Felix and Elizabeth Soto, all of Calexico; and numerous nieces and nephews.



No services were held for Astrid Leonhard Christenson, 93,  of Puyallup, Wash., a former Imperial Valley resident who died March 28.

Her remains will be placed in Puget Sound, Wash., at a later date.

Mrs. Christenson was born July 4, 1908, in Hjorring, Denmark. She lived in the Imperial Valley for three months before leaving the area because of the heat.

Mrs. Christenson was a homemaker who loved gardening and knitting. Many of her baby booties and blankets benefitted the Children's Orthopaedic Hospital in Seattle.

She received several awards and recognition from the U.S. Air Force for her volunteer service in a lookout tower on Bainbridge Island during World War II.

According to her family, Mrs. Christenson donated many pints of blood during her lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric Christenson, in 1987.

Survivors include her daughters, Anna Brinkman of El Centro and Rosa Deonigi of Sumner, Wash.; son, Eric W. Christenson of Poulsbo, Wash.; granddaughters, Sonja Grouleff Doll of Kent, Wash, Margo Grouleff Lawler of Marysville, Wash., Angela Deonigi Jennings of Auburn, Wash., and Karen Brinkman Forrester of El Centro; grandsons, Nels Peter Grouleff of Auburn, Wash., John Anthony Deonigi of Enumclaw, Wash., Kenneth Deonigi of Sumner, Wash., Alan Brinkman of El Centro and Eric Raymond Christenson of Bremerton, Wash.; niece, Annabelle Wall of Kennewick, Wash.; nephews, Roger Leonhard of Bowie, Md., and George Leonhard of Cle Elum, Wash, Allen Gullikson of Lonepine, Mont.; 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Children's Orthopaedic Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105, the Good Samaritan Hospice, P.O. Box 1247, Puyallup, WA 98371, or to Grace Lutheran Church, 768 W. Holt Ave., El Centro, CA 92243.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Daniel A. Gutierrez, 66, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. Pastor Mike Neciuk of El Redentor Assembly of God and the Rev. Roque Vano of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, both of Brawley, will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Gutierrez was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Brawley, where he was raised and attended schools.

He married Dolores Mata and worked in agriculture for about 40 years.

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