Deaths: April 22, 2002

April 22, 2002


Private services were held for Lina Marie Castro, 43, of El Centro, who died Friday in her home.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Ms. Castro was born on March 3, 1959, in Calexico to Mary Zavala and Erasmo Castro. She grew up in the Imperial Valley and was raised in El Centro and Holtville. She attended and graduated from El Centro schools.

Ms. Castro worked in several jobs, including as a cook and manager for Nago's and T.K.'s. She also worked for ARC for a few years and then went onto in home supportive services.

She enjoyed taking care of the disabled and elderly, which she did for 15 years. She also enjoyed being a Brownie Troop leader and tee-ball coach.


According to her family, Ms. Castro was a caring and loving person.

Survivors include her daughters, Renita Rodriguez and Angelica Gonzalez both of El Centro; mother, Mary Zavala of El Centro; father, Erasmo Castro of El Centro; grandmother, Guadalupe Zavala of Holtville; sisters, Amanda Montoya of Colorado, Casandra Gregory of Brawley and Deborah Martinez of Heber; brothers, Julio Castro of Lancaster and Mark Castro of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside services were at 10 today in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Emma A. Pendley, 96, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in her home.

Pastor Ernie Dean of Four Square Church of Brawley officiated.

Mrs. Pendley was born Feb. 22, 1906, in Rudy, Ark.

She married J.D Pendley. The Pendleys came to the Imperial Valley in 1930.

After the death of her husband in 1953, Mrs. Pendley worked at several jobs to provide for her family.

She was a faithful member of Four Square Church in Brawley. She also was a devoted mother and grandmother to her five sons and their families, according to her family.

During her multiple hospital stays, Mrs. Pendley developed a deep fondness and appreciation of the nursing profession's loving care.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. "Dave" Pendley, in 1953; and sons, Stanley, Donald and Lee Pendley

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Lisa Pendley of El Centro and Tom and Marie Pendley of Escondido; daughter-in-law, Marge Pendley Kussler; grandchildren, Johnathan, Heather, Laura, Ron, Rhonda, Roger, Steve, Linda, Peggy and Don; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The family suggests donations be sent to the Emma Pendley scholarship for nursing students at Imperial Valley College, Box 158, Imperial, CA 92251.


Memorial services are pending for Anthony "Tony" Perea, 71, of Brawley, who died April 13 in Mercy Hospital in San Diego.

Burial will be later in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Perea was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Brawley, where he attended schools, graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1949 and lived his entire life. He played football for the Brawley High Wildcats.

Mr. Perea joined the U.S. Navy in 1950, from which he retired at age 65.

According to his family, Mr. Perea attended St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley, where he was baptized, had his first communion and was confirmed.

Survivors include his brothers, Joe Perea of San Francisco, Manuel Orozco of Brawley and Robert Orozco of Phoenix; sisters, Molly Hernandez of Manteca and Frances Orozco Lopez of Sacramento; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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