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Deaths: April 23, 2002

April 23, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Lupe M. Valencia, 89, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Royal Convalescent Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Roque Vano officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Valencia was born July 6, 1912, in the state of Sonora, Mexico. She came from Arizona in 1943, settling in Brawley.


She was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to casinos, according to family.

Mrs. Valencia was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Valencia, in 1983.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Arnold and Meri Valencia of Brawley and Adolfo and Shirley Valencia of Santa Clara; daughters, Carmen Singh and Irene Lopez, both of Brawley; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


No services were held for Bonnie Beekman, 62, of Grand Island, Neb., a former Imperial Valley resident who died March 25 in Grand Island.

Her remains were cremated.

Ms. Beekman was born Nov. 2, 1939, in Lincoln, Neb.

She earned a registered nurse diploma from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lincoln and then served in the U.S. Army nurse corps from 1959 to 1962, from which she was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing management from Pacific College in Fullerton and a master's degree in education from U.S. International University in San Diego.

Ms. Beekman worked as a staff nurse and house supervisor at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. She was in the first group of nurses of PMH's dialysis unit.

She was an Imperial Valley College instructor for psychiatric technicians, the Regional Occupational Program and SER Jobs for Progress.

Before her retirement, she worked for the Imperial Valley Home Health Services, mainly in Niland and the Salton Sea communities.

Survivors include her sisters, Shirley Kadarabek of Ohioawa, Neb., and Darlene Zalesky of Wilber, Neb.; step-mother, Isabel Turek of Friend, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Greenwood Funeral Home in San Diego for Victor L. Velasco, 63, of San Diego, a former Calexico resident who died Saturday in San Diego. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Greenwood Memorial Park's garden chapel in San Diego. Deacon Ralph Robbins will officiate.

Mr. Velasco was born June 11, 1938, in Seeley. He was raised and attended schools in Calexico.

He graduated from Calexico High School in 1957, where he was active in football, basketball, band and FFA.

Mr. Velasco married Mary C. Tamayo in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico in February 1958.

The Velascos resided in Calexico for eight years before moving to the San Diego area. He managed Douglas Tires for 24 years and then continued in the tire business for another five years.

Survivors include his mother, Placida R. Velasco of San Diego; wife, Mary T. Velasco of San Diego; sons, Victor Jr., Jerry, Arthur and David Velasco, all of San Diego; daughter, Marina Velasco of San Diego; brothers, Jose, Robert, Francisco and Jesus Velasco; sisters, Silvia Musegables and Virginia Serna; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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