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Deaths: May 7, 2002

May 07, 2002

EMMA R. ROBLES

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Emma R. Robles, 70, of El Centro, who died Friday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. Capt. Julio Vasquez of The Salvation Army of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Robles was born Dec. 24, 1931, in Imperial. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1989, settling in El Centro.

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She married Lorenzo Vasquez Robles in Mexicali in 1948. She was a homemaker for 54 years.

She loved to be around her family and friends, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorenzo Vasquez Robles, on Dec. 9, 1970.

Survivors include her sons, Vicente and Gabriel Robles, both of Mexicali, and Jose Robles of Indio; daughters, Maria Luisa Perez and Cruz Robles, both of El Centro, and Irma, Emma and Loreto Robles, all of Mexicali; brothers, Alfredo, Pablo and Luis Rodriguez; sisters, Elisa, Rosa and Guadalupe Rodriguez and Margarita R. Hernandez; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

ALFREDO ISAAC PICCONE

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Alfredo Isaac Piccone, 79, of El Centro, who died Thursday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Piccone was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While living in Argentina, Mr. Piccone spent much of his younger years becoming an accomplished singer, boxer and aviator.

His piloting skills eventually took him to the United States, and he became an American citizen in 1964.

Mr. Piccone married Norma Cruz in Miami on Nov. 26, 1975.

Before moving to the Imperial Valley, Mr. Piccone resided in New York and Miami.

According to family, he became the first Spanish-speaking real estate broker in New York, working in real estate for 40 years.

Mr. Piccone was a compassionate and generous soul with a strong will, a great sense of humor and enduring spirit, according to his family. He loved soccer almost as much as he loved animals, especially his two dogs, Chelsea and Lucky.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Piccone of El Centro; daughter, Tatiana Piccone of Los Angeles; and sister, Martha Torres of Buenos Aires.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Lulu Belle Animal Memorial Haven, 2549 Dogwood Road, El Centro, CA 92243.

HERMELINDA M. ORTIZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria for Hermelinda Ortiz, 72, of Calipatria, who died Saturday in Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Ortiz was born Dec. 24, 1929, in Mexicali.

She was raised in Mexicali before moving to the Imperial Valley at a young age.

Mrs. Ortiz worked in the agriculture business. She loved her family and will be missed, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her son, Paul Saine and daughter, Maria Connie Landeros.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Zavala of Calipatria, Gracie Salazar of Coachella, Linda Ramsay of Whittier and Diane Ortiz of Riverside; son, Anthony Saine of Brawley; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

HENRY SCIAKY

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Henry Sciaky, 76, of Brawley, who died Friday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. Pastor Fred Ramsey of Church of the Nazarene of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Sciaky was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Rome, Italy. He moved from Italy to the United States in 1938 and became a U.S. citizen in 1943.

Mr. Sciaky served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.

He and a business associate designed and implemented the first rear-screen projection television. He worked as a stagehand and cameraman for NBC and ABC.

According to family, he was the principal still photographer for a documentary on President Harry S. Truman. He also was an avid dog lover.

He came to the Imperial Valley from New York in 1971.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Raul and Maria Sciaky of Brawley and Robert and Elvia Sciaky of San Mateo; daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Jack Jenkins of Dallas; daughter, Laura Sciacchi of San Mateo; son, Enrico Sciaky of Union City; cousin, Roberto Sciaky of Milan, Italy; 27 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and eight step-children.

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