Deaths: May 10, 2002

May 10, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in El Redentor Spanish Assembly of God in Brawley for Mike T. Bustamante, 78 of Brawley, who died Wednesday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in El Redentor Spanish Assembly of God. Pastor Mike Neciuk will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Bustamante was born in Calexico on July 7, 1923 and was raised in Brawley.

He married Maria Flores Pacheco on Feb. 14, 1952 in El Centro.

Mr. Bustamante worked in agriculture for Arena Co. in Brawley and Sam Andrews in Holtville.

After retiring in 1983, he enjoyed taking walks, reading the Bible, keeping up with the newspaper, spending time with his family and playing with his great-grandsons.


He was preceded in death by his sisters, Beatriz Uribe, Angelita Pacheco Bustamante and Fulgencia "Negra" Bustamanate and brothers, Eugene Bustamante, Jesse Bustamanate, Frank Bustamante and Thomas Corrales.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Bustamante of Brawley, daughter and son-in-law, Maria Elena and Juan Manuel Garcia of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Michael P. and Mary Bustamante of Brawley; son, Alfred Lerma of El Centro; sisters, Lupe Amavisca of Fresno, Alicia Amavisca and Virginia Corrales both of Concord; brothers, Alfredo Bustamante and Ramon Corrales, both of Fresno; grandchildren, Christina Yancy, Melissa Garcia, Priscilla Garcia, Valerie Ruiz, Manuel Garcia, Michael Castellanos and Steven Bustamante; great-grandchildren, Isaiah Bustamante and Jonathan Oliva; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in Stones Funeral Home, 355 E. 9th St. in Upland for Wanda Wicker-Ryder, 67, of Upland, who died May 6 of complications from a stroke.

A service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Stones Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bellvue Memorial Park, 1240 W. G St. in Ontario.

Mrs. Wicker-Ryder was born June 24, 1934, in Brawley. She married Rodger Ryder in Brawley.

She was a housewife and did clerical work in the Upland area.

Mrs. Wicker-Ryder was preceded in death by her husband, Rodger Ryder.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Deann Ryder of Rialto; and brothers, Harold and Art Wicker of Chino.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Sylvia Brown Barra, 55, who died in her home Monday. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley. Father Jorge Moreno will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Barra was born Jan. 6, 1947 in Morenci, Ariz., and raised in Firebaugh.

After meeting her future husband in Fresno she later relocated to Brawley in 1966 and married John R. Barra on Aug. 20, 1966.

She was later blessed with three children and two grandchildren and many friends and family who cherished every moment she spent with them.

According to her family, one of her greatest loves in life was cooking, making special meals loved and appreciated by all her family.

Her family said she will not only be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, but as a wonderful friend who was always there with open arms whenever she was needed.

Survivors include her husband, John R. Barra of Brawley; daughter, Melissa M. Barra of Brawley; sons, John P. Barra and Richard A. Barra, both of Brawley; grandchildren, Catrina M. Lapena and Angel Mejia Jr.; sisters, Lily Beyelia and Eva Estrada of Fresno, Jennie Gomes of Firebaugh, Lucy Vera of Clovis, Helen Escalante of Friant and Linda Rodriguez of Biola; brother, Anthony "Tony" Brown Jr. of Fresno; son-in-law, Angel G. Mejia of Brawley; and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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