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Deaths: May 15, 2002

May 15, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Pascual Cruz, 77, of Indio, who died Friday in a dialysis center in Calexico. Prayer service will be at 7 p.m.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Coachella Valley Cemetery in Indio. Pastors Jesus Villarreal and Medardo Cruz, both of the Pentecostal Church of Indio, will officiate.

Mr. Cruz was born May 17, 1924, in Donna, Texas.

He was raised in Mexico and later moved back to the United States in 1944, settling in Texas.

Mr. Cruz moved to California in 1962, settling in Oasis, where he lived for 40 years. He worked as an irrigator in agriculture most of his life.


Survivors include his son, Jose Luis "Pepe" Cruz of Mexicali; brothers, Jose Reyes of Mexicali and Lorenzo and Isabel Reyes, both of Texas; grandchildren, Jose Luis, Nohemi, Daniel, Jose Manuel and Sarahi Cruz-Rodriguez, all of Mexicali, Angie and Raymond White, both of Indio, Jose Luis and Angie Urbina, Yolanda and Alejandro Cruz and Paulina and Jose Luis Lopez, all of Coachella; nieces, Maria, Yadira, Cynthia, Kimberly and Ericka Castro, all of Indio.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Roberto Lopez, 19, of Brawley, who died Monday in an auto accident in Indio. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Evergisto Bernaldez will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Lopez was born Jan. 19, 1983 in Brawley and was raised and attended schools there.

He worked in construction for Randy Smith and enjoyed being with his family.

Survivors include his parents, Santos and Luz Lopez of Brawley; sister and brother-in-law, Luz Elena and Juan Ruvalcaba of Brawley; brother and sister-in-law, Carlos and Linda Lopez of Brawley; nieces, Ashley and Yazmine Ruvalcaba, both of Brawley; nephews, Juan Ruvalcaba and Nathaniel Isaiah Lopez, both of Brawley; girlfriend, Gabby Garcia of Brawley; and numerous aunts and uncles throughout the Imperial Valley, California and Mexico.



Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday in Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, Ore., for Walter M. "Jack" Widmann, 90, of Milton-Freewater, a former Calipatria resident who died Monday in Walla Walla, Wash.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. The Revs. Duane Geyer and Richard Davidson, both of First Christian Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Mr. Widmann was born April 28, 1912, in Heber and was raised in Calipatria, where he worked in his father's blacksmith shop while growing up.

He graduated from Calipatria High School.

Mr. Widmann moved to the Walla Walla Valley in 1922, where he worked in wheat harvest.

He married Edna Harper in Walla Walla on March 23, 1934, who preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 1978.

After his marriage, he moved to Niland to farm and returned to Walla Walla to continue farming in 1941.

Mr. Widmann owned and operated an automobile repair shop in Walla Walla and then a repair shop and service station near Milton-Freewater.

He had worked for various car dealerships and the Columbia Ward Fisheries in Dillingham, Ark.

Mr. Widmann married Effie Delahaye, in Yuma on Jan. 1, 1979, who preceded him in death on June 1, 1983.

After retirement, Mr. Widmann spent his winters in Calipatria. He enjoyed fly fishing, salmon fishing, his boat and fishing in different lakes in Oregon, according to family.

Survivors include his daughters, Marlene Sweeney of Milton-Freewater and Judy Tingle of Madras, Ore.; sons, Walter "Dick" and Darrell Widmann, both of Walla Walla, and George Michael Widmann of Calipatria; brother, George Widmann of Niland; sisters, Anne Helm of Ojai and Dorothy "Dot" Walton of Niland; stepsons, Gary Carter of Richland, Wash., and Butch Carter of Gladstone, Ore.; stepdaughters, Darlene Veelle of Beaver, Ore., and Janice Carter of LaGrande, Ore.; and eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Heart Association, Christian Aid Center or the charity of the donor's choice.


Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Marvin W. Fox, 84, of Calexico, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Church services will be at 9:45 a.m. Saturday in Sendero de la Cruz Church, 721 Andrade Ave. in Calexico. Pastor Francisco Carrillo will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Fox was born Dec. 16, 1917 in Holtville.

He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Feb. 13, 1945.

Mr. Fox married Esther Ruiz on April 19, 1941. The Foxes came to Calexico as missionaries/pastors in the early 1950s.

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