Deaths: May 31, 2002

May 31, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in New Destiny Church (The Door) in El Centro for Julieta S. Preciado, 88, of Heber, who died Thursday in her home.

Church services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in New Destiny Church in El Centro. Pastor Thomas Alvarez will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Preciado was born Sept. 5, 1913, in the state of Sonora, Mexico.

She was raised in Sonora, Mexico and came to the Imperial Valley in the early 1930s, settling in Heber.

She married Alejandro Preciado.

Mrs. Preciado was a homemaker for 51 years.

According to family, her greatest enjoyment was raising her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alejandro Preciado in 1985.


Survivors include her sons, Alex Preciado of El Centro and Pastor Harry Preciado of Victorville; daughters, Delia Olague and Bennie Preciado, both of Heber, and Frances Covarrubias of Imperial; granddaughter, Janina Barnhill of El Centro; grandsons, Juan H. Covarrubias of Cathedral City, Rudy Urias of Modesto, Harry Jr. and Chris Preciado, both of Victorville, Richard, Arnold and David Preciado, all of El Centro, Bobby Olague of Heber and Danny Olague of Imperial; and 12 great-grandchildren.


No services will be held for Francis Warren Rhodes, 82, of Cuyamaca, a former El Centro resident who died May 24 in Mercy Hospital in Folsom.

His remains will be cremated.

Mr. Rhodes was born Dec. 31, 1919, in Sioux Falls, Iowa. He graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro and San Diego State University.

He served as a pilot and flight instructor in the U.S. Army Corps during World War II.

In addition to his many other endeavors, Mr. Rhodes taught English in El Centro for 17 years, primarily at Central Union.

Mr. Rhodes and his wife, Pat, retired to Cuyamaca in 1980. The Rhodes enjoyed traveling and doing volunteer work for the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

According to family, he was much beloved and admired by his family. He considered his family and his many lifelong friendships to constitute the wealth of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Podoll Rhodes.

Survivors include his brother, Howard Wayne Rhodes of Santa Ynez; son, Howard William Rhodes of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; daughter, Janice Eppinger of Placerville; and granddaughters, Cristen Wall of Dallas and Karen Rhodes of Los Angeles.


Funeral services are pending for Hannah Corfman, 4 months, of Lancaster, who died of sudden infant death syndrome May 24 in Lancaster.

Burial will be in Lancaster.

Hannah was born Jan. 19, in Lancaster.

Survivors include her parents, Tomothy and Mary Corfman, former Imperial Valley residents now residing in Lancaster; sister, Sarah Corfman; twin brother, Daniel Corfman; grandmother, Beverly Kelley of Brawley; great-grandmother, Sadie Moran of El Centro; grandparents, John and Jimmie Corfman of Brawley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Arnulfo Verduzco, 72, of El Centro, who died Saturday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Verduzco was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Holtville. He came to the Imperial Valley in 1993, settling in El Centro.

He married Teresa Ortega in Mexicali in 1974. Mr. Verduzco worked in agriculture for Abbati Farms for 15 years.

According to family, he liked to watch horse races and boxing.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Verduzco of El Centro; sons, Arnulfo Jr. and Armando Verduzco, both of El Centro and Sixto and Juan Verduzco, both of Mexicali; daughters, Maria Verduzco of El Centro, Rosa Verduzco of Colton and Kenya Verduzco of San Diego; brothers, Gilberto, Enrique and Carlos Verduzco, all of Mexicali; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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