Survivors include his wife, Gloria Ybarra of El Centro; brothers, Rene and Julian Ybarra, both of El Centro, Gabriel Ybarra of Las Vegas, Miguel Angel Ortiz of Imperial, Enrique Ortiz of Heber and Jose Ortiz of San Diego; sisters, Bertha Ortiz-Diaz of Calexico, Lorena Ortiz of San Diego, Angelica Ybarra Concepcion of Anaheim and Lydia Mendoza of Mexicali; grandchildren, Graciela and Elizabeth Gerardo, both of Heber; and numerous nieces and nephews.
FRED "BUCK" BUCKEL
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. June 29 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville for Fred "Buck" Buckel, 78, of San Diego, a former Holtville resident who died May 14 in San Diego.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. July 6 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Old Town San Diego.
Mr. Buckel was buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma on May 30.
Mr. Buckel was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Holtville. He was the youngest of four children.
He attended grammar school in Holtville, where he was an outstanding football player, according to family.
Upon his graduation from high school in 1943, Mr. Buckel enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the USS Chenango CVE 28 in 1944, a carrier that participated in action in North Africa through Okinawa, Japan.
After World War II he returned to Holtville to attend junior college and play football. He worked as a machinist and as a route driver for American Linen.
Mr. Buckel married his wife, Kay, in 1950. The Buckels moved to San Diego in 1982.
After his retirement, Mr. Buckel started his own landscaping business, and enjoyed his work and his clients. He kept those friendships for the rest of his life, according to family.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Buckel of San Diego; brother, Walt Buckel of Lamesa, Texas; sister, Dorothy McKeen of Riverside; nephew, Lonnie Johnson of El Centro; nieces, Eileen Ford of Holtville, Lana Gillies of El Centro and Gay Otts of Mountain View; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family suggests memorials be sent to San Diego Hospice.
VERA FERREL ALANIZ
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 today and Wednesday in Healey Mortuary & Crematory, 405 N. Sanborn Road in Salinas, for Vera Ferrel Alaniz, 56, of Salinas, a former Brawley resident who died Saturday in Monterey after a lengthy illness.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in the mortuary chapel, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Nativity Catholic Church in Salinas.
Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Salinas.
Mrs. Alaniz was born May 4, 1946, in Brawley.
She lived in Salinas for 21 years and worked as a teller representative for the U.S. Department of Social Services.
Mr. Alaniz was a volunteer with the Salinas Head Start program and the Monterey County Food Bank. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and reading poems, according to family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Genevieve Theresa Ferrel, in 2000.
Survivors include her daughters, Regina Alaniz and Amada A. Copeland, both of Salinas. father, Ramon Ferrel Vasquez of Brawley; sisters, Mary Felix of Calexico, Patsy Becerra of Heber, Annie Navarrete of Tulare, Alma Padron of Modesto and Rita Collazo of Salinas; brothers, Mark, Peter and Gustavo Ferrel, all of Salinas, Raymond, Rudy and William, all of Brawley, Manuel Ferrel of Calexico and Johnny Ferrel of Indio; grandchildren, Marcus, Erika, Anthony, Ariel, David and Dominic; and numerous nieces and nephews.