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Deaths: June 17, 2002

June 17, 2002

MARIA RIOS RAMOS

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday in Galt Funeral Home, 702 B St. in Galt, for Maria Rios Ramos, 75, of Galt, a former Calexico resident who died Thursday in Stockton. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Christopher Catholic Church in Galt. The Rev. Jerry Ryle will officiate.

Burial will be in Galt District Cemetery

Mrs. Ramos was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Siqueiros, Sinaloa, Mexico.

She came to California in the early 1940s, settling in Calexico and relocated to the Lodi/Galt area in 1963, where she raised her family and worked as a seasonal worker for Tri-Valley Growers in Thornton for 30 years.

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Mrs. Ramos was preceded in death by her twin brother, Choui Rios; brother, Lencho Rios; sister, Alvina Rios; and granddaughter, Andrea Ramos.

Survivors include her sons, Richard Ramos of Santa Rosa, Felix and Mario Ramos, both of Galt, Jesse Ramos of San Diego, Concepcion Ramos of Galt; daughters, Hipolita "Concha" Garcia and Frances "Chula" Ramirez, both of Santa Rosa; brothers, Carlos Rios of Tecate, Mexico and Tonio Rios of Mexicali; sisters, Nacha Rios of Villa Nion, Sinaloa, Mexico, Lupe Rios of Tecate, Petra Cota of Anaheim and Rafaela Mercado of Brentwood; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

CONSTANTINE "CONNIE" VELLAS

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Riverside National Cemetery for Constantine "Connie" Vellas, 71, of Niland, who died June 9 in Loma Linda Veterans Hospital.

Pastor Michael Hurtado of Calipatria Community Church and Mr. Vellas' family members will officiate

Mr. Vellas was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Swatara, Minn., and came with his family to California in 1944.

He attended schools in Brawley and served in the U.S. Army for two years.

Mr. Vellas married Patricia Williams in Yuma in 1951. They were married for 50 years.

He worked as a mechanic for Imperial Hay Growers in Brawley for 10 years, farmed with his father in Niland and then moved to the Los Angeles area, where he worked in the swimming pool industry for 20 years.

In 1979, Mr. Vellas and his family moved to Niland, where he grew produce and worked at a fish farm until his retirement.

According to family, Mr. Vellas loved the Lord, being with his family, fishing, gardening and helping anyone he could.

He was preceded in death by his brother Walter Vellas in 1996.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Vellas of Niland; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Gib Love of Arizona; daughter, Sherry Fleischer of Niland; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Valerie Vellas of Imperial; sisters, Stacy Vellas of Brawley, Rose Crha and Lisa Kushner, both of Riverside; brother, Larry of Rancho Cucamonga; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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