Deaths: June 27, 2002

June 27, 2002


Prayer services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Joe Betancourt, 67, of El Centro, who died June 20 in his home.

Deacon Domingo Enriquez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Betancourt was born Dec. 1, 1934, in Litchfield, Ariz., and came with his parents to the Imperial Valley at an early age.

He attended schools in El Centro.

Mr. Betancourt married Vera Garcia in El Centro on April 19, 1952. He worked as a mechanic for Topham & Sons for 35 years and also at Walkers Inc. in Brawley for 10 years.


According to family, Mr. Betancourt will be missed by family and many friends in the Imperial Valley.

Survivors include his wife, Vera Betancourt of El Centro; sons and daughters-in-law, Alfonso and Theresa Betancourt of Imperial and Robert and Stella Betancourt and Benny and Becky Betancourt, all of El Centro; sons, David Betancourt of Lemon Grove and Michael Betancourt of Phoenix; daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Keith Schiebelhut of Wichita, Kan.; daughters, Emma Barros and Mary Betancourt, both of El Centro; sister, Emily Vega of Bakersfield; brother, Juan Betancourt of Bakersfield; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


A Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert for Francis C. O'Neil, 80, of Palm Desert, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Friday in Perris.

Burial was in Riverside National Cemetery.

Mr. O'Neil was born July 29, 1921, in Spokane, Wash. He was a graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. O'Neil married Pat Breiter in San Diego in 1968. He was a teacher at Finley Elementary School in Holtville for 23 years.

Mr. O'Neil served as a missionary in Guatemala for eight years.

Survivors include his wife, Pat O'Neil of Palm Desert; son, Joseph O'Neil of San Jose; daughters, Peggy O'Neil-Nosti of San Diego and Brigid O'Neil of Palm Desert; brother, Paul O'Neil of Long Beach; sister, Patti Beumer of Oakhurst; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive., Suite 208, Palm Desert, CA 92260.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Yoshio Uyechi, 84, of Westmorland, who died Tuesday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley.

Burial will be private in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Uyechi was born Oct. 18, 1917, in Phoenix and came to the Imperial Valley in the early 1930s. He attended schools in Westmorland, graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1935 and attended Brawley Junior College.

Mr. Uyechi began farming shortly after attending college.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with 442nd Infantry in Italy and France.

Following his military service, Mr. Uyechi returned to the Imperial Valley and continued farming.

He married Jean S. Kohatsu in Yuma on March 1, 1949. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Uyechi was a member of Westmorland Presbyterian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Japanese American Citizens League and a life member of the Imperial Valley Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Uyechi of Westmorland; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Calvin Morisako of Anaheim; sons, James and Rick Uyechi of Westmorland; grandchildren, Jasmine Uyechi of Irvine and Shannon and Christopher Morisako, both of Anaheim; great-granddaughter, Thyme Nord of Costa Mesa; brothers, T.J. Uyechi of Gardena and Tak Uyechi of Los Angeles; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.


A wake with family and friends was conducted Sunday in Mission Beach for Gloria Adkins Wellcome, 74, of Mission Beach, a former El Centro resident who died June 15 in Mission Beach.

Mrs. Wellcome was born Jan. 3, 1928, in El Centro. She graduated from Calexico High School in 1945.

She married first husband, Jim Adkins, in El Centro in 1945. He preceded her in death in 1968. They had four children.

Mrs. Wellcome married her second husband, Bard Wellcome, in 1971.

According to family, Mrs. Wellcome lived in El Centro for 20 years before moving to Mission Beach in 1989.

Survivors include her husband, Bard Wellcome of Mission Beach; sons, Robert Wellcome of Maryland, Jim Wellcome of Long Beach, Jerry Wellcome of Montana, John Wellcome of Brawley and Charlie Wellcome of New York; daughters, Teri Wavra of Brawley; sisters, Jamie Adkins of Baja California, Geri Cordova of Del Mar and Carla Worthy-Skinner of Solana Beach; brothers, Stuart and Todd Adkins, both of El Centro; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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