Deaths: April 15, 2003

April 15, 2003


Sept. 11, 1898 — April 13, 2003

Private family services will be Thursday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Katharine Lenard McQueen Batley, 104, of Brawley, who died Sunday in Casa Palmera Care Center in Del Mar.

Mrs. Batley was born Sept. 11, 1898, in Dallas.

She moved with her family to Hearne, Texas, at a young age, where she was raised.

According to family, education was important to Mrs. Batley.

She married William Randle Batley in Phoenix on July 22, 1920.

They spent their honeymoon in the Imperial Valley and never went back to Phoenix, family states. She and her husband, William, raised their children in the Valley.


In 1948, the Batleys started Batley Farms, which they ran for several years.

Her husband died just before Christmas in 1973.

According to family, Mrs. Batley had a wonderfully active and prosperous life.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, William R. Batley Jr. and Lisa Batley; and 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to All Saints Episcopal Church, 305 H St. in Brawley.


April 25, 1915 — April 10, 2003

Memorial services were Saturday in Funeraria Jardin Descanso in Mexicali for Josefina Ochoa Gonzalez, 87, of El Centro, who died Thursday in Mexicali.

Mass was celebrated Sunday in Iglesia San Antonio de Padua in Mexicali. The Rev. Pedro Ortiz officiated.

Burial was Sunday in Jardin Descanso Cemetery in Mexicali.

Mrs. Gonzalez was born April 25, 1915, in Prescott, Ariz., and was raised in Mexicali.

She married Prisciliano Gonzalez in Mexicali on April 25, 1932.

Mrs. Gonzalez was preceded in death by her husband, Prisciliano Gonzalez, on Nov. 28, 1974.

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Gonzalez of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Marco and Connie Underwood of Cupertino; daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Marco Gonzalez of El Centro; grandsons, Tony and Alex Hernandez and Marco Gonzalez, all of El Centro, Marcos Underwood of New York City  and Eduardo Caldwell of Los Angeles; and granddaughters, Velina Underwood of Gualala and Lorena Gonzalez of San Bernardino.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association.


April 13, 1970 — April 11, 2003

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Raymond "Eddie" Reidy Jr., 32, of Phoenix, a former Seeley resident who died of injuries sustained in an off-roading accident Friday in the desert.

The Rev. John Jones of Valley Christian Church of El Centro will officiate.

Mr. Reidy was born April 13, 1970 in El Centro and attended schools in Seeley. He graduated from Central Union High School in 1988.

According to family, Mr. Reidy enjoyed being in the desert, boating and driving all-terrain vehicles. In his early years, he also enjoyed racing.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Reidy of Phoenix; parents, Raymond Sr. and Patsy Reidy of Seeley; brother, Bill Reidy of Seeley; sister, Debra Reidy of Eloy, Ariz.; mother-in-law, Yolanda Moore of El Centro; sister and brother-in-law, Carla and Gene Pedraza of McAllen, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to De Anza Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 1599, El Centro, CA 92243.


March 1, 1918 — April 13, 2003

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Gladys Irene Sauerberg, 85, of Westmorland, who died Sunday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. The Rev. Bill Wilson of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ of Brawley will officiate.

Mrs. Sauerberg was born on March 1, 1918, in Hastings, Okla., to Edgar and Artie Stephens. She was raised throughout Texas and Oklahoma when her family was following work in road construction.

She married Edgar Sauerberg in Florence, Ariz., on June 26, 1935.

The Sauerbergs came to the Imperial Valley in the last days of 1940, settling in Westmorland. She was a homemaker and seamstress.

According to family, she was a member of the Westmorland Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ since 1941 where she worked with children in Sunday school.

Mrs. Sauerberg was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and a Loyal Temperance Legion teacher. She also was employed as a cafeteria manager at Westmorland School in the early 1950s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Sauerberg, on March 9, 1948.

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