F.C (Frosty) Braden
F.C. (Frosty) Braden, 94, passed away September 12, 2003 at his home in Yuma. He was born November 3, 1908 in Eureka, Kansas to Arthur C. and Nellie Stewart Braden. He graduated from the Eureka public schools and for two years attended Kansas State University.
It was Frosty’s job as a Southwestern US Credit Manager for the John Deere Company that brought him to Yuma in early 1943. Frosty was the owner of Braden Machinery Company, located first on 4th Avenue and 8th Street, and later a new building was built on the corner of 16th Street and Arizona Avenue. Frosty sold John Deere and Caterpillar Machinery into the agricultural valleys of southwestern Arizona, the Imperial Valley, and the Mexicali Valley of Mexico. In 1963, he and a partner took over the farming operations at Texas Hills Farms in the Wellton-Mohawk Valley.
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture Life Time Achievement award and the Yuma Community Foundations Philanthropist of the Year recognized Frosty’s commitment to agriculture and the Yuma community. He served as Vice President of the Yuma Crossing Foundation, on the Parkview Baptist Hospital Board, Arizona Western College, Advisory Director of Arizona Bank and Southern Arizona Bank of Yuma and Arizona Highway Commission are examples of his commitment. The F.C. Braden airport terminal recognized his service to the Yuma Airport Authority. He wasa member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, one of the organizers of the development of Yuma Golf and Country Club, and a supporter of Mesa Del Sol Golf Course.
Mr. Braden is survived by his daughter, Barbara L. Braden of Boxborough, Massachusetts; sons, Robert M. Braden (Lodema), of West Palm Beach, Florida, F.A Braden (Sandy) of Yuma; five grandchildren, Shannon, Barbara, Nikki, Meghann, and Charles as well as niece, Elizabeth, and three nephews, Bert, Richard and Phillip.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret M. Braden.
Graveside services will be held at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 9:00am. A celebration of life service will be held at the Yuma Golf and Country Club, Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 1:30pm. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please support the F.C Braden Education Fund in care of Texas Hill Farms, 50505 E. County 1st St., Roll, Arizona, 85347.
Juanita Morales Rojo
Juanita Morales Rojo passed on to a better life at the age of 99 years old. Saturday, September 13, 2003, she died in the home of her daughter, Micha Guerrero, surrounded by family members. Juanita was a housewife and grandmother.
She is survived by her daughters, Lydia (Frank) Medrano, Micha (John) Guerrero; sons, Edward Rodriguez, Robert (Felipa) Rojo, and Arnulfo Rojo.She had a total of 138 grandchildren and great grandchildren, and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Rojo; sons, Felix and Reynaldo Rojo; daughter, Ofelia Yanez; her parents; three brothers; three sisters, and great granddaughter, Stephanie Duran.
Visitation will be at Kammann Mortuary on September 18, 2003, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., with Wake and Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on September 19, 2003 at Immaculate Conception. Her final resting place will be Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers include Daniel Loroña, Francisco Aguilar, Michael Yanez, Robert Reyes, Daniel Rojo, and Chris Medrano. Honorary bearers are Albert Valenzuela, Linda (Chapa) Aguilar, and Patricia Abrigo.
Noe Madrid Navarrette
Noe Madrid Navarrette, 32, passed away in a motorcycle accident on September 6, 2003 in Ruidosa, NM. Noe was born July 1, 1971 in Presidio, TX. He was a construction laborer.
Noe is survived by his beloved partner of 11 years, Dawn Rico, of the home; sons, Noe Jr. and Efren, both of Yuma; parents, Dolores and Asunción; brothers, Jorge, Ernesto, Paul, and Armondo, all of Texas, and Eloy, of Yuma; sisters, Margie, Marina Rodriguez, and Sandra Garza, all of Texas, and Lydia Warren of Yuma. He was preceded in death by his brother, Carlos Navarrette.
Services were held September 13, 2003 in Morton, TX.
Noe will be a special part of all that’s in our hearts.
Corintha E. Madison, Sr.
Corintha E. Madison, Sr., was born in Bixby, Oklahoma on November 7, 1922. He departed this life on Tuesday, September 9, 2003. He came to Yuma in 1935, where he attended elementary and junior high in Somerton, Arizona. He retired from Apple’s Texaco in 1986.
He leaves to mourn a devoted and loving wife, Lizzie, of the home;two sons, Corintha Jr. and James Frank, both of Yuma; one stepson, Carl Edward of Phoenix, AZ; two stepdaughters, Melva Gaye and Joyce Ann, both of Yuma; one brother, Cortez of Sacramento, CA; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
Lois Hallman, 77, passed away September 15, 2003 at Yuma Regional. She was born October 30, 1925 in Spraggs, PA. Lois retired from Yuma Regional Medical Center after working as an LPN for 20 years. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church since 1975, and she worked as a volunteer at YRMC and Hospice of Yuma.
Lois is survived by her son, Norman Hallman of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Karen Calzada of Yuma; two brothers, Roy and Albert Garrison; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Cicero Hallman, and her daughter, Margaret Irene Hallman Smith.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on September 17, 2003. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., September 18, 2003, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2500 8th Ave, Yuma, AZ, with Pastor Richard Kugler officiating. Her final resting place will be Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers include Christopher Calzada, Larry Calzada, Norman Hallman, Ryan Hallman, Steve Pearson, and David Wood.
John Glen Rice
John Glen Rice, 98, of Yuma, died Sept. 16, 2003, at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
He was born March 12, 1905, in Newcomb, Ky., and had been a rancher.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Yuma Mortuary Chapel. Yuma Mortuary & Crematory is handling arrangements.
Christian Immanuel Torres
Christian Immanuel Torres, 3, of Yuma, died Sept. 14, 2003, in Yuma.
He was born Sept. 22, 1999, in Grand Junction, Colo.
A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Johnson Mortuary Chapel, followed by burial at Desert Lawn. Johnson Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Manuel Lopez Merida
Manuel Lopez Merida, 80, of San Luis, Ariz., died Sept. 17, 2003, in Yuma.
He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Mexicali, Baja Calif., and had been self-employed in machinery sales.
Visitation will be throughout tonight at the Integral Family Development funeral home in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., followed by funeral services Friday.
Burial will take place in the San Luis Rio Colorado city cemetery.
Roman F. Strobel
Roman F. Strobel, 88, of Yuma, died Sept. 16, 2003, at his Yuma home.
He was born Dec. 24, 1914, in St. Cloud, Minn., and was a retired dentist.
A funeral mass will take place 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial will take place at Desert Lawn.
Johnson Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Peter Q. Pagan
Peter Q. Pagan , 50, passed away on September 6, 2003 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was born on April 29, 1953 in Needles, CA.
Peter graduated from Kofa High School in 1972, andafter twenty years retired from the US Army, Sergeant First Class, where he served in the Gulf War, special detail tanks. He spent the remainder of his years as a metal fabricator in Cayce, SC.
Survivors include his wife Dee Dee and son Christopher, both of Cayce, SC; mother Virginia Q. Pagan and father Peter G. Pagan, Jr., of Yuma, AZ; brothers JamesPagan and Michael Pagan of Yuma, AZ, and Robert Pagan of San Diego, CA, as well as 20 other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held in Columbia, South Carolina with a military honor burial.
Dr. R.F. (Roman Francis) Strobel
Dr. R.F. (Roman Francis) Strobelpassed away on September 16, 2003 in Yuma, after a long illness.
Roman was born on December 24, 1914 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to John and Agnes (Gans) Strobel. He grew up and attended school in the St. Cloud area.
Roman graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and went on to attend the University of Minnesota Dental School. He graduated in 1946 and was commissioned as a captain in the Army where he was stationed in Adak, Alaska.
Roman met the love of his life, Helen Arlene Twete in Minneapolis and they were united in marriage on April 15, 1944. After the war, Roman and Helen moved to Minot where Roman had a reputable dental practice.
Roman was a member of the American Dental Assciation, the Northwest Dental Society, and the North Dakota Dental Association. He was instrumental in starting the State Cleft Palate team and spent many hours volunteering his skills. He was also a member of the American Legion, Minot Country Club, Minot Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Yuma.
Roman was an avid hunter and his trophies were displayed in his office and home. At one time, he had a record Dall Sheep that was registered in the Boone and Crockett Record Book.
In 1979, Roman sold his dental practice. He and Helen moved to Deerfield Beach, Florida where they resided for over 20 Years. Roman continued to be active in his community during his retirement years playing his clarinet and performing skits.
In 2000, Roman and Helen moved to Yuma to be closer to family. They moved into an assisted living facility. In his final years, he found comfort and care from his loving wife and caregiver, Helen.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen; daughter, Jeannie Laliberte of Wausau, Wisconsin; son James C. Strobel of Hays, Kansas, and daughter Marianne (Dennis) Burke of Yuma. He is also survived by nine grandchildren,seven great-grandchildren, and a sister Marie (Jim) Lepley of St. Cloud, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Henry and Norman, and Leo, and a sister Irene.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 22, 2003 at St. Francis of Assisi with burial to follow at Desert Lawn. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please support Hospice of Yuma.