Dennis “Denny” Rezek, 82
Dennis “Denny” Rezek, 82, of Black Canyon City, AZ passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2017. Born in 1934 to Joe & Hilda Rezek in Wahoo, NE, Denny moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1957 where he opened Denny's Motors. After much success in the car business, he became interested in land sales and real estate investment. In 1972, he moved to New River, AZ where he lived until relocating to Black Canyon City, AZ in 1990. In his later years, he split his time between his homes in AZ and Utah.
Preceeded in death by his parents and son, John Rezek, Denny is survived by two daughters: Peggy Erickson and Rhonda Rezek; three grandchildren: Anna Moritz, Axel Erickson, & Petty Ofc. John Cameron Rezek, U.S. Navy; his brother, Don Rezek; and sister, JoAnn Dexter.
Please join us as we celebrate Denny's life Sunday, March 5, 2017 at his home,33400 S Ridgeway Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324. There will be an open house from 4-8 p.m. during which a formal eulogy and opportunity for those who would like to speak will be held from 6-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following local animal rescues: VJ Ranch www.vjranchaz.com or Rockstar Rescue www.rockstarrescue.org or to assist with costs of his daughter's ongoing cancer care at www.gofundme.com/rhondascancerjourney.
Ralph Keller, 64
Ralph Keller, 64, of Black Canyon City passed away on 02/20/2017.
Ralph was a beloved husband, friend, brother, father, grandfather, dog lover, and son. His radiant smile could captivate anyone.
Ralph was a man of many passions and talents, which included music, hiking, fishing, building, and recently gardening, cooking, reading and volunteering at the local Black Canyon City library. He was a generous, good hearted man who will be missed by all.
Dorothy Deane Williams
12/17/1919 – 12/30/2016
Dorothy was born in Mangum, Oklahoma. She married Ernie LeRoy Williams on November 20, 1937 in Claremore, Oklahoma. They had two children together, Joyce D. Richardson (Ronald) and Ernie E. Williams (Judy). Dorothy had three grandchildren, Ronald Richardson (Christine), Darla Richardson (John), and Karen Ayala (Andy). She also had six great grandchildren: Michael Richardson (Jade), Nicholas Richardson (Victoria), Danielle Dunivin (Eddie), Cassie Fosket (Nathan), Megan Ayala, Tyler Ayala and two great-great grandchildren, Sophia Richardson and June Lee Richardson. She also had lots of nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Warder and Ada Dial, her husband Ernie, sisters Naomi Wheeler, Lois Smith, brothers Leo and Leon Dial, half-sister, Viola Evertt and half-brother, Earl Dial.
Michael E. “Mick” Ennis passed away peacefully at his home in Cave Creek on Nov. 1. He was 74.
According to a news release from the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Mick, a well-known local volunteer and community leader, was formerly of Glendale, New York. Mick retired from the FDNY, was a U.S. Navy Veteran, and Sports Editor of the Ridgewood Times / Times Newsweekly for many years. Some of the many organizations that Mick was involved with were: Phoenix Retirees of the FDNY, past President of Glendale Kiwanis, Member Carefree Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, St. Pancras Confraternity and CYO Coach, Member of the Ridgewood and Glendale softball league.
A visitation and Mass of Celebration was held last week.
In lieu of flower, donations can be made to Glendale Kiwanis Mick Ennis Scholarship Fund c/o Debbie Kueber, 6713 Myrtle Ave Glendale, NY 11385 or Long Island Crisis Center, 2740 Martin Avenue #2 Bellmore, NY 11710.
Wayne Marvin Lindbloom
Wayne Lindbloom of New River, AZ went home to be with our Lord on 11/1/2016 at the age of 74, a victim of cancer. He was born in Minneapolis, MN on 11/24/1941. He owned Arid Climate Services, an HV AC&R company.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Carol, and his 4 children, Wendy (Randy) Pehrson of AZ, Julie (Jeff) Coffelt of CO, Debbie Schmiedbauer of CO, Scott Lindbloom of AZ and his wife’s daughter Susan (Jim) Taylor of England. He also left 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Wayne had 35 years in AA the day he passed. Riding his Harley was his passion.
Services are pending at Desert View Bible Church on Carefree Hwy., Phoenix. Neptune Society is caring for his body.
In memoriam: Dereth DeHaan
The Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce recently shared some sad news from the DeHaan family. Dereth DeHaan, who was known for her hard work for the benefit of the community, passed away on Sept. 16, 2016.
“We have to inform every one of the sad news that our wonderful sister, aunt, daughter and friend, Dereth, died unexpectedly on Friday night, September 16, 2016 in a tragic car accident in South Africa while on vacation,” wrote the DeHaan Family in an announcement shared by the Chamber.
“She touched so many lives in a positive way. Even when she was too busy as we all are ... she always made time to help others in need.”
A memorial service is currently being planned to honor Dereth, who will be remembered as a caring person who worked tirelessly to make the world around her a better plac
In Memoriam: Estelle Honey Bartsch
By Dan and Karen Rowley
Recently Anthem lost one of its early pioneers and notable activists. Honey Bartsch and her husband Peter moved to Anthem on Labor Day 2000 to be near one of their daughters and a grandchild. They came from Philadelphia, where Honey already had a successful career working for various industries including banking, information technology and a private airline. Honey passed away on September 9, 2016, after heroically battling complications of both lung and brain cancer.
During her early years in Anthem, Honey took on numerous civic issues all for the purpose of making Anthem a better place to live. Those issues included galvanizing the residents to force Maricopa County to give up on a plan to locate a new sanitary landfill on the west side of I-17 just south of Anthem. She also worked with other community activists to reduce proposed water rate increases. She organized the community to drop Rural Metro and bring in the Daisy Mountain Municipal Fire Department. Lastly, but not least, she worked with other community activists to start Anthem Neighborhood Watch.
After a number of years of these and many other civic endeavors, Honey changed her focus on the task of becoming a docent at the Phoenix Museum of Fine Art. This was a yearlong very arduous effort. She more than accomplished that effort and was recently awarded the position of Master Docent.
Alan Roger Haugner
Alan R. Haugner, age 77, left his struggle with cancer to be with the Lord on May 20, 2016, in Cave Creek, AZ.
He was born on July 12, 1938, to the late Alfred and Marjorie (Ogilvie) Haugner in Grafton, ND. Alan was raised in Port Huron, MI and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in business. He was a Delta Upsilon. After college, he attended the U.S. Naval Officer Supply School in Athens, GA and was assigned to the USS Gurke DD783 for duty in 1961 and 1962 in the Pacific during the cold war to observe nuclear testing.
He married and moved to Lincoln, NE, where he was President of the Martel State Bank. Alan was active with the Nebraska Young Republicans and was Richard Nixon’s chauffeur and only protection for his daylong visit to Lincoln.
In 1978, he moved to New York State with Environ Oil & Gas and later started his own company. In 1983, he married Kathleen Nelson Mattocks and began a career with Merrill Lynch in Jamestown, NY. In 1987, he transferred to a Scottsdale office of Merrill Lynch and as a Certified Financial Planner, he served the communities of North Scottsdale, Carefree, and Cave Creek. He retired in 2001.
Alan was active in community affairs in Carefree and Cave Creek, and he served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Carefree from 1994-1995, for which he was awarded the prestigious Hixen award. He supported his wife’s many charitable activities in the community and enjoyed spending his time with his good friends at Harold’s “office.”
Alan is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; his sisters, Penny Pease and Pam Schuldt; and four nieces and nephews and their children. He also leaves his loving daughters, Cindy Ashcroft and Julie Korte; and grandchildren, Drew, Cole, and Ali Ashcroft, as well as Jacob and Jason Korte. Alan is also survived by his stepson, Christopher Mattocks and step-grandchildren, Alexander, Zachery, and Macie.
The memorial service was held on Friday, May 27, at the Carefree Highway Community Church. Alan’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and doctors of the Mayo Hospital. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Alan’s honor are suggested to the Foothills Caring Corps, P.O. Box 831, Cave Creek, AZ 85377 or the Scully Learning Center, P.O. Box 669 Cave Creek, AZ 85327. Condolences can be given at www.bestfuneralservices.com.
Mr. Ronald Walter Kwiatkowski, 75, of Goodyear, AZ died May 10, 2016. He was born September 10, 1940 to Walter Kwiatkowski and Anna Kwiatkowski neé Nielsen in Wausau, WI. He is survived by his daughter, Kara Thelier; son, Brian Kwiatkowski; sister, Donna Cable; brother, Timothy Kwiatkowski and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Kwiatkowski.
Irma Simberg Turtle
Irma Simberg Turtle, a Boston native and longtime resident of Cave Creek, passed away on April 16, 2016, after a long illness. Irma earned a degree from Smith College in the 1960s after a proudly tumultuous undergraduate career. She spent years as an executive for a Manhattan marketing and advertising firm, rising to run its South American operations, before abruptly chucking it all in pursuit of three things: being in a place she wanted to be, doing something she wanted to do, surrounded by people she wanted to be with. For many years she was locally famous for gathering diverse groups together for discussions on a wide range of topics at her Saturday night salons.
In 1985, Irma founded an international adventure travel company, Turtle Tours, that took small groups of travelers – frequently led by Irma herself – to visit indigenous peoples in remote tribal lands in northern and western Africa. Turtle Tours consciously sought to avoid impacting tribal cultures, but in the course of dozens of tours Irma also found she could not ignore the desperate conditions some tribes faced. In 1997, Irma founded, and for nearly two decades captained Turtlewill, a non-profit organization benefiting tribes in Niger, Mali and Ethiopia. Turtlewill’s medical missions to remote areas of Africa reached over 100,000 people; its schools educated over 2,400 nomadic children; its more than 104 co-operative businesses taught trade skills to empower thousands of tribal women.
Irma Turtle was often honored by international organizations for her work with Turtlewill, and was featured with the Dalai Lama in an International film series, “Nomads of the Human Condition.” When her illness forced her to turn the work of Turtlewill over to others, she was able to concentrate on her first love: art, and on publishing two books, Nomads I have Known and Loved and The Most Important Thing You Bring. Irma Turtle made a huge difference in the lives she touched on two continents, and she is deeply missed.
Melvin D. Stevens Sr.
Melvin D. Stevens Sr. of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on March 20, 2016 at the age of 77.
Kay R. (Sletten) Kendall
(2/01/1933 – 12/29/15)
Kay R. (Sletten) Kendall, a long-time resident and former Hair Dresser/Salon owner of Kay's Beauty Nook in Black Canyon City, AZ went to be with our Lord on Dec. 29, 2015, at 82 years old.
Kay loved to play the piano and for many years enjoyed playing for The BCC Lion's Club during their Annual Old-time Radio Show & Dinner. She enjoyed Cooking, Painting, Sewing, Camping, Fishing, Traveling to-and-from her former hometown of Wibaux, MT and the Annual 4th of July Reunion Festival there and in Medora, ND. She grew up in that area and owned several different businesses including a Ceramic Shop, Beauty Shop and then The Firelight Bar and played in her own band. She also owned a Beauty Salon in Medical Lake, WA.
Moving to AZ, she lived in both Scottsdale and Phoenix where she was an Insurance Agent, prior to her move to BCC and opening her Beauty Shop there. Kay also made a point to visit her kids whenever she could in WA/ID, on her annual visits. She, as well, made trips to Yuma, AZ to visit another Daughter, and numerous camping trips with Family & Friends to Rocky Point, MX. For many years, she enjoyed attending an Annual Reunion in Mesa, AZ with all of her Montana friends. Kay loved to play cards, tell jokes, laugh and enjoy time with her friends. She will be fondly remembered by all whom knew and loved her.
Kay is survived by Son Steve Tennant of BCC, Daughter Karen Steuer of Yuma, AZ, Daughter Nola Steuer & Son Eric Tennant of Pullman, WA, Granddaughter Alon Steuer of Seattle, WA, Granddaughter Joyelle Richie of Bismark, ND, Grandson Brent Rogers of Grand Forks, ND, and 5 Great Grandchildren.
In lieu of any flowers, donations to the Family or to the BCC Lion's Club would be appreciated. (contact: Rose Fouch: 623-934-1263) Memorial is in the planning stages - look for notices at PO and around town.
Clifton Childs, 67, of Black Canyon City, went to be with the Lord on October 21, 2015, at home in Black Canyon City with his wife and daughters by his side. He was a long time resident of Black Canyon City.
Clifton was born November 4, 1947, the son of Pete and Imogene Childs in Phoenix, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Clifto n Childs, Jr., daughters Donna Palmer and Sharon Hyde, brothers Terry Childs, James Childs, Tony Childs, and Michael Grantham and one sister, Donna Hudson. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and countless friends.
Clifton was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dee Grantham, son Michael Childs and grandson Timothy Childs.
Clift was the music director, Sunday School Teacher and head of the Men’s Fellowship at New River First Assembly of God. He enjoyed fishing, cooking and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through song and word. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Mark Andrew Philippi
We lost Mark, 46, on Sept. 23, 2015, surrounded by loving family and friends. Born April 27, 1969, in Phoenix, AZ, Mark lived in the New River, Black Canyon City area.
Mark shared his love of NASCAR, motocross, and did truck racing. He loved the many years he worked for Schuck & Sons and Home Depot.
Mark is survived by one brother, Todd; one sister, Debbie Garrison, and her husband, Rick; one nephew, P.J., and his wife Shannon; three great nephews, Cody, Brandon, and Rylan; and one great niece, Taylor.
We shall miss you!
A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., at the Black Canyon VFW. Friends are welcome to attend.
Richard Jay Griffin, Sr., 76
The heavens above have gained a new star. After a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, Richard Jay Griffin, Sr., 76, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in Carson City, Nevada surrounded by family at home. He passed peacefully with his favorite music in the background as he was read to.
Richard was an inspiration to many and had the journey of a lifetime. He was a Veteran and fought for his country, serving in the United States Navy. He is a graduate of Loyola College, where he received academic honors. He believed that if you want something, then you should work for it. Richard worked his way up to Director of Finance at the University of Maryland. Richard was a Past Master of Howard Lodge #101 in Elkridge, Maryland in 1984, and his favorite place of worship was at Salem Lutheran Evangelical Church in Catonsville, Maryland. He also served as a Firefighter in Maryland. He lived in Cave Creek with his family for many years.
Richard’s Alzheimer’s only allowed him to discover new things, like a passion for dogs as pets, eating chicken and red meat, and became more expressive with his emotions. Richard smiled at the sight of everything: little children playing with his walker, laughing as the kittens ran across his lap playing, or smiling just because he was alive.
Richard was a devoted husband to Dolleen and a loving father to Adrienne and Jay. His son, Jay preceded him in death. Richard was a proud and adoring grandfather to Jennifer, Phil, Mike, and Brendon. Richard’s great-grandchildren were his favorite blessings; Kayla, Emmalyn, Christian, Damyyon, Madalyn, and Olivia.
Richard was an admirable man who only wanted the best for everyone. He will be forever missed and will always be the brightest star sparkling in the sky.
DAVID EDWARD BENEDICT
August 20, 2015
Benedict, David, 68, of Carefree, AZ, died in Phoenix, AZ, August 20, 2015 of natural causes.
Preceded in death by his father, Bryce Benedict. Survived by his mother, Thelma Benedict; sister, Beverly Benedict Thomas of Los Angeles; brother-in-law, Kent Benjamin; nephews, Ian, Brady and Chris Thomas; 7 great nieces and nephews.
Born in Wichita, KS, David graduated from Wichita High School East in 1965 where he was class president. He went on to graduate from Kansas University class of 1969. After college he moved to Colorado and then later on to Arizona…spending his last years as a resident of Carefree. He will be missed by family and friends.
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Annette S. Brady
Annette, a resident of San Tan Valley, passed away on August 3, 2015 at the age of 81. She is preceded in death by her children Coral Findlay, Cheryl McHatton, and Jeffrey Findlay. She is survived by her husband A. Paul Brady and daughter Chris Ilseman of Iowa.
Ralph Harold Zeller
Technical Sergeant Ralph Harold Zeller, US Air Force Reserve Retired, resident of Sun City, AZ since 2005 and resident of Arizona since 1987, accepted orders to report to Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates of Heaven on June 2, 2015 at the age of 77.
Ralph spent his entire adult life serving and helping others. Ralph joined and honorably served his country in the US Marines from 1957 to 1960. Ralph and his wife Clio JoAnn Piper moved to Arizona in 1987 and opened new Diet Center offices in Phoenix and on Easy Street in Carefree.
Ralph was preceded in death by his youngest son: Joseph William Zeller (named after Ralph’s great grandfather, father, great uncle, uncle, and father-in-law); his parents and grandparents; and five of his siblings.
Ralph is survived by his spouse of 54 years: Clio JoAnn Piper Zeller; his sons and daughters-in-law: Jeffrey Ralph Zeller; Tammy Acherman Zeller; Sidney Grant Zeller; and Abbie Sapico Zeller; four grandchildren; and siblings James Ervin Zeller and Marcena Kline.
Ralph never met a stranger – he made others smile daily, made friends easily, conversed with anyone nearby and shared countless laughs with his loud, infectious laugh. Ralph will be missed by everyone who knew him, but we rejoice in the honor we had in knowing him.
Ralph will be interred at the rural St Joseph Cemetery outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund is being established in Ralph’s name. There will be a gathering to remember Ralph at his home in Sun City on July14, 1-4 p.m. For more details, please call JoAnn.
Harold L. Gensler
On June 11, 2015, Harold passed away due to complications from a fall in April.
Harold was a true patriot and very proud of his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Edgecombe, an attack troop transport ship. He retired as a Sergeant from the Norfolk, Virginia Police Department after 23 years of service. After traveling extensively around the U.S., Harold and his wife, Sivia, relocated to Anthem, AZ to be near family.
Harold was a huge proponent of living a healthy lifestyle and worked out regularly at the Anthem Country Club gym until the week before his injury. He was well known in Anthem and an inspiration to others. Harold was also known for being quite a storyteller recounting his life in the Navy, Police Department, and his many adventures and pranks. He was a true character and well-liked by everyone who knew him.
In addition to his loving wife of 56 years Sivia (Carney) Gensler, he is survived by three daughters: Gail Philbrick and her husband Pete Philbrick of Anthem, AZ, his daughter Linda Sheeley, of Phoenix, AZ, and his daughter Victoria Carr and her husband Michael Carr of Aberdeen, MD; five grandchildren Chuck, Andrew, Brad, Todd and Whitney; eight great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. We will always love and miss you.
A celebration of life service is planned in September, which would have been Harold’s 100th birthday.
Paul James “Skip” Litz II
On June 7, 2015, Paul James Litz II was called home to be with the Lord. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
“Skip” was born on September 8, 1958 in Erie, Pennsylvania, to Paul James and Alice Litz. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona when he was 8 years old. Following high school, Skip enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland, during the Vietnam era. Following his stint in the army, he returned to Phoenix and studied at the Ron Bailey School of Broadcasting and Glendale Community College.
In 1992, he married the love of his life, Mary Jane Johnson. Together, they built Litz Manufacturing, a plastic fabrication and vacuum forming business in New River, Arizona.
Skip is survived by his wife, MJ; his son, Joshua, of Chandler, Arizona; and daughter, Autumn, of Phoenix, Arizon;, as well as Monica & Corey Spielman, of New River, Arizona; and his grandchildren, Brooke, Brennen, Whisper, Brody and Teague, whom he adored. In addition to his parents and sister, Barbara Harris, of Phoenix, Arizona, he is survived by family in Erie, Pennsylvania and Portland, Oregon and numerous friends across the United States.
Funeral services were held on June 15 at the Cross of Christ Church, located at 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, in Anthem , followed by the burial at 12:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund, “In Memory of Paul James Litz II”, has been established at Wells Fargo Bank.
Camilla E. Wright
In loving memory of Camilla E. Wright: she was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great and Grandmother. She is survived by her three children Sherry, Nancy, and David; four Grandchildren, Clochette, Garrett, James, and Teresa; four Great Grandchildren, Enya, Logan, Carson, and Olivia. God bless you; will be deeply missed.
Services were held at St. Rose Catholic Church on March 7 at 2 p.m.
John Michael Conley
John Michael Conley, 67, of Salome, Ariz. died Feb. 18, 2015. He was born to the late Joe and Dorothy Conley on July 12, 1947 in Buckeye, Ariz.
John is survived by his daughters Amber and Karma Conley, granddaughter Jade Kindt, brother Jerry Tate, nephew Jeb Jaquish, and brother-in-law Bob Trombi.
His life and career consisted of many adventures such as: cowboying, drilling water wells, welding, and being a part of the Southwest Abatement team, as well as caretaking for the Palmerita Ranch.
His true passion was finding, restoring, and creating mechanical projects from hot rods, planes, boats, and motorcycles and rock climbers.
John made friends everywhere he went. He was always the life of the party and had the family gift of telling stories. He was dearly loved and will be missed by many. He is now with his departed loved ones: his parents, sister Joette Conley, and brother Jim Tate, along with many others.
A memorial will be held for John at one of his favorite places: The Roadrunner Steak house, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy, New River, Az. 85007 on Saturday March 14th, at 2 p.m.
Herbert P. Kauhl
Herbert P. Kauhl
Sep. 3, 1928 – Jan. 14, 2015
Herbert P. Kauhl, age 86, died Jan. 14 at his home near State College, PA. Raised in Fairmount, NY, he met his future wife Dorothy Softley of Nebraska, while serving in the Army in Germany. They were married in 1953 and have two daughters.
Herb received a Bachelor’s degree from Maryville (TN) College and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton (NJ) Theological Seminary. He served Presbyterian churches in Morris Plains, NJ and Waynesboro, PA. After earning a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from Penn State in 1972, he was on the staff of the Centre Regional Planning Commission until his retirement.
From 1990 until spring of 2011, he and Dorothy wintered in Carefree, AZ. They were active first at Desert Hills and then Pinnacle Presbyterian churches. A memorial service will be held at the State College Presbyterian Church on Feb. 1.
James “Perry” Sartain, Jr., 67, was called home by his Savior Jesus on Dec. 7, 2014.
Perry was a US Navy Vietnam veteran. As a resident of New River for over 35 years, he was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Pack and Troop 431 for over 10 years, coached many seasons of baseball at the regional park, before it was a park, and worked at DSET in New River for 25 years. He was a friend and neighbor to all.
Perry is survived by his parents James and Bennaneal Sartain of Sun City; his wife of 43 years, Wanda; five children, Jason, Gary, Wendy (Ellis), Cindy (Downen), Kelly, and foster son Jeff; and 14 grandchildren. He was interred with military honors at the National Cemetery on Dec. 12. A well-attended Memorial Service was held on Dec. 13 at New River School.
Perry was a humble man of faith. He loved his family, community, country, and his God. He will be greatly missed.
Dorothy S. Kauhl
Feb. 8, 1924 – Dec. 18, 2014
Dorothy Softley Kauhl, age 90, died at her home near State College, Pennsylvania on Dec. 18. Born in Grafton, Nebraska, she began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse nearby. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, she taught in American Service Schools in Germany where she met Syracuse, NY native Herbert P. Kauhl. They married in 1953.
Dorothy taught in Alcoa, TN; Princeton, NJ; and Waynesboro and State College, PA. She retired in 1987 after 36 years of teaching. In retirement, the Kauhls wintered 20 years at their Desert Palms condo in Carefree. They also travelled extensively with Elderhostels and maintained a remarkable garden around their Pennsylvania home.
Members of the State College Presbyterian Church, in Arizona they were active first at Desert Hills and then Pinnacle Presbyterian churches. A memorial service will be held at the State College church on Jan. 10.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Herb, her two daughters, and a granddaughter.
Bernadine R. Kisiel
Bernadine R. Kisiel, 93, passed away while surrounded by family at home in Phoenix, AZ, on the morning of Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
She was born to Owen and Francis Keating in Chicago, IL, on June 21st, 1921. Bernadine married Joseph A. Kisiel in 1940 and resided in the Chicago area before finally making Arizona her home in 1984. She was a devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who strove to craft a loving home in which all were welcome. She was an avid reader and also volunteered her time at nursing homes and served as a foster grandparent in the ICU for premature babies at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Bernadine is preceded in death by her sister Evelyn, husband Joseph, sons Dennis and Daniel, daughter Sharon, and grandson Vincent. She is survived by her son Steven (Lalaine) and daughters Deborah Schvaneveldt (Ned) and Bernadine Bueno-Barajas (Martin), daughter-in-law Marguerite, 17 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Good Shepherd Mission in New River, AZ, after which she was laid to rest on Monday, the 20th of October at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Phoenix.
Mary Louise O’Brien
Toluca – Mary Louise O’Brien, aged 64, died October 18, 2014 at her home in Anthem, Arizona.
Mary Lou was born June 11, 1950 in Kankakee, Illinois, the daughter of Herbert Frake Sr. and Anne Marie Trainor Frake.
She was a loving soul whose contagious compassion for people and animals brightened the spirit of all who encountered her. Her optimism gave her the strength to help anyone who needed her, whether it was her neighbors, her friends, or the animals she cared for. She greatly enjoyed going on walks with her dogs, gardening, and singing. Her favorite book was the bible and she was very active in her church and her community. She loved beautiful things and was captivated by the picturesque desert surrounding her home. Her family is pretty sure she’s in a beautiful place surrounded by animals, Paul Newman, the music of John Denver, and all of her loved ones that have passed before her.
She is survived by her son, Christopher (Layal) O’Brien of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter, Melissa Mell Willingham of Littleton, Colorado; sisters, Mary Anne Olson of Walnut, Illinois, Mary Laurel (Bill) Lamping of Clifton, Illinois, and Mary Lisa (Tom) Frooninckx of West Lafayette, Indiana; brothers, Herbert (Karie) Frake Jr. of Clifton, Illinois, and Thomas (Lana) Frake of Peoria, Illinois; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, infant brother, Arthur Michael, and brother-in-law, Richard Olson.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Toluca, Illinois. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to www.gofundme.com/MaryLouOBrien to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
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Thomas Webster, 55, of Desert Hill Ariz., passed away suddenly on Sept. 22, 2014. He was born Feb.26, 1959, in Warren, Penn., to Willard and Vivian Webster.
Thomas owned and ran his own business ‘Webster Plumbing’ for over 20 years, and had many valued clients and customers all throughout the Carefree/Cave Creek area.
He was preceded in death by his mother Vivian Webster. He is survived by his father Willard Webster and his stepmother Bernice Webster, his daughters Amanda and Michelle, brothers Robin and Derek, sisters Susan, Becky, Pam, Mindy, Missy, and their families.
He is also Survived by his fiancée and soulmate Deborah Hayes and her children Kristina and Justin Pesavento and her grandchildren lyllianna and Eli. Tom will be truly forever missed by his family and friends. We love you...
Alice Jane Pujari
Alice Jane Pujari died on September 21 in Anthem. She was 69.
Mrs. Pujari was born on Dec. 7, 1944 in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, England. She and her husband moved to Anthem in September 2011, following his retirement. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and was an avid reader and sports fan. She was a member of Pioneer United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Pujari is survived by her husband, Bhasker R. Pujari of Anthem, Ariz.; daughter, Davina Pujari of Moraga, Cali., and her children Leo and Indira; daughter and son-in-law, Alison Ryan and Shaughn Ryan of Anthem, Ariz., and their children Ryan, Camden, KC, and Marsali; daughter Kristen Pujari of Bluefield, W.V.; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, in Anthem. All are welcome to attend and eulogize her memory.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations In Memory of Mrs. Pujari to the National Parkinson Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Barrow Neurological Institute, 240 W Thomas Road, Suite 301, Phoenix, AZ 85013.
Joseph Franklin “JD” Davis
In Loving Memory of Joseph Franklin “JD” Davis
“JD”, age 68, died July 6, 2014 from cardiac arrest at Freedom Plaza in Peoria, Ariz.
He was born in December 1945 in Phoenix, Ariz. and lived in New River until his passing. JD was a Ford parts manager for many Valley dealerships for years, and was “one of the best.” JD was also a past member of MCSO Sheriff’s Posse and held a Private Investigator’s license for many years. He loved the outdoors and all animals.
Survivors include his many Arizona friends, and relatives out of state. Memorial services will be held on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. at JD’s property on Twin Peaks Lane in New River.
Friends are welcome! Memorial contributions are welcomed and appreciated. Contributions may be mailed to Donna Burgess, 4002 West Monte Cristo Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85053.
Craig "Charley" Brown, Sr.
Craig “Charley” Brown, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 7, 2014
He was born Oct. 16, 1942 in Staten Island, N.Y. He joined the Marines after high school, then became a New York City policeman. He retired early on disability and moved to Arizona. He and his wife Diane built their home in New River 20 years ago.
Charley was a musician who played the pedal steel guitar and combined his love of God and music by serving in church ministry. He also loved restoring his 1963 Chevy pickup and going to car shows.
He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Diane; his sister, Leslie; five children from a previous marriage; two stepsons; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at New River Bible Chapel, 47402 N. 15th Ave., in New River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his church or Hospice of the Valley, 13614 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85304.
Joseph (Joey) Gorman was born June 28, 1990 in Phoenix, Ariz. Joey passed away July 2, 2014 in Rocky Point, Mexico. He was 24. He leaves behind his parents Elizabeth and Bill Thompson and John and Stephanie Gorman, his sister Taylor, two step-sisters Sarah and Jaimie, and three step-brothers Brandon, Steven, and Aaron, in addition to a large extended family, neighbors, and friends.
Joey lived in Glendale, Ariz. until 2001, when he moved to New River, Ariz. Growing up in New River, Joey’s outgoing personality made him lots of friends. Many of his friends’ parents became good friends to his parents. There were many good times.
Joey enjoyed the freedom of riding his quad in the desert, and he loved sports and played baseball and football. He attended Boulder Creek High School through his Junior year and then moved to Yuma, Ariz., where he graduated at Yuma High School. He moved back to New River right before his 18th birthday and attended Glendale Community College until he decided to pursue construction.
In January 2014, he moved to Rocky Point, Mexico to help his parents with their new business. He was a natural at bartending and felt he found his niche. He loved it in Rocky Point, made many more friends and that is where his funeral service was held.We will miss Joey's charm, friendliness, and warm smile but find comfort in knowing he is at peace and his lovable heart has just grown bigger as he has taken a piece of everyone’s he has known.
Hubert Kimbrell, 78, of Desert Hills, Ariz., passed away on July 12, 2014. He was born in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on Feb. 18, 1936.
Hubert was married to Carol Kimbrell, and they were married for over 50 years.
Hubert led a full life with many talents and jobs. Over the years, Hubert worked in the oil fields, at a sawmill, and drove a commercial truck. He and his wife Carol owned a furniture store, a service station, and a refrigeration company in Casper, Wyo. After moving to Phoenix in 1974, they started Hub's Refrigeration Company. In the early 90s, he started K.I.B. Ostrich Ranch & KIB Backhoe & Grading with his kids.
Hubert was known for his loving and kind personality. He loved everyone he crossed paths with. He never had a bad word to say. He was the ultimate jokester, quiet by nature, but if you heard laughter, you knew Hubert was in the middle of it. He loved the outdoors; when not at work, you could find Hubert fishing, hunting, boating, camping, and just generally spending time with his family.
Hubert is survived by his wife Carol Kimbrell; daughter Delores and her husband Terry Williams; son Billy and his wife Bonnie Kimbrell; son J.D. and his wife, Sheila Kimbrell; and daughter Debby and her husband Allan Richardson, as well as his grandchildren, Chris Joynt, Andrew Williams, Joe Williams, James Kimbrell, Jeremy Kimbrell, Josh Richardson, and Dylan Richardson. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Roy Kimbrell, Rosie Fritz, Betty Wroten, Annie Sanders, Margie McEachearn, Pearl Dean Overton, and Pat Kimbrell, as well as many other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother Mary Zelly Kimbrell and father Floyd R. Kimbrell.
Funeral services were held on July 21 at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park.
Robert Edwin Greve
Jan. 18, 1915-July 6, 2014
Bob Greve was the middle child of William and Lucy Greve. Born in West Chicago, Ill., he spent his early years in Kansas but made Arizona his home in 1928. He moved to New River in 1971. He had a distinguished career in the aerospace industry as a mechanical engineer, including working on the lunar landing project.
He is preceded in death by his brother John, sister Ruth, and wife of 56 years, Frances Greve. He is survived by his three children: Carol McIlroy-Lewis, Dick Greve, and Nancy Sabbe; four grandchildren: Bob Sabbe, Rhonda Rezek, Shanna Sabbe, and Amber Stickford; and three great-grandchildren: Cameron Rezek, Calan Stickford, and Eastin Stickford.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m., at New River Bible chapel, 47402 N. 15th Ave., in New River.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to Hospice of the Valley or New River Bible Chapel.
Donald Shadegg, 71, of New River died on Feb. 26 from stomach cancer.
Shadegg was born in Sterling, Colo. on April 24, 1942, and served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1965. He then moved to New River in 1982.
Shadegg is survived by two sons.
James Russell Olson
James Russell Olson, 83, formerly of Des Moines, Iowa, died peacefully at home Jan. 21 in the loving arms of his family in Anthem where he resided with his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Trotter Olson.
A memorial service was held at the Anthem Veterans Memorial with a Patriot Honor Guard motorcade of Vietnam Veteran Motorcyclists, a VFW Honor Ceremony, gun salute and aircraft flyover in the missing man formation by the Warbird Squadron Twenty. Internment of his cremains will be held May 3 at Glendale Cemetery, West Des Moines, Iowa, with arrangements by Hamilton’s Westtown. A military honor guard with 21-gun salute will accompany his burial.
Jim was born May 7, 1930, in Moorhead, Iowa, to Florence Olander Olson and Mark Douglas Olson, moving to Des Moines at an early age. He generated from Lincoln High School in 1948, served as a page in the Iowa Senate and attended Iowa State University with graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, M.D., in 1953; followed by marriage to Marilyn. He served a decorated career in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of colonel. Jim and Marilyn traveled the United States and many foreign countries in a series of both staff and command positions. Jim was an instructor pilot at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a pilot with nearly 10,000 flying hours in a multitude of aircraft, flying 179 F-100 missions in Vietnam. He was a graduate of The George Washington University with a master’s degree in public administration. Jim was deeply moved by those who served under him upon being made an honorary chief master sergeant at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Jim and Marilyn moved to Arizona in 2000 where they were active in the Anthem Golden Go-Getters, enjoying bridge and their grandchildren’s lives. After being long time members of the United Methodist Church, they attended Arizona Hills Church in Anthem.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters Vicki Salmon (Will) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Denise Staten of Anthem and Michelle Colaiacovo (John) of Anthem; and is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Olander Olson; brother Richard Lyle Olson; sisters Janice Colacino and Eunice Mills Walker; along with father and mother-in-law Pete and Lois Trotter (Noel).
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Arizona Hills Church, Daisy Mountain Veterans, Hospice of the Valley and Lincoln High School ALHS Alumni Foundation Dollars For Scholars in Des Moines, Iowa.
Mary Ann Nicoloff
Mary Ann Nicoloff, 82, of New River, formerly of Hornell and Wellsville, died Dec. 21 at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix following a long illness.
Born in Hornell on April 14, 1931, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Mary (Piller) Cosgrove.
Mary Ann grew up in Hornell and from 1931 to 1953 was a resident of Hornell’s Old 5th Ward, affectionately known as “The Bloody 5th.” She was a graduate of Hornell High School class of 1949 and later graduated from St. James School of Nursing where she received her license as a registered nurse.
She was married in 1953 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Orchard Park, N.Y., to Nicholas A. “Nick” Nicoloff who survives. From 1953 to 1954, they resided in Buffalo where Mary Ann worked as a registered nurse at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
From 1954 to 1985, Mary Ann and Nick lived in Wellsville where she was employed at Jones Memorial Hospital and also as a private duty nurse. While residing there, they owned and operated Nicoloff’s Wines and Spirits, and Mary Ann was also a broker and co-owner of Century 21 Southern Hills Realty.
In 1985, they moved to Scottsdale where they resided until moving to New River in 1993. For many years, Mary Ann was employed as a registered nurse at John C. Lincoln/Phoenix General Hospital and was a member of Mission of the Good Shepherd Church.
Mary Ann was a lover of animals. She owned and operated Hillcroft Kennels in Wellsville where she raised and showed German Shepherds. She raised Nubian goats for milk. She was an avid horseback rider—something she passed on to her daughter and granddaughter, Nicole Trotter. Mary Ann was a charter member of the Canisteo Valley Riding Club. She was a leader for 4-H and the 4 Penny Pony Club.
She was very active in the Kiwanis organization in New River, serving as secretary for a number of years, as well as a leader of the local Key Club and Bringing Up Grades program. She was a charter member and in 2004 helped to start the Community Emergency Response Team group in New River. She helped organize and run a wine tasting club in Wellsville and was also an avid reader who loved sewing and conversation.
In addition to her parents, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Anne-Marie, who died in 1968.
Surviving are her husband Nicholas of New River; children Stephen J. (Cindy) Nicoloff of Peoria, James P. (Michele) Nicoloff of Hornell, Michael J. (Cynthia) Nicoloff of Orlando, Fla., Mary Catherine (Timothy) Trotter of Edmond, Okla., and John F. (Amy) Nicoloff of Phoenix; her sister Margaret C. (Nicholas) Changose of Glendale; as well as 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
At Mary Ann’s request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial mass and graveside service will be celebrated later this summer. Funeral arrangements are in care of Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St. in Hornell, N.Y.
Mary Ann’s family requests that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Hornell YMCA Building Fund, 18 Center St. in Hornell, N.Y.
To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit dagonfuneralhome.com.
Shannon Marie Richter
Shannon Marie Richter, age 37, of Phoenix passed away unexpectedly to be with her Lord Nov. 9, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.
She is survived by her two children Samantha-Jo Van Wagoner and Sydnee Shay Richter, her mother Elaine and stepfather Charles Brechting and her father Thomas D. Richter, as well as her loving brothers Thomas (Danielle) Richter and Adam and Gabe Brechting. She is also survived by her grandparents Virgil (Ruth) Fairbairn and Oline (Theone) Richter, as well as many other friends, cousins and family members.
“To my loving daughter: May all of your pain and sorrow be forever gone. Rest in Jesus’ arms, and I will see you soon,” Elaine said.
A 12:30 p.m. service will be held Saturday at Grace North with fellowship to follow.
Linda Mary Wiekhorst
Linda Mary Wiekhorst, 61, died peacefully Sept. 26. Her family would like to extend their love and appreciation to Hospice of the Valley for extending their tender loving care and dedication to Linda.
Linda was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend whose passion was to love her family, animals and friends.
Linda is survived by her husband, Wayne Wiekhorst; son, Brandon Walz and his wife Melissa and their four children, Jenna, Austin, Tyler and Camron; along with her only great-granddaughter, Brogann; adopted son D.J. Coolidge and his wife, Kaitlyn and their two children, Ryden and Ayden; adopted daughter, Kari Coolidge and her son, Hayzen; mother, Marge Leesemann and her husband, Bernie; sister Lisa Collins Gonzalez, her husband, Joe, and their son Joey; sister, Lorraine Collins-Coady, her husband, Bart; sister, Patricia Burgis, her husband, Louis, and their son Bobby; brother, John Collins, his wife, Regina, and their children, Danny and Caitlyn; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was loved dearly by her family and friends.
A funeral mass is scheduled for Oct. 5 at noon at St. Rose, 2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle in Anthem.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nature Conservancy of Arizona in memory of Linda Wiekhorst at 7600 N. 15th St. Ste. 100, Phoenix, Ariz., 85020.
Betty Jane Chuirazzi
Betty Jane Chuirazzi died peacefully Sept. 3. Her family would like to extend their love and appreciation to Paulina and Aurel Oniga of Oniga Adult Foster Care for extending more than 13 years of tender loving care and dedication to their mother, Betty.
Betty was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend whose passion was to love her family even through fighting Alzheimer’s. She loved to make others laugh by telling her funny stories, playing music on her harmonica and the sharing of her beautiful, contagious smile. She loved her family with a passion that was the most precious heritage and example she could give her family as she shared her unconditional love for the Lord.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Tony, in March of 2000.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Smith and Cindi Bauer; her son, Gerald Chuirazzi; her grandchildren, Angela Mayor, Dawn Jones, Heather Chuirazzi, Todd Jones, Shane Bauer and Jeremy Chuirazzi; her great-grandchildren Ashley, James, Josh, Sarah and Landon; and her nephew Gary Davis and his family. She was dearly loved by family and friends.
Betty was interred with her late husband, Tony, at the National Memorial Cemetery on Sept. 13.
Victor (Scottie) Hoskin
Victor Scottie Hoskin died on June 21, 2013, at the age of 68, in the presence of his wife, Faith and daughter, Cindy, at their home in Black Canyon City.
Victor was born on Jan. 1, 1945 in Long Beach, Ca. He graduated from Magnolia High School in Anaheim.
Hoskin resided in Apache Junction for many years before moving to Black Canyon City. A journeyman sheet metal worker for nearly 40 years, Hoskin worked on many significant projects throughout the Valley.
Trained in Herpetology, he also lectured on the subject in several southwest states over the years. Eventually Hoskin became a master silversmith. He delighted in creating his own designs, mostly in jewelry; incorporating precious stones and gems which he sold in the Valley and Black Canyon City area.
In 1998, he married his long-time girlfriend, Faith. He retired within a few years and they moved to Black Canyon City in 2005 where Victor continued to create and sell his jewelry until illness made it difficult.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Steve.
A celebration of Life is set for 1- 3 p.m., Saturday at Albins Civic Center on K-mine Road in Black Canyon City. Light refreshments will be available.
Lorene Avela Ledford – Willingham
Lorene Avela Ledford – Willingham, a long-time New River resident, died on June 13, 2013 in Glendale at the age of 92.
Lorene was born September, 21, 1920, in Rule, Texas. Lorene and her husband, Rolen, and their son Mark, moved to New River in 1974 where they resided until 1997. Mark still resides in New River.
Lorene was proceeded in death by her parents, siblings and husband Rolen (1999) and leaves her legacy of five children Beverly Bingham (Bill), Bruce Daugherty (Susan), James Willingham (Carol), Sherill Smith, Mark Willingham (Lisa), followed by 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, along with two nephews and a niece and their family.
"Lorene was the epitome of the word "Mom" as she genuinely loved her family and that love was felt whenever you were with her. A special thank you to Violetta, her caregiver of five years.
Joan Webb Dodd
Arizona-native and Cave Creek resident Joan Webb Dodd, 82, died June 15, 2013, following surgery and treatment, for an injury incurred in a fall working at her real estate office on May 31. During her hospitalization, she was attended night and day by her children and grand children.
She was interred at the Cave Creek Pioneer Cemetery, at Pima and Cave Creek Roads in the Town of Carefree on Saturday. Her family and friends gathered at a sunset graveside service to offer their farewells, following a reception at her home in nearby Cave Creek, where she lived for the past 40 years.
Webb Dodd was born on October 15, 1930 in the small Arizona mining community of Miami, where her father Carroll was Supervisor at the Inspiration Mine. Her mother Mamie Eleanor (Robinette) Webb, raised Joan and her younger brother Robert Webb in the difficult days of America’s Great Depression.
Joan attended Miami High School and married Ford Dodd of Globe, whose parents Klondike and Lucretia were a newspaper editor and insurance office administrator. Joan and Ford attended the University of Arizona. He graduated from law school and Joan graduated with her B.A. in liberal arts. She later earned her Masters in Education from Arizona State University, with a classroom focus on special education students. Licensed in 1972, Joan worked full time as a Realtor for 41 years. Her clients became generational and many new residents to Arizona were assisted in their relocations by Joan’s efforts.
She served her industry at the national, state and local board level, was in government affairs and spent decades assisting legislative advocacy on issues impacting private property rights and was heavily involved with the Realtor Land Institute. She was also appointed to serve at the state level and accepted a gubernatorial appointment to the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission, the Real Estate Commissioner’s Select Committee and at the community level for the Town of Cave Creek’s Planning & Zoning Commission.
Joan is survived by brother Bob of Billings, MT and his wife Helen Webb. Her living children include Lance, Randy, Clark and Lynn. Joan’s grandchildren are Marion, Andrew, Ford, Myriah and Kelly.
Wesley Stanley Kar
Wesley Stanley Kar, of Phoenix Arizona, died on June 1st, 2013 at the age of 72 surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Kar, a proud Polish American, was born in Highland Park, Michigan, the elder son of Anthony and Estelle Kar, and had one sibling, Myron, all of whom preceded him in death.
In 1962, Wes met the love of his life, Millie, at the Wayne State University Bookstore where she worked as a cashier, and together they began a journey that would span more than 50 years. They were engaged in a matter of months, and married less than a year later in 1963. As Wes would later put it, "When you know, you know."
In 1965, they were blessed with their first child, Paula. Shortly thereafter came Mike, followed by Michelle, Kathy, Greg and Ed. In 1978, he relocated the family to Phoenix, vowing never to return to the winters of Detroit. The family continued to grow, and in 1980 Melissa was born, then Liz, Christine and finally in 1986, "Number 10", Alex.
In 1995, Wes was made a Dzia Dzia (Grandfather in Polish) for the first time, and at his passing had 17 grandchildren of whom he was very proud of and loved very much.
A software engineer for more than 40 years, Wes enjoyed all of the technological advances his lifetime offered. He was an amateur photographer and found great satisfaction in capturing and sharing his family's experiences, as well as church and local high school sporting events. Wanting to give back to the community, Wes organized blood donation drives at work and church, personally donating more than 10 gallons over multiple decades, and was also a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was a die-hard Detroit Red Wings hockey fan, always attending the games with family when they were playing in town, and watched the Michigan Wolverines play every Saturday on TV.
To know him was to love him for his outgoing, larger than life personality, and unending desire to make others laugh. Always eager to make new friends, he could strike up a conversation with anyone, and was a self-described "Hugger." Above all else, Wes was a good-hearted and honest man, loving husband, father and grandfather, who put God and his family first in life. In honor of his Polish heritage, and love of the Red Wings, those attending his funeral were asked to wear an element of red (his favorite color). Family and friends were invited to a viewing on June 6 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Cave Creek. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on June 7.
Harry E. Darby
Harry Edward Darby, formerly of Black Canyon City, died on April 20, 2013 in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Darby was born on June 17, 1928 in Marshall, Mo.
The oldest of eight children born to Harry Wingfield and Verna Mae Darby, he grew up in Missouri before moving to Phoenix.
He worked with his father and brothers in construction in the Phoenix area for a number of years. While in Phoenix He met Amy Nelson and the couple were married on Oct. 22, 1950.
Harry attended Pacific Union College in 1953 and studied Theology. The couple had two daughters, Darlynn Lee and Cynthia Dawn.
Darby entered the Pastoral ministry in 1958, working in the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He moved frequently, as the church discovered his building background and moved him from place to place to pastor and handle building projects. Darby built churches and schools around the western United States. After retiring, Darby moved to Black Canyon City, in the fall of 2008.
After suffering a traumatic fall on March 25, 2013, his other medical conditions deteriorated rapidly. He moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in early April and passed away on April 20, 2013.
Harry is survived by his daughter, Cyndee Darby of Sandpoint ID; two grandsons, Brom (Liz)Glidden of Sandpoint, ID and Daniel Glidden of Vancouver, WA.; two brothers, Robert ( Joann) Darby of Loma Linda, CA and Calvin Darby of Phoenix; and one sister, Shirley (Grover) Brown of Gadsden, AL.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Amy; his daughter, Darlynn; two brothers, Alvin and Harold and sister, Louise.
Memorial Donations can be made to Marantha International an organization that builds churches all over the world. To donate go to marantha.org, click the Donate tab and indicate a one-day church. In the comments section please note: “Memorial Harry Darby.” For family information, contact: Cyndee Darby 208-263-7051.
Jane Cobb Herzog
Jane Cobb Herzog, 97, formerly of Carefree, died on Feb. 22, 2013 in Oak Park Heights, MN.
Jane was born in Stevens, MN. and was raised in St. Croix Falls, WI. She was married to Raymond Herzog, the love of her life, for more than 50 years. She acted as a gracious hostess at numerous functions. She brought great joy and pleasure to her family. There was never anyone she didn’t go out of her way to make happy.
She was preceded in death by husband, Raymond H. Herzog. Jane is survived by 3 children: Mollie Herzog Keys, Richard (Christine) Herzog and Raymond (Claudia) Herzog, Jr.; grandchildren: Emily (Chris), Ben (Andrea), Margaret, Alison (Patrick), Ricky, Raymond III (Tracey); great-grandchildren: Arianna, Alec, Alena, Amelia, Brianna, Ryan, Grant, Zach and Alex.
Memorial services are set for 11 a.m., March 8, 2013 at Boutwells Landing, 5590 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082 and at 11 a.m., March 9, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church of St. Croix Falls, 719 Nevada Street, St. Croix Fall, WI 54024, with visitations one hour prior to each service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lakeview Hospice, 5610 Norwich Parkway, Stillwater, MN 55082.
Mildred Willis of Anthem died Feb. 5, 2013 at the age of 96.
Mildred was born Feb. 13, 1916 in Plattville, Wis.
She moved to San Fernando Valley in southern California where she worked at Panorama Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years.
After retiring she moved to Idaho, where she worked at the Payette Senior Citizens Center delivering meals on wheels. She worked and volunteered there for 30 years.
She is survived by her two sons, David Willis of Los Angeles, Richard Willis of Macon, Ga.; two daughters, Mary Willis of Anchorage, Al, and Barbara Willis, who she lived with at the time of her passing; five grand children; as well as numerous great grandchildren and great-great children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie N. Willis; two sisters, Ruth and Pauline and one brother, Len.
Her family said, “Millie will be dearly missed. She touched the life of so many people. She was a beautiful sweet little lady.”
Edward DeFazio, 68 of Phoenix, died on Dec. 27, 2012 following an extended battle with heart disease and West Valley Nile Virus for the last three month.
Edward was born Jan. 31, 1944 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The youngest of six children, he moved with his family to Phoenix in 1959, graduating from Washington High School in 1962.
After serving in the Army he spent the majority of his working years as an Offset Printing Pressman first at the City of Phoenix then at Action Printers. He then worked as a Reservation Agent at Best Western and as a Mortgage Specialist at Suburban Mortgage. In 2005, Ed joined Walmart as a cashier in the Anthem store.
Ed had many interests and hobbies, his greatest passion was Astronomy. Over the years he had built many telescopes and frequently viewed the nighttime skies. He was a sports fan with his favorite team being the New York Yankees. Ed also enjoyed writing stories, mainly science-fiction. He was interested in history, especially military history. He loved staying at home and spending time with his family and with his many beloved dogs.
He was preceded in death by his father Genarro, mother Rose, sister Phyllis, brothers Thomas and Albert.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karen; two sons, Anthony and Robert; grandson Kyle; one sister, Marie and one brother, Richard.
For the last 20 years he has sponsored children thru Children International.
DeFazio’s family added, “Ed was a kind and loving husband, father and papa and we are truly blessed to have had him in our lives.”
RON E. LEE
Ron E. Lee, 76, of Black Canyon Canyon City, died following complications from thoracic surgery on January 7, 2013.
His ashes committed, his soul returned to his Creator, his spirit lingers on in the hearts
and minds of those whom he so selflessly touched and whose lives he so enriched
during the course of his life.
Lee was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 26, 1938, to Lova Dodge and
Vernon Lee, the third of six children. Following graduation from high school, Ron
set forth on his life’s journey, serving the United States Marine Corps from 1955
to 1959. Upon his return to civilian life he worked various jobs and owned
successful businesses, but the one closest to his heart was Swift Transportation,
where he worked as a truck driver for many years.
A resident of Black Canyon City for 18 years, Ron and his wife Sharon were long-time
members of Calvary Community Church, Phoenix, at which a memorial service
took place on Jan. 14, 2013. Interment, with military honors followed
at the National Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix. Pastor Kevin Goshow officiated
at both services.
Ron leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Sharon Belegrin Lee of Black Canyon City;
two sons, Ronald E Lee Jr. of Cave Creek and Keith Lee of Glendale; three daughters, Diana Lee of San Diego, Dawn Hughes of Phoenix and Kelly Lee Jervell of Anthem; 15
grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
May he rest in peace.
Grace Stokes Schoonover, 85, and a long-time Cave Creek resident, died on December 28, 2012.
Grace, who was born March 7, 1927, was the proud matriarch of four generations of Arizonans. She attended Emerson Elementary School,
Phoenix Union High School, Phoenix College and Arizona State University.
In 1946 she married Paul Schoonover. The couple raised two daughters, Ann Rice and Paula Dalton Scully, and they founded Arizona Air Conditioning and later Paul Schoonover, Inc. Grace served as the financial officer for both companies.
Even as she worked full time in the business and raised her daughters, she found time to volunteer with numerous organizations.
She was the leader of Girl Scout Troop 404 for 12 years, mentoring many young girls and women. Grace also served on the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council.
Schoonover's artistic gift was centered primarily in abstract watercolors, collages and sculpture based on her love of the southwest and Sonoran Desert.
Archeology was Grace's avocation from her high school years forward.
She worked on digs throughout Arizona and New Mexico including Snaketown, Mesa Grande, Pueblo Grande, Elden Pueblo and Chaco Canyon.
She was a member of many Archeological organizations including the
Arizona Archeology Society and Desert Foothills Archeology Society.
Grace surveyed and recorded most of the archeology in the Desert
Foothills area. Grace wrote a book on the rock art of the Arrastre Creek sites on Table Mesa.
She was an active member of the American Rock Art Research Association, earning their "On The Rocks" award in 1991 for 3,000 hours of rock art recordation. Grace served on the board of the Deer Valley Rock Art Center.
Grace and Paul explored, documented and photographed many of the cave
rock art sites in Baja California only accessible by long mule rides
Grace was one of the forces behind the preservation of Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area, which includes The Jewel of the Creek and a petroglyph site named "Schoonover Rock".
Grace received numerous awards during her lifetime for her work in Archaeology and conservation. They included the "Quail" award from Foothills Community Foundation in 2001; the Victor R. Stoner award from the AZ Archeological and Historical Society in 1996; and the AZ Archaeological Society Award in Advocacy Archaeology in 2004.
Family, though, was Grace's dearest gift. She enjoyed an active role in the lives of her grandchildren Dr. Brady Dalton, Genevieve Helen Dalton, Abby Lynn Rice and Michael Paul Rice, and was just as involved with the "Greats" Stephen Dalton Steffen, Kody Michael Rice-Young and Jillann Grace Rice Young.
Grace leaves a legacy that will long be enjoyed by those who visit Spur Cross Ranch and the rock art and prehistoric sites in the Desert Foothills area.
A Celebration of life will be at 1 p.m., on Saturday, at the Foothills Community Foundation Holland Center at 34308 N. 60th St, Scottsdale, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Desert Foothills Land Trust, PO Box 4861 or the Cave Creek Museum PO Box 1, both in Cave Creek, AZ 85327.
Gaylord R. Morrow
Gaylord R. Morrow, 80, of New River died due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on Oct. 24, 2012.
A 15-year New River resident, Gaylord was born in Parks, NE on June 12, 1932 to William and Edith Morrow.
Morrow spent much of his early life in Colorado where he attended high school. From there he joined the Navy before moving to Alaska where he spent much of his adult life in lumber camps and commercial fishing.
Since retiring in Arizona he made many friends with whom he shared a lot of his lifetime memories. He leaves behind family, friends and companions and although he has moved on to his next journey, his spirit will always remain in their heart.
Cynthia Sue Borg
Cynthia Sue Borg, 56, of Tucumcari, New Mexico and formerly of Phoenix and Black Canyon City died on October 18, 2012.
Borg was born October 28, 1955 in Omaha, Neb. She is survived by her daughter, Monique Vasko; son, Timothy Newman and his wife, Sandy and their three children; her parents, Dee and Harry Newman and Richard and Eleanor Borg; siblings: DeAnna and Richard Randall and their four children, Rick and Robin Borg and their eight children, Linda and Steve Bandler and their five children and Steven and Laura Borg; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who loved her. She will forever be remembered for her kind heart and gentle soul.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tucumcari Animal Hospital Relief Fund, c/o Citizens' Bank, PO Box 1228, Tucumcari, NM 88401.
Marie S. Menz King
Marie S. Menz King, 96, of Jacksonville, N.C. died on Oct. 13, 2012 at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.
Marie was born September 6, 1916 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Menz King graduated from Fort Yates High School, Fort Yates, North Dakota, and attended Capitol Commercial College in Bismarck, North Dakota. Before becoming a wife and mother, she had a long career in civil service working primarily for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in North Dakota, Montana and Chicago, Ill. She lived in Phoenix, for 30 years where her husband, Allen M. King, worked for the Bureau of Reclamation. As a widow, she followed her daughter to Jacksonville in 1995 and was actively involved with her only grandchild, and then her great-grandchildren. In Jacksonville, Marie was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels alongside her best friends, Virginia and Tom Allen.
Menz King was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Rebecca Cornelius Menz; three sisters, Margaret Skye, Mildred Menz, Ruth Gilman; 2 brothers, Joseph and Francis Menz, and her husband, Allen M. King. Marie is survived by her daughter, Caroline Hardester; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernadette Merrill, many beloved nieces and nephews, and extended family.
A funeral mass is set for 10:30 a.m., Thursday at Infant of Pargue Catholic Church, located at Marine Blvd, Jacksonville, NC.
Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Cave Creek, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local Meals on Wheels or the American Indian Education Foundation.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at www.jonesfh.org.
Henry (Skip) Miller Morton, Jr.
Henry (Skip) M. Morton, Jr. of New River died August 30, 2012 at the age of 59. Morton Jr. was born to Pauline (Sornberger) Morton and Henry M. Morton on May 30, 1953 in Bristol, CT. and raised in Plainville, CT. He and his wife, Karen (Larson) Morton of Southington, Ct were married February 15, 1980.
The couple moved to Phoenix in 1984 and settled in the New River/Desert Hills area. Skip became an active part of the community, coaching little league and middle school baseball. He owned and operated the family construction company, Copper State Custom Homes, LLC which has been passed down to his son, Craig Morton and will continue on in Skip’s loving memory. He enjoyed sand duneing, desert riding, hunting, fishing, camping and the beach.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Karen (Larson) Morton; 2 sons, Craig Morton, 27 and Eric Larson, 27; two granddaughters; and his sister Deborah (Morton) Taggett.
A memorial service and reception took place at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Glendale.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Colon Cancer Alliance, www.ccalliance.org to help prevent Colon Cancer through awareness or to Skip’s favorite charity, Habitat for Humanity.
CHRISTOPHER JOHN VERDI, M.D.
Christopher John Verdi, 57, of Phoenix, passed away unexpectedly on July 20, 2012.
Christopher was born in Montclair, New Jersey to the late John and Dolores Verdi. He moved to Arizona at age fifteen.
Verdi received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency at University of Utah. After completion of Fellowship in Hematology Oncology at University of Arizona, he remained on staff as an Associate Clinical Professor, researcher, and educator. In 1996 he relocated to Phoenix to join the Oncology practice of Dr. Devinder Singh, subsequently Arizona Center for Cancer Care. Dr. Verdi had a tireless calling for the healing of the sick and the practice of Medicine.
During his leisure he was surrounded by his horses and rescued Siberian huskies. He was an avid supporter and volunteer for Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue and Adoption. He is survived by his wife, Penny Baker; sister, Andrea Faith; nephew, Dylan Faith; niece, Jennifer Caruso; her children, Vanessa and Jordan; uncle, Gino Simonetti; aunt, Sandra Ferrise (Frank); and aunt Lorraine Strait (Bill).
Memorial Services took place Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 3527 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85310.. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue and Adoption www.ASHRA.org.
John L. Bartolomeo
John L. Bartolomeo, 79, of Carefree died on April 4, 2012 after weeks of cardiac procedures at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.
Born in Joliet, Illinois in September of 1923, Bartolomeo was the only son of Louis and Ida Bartolomeo who also had four daughters. He attended Joliet Township High School and from there attended the University of Notre Dame to study architecture. His college career was interrupted by the war where, given his schooling, he was assigned to the Combat Engineers. In Europe he built pontoon and Bailey truss bridges throughout France and Germany.
Returning home from the war, Bartolomeo graduated from Notre Dame in the class of 1947. From there he returned to the south side of Chicago where he put in his architectural internship at the office of Elmer Carlson. He would eventually start his own architectural practice, Bartolomeo and Associates which, years later, grew into the partnership of Bartolomeo and Hansen. Being a close friend of Albert Cardinal Meyer of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bartolomeo was first known as a “church architect.” After the passing of Cardinal Meyer, Bartolomeo’s practice became more commercial and multi-unit residential.
At the age of 65, Bartolomeo closed the doors on his Chicago architectural practice to move to Carefree where he frenetically produced a second full life time’s worth of work as a sculptor in welded steel and imported marbles. As he aged, these more monumental works morphed into hand-hammered copper sculptures and jewelry. Later in life, Bartolomeo became an active member in the oratory Franciscan Church known as the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday.
Michael David Dorsey
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is mourning the loss of Engineer Paramedic
Michael David Dorsey, 33, who passed away in his home on Jan. 16, 2012. He leaves behind his wife Felisha, who is five months pregnant with their first child together.
A memorial is set from 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday at Boulder Creek High School in the Performing Arts Auditorium. Boulder Creek High School is located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem.
Mike, formerly Michael Parks, was a 15-year veteran of the fire service. He has
served as a member of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department for the last five years.
Cause of death has yet to be determined.
“It is difficult to put into words the sadness and emptiness that our organization is going through with the loss of our friend and colleague Michael Dorsey,” said Daisy Mountain Fire Chief Mark Nichols. “He was a valued member and will be greatly missed. I know
our organization is a better place for having had him here.”
An account has been established to help the Dorsey family.
Donations can be made at Chase Bank, account 2997857764, in the name of “Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities Association.”
The Daisy Mountain Fire District was formed in 1988. It covers roughly 100
square miles, and serves roughly 50,000 citizens from the communities of Anthem,
Desert Hills and New River, Arizona.
Melba Louise McCarter
Melba Louise McCarter, 81, died Jan. 4, 2012, at her Desert Hills home.
Originally from Alabama, she and her family lived seven years in Tampa, Florida where she worked briefly as a real estate agent. The family relocated to Arizona in 1978. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charles F. McCarter and her three children, Belinda, Jenny and Scott McCarter. A loving wife and mother, she was a homemaker and the "glue" that held her family together. Services were held at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Friday.
E. Lorraine Mandeville
E. Lorraine Mandeville, 93, of Black Canyon City, died on Nov. 25, 2011.
Born on March 14, 1918 in Chicago, Lorraine was married to Richard Mandeville in 1944.
During her life Mandeville worked many jobs including as a World War II airplane spotter, a therapy skills coordinator for the Red Cross and working for the League of Woman Voters.
She also was an environmental advocate, working to establish the Seattle-King County Metro Commission to clean up Lake Washington. Mandeville eventually ran for the state legislature in Utah before retiring to Black Canyon City in 1986.
During her 25 years in Black Canyon City Mandeville helped organize the Citizens Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Bureau. She was a founding member of the Black Canyon City Library and served on the Board of Directors for many years. For 20 years she continued to work weekly as a volunteer in both the library and the Tourist Bureau.
Mandeville is survived by her sister, Jane Anderson of Chicago; and by 3 sons, Michael, her caretaker the past several years, Mark, also of Black Canyon City and Jon, of Lacey, Washington. She is preceded in death by Richard Mandeville, her husband of 50 years.
Lorraine asked for her ashes to be spread at the site of her husband’s ashes, in the high country of Utah. Those wishes will be carried out in the spring of 2012. A memorial service will take place in Black Canyon City at a yet to be determined date. For details call 623-374-9585.
Sindy Kay Wilson
Sindy Kay Wilson, 43, of Phoenix, lost her battle with cancer on Nov. 1, 2011.
. Born March 24, 1968, her family moved to the Desert Hills area in the spring of 1973. She attended New River Elementary, Deer Valley Junior High and then graduated from Deer Valley High School.
Wilson enjoyed the rural lifestyle, riding horses and competing in the gymkhanas at G’s Arena.
Wilson worked at the Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped where she had a passion for helping others.
She is survived by her 2 children, Kamille and Eric; parents Kenny Wilson, Karolyn and Jim Jackson; grandmother, Nedra Jones; 1 brother, Scott Wilson and his wife Mary; 3 sisters, Sheryl Kibler and her husband Danny, Stephanie Wilson and Colleen Jackson along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her soul mate, Eddie Shelton.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering is in the process of being scheduled. If you would like to reach the family to obtain information about the service email email@example.com.
Tommy “Tom” Trease, 67, of Riverside, Wyoming died Sept. 18, 2011 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Tom was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Wadsworth, Ohio to Ralph and Clara Trease. He grew up in Wadsworth until 1960, when the family moved to Arizona.
Trease served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.
Trease was self-employed in construction, auto mechanics and the bar and grille business, owning The Roadrunner in New River and most recently the Mangy Moose in Riverside.
On June 23, 1985, he married Dyancia “Dee” Swing.
He enjoyed Nascar, hunting, and working in his barn on many projects. He was a member of the Bill Williams Mountain Men Group in Arizona and the America Legion Post 6 in Cheyenne.
Tom is survived by his wife, Dee; son, Mitch; stepson, Eddie Swing; 2 stepdaughters, Angie (Dan) Lara and Tammy Swing; brother, Carl; and 2 sisters, Joan and Toni.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Brenda.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
Sharon Anne Solon
Sharon Anne (Anderson) Solon, 68, longtime resident of Cave Creek, passed away August 5, 2011.
Sharon was born June 12, 1943 in Seattle, Washington and resided most of her adult life in Arizona. She worked as a medical transcriptionist in Phoenix for many years before retiring in 2008 to the Oro Valley area near Tucson.
She was a lover of nature who particularly enjoyed hiking and photographing the southwest desert. Solon will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, smile, courage, tenacity, adventurous spirit and a heart as big as Montana.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frederick Anderson. Sharon is survived by her mother, Bonnie Anderson of Granite Falls, Washington, one brother, Tim Anderson, of Tucson; 3 sisters, Daphne Godejohn (Rod Miles) of Everett, Washington, Debbie Moy of Prosser, Washington, and Kelly Gilbert (David) of Granite Falls, Washington. She is also survived by her daughter, Shannon Smith Huggins, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, two sons, Brett Solon (Marcie) of Peoria and Shawn Solon (Angie) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, seven grandchildren, and her former husband, Don Solon, of Anthem.
A remembrance celebration will take place on Sunday. Please contact a family member for additional information. Memorial donations may be made in Sharon’s name to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20077.
Rolf Balchen Waage
Rolf Balchen Waage died September 10, 2011 at the age of 80 in the Prescott VA Hospital.
Waage was born July 11, 1931 in New York. He moved to Arizona in 1964, living in New River for more than 25 years with his loving companion Gloria Palmer.
He is survived by 1 daughter, Carol and her husband Scott O’Neal; 1 son, Rolf and his wife Jenny; and 4 grand children, Katie, Cody, Jaelyn and Thomas.
John (JJ) Ward, 87, long-time New River resident, died Aug. 16 during a routine medical procedure.
Ward was born Nov. 4, 1923 in Chapmanville, West Virginia and grew up swimming and fishing along the Guyandotte River, and hiking the hills and hollers around the little village. At the outset of World War II he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine where he served as a radio officer. He remained in the service through three wars (WWII, Korean, and Vietnam). Ships he sailed on were mostly tankers, hauling oil and aviation fuel to U.S. air bases. He spent the first few months of WWII in convoys to Murmansk, Russia, dodging the Nazi wolf packs. Later in the war he transitioned to the South Pacific, providing aviation fuel to several island bases. In-between the wars, he was a navigator, flying DC-3s for Pan-American Grace (PANAGRA) Airways in South America, and TWA Airlines in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He was a Flight Service Specialist for the FAA, providing weather information and filing flight plans for general aviation pilots. He was a free-lance writer, penning articles for several magazines, including "Arizona Senior World", "Arizona" Sunday Supplement, "Wonderful West Virginia", "Goldenseal", "Much Ado About Mensa", "Desert Advocate", "Playboy", and many others. He was editor of Grand Canyon College newspaper, "Canyon Echoes", and the Gallops Island Radio Association newsletter, "Spark Gap". He moved to Arizona in 1963, and to New River in 1979. He was an avid gardener, growing lush gardens eventually launching the annual Sweet Onion Festival, a popular event in Rock Springs. He is survived by his wife, Carol Zimmerman; two sons, James Ward and David Ward; one daughter, Barbara Ward; one granddaughter Ashley Ward; two grandsons, Michael Ward and Nicholas Ward; two brothers, Fred Ward and Gene Ward; and one sister, Freda Spencer. A memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sept. 6 at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery on Cave Creek Road. Friends will gather for a pot-luck at 1 p.m. at the New River Senior Center.
Barbara J. Gaskins
Barbara J. Gaskins, of Cave Creek, died in her sleep on July 9 on a cruise in the Inland Passage of the Pacific Northwest at the age of 63.
Born in McCook, Neb., Gaskins earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Nebraska in 1970.
Gaskins decided to attend law school at the urging of her husband Ken. She would eventually become the first woman administrator in Creighton University’s School of Law.
Gaskins went on to graduate first in her class from Creighton in 1976 and clerked for Judges Donald P. Lay and Donald R. Ross at the Eighth Circuit.
In 1978 she was appointed assistant dean by then Dean Rodney Shkolnick, and was the first woman to hold an administrative position in the law school. She was named associate dean in 1990.
Gaskins received the Mary Lucretia Award from the Creighton University Committee on the Status of Women in 2000 for her work as a role model of accomplishment for women. She was recognized for her 25 years of service to the University in 2004.
Known for her quick wit, charm and sincerity, Gaskins took her role seriously as the assistant dean, the one who had to enforce the rules among the students.
She served on the board of directors of Nebraska’s Continuing Legal Education program for 18 years.
Gaskins retired from the School of Law in 2007 and moved with her husband to Cave Creek. Gaskin is survived by her husband, Ken and their son John, who lives in Lincoln, Neb.
A memorial service for Gaskins will at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Creighton School of Law . A service was held on Friday at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary in Scottsdale.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek.
Jason Henry Williamson
Jason Henry Williamson, 85, a nationally prominent watercolorist, died June 14, 2011 in Scottsdale.
Born March 20, 1926, in Bristol, Virginia, he volunteered for the US Army Air Corps during World War II. After graduating from Emory and Henry College, Williamson moved to Memphis, TN, where he was the owner of a commercial art agency, Art Director at the Memphis College of Art, and owner of The Golden Fleece Art Gallery in Memphis and later locally in Carefree.
He was selected as a signature member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society and was a founding member of the Southern Watercolor Society and the “22 by 30” Painters of Arizona. Williamson discovered the color concept of “Black Azure” and was the Featured Artist in The World’s Fair in 1984. He is survived by his son Major General (Ret) Robert Jason Williamson (Darlene) and daughter Jan Williamson Brucker (Ed) both of Memphis, daughter Mary Guthrie Solon (Don) of Anthem, AZ, and was preceeded in death by his son, Mark Fielding Williamson (Rebecca). He is also survived by his sister, Colein Keyt of Scottsdale, two nephews, Richard Keyt (Carol) and Norm Keyt (Kathy) of Phoenix, and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., June 25 at the Historic Church at the Cave Creek Museum in Cave Creek. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or Cave Creek Museum at P.O. Box 1, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.
Annabelle Brain, 91, of Cave Creek died on May 13, 2011.
Born Jan. 3, 1920 in Washingtonville, Ohio, Brain spent the last 20 plus years of her life in Cave Creek.
She is survived by her 4 children, Nancy Scullion of Phoenix, Arlene Brown of Dallas, Sonny Hively of Cave Creek and Susie Peterson of Cave Creek; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.
Celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Peterson residence in Cave Creek. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of Arizona at americanhospice.com/arizona/donations.
William Richard McIlroy
William Richard McIlroy, 81, of New River, died on May 1, 2011.
Bill was born June 20, 1929 in Dunkirk, NY. He spent his youth in Washington, Pa. before joining the United States Army Air Corps at the end of WWII. Most of his time in the air corps was spent with the 10th Rescue Squadron in Nome, Ala.
Upon returning from the service he married Margaret French and raised three children. Most of his working years were spent as a carpenter and construction superintendent. Later he built specialty cabinets.
In 1978 he moved to Phoenix where he continued to work in construction. In 1985 he married Carol Greve Rezek. The couple lived in New River for 26 years together.
Bill was preceeded in death by his oldest son William Charles and is survived by his wife, Carol; three children, Colleen McIlroy of Ponotoc, Miss., James French McIlroy of Raleigh, NC, step-daughter Rhonda Entsler of Glendale; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
At Bill’s request, in lieu of flowers the family is suggesting donations to a scholarship fund for grandson Cameron Rezek.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday at National Memorial Cemetery, located at Cave Creek Road and Pinnacle Peak. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Sunday at Palmcroft Baptist Church, located at 15825 N. 35th Ave. in Phoenix. For details on services or regarding donations contact the church at 602-863-0945 or Best Funeral Home at 623-486-1955.
Constance Winters Bennett
Constance Winters Bennett 83, passed away on April 19, 2011 in Surprise.
Connie was born on June 17, 1927. She attended Stephens College and Indiana University (Class of 1948) and was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority.
Connie’s lifelong interests were gardening, birding and the arts. She resided in Green Valley, until moving to the Phoenix area in 2004. She was a parishioner of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in Anthem.
She is survived by son Robert M. Bennett Jr. (fiancée Frances Fontanazza) of Milwaukee, Wis.; daughter Anne Louise Smith (Karl) and beloved grandsons Bennett and Aydan Smith of Scottsdale.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday in Phoenix. For specific details, call 602-363-4376.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund at the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) has been established. Contributions may be called in to 480-481-8147 or sent to the Desert Botanical Garden, Constance Bennett Memorial Fund, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008.
Joan Richardson, of Grand Junction, Colo. died on March 22, 2011.
Richardson was a former resident of Cave Creek and a teacher in the Cave Creek School district.
She is survived by her husband, Carl; her two sons, Paul and Scott; one daughter, Pam and seven grandchildren.
Condolences can be sent to the family at 531 23 Road, Grand Junction, Colo., 81503.
William F. "Bill" Williams
William F. "Bill" Williams, 77, of Cave Creek died on Oct. 29, 2010.
Williams graduated from Elyria, Ohio School in 1945.
He joined the Army at the age of 17, serving during World War II and was honorably discharged. Bill attended Ohio State University, where he graduated as an Industrial Engineer in 1956. During his time at Ohio State Williams married Mary K. Waldron.
Williams’ career included time with companies such as Kinear Rolling Door, North American Aviation, Dupont Chemical and the U.S. Pentagon, before joining General Electric Co. in Phoenix in 1959.
After spending 10 years living in Fairfield, CT., Williams founded his own consulting company, Wide World Systems, and relocated back to Arizona, settling in Cave Creek in 1979. Along with travelling internationally for work he enjoyed hiking the desert, landscaping, painting and writing. He authored two books, Automated Information Retrieval, published in 1965 as well as the novel Cross Purpose, published in 2001.
Williams was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda B. Williams; his son, Larry Williams; and his grandson Colin Campbell.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary K. Williams; 2 daughters, Monica Smith, and Kathy Williams and 3 grandchildren, Michael Smith, Rachel Smith and Lawrence Williams.
Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, located at 36811 N. Pima Road. A reception will be at the church.
Interment will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 23015 N. Cave Creek Road. Visit www.hansenmortuary.com to send online condolences.
John J. Kahn
John J. Kahn, 91, of Black Canyon City, passed away Sept. 28, 2010.
He served honorably in the United States Army National Guard.
Services will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rose Catholic Church at 2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle in Anthem. Arrangements entrusted to A. L. Moore Grimshaw.
Bruce A. Burns
Bruce A. Burns, 68, of Anthem, died on September, 11, 2010
onboard a commercial airliner enroute to Seoul, Korea.
He was born on April 25, 1942, in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in the Maplewood New Jersey community.
He graduated from high school and later served in the Army National Guard of New Jersey. He graduated from the National Aviation Academy, St. Petersburg, FL in 1967. He began his aviation career in the 1960s as a flight instructor and became a corporate pilot for Jet America, Jet Atlanta and Fuqua Industries. He flew for Air Cal in California and then flew for American Airlines until his retirement in 2002. He continued his love of aviation by flying part-time for Global Aircraft Services.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 38 years, Darlene. He was preceded
in death by his parent, William and Marion Burns; and 1 brother, Gordon.
His hobbies included flying, playing guitar, riding motorcycles, his pets, racing, laughing and being with friends and family.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial reception from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Ironwood Clubhouse, Anthem Golf and Country Club. In lieu of flowers, Darlene asks that all donations be sent to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Az 85014 or www.hov.org.
Rita C. Nolan
Rita C. Nolan, 67, of Phoenix, died on Aug. 21, 2010
after a year-long battle with cancer.
Nolan was born on April 22, 1943 in Sioux, Iowa where she grew up on a farm with 13 siblings.
Nolan moved to Arizona in 1966 going into business for herself until the 1990s when she sold her Newtone Speaker Business. From there she went on to be a newspaper carrier for The Arizona Republic where she served many friends and customers on her route covering New River, Anthem and
Nolan enjoyed mentoring young girls as a Girl Scout leader and as a member of a bowling league.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Nolan. She is survived by 4 daughters, Annette, Melissa, Miranda and Amanda; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Closed services will be held. Donations can be made to the Susan G. Koman Foundation, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, Tx 75265-0309 or Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, Az 85014.
Carl A. Mellberg
Carl A. Mellberg Sr., 79, of Phoenix died on July 19, 2010.
He was born on Feb. 3, 1931 in Cheboygan, Mi.
Mellberg joined the Marines at the age of 16. The Korean War veteran served 10 years in the military.
Following his military career he worked as the owner and operator of bakeries throughout his life while also working for Universal Services on the Alaskan pipeline.
Mellberg was a member of the NRA, loved the Lord, his family and his country. He enjoyed joking, singing and baseball.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois; 1 son, Carl Mellberg Jr.; 3 daughters, Cheryl Jordan, Linda Mellberg, and Jackie Fucci; 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Beverley L. Stutesman
Beverley L. Stutesman,77, of Phoenix died on April 24, 2010.
Stutesman is survived by 2 daughters, Regina Stutesman-Laws of Phoenix, and Melanie Stutesman of Mesa; and one son, Charles of Wisconsin.
Funeral Services were May 1, 2010 at High Mesa Airpark in Safford. Shadow Mountain Mortuary was entrusted with the Arrangements
Sandra Jo Campbell Pearson
Sandra Jo Campbell Pearson, 63, of Scottsdale died March 10, 2010.
Sandi, was born Oct. 19, 1946 in Coral Gables, Fla.
After growing up in Florida she worked in the investment industry, working for several national brokerage firms living with her daughter Shelley in Florida, California and in Georgia.
Pearson ended her career at Charles Schwab and Associates in San Francisco, where she met her husband Will Pearson.
After marrying the couple moved to Scottsdale where they spent time golfing, playing tennis, travelling and enjoying friends. Sandi also spent her time playing piano, gardening and cooking. She also served as president of Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak, where she raised funds for the education of homeless children.
The couple run Pages bookstore in Cave Creek.
Sandi is survived by her husband Will, four children, Shelley Mulligan, Kelly Hawley, Sean Pearson and GayLynn Beason; one sister, Cheri Morris; two brothers, Bill and Don Campbell; and 10 grandchildren.
Services took place Saturday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, in Scottsdale. Donations can be made to C.A.R.E. Cancer Awareness Research and Education, P.O. Box 3740, Carefree, AZ, 85377
D. Dean Webber
D. Dean Webber, of Phoenix, died on March 2, 2010 at the age of 76.
Webber was born near Jefferson, Iowa on Oct. 13, 1933.
Dean was an operating engineer and heavy duty mechanic with Road Machinery Co. in Phoenix for 25 years. He rode bulls in rodeos as a young man and later became an avid team roper and also served with the Paradise Valley Mounted Sheriffs Posse.
Dean is survived by his ex-wife, N. Leslee Webber, sister Ellie Johnson, his son Larry Webber (Jaimi) and daughter Cheryl Stephens (Scott), five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3030 E. Thunderbird Road; followed by a celebration of his life at Stephen’s arena.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Valley Lutheran High School, 5199 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013
Vance A. Larson
Vance A. Larson, 58, of Cave Creek died on Feb. 14, 2010 after a three-year fight with cancer.
Vance A. Larson, a prolific and world-renowned artist of cave and spirit paintings and abstract expressionism, was found dead in his Cave Creek, Arizona home on February 14th. He had been fighting cancer for over three years.
Larson was born on June, 15 1951 in Lincoln, Nebraska to John Bertrand Larson and Shirley Glynn Lockwood.
During his youth his family lived in the Minneapolis area, and later in Concord, Mass. and Manchester, Conn. He studied at Paier School of Art in New Haven, Conn., and later at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
In his early career Larson was a charcoal and pastel portrait artist in New Orleans and throughout the U.S., earning praise for his black and white portraits. In 1980 he moved to Southern California and began painting dreamlike abstract pastels of soft yet vivid colors.
In 1995, he moved to Cave Creek, Arizona, where he developed a style of unique cave and spirit paintings and ancient hunt scenes.
During the course of his career Larson painted more than 10,000 original works of art and won more than 30 Best of Show awards in major U.S. art shows. His paintings can be viewed in prestigious office buildings and hotels, museums, and fine art galleries throughout the world.
Larson is survived by his two daughters, Athena Samuel of Jackson, Miss. and Dana Flora Ladd of Los Angeles; his mother, Shirley Lockwood Larson and step-father Bud Kraeling of Minneapolis; one brother, Mark Larson of Minneapolis, one sister, Valerie Haynes, of Gilbertsville, N.Y. and grandson, James Jacob Wells, of Jackson, Miss.
A Memorial Show of Larson’s art will be show March 5-7 at the Thunderbird Fine Art and Wine Festival in downtown Carefree.
A Remembrance Gathering will take place at 6 p.m. March 6, at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. Friends of Larson, and devotees of his art, are invited to attend.
Gust H. Nordin
Gust H. Nordin, 88, of New River died on January 26, 2010.
He was born in Ashland, Wis. Nordin was a World War II Army veteran who served in Europe with the 409th Infantry Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division.
Upon his retirement in 1990 as an auto mechanic Gust spend his winters in Arizona and his summers in Wisconsin and Illinois.
He is survived by four sons, Robert of New River, Jack of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Richard of Tempe, Peter of Poplar Grove, Ill.; four daughters, Linda Gomez of Va., Lois Ham of Middleton, Wis., Laura Stagg, Wonder Lake, Ill. and Tomi Bystrak, of Williamsville, N.Y.; 21 grand children, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road at a yet determined time and date.
Raymond Lee “Cannonball” Curtis
Raymond Lee “Cannonball” Curtis, 70, of New River, died on Jan. 15, 2010 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Ray was born April 11, 1939 in Tunkhannock, Pa. Raised in Ontario Center, Ny, Curtis joined the Navy after graduating high school in 1956.
After serving from 1958-1961 he embarked on his life-long passion in the trucking industry, where he was an owner operator for the majority of his life.
In 1967 Curtis moved to Bode, Ia where he lived from 1967-1980. During that time he married his wife Carol. In his free time he raced late model dirt cars, road horses, quads and was interested in his antique truck and tractor clubs.
After spending five years in Loveland, Colo. the couple moved to Phoenix in 1985, soon making their home in New River.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Carolyn; 3 daughters, Jenette Christonson, Julie Curtis, and Shelly Leighton; 2 sons, James Bonde and Daryl Bonde; 2 brothers, Dick Curtis and Robert Curtis; 15 grandchildren, Mitchell, Micah, Mallory, Austin, Jeremy, Katie, Ryan, Danielle, Jerry, Becky, Mikey, Andrea and Alicia; along with 15 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Bert and Elizibith Curtis.
The Curtis family thanks everyone who attended the benefit in New River last month, as well as Covenant Southwest Hospice of the North Valley and all of their staff especially Darline.
A celebration of Ray’s life will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Curtis home in New River. There will be a pot luck following the service.
Candace Rose Read of Cave Creek died Jan. 7, 2010 at the age of 62.
Candy, as she was known to friends and family, was born June 13, 1947.
Read, who lost her battle with cancer, was a long-time member and volunteer with the Desert Foothills Community Association.
A mass will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, located on the northeast corner of 28th St. and Maddock.
Donations may be made to the Wayne Wilson Children’s Charities, P.O. Box 647, Cave Creek, Az 85327.
Raymond George Cox
Raymond George Cox, 83, of Black Canyon City died on Dec. 27, 2009.
Cox was born Nov. 7, 1926 in Hastings, Sussex England. After living much of his life in England Cox became an American citizen in the ’60s spending most of his life in Arizona.
Cox met his wife, Vivian Rose Cox, in Canada. The couple was married 40 years, prior to her death.
Cox served in the Royal Australian Army Service Corps during World War II and was a member of the American Legion for more than 43 years.
Cox also served as a plant engineer for Safeway bakery for many years.
His interests included camping, fishing and gold panning. He built two cabins in Crown King, where he spent much of his time in Arizona’s outdoors with family and friends.
Cox is survived by two daughters, Cindy Overby and Tammy Early; two son-in-laws, Dennis Overby and Keith Early; and four grandchildren, Brandon and Breanna Overby and Neil and Tyler Early.
Services took place Jan. 2 at the Black Canyon City VFW Post #1796.
Margaret W Irby
Margaret W Irby, PhD, 82, of Cave Creek died on Dec. 24, 2009 at her Cave Creek home.
Irby was born Dec. 18, 1924 in Burkeville, Va., as the only child of James Samuel Wilkinson and Maggie Lee Ewing Wilkinson.
Irby spent most of the last 20 years building Home Health Resources and The Crossing Hospice Care with her partner Theresa Lungwitz RN. Irby left a private practice as a clinical psychologist, moving to Arizona to serve as the operations’ CFO, directing the contracting and accounting functions for their companies.
When she wasn't working Irby enjoyed playing golf with friends at Rancho Manana.
Before moving to Arizona she was a member of the founding faculty at Kenston Forest School in Blackstone, Va. where she served as a teacher, counseling and directing choruses and plays. She also served as the choir director at Kenbridge United Methodist Church for several years.
Irby is survived by Lungwitz, Ned, the father of her three sons Ed, Sam and Joe; two daughter-in-laws and six grandchildren.
A memorial service is set for 11:30 a.m. Monday in Margaret and Theresa’s home, 41690 Fleming Springs Road, Cave Creek at 11:30, Jan 11th. Donation may be made to The Crossing Hospice Care Foundation, 7500 Dreamy Draw, Phoenix, AZ 85020.
Kevin Bergman, of Anthem, died Dec. 13, 2009.
Kevin was a businessman, active in the Anthem community and at Fellowship Church in Anthem where he was a member.
Bergman was born in Pigeon, Michigan to parents Patricia and Gary Bergman.
He is survived by his wife, Beth of Anthem; 3 daughters, Lauren (Jose Lopez) of Surprise, Kara and Mimi of Anthem; one son, Jake; his parents; 2 brothers, Douglas and Jason; 2 grandmothers, Betty Smith of Peoria and Lois Bergman of Youngtown; two grandsons, Jose Jr. and Xavier Lopez; as well as many aunts, uncles and inlaws.
Services took place on Dec. 17 at Fellowship Church in Anthem with Pastor Ted Baird presiding.
Lois Adams, 82, of Phoenix died Nov. 18, 2009, at Cornerstone Assisted Living Center in Phoenix.
Lois was born March 2, 1927 in Norwich, New York to Cyril and Edith Hall.
Adams career included time as manager and bookkeeper with the Chenango County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, the Chenango County Fire and Windstorm Insurance Company as a bookkeeper. After moving to Arizona she continued her career in the insurance field, working at Lincoln National Insurance as an administrator before retiring in 1998.
Lois had many hobbies, including reading mystery novels, crossword puzzles, cooking and travelling.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence H. Adams, who she was married to for 54 years; three brothers-in-law Richard E. of Plymouth, N.Y., Douglas A. of Phoenix, and Myrton C. Adams of Phoenix; and three nieces, Ann Curtis, Vicki Curtis and Viki Metz all of New York.
Upon her request no services were held. Cards or contributions in Lois’ name may be made to:
Cornerstone Assisted Living Center
L. Sara Remcheck
2123 W. Maya Way
Phoenix, Az 85085-5893.