Obituaries

Smith, Nancy Louise

Nancy Louise Smith, 72, passed away on April 16, 2014 at home in Mesa surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Aurora, IL on July 15, 1941 to Frances and Stuart Burton. She was a loving wife to Zane, devoted mother to Zane Todd and Trenton Smith (Laurie), and caring grandmother to Kolbie Montoya, Rachelle Scott, and Parker Smith. She was a fun-loving sister to LaRue Burton (Ann), Francis Burton (Sue), Floyd Burton (Becky), and preceded in death by her parents, sister Fern Felty (Harold), and brother Edwin Burton (Iris). Louise worked as a model in her younger years and as an orthodontic assistant for 20 years, after raising her children. She was a member of North Mesa Baptist Church under pastor Kent McBay. She was enthusiastic about life, and faithfully attended her sons’ activities. Her home was a gathering place for food and fun. She enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, golfing, and spending time with her family. Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 East Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Webb, J. B.

 J.B. Webb, 93 of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away on April 17, 2014. He was a WW II US Army Veteran. Services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday April 24, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s fund (www.stjude.org).

Vacca, Irene “Rene”

Irene “Rene” Vacca, 80, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 12, 2014 after an extended illness. Rene is survived by her husband John of 63 years, daughters Joyce (Alan) Mulkey of Apache Junction and TinaMarie (Gary) Brackett of Mesa; her sisters Shirley (Ken) Gamo of Mesa and Pat Rizzo of California; her granddaughters Christine (Lewis), Melissa (Brandon), and Deanna; her nephew Brian; great granddaughters Hope and Athena; and great grandsons Pete and Anthony. Irene Rizzo was born May 4, 1933 in Taylor, PA and grew up in Kearny, New Jersey. In 1977 Rene and John moved to California, and then in 1980 they moved to Mesa, Arizona where they both retired from Motorola. Her favorite pastimes included cooking, gardening, traveling, crocheting, and enjoying family gatherings. She will be missed by all. On March 14, 2014 a service was held at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa for family and friends. She was laid to rest on March 19, 2014.

Brunson, Lorriane Adele

Brunson, Lorraine Adele Lorraine Adele Brunson, 89, passed away on April 13, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born to Herman and Lucile Shafer in Los Angeles, California on May 8, 1924. She was the older of two daughters. Her sister, Bernice A. Craig is deceased. She grew up in Oakland, California and graduated from Fremont High School in 1942. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1963 at the age of 39 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and taught third and fourth grades in the Isaac School District for five years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Payson and later a member of Southside Baptist Church in Tempe. She and her first husband were among the first families to move into Quonset huts in Polo Village at the University of Arizona after the Second World War. She loved to read, swim, garden, crochet and knit afghans. She made over 100 afghans and gave most of them away to friends. She was married to Robert L. Norton (Deceased), a Civil Engineer for twenty years and they had two children, Carol L. Hill (Kevin) and Barry Norton (Debbie); three grandchildren, Holly Rynne (Jon), Derek Norton (Deanne), and Kelly Clark (Ben); five great grandchildren, Ava and Dylan Rynne, and Abigail, Jacob, and Emily Norton. She was married to Riley J. Brunson (Deceased) who worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 32 years. They were married for over forty years and had one daughter, Bonnie Creighton (Kevin) and two grandsons, Connor and Dylan Creighton. She is survived by a dear nephew and his wife, David and Carol Craig and five dear friends, Suzanne Abbot, Carol Massey, Ella Lee Owens, Doris Young and Marilyn Flowers. Viewing will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona, at 9:00 a.m. with services following at 10:00 a.m.

Heath, Ivan Ray “Chico”

Ivan Heath 2Ivan Ray “Chico” Heath, 67, of Mesa, AZ passed away April 12, 2014. Mr. Heath, a business owner, was born in Valparaiso, IN. Survivors include his wife Cathy, daughter Michelle (Charles) Collison, sons Ivan Jr. (Stacey), Benjamin, and Michael (Amy), 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. The visitation for Mr. Heath will be between 5:00-7:00 pm Tuesday April 15, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will be Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 10:00 am also at Mountain View Funeral Home.

Gilles, Helen Evelyn

Helen Evelyn Gilles, 78 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on April 10, 2014. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday April 18, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Oakes, Nannie Sue

Nannie Sue Oakes, 90, of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday April 7, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Oakes, a housewife, was born in Obion, TN. She is survived by her daughters Kathy Neblett and Paulette Schaier, 2 sisters Thelma and Bea, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation for Mrs. Oakes from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday April 10, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Friday April 11, 2014 at Mesa Church of Christ, 1223 E. Dana Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204.

Brown, Donald Lynn

Donald Lynn Brown, 69, of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday April 6, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Brown, an engineering manager in telecommunications, was born in Beaumont, TX. Survivors include his wife Karen Brown, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 1 brother, and 5 grandchildren. The visitation for Mr. Brown will be at 9:00 am Friday April 11, 2014 with the funeral starting at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Erickson, Marlene A. & Joseph A.

Joseph A. Erickson passed on April 4, 2014. Marlene A. Erickson passed on April 3, 2014. Both of Mesa, Arizona. “Father and Mother of many”. “Loved by all”. Services will be held Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207. No gathering will be held after the service.

Solazzo, Ida

Ida Solazzo, 89, of Gold Canyon, AZ peacefully passed away from complications of pneumonia, surrounded by her family, on March 28, 2014. She was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Arizona in 1976 from Lake Forest, IL. Mrs. Solazzo was a member of St. George Catholic Church. Her loving husband Joseph P. Solazzo of 57 years preceded her in death in 2004. She is survived by her two children, son, Thomas J. (Susan) Solazzo of Bartlett, IL and daughter, Linda Solazzo of Gold Canyon, AZ, 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren: Michael and (Abby) Solazzo and their sons, Benjamin and Andrew of St Charles, IL; Joseph J. Solazzo of South Elgin, IL; Lisa (Solazzo) and David DiRienzo and son Jack of South Elgin, IL; brother-in law and sister-in-law Frank and Josephine Solazzo of Wood Dale, IL; first cousins, Jackie and (Bob) Radeka of Mesa, AZ and Ann Rock of Mesa, AZ and all her loving nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St George Catholic Church, 300 E. 16th Ave. Apache Junction, AZ on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. with procession following to St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ

Olson, Amy Lucy

Amy Lucy Olson, 87, of Tempe passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014  She was a cherished wife and mother and a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for more than 60 years.  She is survived by her son Douglas (Penney), daughters Devon Jeanette Noll (Don) and Kathy Schoenbaechler (Don), five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ben. A memorial service will be held Friday April 4, 2014 10:30 am at the Friendship Village Skirm Auditorium, 2645 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the PEO Educational Loan Fund would be appreciated at www.peointernational.org.

Trevino, Enrique D.

Enrique D. Trevino of Apache Junction, AZ passed away March 26, 2014 at his home in Apache Junction. He was 73. Enrique was born January 31, 1941 in McNary, TX to Lazaro and Delores (Deleon) Trevino. He was a former resident of California and New Mexico and made a living as a landscaper. Enrique is survived by his daughters: Nancie Stroot, June Trevino-Vega and Dorothy Sanchez; sons Henry Trevino Jr. and Anthony Trevino, sister Bertha Lujan, brothers: Armando Trevino, Lazaro Trevino and Art Trevino; grandchildren: Annette, Stephanie, Jason, Nick, Brittany, Aaron, Kail, Salina, Brooke, Bridget, Taylor, Devin, Alexandra, Jessica, Alex and Alissa; great grandchildren: Jacob, Ryan, Audrina, Carter, Austin, Chandler, Alexia, Addy and Jayse. A memorial mass will be held Thursday April 3, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. Georges Roman Catholic Parish, 300 E. 16th Ave. Apache Junction, AZ 85119. Contributions may be made to the Enrique Trevino Memorial Fund at Bank of America.

Hales, Don Gerald

Don Gerald Hales, 71, of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday March 17, 2014, in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Hales, a BYU graduate and auto salvage owner, was born in Provo, UT. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, daughters: Lisa Hales, Christine Holt, and Amy Tramondo; sons Derek Tramondo and Bill McGann, sister Deanne DeBruyn of Oregon, brother David Hales of Hawaii, and grandchildren: Dominik, Jared, Jacob, Alexandria, and Nyah. He was preceded in death by his parents Don and Vera Hales. There will be a Celebration of Don’s Life held at 1:00pm Saturday March 29, 2014 at VFW Post 7968, 250 S. Phelps Dr., Apache Junction, AZ 85120.

Handel, Craig Allen

Craig Allen Handel, 56, passed away at home from pancreatic cancer on February 27, 2014.  Craig was born in St. Paul, MN on June 29, 1957, son of Harold and Mable Handel. He graduated  in 1975 from Hopkins Eisenhower High School in Hopkins, MN. He joined ROTC while attending college at Mankato State University in Mankato, MN. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1982. After graduating he began serving as a Military Intelligence Officer until 1993, earning several medals and attaining the rank of Captain.   He then served in the  Reserves and attained the rank of Major.    He met his wife Irmgard while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. They were married on November 27, 1986, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He and his wife owned The Grand Antique Mall in Mesa, AZ. He was an admired business owner. He loved traveling and spending time at their lake home in Nevis, MN.  He is predeceased by his wife, Irmgard, who died on January 13, 2014, and by a niece Ashlie Hill. He is survived by his parents, Harold and Mable Handel, brother Michael (Lisa), sister Carmen Hill (David), brother Scott (Lynn), 11 nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.  A Celebration of Life service was held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St.  Mesa, AZ, at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 7. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Ironwood Cancer Center, or Banner Hospice.

Swinford, Rachel Alphonsine

Rachel Alphonsine Swinford, 91 of Mesa, AZ passed away on 3/24/2014 at home after living a long
full life. She was born November 8, 1922 to Leopold and Emma Heyninck in Rock
Island, IL, where she attended high school. She married James A. Swinford in
St. Paul’s Rectory, Rock Island, IL October 23, 1945. Preceding her in death
were her husband James Swinford, parents Emma and Leopold, brother Alphonse,
sisters Augusta McCarthy, Leona Verschoore, and Elodie Colman. She is survived
by daughters: Debra Peterson of Mesa, AZ; Susan Kammerman of Mesa, AZ; Sally
Swinford of Tucson, AZ; Sherry Swinford of Evansville, IN; daughters and
sons-in-law: Gale and Mario Garcia of Sun City West, AZ; Bonnie and Tom Proksch
of Lake Warren, IL, sons and daughters-in-law: Dennis and Dianne Swinford of
Aledo, IL; Gary and Miyori Swinford of Columbus, MS. She was blessed with 12
grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was a volunteer at Del Webb
Hospital and resale gift shop in Sun City West for 12 years. She was a former
member of the Red Hat Society and she enjoyed spending time with her family and
friends, traveling, oil painting, decorating hats, making jewelry and playing
cards. Private services will be held with her family. We would like to extend
our Blessings to the Nurses and staff of Hospice of the Valley for their
wonderful care and support. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Valley,
2020 Woodside Ct., Gilbert, AZ 85297.

Hill, Richard Allen

Richard Allen Hill 67 of Queen Creek, AZ, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 67. He was born on May 15, 1946 in Charleston, IL and was the youngest son of George and Eunice Hill. He served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1973. He retired from EMC Corporation in 2009 after 42 years of service. He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 47 years, three sons, Jeff and wife Jenny of Baton Rouge, LA, Michael and wife Alesha from Prairieville, LA and Chris and wife April from Queen Creek, AZ. Also five wonderful
grandchildren; Jordan, Beau, Shelby, Carter and Zachary. He also leaves one sister, Georgia Tache of Illinois; several nieces and nephews; a special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stephen and Lisa Peeples of Carrolton, GA and many special friends. A visitation was held on Friday March 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek, AZ followed by graveside service at San Tan Memorial Gardens in Queen Creek, AZ at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Roopville Road Baptist Church, Bldg Fund, 835 N. Highway 27, Roopville, GA 30170 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Schweitzer, Ida Fae Rose

Ida Fae Rose Schweitzer, 89, passed away Saturday, March 15th in Mesa, AZ
after a short illness. Mrs. Schweitzer was born in Gary, IN. Preceded in death
by her daughter Rosann Marie, she is survived by her husband Robert John Schweitzer,
daughter Mary (Michael) Pfeiffer, sons Robert and Joseph Schweitzer, brother
Arthur (Anne) Provenzano, 4 grandchildren Robert (Seanna), Tony, Jenna (Daryn),
Rebecca (Nick), 5 great grandchildren Molly, Gracie, Claire, Jaelyn, and Zaiah.
She was a longtime member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. A loving Wife,
Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother always putting their welfare before
her own. A funeral was held at 2:00 pm Thursday, March 20th at Mountain
View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ 85207.

Hastings, Darleen G.

Darleen G. Hastings passed away March 15, 2014 at the age of 85.  She was born May 30, 1928 to Abraham Isaac and Helen Geiman in Hoisington, Kansas.  She graduated from Colorado Women’s College in 1948.  She taught school in Crawford, Colorado for one year before returning to finish her art degree at Kansas University in 1951.  Darleen married James Fredrick Hastings in June 1951.  After the wedding, she worked as a designer for Hallmark Cards with her art degree. She loved working with paints and pastel chalk. She is survived by her husband Jim of 62 years and 5 of her 6 children Susan and husband Kernit, Nancy and husband David, Elizabeth and husband William, James and wife Susan, Barbara and husband Donald, 17 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Joyce and her favorite daughter Sally Ann Hastings Johnson Latsch. Our family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for all of their loving and kind support.  We could not have made it without them.  A funeral was held at 10:00 am Thursday, March 20th at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ 85207 In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of the Valley in Darleen’s honor as we greatly loved Sheri Pape and Jenny Frazier.

Carbone, Mary M.

Mary Margaret Carbone, 72, passed away on March 14, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Carbone,
a Special Needs Teacher Assistant was born in Belle, WV. She is survived by her
husband Carmene J. Carbone, daughter Desiree Blanco, sons James Carbone (Kelly)
and Carmene S. Carbone (Karen), grandchildren Christopher Carbone, Carl Carbone
(Whitney), Kimberly Carbone, Kathleen Carbone, Ceci Carbone, Steven Blanco III
(Kayla), Alyssia Blanco, Maree Blanco, Anthony Blanco, Kayleigh Reynolds, and
Tristain Carbone. A funeral was held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 18th at
Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ 85207

Liston, Marion Y.

Marion Y. Liston, 86, of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday March 12, 2014 in Mesa,
AZ. Mrs. Liston, a homemaker, was born in Albright, WV. Survivors include her
daughters: Randa Thompson, Karla Liston and Krista Liston, grandchildren: Lisa Schmidt,
Amy Yarger, Jeremy Partin, and Daniel Partin, and 13 great-grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by her husband Randolph O. Liston, Jr. Private services
were held.

Bernard, Edward Ray

Edward Ray Bernard passed away on March 6th, 2014. He was surrounded by family and friends, including wife Mindy, daughter Emily, stepdaughter Hailey, sisters Mary and Sandi, and brother Joe. In his 57 years Eddie Ray was a loving husband and father, a supportive brother and friend, and a driven entrepreneur and outdoorsman. He served in the Army National Guard for six years and spent over 35 years in the Phoenix construction industry, most recently starting B Squared Builders and toasting 2013 as their most successful year to date. He lived for his family, particularly the adoring dogs and his hunting and camping trips with treasured friends. His moustache and smile were unforgettable. His generosity, courage, relentless positivity, and striking work ethic inspired all those around him. As a Mesa resident for over 45 years, a graduate of Mesa High School, a Mesa Community College student, and a Mesa business owner, his contributions to the community are notable. He was a great man and will be missed each and every day. For anyone who wishes to say goodbye and celebrate Eddie Ray’s life, a viewing was held on Saturday, March 15th, 9am at Harvest Community Church, 3065 S Ellsworth Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212 (480-354-0680). Memorial services followed at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made in Eddie Ray’s name to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative: www.sarcomahelp.org.

Miller, Robert Lee

Robert Lee Miller, 89, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on March 8, 2014. He was a veteran of the US
Marine Corps. Services were held at 11:00 am Saturday March 15, 2014 at Mountain
View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Keller, Brian Wayne

Brian Wayne Keller, 54, of Chandler, AZ passed away Saturday March 8, 2014 in
Chandler, AZ. Mr. Keller, a quality control technician, was born in Phoenix,
AZ. Mr. Keller served with the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army.
He is survived by his father Ronald Walter Keller, and brothers Philip Alan
Keller and Kenneth Michael Keller. Services were held at 11:00 am Thursday March
13, 2014 at National Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ
85024.

Lower, Steven Allen

Steven Allen Lower, 49, passed away March 14, 2014 in Apache Junction, AZ. Steven is the beloved son of Kathleen Marshall. He was born May 24, 1964 in Mesa, AZ and worked as a medical assistant. He is survived by his mother Kathleen and stepfather Kevin Marshall, sister Toni Henze, brother Michael Ochoa (Derek), niece Jennifer (Fernando) Gaona, niece Crystle Henze, nephew Timothy Sidener, grandniece Sofia Gaona, grandnephew Wesley Sidener and his beloved Chihuahua Scrappy. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Lower and grandnephew Cameron Sidener. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Steven’s life at 2:00pm Sunday Mar. 23, 2014 at Harmony Community Baptist Church, 10701 E. Boulder Dr. Apache Junction, AZ 85120.

Warring, Donald L. Sr.

Donald WarringDonald was called Home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 3, 2014. He is preceded in death by his grandson Kyle. He is survived by his wife Molly, sons Don Jr. and Ted, daughter-in-law Suzi, eight grandchildren Ricky, Brynn, Kenny, Mary, Carolyn, Alicia, Alex, Nia, as well as five great-grandchildren. He was a long time resident of Arizona and was born in Oil City, PA on November 8, 1939. He was a construction superintendent and builder extraordinaire, but most of all a family man. Don was beloved by all that had the privilege to know him and will be greatly missed. A visitation will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm with funeral services beginning at 2:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E Main St. in Mesa. A memorial and celebration of his life will begin at 3PM at Skyline Fellowship, 10115 E University Dr. in Mesa.

Mayer, Betty P.

Mayer, Mary webPenny entered heaven on Feb. 23, 2014 in Payson at the age of 98. She was a resident of Mesa and Payson, AZ. She and her husband spent their early years as owners of 66 hair salons, three cosmetology schools, wig studios, and a travel agency. Later their daughter assumed management as they enjoyed their retirement traveling in their motorhome. She was licensed with the Securities Exchange Commission in PA. She served her community as a member and president of the Mesa Women’s Club and The Welcome Wagon Club. She also enjoyed square dancing and ceramics. The Senior Centers of both Mesa and Payson provided her with tremendous fellowship. Penny was preceded in death by her husband Raymond E. Mayer and grandson Devry Phelps. Survived by daughter Donna Phelps (Wayne), granddaughter Nicole Phelps Curtis (Jay) great grandsons Chase, Austin, Hayden, Brayden, and Jackson and great granddaughter Camryn. At her request no services will be held.

Hansen, Georgia F.

Hansen, Georgia web Georgia Fae Hansen,88, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mrs. Hansen was born in Orchard, Nebraska. Preceeded in death by her son Craig Stephen Hansen, she is survived by her husband Adrian L. Hansen, two daughters Gail Verbil (Thomas) and Kay Fontana (David), sister in law Cheryl Zimmerman, 5 grandchildren James Verbil, Jennifer Alarcon (Ricky), Jason Fontana (Natasha), Jamie Galea (Carmelo), Jessica Fontana (Brandon), and 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held 2:00 pm Monday, March 3rd at Mountain View Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ

Zhang, Tao

Zhang TaoTao Zhang, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday February 22, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. The visitation will start at 2:00 pm, followed by the service at 2:30 pm, Saturday March 1, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85207.

Cvar, Anne Sofia

Anne Sofia Cvar, 97, of Apache Junction Arizona passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Apache Junction, Arizona. There will be a visitation between 1:00 and 2:00 pm for Mrs. Cvar followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm Monday February 24, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Alexander, Steve Miller

Steve Alexander CroppedSteve Miller Alexander, “Rode Into The Wind” with our Lord on February 10, 2014 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Arizona after a long battle with cancer.  Steve was born on October 18, 1952 in Leavenworth, Kansas the son of Janet Moulden Alexander and Ray Francis Alexander in a rural farming community.  He was married to Kris Alexander who preceded him in death August 30, 2013.  He was baptized in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Easton, Kansas.

Steve is survived by his two children Cory and Morgan, four grandchildren Michael, Darrin, Alexis and Anthony, and his sister Cheryl Alexander Holmes (Thomas).  He was preceded in death by his  wife Kris, parents, sister Mary Elaine Alexander, brother Thomas Ray Alexander, and nephew Darrin Alexander.

Steve retired from Schuff Steel Southwest, Phoenix AZ in late 2013 and was a lifetime member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local Union 75.  He took pride in his occupation as an ironworker and “doing it right the first time” which showed in his work ethic commitment.  God blessed Steve with so many special longtime friends and co-workers who will always cherish their time with him.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, February 20th at Love of Christ Lutheran Church 1525 N. Power Rd. Mesa AZ  85205. Steve Alexander

The Steve Alexander Grandchildren Memorial Fund has been established at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union to assist with special needs and education of his surviving grandchildren.  Donations can be made at any branch in honor of Steve Alexander.  For additional information call Mountain View Funeral Home (480) 832-2850

Johnston, Robert J. “Bob”

Johnston, Bob webRobert J. Johnston (Bob) passed away in his home on Monday, February 10th surrounded by the love and comfort of his family who had gathered to say farewell. At age 80 Bob had lived actively and independently up until Thanksgiving Day. Bob was born at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York on February 26th, 1933. He was baptized at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on April 9th, 1933 and received the Apostolic Rite of Laying on of Hands at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on March 14th 1948. He was active in Boy Scouts of America and an active member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also actively involved in Shriners International. He graduated from Technical High School in June of 1950. Bob married Marnetta Gertrude Johnson at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on September 24, 1955 and they were together until 1987 and they have five children. Bob entered the Army in Ft. Dix, New Jersey in 1956 and was honorably discharged at Ft. Hamilton, New York in 1958. During his time in the Army he served in the European Theater. He achieved the rank of E-5 Sergeant. As a young man Bob developed a lifelong passion for cars. He was in the automobile industry for 20 years which culminated in owning Lincoln Mercury car dealership in Buffalo, New York. Prompted by the Great Blizzard of 1977, he moved to Mesa, Arizona in August of 1977 where he began his second career in Manufactured Home sales where his was an active member of the Manufactured Housing Council. He was an owner of Howe’s Mobile Homes and held an Arizona Real Estate License. Bob was preceded in death by his father, James E.F. Johnston whose birthplace was Limestone New York; his mother, Elizabeth Jackson Johnston whose birthplace was England; and his brother Paul E. Johnston. Surviving children are Robert J. Johnston, Jr.; James H. Johnston; Kenneth R. Johnston; Donald P. Johnston; Patricia E. Johnston Ricker all of Mesa, Arizona; and Suzanne R. Johnston Armstrong of Houston Texas. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren. End of life care was provided by the loving staff of Promise Hospital of Mesa and Hallmark Hospice of Mesa from whom Bob received tender care that was greatly appreciated by the family. Services will be held on Thursday, February 13th at Mountain View Memorial Gardens located at 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona 85207. There will be a viewing at 2:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org.

Palella, Joan Marjorie

Joan Marjorie Palella, 80 of Mesa, AZ was taken into the arms of the Lord February 8, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank, her 3 children: Linda, Steven, and David; 4 grandchildren: Nicole, Kristen, Colton, and Renato, and 3 great-grandchildren: Ailee, Eban, and Paizley. A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday,
February 13, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, with a visitation prior at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to Gideon International at www.gideons.org.

Ponzetti, Paul Ernest Jr.

Ponzetti, Paul WebPaul Ernest Ponzetti Jr., 61, of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Ponzetti, a retired Honeywell employee, was born in Greensburg, PA. Survivors include his wife Kathleen Ponzetti, daughter Charlotte Fetsco, son Paul Ponzetti III, sisters Paulette Semenko and Terri King, and  grandchildren: Karleigh, Taylor, Sarah and Savannah Fetsco, and Kyler and Dominic Ponzetti. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Evelyn Ponzetti. Services will be at 2:00 pm Friday February 14, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Coutu, Elona Eve

Elona E. Coutu, 61, of Mesa, AZ passed away February 2, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Elona was born in Mesa, AZ. Finally after 10+ years fighting 3 different cancers and the aftermath of those, she was diagnosed with ALS in October and she didn’t have enough fight to carry on. She will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Michael L. Coutu, daughters Bobbi (Mike) Olson, Buffy (Rodney) Reyes, stepdaughters Jacque (Tod) Watson, Stephanie (Tony)Nunez, stepson Michael A. (Shalana) Coutu, sister Sue (Charles) Hawk, brothers Donnie (Debbie) Freeman, Bill (Nonie) Hartzeu and 11 grandchildren. Services to be held at a later date.

Griffin, Ronald W.

Ronald W. Griffin, 57, Of Mesa, AZ passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Griffin, an ADOT Technician, was born in Phoenix, AZ. Survivors include his wife Mia Griffin, daughter Abby Penney, son Ryan Griffin, brother William Griffin, grandchildren Alyssa, Chase, Madison, and Cael. A visitation will be held Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:00am at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207 with a funeral service held immediately after.

Bull, Gladean Audrey

Gladean Wright Bull, 81 of Mesa, Arizona died Wednesday, January 29, 2014. She was born to the late Earnest and Dorothy Wright, October 3, 1932 in Edinboro, PA. After retiring from Edinboro State University, she relocated to Arizona. Gladean attended St. Louis School of Music and enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She taught several students piano and organ lessons, and was a church organist for several years. Gladean is survived by her dear friend and companion Donald Register of Mesa, AZ; her sister Kay Green of Mesa, AZ; three children: Carol Bull-Loring of Largo, FL; Richard Bull and his wife Angela of Cambridge Springs, PA; and Sherri Bull-Beebe of Phoenix, AZ. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to American Cancer Society or Banner Gardens Hospice House, 7231 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85208.

McPhee, Bradley

Bradley McPhee webBrad has gone home to be with the Lord on Jan. 29, 2014. He leaves behind his loving parents Father Joseph McPhee (Denise), Mother Patricia McPhee, Sister Cheri McPhee (Kelly Clarke), Nephew Sean Neel (Nina) and son Nathan McPhee. He also had a Step Brother Richard Martin and Step Sister Stephanie Martin. He also leaves behind a Special Mom Diana Metcalfe, Brother Ashton Metcalfe, Sister Angelia Metcalfe. Grandmother, and numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He also Served with the United States Army 1997 -2003. Services will be held at @ 6-8 PM Mountain View Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa Arizona.

Fox, Marieta “Ann”

Marieta Ann Fox (Ann), 84, of Mesa, CA passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Fox was born in Osborne, Kansas. Survivors include her daughters Ruth and Myra, sons Eric, Kirk, and Clay, 7 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:00am at Christ the King Church, 1551 E Dana Ave, Mesa, Arizona 85204.

Klatt, John F.

John Frederick Klatt, 50, of Mesa, AZ passed away on January 18, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Klatt, a 1981 graduate of Westwood High School in Mesa was born in Oregon, Ohio. He is survived by his sister Mary Ellen Klatt, brothers Tim Klatt, Michael Bodnar, and David Bodnar. Services to be announced at a later date.

Haugland, Eugene Arthur

Eugene Arthur Haugland, 81, of Mesa, AZ, passed away on January 30, 2014. Services for Mr. Haugland, a US Air Force veteran, were held at 1:30 pm Sunday February 2, 2014 at the Pueblo Room of the Clubhouse at Monte Vista, 8865 E. Baseline Rd. Mesa, AZ.

Ray, Rosalyn “Kay”

Rosalyn “Kay” (Dillahunt) Ray, October 12, 1940 to January 22, 2014. With angels surrounding her, she was taken to be with our Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior Jesus, after a battle with cancer. She was born in Springfield, OH to parents Stanley E. and Vesta E. (Wolfe) Dillahunt, and passed away in Gilbert, AZ. She is survived by her son, Kirk Ray, of Arizona; brothers, Stanley A. Dillahunt of Urbana, OH, Roy (Amy) Dillahunt of Springfield, OH; sisters, Betsy (Bill) Roybal of Las Vegas, NV, Barbara Dillahunt of Springfield, OH, Carol Clabaugh of Mesa, AZ; also special niece Aprile Clabaugh, nephew Michael (Pam, Connor, Cole) Clabaugh, special great niece Nicole Schreck, great nephew Robert Schreck, great niece Juliann (Tom, Kaylee and Matthew) Willis, as well as many other nieces, cousins and nephews in Ohio and Arizona. She has also left behind other special people, cousin Judy (Richard) Kurtz, Marnie Brown, Brenda (Wayne) Beener, all of Springfield; very special friends in Arizona, Mickey Brown (Cindy and Tommy) of Strawberry, John Armstrong, Ronn White, Pauline Schallert, Ken Ray, Andy, Amy, Jax and Stone Hill, and all her Motorola friends. Kay graduated from Northwestern High School in 1958, Springfield, OH. She moved to Arizona and has been here since. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Kevin Ray, brother Edwin “Eddie” Dillahunt, and special companion Paul Rogers. Special thanks to Hospice of the Valley. Mountain View Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Magnuson, Alvin

Alvin MagnusonAlvin Magnuson passed away on Saturday, January, 25, 2014, in Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 30th at 10 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home, Mesa, Arizona; visitation will be Wednesday, January 29th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Alvin Eugene Magnuson, son of Albert and Ella (Mills) Magnuson was born on June 28, 1930, in Graceville, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm north of Wheaton, Minnesota where he completed his elementary education in a rural one-room school. He attended high school at West Central School of Agriculture, Morris, Minnesota. He attended Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois. He completed his seminary training at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

He married Lois Wilson of Battle Lake, Minnesota on April 7, 1963. Alvin and Lois have three sons, Eric, Harold and Douglas.

Al came to a personal assurance of salvation during his early teen years. In 1962, he accepted a call to St. James Lutheran Brethren Church, Loogootee, Illinois. Al and Lois felt God’s call to work on the Navajo Indian Reservation and moved to Arizona in July 1965. Al taught for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Lower Greasewood, Dilcon, and Many Farms Boarding Schools. He also served as interim Missionary Pastor for three years at Navajo Lutheran Church, Many Farms, Arizona.

In 1979 the Magnusons moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota where Al worked in the Aberdeen Area BIA Office as an Education Specialist in Special Education. In 1990, he returned to the parish ministry serving churches in South Dakota until 2009, when he and Lois moved to Mesa, Arizona.

Al had a dry wit and loved to laugh with family and friends. He was a farm boy at heart, always grew a garden, and never passed up an opportunity to smell fresh alfalfa. He cherished his wife Lois to whom he was happily married for 50 years. He loved to teach – math, science, reading – but mostly the Word of God. At the end, he was still teaching us how to live our lives with faith, dignity, and courage.

Alvin is survived by his wife Lois; sons and daughters-in-law, Eric, Mesa, Harold and Gena, Mesa, and Douglas and Kristen, Phoenix; grandchildren, Allysa, Jesse, Brooke, and Tyler; brother, Darrel (Carole) Magnuson of Brandon, Minnesota; mother-in-law, LaVerne Wilson, Battle Lake, Minnesota; brother-in-law, Donald Wilson (Corinne), Battle Lake, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Loraine Rehm, Sioux City, Iowa, Alice Tamberg (Randy),Danville, California, Arlene Brenno (Neil), St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Ann Rasmussen (Reed), Aberdeen, South Dakota; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ella Magnuson; father-in-law, Arthur Wilson; sister-in-law, Jeanette Magnuson; and brother-in-law, James Rehm.

Metzger, Maurice “Maury”

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Resident of Apache Junction, AZ, Maurice “Maury” Metzger, 81,  passed away January 17th, 2014.

A celebration of Maury’s life was held Monday at St. George’s Catholic Church in Apache Junction, January 20th, 2014.

Born December 14th, 1932 in Mount Carmel to Severius and Lucy Metzger, Maury was the 9th of 11 children. He was born into a busy farm life and would learn to balance farm chores with school.  By 8th grade, he was needed more on the farm and would have quit school, later earning his G.E.D. while serving in the U.S. Army.  In 1955 he married the love of his life, Mary Ann Krile in Langdon ND, where they lived for 5 months before moving to Grand Forks, ND.  Maury worked for his brother Ray for 5 years in Grand Forks. While there he became a father to his first three daughters. In 1960 he and Mary Ann moved to Minot ND where they would expand their family by two more daughters and one son. Maury owned and operated Metzger’s Electronic Sales in Minot for 30 years. In addition to being a business man, doting father to six, and devoted husband, he also was a local Alderman, President of the Minot Rotary Club, President for the Historical Society, and passionate collector of antique tractors and farm machinery. More than once he would have an authentic ‘old time’ threshing show for his friends, threshing the grain he’d plant on his small three acres of land just outside Minot.  Maury, like many of his brothers and family, was a self-taught musician. He was accomplished on the guitar, mandolin and keyboards/piano with a great love for bluegrass, country, and classic american music.

Maury and Mary Ann retired to Arizona in 1984 where he would ‘un-retire’ and work for WestStar and Interwest until he retired permanently in 2002. Maury and Mary Ann were very active in St. George’s parish and involved with the Life Teen program. Yearly he and Mary Ann would give a talk to the teens about marriage. Maury and Mary Ann lived a true love story, from their first kiss in 1953, until their last on January 17th.

Maury is predeceased by his parents, and three brothers, Roy, Nestor and Syl Metzger. Maury is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Metzger, daughters Michelle Metzger (Kelly Hall), Maure Ann Metzger, Teresa (Todd) Sanders, Madonna Swanson, Toni (Bill) Horrace, son Joey Metzger, 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren,  and seven siblings, S. Petronilla in Fargo, ND, Emeric (Pat) Metzger, Arnold (Alice) Metzger from Langdon, ND, Ray (Lorraine) Metzger from Byron, MN, Geraldine Waltz,from Langdon, Marilyn (Art) Gapp from Walhalla, ND and Josephine “Josie” (Ken) Bittner from Minot, ND.

Maury’s life touched many, and he will be deeply missed.  Funeral and burial arrangements made by Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery of Mesa, AZ.

Stahl, Donald Charles

Stahl, DonaldDonald Charles Stahl, 76 of Apache Junction AZ, passed away on Sunday January 19th 2014 in Mesa AZ, after a one year battle with cancer. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Jean Stahl. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Marjorie and two sons Wayde and Colton and their wives Kim and Susan. He also has three grandchildren Tyler, Tracey, and Eric as well as a great granddaughter Lillian. Don served as a Radarman in the United States Navy, was a member of the Phoenix Police Reserve, and worked as an electronic technician. He and his family have lived in the valley for 51 years. Don played a mean trombone, loved fixing things and was always working on something. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Thursday January 23rd, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery 7900 East Main Street Mesa AZ 85207. The family will greet guests from 1:30-2:00pm, prior to the service.

Mathias, Lillian “Lil” Helen

Lillian Mathias webLillian Mathias, 90, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2014 with her daughter at her side. She will be laid to rest to join her mother, Helen Agnes Ohmer Gable in the Kingdom of Heaven. She was born in Chicago, Illinois 6/4/1923. During World War II she married her sole mate – Don Mathias in Kentucky. Lillian was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be forever missed. As she would say, “dance like there is no tomorrow.” A private service will be held for the family at a later date.

Cline, Harland Odell

Harland Odell Cline, 84, passed away on January 16, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Cline was born in Wytheville, VA and spent much of his life as a Master Electrician. He also attended the Florida School of Preaching from 1982 to 1984. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Cline, 3 children Tony (Jamie) Cline – Cocoa FL, Sandra (Robert) McCullough Jr. – Wintersville OH, David Cline – Mesa AZ, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 sisters Kay Shinault and Juanita Waller – Columbus OH, 2 brothers Wayne Cline – Wytheville VA, and Tim Cline – Sharpsburg GA. Visitation is scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday, January 23rd followed by 11:00 Funeral Service at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ

Handel, Irmgard

Handel, Irmgard webIrmgard Handel, 58, passed away peacefully at her home January 13, 2014. Irmgard was born June 19, 1955 in Limmerspiel, Germany, daughter of Herman and Antoinette Malsy. Irmgard graduated with an apprenticeship as a Pharmaceutical Tech in 1975, in Frankfurt, Germany. Later she decided to change her career field and began working at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, ultimately becoming one of the 1st female Bond & Money Market Traders for the bank. In 1985 she met her husband Craig, and they were married on November 27, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She and her husband are owners of the Grand Antique Mall in Mesa, AZ. She was an excellent woodworker, business owner and cook. She loved to travel and enjoyed spending time at their lake home in Northern, MN. She is predeceased by her parents and niece Ashlie Hill. She is survived by her husband of 27 years Craig, and a brother and sister, both of Germany. Also surviving are her great-aunt Anneliese Wolf of Las Vegas, her in-laws Harold and Mable Handel, her brothers-in-law Mike (Lisa) Handel and Scott (Lynn) Handel, sister-in-law Carmen (David) Hill, 11 nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 11:00 am Monday, Jan. 20. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Banner Hospice or Ironwood Cancer Center. Irmgard will be greatly missed by everyone that was blessed to know her.

Conrad, Kelly Marie

Kelly Marie Conrad, 46, passed away on January 15, 2014 in Apache Junction, Arizona. Preceded in death by her father John Conrad in 1998, she is survived by her mother Ruth Conrad, 2 brothers Dan (Patricia) and Lawrence, cousin Paul Murdock, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church.

Temple, Sherman Dale

Sherman Dale Temple passed away on January 12, 2014 in Tempe, AZ. Born in Moline, IL August 25, 1928. He is survived by his wife Joy (Struchen) Temple, sons Michael (Kathryn), Ken (Debbie), stepson Dennis (Debbie) Gage, 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Alice Temple, daughter Catherine, brothers LeRoy, Cecil and LaVerne, sisters Mildred Caldwell and Orel Brett. He served in the US Navy on a submarine 5 years, retired from AT & T. He is a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Telephone Pioneers of America and American Legion Club. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 am Friday, Jan. 17th Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 612 S. Ellsworth Rd. Mesa AZ 85208

Olson, Dale

Dale W. Olson, 80, or Fargo, ND passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Dale was born in Barron, WI. He is survived by his wife Donna Olson, daughters Dana Olson and Kris Huseby, Kris’ husband Troy and their children Quinn and Kaia, and Dale’s favorite walking buddy and dog Gus. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering for Dale Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. A Memorial Service will be held this Spring at the lake at Zion Lutheran Church in Minnesota.

Hair, Norma L.

Norma Hair 2Age 83, passed away on January 11, 2014. She was the second of 3 children born to Loah and William Frisby in Sublette, KS. She married Donald A. Hair in December, 1950. Norma and Don moved to Mesa in 2002. Norma loved sports of all kinds, but her favorites were baseball and football. She was a history buff, who especially enjoyed reading about The Civil War. Family members who have gone before are her husband, Don, parents and her brother, Donald. Norma will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Mary Lou, children – sons Michael (Jill) and Patrick (Jodi). She was Grandma to Dana Sanchez (Cesar), and Andrew, Thomas, Benjamin, Tucker and Hanna Hair. Her 4 great grandchildren are Jacob, Megan, Brandon and Sophia. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM and the funeral will follow at 1:30 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St, Mesa AZ. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405 N. Higley Road, Mesa, AZ  85215. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

 

Lewis, Lorraine

Lorraine Lewis, 88, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ. Mrs. Lewis, a housewife, was preceded in death by her husband Haskell and one sister- Marion Weiner. Survivors include Mrs. Lewis’ daughter Anita M. (Claude) Meier, 2 grandchildren Mitchell Meier and Melinda (Doug) Jurecki, and 2 great-grandchildren Drake & Cailee. Interment will take place in Westlawn Cemetery in Norridge Illinois. A memorial to the Alzheimer’s Association in Lorraine’s honor may be made at www.alz.org.

Gibbs, Mary Jean

Mary Gibbs ObituaryMary Jean Gibbs, 88, of Mesa, AZ died January 3, 2014. The wife of the late William C. Gibbs. She left this world to begin a new life with her Lord and Savior. She was born in Westfield, Massachusetts. Surviving is daughter Judy wife of Foster, son Michael, 2 grandsons Aaron, Sheldon and wives, and 5 great-grandkids. There was a  visitation at 12:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home  followed by a 1:00 pm cryptside service Friday January 10, 2014 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu
of flowers, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (http://www.alzfdn.org).

Morgan, Jean

Jean MorganJean Morgan, 85 of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Mrs. Morgan was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, IN until her retirement in 1985 from her work as a medical secretary. She is survived by her daughter Diane Morgan, son David Morgan, grandchildren David Shuck, Jonathan Shuck, and Elisabeth Vaughn, great-grandchildren Anna Diane Vaughn, Kendall Morgan Shuck, and Abigail Joye Vaughn. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Dwayne. The visitation for Jean wasat 9:45 am Saturday January 11, 2014, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am at Mesa First Church of the Nazarene, 955 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203. Memorials may be made in Jean’s honor to Mesa First Church of the Nazarene.

Gardner, Annier Mae

Annier Mae Gardner, 83, of Mesa, AZ, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Gilbert, Arizona. Ms. Gardner, a nurse, was born in Ashland, MS. Survivors include Ms. Gardner’s daughters, Marion, Janet, Vicki, Kim, son Raymond, sister Coralee, brothers Buddy, Frank, and Freddie, nineteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren. A visitation was held Thursday, January 2, 2014 from 5:00-8:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207. A funeral service was held Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1pm at Mountain View Funeral Home.

Young, Theora

Theora Young, 81, passed away at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, AZ on December 27, 2013. Viewing and services will be held at the Mountain View Funeral Home located at 7900 E. Main St in Mesa, AZ on January 10, 2014 at 1:00-3:00 pm. Theora is preceded by her husband Robert and her son Charles. Theora is survived by brother Lavern, son Terry, daughter Debra, 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Sagstetter, Alfred M.

Alfred M. Sagstetter of Webster, WI-passed away January 2, 2014 at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, AZ where he was a winter visitor for the past 17 years. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife Patricia of 63 years –daughter Linda (Steve) Haapala -1 son Dean (Dawn), 5 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, 7 sisters, and 1 brother. He was preceded in death by 1 son Steven, 1 brother, 1 sister, and his parents. He will be truly missed. A celebration of Al’s life will be held in Minnesota at a later date.

Redmore, Margaret “Peggy”

Margaret “Peggy” Redmore, 79, of Wauconda, IL and Mesa, AZ died Wednesday, December 25, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Fred Thomas and Ellen (Trochelman) Redmore, sister of Lucy Luce, Lake Zurich, IL and Fred (Carol) Redmore, Freeport, IL. Beloved “auntie” of 6 nieces and nephews, 14 great-nieces and nephews, and 5 great-great nieces and nephews. Cremation rites accorded. Memorial service on Sat., January 11 at 11:00 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10:00 a.m at the Wauconda Federation Church, 200 Barrington Rd., Wauconda, IL 60084. A memorial fund has been established for the Wauconda Federated Church.

Price, Virginia Marie

Virginia PriceVirginia Marie Price, 91, died on January 7, 2014, in Mesa, AZ. She was born
July 12, 1922, in Chicago, IL to Ruth and Peter Reno and raised by Ruth and
stepfather, Jerry Lane, along with four siblings. Virginia met her sweetheart,
George, in 1936, while she was eating an ice cream cone. They married in 1940
and shared their lives together for 66 years. As a young woman she was employed
as a switch board operator, and during WW II she cared for her first son while
George served overseas. She worked as a secretary for Sears Corporation in
Chicago for 20 years after raising her family of three children in Oak Park,
Illinois. After retiring she and George moved to Mesa in 1983. She volunteered
for 20 years at Desert Banner Hospital. Virginia was a talented artist who
enjoyed drawing, oil painting, needlepoint, and knitting sweaters for
charities. She was a kind, loving person and her family and friends will miss
her great sense of humor, warm hugs, and sweet smiles. The family would like to
thank the many friends who enriched her life at Good Shepherd Villa and is
grateful for the loving care she received from the staff at The Oasis in Mesa
and The Villa hospice, as well as the support from Hospice of the Southwest.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, George, and is survived by her
sister Betty, three children, Dennis, Ronald, and Peggy (John) Dole, one
granddaughter, Michele, and several nieces and nephews. Private services will
be held and a celebration of life for friends will occur at a future date.
Please make donations in her name to the charity of your choice.

Miller, Harold K.

Harold MillerHarold K. Miller, 81, of Mesa, AZ passed away January 7, 2014 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Miller,
a crane operator, was born in Wheeling, WV. Survivors include his wife Margie
Ann Miller, daughters Debbie Vincent, Jamie Hair, and Katy Kennedy,
step-daughter Kim Belzner, sons Kenny Miller and Keith Miller, step-sons Dale
Kinney and Jim Kinney (deceased), sister Bonnie Palmer and brother Bob Miller
as well as 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will
be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home,
7900 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.

Hernandez, Ramon “Ray”

Ramon “Ray Hernandez, 90 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Ray was born November 27, 1923 in El Paso, TX to Crecencio and Josefa Hernandez. Ray loved life and enjoyed each precious day. He liked reading, keeping up with current events, staying in touch with family and friends and he loved to exercise, riding his power chair to the gym three days a week. Ray was a proud Air Force veteran of WWII. He owned The Door Shack in Phoenix, AZ and The Door Shack Construction Company in Albuquerque, NM. Even after retiring Ray shared his keen mind and business expertise by advising and consulting family and friends. His many friends, clients and business associates affectionately called Ray “Mr Door Shack.” Ray is survived by his wife Asunda “Sue” Hernandez, sister Martha Lerma of Chula Vista, CA, brother Raul (Maria) Hernandez of El Paso, TX, and sister Alicia (David) Dominguez of Merced, CA, his children Bertha (Richard) Roque of Austin, TX, Ray (Martha) Hernandez, Bobby (Lily) Hernandez, Irene (Joe) Salem all of El Paso, TX, Joe (Luann Chasteen) Hernandez of Phoenix, AZ, Martha Estella Hernandez of Phoenix, Aurora Lara of El Paso, and stepdaughter Michel (Jeff) Rendina of Mesa, AZ whose help over the many years is greatly appreciated. Ray has 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and many other wonderful family and friends. The family wishes to thank all for their prayers, Irene Salem and Sue for their overnight vigils at the hospital and Luann & Joe Hernandez for their vigil at bedside as Ray passed into Heaven. Graveside services will be at the Veteran’s National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek, AZ on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:30am. Memorial mass at 1pm at St. George Roman Catholic Parish, 300 E. 16th Avenue (@ Idaho) in Apache Junction, AZ followed by reception. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Ray’s name to March of Dimes or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Cain, John Emerson

John CainJohn Emerson Cain, 75, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away peacefully on Dec. 29th, 2013 with his family by his side.  John is survived by his wife Joan: Children Lisa (Dave) Dickey; Casey Cain; Kevin Cain; Kelly (Neal) Hiett; Eight Grandchildren; Sister, Mary Ann (Eldon) McNutt.  John grew up in Bowling Green, OH.  He was the son of entrepreneur parents who started Cain’s Potato Chip Company, Inc. in 1936.  In 1963, John with his family and parents moved to Tempe, AZ and started a potato chip and snack food company.  In 1982 John discovered Dwarf Cars that sparked his life-long passion – RACING!  Dwarf Car Co Inc. was formed and he proceeded to introduce the cars all over the country as a new racing division.  In 1997 his two sons re-joined him in the company and the racing association.   Over the years John’s mission of affordable racing helped to bring spectators out of the stands and gave them the ability to participate in the sport he loved so much.  A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main St. in Mesa on January 24th at 11 am.  A “Celebration of Life” reception will follow from 1pm to 3pm at the AZ Motorsports Hall of Fame, 3534 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations/tributes in John’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org .

Burch, Ruth Elaine

Burch, Ruth E. WebsiteMay 28, 1922-Dec. 31, 2013
Ruth Elaine Burch, 91, left this world to begin a new life with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 31, 2013. Ruth was the youngest and last surviving of 5 children; Morris, Everett, Fern and Kermit. She was born to Theodore and Emelia Stromberg in Minot, N.D.
After graduating from high school, Ruth attended and received her diploma from Fargo Business College. Ruth and her family moved to Kansas City, Mo., where Ruth went to work for The Calvin Company. It was at the Calvin Company that Ruth met her loving husband and companion for life, David H. Burch. Ruth and David were married on Jan 5, 1950, and began a journey of love and life together. Ruth decided she could best serve her family by becoming a “professional” homemaker, and she was one of the best! Ruth and David adoringly raised 4 children, sharing her faith always. They were actively involved with building a Lutheran church in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Once it was completed, due to David’s health, they decided they needed to move to a dryer climate. They lived the majority of their 55-year marriage in the Southwest United States until David was called home to the Lord. Ruth will be dearly missed by her family and friends and remembered as a beautiful and loving person inside and out. She is survived by: four children, Ron Burch (wife Angela), Debbie Povlich (husband Nathan), Steve Burch (wife Tammy), Diane Raines. Ruth also has 9 grandchildren, Lisa, Michael, Brian, Rebecca, Jason, Christina, Eric, Lynda, and David. She was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren, West, Clayton, Cody, Precious, Anthony, Brianna, Mandee, Hayleigh, William and Ethan. Ruth is also survived by her lifelong best friend, Gloria Kallenberger, who lives in Missouri  and her “adopted” daughter, Karen Burch, from Utah. Services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014,at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main, in Mesa, Arizona 85207. The viewing will be at 1 p.m., services at 2 p.m., followed by the interment.

Papenhausen, Jimmie Dean

Papenhausen, Jimmie 1 Papenhausen, Jimmie 2 Papenhausen, Jimmie 3Jimmie Dean Papenhausen, 81, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013 in Apache Junction, AZ.  Born to William and Edna (Hagerdon) Papenhausen on February 12, 1932 in Omaha, Neb. Jimmie spent his early years in the LeMars – Hinton area, going to school in Hinton.  He spent 2 years in the Army as a medic aide in the Korean War where he received a purple heart for shrapnel wounds while serving on the front lines.  He returned to the Hinton area where he met and married Mary Junille Dugan on April 12, 1956.  They resided in Kingsley where he worked for Culligan Soft Water for many years.  Jim and Junille moved to AZ in 1982 where they managed apartment complexes in Scottsdale until they retired to Apache Junction.  Jim was active in the American Legion and VFW for many years and was a member of the Honor Guard.  Preceded in death by his loving wife Junille in 2001, his parents, 3 brothers William, Dick, and Leonard and 2 sisters Betty and Patricia.  He is survived by 3 daughters Debra Myner of Spokane WA, Daylene (Joe) Black of Spokane WA, Darla (Tony) Werthman of Cherokee IA, son Darrell (Kim) Papenhausen of Springfield LA, 9 grandchildren Kimberly, Dean, Dana Mary, Becky, Brian, Brady, Cody, A.J., Jeremy, 8 Great Grandchildren Dakota, Devon, Rylan, Hayden, Carter, Bailey, Parker, Graham, and 2 more on the way.  Final Interment at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ in Cave Creek.

Gardner, Annier Mae

Gardner, AnnierAnnier Mae Gardner, 83, of Mesa, AZ, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Gilbert,
Arizona. Ms. Gardner, a nurse, was born in Ashland, MS. Survivors include Ms.
Gardner’s daughters, Marion, Janet, Vicki, Kim, son Raymond, sister Coralee,
brothers Buddy, Frank, and Freddie, nineteen grandchildren, and eighteen
great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held Thursday, January 2, 2014 from
5:00-8:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.
A funeral service will be held Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1pm at Mountain View
Funeral Home Chapel.

Long, Geraldine

Geraldine Long, 92, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday December 28, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Long was born in Reilly Springs, Texas in 1921. She is survived by her daughters and other family and friends. Graveside memorial service will be 11:00 am Monday January 6, 2014 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Moore, Gary Wayne

Moore, Gary WebsiteMoore, Gary 2Gary Wayne Moore passed away Dec. 24th in Mesa, AZ. Born Nov. 30, 1953 in
Corning, Iowa. He was 60 years old. Gary was preceded in death by his father,
Kenneth Wayne Moore and his sister Cynthia Lynn Larson. He is survived by his
mother Mary Lou Moore, younger sister Lori Sue Roush, both of Mesa, AZ, one
niece- Jeri Lynn Wiedel of Omaha, NE, one nephew -Brett Tyler Roush of Indianola,
IA, as well as great nieces and nephews. Gary started school in Auburn, NE, and
then his father was transferred to Pawnee City where Gary was attending until
his freshman year. Another transfer to Monmouth, IL, where he attended 9th-11th
grade until his family took his senior year to Indianola, IA, where he
graduated in 1972. Gary was an outstanding athlete, competing all 4 years of
high school in football, basketball, and track. Following graduation, he
enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Morocco, Africa. He returned to Mesa,
AZ where his parents and older sister resided, while his younger sister Lori
stayed in Des Moines. During his years in AZ, he was employed by many several
valley companies. During his last few years he drove for the public Metro
Valley Bus system for 6 ½ years, until he was medically retired. Services and
arrangements are pending until spring of which he will be taken to Iowa. Gary
was a kind man with a big heart. He will be greatly missed. He died at Banner
Hospice in Mesa, AZ. His last few months, he lived with his mother, Mary Lou at
8700 E University Dr. Viewpoint R.V. Resort in Mesa, Arizona 85207.

de Masi, Delphine E.

de masi Mom and Pop webde masi webdemasi 1942 webODelphine E. de Masi, known as “Dottie” to her family and friends, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2013, in Mesa, Arizona. Born on January 20, 1925 in Wabeno, Wisconsin to Adin and Maude Fuller, Dottie moved to Arizona in 1946 with her husband, Charles A. de Masi. She enjoyed her career spanning 38 years working for Mountain Bell/US West as an operator and fraud investigator, and proudly served as a union representative with the Communication Workers of America. Preceded in death by her husband Charles A. de Masi and her oldest son, Lt. Michael A. de Masi, she is survived by her sons Chuck (Lin), Ken (Linda), and Jon (Pam) of Mesa, AZ, Dan (Angel) of Carmichael, CA, Marty (Dorothy) of Payson, AZ, and her daughters Carla Fuller (Jim) of Green Bay, WI, and Laurie Bilyea (Tom) of Gilbert, AZ, along with eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and one great- great grandchild. Private gravesite services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa, with a public memorial service celebrating her life to be held in the Spring of 2014. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to Hospice of the Valley in her name.

Sperry, Richard E.

Sperry, Richard webRichard E. Sperry, 74, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Mt. Carmel, IL, departed this life from complications of lung cancer on December 15, 2013, with his “bestest friend” and wife of 32 years, Billie Jean, by his side. Richard was born in Mt. Carmel, IL, April 7, 1939, to Paul Clifton and Eullia Sperry. He graduated from Illinois School for the visually Impaired in 1959. He worked 20 years as a driller in the oil fields of IL, IN, and Texas. Later he and Billie Jean owned the Home Café in Mt. Carmel, IL for 13 years. In October 2000, he and Billie Jean moved to Mesa, AZ. Richard then worked 11 years as Courtesy Patrol at Mesa Regal R.V. Resort, retiring in October 2012. He was a member of Victory Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ. He is survived by his “bestest friend” and wife, Billie Jean, stepson and daughter-in-law Neil Scott and Sherry Perry of Mesa, AZ, grandsons Brandon (Natalie) Perry of Chandler, AZ and Quinton Steele Perry of Mesa, AZ, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandy and Kenny Hunsaker of Noblesville, IN, sister Mary Frailey of Litchfield, IL and sister-in-law, Irene Sperry of Litchfield, IL, stepbrother, Art Wood of Portland, Maine, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mom and stepfather, Eullia and Arthur Wood, his father, Paul Clifton Sperry, brothers, Eugene Sperry, Bill (Billie) Sperry, sisters Opal (Smith) Spruell, Raymond Wood, 2 nieces and 2 nephews and mother-in-law, Essie Reel. Special thanks to in home Hospice of AZ, which assisted Richard since May 2013. There will be a visitation between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm for Richard followed by the funeral service at 1:00 pm Wednesday December 18, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Arizona, 19820 N. 7th St., #130, Phoenix, AZ 85027-4783, in memory of Richard.

Bach, Eugene E.

Eugene E. Bach of Mesa, AZ formerly of Peoria, IL, died peacefully on December 10, 2013, after a long illness. He was born on November 4, 1925 in Peoria, to Emil and Pearl Bach. He married Darlene D. Green on November 9, 1944 In Gulfport, MS. She preceded him in death June 11, 2013. He is survived by his three daughters: Teresa (Dennis) Henrichs of Greensboro, NC, Sandra (Thomas) Ebel of Peoria, IL, and Barbara (Jon) Ries of Layton, UT. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kenneth (Paula) Askew, Dominic Ebel, and Jenny and Samantha Ries; as well as his great grandchildren: Jesse, Matthew and Katie Askew. His sister, Lucille Pinkham, Resides in Long Beach, CA; and his brother, Curtis Bach, died as a teenager in Peoria. After graduating from Woodruff High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, honorably serving from 1943 to 1946. Over the years, after being discharged, he worked for Williams Electric, Firestone and Bemis. He was a skilled builder, and over the years, he built several residences, including two duplexes, and a commercial building. He and Darlene retired in 1988 and moved to Arizona in 1990. They enjoyed wintering in Mesa and spending their summers at their home in Show Low, AZ. Private funeral services were held in Mesa. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Associations.

Diffenderfer, Richard L.

Diffenderfer, Richard webRichard Leonard Diffenderfer, 85, passed away on December 12, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Born in Jackson, Michigan on August 21, 1928, he graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 1946 and attended Jackson Junior College from 1947-1950. He served in the US Air Force from 1950-1954. Mr. Diffenderfer finished his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Michigan State University from 1954-1957. Mr. Diffenderfer married Patricia Ann Parrish in 1953 and had four children; Stephen, Robert, David, and Jan Marie. Richard worked for the Bureau of Public Roads (Federal Highway Administration) from 1957 until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Diffenderfer was instrumental in the areas of highway design and road and bridge construction. Toward the end of his career, Richard was a consulting engineer from 1986-1990 before retiring to Alligator Point, FL. On October 23, 1993, Richard married Helen Marie Solberg, welcoming two stepchildren, Douglas Solberg and Linda Solberg. Helen and Richard moved to Arizona in 1994 and settled in Mesa. Richard is also survived by his grandchildren Charlie, Hope, Lily, Noah, Melissa, Brian, Josh, Jessica, and Ashley, and great grandchildren Ava, Madisen, Caden, Troy, Ayot and Taysa. Mr. Diffenderfer was a lifelong runner and gardener, an avid tennis player, and enjoyed cards with friends and neighbors. He will be missed by all of his friends and family. A Graveside service is scheduled 10:00 am Friday, December 20th at Mountain View Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ.

Coules, John F.

Coules, JohnJohn F. Coules peacefully passed away on December 13, 2013. He was born on April 17th, 1923 in Wimbledon, England. He is survived by a sister, Chris Mardell and 2 nieces, who still reside in England; Dixie Coules, his wife of 41 years, his son Michael Coules, their daughter Deena Zymkowitz, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He served 5 years, as a pilot, in the Royal Air Force. He later became a U.S. citizen residing in California for many years, spending the last 23 years in Arizona. He loved playing golf, traveling and reading. At the age of  81, he hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  He was a gentle, strong and courageous man; loved and admired by many. A viewing will be held on December 19th at 10:30 a.m., with services following at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, AZ85118. Interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Apache Trail, Mesa, AZ 85207.

Gill, Robert J.

Robert J. Gill beloved husband, father and Grandpa Bob passed away on December 12, 2013 in Tempe, AZ.  Bob retired in 1989 after 30 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  He enjoyed golf, tennis and square dancing, and was an avid baseball fan.  He was born in Bardwell, KY on June 4, 1933, and was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Mozelle Gill, his brother Juitte (Norma) and son Michael.  Robert is survived by his wife of sixty years Marilyn; daughters Angela Conwell (David), Lisa Kirby (Michael), and Linda Gill Swick; son Kevin Gill; grandsons Ronald Rinker, Patrick Kirby (Brittany) and Andrew Kirby; great grandchildren Lauren and Robby Rinker; with another great grandchild on the way.  We would like to thank our friends and family for their outpouring of support and prayers along with Hospice of the Valley at Friendship Village for their loving care and support. We will celebrate his life at a service to be held December 19 at Sunland Village East in Mesa, Arizona.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice of the Valley or The American Cancer Society.

Nelson, Arthur Harold

Arthur Harold Nelson passed away Dec 8, 2013 at Desert Springs. He was born on May 14, 1923 to Alto and Julia Nelson in Havre, MT. He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen and daughter Judy Hyslop. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Leslie Blooming, son Mike Nelson, stepdaughter Cheryl Hallum, stepson Joe Svetlecic, 5 grandsons, and 5 great grandchildren. He retired from General Motors, was a member of the Elks Club and the American Legion. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 13 at 1:00 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S Power Rd. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E Main St, Mesa, AZ.

Gilmore, Jimmie Dean

Gilmore, JimmieJimmie D. Gilmore, “Jimmie Mac”, 75, of Mesa, AZ, passed away December 8, 2013. He was born on September 14, 1938 in Ottawa, KS. Jimmie married his first love, Marlene, on June 30, 1956. He and Marlene started Gilmore’s Roustabout Service in Liberal, KS in 1973. Jim and his family continued working in the oil and gas industry until 1993 when he and Marlene retired and moved to Arizona. Jimmie Mac touched many lives, and all those he touched will never forget him. He leaves us with many memories of his favorite life experiences of golfing, fishing, traveling, and just loving and laughing with his family and friends. Jimmie is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marlene Gilmore, his mother, EdNetta Crotts, one daughter, Tammie (Travis) Katzenmeier, and three sons, Darin (Linda) Gilmore, Scott (Jennifer) Gilmore, and Randy (Ginny) Gilmore, one daughter-in-law, Cindy Gilmore, 19 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Jimmie is pre-deceased by 2 beloved sons, David Gilmore and Todd Gilmore. Jimmie’s funeral services will be held 10:00 am Friday, December 13, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main St, Mesa, AZ, 85207 (480-832-2850). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Jimmie to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org). A Celebration of Life service will be held in Liberal, Kansas at a later date.

Lucero, Claudia Ann

Lucero Claudia WebClaudia Ann Lucero, 14, passed away on Friday, December 6th in Mesa, AZ.  Claudia was a popular 9th grade student with many friends at Westwood High School. She is survived by her parents Joann Lucero and Juan Cardenas, her brothers Richard J. Lucero, Marcos A. Lucero, and Jacob U. Lucero, Grandparents Guadalupe Lucero and Joe Ramirez, Aunt Margaret Lucero, 2 Uncles Joseph A. Lucero and Fernando Ramirez, cousins Veronica, Vanessa, and Isabella.  Claudia will be missed by many more cousins and family members who love her dearly.  Visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 20th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ  85207 followed by a reception at Westwood High School from 9:00 to 10:00 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, December 21st at Christ the King Catholic Church 1551 E. Dana Ave. Mesa AZ  85204. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Claudia Lucero Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Dippel, Carl

Dippel, CarlCarl Dippel, Jr., 82, of Mesa, AZ passed away on December 14, 2013 in Mesa, AZ due to a stroke suffered December 11th. Carl was born in Muscatine, IA to Carl and Amelia Brauer Dippel on December 28, 1930. He went to high School at Muscatine High School and graduated in 1949. He worked the farm with his parents until he was inducted into the military in 1953. Carl was honorably discharged from the Army in 1955. Most of his career was spent with the United States Post Office as a Letter Carrier for 30 years. He received an award for Punctual and Regular Attendance for 24 months in 1942, Champion Speller in 1945, the Good Neighbor Award in 2002 but was a great neighbor for many years. Carl was involved in St. Peter Lutheran Church until he was not able to get around by himself anymore. He was an avid outdoorsman and very much enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping from a very early age. Carl is survived by his stepdaughter-in-law, Jean Stumpf of Granger, IN, step grandson Kevin and step granddaughter Kimberly (Brian) Gandy, cousins Laura Davis, Dennis Albrecht and Lois Albrecht, great niece Sharon (Garth) Murry, grandnephew Eric Murry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille, his parents and stepson William Stumpf.  The visitation for Carl will be Thursday December 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm followed by the funeral service, officiated by Rev. Leland Bottjen of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1844 E. Dana Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to John Hicks for his diligent care of Carl during his period of infirmity. Carl was forever the helpful neighbor.

Constant, Vondell

Constant, VondellVondell Constant passed away Friday, December 6, 2013. She leaves behind her daughter Linda and grandchildren Wade, Glen, and Laura Jo. She was artistic and full of life. She will be missed by her family and everyone who knew her. Services will be Sunday, December 15, at 2:00pm at the Kearny Church of Christ. Graveside services will be held Monday, December 16 at 2:00pm with a viewing at 1pm at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, Arizona.

Tanksley, Bessie

Tanksley, BessieTanksley, Bessie 2Bessie was born Nov. 11, 1941 and transitioned on Dec, 04th 2013, she was the youngest of fourteen children born to Lee Tanksley and Missoura (Windham) Tanksley .  She is survived by her two children Darnella (Kay) McDonald of Gilbert, AZ,  and Barnela (Sheila) Tabb of Centreville, IL; 5 grandchildren Kenya, Knishawn, Shanna, Darnella and Martika; 6 great grandchildren Kimberlyn, Samuel, Malia, Izabella, Jael, and Abram. Of her siblings there are three that remain Marcello Tanksley, Mann Tanksley, and Alice Ruth Brown. This phenomenal woman of courage, kindness, and wisdom will be in our thoughts and memories always. Rest now mother from your labor! Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday Dec. 12, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207.

Nelson, Gabriele D.

Nelson, GabiGabriele D. Nelson, 85, was received home to her loving Heavenly Father and a great reunion of loved ones, on November 30, 2013. Gabi was born on June 27, 1928 in Berlin, Germany to Emmi and Willy Schmelter, the oldest of three children. Gabi came to America in 1955 to join the rest of her family. She lived in Salt Lake City for ten years and then moved to Arizona. She always told us, she was an “Arizona girl.” Mom was such an inspirational example of faith, courage and love. She was a faithful member of the LDS church and loved her Heavenly Father and knew that he was always by her side. Her faith carried her through the many trials of life. Her courage through these trials was enduring and her love was unconditional. She was loved by many and she loved them in return. We will miss her so much, but rejoice in knowing we will be together again. Preceded in death by her parents, her sweetheart and eternal companion T. Jay Nelson, sons Frank and Lafe and daugher Annie. Survived by her sister Christa Spilker (Melvin), brother Mike Schmelter (Dorthea), son V. Thomas Krohn (Carol), daugher Daniela Phifer (Ken), 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on December 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm with a viewing from 9:00 to 11:30 at the Adobe LDS church building located at 5620 E. Adobe in Mesa. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the LDS church missionary fund. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery (480) 832-2850

Meinhold, Mary Ann

Meinhold, Mary WEBMary Ann Meinhold of Phoenix, AZ passed away November 28, 2013 in Tempe, AZ. She was 80 years old, born December 26, 1932 in Madison, WI to Lester & Loretta (Gorman) Dingeldine. Mary was an Arizona resident for 60 years and a registered nurse with St. Joseph’s Medical Center. She is survived by 4 sons, Michael, Randy, Steven & Kevin and 2 daughters, Virginia & Marylynn. A memorial service in Mary’s honor will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday December 14, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207

Gisler, Terry Jean (Sway)

Gisler, Terry webTerry Jean Sway Gisler, born August 15, 1943 in Belleville, IL, passed away Sunday November 24, 2013 after a long battle fighting colon cancer and subsequent kidney failure. She leaves behind her husband, Joe, her daughter, Cristin Marie Bradley, and son, Gregory Joseph Gisler. Terry’s career spanned seven decades of a very fruitful life. She graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Chemistry. Terry and Joe met at Florida, married there and after Joe finished graduate school, they moved to Philadelphia. The early part of Terry’s life she spent raising her children, seeing that they were well educated, and into successful careers. She and the family traveled extensively, living in Virginia, Oregon, Germany, Florida, New Hampshire, Utah, and finally Apache Junction, Arizona. After the children were grown, she became an International Travel Agent and traveled widely in China, South America, Russia, Europe, Israel, and Southeast Asia. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, her children, four granddaughters, Emily, Bonnie, Caroline, and Ashley, and her father, Eugene Sway. She will be sorely missed by all. A gathering for all friends and acquaintances will be held at the family residence Sunday December 1 after 3:00 pm.

Griswold, Katherine M.

Katherine M. Griswold, 77, of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday November 24, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Griswold, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was born in Des Moines, IA. She is survived by her daughter Kathy Neuser, son Jim Hammond, grandchildren: Alyssa Jurado and her husband Andy Jurado, and Lindsey Duran; great-grandchildren: Victoria, Katherine, Alessandra Jurado and Landon and Dylan Duran. She was preceded in death by her son Larry Hammond. Services at a later date.

Ruppert, Melanie Anne

Ruppert, MelanieMelanie Anne Ruppert passed away November 18, 2013 in Apache Junction, AZ at the age of 53. She was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, January 10, 1960. Melanie graduated Fredricktown High School in 1978. She attended Cedar Valley College and became a paralegal. Melanie was very active in the American Legion and other veteran groups and attended Cornerstone Wesleyan Church. Melanie had an extended family which she loved with all her heart. Melanie is survived by her devoted husband, Steven Ruppert, her mother Carole Newton, her brother Jeff Newton, her daughters Jennifer Reynolds, Cassie and Theresa Tautimez , Melissa Edgington Kristi Shaefer, sons Chris Tautimez, Brian and Keith Ruppert, grandsons Justin Crespo and Jason Khan, grandchildren Santiago, Angelina, Mia, Nicole, Brit, Kim, Steph, Jake, Ashlee, Preston, Emily and one great granddaughter. Melanie had many passions, helping many others was one. She loved riding on the back of their motorcycle, singing and dancing, weekend getaways, decorating their house, and touching the lives and hearts of so many. Melanie loved life, and in the last few years was living it and enjoying it to the fullest. Melanie is now flying with her angels and in God’s hands. Memorial Celebration of her life will be at American Legion Post 26, 505 W 2nd Ave, Mesa, AZ, (480) 964-8792 on Dec 14, 2013@ 3:00pm.

Graves Shaw, Dorothy A.

Dorothy A. Graves Shaw, loving mother, grand-mother, and great grand-mother.

Born in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 1920. Passed away November 20, 2013 in Chandler, AZ.  Daughter of Julian and Doris Todd.  Moved to Apache Junction in 1959.  Worked for Apache Junction School District and was a long time employee of the Mesa School District.  Lived in Mesa East Adult Community for over forty years. Was also a long time summer resident in Overgaard, Arizona.

Was a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and acted as Treasurer of the Apache Junction Lioness Club for many years.  Was also a founding member of the John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Apache Junction where she was also a long time member of the church choir.

Preceded in death by first husband, Donald A. Graves and second husband, Lynn A. Shaw.  Survived by son, Albert L. Graves, daughter-in-law, Susan Scofield Graves, Grandson, Nicholas T. Graves of Henderson NV and Grandaughter, Gretchen E. Poindexter of Boulder City, NV.  Also survived by four great grandchildren.  Also survived by brother, George B. Todd of Springhill, Florida.

Hudlock, George F.

George “Fitz” Hudock, 78, passed away Saturday, November 23rd in Mesa, AZ.  Mr. Hudock, a Commercial and Residential Real Estate Agent was born in Allentown, PA.  Preceded in death by his parents George and Violet Hudock, he is survived by his wife Deloris Ann Rasmussen, daughters Donna Lehmann (Roger), Leslie Simpson (Jeff), son Mark Hudock, sister Doris Althouse, 8 grandchildren Kyle, Jesse, Kelly, Tiffany, Holly, Mark, Ryan, Alex, and 2 great grandchildren Orion and Dax.  Private services will be held.

Parry, Beatrice J.

Ruppert MelanieBeatrice J. Parry,97, of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 surrounded by family in Gilbert AZ. Mrs. Parry, a homemaker, was born in Hawarden IA. She was preceded in death by her parents Anfin John and Julia Elizabeth Richardson, her son Robert E. Parry, and her husband E. Walter Parry. The youngest of 13 children, she is survived by her daughter Donna L. Miller (Norman), Dennis E. Parry (Mary Ann), 6 grandchildren Kathy Meagher (Charlie), Molly Giles (Cort), Doug Parry, Lydia Parry, Tracy Johnson (Mike), Steve Miller (Dani), 9 great grandchildren Elizabeth, Theresa, Rebecca, Taylor, Matthew, Ryan, Taytumn, Taryn, and Paxton. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 25th at 2:00 pm followed by Funeral Service at 3:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207.

Cornelius, Gayle D.

Cornelius, GayleGayle D. Cornelius, 84, of Chandler, AZ passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Gilbert, AZ. Mrs. Cornelius, a wonderful homemaker, was born in Ottawa, Kansas. Survivors include her husband Clinton C. Cornelius, daughters Connie Cornelius and Vicki Matacia, son Timothy Cornelius, grandchildren: Todd Jambrosic, Kelly Engelke, Amy Arthur, Mindy Shouse, Kimberly Montgomery, and Clinton Cornelius; great-grandchildren Nick Jambrosic, Taylor Jambrosic, Tristan Engelke, Haley Engelke, Jake Arthur, Nicholas Arthur, Zachary Arthur, Charlie Shouse, Luke Shouse, Cameron Cornelius, Cate Cornelius, Mitch Montgomery, and Mikayla Montgomery, as well as 3 great-great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held Monday, November 18 at 1:00pm followed by a funeral service at 2:00pm at the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. Donations may be made in Gayle Cornelius’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Schuld, Shawn Marie

Shawn Marie Schuld, 48, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Schuld, a 26 year employee of Costco was born on the SelfRidge AFB in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. She is survived by her 2 daughters Ashley Thomes and Cheyenne McGrath, her parents Harry and Linda Johnson, brother Chad Johnson, 1 grandchild Brock Thomes and her best friend Jodi Thilberg. Shawn’s journey has just begun. She is now living in the heart of those she touched. She was loved so much and will be truly missed.

Greer, Jesse

Greer, Jesse 2Greer, Jesse Andrew 43- Passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. A resident of Apache Junction, Arizona. Beloved husband of Shannon Greer, father to Vivien and Jaxon, son of Anette Norris and William Greer, big brother to Lisa Norris and Kelly Hummel and cherished friend to many. Jesse had a passion for photography, loved to read and enjoyed nature on foot and bicycle. His friendship with animals was akin to St. Frances and his loving heart knew no bounds. He will forever be on our minds and in our hearts. The family asks that if you wish to make a donation in his honor, it be
made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Cranston, Steve Allen

Cranston, SteveSteve Allen Cranston, 63, passed away peacefully October 30th, surrounded by family. Born July 23rd, 1950 in Rock Springs Wyoming Steve is preceded in death by his father Albert, mother Elsie, and sister Sharon.  He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Carole, his 4 Children; Shawn, Chad, Tyler, Chelise, and his sister Peggy.  He is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served proudly in Vietnam.  Memorial services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 East Main St, Mesa, AZ; Friday, November 8th at 10:00am.

Scheel, Betty Jean

Scheel, Betty Jean webBetty Jean Scheel, 74, of Chandler, Arizona passed away Sunday November 3, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Ms. Scheel was born in Jerome, Idaho. She was very active with many hobbies, but her passion was square dancing with her friends. She is survived by her sons Mark D. Scheel and Wayne A. (Amy) Scheel, and grandchildren Heidi Taylor, Sydney and Zachary Scheel. There will be a visitation Thursday November 7, 2013 between 10-11:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Barnes, Robert Bruce

Barnes, RobertRobert Bruce Barnes, 68, was laid to rest in God’s loving care on October 21, 2013 near his parent’s graves in Mesa, Arizona.  He suffered a stroke and passed on September 29, 2013 while on vacation; private graveside services were attended only by his immediate family.

Bob’s professional career highlights can be viewed on LinkedIn as well as well as several other sites.  His passion has always been aviation and he held a degree in Aerospace Engineering as well as a  Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.  He received numerous awards throughout his career and was asked to speak at many conferences on various subjects around the world.  He enjoyed travel among other hobbies over the years.

Bob was a Captain in the USAF where he was an Instructor Pilot for the T-38.  After his Air Force service, Bob had a career at Polaroid in Massachusetts, and later was a Vice President of Marketing at a laser card technology company in Northern California.  He was a true entrepreneur and started his own independent consulting company more than 20 years ago.  Bob quickly became very skilled at anything he chose to do in life.

Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lois, and his sons Mike and Mark.  Services were conducted by Pastor Rowdy Van Horn who paid tribute in a Celebration of Life to Bob’s many talents and achievements during his lifetime.  Bob will be missed greatly by his family and many friends worldwide.

Sward, Betty Louise

Sward, BettyBetty Louise Sward passed away on September 20, 2013 in hospice care after enduring a nine month battle against lung cancer. She was born in Weston, MO on February 25, 1933, but grew up in Ogden, Utah.  Betty was the daughter of Merrell and Avera Pauline Bullene.  She is survived by her husband Robert Sward of Mesa, whom she married on March 1, 1968.  Additionally surviving are two sisters, Paula (Bill) Christensen of Manga, Utah and Cindy (Jerry) Tobias of Ogden, Utah, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Betty was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother “Bud” of Seattle, Washington.

Betty was a one of a kind person who was rarely forgotten by the people she met, and she will be remembered by her many friends.  Betty was a generous person who had a very strong, positive outlook and always saw the best in people.  Betty enjoyed every day of her life in Arizona after moving to Mesa in 2003. She was an energetic and accomplished ballroom dancer who was very active in her pursuit of dancing.  It was rare if Betty ever left the dance floor before the last tune was played.

Throughout her life, Betty was an excellent seamstress who created almost all of her lovely dance attire as well as her unique street wear.

Betty had a wonderful smile and her laughter made all of the social occasions that she attended more enjoyable.

Betty’s interment will be a private family matter.

Miller, Charles E.

Charles MillerCharles E Miller 82 of Mesa AZ passed away Wednesday October 23rd 2013.  Charles, a retired air traffic controller, was born in Kittanning, PA., preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and Clark Miller.  He served in the US Air Force.  Charles was a beloved husband to wife Faye for 63 years and loving father of sons Jeffrey, John, James and daughter Jill and blessed with loving daughters-in-laws and a son-in-law, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren,  and survived by a sister,  Joan Stoops.

Charles enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing pool. He enjoyed his family and life in AZ for 53 years.  Hospice of the Valley receives a thank you for their support and assistance. Private family service to be held.

Hovey, Dorothy J.

Hovey, DorothyDorothy J. Hovey, 91 of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday October 22, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Hovey, a housewife, was born in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Survivors include her husband, Norm Hovey, daughters Pamela and Cindy, sons Rich, Douglas, Larry and Alan, her brother Dean Watters, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. The visitation for Mrs. Hovey will be from 1 – 2:00pm Friday October 25, 2013 followed by the funeral service at 2:00pm, at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Dickson, Kenneth Wayne

Kenneth Wayne Dickson, 80, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Sunday October 20, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Dickson, a retired US Air Force pilot, was born in Blytheville, AR. Survivors include his wife Joyce Dickson, sons Eric and Ryan Dickson, step-sons David and Daniel Ogden, and brother Steve Dickson. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday October 25, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Wolke, Clarence L.

Wolke Clarence webClarence L. Wolke was called home to the Lord 17 October 2013, following a short illness. Clarence was born on 27 October 1926 in Chicago, IL, the son of Henry A and Lillian Wolke. He was one of nine children, Harold, Fredrick, Henry, Walter, Alice, Margerite, and Sharon. Clarence served his country in the United States Army during WWII in Germany, receiving the Victory Medal. For more than 40 years, he was an engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad, engineering both commuter and freight trains. He often was seen on the rails between the South Suburbs and downtown Chicago. In 1966, he adopted his only child Jill Ann (Diederich). On September 18, 1971 he married Adele Amy Haines in Harvey, IL. They lived in Justice, IL until 1986, and moved to Fountain of the Sun, where they were blessed with many loving friends. Married 42 years, Clarence and Adele loved golfing, traveling, and hosting friends. Clarence could light up a room with his large smile, booming voice, and large than life presence. He was a warm and loving Grandpa (Papa Choo Choo) to grandsons Joshua, Kyle, and Ryan Diederich and great-grandaughter Lilie Diederich. Clarence is survived by his wife of 42 years, Adele, of Mesa, daughter Jill of Illinois, grandson’s Josh, Kyle, and Ryan, and great grandblessing Lilie, all of Illinois. He is also survived by his brother Hank, sister Sharon, and sisters-in-law Loretta, Mary Jane, and Pauline as well as his brother-in-law Woody. Left to carry on his great spirit are his many nieces and nephew and loving friends. Services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday October 23, 2013 at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Romero, Cherrie

Cherrie Romero, 66 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Thursday October 17, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs Romero, a former quality control inspector for Motorola, was born in Cambridge, Ohio. Graveside services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday October 22, 2013 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Connolly, Ruthann

Ruthann Connolly CroppedRuthann Colette Connolly, born March 22, 1947 in
Cambridge, MA to Robert M. and Ruth A. (Clifford) Connolly.  Ruthann was
raised in Squantum, MA and attended and graduated from Archbishop
Williams High School and later Northeastern University.  She married
Lawrence E. Akin, a United States Navy aviator, and to this union one
child was born:  Kerry Ann.  Ruthann’s professional life included
teaching first grade in Sunnyvale, CA, fourth grade in Albuquerque, NM, fifth
grade in Manassas, VA, and teaching special needs children for both
Chandler and Gilbert school districts in AZ…to name a few.  Ruthann
dedicated her life to teaching children, and took great pleasure in shaping the
great minds of our future.
Ruthann is preceded in death by her parents, Robert M. and Ruth A. Connolly;
sister Regina M. Hizer; and brothers Daniel M. and Robert C. Connolly.
Ruthann passed away Sunday afternoon, October 6th.  She is survived by
her daughter and son-in-law Kerry A. Akin and Roy M. Stickler of Gilbert, AZ,
brother Gerard R. Connolly of Aldie, VA, and grandchildren John and Robert
Stickler of Gilbert, AZ.  Ruthann truly loved being a grandmother
“Nana” and spent as much time with her grandchildren as
possible.
Ruthann will be cremated and private memorial services will be held by her
family and close friends at 2:00 pm Sunday October 27, 2013 at the home of
Kerry A. Akin and Roy M. Stickler in Gilbert, AZ.

Sherman, Rose Mary

sherman, Rose MaryRose Mary Sherman, 84, of Tempe, AZ passed away Tuesday October 8, 2013 in Tempe, AZ. Mrs. Sherman, a housewife, was born in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by her husband Frank O. Sherman, daughter and son-in-law Julie and James Howard, brothers James, Ed, and Mike Nasser, grandchildren: Megan and Pete Popoutsis, Daniel Qualls, Dennis Slusher and Anthony and Nicholas Howard; and great-grandchildren Patrick Qualls and Zaiden Popoutsis. The visitation for Mrs. Sherman will be from 5-7:00 pm Monday October 14, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Tuesday October 15, 2013 at Resurrection Church, 3201 E Evergreen Rd, Tempe, AZ.

Heft, Carolyn M.

Carolyn M. Heft, 86 of Malden, Massachusetts passed away Monday October 7, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Heft, a retired medical secretary, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Survivors include her daughter Donna McCafferty, sons Frank Steve and Dave Heft, grandchildren Sue, Mike and Jimmy McCafferty, and great-grandchildren: Matty, Lyndon, Piper, Scarlett, Andy, Chase, Katie, Kiernan. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday October 25, 2013 at St. George Catholic Churc, 300 E. 16th Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85119.

Last, Robert D.

Robert D. Last, 69 of Mesa, AZ passed away October 2, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Last was born in Hammond, IN. Survivors include his wife Linda Last, daughters Mindy (Jeff) Bowman and Suzanne (Scott) Swaw, son Robert (Stephanie) Last, sister Janice Bopp, grandchildren: Robert, Kyle, Jake, Shannon, Shelby and Samantha; and several nephews and nieces. Services will be at 2:00 pm Monday October 7, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Daniels, Lorna S.

Lorna S. (Searle) Daniels, 78, of Mesa, AZ, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Mesa Arizona following a stroke.  Mrs. Daniels, a long-time supervisor at the LDS Bishop’s Storehouse in Mesa, AZ, was born in Lapoint, Utah.  Survivors include a son, Aaron S. Daniels, and daughters Cathy Ball, Janene Dawson, and Patricia R. Daniels. She is survived by two brothers, Ron Searle and Bryce Searle. She also leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Mountain View Mortuary, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207 and on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 422 East University, Mesa, AZ 85201. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 422 East University, Mesa, AZ 85201.

Schwartz, Henry J.

Henry J. Scwartz, 90, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday October 6, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Schwartz, a utilities clerk, was born in Racine, Wisconsin. Services will be at 11:oo am Thursday October 10, 2013 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona.

Bourdeau, Linda Ellyn

Bourdeaux LindaLinda Ellyn Bourdeau, 66, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Monday October 7, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Bourdeau, an accounting clerk, was born in Ingelwood, California.

North, Susan Darden

North, Susan WebSusan (Sue) North, 80, left this world to begin a new life with her Lord and Savior on September 29, 2013.  Sue was a native of Alabama and daughter of Eschol S. Darden and Wilma Herndon Cobb Darden.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Dr. James E. North, Sr., God’s servant, pastor and builder.

Sue graduated from Ensley High School where she enjoyed being involved as a head cheerleader and honorary ROTC officer.  She married Jim and moved to Georgia where they began their life together.  Sue later obtained her Associates of Religious Education degree from the Wheeler Business College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas.  Sue dedicated her life to the support of her husband and their ministry together.  She served the Lord throughout her life in teaching women’s ministries, raising a family of 5 children, and serving others.  A woman full of life and love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and always happy for an opportunity to share his love with those she met.  During her latter years, she was actively involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution and member of Brown Road Baptist Church.

Sue will be dearly missed by her family and friends and remembered as a beautiful and loving person inside and out.  She is survived by: 3 daughters, Linda Richards (Mike) – FL, Debbie Wigand – AZ, Julie Luman – TX;  2 sons, Jim North (Sundee) – CA, David North (Lori) – WY;  brothers Sam Darden – GA, Bill Darden (Vicki) – AL; sister Jane Coleman – AL; 13 grandchildren – Jeremi (Chandler), Kenny (Angie), Jenniffier, Stevan, Thad, Scott, Dustin, Carissa, Abbie, Zach, Jared, Bailey, Morgan; and 3 great grandchildren – Jake, Aidan, and Greyson.

A celebration of her life will be held on October 5, at 2:00, at Fellowship Square, 6945 W. Main Street,  Mesa,  85207.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 and/or Fellowship Square, Memorial Fund – Mesa, AZ.

Edwards, Patricia

Patricia Lee Edwards – May 16, 1936 – Born in Boonville, MO to Ernest B. and Addie Lee Smith.  Pat attended Moberly Junior College and graduated from Kirksville State Teachers College (now Truman State University).  She married James E. Edwards and to this union three children were born:  Debbie Kay, Laurie Lynn and Edwin Bert.  Pat’s professional life included teaching first grade in Keytesville and Moberly, Missouri working with Head Start in Kirksville, Head Start Region VII Training Office, 3 Feathers Native America Office and Certifying CDA Candidates.

Pat died Saturday night, September 28th at 8:15 p.m.  She is survived by her family that she loved so much.  Her husband, Jim (married 55 years), daughter Debbie and her children Hannah Lee and Benjamin Edwards Kiem., daughter Laurie and her husband Dan Wilburn and their children Meah Nicole and Hudson James, son Edwin and wife Julie and their children Ryan Daniel and Andrew James, one brother Dr. James B. Smith and his wife of Santa Fe New Mexico, one half-sister Ellie Tatum of Vallejo, CA, an aunt Louise Holloway of Brookfield, MO and several cousins.

Pat has felt so blessed because of her family, loyal friends and two medical teams who have helped her fight Leukemia.

She will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held by her family.

Pat cared for many people so anyone wishing to give something in Pat’s name may send checks to:

Desert Chapel United Methodist Church

462 N Palo Verde Drive

Apache Junction, AZ  85120

Please write “Discretionary Outreach” in the note so money will go directly to caring for the homeless.

Perea, Irene P.

Irene Portillo Perea, 89, passed away on September 25, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ

Chilsen, Alice J.

Alice Josephine Chilsen, 82, passed away on September 25, 2013 in Snowflake, AZ. A Funeral is scheduled for 10:00 am Monday, October 7, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ.

Sanders, Randolph Scott

Randolph Scott Sanders of Mesa, 67, beloved husband of Francie, entered into eternal rest on September 22, 2013. Scott was born in Big Spring, TX and moved to Arizona in 1965 to attend ASU. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Frances “Francie” Sanders; sister-in-law Mariagene (Joel) Wilson; niece Paula (Randy) Bartlett and nephew Elliot Wilson. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ (480) 832-2850 Scott loved all animals so please make a donation in his name to your favorite animal charity in lieu of flowers.

Terrell, Edison Ford

Terrell, Edison 2Edison Ford Terrell, 81, years of age, of Maricopa, Arizona, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:04 am in Chandler, Arizona.

Edison Ford Terrell was born on November 19, 1931, in Griffin, Georgia, to Henry Terrell and Mattie Noah.

Preceded in death by:  His wife, Phyllis Terrell; Parents, Henry and Mattie Terrell; Parents-in-Law, Clarence and Katherine Battle; Brothers, Henry Terrell, Jr. and Joe Terrell; and Sisters-in-Law Lynda Tecumseh, Beverly Chaney and Sandra Battle.

He is survived by:

Children:  Robin and Paula Terrell of Maricopa, Arizona; Maurice and Cheri Steele of Maricopa, Arizona; Brian E and Wendy Moreira of Chandler, Arizona; and Mike and Heather Callahan of Mesa, Arizona.

Grandchildren:  Kelly Ross, Tiffany Pierce, Sonja Ross, Dwight Baldwin, Brian M. Moreira, Ashton Moreira, Wallace Steele, Jr., and Lukas Steele.

Great-grandchildren:  Marquise Ross, Ahmani Ross, Haven Ross, Elijah Rainey, Breeana Gant, Candice Bolton, Stephen Pierce III, and Calyn Bolton.

Great-great-grandchildren:  Laquise Ross

Sisters:  Sarah Terrell, Betty Davis and Eunice Terrell.

Brother-in-Laws: Dennis, Phillip, Kenneth and Gregory Battle.

Nephews and Nieces:  Lavan, Reggie and Calvin Davis; Eugene, Robert and Margret Terrell; Alonzo, Fred and Joe Terrell; Ramsey Tecumseh and Shelly Weerasingha Chaney.

Pet:  Brandon

Henningsen, Betty

Henningsen, Betty 2 webHenningsen, Betty webBetty Henningsen, 94, passed away on September 17, 2013 in her home in Mesa. She was born December 12, 1918 in Logansport, IN. She is preceded in death by her husband Carter M.W. Henningsen, in 1978 and is survived by her daughter Christine (Gene) Chaillie, son Carter (Linda) Henningsen, granddaughters: Ramona (Joe) Strait, Carmen Rinken, Pamela (Dante) Depanicis; grandsons Raymond Alvarez, Jr., Brian (Kathy) Henningsen, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson Bradley. Betty was an active member of the Greater Phoenix Deaf Senior Citizen and was voted Miss Deaf Senior of Arizona in 1993. She was also a member of the Red Mountain Senior Citizens. She worked for the US Postal Service for 20 years and retired in 1983 and moved to the Phoenix area. Memorial service to be scheduled at a later date.

Harrop, Donald Bruce and Phyllis Fortie

Harrop, Don and PhyDonald Bruce Harrop was born January 4, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Raised in Salt Lake, he graduated from Granite High School in 1945, and went immediately into the U.S. Army – assigned to post-war Italy.  In the fall of 1946, he returned home, and on June 2, 1947 married his high school sweetheart – Phyllis Fortie.  Following  additional education at the University of Utah, Don embarked on a career in Marketing, and over the next 50 years worked for Dixie Cup, American Greetings, World Academy, and International Institute . . . to name a few.

      Phyllis Fortie was born June 30, 1928 in the small farming community of  Bonita, Utah.   Her family moved into Salt Lake City when she was a child, and she graduated from Granite High School in 1946.  On June 2, 1947, she married her high school sweetheart – Donald Bruce Harrop.  Over the next 6 years, she bore 5 children, and was absolutely dedicated to their raising. 

      Career opportunities led them from Salt Lake to Los Angeles, to Seattle, to Cincinnati, and eventually to Tempe in 1966. During those years, Don and Phyllis were active with their family:  Steven Don, Brian Cris, Bradley Phil, Becky, and Robert Dean, all of whom survive.  They currently have 30 grandchildren and 84 great-grandchildren.  They were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in a number of callings in each place where they lived.  They served a full time mission for the Church to Kirkland, Ohio in 2003-2004. 

        Phyllis and Don were never separated, and in the last few weeks of their lives, they lived together in a Beehive Care Center, each insisting that they needed to be there for the other.  They were each tried in the furnace of mortality . . . enjoying success and disappointment, joy and heartbreak.  And through it all, they did their best to hold fast to family and friends, to their integrity, and to the principals of character that mark a good person.  Of them it may be said:  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

 Phyllis passed quietly on August 28th, 2013 and Don followed shortly thereafter on September 16, 2013.

      Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 1007 S. 72nd St. in Mesa at 2pm followed by internment at Mountain View Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers, those desiring to honor Don and Phyllis Harrop are invited to make a donation in their name to either the Missionary Fund or the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Hopkins, Lawrence E.

Lawrence E. Hopkins, 74, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday September 1, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Hopkins, a welder, was born in Mesa, Arizona. He was also a veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Hopkins was a 32 year resident of Arizona. He is survived by his wife Geneva Hopkins and other family and friends. The visitation will be at 10:00 am Monday September 9, 2013 followed by the funeral at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. Interment to take place at the National Cemetery of Arizona later that day. 

 

Gardner, Anna C.

Anna C. Gardner, 95, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday September 1, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Gardner, a photographic machine operator, was born in Ogden, New York. Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 am Friday September 6, 2013 at All Saints Catholic Churh, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa, Arizona 85205.

Blecha, Donald Wayne

Donald Wayne Blecha, 91, Apache Junction, AZ died in hospice care on September 4, 2013.  He was born September 22, 1921, to Albert and Maggie Blecha. He was the third of 5 children. Donald was raised on a small farm near Merricourt, ND, where he attended school until the 8th grade. His early life found him working and helping his father on their farm, riding the rails to find work on other farms in the Midwest during the depression, and joining the CCC’s where he learned the Mechanics trade.  On August 10, 1942 Donald married Dorothea Grewatz in Edgeley, ND. For the next 4 years they lived on his father’s farm and helped farm the land. During the winter months Donald would work in Edgeley as a mechanic. In the fall of 1946 Donald moved his family to Edmore, ND where he lived and worked as a mechanic for the Case and Chevrolet dealership and in his own business D&G Auto Service for 23 years. While in Edmore, Donald was active in the Edmore Rural Fire Department, Edmore Ambulance Service, the Edmore Curling Club, and other civic and fraternal organizations. In 1969 he sold his business in Edmore and moved to Grand Forks, ND where he worked for the city of Grand Forks as a mechanic at their airport. After retirement, Donald and his wife Dorothea spent their winters in Apache Junction, AZ. They moved there full time in 1998. In his retirement, Donald spent many hours restoring 1928-31 Model A Fords. He estimated that he had restored about 30 of them. He gave one to each of his five children and sold the rest of them to friends and acquaintances.  Donald is survived by his five children, Kirk & Cheryll Blecha of Clatskanie, OR, Crystal Myrvik of Tipton, IA, Brian Blecha of Apache Junction, AZ, Renee and Mike Schwitzer of Granger, TX, and Denise Blecha of New Lebanon, OH, his brother Gayle Blecha of Eugene, OR.; 7 living grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothea, son-in-law Richard Myrvik, grandson Scott Blecha, brother Clarence Blecha, brother Cleo Blecha, sister Mary Blecha, and his parents.  At his request, no service will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to any local Hospice. Private interment will be held at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie, OR.

Faure, Howard L.

Howard L. Faure passed away on August 24, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Born June 10, 1933 in New Milford, CT he retired to Arizona in 1992. Predeceased by his brother James Faure, he is survived by his wife Barbara of 57 years, daughters Deborah and Pamela, son William, sister Julie Bennick, brother Richard Faure. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2:00 pm Friday, August 30, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ 85207. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Valley, Arbor Rose.

Koukios, James W.

James W. Koukios, 57, of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday August 29, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Koukios, a residential, commercial construction contractor and land developer, was born in Chicago, IL. Survivors include his wife Becky Herritz Koukios, his father-in-law Clifford Herritz, his mother Barbara Koukios, 2 sisters, Laura and Valerie, 2 brothers-in-law, 2 nieces and 2 nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Bill Koukios. James was a very loving and generous husband and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Waldon, June Ann

June Ann Waldon, 73, of Lakeside, AZ passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Waldon was born in Mt. Liberty, Ohio. Survivors include her mother Juanita Thorpe, two sons, David and Chris Waldon, daughters in law, Nita Waldon and Felicia Waldon, and four grandchildren; Tanner Waldon, Bryan Waldon, Joseph Waldon, and Christina Waldon. Services will be held Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85207.

Hughes, Dean G.

Dean G. Hughes, 81, born in Gessie, Indiana passed away at 10:45 AM (MT) Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Hospice in Mesa, Arizona. He was born January 24, 1932 in Gessie, Indiana, the son of Glenn H. and Bernice Kell Hughes. He married Norma J. Carrigan on July 27, 1956 at the Methodist Church on Main Street in Danville, Illinois. She survives. Other survivors include his daughters, Debbie Dowlen of Murfreesboro, TN and Jessica “Jai” Hughes of Tucson, AZ and son, Wade Hughes of Chino Valley, AZ; and two granddaughters, Robin Hardcastle of Murfreesboro, TN and Britt Moore of Madisonville, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Bonnie Hughes of Lebanon, IN. Dean was the Plant Facility Manager at the General Electric Plant in Madisonville, KY from 1970 to 1992. He served as the President of Madisonville Rotary Club and was very active in community projects. He was involved in the creation of the Madisonville Retail Association as owner of Cole’s Office Outfitters and Kwik Kleen Kleaners in Madisonville, KY. He spent his retirement with his wife traveling all across the United States in their RV. There will be no funeral services but the family requests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

Shurtleff, Howard Eldon

Howard Eldon Shurtleff, born November 6, 1931, went to be with Jesus August 19, 2013. Howard was one of ten children born to Russell and Marie Shurtleff. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, 3 children and 5 siblings. His survivors include his wife of 46 years, Verna, son Howard Scott, 4 step-children, 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 siblings, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. He was a loving husband, father and friend. His God, church and Missions were a large part of his life. He worked in fifty countries to build churches, schools and various needed church facilities. He will be greatly missed. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday August 23, 2013 at East Valley Church of the Nazarene, 127 N. Signal Butte, Apache Junction, AZ.

Verre, Zepherine B.

Zepherine B. Verre, passed away August 19, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. She was born March 18, 1922 in Abington, MA and moved to Mesa, AZ in 1956. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Verre Jr, and her daughters Jean M. De Spain and Sharyn A. Burke. “Zeph” leaves two daughters Joan M. Stafford, Patricia F. Jackson, son Wilton A. Burke, son-in-law Danny Jackson, 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, with 3 more on the way. A woman known for her huge heart and her generosity will be greatly missed by her family and scores of friends. The visitation will be at 9:00 am Friday August 23, 2013, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Merritt, Randy A.

Randy A. Merritt, 53, passed away Friday, August 16, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona.  Mr. Merritt, a Building Tech for ASU maintenance was born in Tuscola, Illinois.  Predeceased by his mother Edwyna Jewell Merritt, he is survived by his wife Nancy A. Merritt, son Jacob A. Merritt, step daughter Alicia B. Chavez, step sons Albert E. and Matthew R. Chavez, grandchild Kingston Sioux-Cash Chavez, his sister Debbie Merritt and his parents Kenneth Wayne Merritt (Ellen).  A Memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday, August 22nd at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ  85207

Dilley, Darl Fred

dilley, darlDarl Fred Dilley, 67 of Tempe, AZ, born April 11, 1946 in Gary, IN passed away August 6, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. He proudly served his country in the US Army. Fred raised his family out West in the states of Colorado, Arizona and Nevada and spent his career in the field of construction. After retiring, he spent the rest of his time living in Tempe close to his family. He is survived by his children Jeremy, Nevada, and Cheyenne, and by his grandchildren Briana, Nathan, Adam, and Ashley. He is also survived by his mother, Julia, his brother and sister-in-law Don and Marilyn, and his sister and brother-in-law Donna and Dave. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter Cierra and his father Donald. Services will be at 2:00 pm Friday August 16, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Vandenberg, Levert A.

Vandenberg, LVandenberg, LevertLevert A. Vandenberg, 78 of Mesa, AZ passed away August 3, 2013. Levert was born in Charleston, WV December 10, 1934, moved to Kenosha, WI at an early age, and moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 1980. Levert was a licensed Architect and will be sadly missed by his wife, Frances Vandenberg, and sons Cory and Craig. He was preceded in death by his daughter Ellyn Schreiner of Seaside, OR, sister Kathryn Ruberg of Kenosha, WI, and parents Levert and Virginia. Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10AM at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Chapman, Elvin “Al”

Chapman, Al
Elvin B. (Al) Chapman, 90, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Hospice of the Valley, Mesa, AZ. He was born May 19, 1923 in Pueblo, CO.

Al Chapman was a World War II Veteran, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather; he was a husband to two wonderful women and is now reunited with his dear Lolo!

Al grew up in Huntington Park, CA. He graduated from Huntington Park HS upon returning from service in the US Army service in the European theater during WWII.

Al married Lois Gregory in 1946 in Quartzide, NV. They were happily married for 49 years. AL married Geraldine Louise Porter in 1997 in Apache Junction, AZ. They were happily married for 16 years.

Al was a member of Community Christian Church in Apache Junction, a 42 year member of the A.F & A.M. Ionic Lodge #82 in Cascade, ID, a 32-degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry S.J and the El Korah Shrine Temple of Boise ID.

Al was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Bertha Chapman; his sister Marva (Chapman) Thomas; his brother Edward Jr., his first wife Lois (Gregory) Chapman and his stepson Richard Porter.

Al is survived by his spouse Geraldine of Apache Junction, AZ; his son Stephen C. Chapman and wife Marylou of Huntsville, AL; daughter Sylvia Jean Blake and husband James Arnold Blake of Nampa, ID; stepson Bill Porter, his wife Marjorie, their children and grandchildren; stepdaughter Sherry (Porter) Seward, her husband John, their children and grandchildren; his grandchildren Stacey Cathleen (Chapman) Tobin and husband James of Chicago, IL, Stephen Cristopher Chapman and wife Meredith of Ridgewood, NJ, Jennifer Amme (Blake) Collins and husband Chad and Benjamin Floyd Blake and wife Heather of Nampa, ID; his great-grandchildren Colin Tobin, Hannah Tobin, Porter Collins and Ethan Chapman; and his loving step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

So now we say goodbye to our hero. Rest in peace Papa Al, you know how much we loved you! He is one of just a few people in our lives that we truly looked up to and respected with all our hearts. He was an ever faithful husband and father and a wonderful provider for his family. He made a huge impact on our lives and gave us confidence to be who we are today! We owe so much to him. Our tears are of joy for his heavenly happiness and of selfish sadness because we will miss him on earth! See you on the other side.

Services were held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ at 12:00 noon on August 9, 2013.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Valley Fund Development, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.5656
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Raisanen, Carolyn Elaine

Raisanen, CarolynCarolyn Elaine Raisanen, 70, passed away peacefully July 27, 2013 at her home with her husband Richard Raisanen by her side after a battle with cancer.
Born in Derby, Maine on March 11, 1943, she was the daughter of Murray and Helen Lewis. Carolyn was raised in Maine but moved to Windham, NH with her former husband, Joseph Sangillo, where they raised two children. She worked as the membership secretary at the YMCA in Nashua, NH and was a regular member of the choir at the Hudson Baptist Church.
She married Richard Raisanen on September 1, 1989 and moved to Arizona in 1994. Here she made many friends in the cities of Mesa and Apache Junction. A lifelong piano player, she taught herself how to play the organ and played weekly for the Crossroads Southern Baptist church. With much of her family in NH, she and Dick returned every summer in their RV to visit with all of their children and grandchildren.
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents and her brother Calvin Lewis. She is survived by her husband Richard Raisanen; two sons Mark Sangillo of Candia, NH and Scott Sangillo of Goffstown, NH; four stepchildren Dick Raisanen of Nashua,NH, Carol Meedzan of New Ipswhich, NH, Debra Rotkiewicz of Hollis, NH and David Raisanen of Hudson, NH; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 pm  August 31, 2013 at the Monadnock Full Gospel Church, 457 Middle Winchendon Road,  in Rindge, NH. A memorial service for her winter friends in AZ will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Carolyn Raisanen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Crist, James “Sandy” Sanford

James Sanford (Sandy) Crist, 74, of Gold Canyon, AZ, passed away with his wife at his side on Sunday, August 11th, in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Crist, a price/cost analyst for The Boeing Company, and a commercial airline pilot, was born on October 6th, 1938 in Ashland KY.
Survivors include his wife LuAnn, daughter Kathy Richelieu (Mike), son Jim McCall (Nanette), grandchildren David and Kate McCall, and A.J. and Sydney Richelieu, mother- and father-in-law Helen and Joe Hauser, uncle Jack Crist, and his two beloved dogs, Mitzi and Trixie. Sandy was predeceased by parents, Jim and Peggy, and brother, Bobby.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm Thursday, August 15th, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or, the Arizona Animal Welfare League, 25 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034.

Coffin, Dale Stephen

Dale Coffin Dale Stephen Coffin 93, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on August 10, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on January 18, 1920 on a rural farm in Burnside, Iowa, Dale was the second youngest and last surviving of the four children of James Walter and Jessie Belle (Mintun) Coffin. Dale had an older brother Varlen, an older sister, Vivian (Hansen), and a younger sister Nina (Nelson).
Dale grew up in northwest Iowa working on his father’s farm. In 1942 Dale was the first person drafted in Humboldt County, IA. He joined the Navy and graduated first in his class of 800 from Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Dale went on to become one of the first Aviation Electronics School instructors, focusing on the PB4Y2.
He married the love of his life, (Helen) Beverly Cran on October 10, 1942 in Rutland, Iowa. They were able to be together during a significant portion of his Navy years being stationed in Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, California, and Washington. Dale also had a tour in the Aleutian Islands. During the war years they developed enduring friendships that have spanned the last 70 years. Dale received his Honorable Discharge in October, 1945, just in time to be home for the birth of their first child.
In the ensuing years, Dale received a degree from Iowa State University and eventually started his own electrical company in Rutland, Iowa. In 1966 Dale and Beverly moved to Arizona where he continued Coffin Electric for several years. Dale and Beverly shared 71 years of marriage with a life-long love for each other, family, golf, dancing, playing cards, and travel (all 50 states and England).
Dale is survived by his wife Beverly, and their three children and their spouses – Suzanne (Chuck Nolting), Stephen (Barbara), and Scott (Suzanne). They have several wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ, on August 14, with visitation/viewing starting at 1:00PM and the memorial service at 1:30PM. A reception will be held immediately following at the Club Room at Recreation Center One, Leisure World, 908 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ.

Furbee, Marty G.

Furbee, MartyMarty G. Furbee of Mesa, AZ passed away August 3, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ. She was 94. She was born February 12, 1919 in Painsville, OH to Walter Grow & Orpha (Elmore) Grow. Marty was a Mesa resident since 1959, and was an avid Cubs fan. She is survived by her son Dan (Sarah) Furbee & daughter Karen Furbee (Wade) Borg, 4 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren. Marty was preceded in death by her son Tom and her husband Bill. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held Friday August 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Terrace Greens Clubhouse at the Viewpoint Golf Resort 650 N. Hawes Rd. Mesa, AZ 85207. The family suggests contributions be made in Marty’s name to Arizona Adopt A Greyhound P.O. Box 63033 Phoenix, AZ 85082 or Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014.

McLaughlin, Snjezana “Snowflake”

Snjezana “Snowflake” McLaughlin, 62, of Mesa, AZ passed away on Tuesday August 6, 2013. A loving wife to the late Brendan McLaughlin, she is survived by her three children Michele, Margaret, and Brendan, sons-in-law Mark and James, grandchildren Robert and Katelin, and brother Ivica. A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Monday August 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm at Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa, 5625 E McKellips Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alliance for Lupus Research (www.lupusresearch.org).

Sawyer, Stella Louisa

Sawyer, StellaStella Louisa Sawyer passed away peacefully on July 31, 2013, in Mesa, AZ. Stella was born March 10, 1925, in Red Mesa, CO, and had lived and worked in Mesa since the early 1950′s. She is preceded in death by her husband Stanley Sawyer, her daughter Ressa Kay Berger, and by all 12 of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her granddaughter Cindy Jenkins, and 3 great-grandchildren Trevor, Dylan, and Riley. Memorial services are being held on Friday, August 9, 2013, at 10:00 am, with the viewing held immediately before the service at 9:00 to 9:30 am. Both will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 5620 E. Adobe St, in Mesa AZ, 85205. The internment will take place closely following the services, with an escorted motorcade for those who wish to participate, leaving from the Church and going to Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St, in Mesa. Lunch will be provided by the Relief Society after the internment at the Church.

Smith, Robert Louis

Robert Louis Smith, 67 of Glendale, AZ, passed away on August 1, 2013. Services for Robert, a US Army veteran, will be at 1:00 pm Monday August 5, 2013 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207

Stoker, Thelma R.

Stoker, ThelmaThelma R. Stoker, 86, of Mesa, Arizona, died suddenly in an automobile accident on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. She was born April 22, 1927 in Mountainview, Missouri to Walter Prine and Florence Schelling Prine. Thelma married Dean Morse on August 16, 1943 and was a long time resident of Colorado. She and her second husband, Felix Stoker, moved from Colorado to Arizona in 2000, where she lived the rest of her life. Thelma took pride in being a Christian and was greatly admired by those privileged to know her; she made friends easily and she was happy to sit and visit or write out cards to loved ones. Thelma will be missed by her many friends and family in Arizona and Colorado. Survivors are her son Dennis Morse (Mary Ellen) and daughter Charlene Stanley (Larry), grandchildren Aaron Stanley, Lisa Harris (Evan), and Bradley Morse (Erica), and great granddaughter Olive Morse. Wenburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements set for Thursday, August 8, 10:30 AM, Arapahoe Christian Church, 902 Locust Street, Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Kincade, Dorothy

Kincade, D webDorothy L. Kincade went home to be with the Lord on July 26, 2013 in Tucson, AZ where she has resided for the past 17 years. Dorothy was born in Burlington, IA on September 3, 1919. The daughter of Rozetta McLaughlin and Charles Allum of Burlington, she graduated from Davenport High School, Davenport, IA in 1937. After graduation she worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company until 1945, during that time she met the love of her life, George H. Kincade. They married in Davenport, IA June 16, 1945. Then they moved to San Francisco, CA while he was a Captain and Bomber Pilot in the United States Air Force. After living in Racine, WI, they moved to Mesa, AZ. They had 3 children: two daughters and one son. Corinne Hermes (Floyd) of Gillette, WY, Marsha Miller (Dennis) of Mesa, AZ and Mark Kincade (Amy) of Tucson, AZ. She had six grandchildren: Christa, Mark, Michael, Cory, Melissa and Lindsay; and four great-grandchildren: Tyler, Nicholas, Reece and CoraLeigh. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, George and her brother Jack Allum of Oregon, IL. Dorothy (Nanny) will be most remembered for her devotion to God and her church and the Love to her family. There will be visitation at 1:00 pm followed by the service at 2:00 pm Tuesday July 30, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Thompson, Carl Clifford

 

Thompson, Carl Clifford webCarl Clifford Thompson, 95, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona from heart failure after a long hard fought battle with CHF.  He lived a happy, eventfully long life.  He was born in Greenville, PA to Samuel E. and Lena Barrows Thompson on August 12, 1917.  He was a graduate of Penn High School in Greenville.  He attended Erie Business School and served in the army where he earned the WWII Victory of Medal. He retired from the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad over 30 years ago.  He was married to Alice Reagle of Grove City, PA on April, 20, 1939 who passed away in 1999.   He enjoyed all his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Nothing was dearer to him or meant more.  He was happiest when he was with all of us. The little ones kept him going longer than any health care could have. We will miss his famous stories, his laugh, and his love and passion for life. We all can agree he is now pain free and at peace watching over us every day to uncover more stories to share. We all love him dearly, and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Hess of Fountain Hills, AZ and Anne T. Whitfield of Lakewood, CO; two sons, Edward Thompson of Scottsdale, AZ and David Thompson of North Bend, WA.  He was predeceased by Thomas W. Thompson of New Castle, PA and James S. Thompson of Blackhawk, CO.  He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, August 9th at 10:00 a.m. located at 1534 N Recker Road, Mesa, AZ 85205.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, http://alzfdn.org/.

Thom, Janie

Thom, Eugenie webJanie C. Thom, 72, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 peacefully in her sleep. Mrs. Thom was a former Mesa City Council member and a 3rd generation Arizona native. Janie was born to Eugene and Adelaide Flint in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1941. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dick, daughter Patricia and son Rick. A visitation is scheduled Tuesday, July 30th from 5-8 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday July 31, 2013 also at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel

Overgaard, Esther

Esther Louise Overgaard, age 100, of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday July 26, 2013. She was born on June 15, 1913, and was the only one of nine children in the Overgaard family to have never been married. She loved all her family greatly and was a treasured sister and aunt to her siblings, nephews and nieces. Esther retired from service as an elementary school teacher in Compton, CA and previously taught school in Mott, ND, where the family homesteaded a ranch. Six of her siblings predeceased her: Siguard Overgaard, Jenny Swanston, Elizabeth Eckleberg, Edna Schrimpf, Elsie Jacobson-Ryan, and Walter Overgaard. Her two surviving siblings are Eleanor Reineke of Oregon, and Alvina Swindler of Apache Junction, AZ. Esther’s example for long life included finding joy and peace in God, loving others, having a continuous smile and an unselfish concern for her fellow man. Services will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Hair, Donald A.

Hair, DonaldDonald A. Hair

Age 83

Death: July 24th 2013

First of three children born to Dorothy and John Hair in Edwardsville, Illinois.

He married Norma Lee Frisby in December, 1950. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Worchester during the Korean War.

He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1958 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

He started his career with the Bell Telephone System in 1958. He joined the Sprint Telephone System in 1965 from which he retired in 1988. He served as a salesman of telephone equipment for Northern Telecom until 1995.

Don and Norma moved to Mesa in 2002.

Family members who have gone before are his parents and his sister, Katherine.

Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma, brother Jim, children-sons Michael (Jill), and Patrick (Jodi). He was Grandpa to Dana Sanchez (Cesar), and Andrew, Thomas, Ben, Tucker, and Hanna Hair. His four great grandchildren are Jacob, Megan, Brandon, and Sophie.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM and the funeral will follow at 11:00 AM at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ.

In lieu of flowers please send remembrances to Apache Wells Community Church,  Benevolence Committee, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd., Mesa AZ  85215

Whitlock, Michael “Mike”

Whitlock, MichaelMichael (“Mike”) Whitlock, Mesa, Arizona, passed away on July 22, 2013, at the age of 82.  He is survived by the true love of his life, Marian (Costello) Whitlock, and four children and their families: Mike, Jr. and his wife, Tanni, their daughters, Molly and Kate, of Redmond, Washington; Tim Whitlock and his wife, Freddi Hausser Whitlock, of Arlington, Virginia; Pat Whitlock and his wife, Debbie Page Whitlock, of Seattle, Washington, and daughter Katie (Whitlock) Kope and her husband, Ken Kope, and their children, Sarah and Kyle, of Eagle, Idaho. Dad was born in Clarion, Iowa, on May 28, 1931, and spent most of his childhood in Austin, Minnesota. After graduating from Austin High, he moved to Minneapolis to study auto mechanics. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Marian. He served in the United States Air Force in the early 1950’s and married Marian in December 1953. They enjoyed 59 years of marriage, raised a family, lived in and around Seattle, Washington, Colorado, New Hampshire, Tempe, and most recently, Mesa, Arizona. He was happiest when he was by Marian’s side as he adored her and she completed him. He cherished his children, adored his grandchildren, and was at his best when he was surrounded by his family members. Those times were full of laughter, stories of family moves and adventures, and meals and desserts made by mom that were always “better than any restaurant’s.”  No food was ever “as good as your mother’s.”  His sometimes gruff exterior was a thin shell to a heart full of fun, love, and faith.  His Catholic faith served as the center of his life. And, because of this faith, those that love him and miss him trust that he is now enjoying the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. A memorial Mass will be held on Monday, July 29, 2013, at 10:00 am at St. George Roman Catholic Parish, 300 E. 16th Avenue, Apache Junction, 85119.  A Catholic rosary will be prayed at 9:30 am prior to Mass. A private interment will follow at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. All who would like to celebrate Mike’s life are invited to join the family at a reception to be held from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at  Las Palmas Grand Clubhouse, 2550 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa, 85209. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Building 1, Phoenix, Arizona, 85014 or on line at www.hov.org.

Hunt, Lee Ruby

Lee Ruby Hunt, 79, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on July 18, 2013. A visitation will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 followed by a funeral service at 2:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E Main Street, Mesa, Arizona, 85207.

Carretta, Louis

Carretta, LouLouis Carretta was born July 1, 1928 in Astoria, NY. He passed away July 16, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. He married the girl next door, Jule Audrey Curry on July 26, 1953. They were married for 60 years. They had 5 children together. Louis was an aerospace engineer for Grumman Aerospace in New York for 30 years, then in Boeing in Arizona. They resided in AZ for 35 years. He is survived by his wife Jule Carretta, daughters Susan A. Kenney, Gerrie Faas, Donna Marie Carretta and son John L. Carretta. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, William Joseph Carretta in 1989. Funeral arragements have been made at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E, Main St., Mesa, AZ for Tuesday July 23rd. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.

Rea, Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann Rea, 73, of Mesa, AZ Passed away on July 15, 2013. Barbara had the unique opportunity to travel the world as a military wife and mother. She touched many lives during her years as an Educator, Seniors Activity Director, and Friend, and will be greatly missed. Barbara is survived by her two daughters Lori and Robin. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences by visiting the online guest book at www.obits.azcentral.com A Memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, July 21st at 1:30 pm, Brentwood Southern Club House 8103 E. Southern Ave. Mesa, AZ 85209

Cleary, Mark Joseph

Cleary, Mark webMark Joseph Cleary of Apache Junction, age 49 passed away on July 5, 2013. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Patrick and Mary (nee Wegas) Cleary on November 4, 1963 and was the oldest of 4 children. He attended Saint Mel Grade School and Holy Name High School in Cleveland where he lettered in football and wrestling. Mark was an award winning natural body builder as well as an accomplished lyricist and musician. He worked as a Peer Support Specialist at Choices Network of Arizona in Tempe, AZ and had a very fulfilling career in Behavioral Health.  He loved living in Apache Junction Arizona which he described as “a postcard.”  Mark is survived by his parents, first wife, Dana Groom, which they share a daughter Kaitlyn Rain and a son, Christian David, second wife Donna Hartzfeld which they share a daughter Morgan Paige and a son, John Joseph, sister Kathleen Jerge and brother-in-law, Edward, brother Patrick and daughter-in-law, Christine,  and Thomas, grand-daughter Evelyn Grace, five nephews, two nieces and many friends.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church at 6640 S Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, AZ.  Memorial donations may be made to Wells Fargo in the name of Mark J. Cleary.

Harris, Mary

Mary Harris, 86 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on July 3, 2013. Services for Mary will be at 10:00 am Friday July 26th at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. A luncheon will follow at East Valley Church of the Nazarene, 131 N. Signal Butte Rd. Apache Junction, AZ 85120.

Cole, Harry Shelton

Cole, Harry webHarry Shelton Cole went to be with the Lord Sunday July 14, 2013. He was 88. Harry passed away peacefully in Springfield, MO. He was born June 30, 1925 in Earl, AR to Eli Curlin Cole and Lucy Ellen (Clifton) Cole. Mr. Cole was a longtime member of Harmony Baptist Church, a 32nd degree Mason and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII . He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Fannie in 2012. He is survived by his children Shelton Cole, William (Linda) Cole, Tony (Paulette) Cole, Tommy (Barbara) Jackson, Harriett (Tom) Lee & Trudy (Jon) Parks. Grandchildren Bridgett (Taylor) Todd, Holly (Todd) Mozzone, Matthew (Kit) Cole, Jonah Cole & Harry Cole III. Great grand kids Angelisa, Amanda, Brandon, J.T., Connor, Bill & Kanoa. A visitation will be held Monday July 22, 2013 from 2:00-4:00PM. A funeral service will be held Tuesday July 23, 2013 at 10:00AM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207

Penman, Brunna Louvern Stalnaker Arnold

Penman, BrunnaBrunna Louvern Stalnaker Arnold Penman, 104, of Fountain of the Sun, passed away Tuesday July 9, 2013 at the Springdale Village in Mesa, AZ. She was born June 6, 1909 in Minnora, Calhoun County, West Virginia to Clark and Nora Stalnaker and was one of 10 children. She was an Elder of the John Calvin Presbyterian Church, past business owner with her husband in West Virginia and Arizona, and devoted her life to her family. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 40 years, Doyle Van Arnold, her second husband of 17 years, George Penman, her loving daughter, Berniece Tucker Scharff, a granddaughter, Stephanie Arnold, and eight siblings. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her son, R C Arnold and daughter-in-law, Kathryn Arnold, her son, William Arnold and daughter-in-law, Kay Arnold, her son, Lowell Arnold and Marilynn Pustelak, her sister, Naomi Simms, her step-son, George Penman Jr. and wife, Linda Penman, her step-daughter, Bonnie McGovern and husband Jerry, many Arnold/Stalnaker nieces and nephews, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 20 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Banner Hospice, 202 E. Earll Dr., Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

 

McClellan, Gary Stuart

McClellan, Gary webUS Navy veteran Gary McClellan, 72, passed away on July 9, 2013. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 51 beautiful years Helen, son Brett, Kimberly, grandson Gavin, sister Jane Boyce and extended family, and special canine friends Peso and Taco. Gary served our country on the USS Midway from 1957-1961 on the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron. He moved his family to Phoenix, AZ in 1970 where he had a long career as an electrical test engineer at Westinghouse & RDC Electric. Gary was a rugged outdoorsman who loved to go exploring in his RV, play golf, ride his ATV, hike and bike. A true renaissance man, Gary was skilled in woodworking, metalsmithing, jewelry making, and auto building among many interests and sometimes found the time to volunteer at local animal shelters. He was a friend to anyone and everyone, and will be missed by all. Services will be held at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 23029 North Cave Creek Rd on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

Morton, Eldora Mae

Morton, EldoraEldora Mae Morton, 85, of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Mrs. Morton, a Tupperware Manager, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is preceded in death by her husband Douglas Eugene Morton. Survived by her 2 sons Douglas Ward (Linda) and Jeffrey Lynn Morton (Virginia), 3 sisters Mary Lou Jicha, Jean Phoebe Keyser, Judith Ann Truesdell, 7 grandchildren Douglas, Mark, Scott, Jonathan and Alysia Morton and Jennifer Kerry, 9 great grandchildren Brianna, Jenna, Brady, Mia, Zac, Heaven, Adrian and Ian. Services will be held 2:00 Monday, July 15th at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207. Donations can be made in honor of Eldora Mae to the American Heart Association.

Hanson, Eleanor Pages

hanson, eleanor 2Eleanor Pages Hanson of Sun Lakes, AZ passed away peacefully on July 2, 2013, surrounded by her loving husband and family, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Ashland, WI on May 2, 1927, and spent her youth in Milwaukee. She and her family moved to California in 1945 where she began her business career as an Executive Secretary to major insurance companies. She married Donald Edward Hanson, Sr. in 1977 and their marriage was full of love, laughter, world travel, and many friends throughout the nation. She was a loving step-mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt to her many family members. Eleanor was bright, cheerful, loving, and compassionate. She loved horseback riding, playing the organ, and crocheting and knitting for various philanthropic organizations. She also loved sports, and played in various foursome golf tournaments with her husband. Eleanor was deeply spiritual and committed to her Catholic faith. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Steven’s Catholic Church at 10 am on July 18, 2013 with a Rosary at 9:30 am. The church is located on Dobson Rd. and Riggs Rd. in Sun Lakes. A reception luncheon will immediately follow at Palo Verde Country Club, 10801 San Tan Blvd., Sun Lakes. Eleanor was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Andrews, Christ P.

Christ P. Andrews, 88 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on July 3, 2013. Services For Mr. Andrews, a WWII USMC veteran, will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday July 10, 2013 at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ.

Laubhan, Marvin E.

Laubhan, MarvinMarvin E. Laubhan, 89, of Sun Lakes, AZ passed into eternity on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Marvin was born on June 16, 1924 in the farming/ranching community of Follett, TX, the only son of Alex and Louise Laubhan and the youngest of three siblings. The family moved to El Dorado, KS, in the mid 1930′s, farming and ranching there until late 1950′s. After graduating from El Dorado (KS) High School in 1942, Marvin spent the war years farming with his father to “feed the troops”. After WWII, he farmed for several years and then pursued a series of small business ventures in El Dorado and Augusta, KS. In 1948, Marvin married Elizabeth (Libby) Jay. They remained married until Elizabeth’s passing in 2007. In 1957, Marvin and Libby moved to Wickenburg, AZ with 3 children of their marriage: Chestine, Connie, and David. They commenced to establish a number of antique, used goods, and furniture businesses that spanned the next 40 years. Marvin was well known among East Mesa businessmen and women as the co-founder of “Grandpa’s Trading Post”, an Apache Trail Icon. Marvin was preceded in death by his spouse of almost 60 years, Libby, and is survived by his six children: Gerald (Dona) Laubhan of Petersburg, AK, Patsy (Gene) McAdam of Wichita, KS, Sandy (Robert) Hurd of Derby, KS, Chestine (Jim) Gosnell of Chandler, AZ, Connie (Richard) Betten of Tucson, AZ and David (Susan) Laubhan of Arcadia, FL. A private, graveside service is planned by the family.

Roberge, Robert Yves

Robert “Frenchy” Yves Roberge, 72 of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on July 2, 2013. Services for Mr. Roberge will be at 2:00 pm Saturday July 6, 2013 at the Pima Center of Shadow Mountain Village, 8780 E. McKellips Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

Platt, Duane J.

Duane Platt, 92, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away June 26, 2013 from lung cancer. He served in World War II in Europe, and followed with a career as an electrical lineman. He is survived by 4 children, 6 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held later this year. Cremation has taken place.

Bittner, Harold “Hal” J.

Harold J. Bittner “Hal,” 71, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Bittner, a Retired School Bus Driver was born in Turtle Creek, PA. He is survived by his wife Annette Bittner, sons Doug and Charlie Bittner, Step-son David Hentges, Step-daughter Karen Johnston, brother Ron Bittner and 6 grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled 4 to 7pm, Tuesday, July 2nd at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, July 3rd at 11:00 am also at Mountain View Funeral Home (480) 832-2850.

Loveall, John E.

Loveall, John

Loveall, John

Born November 8th 1922, in Wilson, OK, John was a longtime resident of Mesa, AZ. He was very successful in business as a plaster and stucco contractor. John was a World War II US Army veteran. His wife, Violet preceded him in death. He is survived by 6 children: Vernon D. Loveall, Lee R. Loveall, and Linda L. Loveall of Mesa, AZ, John E. Loveall Jr.of Show Low, AZ, Richard W. Loveall of Eugene, OR, and Shirley A. Francis of Folsom, CA. He will be deeply missed and was loved by all who knew him. The visitation will be between 10-11:00am Friday June 28, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207, with the funeral following at 11:00am.Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Frassa, Pasquale “Pat”

Pasquale V. Frassa passed away June 20, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. “Pat” was born in Schenectady, NY, 88 years ago, to Anthony and Maria (Nacca) Frassa. He served in the US Army from 1943 to 1946. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Theresa and Louise. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bette and two children, June and Charles. The funeral will be held Friday June 28, at 10:00am, at the Alta Mesa Stake Center, 5320 E. McLellan St., Mesa, AZ, with a viewing at 9:00 am. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 E. North Temple St., Room 1521, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.

Culbreth, Winton D.

Culbreth, Winton D copyA Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Gateway Fellowship SBC in Gilbert, AZ.  Winton, age 83, was born August 1, 1929 in Columbia, AL to the late Jesse and Ettie Mae Webb Culbreth. He passed away at home in Gold Canyon, AZ under hospice care on June 10, 2013 after a long battle with multiple cancers. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel after serving 30 years as a pilot. He flew 130 B-52 bombing missions during the Vietnam War. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed. Lt. Col. Culbreth was preceded in death by Deolyn, the mother of his children; son, Mitch; sister, Minnie Benefield; and brothers, Bill, Robert, Earl and Max. Survivors include his wife Bobbie; sons, Bret (Terry) and Steve (Sandy); daughters, Debi and Terri; granddaughters, Misty and Ami (Roman); great-grandchildren, Jack, Simon and Sophie; step-sons, George (Suzanne), Jeff, Crews (Suzette) and Michael; step-grandchildren, Caroline, Wyatt, Katy, Jacob, Peter, Caleb and Liam, as well as his brother, Charles (Burna Dean) and sister, Sue Sellers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Winton’s beloved Gateway Fellowship Southern Baptist Church, 60 N. Recker Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234 in memory of Winton Culbreth.

Bach, Darlene D.

Darlene D. Bach of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Peoria, died peacefully on June 11, 2013 after a long illness. She was born on March 27, 1927 in Exeter, NE to Rex and Gladys Green. She married Eugene Bach on November 9, 1944 in Gulfport, MS. He survives. She is also survived by her 3 daughters: Teresa (Dennis) Henrichs of Greensboro, NC, Sandra (Thomas) Ebel of Peoria, IL and Barbara (Jon) Ries of Layton, UT; her grandchildren Kenneth (Paula) Askew, Dominic Ebel, Jenny Ries, and Samantha Ries. Also surviving are 3 great-grandchildren: Jesse, Matthew and Katie Askew. She moved to Peoria as a young girl, graduated from Peoria High School and worked for several companies, including as a claims adjuster for Allstate for many years. She was also active in the Girl Scouts when her daughters were young. Darlene and Gene retired to Mesa in the late 1980’s. They enjoyed wintering in Mesa and spending the summers at their home in Show Low, AZ. Private services were held in Mesa.

Adkins, Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Adkins, 89 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on June 2, 2013. The visitation for Mr. Adkins will be Thursday June 6, 2013 from 9:00-10:00 am at Church of the Redeemer, 717 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ, followed by the funeral at 10:00 am. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Fruin, John “Jack” C.

John “Jack” C. Fruin, 79, of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully May 27, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 1, 1934to Alfred H. and Clara Arline Fruin in Brookfield, MO. He graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1957. Jack worked at University of Missouri in Kansas City, MO. He later moved to Denver and worked as a real estate appraiser. He moved to Mesa, AZ in 1989. He was a member of K of C #7904. He is survived by his wife, Kaye, sister Nancy (Hubert) Lucht, step-son Greg (Kim) Salyer, grandchildren Dominick A. Salyer and Heather M. Salyer, nephews Brian (Jill) Lucht, Jonathon (Michelle) Lucht. He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves many friends and neighbors. There will be a memorial Mass held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206 at 10:00 am Tuesday June 4, 2013.

Ashe, Vivian Louise

Vivian Louise Ashe, age 77, passed away at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Arizona, on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Born May 4, 1936, in Cookeville, TN, she lived in Mesa, AZ for the past 44 years. Survivors include her children, Thomas Ogden, Linda Preisler, Lizabeth Mann, Karen Ashe, Randy Ashe, Kimberly Baker, her sisters, Gail Trent, Barbara Lee, Rose Jacomino, and her brother, John Lee. Vivian was preceded in death by her son, Richard Gonzalez and her mother, Edna Lee. Vivian was a proud Grandmother “Nana” and “Grama Arizona” of 14 grandchildren and proud Great-Grandmother of 5 great-grandchildren. A Viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 31, at the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St, Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

North, James

North, JamesDr. (Rev.) James E. North, 81, of Mesa, left this world to begin a new life with his Lord and Savior on May 17, 2013.  Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he spent his early years in Tennessee and Alabama where he enjoyed and exceled in Scouting (Eagle Scout, Gold Palms, OA), and met and married the love of his life, Susan Darden.  After obtaining a BS in Industrial Management at Georgia Tech, he followed God’s calling to become a minister and spent the next few years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and later obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy.  Jim spent his life as a servant of God and pastor to many in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, and Colorado where he used his gifts as a pastor and architect to build churches both spiritually and physically.  He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 61 years; his children, Linda Richards (Mike), Debbie Wigand, Julie Luman, Jim North Jr. (Sundee), and David North (Lori); 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; and a host of others.  A celebration of his life will be held on May 25 at 1:30, at Fellowship Square, 6945 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 and/or Fellowship Square, Memorial Fund

Osborn, Lawton “Buzz”

Osborn, LawtonLawton (Buzz) Osborn passed away on May 16th, 2013. Buzz was born Dec. 17, 1922 to Lawton (Sr.) and Dorothy (Robinson) Osborn. He was born and raised in Dickinson, ND. As a youth he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, graduating from Dickinson High School in 1940, where he was active in sports. Beginning college at Northwestern in Chicago, he left to join the Navy after the start of WWII, serving in an F6F Hellcat fighter squadron. He was proud of his carrier landings, especially the ones at night. After his tour, he returned to North Dakota and received his degree from the University of North Dakota. Buzz married Marjorie (Kennedy) from Grand Forks, ND, and three children were born to this union; Kathleen, James and Ann. Returning home to join his father at Osborn Studio, he became a third generation photographer. He took many graduation and class pictures in Dickinson and the surrounding schools and was one of the first to use color photography. His creativity and talent capturing western imagery earned him national awards from the Professional Photographers Association. Several of his rodeo photos are still displayed today. After selling the studio and retiring from photography, he took on the position of Stark County Civil Defense Director and Veteran’s Administrator. He is a Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks, a Grand Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. An avid sportsman and lover of the outdoors, Buzz was a skilled marksman and thoroughly enjoyed a meal of wild game. His love of North Dakota, and particularly the badlands, was evident in his photographs and the time he spent exploring them. He instilled the love of the outdoors in his children and appreciated a wide realm of friends whom he hunted with throughout his lifetime. Many hours of hunting stories resulted from these adventures. In 1982, he married Shirley (Gustafson) and after both retired, they began to journey southward to Arizona periodically to capitalize on another of his passions-golf. Eventually, they spent most of the winters there and moved permanently in 2009. Buzz was gregarious, a joker, a techno-gadget geek, and enjoyed life immensely. He has been an inspiration in so many ways and will be missed tremendously. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lawton and Isabel Osborn and his mother, Dorothy Robinson Kelley. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, children; Katie (Dick) Cooper- Billings, MT, Jim Osborn-Missoula, MT and Ann (Chip) Fischer-Rhame, ND. Other survivors include his stepchildren, Odin Norum and Diana (William) Pardee, grandchildren, Julie (Mike) Limberhand, Justin Cooper, Jamie Hickey, Danielle (Rob) Hammill, Layne Fisher, Mathew and Rachel Wanner, Kristine and Kathleen Larson, Madison and Jaxson Fischer, and great-grandchildren Macy Limberhand, Cooper Hickey, Brayden and Brooklyn Hammill.

Keyser, Roscoe

Roscoe M. Keyser passed away on May 11, 2013 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, AZ. He was 92 years old, born March 2, 1921 to Roscoe M. Keyser Sr. and Myrtle (Hills) Keyser at Winthrop, MN. He was married to Ruby Schendel on September 5, 1942. He served with the Army Air Force from December 1942 until his discharge in December 1945. They made their home in Estherville, IA, Dunnell, MN and later moved to Baudette, MN before finally settling in AZ. He was employed for many years as a bus driver for the Dunnell/Sherborn School District and with Rueben and Steven Petersen at Petersen Piano and Organ. Ruby passed away on September 17, 2009. He has lived at Grand Court Assisted Living the last 4 years in Mesa, AZ. He is survived by his son Robert (Barb) Keyser of Crosby, MN, daughters, Sharon (Ralph) Emon of Queen Creek, AZ and Judy (Steve) Guthmiller of Mesa, AZ, 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, sister-in-law Laura Swanson of Mountain Lake, MN, brother-in-law Melvin Schendel of St. Cloud, MN and many nieces and nephews. Roscoe was preceded in death by his wife Ruby, his parents, brothers Harold, Maurice, and Claude Keyser and sister Helen Eike. Any words of sympathy may be sent to the family at: Roscoe Keyser Family at 262 E. Brown Rd. #116, Mesa, AZ 85201.

Santiago, Fructuosa

Fructuosa Santiago, 85, of Chandler passed away Wed. May 1, 2013 in Tempe. Mrs. Santiago, a loving wife and mother was born in Puerto Rico. She is survived by her children: Lucy Carlisle, Millie Carlisle, Ginny Serrano, Ray Santiago, Eli Santiago, Efrain Santiago, Joey Santiago, Liz Colon and Abel Santiago, 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a brother Adrian Figueroa and sister Naomi Rentas. The visitation is scheduled for Mrs. Santiago from 2-3 pm Friday May 3, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main, Mesa, Az. 85207. Funeral Service to follow at 3pm.

Merritt, Antoinette Marie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAntoinette Marie Merritt, 60, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Merritt was born in Detroit, Michigan and has worked as a sales associate for WalMart for the past 10 years.  She is survived by her husband Harry Merritt and her son Shaun Atamian.  A memorial service will be held in her honor on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2265 S. Hawes Road, Mesa, Arizona, 85209. The cross streets are Baseline Road and Hawes Road - between Sossaman Road and Crismon Road.  Mountain View Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

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Atwood, Darcy Denise

Darcy Atwood, 55, passed away on May 8, 2013.  Darcy was born on August 22, 1957 in Tempe, AZ and grew up in Apache Jct., AZ.   Darcy was active in various sports having played on the Mesa High School Varsity Tennis Team and spent many years playing competitive softball.  She was a Certified Medical Assistant and was primarily responsible for forming the AZ Chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).  Darcy was the State President of the Arizona AAMA Chapter and served in numerous AAMA national positions.  Darcy was the family historian and will forever be remembered for her big heart and willingness to help all she came in contact with.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Florence (“Jr & Shorty”) and her sister Judith Marie.  Darcy is survived by her twin brother Dennis, her older brother Lee, Step-Mother Theresa Atwood, two Aunts as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  A viewing will be held Saturday, May 18, at 9am with services at 10am and internment immediately following at Mountain View Cemetery and Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations given in Darcy’s name to the Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix, Arizona.

Poulson, Ben Robert

Benjamin Poulson, “Ben,” passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at the age of 20. He was born December 28, 1992 in Renton, WA. The Poulson family moved to Mesa, AZ in 2001. Ben had a loving and kind spirit which made him a beloved and cherished young man. He loved the outdoors and was an avid snowboarder, long boarder, as well as many other outdoor activities. He worked for an aquatics park as a lifeguard and was a student attending Mesa Community College until a cancer diagnosis in May 2012. He is survived by his parents Michael and Simone Poulson, his sister Nicole Dunn (Brett), brother Ryan Poulson, grandfather Robert Poulson, and many other extended family members. Funeral Services will be held 9:00 am Friday, May 17th at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery 7900 E. Main St., Mesa. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a charitable donation to the foundation of your choice in memory of our beautiful Ben.

Hausher, Nancy

Nancy Hausher (nee Burnett), of Mesa, AZ, a retired employee of TWA, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was Beloved Mother of Gayle, Diane, Vicki, and Keath. She was Grandmother to Travis, Grace, Ellen, and Maggie. Nan was also a Past Matron and member of O.E.S. & Baa Hanii #9 of Arizona. The Memorial Service will be Friday, May 17, 2013 at 3:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The family requests no flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.

Dudeck, Barbara Jo

Dudeck, barbara 2Barbara Jo Dudeck (Mugge), age 68 of Mesa, died Sunday, May 12 surrounded by her family. The daughter of Bob and Marilyn Mugge (Mann) was born on December 24, 1944 in Spencer, Iowa. She started Kindergarten in, and graduated from, Greenville-Rossie School in 1962. While at school she was active in 4H, Speech and Athletics including Basketball and Softball. One of her best memories was showing cattle at the Clay County Fair.

She attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon graduation she moved to Chicago and worked for Western Union. She met and married Gerald Dudeck in 1964 and moved to LaPorte, Indiana where they raised their two sons. In 1992 they relocated to Mesa, Arizona.

In Indiana Barbara worked for Sears for 17 years first as a bookkeeper and eventually being promoted to Assistant Manager. After moving to Arizona she became a Bank Teller at Bank of America. She also enjoyed being a greeter at BofA and was so loved by the clients that they would choose to come another day if Barbara wasn’t working.

In Arizona Barbara enjoyed hiking with her husband, Jerry, and their hiking pals the Wild Wild West Hikers.

Barbara was an avid reader of mysteries and suspense; she loved travelling and politics and keeping up with current events. Every year she looked forward to her trek back to Iowa for the Clay County Fair where her Father would put her to “work” hawking leather goods and Southwestern wear alongside her Mother and two Sisters.

Barbara was always at the ready to fly to California to spend time with her cherished grandsons and never wanted to miss a Grandmothers’ day at their school.

Survivors include Jerry, her Husband of 49 years and their two sons Daniel (Kim) Dudeck of Stevenson Ranch, California and Steven Dudeck of Los Angeles, California. Her Grandchildren include Jack and Ethan Dudeck of Stevenson Ranch, CA. Sisters include Kathryn (Tom) Goeken of Everly, Iowa and Robin Mugge of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Mother-in-law: Veronica Dudeck of LaPorte, Indiana. Sister-in-law: Lynda (Michael) Kuhn of Rolling Prairie, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her Father-in-law, Stanley Dudeck.

Doucet, Dean William

Dean William Doucet, 62, of Apache Junction passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. He is survived by 2 daughters, 7 sons, his mother, sister and brother, and 21 grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled for 1:00 pm Saturday, May 11th followed by a Funeral 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Chapel 7900 E. Main St., Mesa AZ

Pipes, Dennis Roy

Pipes, DennisDennis Roy “Pipes” Husband of Bette Pipes for 44 years. Father of Brian, Shaun, Brie and Tara. Grandfather of Ravin, Sage and Maccoy. Coach and teacher to many over his 30 year career with Mesa Public Schools. Dennis loved all things outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping and anything Western. He grew up in a farming family in Missouri where he excelled in athletics, earning a basketball scholarship to Arizona State University. Dennis passed away peacefully on May 1, 2013 and will be missed by his family, friends and students whose lives he touched. A private memorial will be held to honor his life.

Williams, Richard J.

Williams, Richard J. webRichard J. Williams, 93, passed away in Peoria, AZ on May 7, 2013. Mr. Williams, a Glazier for Chicago Public Schools was born in Chicago, Illinois and is a World War II Veteran. Preceded in death by his sister Charlotte Williams, he is survived by his loving wife Lenora, adored and loving daughters Sharon Williams, Donna (Paul) Swanstrom, Janice (Kevin) Williams, brother Donald (Rosemary) Donovitch, cherished grandchildren Kristin (Ryan) Cheuvront, Lauren Swanstrom, adoring great grandchildren Elizabeth and Madeline Cheuvront. Visitation is scheduled 1:00 pm Thursday, May 9th followed by Funeral Service at 2:00 pm at Sun Valley Community Church 6240 S. Price Rd. Tempe AZ. Memorials can be made to Banner Good Samaritan Transplant Center 1410 N. 3rd St. Phoenix AZ 85004.

Crone, Clara T.

Crone, ClaraClara T. Crone of Mesa, AZ, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2013 at the age of 89. Mom was born January 21, 1924 to Bernhard & Mattie Behrens in Sterling, IL. In 1946, she married Robert Crone, beginning their life together farming in IL & were blessed with 5 children. Mom also began selling Tupperware, which opened up the possibility of a life in a warmer place. In 1957 the family moved to Lubbock, TX where she and Dad opened a Tupperware distributorship. In 1964, they moved to Austin, TX, and Mom kept busy with family, church & her career. Finally their dream of warmer weather came true when the family moved to Mesa, AZ in 1970. Mom began working for the Office of the State Chemist retiring after 20 years in 1991. Bob Crone died in 1983. Later Mom met & married Bob Hoyt in 1992, who passed away in 2002. After retirement, Mom continued to be active in church & most recently, the Mesa Association of Retarded Citizens. She spent her summers in Lakeside, AZ & loved to travel. The last trip only 6 weeks ago; a road trip to Austin so Mom & all 5 children were together creating many special memories for all of us during the final month of her life. Clara is survived by her 5 children, Bob Jr. (Susan), Phil (Amy), Marcia Whisler (Al), Peggy Moore, and Paul. Also, 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren & numerous nephews & nieces. Her 2 husbands, parents, 2 brothers & 3 sisters preceded her in death. Mom loved everyone unconditionally since she never met anyone she didn’t like. She also loved to dance, wearing out her dance partners and eventually herself. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The family would like to thank Orland Baldwin for being her good friend for 10 years, Elaine Bigelow for being her caregiver during the past year and the able staff of Hospice of the Valley. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 5 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207. Funeral services will be Monday, May 6, 11:00 am at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 800 W. Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ with interment at Mountain View Cemetery at 12:30 pm. Donations in honor of Clara may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Higginbottom, Richard Arthur

Higginbottom, RichardRichard Arthur Higginbottom, 79 of Mesa, AZ passed away on April 30, 2013 after his long battle with cancer. Richard was born in Detroit Michigan to Arthur & Anne (Olmstead) Higginbottom on February 2, 1934. He then married his High School sweetheart Anne Casselton also of Detroit, Michigan on April 24, 1954. Richard graduated from Michigan State University in June 1957 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Then went on to receive his Masters degree from Chrysler Institute in June of 1959. Richard worked for Pontiac Motors from 1962 till his retirement in 1988. I quote, “I held many positions but working at The Desert Proving Ground was the best! Both the people and place were GREAT and easy to work with.” As an avid lover of classic cars and hot rods, Richard was a well known and loved part of the local car show scene of Mesa, Arizona. His love for American made motor vehicles only fell second to his beautiful and loving wife Anne. Richard was also a member of the Eureka North Warren Lodge 594 Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan. He is survived by his 2 children Daniel Higginbottom & Gail (Higginbottom) Rothert. His 5 grandchildren: Justin & Ryan Higginbottom, Kara Rothert, Christopher Higginbottom, and Ashley Higginbottom. Richard is preceded in death by his wife Anne Higginbottom. His son Mark Higginbottom, his granddaughter Katie Higginbottom. Also his 3 sisters Dorothy Ann Higginbottom, Grace Holappa & Lois Page. The funeral service will be held on May 10th at 11am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). Visitation will be held at 10am on May 10th, 2013 at Mountain View. Burial will follow the funeral. In lieu of flowers or donations may be given to www.Cancer.org in tribute of finding a cure.

Dahl, Beverly Jean

Beverly Jean Dahl, 84, of Mesa, AZ passed away April 30, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Dahl, a housewife, was born in Geneseo, IL. She is survived by her daughter Linda Jeanne Puckett, son Danny Lee Dahl, sisters Marjorie Meader and MaryEthyl Ramig, brother Ronald Montgomery, grandchildren: Regina Morning, David Temple, Christopher Puckett, Jeffery Puckett, and Sean Dahl, and great-grandchildren Gillian, Sean Jr., Destimona, Taylor, Raymond, Christopher, Laura, and Arabella. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, and her parents Mable Fetna and Phillip Montgomery. Services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday May 7, 2013, Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Thurber, George Watson Jr.

Thurber, George 2George Watson Thurber Jr., of San Tan Valley, AZ born August 31, 1932, passed away April 27, 2013. He was the oldest child of George Watson Thurber Sr. and Winifred May Kohler Thurber. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen Marshall Thurber, his children: Kathleen Ann Furnell (George) of Gilbert, AZ, Patricia Louise Clark (John Sr.) of Paulden, AZ, James Watson Thurber of Mesa, AZ and Dorothy Elaine Walbrun (Bruce of Menasha, WI; brothers: Merle Thurber (Doris), Tom Thurber (Kay), Silas Thurber (Rosemarie), all from PA; 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gordon, sisters Mary and Jeanie, daughter Ruth Ann, granddaughter Cheryl Furnell, and great-granddaughter Emily Walbrun. George was born in Williamsfield, OH, grew up in Jamestown, PA and attended Jamestown schools. In high school, he met Mary Ellen Marshall, and they married July 22, 1950. Mary and George moved to Arizona in 1958. Viewing will be at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ Friday May 3, 2013 from 6 to 8:00 pm. The service will be at 10:00 am Saturday May 4 also at Mountain View. The family would like to thank Dr. R. Christiaan Allen and Hospice of the Valley, who have been wonderful in helping George, Mary, and family through difficult times. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Rosen, Greg

Rosen, Greg 2Greg Rosen, 50, passed away on April 19, 2013. Son of Frank and Jackie Rosen and loving husband of Linda Rosen, he is survived by two brothers, one sister, 4 children and 9 grandchildren, whom he adored. The memorial will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am at Mesa Church of Christ, 1223 E. Dana Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204.

Medford, J. Frederick “Fred”

Frederick “Fred” Medford, 88 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on April 12, 2013. The visitation for Mr. Medford, a US Air Force veteran, will be Friday April 19, 2013 between 12:00 and 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Bozych, George R.

George R. Bozych, 76, passed peacefully at home on Sunday, April 14, 2013. He was born September 22, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. George is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeanne Bozych and 3 children, Laurie Bozych (Clyde Werner) of Cincinnati Ohio, Tim Bozych (Penny)of Newfield Maine and Greg Bozych of Tucson, Arizona. George was preceded in death by son Michael in 1980. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren: Daniel Bozych of Palm Bay Florida, Corrine Ferrante of Westbrook, Maine, and Bryan Coffin of Sanford, Maine;  4 great grandchildren:  Taylor, Austin, Jeremy and Alexis.  George is survived by 2 brothers: Cletus (Karen) of Illinois and James (Deb) of Michigan; and 2 sisters: Betty (Robert) Meidl and Theresa (William) Green. George is also survived by his loving aunt Florence Nelson of Lake Mary, Florida, his Uncle Eugene(Frances) Bozych of Lemont, Illinois and many dear cousins. George was an avid golfer, pilot, horseman and an expert carpenter by trade. Loving Father and husband and dear friend to many and will be deeply missed by all. Services were held Friday April 19, 2013 at 10:30am St Georges Catholic Church in Apache Junction, AZ.

Yoder (Jones), Ruth

yoder, ruth 2Levelia Ruth Jones-Yoder, 85, of Mesa, Arizona went to be with her Lord Wednesday April 10, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Yoder, a homemaker, was born in Milo, Oklahoma. She is survived by her husband Henry Yoder, daughter Renae Johnson, step-daughters: Judy Swartzentruber, Mary Ruth, Nora Garrett, Martha Garrett and JoAnne Beale; son Myron Jones, step-sons Tim Yoder and Jim Yoder, sisters Perline Morales and Myrtle Mauldin, brother Hubert McGahan, 26 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. You can join her family at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ Monday April 15 at 2:00 pm for her celebration. The funeral will include a gravesite ceremony with dove release.

Salstrom, Robert LeRoy

salstrom, RobertRobert LeRoy Salstrom, 71, of Gold Canyon, AZ passed away on April 9, 2013. He was born on November 4, 1941 in Scottsbluff, NE. He is survived by his loving wife Sharin, and his children: daughter Robyn (Alex) Kelly; daughter Nicole (Michael) Shourd; and his nine grandchildren: Taylor, Kacie, Ryan, Lindsey, Mitchell, Noah, Abbey, Mollie, and Brady – who were the greatest joys of his life. He retired in 2007 and enjoyed traveling. The family will hold a private celebration of his life.

Hibbard, Chester J.

Chester J. Hibbard, 91 of Prescott, AZ passed away April 1, 2013. Services for Chet, a WWII US Army Veteran, will be Monday April 8, 10:00 AM at Arizona Pioneers’ Home, 300 S. McCormick St., Prescott, AZ 86303. Graveside service will be held 3:00 PM April 8, at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. He is pre-deceased by his wife Lucille of Strawberry, AZ, parents Joseph and Rebecca Hibbard of Ozark, brothers Curtis of Mountain Home, Horace of Ozark and sister Velma Mattox of Ozark. Survived by daughter Ginger Brown Los Lunas, NM, step-children Charles Lawson, Goodyear, AZ, Patti Hight, Show Low, AZ,  8 grandchildren and many grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Chet was an avid fisherman, gardener and loved to travel across America fifth wheel camping, fishing and visiting his many friends and relatives.  He was retired from Marathon Steel, Tempe, AZ as an 18 wheel truck driver all of his working life. He always had time for the children and loved to be involved in their lives. He never met a stranger and had many stories to tell of his adventures and travels. He is dearly loved and missed. He was a man of honor, a gentleman and a role model for many. Most of all, he loved his Lord Jesus Christ. Memorials can be made in his honor to the Arizona Pioneers’ Home or to the First Baptist Church Youth Ministry 148 S. Marina St., Prescott, AZ 86303.

Lucic, William V.

Lucic, William webA Navy jet fighter pilot and “Typhoon Tracker” took his final fight into the heavens on April 6, 2013. A 38 year resident of Mount Vernon, WA, Bill was born August 8, 1922 in Cleveland, OH, where he graduated from E. Technical High School. Throughout his Naval career he attended Wooster University, OH; Iowa University, IA; Miami University, OH and USC. Commissioned as a Naval Aviator at Pensacola, FL, he carrier-qualified in an F6F Hellcat with the cockpit open, on two converted cruise ships, the Sable and the Wolverine on a freezing Lake Michigan. After Fighter Affiliation Training in Jacksonville, FL, Bill joined Fighter Squadrons at Brunswick, ME and Alameda, CA. In San Francisco, on his last night ashore before boarding a carrier for the Pacific, with his paycheck going by allotment to his mother, he gave away his last twenty dollar bill to a hat-check girl (“Honey, I won’t need this where I’m going.”) The next day was V-J Day, the war had ended and he was penniless in San Francisco. Following V-J Day, Bill was trained to fly the Corsair in Fallon, NV, transferred to Norfolk, VA, then released. While out of the Navy, Bill joined the 1st Air Reserve Squadron at NAS Glenview, IL, worked for IBM in Chicago and met his future wife, Julanne (Mickey) Murphy, of Ottawa, Canada. Returning to active duty, Bill married Mickey at NAS Norfolk, VA in October 1948, then was stationed at NAS Oceana, VA where he flew the F8F Bearcat, and in September 1949 Mickey gave birth to their daughter Cathleen. 1950-1953 found Bill back in the civilian world, returning to IBM in Chicago, after which he accepted orders to active duty at NAS Moffatt Field, CA where he flew the F2H Banshee. Sea duty aboard the carrier Essex in the Pacific was cut short when the hook on his Banshee broke (metal fatigue) upon approach to the carrier, resulting in an unavoidable crash on the straight deck, where planes were parked forward from the barrier. He eventually returned through military hospitals in Japan, Hawaii and California, with a broken jaw, a broken ankle; and a broken rib discovered years later. Upon recovery he was assigned as Project Pilot in Air Development Squadron 5 (VX5), also at Moffatt Field where he trained a squadron that included Alan Shepherd, in Special Weapons Delivery. Returning to the Midwest, Bill became Assistant/Acting Operations Officer at NAS Olathe, KS followed by an assignment as Training Officer for 3 Attack Squadrons at NAS Los Alamitos, CA where he flew the Cougar. Switching out of fighter planes in 1962, Bill was assigned briefly to Hawaii for training, then on to Guam where he became a “Typhoon Tracker” in a weather squadron (VWI), flying a Super Constellation into the eye of oncoming typhoons with frequent landings in Japan, Okinawa and the Philippines. While in Guam, Typhoon Karen hit the island, destroying 90% of the civilian homes and the other half of the military duplex where Bill and family were quartered. However, the tour also enabled them to enjoy off-island “rest and relaxation” visits to Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines. Upon returning to the states Bill was sent to NAS New Orleans, LA as Aviation Safety Officer, then finished his career at NAS Whidbey Island where he retired in July 1969. An avid fisherman, he became hooked on West Coast fishing after his first catch in the Skagit River, a 54-pound salmon! And for 20 years he and Mickey alternated driving 12, 000 miles around the country visiting family and friends, with fishing in northern British Columbia for rainbow trout. He even taught Mickey to cut night crawlers in half. Known as a gourmet chef, he delighted in planning the day-long feasts at his annual Super Bowl parties until Arizona’s sunshine beckoned Bill and Mickey south for the winters, beginning in 1995. In 2007 they moved to Apache Junction, AZ permanently. To the end Bill was fascinated by aviation and spent many an hour watching “Wings” on TV. Now, again, he has his own. Bill attended St. Charles Church in Burlington, WA and St. George Church in Apache Junction, AZ. He was a member of Elks BPOE 2349 in Apache Junction, American Legion Post 0091 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton F. and Emma Schultz Lucic; his brother and sister-in-law Anthony and Ann Lucic; his brother Edward Lucic; his sister and brother-in-law Francis and Edward Slabe; his sister Eleanor Skufca; and his brother-in-law Vincent Povse. Bill is survived by his wife Mickey; a daughter, Cathleen Anne Martin and her husband Frederick of Lake Charles, LA; grandsons Douglas of San Francisco and Charles and his wife Angela of Madisonville, LA; sister Emma Povse of Sylvania, OH; brotherin-law Gus Skufca of Mentor, OH; sister and brother-in-law LaVerne and Lou Skubic of Mentor, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 pm Friday April 12, 2013 at St. George Catholic Church, 300 E 16th Ave., Apache Junction, AZ, reception following. Inurnment at 3:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Hospice of your choice or the Boy Scouts of America.

Forcier, Robert A.

forcier, robertOur Beloved Mr. Robert Albert Forcier passed away on March 29, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Bob was a kind, caring and generous man that lived every day to the fullest. He traveled the world looking for new adventures. There was nothing in his life that he could not handle. Every person that he encountered smiled and was blessed by his wonderful outlook on life. He was truly an inspiration to others. He touched the hearts of those who were close to him and his memory will live forever. He was founder of Rose Street Labs, President and CEO of FlipChip International and was a true leader, always available to provide guidance and counsel, and always asked if there was anything that he could do for you. He had a genuine love for life, family, friends and his employees. Those wonderful qualities are what made up Robert Albert Forcier and we will always remember you. Your legacy will live on! He is preceded in death by Marsha Mary Forcier in heaven after 34 years of marriage. He is survived by his son Joshua Roland Forcier, two sisters Elaine Hargous (Pete) and Loretta Engles (Ray), several nieces and nephews, and his girlfriend/best friend Michelle Minnoch. We love you…

Ross, Savannah Grace

Savannah Grace Ross, our beautiful princess and precious daughter, born April 20, 2012, left her Mommy’s arms and was welcomed into Jesus’ arms on April 4, 2013. She was a blessing to everyone she met, and a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed by her Mommy & Daddy, Stephanie and Stephen, her brother, best friend, and awesome helper, Samuel, her grandparents, Dan and Debbie Ross & John and Wendy DeBevoise, great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, April 8, 2013 at Fountain of Life Christian Fellowship, 6056 E. Baseline Rd. Suite #137 Mesa, AZ 85206 (480) 310-3581.

Whicker, Cora U.

Cora U. Whicker, 83, of Mesa, AZ passed away Friday March 29, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Whicker was born in Indianapolis, IN. She is survived by her husband John Whicker, daughter Janeva A. Hibbard, sister Janeva A. Wallick, grandchildren Jackie D. Ferguson Jr. and Angela M. Ferguson, and great-grandchildren Joseph J. Lynch and Tiffany M. Lynch. Services will be Thursday April 4, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ with the visitation beginning at 1:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow at Mountain View.

Cooper, Lorraine Lillian

Cooper, Lorraine webLorraine Lillian Cooper, 81, of Sun Lakes, passed away peacefully in her sleep March 30, 2013, with her husband Don by her side. She was born to the late Clarence and LaVern Gengler on August 22, 1931 in Gardena, California and was their only child. She excelled in her academic studies and graduated the University of California Los Angeles earning a Certificate of Honors with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in June 1957. After graduation, Lorraine began her career with Kaiser Steel Corporation as a secretary in the Los Angeles Sales Office. After 28 years, she retired from Kaiser as their Salaried Benefits Manager. After leaving Kaiser, she became a contractor for the Federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation operating from her office in Rancho Cucamonga, California for 7 years. In 1972 she met and married John D. Cooper, the love of her life, who has survived her. A private service will be held. Donations in her memory can be made to the Diabetes Association of Southern California, in which she devoted time in past years. Their address is 611 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Bowles, Vernon Doyle

Bowles, Vernon 3Vernon Doyle Bowles, 91, of Mesa, AZ, died peacefully March 29, 2013 at the Park Regency retirement community. Doyle was born in Jewell County, Kansas, in 1921. He was in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II on the USS Boston. Doyle ran the family farm in Kansas after the war. In 1961, he moved with his family to Mesa, AZ. On June 9, 2013, Doyle and his wife, Marjorie celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. Doyle worked for the Mesa Public schools until his retirement. Doyle was proceeded in death by Marjorie, his wife, by six days. He leaves behind, a daughter Bonnie Busby of Waynesboro, Mississippi; two sons Jack Bowles of Phoenix, Arizona and Philip Bowles of Sewickley, Pennsylvania; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 39 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Walter Sanders of Gulfport, Mississippi.

Alderete, Chace Anthony

Aldrete, Chase 3Chace Anthony Alderete, 6, of Queen Creek, AZ passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Chace, who was born in Mesa, AZ, is survived by his parents, Anthony Alderete and Jamie Austin; grandparents, Charles & Janet Alderete and David & Suzanne Austin; great-grandparents, Norton & Irene Denker and Violet Grace Austin, as well as his family and friends who will always love and adore him. The visitation for Chace will be Monday, April 1, 2013 between 4-7:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service, also at Mountain View, will be Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Wells Fargo Acct. # 1096604481-”In Memory of Chace Alderete”. The proceeds are to benefit Arizona Youth Rough Riders so that a children’s playground may be established in his name.

Bowles, Geneva Marjorie

Bowles, genevaGeneva Marjorie Bowles, 91, of Mesa, AZ died Saturday March 23, 2013. Marjorie was born in Beloit, Kansas. Marjorie and her family moved to Mesa in 1961 from Jewell Kansas. Marjorie was a homemaker. On June 9 2013, Marjorie and her husband Doyle celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. For many years, Marjorie attended the Central Christian Church in Mesa and later the East Mesa congregation. She is survived by her husband Doyle Bowles, of Mesa, a daughter Bonnie Busby of Waynesboro, Miss; Sons, Jack Bowles of Phoenix, AZ and Philip Bowles of Sewickley, PA; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 39 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her son Walter Sanders of Gulfport, Miss. The memorial service is Sunday March 31, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. at the Park Regency retirement community 2555 N. Price Road Chandler AZ 85224 (building 4).

Helgeson-Beeck, Audrey

Beeck, AudreyAudrey Helgeson-Beeck, 92, of Apache Junction, AZ, passed peacefully at home on March 21, 2013. She was born June 16, 1920 in Hannaford, ND. Audrey is survived by her husband, Melvin C. Beeck, five children: Kaye Shemorry, Sandee Wiedrich, Gary Watne, Candess Hunter, Jeff Watne, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She also has many step-children and step-grandchildren whom she loved. She was preceded in death by her first husband Willard Watne, her second husband Clarence Helgeson, and her daughter Tammy Jo Watne. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Apache Junction, followed by a Celebration of Life reception at Horizon Bay Apache Junction.

McConeghy, Michael Owen

McConeghy, Mike 3Michael Owen McConeghy (Mike), 68 years’ old, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away after a brief illness, on March 14, 2013, at the Coronado Home of Hospice of the Valley, in Phoenix, AZ. Mike was a veteran who served the United States on a submarine during the Vietnam War. He was well known and loved for his humor, compassion, hard-work, intelligence, and love of the gospel and of this great country. Not only was Mike always the first to lend a hand and help others through whatever difficulty they were experiencing, he usually did so with a humorous anecdote and a depth of knowledge and insight that would immediately put people at ease and provide comfort. Mike was ‘Santa Claus’ both in appearance and in spirit. He exemplified selfless giving for the greater good while maintaining a ‘jolly’ attitude throughout his endeavors. Mike is survived by his beautiful wife of 47 years (Diane), and their four children, Susan (Jared), Cari (Todd), Timothy (Amy), and Michael (Sandy). He is also survived by his parents, mother (Betty Lou), and mother and father-in-law (Jean and Tom). Mike was blessed with seventeen (17) grandchildren and three (3) great-grandchildren, all of whom mourn the loss of their Pap-Pap and Santa. Services for Mike will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mesa, AZ, 85203, on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Conway, Betty Margaret

Betty Margaret Conway, 87, passed away on March 8, 2013 at the Beehive Homes of Mesa in Mesa, Arizona. She was preceded in death but her husband Mark and daughter-in-law Theresa Conway. Betty and Mark, who died on April 14, 2007, were residents of Bellevue, NE from 1953 until 1996 when they moved to Mountain Brook retirement community in Gold Canyon, AZ. Betty was a devoted wife and mother and worked outside the home for many years at the Columban Fathers in Bellevue. Betty loved to quilt and provided all of her children and grandchildren with beautiful handsewn quilts. Betty is survived by her five children, Connie Butler (Mike) of Corinth, TX; Kevin Conway, of Bellevue; Pat Conway (Vicki) of Hartley, IA; Brigid Seifert (Mark) of Gilbert, AZ; and Paul Conway (Edith) of El Centro, CA, 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, her brother, Ron Wilfong of Rapid City, SD, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral Mass for Betty will be at 10:30 am Friday March 22, 2013 at St. George Catholic Church, 300 E. 16th Ave., Apache Junction,  AZ 85119. Donations may be made to the Columban Fathers Missionary Society, PO Box 10, St. Columbans, NE 68056.

Delahanty, Richard

Delahanty, RichardRichard E. Delahanty passed away peacefully March 10, 2013 and leaves his wife Mary Ann, and 2 sons, Mark and Richard (Vernice) Delahanty. He also leaves behind his three sisters Lucille, Ethelyn (Jack) and Muriel (Reese) along with granddaughters Shauna, Kenia, and Shelly, grandsons Alex and Brian, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews. Richard worked at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester New York for 38 years. He was a past Exalter Ruler of the Elks in Brockport, New York, as well as a coach for little league baseball. He was an avid golfer in both New York and Sunland Village in Mesa, Arizona. A funeral service will be held in his honor on Friday March 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 East Main Street in Mesa, Arizona.

Whitney, Peggie F.

whitneyPeggie F. Whitney, 84, of Gilbert, Arizona passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Chandler, Arizona. Mrs. Whitney, a homemaker, was born in Holly, Michigan. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Louis A. Whitney, sons Ross Whitney and David (Sally) Whitney, grandchildren Alan Whitney and Kevin Whitney, and great-grandchildren: Kailee, Riley, Colin, and Hunter.

Stanley, Josephine Elizabeth

Josephine Elizabeth Stanley (nee King), 94 of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday March 19, 2013 in Gilbert, AZ. Mrs. Stanley, who was born in Phoenix, AZ, was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Stanley. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Sanders (Douglas), her granddaughters, Monica Goodwin (John), Lauren Harbols (Robert) and Erin Woodson (Christopher), and 12 great-grandchildren. A native Arizonan, she was a long time teacher at William T. Machan Elementary School in Phoenix, having graduated from Arizona State Teachers College in 1940, and Phoenix Union High School in 1936.  Services will be at 11:00am Monday March 25, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Yerkovich, Eli

Eli Yerkovich, 95, of Mesa, AZ passed away March 14, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Yerkovich, a retired US Air Force Major, was born in Clinton, IA. He is survived by his wife Flora Yerkovich, step-daughters Sandra Taylor and Debra Nameth, step-son Michael Hartman, grandchildren: Corey Taylor, Dusti Taylor, Brittany Taylor, Trae Taylor, Anthony Hartman, Jeremy Hartman, Blythe Nameth and Britton Nameth; and great-grandchildren: Alec, Andrew and Annelyse Taylor, Madyson and Dominic Lyons. There will be a visitation Monday evening from 5-8:00 pm March 18, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Tuesday March 19, 2013 also at Mountain View. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Kilbo, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Kilbo, 79, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Melvin, and her two sons, Erik and Brian Kilbo. A native of Minneapolis, MN, Mary Ellen worked as an nurse during her lifetime. There will be a small service held in her honor at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel in Mesa, Arizona.

Bartz, Agnete

Agnete Bartz, 78, passed peacefully on March 06, 2013 at her home with her husband and son at her side. Agnete was born November 10, 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was a Cum Laude graduate of the University Of Copenhagen Law School and did graduate law studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana. There she met and married her husband Robert. They have one son, Granton. She worked as a tax expert for a bank trust department, a major law firm and later a CPA firm. She became an American citizen. She and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2012. They travelled the U.S. and world extensively. Agnete is survived by her husband, Robert, her son, Granton and his wife Elitsa, 2 granddaughters Nicole (9) and Lynelle(8), her brother Poul and his wife Jytte (who live in Denmark). A memorial service will be held at 2pm on March 15th at the Mountain View Lutheran Church. It is requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Salvation Army. Agnete is greatly missed.

 

Wolff, Francis P.

Francis (Frank) P Wolff, 68

July 23, 1944 – March 4, 2013

Frank passed away in Phoenix, AZ at Good Samaritan Medical Center after a lengthy battle and complications from multiple health problems.

Frank was born July 23, 1944 and raised in Bear Valley, Wisconsin.  Frank proudly served in the US Navy from 1962 – 1964.  He was a small business owner in Oregon, Wisconsin.  Moving to Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1996 with Jeanne.  In his younger years, Frank enjoyed deer hunting with his siblings and friends in northern Wisconsin. Frank was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed visits from his family and grandchildren.

Frank is survived by wife Jeanne Billingsley, daughters Barbara Jo Wolff and Colleen Sechrest of Parker, Colorado.  Stepdaughters Chere(Norm) Manty and Debbie(Sean) Bailey of Mound, MN, and Suzy (Bob) Rose of Eden Prairie, MN.  Sister Mari Wolf of Meadow Vista, CA; Brothers John(Kathy) of Madison, WI, Robert(Peggy) of Needcah, WI , Tom(Vicki) of Randolph, WI , Tim(Mary) of North Freedom, WI.  Grandchildren:  Parker Wolff, McKenna and Mitchell Sechrest, Nick Manty, Evan and McKay Bailey and Kendall and Chris Rose; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Proceeded in death by parents Kenneth Francis Wolff and Mary Jo Marquardt.

Thoughts and condolences can be sent to Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery at 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85207.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held later this summer at St. Kilians Church in Bear Valley, Wisconsin.

Cochran, Florence Golden

“Goldie” Florence Cochran passed away peacefully on Feb.19,2013. She was 89. She was born on Feb. 14, 1924 in Pontiac, MI to Jack and Winifred Dunkley. She was the 4th of 6 children.Her siblings were Ivy LaMothe, Jim Dunkley, Jack Dunkley, Gladys Brown, and Phyllis Spiegle. She married Herman Phillip Germain in 1943. When they retired, they moved to AZ. Herman passed away in 1986. They had no children. In 1987 she married Wesley James Cochran. She is survived by 4 step children. John Cochran, Rick Cochran, Tina Ellis & Steve Cochran. A very close sister-in-law Eleanor Kobak and several nieces & nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday Feb. 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM with a viewing starting at 12:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel

Corsaro, Shirley J.

Shirley J. Corsaro, 72, of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday February 24, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Corsaro, a homemaker, was born in Beech Grove, IN. Survivors include her husband Joseph R. Corsaro, daughter Kelli Corsaro, sons John (Donna) and Tim (Carrie), and grandchildren Sophie, Zoey and Andrew. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Dorothy Hendrick, and her brother Raymond Hendrick. There will be a visitation for Shirley Thursday February 28, 2013 beginning at 10:00am, followed by the funeral service at 12:00pm, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). Memorials may be made to Arizona Museum for Youth.

Johnston, Paul E.

Paul passed away February 22, 2013, age 67, born at Buffalo, NY in 1945 to now deceased parents Elizabeth and James Johnston. He is survived by children Jennifer (James) Kuroda and Jeffrey Johnston and 4 grandchildren of Rockford, IL; brother Robert, niece and nephews. Paul was honorably discharged U.S. Army 1960′s. According to his wishes private family interment Mountain View Cemetery, Wednesday February 27, 2013.

Udell, Beulah L.

Beulah L. Ammerman Udell, 95, was called home to be with our Lord on February 13, 2013. Funeral Services were held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa, AZ. Beulah was born September 17, 1917 in West Lima, WI; the daughter of the late Leo & Beulah Burt Ammerman. She was preceded in death by Spencer J. Udell, her loving husband of 67 years, and her grandson, Mark Spencer Udell, of Oklahoma. Beulah and Spencer lived in Rockland, WI where they owned and operated a general store and moved to Tucson, AZ in 1953. She was an elementary school librarian for many years in the Tucson School District and served in leadership roles for the Tucson Women’s Auxillary of U.S. Postal Letter Carriers. They retired in Pinetop, AZ and were members of the White Mountain Baptist Church in Showlow. In 1995, Spencer and Beulah moved to Mesa, and after the passing of her beloved husband in early 2004 she resided with her daughter and family in Gilbert, AZ. Beulah was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She is survived by her daughter, Joan Udell Goar and son-in-law, Lionel Goar of Gilbert, AZ, her son, Donald S. Udell and daughter-in-law Myrna Goar Udell of Oklahoma City, OK, grandson Scott Goar of Gilbert, granddaughters Brenda Goar Bevilacqua of Mesa, Mindy Udell of Edmond, OK and great-grandson Spencer Belanger of Edmond, OK. Beulah will be so greatly missed by her family . . . until the time comes we are all together again.

Varland, Harriet

HARRIET VARLAND  ( July 9,1926—February,5-2013)

 (Wife of Rolf Varland and father of Doug and Barbara )

 (Harriet P. Varland (86) of Mesa died on February 5, 2013 in Mesa.  Services at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, on February 13, 2013.)

Doug Varland:

This is Mom’s history written by Mom for her granddaughters’, Janel and Karin, with some additions by family.

“All in all, I had a very good, happy life:

I had two lovely children, a great husband, and a life full of travels that were full of history, with the luxury of meeting some special friends, in all the countries wehave lived in.  It was inspirational to see Barbara and Doug entering school in Peru, South America. And I believe, from this experience, they came out as better people. Grandpa and I had loving families, with happy memories of our childhoods. Grandpa had a twin sister named Esther, but he lost her to death when they were five. She had spinal meningitis. This was a great loss for him and his family.”

My parents were: Carroll Peterson and Elizabeth Johnson Peterson.

“I was born in Minot, ND on July 8, 1926 and given the name Ethel Harriet Peterson, but I have always been called Harriet, as my Aunt Ethel lived next door, and two Ethels’ was just too much. My brother, Harris, was born May 27, 1925, so, with the two of us, my mother used to take us for rides together in a reed buggy. When I was 1, everyone thought we were twins; two very blonde kiddos with dark brown eyes. My brothers and sisters: Harris Edwin (deceased), Marilyn Elizabeth, Charles Carroll, and Jeanine Frances.”

Grandma, when did you learn to walk and talk?

I was 9 months old, when I walked. At a little over one year, I talked. My mother told me I never quit talking. But when I was 4, I became very shy.

 Grandma, what kind of games did you play?

I loved roller skating. I learned to roller skate when I was 14 and during WW II, the girls all learned to waltz on skates. Some of the games we played were: softball, tag, jumprope, jacks, marbles, kick the can, tarzan, red light-green light, dolls, and make doll clothes. We used to roller skate and ride a scooter, and play hopscotch in the basement, as we had a cement floor. We also had a clothes shute in the bathroom and would crawl in the drop to the basement floor and into the laundry basket. We also had a popcorn maker to make popcorn in the furnace. Mother also baked apples, squash, and potatoes in the mouth of the furnace.”

 Grandma, what were your favorite toys?

“Teddy bears, dolls, paper dolls, and a bicycle of my own. I got my bike in high school. There was no television back then. My family had a family radio. We listened to: The Shadow, Little Orphan Annie, Amos and Andy, and One Man’s Family.” She also made 3 Shirley Temple scrapbooks. This is a forever memory of Jeanine’s.

 What were your jobs around the house?

“I had to dust the furniture, and help hang washed clothes on the line to dry. Then I helped Mother fold the clothes, especially the diapers and towels. Marilyn and I made our beds every day, and if our brothers didn’t make theirs, we had to do it. I always helped Mom make cookies. I would sugar the dough and put nuts on the cookies.. Then, I was the one who got to put them on the table after dinner.”

 Grandma, did you ever get spankings?

“Sure I did: because of not practicing piano, not babysitting Jeanine, being naughty to Marilyn, and climbing on the roof with Harris.”

 Did you have a hiding place?

“I did: behind our garage, behind a hedge of lilac bushes. That’s where I would write in my diary. When we went to Aunt Pearl’s for piano lessons; I would hide in Grandpa Peterson’s, because I had not done my practicing. Grandpa and I would play checkers.”

 Memories of home:

“When I think of home, I remember our house and life in Fargo. We had lots of ice cream that my mother made; when I was in the fifth grade, (for one quarter) we could go to a movie for 10 cents, buy a hamburger for 10 cents, and a package of gum for 5 cents. ND was very cold, but we loved to ice skate.

 Family traditions?:

“Thanksgiving and Christmas were always with family. Dad and Mom always took us for rides on Saturdays, and Sundays after church. Dad loved to drive in the country and sometimes he would drive around the lakes where there was barely a road. We sometimes got lost.  I remember lots of snow in North Dakota. We enjoyed it. We went ice skating a lot. The rinks had warming houses with pot bellied stoves, We’d sit on benches to warm our hands and feet, and out we would go again. We also went on sleigh rides with horses pulling the wagons. We sat on piles of hay, and I remember lots of singing.”

 When you were 16, what did you and your best friends like to do?

“We talked on the phone a lot. We had party lines, so could not chat too long. People on the line could listen, so we had to be very careful. We went for walks. When we were not babysitting, and had money, we would go to the movies. We went to the Fargo-Moorhead Twins Baseball games and joined the knot hole gang. We also liked to gtet the the players’ autographs.  I had to babysit my brother and sisters, which made me mad. I also had to do the dishes while Marilyn practiced the piano, because I didn’t practice.”

 How I learned to cook:

“I learned to cook by helping my mother. I also took home economics in grades 7 thru 12. It all helped and I just kept trying new recipes.

 SCHOOL DAYS:

I went to grade school in Minot, ND. We moved to Fargo, Nd, when I started the 7th grade, and I graduated from Fargo Central High in 1944. We played basketball, precision bike riding, swimming, and skating. In Junior High, I was a cheerleader, and loved to go to football games. Once I played hookey and was caught by the Dean of Girls. We were at the bowling alley. She took us back to school and we had to call our moms’. I never did it again. I took piano lessons in Minot for 2 years, and when we moved to Fargo, my Aunt Pearl was my teacher. I didn’t like to practice, or the recitals. When I was in the Girl Scouts, I played bugle in the drum and bugle corps.

 How did I meet Grandpa?

“We met at a Fargo High football game in Fargo. I was a junior and he was a senior in Grand Forks, ND. Fargo lost the game, but I won Grandpa’s heart. After high school, Grandpa joined the Marines and fought in the Pacific War. He was on Iwo Jima. After serving in the occupation of Japan, he came home, and we were married in the Presbyterian Church in Fargo. Our Wedding was June 28, 1946. We went to Detroit Lakes for our honeymoon. Marilyn and Rolf’s brother, John, drove us to the lakes in my dad’s car. We had no car and gas was still rationed from the war. We returned to Fargo on a Greyhound bus.”

Our first home:

“We lived with my parents for a year, and then we were accepted for college housing in the barracks at NDAC. We had a living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and our own bathroom. Barbara was born May 27, 1948, and Doug was born, April 27, 1950. After Rolf graduated with a degree in Geology,  He accepted a job with Cities Service Oil company.  We didn’t know this at the time, but this job gave us the opportunity of a lifetime of travel, and meeting some interesting and wonderful people. Made many good friends that we kept in touch with all our lives. ( Harriet and Rolf also lived in 3 different apartments before they moved to NDAC. They lived in one apartment where the only bathroom was out in the hall.)

Places we lived: Fargo, ND; Guymon, OK; Casper,WY; Salt Lake City, UT; Billings, MT; Calgary, Canada; Talara, Peru, (Negritos and El Alto, Peru); Wichita Falls, TX; Houston, TX; Bartlesville, OK; Tulsa, OK; San Jaun, Argentina; Cartagena, Columbia; Bogota, Columbia; Rotterdam, Holland; Perth, Australia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Mesa, AZ.

Memories:

“I remember camping in Yellowstone Park. One morning, Doug came upon a bear, and Doug ran past our cabin door and right into a big pine tree. I don’t know who was more frightened; the bear or Doug. I remember flooding our back year in Calgary; and watching Doug and his friends play hockey. Also, seeing him use a hula hoop. When we lived in Peru, Rolf and I were flying to Lima for a company meeting. Doug and his friend looked at a map. On there, Talara was only an inch away (585 miles), so they decided to hike along the coast line to Talara. They had coconuts, a camera, pillows, and Jimmy’s dog. After a 6 hour search.j we found them. They were wet scared, hungry, tired and happy to be back home.”

Doug:

As you can see: Mom loved being a mom. She loved her family and her home. She had a delightful sense of humor. We loved her dearly; and will miss her so very much. We will always cherish our memories of her.

 

Johnson, Larry C.

Larry C. Johnson, 71, formerly of South Bend, IN passed away unexpectedly at home in Mesa, Arizona 01/31/3013. Larry was born in South Bend, IN, May 1, 1941 to the late Vada and Charles Johnson. Larry married the former Caroll Paulson who survives, in May of 1962 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May of 2012. Also surviving are sons Lance (Denise), Mark (Abbie), of South Bend, and daughter Julies of Granger, along with five granddaughters, two grandsons, and three great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Juanita and Rosalyn and a step-father John Dewilde preceded him in death. Larry attended Riley High School before pursuing a lifelong career in the automobile business where he was highly respected in the community. Larry also owned the former Carolls Restaurant and most recently was President of South Bend Discount Liquors. Larry’s  children all had the honor of working beside him in his numerous businesses. He and Caroll retired to Mesa, Arizona where they enjoyed many happy years. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing, playing cards with his wife and day trips to the casino. Larry’s  life was his family; and he would sacrifice anything for his wife, children, and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association. A service will be held at a later date in South Bend, IN.

Bauler, Minnie Lorene “Lori”

Minnie Lorene “Lori” Bauler, born in Oklahoma on the Cherokee Indian Reservation on March 4, 1932. She passed away February 16, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and son Steve. She is survived by her husband Jerry, daughters Cindy and Nancy, son Zachary and 7 grandchildren. Lori was a member of the Eastern Star for 49 years here in Arizona. She had wonderful care by her family, Springdale Village Assisted Living and Seasons Hospice the past three years. Service will be private for family. We all love her more and forever.

Lowery, Geoffrey L.

Geoffrey L. Lowery, 64, of Queen Creek, AZ, passed away suddenly Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Geoff was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was born April 8, 1948 in Ross County, Ohio. He was a Vietnam Veteran. For many years he worked in and was well respected in the Plastics Industry. At the time of his death he was employed as Production Manager at Pres-Tech Plastics, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Geoff loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing, but most of all his family was most precious to him. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois; daughter, Shannon (Jonathan Clark); son, Aaron (Kayla); grandson, Kolton Keith; sisters, Wilma Botticher and Paula Ankney and brothers, Mike Lowery and Chris Lowery. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3pm with a memorial service to follow at 4pm, at Christ Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234. A committal service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11am, at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Christ Greenfield Lutheran Church. Geoff was deeply loved and will be forever missed by those who knew him.

Miller, Elton Lyle

Elton Lyle Miller, born August 18, 1923 died peacefully in hospice on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Wanda, in 2012. He is survived by his sons Jeff and Bill, his brother Charles, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A native of Minneapolis, MN he had spent his career working for the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier. During WWII he served with the Air Corp in the Pacific, and later was active with the American Legion. He was an avid golfer, softball player and coach as a young man. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Apache Junction and later settled in Gold Canyon, AZ., where he continued to enjoyed golf and other sports. Both he and his wife were members of the choir at Hosanna Lutheran Church. He played shuffle board, bingo, and was involved with many other activities at the Montessa Adult Community. Memorial services are scheduled for Friday February 22nd at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9601 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, AZ at 5 pm. A pot luck dinner will follow. No calling hours are scheduled. A second memorial service and internment in Minneapolis will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials to American Heart Association

Hayhurst, Bradley James

Bradley James Hayhurst, 52 of Spokane, WA, passed away on February 12,2013. Bradley James Hayhurst was born September 1, 1960 in Jefferson, Iowa. He is the son of Edward and Rita Hayhurst. Brad grew up in Iowa and graduated from Avoha High School in Avoca, Iowa. He went on to complete his education at Iowa Western Community College Diesel Mechanics School. Because of his lifelong love and passion for trucks, Brad was always a part of his parents trucking business starting as soon as he was old enough to carry a grease gun. In 1984, Brad moved to join his family in Mesa, Arizona and began to work in the construction business driving trucks. In 1995 the family business officially became “Hayhurst Trucking Inc.” with Brad and his Dad at the helm. He had devoted his life to the business, his family and many friends. When his father passed in 2009, Brad became President of “Hayhurst Trucking Inc.”. In 1990 Bradley married Theresa Perez who brought two sons, Anthony Dynar and Bradley Hayhurst Jr. into his life. He was divorced in 2011 and moved to Spokane Valley to join his dear friends, Tony and Julia Messina. Brad began working for “Spokane Rock Products” where he enjoyed being back in the seat of a truck again, working with a great team of drivers and co-workers. Brad was very happy there, living near the forest and enjoying Mother Nature. Shortly after moving to Spokane, Brad had finally met the love of his life, Kristie Pangburn. Bradley passed away suddenly at his home on February 12, 2013. He leaves to mourn his mother, Rita Hayhurst, his sisters, Loretta Taylor and Renae Garrett and brother-in-law David Garrett, Sons, Bradley Hayhurst Jr. and Anthony Dynar, nieces and nephews Danielle and Brandon McWilliams, Erica and Edward Taylor, Cassidy, Cambria, and Dominic Garrett and McKenzie McWilliams all of Mesa, AZ. He also leaves behind his sweetheart Kristie Pangburn and a large extended family and many friends. Bradley was preceded in death by his father, Edward and his loving grandparents, Veryl and Agnes Williams and Floyd and Mildred Hayhurst. A visitation will be held Tuesday February 19, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 PM with a funeral service being held for Bradley on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, Arizona.

Spies, Robert J. Sr.

Robert J. Spies Sr., 84, died peacefully at home following a long, brave battle with cancer on Feb 7, 2013. He was born Jan 20, 1929 in Cleveland, OH to August & Margaret Spies. He served in the US Army and worked as a carpenter, home-builder and construction superintendent for many years. He married Mary Ann Trivisonno of Wickliffe, OH and together, raised 6 children. He belonged to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, Knights of Columbus and the Mt. Carmel players. Bob & Mary Ann moved their family to Mesa, AZ in 1977. Over the years, he remained busy with many projects and a passion for computers, sports, golf, travel, photography and geneology. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lorita Frank. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, children Karen, Robert Jr., Kathryn, Michael, Mary Jo and David, those he considered his own (Dan, Diane, Scott & Mary Pat), 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Our lives will be forever changed. He will be greatly missed by his entire family, friends & neighbors. Services will be Thursday 2/14/13 at 10:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1551 E. Dana Ave., Mesa, AZ; internment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ.

Adams, Arlene

The gates of heaven opened for Arlene Adams on January 31st 2013. She was born in Chickasha, OK, later moved to Ramstein, Germany in 1973 and settled in Arizona in 1974. Arlene graduated as a Dental assistant from Bryman School of Arizona, several years later she attended Phoenix college and graduated as a Paralegal. She retired as a collection officer for the State of Arizona and took up her lifelong passion for baking beautiful cakes. She is survived by her daughter Kristi and son Eric; Her six Grandchildren – Michael, Heather, Chase, Brandon, Gracie, and Karli; and great granddaughter Myla.Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 14th at 9:00 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetary located at 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207. Interment will follow. Contributions can be made, in lieu of flowers.

Burnham, Glen Melvin

Long time Mesa resident, Glen Melvin Burnham, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013. Glen is survived by his wife of 57 years Nancy, daughter Deborrah Allen, 5 grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and sister Joan Hoehn. Glen was born in Phoenix in 1937 and was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His graveside service will be held at the City of Mesa Cemetery on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:00am.

Warg, Pauline May

Pauline May Warg, 94, of Mesa, AZ passed away Friday February 1, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Warg, a bookkeeper, was born in Middleburg, PA. Survivors include her daughter Eileen Wahlstrom, sons Paul Warg Jr. and Gregory Warg, sister Eva Conrad, 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Paul. The visitation for Mrs. Warg begins at 12:30 pm Friday February 8, 2013 followed by the funeral service at 1:30 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Chilsen, John D.

John Dell Chilsen (Jack) passed peacefully to his eternal rest on January 29, 2013 in Snowflake Arizona after moving there in August to be closer to family.  Jack as he was known to most was born February 8, 1924. He was the beloved and only child of Harry and Gladys Chilsen. His early childhood was spent in Merrill Wisconsin and later on the farm outside of Hancock in the same state.  Jack was formerly of Apache Junction Arizona having moved there in 1956 from Wisconsin. He and his wife Alice lived in “AJ” for 56 years enjoying the weather and small town atmosphere of the early years. They raised three daughters there and watched the town grow. Jack was a truck driver all his life making long distance hauls from Wisconsin to various other states.  Upon his move to Arizona he was employed driving tanker truck for the Atlantic Richfield bulk plant in Mesa Arizona until his retirement. He delivered fuel to the stations in Mesa and many of the surrounding farms and ranches. He loved visiting with his customers and catching up on the news of the area. In his retirement he enjoyed making small wood projects and taking over some of the house duties as Alice was now working full time. They still found time to travel some and enjoyed spending time in the White Mountains during the summer. The trips he enjoyed the most were back to Wisconsin to visit family and friends. In later years as his health failed a bit he continued to enjoy eating out at the neighborhood restaurants and he never failed to check out license plates in the parking lots. When he spotted a plate from Wisconsin his favorite comment was “Look, someone from home. I wonder what town?”  Jack will be missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Alice having just celebrated 57 years of marriage on January 21, 2013, his daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Foley, Barbara Chilsen, Debby (Tom) Hill, grandchildren Monica, Kristin, Brittany, Brandon and 5 great-grandchildren. Service and Interment will be on February 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa Arizona. The family wishes to thank their friends for the compassion and support shown during this difficult time.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Compassus of Show Low Arizona whom we also wish to thank for their kindness.

Turner, Janet Linda

Janet Linda Turner, 65 of Mesa, AZ passed away February 2, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Tuner was born in Bell, CA. She is survived by her husband Earl Fred Turner Jr., daughters Linda Joyce Schwitters and Staci Lynn Ross, sons Tray Earl Turner and Jimmy Cumbie, her mother Flora Irene Kear, sisters Jeannie Collier and Judy Ann Hogsett, grandchildren: Kristin Prather, Bryan Schwitters, Parker Turner, Joey Langley, Justice Ross, Wyatt Turner and Colton Ross; and great-grandchildren Kylie Prather and Keaton Prather. She was preceded in death by her father William James Rouse, step-father Wayman Verl Kear and grandson Jacob Earl Ross. The visitation will begin at 1:00 pm Thursday February 7, 2013 followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Oitzman, Donald

On January 30, 2013 God called Don to the first tee at the “Eden Hills Golf Course” in Heaven. Waiting for him on the tee box was a foursome consisting of his parents, Louis & Lena Oitzman, his brother Robert and sister Helen Klousia. Have a great game Don we know we will someday be joining you at the 19th hole for the greatest reunion ever. Sadly waiting in the gallery are his loving wife, Dora, sons Doug (Glenda), Gilbert, AZ, Jeff (Janet), Chandler, AZ, Tim (Molly), Rancho Santa Fe, CA, step-daughter Lisa (Michael) Lasch, Pflugerville, TX and step-son Troy Miller, Phoenix, AZ. Also, 7 loving grandchildren, Krystal Stegmaier (Paul) IL, Abby Chavez (Casey) CA, Ashley & Paige Oitzman, Chandler, AZ, Teddy & Megan Oitzman CA and Brandon Lasch TX. He is also survived by three of the greatest great-grandchildren, Landon Stegmaier IL, Samantha and Ariella Chavez CA, all who will miss their Papa greatly. Also waiting in the gallery are his three favorite golf partners, Vern (Rita) Oitzman Mesa, AZ, Richard (Doris) Oitzman Apple Valley, CA, and Arne Bongart, Mesa, AZ (his weekly DQ Blizzard & BJ clam chowder deliveryman). Don was born in Caledonia, MN, June 9, 1930 and lived most of his life in and around the Hampton, IA area. In 1949 he married Twila Noelting, the mother of his three sons. In 1980 he moved to Mesa, AZ and married Dora Homer-Miller and they have resided there since. He was a builder most of his life and after moving to Arizona he became a contractor building material salesman. After retiring he entered a second career as a home inspector which he pursued until 2006. During his lifetime Don attended schools in Chapin and Hampton, IA. He became a journeyman carpenter at the age of seventeen. By the age of twenty-five he owned his own company (Oitzman Construction) and built many homes, commercial buildings and farm buildings in Butler and Franklin counties in Iowa. Sometime later he incorporated Oitzman Lumber Co. with Oitzman Construction. While living in Iowa he was a 27 year member of the Lions Club, 16 year member of the Dumont fire department, serving 8 years as Fire Chief. He was a member of the city council and held various positions in his church. Don was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in any sport they were involved in. He and Dora were avid travelers and cruisers and have enjoyed many wonderful experiences around the world. Golf was a big part of his life and he always looked forward to Thanksgiving weekend when family and friends gathered for the “Oitzman Turkey Shoot-Out,” a two day golf tournament held every year for the past 16 years. He won the trophy twice. Arrangements are being handled by Mountain View Mortuary in Mesa, AZ with a private family internment. A Celebration of Life will be held February 9, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at the Club Room at Leisure World in Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, those wanting too, may make a donation to Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona, or their favorite charity.

Ruksnaitis, F. John

F. John Ruksnaitis, 85 of Mesa, AZ, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Hospice of Arizona. A memorial service will be held at Apache Wells Community Church at 11 AM on Tuesday February 5, 2013. Following cremation, burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, Missouri. John was born July 13, 1927 to Frank J. and Anna (Jancauskas) Ruksnaitis in Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended Worcester Boys Trade High School and moved to Los Angeles after serving in the U.S. Navy. A World War II veteran, he served with the Sea Bees in the Pacific Theater. He married Lois Jean Alumbaugh on May 23, 1964 in Alhambra, CA. Together they moved to Mesa, AZ, and enjoyed spending summers at their chalet in the hills of Show Low. They were members of the Apache Wells Community Church. John had one son by a previous marriage. John retired from the Los Angeles Police Department as a lieutenant in 1975. He helped organize the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation in 1972, and being an avid golfer, he helped organize the first Police/Celebrity Golf Tournament in 1971, which endures to this day. In recent years he was honored by the sponsors of the tournament at their annual event as a founding member. An accomplished artisan and wood carver, he was known for his detailed carvings of birds and wood turnings, which won numerous awards. John was a third degree Free Mason and a member of the Scottish rite. He was a member of Shiners’ International, El Zaribah Temple, and the Granada Hills Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 378. He was also a member of the American Legion. John is survived by two sisters, Helen M. Leketa, wife of Anthony P. Leketa, and Ruth Ojerholm, wife of Richard C. Ojerholm (deceased) of Auburn, Massachusetts; a son, Glenn Chase of La Jolla, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean in 2010, his parents, and a brother, Anthony J. Ruksnaitis of Worcester, Massachusetts in 1990. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s name be made to the Shriners’ Hospital Fund or Dresses for Orphans in care of Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 North Gayridge Road, Mesa, Arizona 85215.

Brinton, Donna Gertrude

Donna Gertrude Brinton, age 88, of Mesa, AZ passed away on January 16, 2013, in Tempe, AZ at Hospice of the Valley. Mrs. Brinton, a retired payroll accountant for the City of Mesa, was born in Floyd County, IA. She is preceded in death by her husband William “Al” Brinton. Survivors include two daughters; Bonita Lopez and Pamela Bejarano; four grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Her grandson, Tate Brinton, cared for her in the years prior to her passing. Donna dedicated much of her time to her family, the Eastern Stars, Rebekahs, volunteer work, and collecting.

Smith, David

David Smith, 74, of Queen Creek, AZ, passed away January 25, 2013. Dave began his career at Motorola Semiconductor. Career advancements took him to Cupertino, CA (Silicon Valley) where he dedicated his entire career to the semiconductor industry. In retirement, Dave enjoyed golfing and traveling the United States with wife, Carol, in their RV. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Albert Smith. He is survived by his wife, Carol, their sons, Randy Smith and Ron Smith, and their daughter, Lisa Taber. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, one great grandson, his mother, Dorothy Smith, and his brothers Tom Smith and Paul Smith. A Celebration of Life will be held at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 S. Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek, AZ, Tuesday February 5, 2013 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: The Lund Home, Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014

Schipper, LeRoy Charles

LeRoy Charles Schipper, 79, of Chandler, Arizona, passed away peacefully Monday January 14, 2013. LeRoy was born in Crookston, MN, Dec.1933. Joined the Army in 1952 serving in the Korean War as a paratrooper. Raised his family in Brighton, CO. then moved to Chandler, AZ. LeRoy was married to Maureen Leikness in June 1956; they were married 57 years. LeRoy worked as a Construction Supervisor until retired. He was well respected and loved by all. He cherished his 5 grand-daughters and treasured his time with great-grandson and “partner” Matthew LeRoy. LeRoy is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend Maureen; daughter-Connie; Sons- Tom (Teresa) and Steve (Lu); granddaughters-Megan, Nicole, Katie, Tracey, and Chelsey; great grandson-Matthew LeRoy; sisters- Darlene, Lorraine and Gladys and brother Richard; along with other family and friends

Gregory, Patricia Eileen

Patricia Eileen Gregory, 68, of Mesa, died Friday, 25 January 2013 after a long and hard fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born to the late Clarence and Ruth Connelley, Nov. 22, 1944, in Buffalo, NY. Patricia graduated from North High School in 1962 and received a BSN in Nursing from Arizona State University in 1981. She married Charles Edward Gregory in February 1963, and they lived together in Scottsdale before moving to Mesa in 1991. Patricia was a Telemetry Room Nurse in the Valley until she retired in 1995. She was passionate about her work and helping the patients entrusted to her care. She loved to travel, garden and spend time with her grandchildren. Patricia is survived by four children: John and Lisa Gregory of NJ; Robert and Wendi Tufts of AZ; Rion and Heidi Cole of AZ; and Steve and Ginger McConnell of OK. She also is survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Foundation at 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Viewing will be held at 9:00 am and burial at 10:00 am on Tuesday, 29 January at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa. Reception to follow at East Valley Free Will Baptist Church.

Dickinson, James P.

James P. Dickinson “Jim/Bucky” 97 passed away on January 14, 2013. He was born in Detroit, MI and has lived in AZ for last 30 years. Jim was in the Navy, served in WWII during Pearl Harbor. He was preceeded in death by his first wife, Mary and also his 2nd wife of 16 years, Betty. He leaves 2 daughters, a son, niece and nephew, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Memorials can be sent to a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Sunday, January 20th at Rochesters Restaurant at Sunland Village Golfcourse 721 S. Rochester, Mesa, AZ.

Brown, Edwin Clyde

Eddie loved people, and he loved life! One of his greatest joys was to bake something, and have company over for a nice visit. Eddie loved to cook and bake. During his experience in the Army, cooking for the officers proved that he definitely had a talent in the “culinary arts”! Eddie loved to play pool at the Velda Rose Club House, with his pool buddies, and then have a cup of coffee somewhere afterwards. In later years, Eddies’ strength declined, and he had to forgo many of his favorite things to do, like keeping his yard neat and clean, and trimming bushes and trees, so he depended on Ray, our yard man to do the work!

Edwin Clyde Brown was born on a farm, south of Fedora, South Dakota, to two loving proud parents, Mary and Arnut Brown. Two neighbor ladies came to Brown’s Home, and helped deliver this precious baby. No hospital was needed, only a doctor that traveled to homes, and helped anyone. After 2 ½ years, a precious baby girl was born into this loving home. She was named Mildred Emma Brown, Eddie’s baby sister!

Years went by, school days passed quickly with parties, girlfriends, and of course, education and learning new things!  Eddies enjoyed the farm, and raising cattle, and increasing the number each year.

Eddie and his sister Mildred were invited to Lloyd Andersons’ 18th birthday party, 10 miles from their home. At the same party came Josephine Washburn, 16 years old, and Eddie being the “flirty guy” that he was, got to know her name very quickly, and wanted to take her home, but Josephine declined, but Eddie showed up at her home for a date, only 10 days later!!! Many more dates followed in the years after that.

Four years later, Uncle Sam called, and said he had a place in the United States Army just for Eddie Brown, in the Rainbow Division. So, on Friday, February 13, 1942… many tearful goodbyes were expressed in Woonsocket that day, as Eddie and 11 other guys left on the train that day to go to Leavenworth, Kansas. This Army experience lasted 4 years, with Eddie being the “Head Cook” for the officers. His journey took him to Hawaii, Austria, France, and Germany. Eddie loved to cook, and spent many extra hours pleasing the officers! Joey was at home, teaching music in school, and praying every night, for her “hero” to be kept safe *****and Eddie was kept safe, God hears and answers each prayer, that his children pray to Him!!!

On October 27th, on a Friday morning, in Huron, South Dakota, at Wilson School, Joey received a telephone call from Eddie to come and meet him in Welch, Oklahoma  at Aunt Mollie’s house, he was being shipped to Austria on Wednesday and he wanted to get married right away!!! After 6 ½ years, it was the “time” to get married!!! On October 30, 1944, a 23 year old lady yielded to the pleas of a 29 year old soldier and changed her name from Washburn to Brown. Chung Soon Ei, from Korea, later named Terri Sue Brown, was adopted into this happy home!!!!

God has been our provider, and has guided us in making decisions through all these many years; we could not make a decision by ourselves without consulting our Lord and Savior each day. We have found Him to be a loving, Heavenly Father, always ready to listen to our cries and pleas, and to comfort us, and give us peace!!!

Robinson, William M.

William M. Robinson, 86, of Mesa Arizona passed away peacefully Friday, February 8, 2013. Born in Wilmington, Ohio to William H. and Gladys Robinson, Bill graduated from Wilmington High School and Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Journalism. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and worked in the machine tool industry for over 40 years. Bill married Barbara Palmer in 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio and they were happily married for 56 years. During those years, they raised a beautiful family, lived and worked in Ohio and California, and retired in Arizona in 1991. Bill was an active community volunteer throughout his life, serving many organizations including the Boy Scouts, the Presbyterian Church, the YMCA and Arizona Boys Ranch.

Bill is survived by his daughter Marilyn (Bob) Box of Buena Vista, Colorado, son Brian (Vickie) Robinson of Scottsburg, Indiana and sister Carolyn (Charles) Bonecutter of Lebanon, Ohio, as well as loving cousins, nieces, nephews and other friends. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, and his daughter, Karen. A private family remembrance will be held graveside at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the team from Premier Hospice & Palliative Care who supported Bill’s care with such kindness over the last year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Premier Hospice Foundation, 4530 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 165, Phoenix, AZ 85208.

Thomas, Beverly June

Beverly June (Carey) Thomas, 82, of Mesa, AZ (formerly Columbus Junction, IA), entered her Rest on February 2, 2013.  A memorial service will be held at Broadway Christian Church (www.bccmesa.com), Mesa, AZ, on Saturday, February 9 at 11 am. Beverly was born on May 11, 1930, New Boston, IL.  Beverly moved to Arizona in 1964 and retired from Motorola after more than 30 years.  Beverly’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with her large family who were spread out from NY to CA. Beverly will be missed by her 4 children: Kathy Stair (husband, Randy)-Norcross, GA; Gaye Carpenter (husband, Greg)-Weeki Wachee, FL; Michele Blair (husband, Randy)-Mission Viejo, CA;  Michael Thomas (wife, Terry)-Dryden, NY, and her 9 grandchildren: Doug Weaver (wife, Erica)-Peoria, AZ; Jake Blair (wife, Sandy)-San Francisco, CA; Leslie Williams (husband-Erik)-Ladera Ranch, CA;  Julie Tuttle (husband, Ryan), Tucker, GA; Lindsay Luton (husband, Nathan)-Mesa, AZ; Jonathon Blair-Seal Beach, CA; Bradley Stair-Myrtle Beach, SC; Michaela Ranney, (husband, John)-Nashville, TN; Regan Thomas-Romulus, NY, and 10 great grandchildren: Blake Weaver-Peoria, AZ; Christian Weaver-Peoria, AZ; Gabriella Berne-Luton, Mesa, AZ; Logan Brown-Weaver ,Peoria, AZ; Samantha Tuttle, Tucker, GA;  Aidan Tuttle, Tucker, GA; Logan Tuttle-Tucker, GA; Havila Williams-Ladera Ranch, CA; Ian Luton-Mesa, AZ; Elias Williams-Lader Ranch, CA, and her sister, Marilyn (Carey) Stapp-Columbus Junction; sister Shirley (Carey) Hendrickson (husband, Ray)-Iowa City, IA; and sister-in-law, Barbara High (husband, Howard), Muscatine, IA. Beverly has been preceded in death by her brother Bob Carey of Columbus Junction, IA and her grandson, Russell B. Weaver of Madison, GA.

Rich, Raymond Mayer

Raymond Mayer Rich, 86, passed away February 2, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. He was born in Manderson, WY, April 27, 1926, the eldest son of Leland Martin and Eva Mayer Rich. He was raised on his father’s sheep and cattle ranch where he learned to be strong and self-reliant. He joined the Navy during WWII and served in the South Pacific, but his heart forever remained in Wyoming. His career was in electronics. He was a civilian employee of the Army, retiring as the Director of Quality Assurance at Tooele Army Depot in Utah. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Ann Dowsett, whom he married March 5, 1966 in Salt Lake City, UT. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He was the father of six children: Teri Morris, Lorrie Munson, Joleen Evans, Raymond M. Rich Jr., Edward Rich and Monte Alan Rich. He was the loving step-father of Charlotte Cammans, Colby Cammans and Gaylynn Crosby. He had 24 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. An active member of the LDS Church, he served in many callings especially with the youth, in athletics, and priesthood leadership spending many hours of service to the church. He was an amateur radio operator, and loved to square dance, snow ski and water ski with the family and friends. He was a friend to everyone he met and always a leader. He will be forever missed by his wife and family. Visitation will be held Thursday February 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ and one hour prior to the services on Friday February 8, 2013, 10:00 am at the Eastridge Ward, 3025 S. Hawes Rd, Mesa, AZ. Sincere thanks is expressed to the Arbor Rose Senior Care and Hospice of the Valley for their excellent care at the end of his life. Donations if desired may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter.

Williams, Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd (Rick) Williams, 56, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013, with his family by his side in Mesa, Arizona. He displayed remarkable courage and determination, never losing his humour or faith, during his fight with pancreatic cancer. Rick was born March 23, 1956, in Princeton, IL to Floyd and Marjorie (Wicht) Williams. He attended schools in Buda and Kewanee, IL. He married Tina Camey of Kewanee in 1974, and they have two children: April Tomczyk and Jason Williams, both of Mesa, AZ, and six grand-children: Dylan, Zachary, and Hailey Tomczyk; and Richard, Mikayla and Beau Williams. Rick and his family moved to Arizona in 1986. Among numerous endeavours, he owned and operated a construction business named ‘Construction and Remodelling by Rick Williams’ for over 20 years. Rick enjoyed staying busy and spending time with his family. He enjoyed the great outdoors – camping and fishing with his family, horseback riding in Colorado, snorkelling in Hawaii, watching his grandchildren play football and baseball and vacationing with his extended family in various fun places. He enjoyed reading books and playing Legos with his younger grandchildren and simply to watch them play outside. When he did relax, he enjoyed watching his beloved Chicago Bears – win or lose he always supported them. He is survived by his loving wife, 2 children, and 6 grandchildren, as well as his mother Marjorie Edwards, and his two sisters: Kris Faulkner of Mesa, AZ and Sandy Neubert of American Fork, Utah. He was preceded in death by his father Floyd, who also had pancreatic cancer.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ.   A memorial service will also be held in Buda, IL on a date yet to be determined during the summer of 2013.

Zoet, Jake

Jake Zoet was born September 3, 1913 to Marinus and Grace (Dykhuizen) Zoet in Elburg, Netherlands.  When he was 2 1/2 years old his family moved to the United States and he lived in Sioux Center, Iowa until he was 8 years old.  The family then moved to Brooten, Minnesota where he attended country school.  In 1934, Jake worked in the Sheldon, Iowa area and met the love of his life Edna Bloemendaal who he wed on October 4, 1938 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  They were married for 73 years and 3 months when Edna went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2012.  Jake and Edna bought their first business, a gas station, in Matlock in 1938.  After that Jake was very proud to have served during World War II in the US Navy from 1943-1945.  Jake was a lifetime member of the VFW post 7373 in Sibley, Iowa.  When returning to Sheldon, Jake was in the cattle business for 33 years owning Sheldon Livestock Company and Jake Zoet Livestock.  In 1987, Jake and Edna moved to Mesa, AZ, and lived in Sunland Village East for 22 years.  They were very active in the Sunland Village Chapel, and Jake enjoyed swimming at the pool.  Jake passed away on January 23, 2013 at Banner Gardens Hospice Inpatient Unit, surrounded by family and friends.  He was 99 years 4 1/2 months old.  Jake enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends.  He especially enjoyed visiting with his friends on the front patio.  Jake is preceded in death by his wife Edna, parents, three brothers; Gerrit, Bert, and Jerry.  He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Roxianne and Danny Green, grandchildren; Michelle and Kevin Bedinghaus, Monica and Jim Sawitzke, Elizabeth and Matthew Vander Linden, seven great grandchildren; Samantha, Stephanie, Jake, Lindsey, Kevin, Mary and William, two sisters;  Marie Arends and Grace Luffel.  Funeral services are Monday, January 28, 2013, at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel in Mesa, Arizona, at 10:00am.

Ippolito, Samuel G.

Samuel G. Ippolito, 57, of Gold Canyon, AZ passed away on January 10, 2013 in Gold Canyon, AZ. Mr. Ippolito, owner and operator of Cranberry’s Gourmet Shoppe, was born in Dunkirk, NY. Survivors include his life partner Thomas Scaramuzzo, mother Lillian Ippolito, Thomas’ mother Lucille Scaramuzzo; sisters: Annette Orr, Toni Paladino, and Debbie Tucker; and brothers: Frank Ippolito, Jack Ippolito and Zachary Ippolito,  nieces, nephews, and grandmother of 95 years young. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Ippolito, Thomas’ father Vincent Scaramuzzo, and sisters Cindy Matteson and Berni Ippolito. The memorial service will be January 26, 2013 at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Family requests your presence at their home after services. Donations may be made in memory of Sam to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (account # 32615112) or Hospice of the Valley. “Sam my partner, friend and my heart, he will be missed greatly and we have all lost a wonderful and loving man, rest in peace my love”.

Aukes, Fae Lavonne

Fae Lavonne Ziegahn Aukes 87, of Mesa, Arizona died January 18, 2013 after a short illness. She was born on September 27, 1925, 20 minutes before her identical twin sister, Mae to Elsie and William Ziegahn of Valley Springs, SD. In 1946, Fae married her high school sweetheart, Leslie Aukes. They had one child, Vicki, and farmed near Wheaton, Minnesota for the next 40 years. Fae was preceded in death by Leslie, her parents, and her two brothers. She is survived by her daughter Vicki (Dick) Kringen of Mesa, her identical twin sister, Mae Top of Hills, Minnesota and 13 loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 2 pm at the Red Mountain United Methodist Church, 2938 North Power Road, Mesa, AZ.

Crowley, J. Harold

J. Harold Crowley, Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Lawson, Missouri (formerly of Estes Park, CO), passed away on January 22, 2013 following a brief illness. Harold was born on June 7, 1920 in Lawson, Missouri, the son of the late W.C. Crowley and Effie (Mellon) Crowley. He was married to Peggy J. (Hackleman) of Torrington, Wyoming on September 7, 1947. He served, for four years in the US Navy aboard the Battleship USS South Dakota. He was also a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge. He and his wife owned and operated several businesses in Estes Park, Colorado, during their marriage and retired to Mesa in 1982. Harold was preceded in death by four sisters, Hazel D. Trout, Leta P. McCullough, both of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Erma N. Crowley, of Estes Park, Colorado, and E. Blanche Vermillion of Mesa, Arizona and one brother Joe W. Crowley of Mesa, Arizona.He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Peggy Crowley, of the home, one daughter, Joyce E. Crowley of Longmont, Colorado, one son R. Bruce Crowley and his wife Cathy (Barnes) of Estes Park, Colorado, a sister D. Jean Collins of Round Rock, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. A private family viewing will be followed by entombment at Mountain View Cemetery, Mesa, Arizona.

Carlson, Shirley M.

Shirley M. Carlson passed away peacefully on 1/22/2013 in her home.  She was born in Elgin,IL. on 6/16/1924. She lived many years in Algonquin,IL. where she was an R.N. at the local physician’s office.  Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Robert who was her partner for 66 years.  She will be missed greatly by her children Judy, Jim, Dave and Pat; grandchildren Marc, Molly, Kate, Paul, Jessica and Lori;and great-grandchildren Abby,Alex,Vanessa and Adam.

There will be a Celebration of Life gathering in the ballroom at Las Palmas located at 215 N. Power Rd. in Mesa on Friday February 1st at  2 PM.  Please join us in remembering the good times we had with Shirley.

Finn, Gwendolyn Faye

Gwendolyn Faye Finn, 62, of Chandler, Arizona passed away Monday January 14, 2013. Services will be at 11:30 am Saturday January 19, 2013 at New Life Spirit Filled Ministries, 343 S. 83rd Pl, Mesa, Arizona 85208.

Phares, Mary

Mary Phares, 95 of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday January 14, 2013 in Gilbert, AZ. Mrs. Phares, an accounting assistant, was born in Ashland, WI. She is survived by her daughter Dee, grandchildren Wendy Lorenzen and Tim Lorenzen, and great-grandchildren Rianna, Malia, Athena and Zaria. Services will be held 2:00 pm January 19, 2013 at Mesa Good Shepherd, 5848 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85205.

Flitsch, Marjorie L.

Marjorie L. Flitsch, 90, a resident of Hiawatha, Iowa and Apache Junction, Arizona died in Apache Junction on Thursday,  January 10, 2013 of natural causes. Memorial services are pending for Marion, Iowa. Honoring her wish she will be cremated, then buried in Lafayette cemetery-Linn county Iowa. Marjorie Louise McGowan was born December 22, 1922 in rural Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a daughter of Louis and Leona (Roman) McGowan. She was united in marriage to Merrill J. Flitsch in 1942 in Alburnett, Iowa. Marjorie enjoyed traveling, cooking, bowling, card playing and having fun. She so enjoyed life and her family and friends. She attended Rosedale school and McKinley High School.  She belonged to Walker United Methodist Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.  She retired from Rockwell Collins as an executive secretary. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Marc and Rima, Florence Arizona; her granddaughter, Anna Adams (Todd Hansel), Dubuque, Iowa; her two great-grandchildren, Austin Bird, Davenport, Iowa and Jaci Jo Adams, Dubuque, Iowa; a brother, Harold L. McGowan, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Leila Sloan, Alburnett, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Merrill; a sister, Mildred McGowan; a daughter-in-law, Mary Jo (Hockaday) Flitsch; a brother-in-law, Lee Sloan; and a sister-in-law, Helen (Coleman) McGowan. We wish to thank her wonderful neighbors and friends, both in Apache Junction and Hiawatha, for their loving and caring help. Memorials can be made to Walker United Methodist Church, 101 Ely St., PO Box 297, Walker, Iowa 52352-0297.

Burwell, Maverick Joseph “Buddha”

“An Angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth. And whispered as she closed the book “too beautiful for earth.”

-Author Unknown

 

Maverick Joseph “Buddha” Burwell, 3 ½ months, was given his angel wings on January 6, 2013, in Mesa, Arizona. He was born on September 18, 2012 to Ashley Burwell and she survives in Mesa. He leaves behind a big brother William Leslie, and “daddy” William Karnes, both of Mesa. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Maverick fell in love with his chubby little cheeks, big smile, his dimples and bright blue eyes. He also leaves behind his Nana, Samantha Spurgeon; G-pa Harold Dalbec; Uncles Cody and Wesley Burwell; all of Mesa. Papa Pete Spurgeon of Apache Junction, AZ. Great-grandparents John and Glenda Shively of Turlock, CA; “grandparents” William Joe and Michelle Karnes of Mesa; and many great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him very much. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Burwell; great grandparents Clair and Betty Burwell; all of Leipsic, Ohio. Services for Maverick will be on January 14, 2013 at 2pm at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery with private graveside services following. Private visitation will be from noon to 1pm, with public visitation starting at 1pm until the time of service. Following the services a celebration of Maverick’s life will follow at the home of Samantha Spurgeon and Harold Dalbec in Mesa. Donations may be made to www.giveforward.com\burwellfamilyfundraiser.

Shifflett, Enda

Enda Shifflett was born in Dublin, Texas on August 8, 1918 to Ezra and Alice Malon. Enda is preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters. Enda grew up on a farm. Her father and mother were share croppers. Enda learned quickly to work and help around the house. As a young teenager, she worked outside the home to help her mother raise her younger siblings. At the age of 20, she met her future husband Dee Shifflett, he then moved to Arizona and sent for Enda. She traveled by train to meet him and they married in Yuma, AZ in 1939 at the age of 21. They had two children La Nora and Ina Bee. They settled in Mesa, AZ in 1946 and raised their daughters. Although Enda moved to Arizona, she always kept in touch with all her siblings, and they made frequent visits to Texas. She also kept in touch with other relatives in different states. When Enda felt her girls were old enough she went back to work. Enda retired from Sunkist Citrus. Enda and her husband Dee enjoyed spending time together. They loved to camp, fish and travel. Enda loved to bake and cook. At Christmas time she would make some delicious divinity and everyone’s favorite peanut brittle. She enjoyed baking and mailing these gifts to family every Christmas. Enda enjoyed having people over at the house. She always had home baked goodies to offer her company. Enda is preceded in death by her husband Dee in 2004, after 66 years of marriage. Enda truly had a love for life. She enjoyed people of all ages, especially babies. She always found beauty in every person. Rest in Peace Enda. You will be missed.

McGrath, Anna Margaret “Marge”

Anna “Marge” McGrath, 86 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday January 5, 2013 in Mesa, AZ. She was born February 25, 1926 in Carlisle, Kentucky. A Memorial Service will be at Gilbert Presbyterian Church, 235 E Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234 Saturday January 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Eveland, Judith C.

Judith C. Eveland, 81, resident of Mesa, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2012 surrounded my family and loved ones.  Judith was born in Columbus, Ohio on November 26, 1931, born to Roger Rickenbacher and Ruth Reaver.  Judith attended West High school and graduated in 1949 with her High school diploma. Judith was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Donald Eveland, and her sister Ruth Ann.  Judith spent her life as a homemaker, dedicating herself to her family up until the day of her passing. She was a very kind-hearted woman who spent her days with family and her beloved dog, Daisy. She loved to bowl, collect knick-knacks such as Barbies and butterflies and loved animals. Judith was survived by her son, Michael Eveland (Teri), daughter Cynthia Berry, grandchildren Jennifer, Michael, Brooke, Alex and William and great-grandchild Wyatt. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ  on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11am. A gathering will be held at Cynthia’s house following the service.

Dobstaff, Ronald

Ronald Dobstaff, age 77 of Mesa, AZ passed away December 21, 2012. Born August 24, 1935 to Edwin and Alice Dobstaff in Buffalo, NY. Growing up his family left the snow country seeking better pastures around the suburbs of L.A., California. Ron raised three families consisting of ten kids. He was a father, grandfather, great grandfather; a beloved brother, uncle and friend. Worked as a Sears appliance technician until retirement. A generous person, he lived life always sharing a smile while helping others. The past year he resided at the Bee-Hive Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Mesa, AZ. The Staff became his fourth family showing warmth, compassion and humor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. We thank Sun Valley Hospice for their care with dignity. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Johnson, Ottilia “Tillie”

Ottilia (Tillie) Johnson, 99, of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday December 24, 2012. Tillie was born in Chicago, IL. She moved to Mesa, AZ in 1968 and lived at Sunland Village and Fellowship Square. She is survived by her daughter Anida (William) Jirkovsky, daughter-in-law Charlene Johnson, grandchildren: Laura (Dennis) Wesco, Craig (Neema) Johnson, Bruce (DeeDee) Johnson, Debby (Wayne) Malnic, Bill (Cindy) Jirkovsky, and Nancy (John) Litzler, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Gunnard Johnson and son Gunnard Jr. Tillie’s memorial service will be at 1:00 pm Monday January 14, 2012 at Fellowship Square, Oasis Building second floor, 6945 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Glessner, John William Sr.

John William Glessner, Sr. 77, passed away Monday, December 24, 2012 in Mesa, AZ.   Mr. Glessner, retired, was born in Des Moines, IA.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan Marie Glessner and is survived by his wife Janet Marie Glessner, daughter Sandra Lee Summers, son John William Glessner, Jr., brothers Richard (Janet) Glessner, Robert Eugene Glessner and Danny (Karen) Glessner, grandchildren Eric Bates, Brenda Bates, Alexis (Ryan) Vickery, Jacque Glessner and great granddaughter Aubriana Regenwether.  A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am January 17, 2013 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa.

Jackson, Reginald

Reginald Jackson, 77 of Mesa, AZ passed away on Dec. 21st.  He is survived by his wife JoAnn, daughters Cheryl Moore (Darren), Michele Debski (Bradley), granddaughter Lindsey Debski and step-grandson Shea Moore.  Brothers Andrew (Carol), Robert (Pat) and Ron.   Memorial services are on Dec. 27th at 10:30am at Mountain View Mortuary 7900 E. Apache Trail.

Linnae, Bonnie

Linnae, Bonnie 79 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on December 20, 2012. The visitation for Bonnie will be from 10:00 am -12:00 pm Wednesday December 26, 2012 followed at noon by the funeral service, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Jazab, Amin Dr.

Dr. Amin Jazab settled in  Gold Canyon in 1999 after a life of service on three continents.  Born February 2, 1928, in Mashad, Iran, he studied medicine at Tehran University, while completing his military service.  In 1960 with his wife and two daughters, Jazab left Iran teach the Baha’i Faith in Tunisia and offer medical services.   In 1963 he moved to the US to become a general surgeon, studying at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado and St. Thomas Hospital and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  At that time, Jim Crow laws were prevalent in the South.   In order for their daughters to grow up free of prejudice, the Jazabs were the first to integrate a black school in Nashville by voluntarily placing their daughters in Moses McKissack School in 1964.

Dr. Jazab served as chief medical officer of Florida’s Avon Park Correctional Institution for two years, and in 1970, he moved with his family to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, to serve as a Baha’i pioneer.  A pioneer is one who lives his faith by his work and deeds.  There, Dr. Jazab worked at the 1000 bed hospital catering to the poor and helped staff the FOMECO hospital boat, offering surgery to isolated villagers.  In addition, Jazab was asked to serve as personal physician to President Mobutu, requiring extensive travel.  He continued to work tirelessly for the indigent population, juggling his various roles deftly.  In addition to his fluency in French, Jazab learned Lingala to communicate with the locals.  Due to the 1992 revolution in Zaire, Dr. Jazab and his wife were forced to leave their post, moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico and then Scottsdale, Arizona.  In order to once again serve as pioneers, the Jazabs moved to Gold Canyon in 1999, to support the Baha’i community and establish its first Baha’i administrative body, a  Spiritual Assembly.  Although retired, Jazab continued to make trips to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Albania, and Malta, serving both in a medical capacity and encouraging those Baha’i communities.  Regardless of the country, for the past 52 years the Jazab home has been a gathering place for people of diverse racial, religious, social, and ethnic backgrounds to break bread together, pray together, and learn from one another. These words from the Baha’i writings were his guiding light: “…ye must in this matter—that is, the serving of humankind—lay down your very lives, and as ye yield yourselves, rejoice.“

Foremost a world citizen and a dedicated servant of humanity, most folks in Arizona may remember him for his homemade pineapple upside-down cakes, which he baked and delivered with love to everyone he knew. Dr. Jazab’s sense of humor, love for service, and his work on behalf of his faith will be missed by all who knew him.   He is survived by his wife Neshat, daughters Elham and Aram, son-in-law Farsheed Ferdowsi, and grandchildren Kimia and Donesh.  He will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, on Tuesday, December 18.   A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 19, at the Scottsdale Baha’i Center, 6910 E. Shea Boulevard; the public is invited.

Lofing, Delores Ann

Delores Ann Lofing, 78 of Mesa, AZ passed away Saturday December 15, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. She was born in Bayard, NE. She is survived by her daughters Debra Watkins and Linda D’Addabbo, son Scott Lofing, sisters Marlene Friehauf and Mary Jo Keller, grandchildren Travis D’Addabbo, Tammy D’Addabbo, Tracy Stewart, Jessie Calvert, and Austin Guido, and great-grandchildren Cheyenne Calvert. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry in 1999. There will be a visitation from 9-11:00 am Thursday December 20, 2012 followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am, at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1982 E. Woodside Ct., Gilbert, AZ 85297.

Holt, Amelia Margaret

Amelia Margaret Holt, 73 of San Tan Valley, AZ, passed away on December 15, 2012. There will be a visitation from 12:00 to 2:00 pm Wednesday December 19, 2012 with the funeral following at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Johnson, Frank John

Frank John Johnson, 81 of Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away on December 14, 2012. Mr. Johnson was a US Army veteran.

Bergstrom, Robert A.

Our Dad, Robert (“Bob”) A. Bergstrom, 92, died peacefully in his sleep on December 16, 2012, in Phoenix, AZ.  To the very end, he was a generous and kind man whose primary concern was the well being of others.  We will miss him.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eunice Louise Bergstrom and their seven children:  Kristin (Lloyd Dickinson), Milwaukee, WI; Ann (Larry Haines), Pittsburgh, PA; Robert (Julia), U.S. Virgin Islands; Karen (Raymond Randall), Centreville, VA; Charles (Diane Hoover), Seattle, WA; David, St. Paul, MN; Ellen (James Nemetz), Phoenix, AZ.  Eunice and their children were with him in the last days and hours.  Dad was the proud grandfather of Jan Scislowicz, Betsy and Michael Haines, Lukas and Katrina Bergstrom, Lauren and Raymond Randall, Britt and Jake Nemetz, and Bobby and Will Bergstrom. 

In addition to their children, Dad and Mom were American Field Service host parents for Froydis Jaren of Norway and Tim Wilson of Australia.  They provided a home to Vietnamese refugee family members Nguyen Duong, Thuan Duong, and Hung Luong.

Born in Estherville, Iowa, in 1920, Bob grew up in Des Moines.  He was the third son of Charles and Stella Bergstrom, and the last to pass on of their ten children.  He graduated early from high school and went on to earn a degree in economics from the University of Iowa in 1943.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Eunice Irwin, the week before he reported for wartime duty with the US Army.  He served until the war ended, ultimately as an officer in the Aleutian Islands.

Dad was a city boy who worked on his Aunt Ina and Uncle Ed Herke’s farm near Emmetsburg during summers. After the war, he decided he wanted to be a farmer himself; he and Mom started farming on the Herke’s farm, and later farmed near Ringsted, Iowa.  They eventually bought a dairy farm outside of Chatfield, MN.

Dad could do anything–weld, fix equipment, build fences, roof buildings, and everything else necessary to run a farm.  He also worked as a surveyor, was president of the PTA, and served as an elder at the Chatfield Pioneer Presbyterian Church (he liked to sing in the choir and to sing in general).  He read voraciously and imparted his love of reading to his children.  We grew up in a house full of books, in part because as country schools were consolidated, Dad bought the schools’ entire libraries.  When he sold the cows (not an unwelcome event–he said selling the dairy herd was like getting out of jail), our parents moved into Chatfield, where he worked for Northern Natural Gas.

In retirement, Dad was a passionate tennis player, took piano lessons (not successfully), made jewelry (very successfully) and was totally engaged with friends and the life about him.  Mom and Dad traveled extensively after their retirement, including to Australia and New Zealand, through northern and Mediterranean Europe, and by tramp steamer through Central America–they were the oldest passengers.  They wintered in Mesa, Arizona and summered in Mormon Lake, Arizona.  For the last few years they have lived in Glendale, AZ.

Bob was loving and much beloved.  His clear and pragmatic view of the world and his active sense of humor will be deeply missed and long remembered by those privileged to know him.  His was a life well lived.

At Dad’s request, no funeral will be held.  A memorial service will held at a later date.

Eunice Bergstrom and the Bergstrom Children

Madsen, Murl A.

Murl A. Madsen, 85 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on December 13, 2012. Services for Mr. Madsen, a US Navy veteran, will be private. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Soceity.

Crossland, Kathleen Ray

Loving mother and wife, Kathleen Ray Crossland, passed away December 13, 2012. She was born to Ray Elmer Cooley and Kathleen Claire Aggerbeck on March 2, 1941 in Seattle, WA. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Lloyd Crossland and daughter Kathleen Marie Smith. She is survived by son Keith Crossland, Daughter, Bonnie Yngelmo (Ed), grandchildren: Amanda (Alex) Cushman, Justin and Tara Yngelmo, sister, Colleen Moulten, brother Mike Cooley, sister-in-laws, Joan Messer, Glendora Rives, and Ettie (Aaron) Crossland, and several nieces and nephews. She has left us with numerous lifetime memories. Her kindness, and gentle welcoming manner was unlimited. She will be most remembered for her love for her husband and family. A private family gathering will be announced at a later date. Contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Davis, Kimberly Diane

Kimberly Diane Davis of Apache Junction passed away Tuesday December 11, 2012 at her home in Apache Junction. She was 38 . Mrs Davis was bone June 24, 1974 in South Bend, IN. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and homemaker. She survived by her husband Christopher J. Davis, daughter Katherine Elizabeth Davis, son Thomas Charles and her mother Marcia Bovey. A funeral service will be held Monday December 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E Main Street , Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850 www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

Holliday, Theodore “Ted”

Holliday, Theodore Roy (Ted),

Of Gilbert, AZ entered into eternity on December 5, 2012. Ted left behind his wife Collene of 63 years. Together they had 14 children and he is survived by 12. He also leaves behind 38 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Farmer Ted was a part of Gilbert history. He could make anyone’s day by telling old stories and cracking jokes with his family and friends, or by sharing his smile that was big enough to brighten any room. Ted was a hard worker and true fighter until the very end. He never let anything hold him back. His love of The Lord, life, and family was always apparent. We love you! A viewing for Ted, on Wednesday December 12 from 5-7p.m. will be held at Mountain View Funeral home and Cemetery at 7900 East Main St, Mesa, AZ 85207. On Thursday December 13 at 10 a.m. Funeral services will take place at Gateway Fellowship Church located on 60 North Recker Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234.

Wheat, Robert “Bob”

Robert “Bob” Wheat, 88, of Mesa, AZ passed away December 7, 2012. Bob was born on June 2, 1924 in Prophetstown, IL. He moved to Arizona in 1962. Attended AZ State University and became a teacher in the Scottsdale School District.Bob was a WWII Navy Vet. He also was a member of the AZ State Rifle and Pistol Assoc., Life member of the Rio Salado Gun Range, and National Rifle Association. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, sisters-in-law, Sandra Randolph and Barbara Mier; brothers-in-law, David (Mary Ruth) Mier, and Donald (Marilyn) Mier. Services will be December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm with viewing from 1-2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Meece, Oliver Arnold

Oliver Arnold Meece, 93 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Thursday December 6, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Meece, a watchmaker, was born in Decatur, Illinois. He is survived by: his daughters Sandy Pennington and Linda Miller, his son Arnie Meece, 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation Monday December 10, 2012 at 10:00 am followed by graveside services at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Seip, Edward Roy “Bud”

Edward Roy “Bud” Seip, 91, passed away December 2, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Bud was born in Kalamazoo, MI on May 17, 1921. He served in the Army Air Corp during the Korean War and worked for American Airlines as an A&E Mechanic for 36 years. Bud always had a good sense of humor and enjoyed playing golf. Bud had Parkinson’s disease and associated dementia but knew his family members and liked to play cards. He is survived by his two children: son John E. (Rosemary) Seip and daughter Deborah L (Larry) Alexander, 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Susie M. Seip in March of 2010, and daughter Linda Sue Seip. Thanks to Bella Vista Senior Care for assisted care he received for the past two years. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to American Parkinson’s Disease Association Arizona (APDA Arizona), PO Box 40067, Tucson, AZ 85717 or Comprehensive Hospice and Palliative Care, 16515 S. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85048.There will be a visitation for Bud at 10:00 am Thursday December 6, 2012 with Nicheside service following Friday December 7, 2012 at 10:00 am.

Vaillancourt, Rheal “Ray” R.

Rheal “Ray” R. Vaillancourt, 58 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on November 30, 2012. The memorial service for Ray, a US Army Veteran, will be at 2:00 pm Sunday December 16, 2012 at The American Legion Post 27, 1018 S. Meridian Rd, Apache Junction, AZ.

Anderson, Anna Mae

Anna Mae Anderson, 80, longtime resident of Mesa, AZ, passed away December 1, 2012 at Delmar Gardens in Overland Park, KS. A memorial service will honor her life on Friday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ.  She will be buried at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa, with her husband, Roger. Anna Mae was born in Wapello County, IA. She married Roger Anderson in Des Moines in 1958, and lived on the Anderson family farm near Palmer, Iowa, before they moved to Ames, where Roger attended Iowa State University. After graduating and living for a short time in Watseka, Illinois, and Oelwein, Iowa, they moved to Ottawa, Illinois, in 1972, and raised their two daughters there. They retired to Mesa, AZ, in 1988. Anna Mae loved Arizona, and was a first-class tour guide of the area to many visitors throughout the years. She moved to the Kansas City area in 2009 due to declining health. Anna Mae was preceeded in death by her husband, Roger. She leaves her two daughters, Linda (Kevin) O’Donohue of Fairfax, VA, and Marti (Pat) Palmer of Overland Park, KS, and two grandchildren, Alex O’Donohue and Devin Palmer. The family would appreciate any expressions of sympathy be contributed in the name of Anna Mae Anderson to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, or the American Heart Association.

Brunson, Claudette L.

Claudette L. Lloyd Brunson (81) of Mesa, Arizona, died November 29, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born August 18, 1931, in Salt Lake City, Utah to of Frank B. and Mary Dedrick Lloyd. She married John M. Brunson September 13, 1950 in the L.D.S. Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Daughter of the Utah Pioneers. She was also a California licensed Real Estate Agent. She lived in Mesa for 20 years. She is survived by her husband John M. Brunson, daughters Deborah (Marshal) Henry of Mesa, AZ, Carla (Charles) Coffey of Lufkin, TX, and Kathryn (Lyle) Klingler of Mesa, AZ. She was preceded in death by her daughter Rachel Jena (Dennis) Roberts. Claudette is survived by her grandchildren Kristyn, Matthew, and Joseph Henry, Kayde Solymossy, Laura, John, James, and Andrew Roberts, Jessica Reynolds, Jonathan, Benjamin, and Christopher Klingler, and 16 great-grandchildren. We will miss her guiding hand and loving spirit. She was the heart that made us what we are and left us with a lifetime of memories. We love you and won’t ever forget you. A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2-5 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home at 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona. A graveside service will be held Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Claudette’s memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ.

Stephens, Ray

Ray Stephens passed away Wednesday afternoon November 28, 2012 at the age of 80. He was born in Proctor, TX February 5, 1932 and lived a full and courageous life achieving many accomplishments. Ray was an underground miner in San Manuel, AZ for 20 years. He moved to Missouri bought an 11 acre farm and logged timber and raised and sold stock. He then moved to Arizona and started his third career as a backhoe operator and established the business of “Stephens Trenching”. Ray retired in 2007.Ray was married to his wife for 58 years and loved his family. He is survived by his three children; Kenneth, Sabrina, and Alma and six great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation beginning at 11:00 am Saturday December 1, 2012 followed by the funeral service at 12:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Banner Hospice, 275 E Germann Rd #110, Gilbert, AZ 85297.

Swierczynski, Lois

Lois Swierczynski of Mesa, AZ passed away November 26, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Lois was born April 8, 1944 to Anna Marie “Rose” Panzica and Michael Pervan. She is survived by great beloved husband, Gerald Swierczynski, beloved mother of grateful sons Thomas (Kallie) and Robert (Jing) Swierczynski, and loving grandmother to Sophia Swierczynski. Lois will be remembered for her generosity of kindness and good will. Her heart was open to all who knew her, and her smile will always be remembered. Lois will also be remembered for her: commitment to others, her promises satisfied, her love for her husband, children, grandchildren and family. Lois extended herself out to assist friends and neighbors. Her kindness was unlimited. May the Grace of God extend her eternal salvation in Heaven. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday November 29, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Cole, Fannie T.

Fannie T. Cole, 93 of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday November 27, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Cole, a furniture store owner, was born in Irvine, KY. She is survived by her husband Harry S. Cole, son Tommy K. (Barbara) Jackson, stepdaughter Harriet A. (Tom) Lee, stepsons Shelton Cole and William Cole, grandson Tommy K. Jackson Jr., and sisters Marjorie Geeting, Betty Ashton, and Lucy Hedger of Eaton, OH. There will be a visitation between 2-5:00 pm Sunday December 2, 2012; the funeral service will be at 10:00 am Monday December 3, 2012, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, 10701 E. Boulder Dr., Apache Junction, AZ 85120

Welsh, Annella Sturges

Annella Sturges Welsh, 92, of Mesa, AZ passed away Saturday November 24, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Welsh, a retired office manager for a title company, was born in Jerome, ID. She is survived by her daughter Shirley (Robert), son William (Nancy) Sturges, daughter Sheryl (Rick) Dannelley, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Sharon, and her grandson Chad. The visitation for Mrs. Welsh will begin at 1:00 pm, with the funeral service following at 2:00 pm Friday November 30, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Young, Evelyn R.

Evelyn R. Young, 74 of Tempe, AZ, passed away on November 23, 2012. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM Weds. November 28, 2012 with a visitation starting at 3:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850 Family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014

Wells, Dorothy B.

Dorothy B. Wells, 91 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Thursday November 22, 2012. Services will be at 10:00 am Thursday November 29, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Simons, Irene (Renee) Marie

Renee P. Simons of Mesa, AZ passed away Saturday Nov. 17, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. She was 65. Renee was born Oct. 15, 1947 in San Fernando, CA to Laurence and Irene Perea. Mrs. Simons was a Retired Manager in the Center of Excellence of the Manufacturing Shop at The Boeing Company. She is survived by her mother Irene Perea and her brother Laurence R. Perea. She was preceded in death by her husband John Simons. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday Nov. 26, 2012 with a visitation starting at 1:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207

Sanders, Linda A.

Linda A. Sanders passed away Monday morning November 19, 2012 at the age of 73 in the arms of her beloved husband Thomas E. Sanders at their home in Mesa, AZ. Born in Norwalk, CT May 2, 1939, she lived a full and courageous life, all the while enduring Spina Bifida. Throughout her life she had great accomplishments including attending MCC and Lamson Colleges. She was an Executive Secretary for the ITT Courier Company in Tempe, AZ. Linda and Tom enjoyed many great trips throughout the world on cruises, travels abroad, and road trips with their motor home; a great passion of theirs. Their unconditional love for each other was unquestionable, especially in the thorough medical care administered and monitored by Tom in her final times. This commitment of love gave Linda many more years for all to enjoy. She is survived by her four children; Elizabeth and Margaret Chaney, and Julianna Bailey of KY, Matthew Chaney of AZ, brothers Joseph and Robert Andres, and sister Rosalie Elliot of AZ, sister-in-law Linda Jean Andres of ME, stepdaughters Rebecca Kennedy and Thomie Whitfield of GA, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Her beauty, wit, and wisdom will be remembered by all as well as her wonderful laugh, including a great affection for dachshunds and giraffes. Services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday December 4, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Cowens, Larry

Larry Cowens, 55, of Avondale, AZ passed away unexpectedly on November 15, 2012. He was born on November 19, 1956 in Phoenix, AZ to Louis and Dale Cowens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Dale, as well as his brother David. He is survived by his partner of 38 years, Diane; daughter Lisa; stepsons Richard Galindo, David and Robert; sister Linda; brothers Louis, Bob, Jesse, and Carl; 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. Services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday November 29, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Donations can be made to Barrow Neurological Institute, 350 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013.

 

Ott, Norman Walter

Norman Walter Ott, age 83, departed this life to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on November 14, 2012.   Norm was born in Scribner, Nebraska on December 19, 1928 to Walter Ott and Anna Moderow.  His family moved to Santa Ana, California in 1942.  He was baptized in Nebraska in January 1929 and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Ana, California in Spring of 1943. He attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Missouri, graduating in 1954.  He was ordained in 1954 in Decatur, Illinois and served as pastor in a dual parish setting at Lutheran churches in Milton Freewater and Pendleton Oregon.  During his ministry, he accepted calls to serve the amazing bodies of Christ at: 

  • 1957-1961    St. Phillip’s Lutheran Church in Compton, California  
  • 1961-1967 Trinity Lutheran Church in Olympia, Washington 
  • 1967-1978  Immanuel Lutheran Church in Orange, California
  • 1978-1980   Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1980-1991   St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Claremont, California

He was married to Jane Carol Ferg on May 31st, 1968 at Eagle Rock Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, California.  Norm and Jane retired in 1991 to Mesa, Arizona.  He then served as Chaplain of the Day at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Arizona along with helping to serve to the body of Christ at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona. Norman enjoyed all sports, being a great fan of football and basketball; he golfed for many decades and played basketball in his later years of high school at Concordia in Oakland, California.  He liked cars, science fiction, fishing, and was a great detective, always solving the mystery before it was uncovered.  He had a love for travel, was a fabulous story teller, and when the occasion arose, he enjoyed a good beer.  His zest for life and care for others were evidenced in his daily life.  Norm’s love of his Lord and the ease in which he shared the message of eternal salvation are hallmarks of  his life’s path.  He is survived by his wife, Jane; daughters, Beth, Kathy, and Rachel; sons, Jim and Matt; grandchildren Brandon, Chelsea, Kianna, Alexandra, Vianney, Charlie, and Chase; sisters Sally and Dorothy.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary; sisters Irene and Lois.

Helms, Dale J.

Dale J. Helms, 93 of Mesa, AZ passed away November 8, 2012 in Litchfield Park, AZ. Mr. Helms was born in Muncie, IN. He was an engineer and draftsman at Maxon Corporation for 45 years. He is survived by his daughters Gale G. (Jim) Garrett and Joan S. (John) Shotts, 3 grandchildren: Andrea Garrett Blair, Adrienne Garrett Shue and Abbianne Garrett Goode; and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet in 2008, 1 sister and 3 brothers. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday November 16, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, Mesa, AZ.

Mayes, Joanna

 Joanna Mayes, 93 of Mesa passed away on November 10,2012. She was born on September 12, 1919 in Chandler, AZ. Joanna is survived by her grandchildren, Jesse White, Tiffanie Fuston, and granddog, Shotzee, nieces and a favorite nephew, Douglass McDonald (Gabrielle). She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis and daughter, Annie Mayes. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thursday November 15, 2012 at Christ the King Church, 1551 E. Dana Ave. Mesa, AZ.

Countryman, Don C.

Don C. Countryman, 75 of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away November 9, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Countryman was born in Greenfield, Ohio in 1937. He is survived by his daughter, 5 sons, 2 sisters, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:00 am Wednesday November 14, 2012 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Updike, Dorothy Isabelle

Dorothy Isabelle (Gibbs) Updike was born on January 26, 1933, to John and Gladys Gibbs in Newcastle, Wyoming. She attended Clifton Country School and other country schools in Wyoming. Ice skating in the winter, and fishing and camping in the summer were her favorite activities while growing up. She was involved in 4-H Club for many years and became an excellent seamstress. In 1950 she graduated from Newcastle High School. After graduation she attended Denver Central Business College. On March 29, 1952, she was united in marriage to Robert Updike in the Methodist Church at Newcastle, Wyoming. To this union  4 sons were born: Dan, Tom, Mic and Ken. They lived in Newcastle, WY, where Bob worked for Updike Brothers, Inc. Dorothy devoted her time to caring for her family. She also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and spent many hours sewing for herself and others. In 1959 they moved to Moorcroft, WY. As the boys grew older, the family enjoyed camping and water skiing together. Dorothy also enjoyed attending the boys’ sporting events and rarely missed a game. They moved to Gillette, WY in 1977. Dorothy devoted several years to raising her granddaughter Robyn, who became like a daughter to her. It was during this time that Dorothy, always ready for a challenge, became a pilot. Bob also got his pilot’s license. They purchased a plane and began flying whenever they could, for business and pleasure. Dorothy continued to sew and delighted her grandchildren with new clothes “Made by Grandma”. In 1992 they moved to Arizona, where they enjoyed their new home in Mesa very much. Dorothy helped at the Los Palmas Clubhouse with bingo, and teaching crafts. Dorothy loved her Lord and church very much, and helped with church activities however she could. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 1, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. Left to cherish her memories are sons: Dan and wife Cathie of Gillette, WY, Tom and wife Paulette of Riverton WY, Mic of Mesa, Az., and Ken and wife Katie of Oelrichs, SD: grandchildren: Laurie, Bryon, Robyn, Mia, Chris, Stacy, Jere, Larry, Jessie, Dawna, William, Kayla, Hannah, Joseph, and Ethan; twenty-two great grandchildren; niece Sharon Smith and nephew John Shuck, sister in law Mary Updike, brother –and sister in law, David (Bud) and Dorothy “Din” Updike, numerous cousins and many friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 2010, her parents, her sister Jeanne Shuck, an infant brother, nephew Bob Shuck, and two grandsons. Dorothy has requested that memorials be made to: Summit Ministries, PO Box 207, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.

Traynor, William C.

William C. Traynor of Gold Canyon AZ, born August 31, 1924 in Curryville, MO passed away October 27, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. He was the last child of Homer Traynor and Marie Stephenson Traynor. His brothers, Paul (Reba), Podge (Marie), Tinsley (Dorothy Lee), Richard (Jane) and sister Macie Ogden Petrie (Harry) all preceded him in death but sister-in-law Jane of Ft. Smith, AR.  He is survived by wife, Ella Jane (Millspaugh) Traynor, sons William Patrick (Sally) of Tucson, AZ, Richard Michael (Chris) of Chandler, AZ, one son Robert Blaine preceded him in death, daughter-in-law Debbie Traynor of Mesa, AZ,  9 grandchildren: Brian (Jen)(Stamatia,deceased) and their children, David, Darian,& Natalie Traynor of Portland, OR,  Matthew (Ann) and their children:  Sarah, Jason, Nicole, Kate, & Max Traynor of Idaho Falls, ID;  William F. Traynor of McAllen TX;  Emily (Eric) Olsen and their sons  Reid, Alex, Dane and Henry with USAF in Germany; Anne, (Greg) Crowther, and Elizabeth of Tucson, Sean Traynor, Erin (Kevin) Rhineheimer and children Kinley and Jackson of Chandler, AZ  Lisa (Matt) Tomnitz and Cameron and Lara Traynor and her daughters, Ciera & Karina of Mesa AZ; 18 great grandchildren and  a Navajo daughter, Lorraine Kelwood and her daughters Courtney & Candice, and granddaughter Lia of Window Rock, AZ.  Bill, his brother Dick, and their mother moved to Bosler, WY when Bill was a child.  He attended school in Bosler until moving to Laramie for high school. After graduation from Laramie High School, he enlisted in the USAF and received pilot’s training to be a bomber pilot during WWII.  He remained in the Wyoming Reserves and was called to service during the Korean War where he flew over 100 missions as a part of the Mosquito Wing. Returning to WY he became a member of the Laramie Fire Department.  Later, he moved his family to Louisana, MO to manage land and cattle for Woodson K. Woods. While in MO he also was in the trucking business with his brother Tinsley. From Missouri, he moved his family to North Dakota where he was head herdsman for the Patterson Land Company. From there he spent time in California, again working with registered cattle.  In the 1960’s Bill and his brother Dick moved their families to Arizona.  Bill bought the Texaco Station in Apache Junction. He and his sons ran 3 Texaco stations in Mesa and Apache Jct. While his oldest sons were attending Arizona State University, they encouraged their dad to go to school and finish the degree he had started 20 years before at the University of Wyoming. He received his BA in English Education at Arizona State University in 1969 and  began teaching at Mesa High School where he met and married Jane Millspaugh, also a teacher at Mesa High. Later  they purchased the Water Wheel Lodge in Estes Park CO, dividing their summers between Colorado and Arizona. After selling the Colorado property, they purchased a farm in Curryville MO and have enjoyed the last 20 years living in MO during the summers and AZ during the winters.  After “retiring” Bill and Jane became part owners of the Red Sage Restaurant in Gold Canyon and enjoyed 7 years working at the restaurant during the winter months. Bill was always someone who had to be busy and have challenges.  Some of his happiest times were spent with his family.  He loved being Grampa to his 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  The family will have a private service on Nov. 9.  A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in MO next spring. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Hope Center in Bowling Green, MO.

DuHamell, Alice Marie

Alice Marie (Keplinger) DuHamell, 96, former Mesa, AZ resident died October 24th, 2012 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. Marie was born April 23, 1916 in Maysville, WV to Homer Martin Keplinger and Susan Keplinger. Marie was a strong family force and was instrumental in keeping her siblings together throughout their formative years, after the untimely death of her parents in her youth. She married Harold DuHamell April 26, 1934. Together they lived and worked in Toledo, Ohio while raising their daughter Nancy. After working for Ohio Bell (AT&T) for 35 years, Marie and Harold retired to Mesa, AZ where they enjoyed many wonderful years together. Every summer Marie and Harold would return to Ohio to visit their daughter, Nancy (DuHamell) Delamotte, and their grandchildren, Dominic, Derek, and Brigitte. Marie was predeeded in death by Harold on September 3, 1992. After Harold’s death Marie continued to make the journey to Ohio every year to visit her family. Marie is survived by her daughter, Nancy Delamotte, grandchildren, Dominic Delamotte, Derek Delamotte, Brigitte Von Stetina and 13 great grandchildren. Services for Marie will be at 11:00 am Thursday November 1, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Boyd, Woodrow W.

Woodrow w. Boyd, 87, of Mesa, Arizona passed away October 29, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Boyd, a veteran of the US Navy, was born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma in 1924. Services for Mr. Boyd will be at 11:00 am Friday November 2, 2012 at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona.

Keller, E. Gordon

E. Gordon Keller passed away on October 21, 2012, in Mesa, AZ. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to William and Wanda Keller.

Mr. Keller is survived by his wife Catherine Irene Keller.

Services were held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona

Lee, Edna

Edna D. Lee, 95, of Mesa, AZ, passed away October 10, 2012, in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Lee a homemaker was born in Cookeville, TN. She is survived by her daughters, Vivian Ashe, Barbara Lee, Gail Trent, & Velma Rose Jacomino, her son, Johnny Lee, sons –in-law, Douglas Trent & Engelberto Jacomino, 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, & 2 great-great grandchildren. Services were held in Cookeville, TN. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. Loving Mother and Grandmother, we were blessed to have had you as long as we did.

Manriquez, Elvira G.

Elvira G. Manriquez, matriarch of a large extended family, passed away peacefully on October 25th, 2012, surrounded by family. Elvira was born in the mining town of Sonora, AZ on January 23, 1923. She was preceded in her death by her husband Alberto Manriquez, her parents Hilario and Maria Granillo, and sister Lucy Bonillas. Elvira is survived by her daughters, Mary Thurnbeck (John), Ophelia Mitchell (Jay), Martha Ybarra, Anna Bean (Jerry). Special nieces Sylvia Delgado and Millie Mendez. Grandchildren, Suzanne (Chris), Carlyn (Rich), Matthew (Stacey), Nicholas, Eric, Jade, Danielle (Tony), Stephen (Nuvia), Alyce, Jerry, and Carl. Great grandchildren, Dusty, Joseph, MacKenna, Anthony, Leila, Hunter Rose, Samuel, and two on the way. Brother, John Granillo, sisters Enedina Munoz, Esther Celis, Carmen Huerta, and numerous nieces and nephews. Elvira and her husband owned Elvira’s Mexican Restaurant in Apache Junction from April of 1965 until its sale in December of 2011. Services will be held at St. George’s Catholic Community, 300 E 16th Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85119. On Monday October 29, 2012, viewing, rosary, and celebration of life from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral mass on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:00 am. Burial following at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85207. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Hospice Family Care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. George’s Catholic Community.

Anderson, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Anderson, age 77, died Monday, October 15, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.  She had been a resident of Arizona for the past 15 years but spent the majority of her life in Kane, Pennsylvania.  She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 4, 1935 to the late Duncan and Jean (Russell) McLellan and was married to Edward C. Anderson on September 17, 1955.  After many years living in Kane, Pennsylvania, moved to Arizona to retire.  Elizabeth loved to spend time with family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She had a passion for politics and loved to debate.  Elizabeth is survived by her three children, David (Michelle) Anderson, Iain (Kelley) Anderson, and Dianne Ludwig; six grandchildren, Ryan, Iain, Cassandra, Meghan, Laura and Johnny; four great-grandchildren, Lillian, Levi, Konnor and Alexis; nine siblings, William (Gladys-deceased) McLellan, Margaret (Alan-deceased) Boucher, Jean (James) Bennett, Douglas (Susan) McLellan, Donald (Lorraine) McLellan, Alan (Sharon) McLellan, Alistair (Christy) McLellan, Linda (James) Paterson and Mairi (Gus) Kennedy.  She is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Anderson, brother Duncan McLellan, and infant granddaughter, Tessa Anderson.  A memorial service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona  85024 on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm.  Chaplain Don Burgess will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Harvard Villa and Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care.

Judith Ann Richards

Judith Ann Richards nee Yantus-Modzelewski, age 72 of Mesa, Arizona passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Judy was born on October 29, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Martha Yantus-Modzelweski. Judy was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gerald M. Richards. They were united in marriage at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roseville, Michigan on May 21, 1960. She worked as a Human Resources Supervisor for Cadillac Gage/Textron and lived in Utica, Michigan before retiring to Mesa, Arizona. She was a member of the Red Mountain Ranch Social Club, Republican Women’s Club and a Republican Precinct Delegate. Judy enjoyed cooking, crocheting, square dancing, playing euchre, traveling, and reading, but her favorite pastime was entertaining and spending time with her family and friends. Besides her husband, she is survived and will be deeply missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne (Ronald) Primeau of New Baltimore, MI and one granddaughter, Jennifer (Daniel) Merritt of Phoenix (Ahwatukee), Arizona. She is also survived by her brother, Norbert Modzelewski of Roswell, GA, in addition to many other family members and dear friends. Donations can be made in her name to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Services will be held Saturday October 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm, at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, in Mesa, Arizona. Judith will be buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Berg, Alma Veronica

Alma was born November 6, 1923 in Calio, ND. She passed away October 17, 2012 in Apache Junction, AZ. She was raised on the family farm near Calio and later met her husband George Berg. They were married for 49 years before he preceded her in death in Dec., 1991. They farmed near Egeland, ND as well as the family farm which they owned. They retired and moved to Cherokee Village in Apache Junction, AZ in 1984. Alma loved to cook, entertain and play the organ. She loved to socialize, dance and knew no strangers. She is survived by sons Gerald, Ronald and Bryan, two sisters Lorraine and Genevieve, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 am Wednesday October 24, 2012 at Saint George Catholic Church, 300 E 16th Ave., Apache Junction, AZ.

Wood, Alice J.

Alice J. Wood, 91 of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away on October 16, 2012. Visitation for Alice will be from 5-8:00p.m. Sunday October 21, 2012, with funernal services at 10:00a.m. Monday October 22, 2012. All services will be at Mountian View Funernal Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main, Mesa, AZ 85207.

Henry, Sarah L.

Sarah L. Henry, 76, of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Tuesday October 9, 2012 at home. Mrs. Henry, a homemaker, was born in San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Donald Henry, sons Mark Henry and Michael Henry, daughter Michele (Henry) Ryers, sister Emila Thayer, brother Alfred Garcia, grandchildren: Scott Henry, Robert Henry, Josh Ryers and great-grandson Patrick Henry. She was preceded in death by her parents Mary and Al Harris, her daughter Mary Henry and her siblings: Edina Gil, Amador Garcia, Amador JR. Garcia, Joseph Garcia, Charles Garcia, Alonzo Garcia, Domingo Garcia, Arthur Garcia, LeRoy Garcia, and Gary Garcia. Sarah enjoyed her beautiful flower garden, watching birds and butterflies, and Jackpots at the Casino’s. She also enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Services for Sarah will be at 2:00pm Saturday October 13, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers please make donations to either Make A Wish Foundation or Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Sarah’s name.

Pientka, Sandra Ann

Sandra Ann Pientka went to Heaven October 9, 2012 to play cards and drink “apple juice” with her dad (Walter), her mom (Ruth) and her brother (Steve). Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 1944, Sandy left us way too soon. Survived by her daughter Monique, her sister Linda (Bruce), her brothers Ron (Karen), Rick (Jenny) and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and her companion of 22 years, Cheryl. Sandra had twinkling blue eyes, a beautiful smile, an infectious laugh and was a master of storytelling. She will be deeply missed but in our hearts forever. No viewing. There will be a celebration of life on Friday, October 19 at 4:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Wurm, Edith Y.

Edith Y. Wurm, 82, went to her Lord and Savior on October 8, 2012. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on December 26, 1929 to the late George and Maysie Lougheed. Edith was employed as an Attendant Nurse at the Sault St. Marie, Michigan State Hospital before transferring to the Traverse City State Hospital in 1950 until her retirement in 1980. She married Kenneth Wurm in 1956, as she survived him in 1993. Edith and her beloved husband moved from their dwelling in Traverse City, MI to a warmer climate in Mesa, AZ in 1985. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy (Scott) Smith and two granddaughters Savanna and Sahara of Chandler, AZ. She is also survived by Jack (Edith) Lougheed of Grand Rapids, MI, Georgia Bell of Traverse City, MI, Roger (Nancy) Lougheed of Traverse City, MI. In addition she is survived by many nieces and nephews. Her sister, Dorothy Hopkins of Fort Collins, CO preceded her in death. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am Thursday October 11, 2012 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St, Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Redemption Church Gilbert at 1820 W. Elliot Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85233 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Johnston, Dorothy Viola

Dorothy Viola (Hough) Jones-Johnston, 88, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, October 6, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on July 8, 1924 in Poland, OH and moved with her parents to Mesa in the 1940’s. She retired from Motorola and was a long-time Girl Scout Leader. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and a charter member of Grace United Methodist Church in Mesa. Preceding her in death were her parents, Guy E. and Mildred Hough of Mesa and sister, Mary L. Huggins of Mesa. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Orville F. Jones and her second husband, Glenn Johnston. She is survived by her three daughters:  Carolyn (Michael) McGinnis of Phoenix; Shirley (Linn) Brown of Hermitage, PA; and Peggy (Steve) Schafer of Chadwick, IL, three granddaughters:  Valene (Bill) Faulkner of El Paso, TX; Mollie (Joe) Schiavo of Ahwatukee, AZ; and Kimi McGinnis of Phoenix and also a great-grandson, Willie Faulkner of El Paso, TX. A graveside service will be performed by “Coach” Carl Heath at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., in Mesa at 3:00 pm Thursday October 11, 2012. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Jacot, Ronald M.

Ronald M. Jacot, 77, passed away on October 6, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. Mountain View Funeral Home handled the arrangements (480) 832-2850. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday, October 11th at The Mesa Moose Lodge 1925 South 74th Street, Mesa 85208.

Dalmacio, Rosita David

Rosita David Dalmacio, 79, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday September 30, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Dalmacio, a retired Registered Nurse, was born in the Philippines. Rose and family entered the United States in California 1972.  Then moved to the Globe – Miami area in 1973.  In 1978 they relocated to Superior, Arizona.  All these times, she worked as a nurse at various hospitals and clinics and finally move to Gilbert, Arizona to retire. After retirement she had lived back in the Philippines, then California then to Mesa, Arizona.  She is survived by her daughter Marcel, son Danny, sister Norma, and brother Ceasar, grandchildren: Kristi, Nicki, Jeremy, Joshua, Hayden, Kyle, Kimberly, C.J., and Carlie; and great-grandchildren: Dustin, Andrew, Tess, Derek, Mikey, Kamryn, J.J., Dash, and Johsten. She was preceded in death by her husband Andy and son Fernando. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am Friday October 19, 2012 at All Saints Catholic Church, 534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa, AZ 85205. There will be a visitation following the Mass on Friday October 19, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Schmidt, Edward Francis Jr.

Edward Francis Schmidt Jr., 91, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Monday October 1, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Schmidt was born in Brooklyn, New York. Contributions may be made in Mr. Schmidt’s honor to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd, Mesa, Arizona 85206. Please specify for Religious Education or Masses. Services for Mr. Schmidt will be Tuesday, October 9, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Road, Mesa. There will be a 9:30 AM Rosarywith the Mass following at 10:00 AM. Interment to take place Friday October 26, 2012 at Riverside National Memorial Cemetery in California.

Killian, Thomas

Thomas Steven Scott Killian, 24, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Visitation is scheduled from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday, October 6th at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa (480) 832-2850.

Galvan, Pedro “Pete” G.

Pedro (Pete) Gonzalez Galvan, 75, residing in Mesa, AZ, passed away in his home Sept. 29, 2012 from natural causes. He was born July 7, 1937 in Hondo, TX to Domingo and Vicenta Galvan. Shortly after, his parents along with Pete, his 2 older brothers and 1 younger sister relocated to Artesia, NM. He was married to Lucy on March 17, 1975 in Artesia. He retired from New Mexico Potash Mines in 1999 and two years later moved to Arizona to be with children and grandchildren. Pete was survived by his wife, Lucy, daughter Crystal Mangini and her husband Joe Mangini, 2 step-children Jeffrey Hernandez, partner Oralia Guzman, and Dee Dee Luna and her husband Fred Luna, along with 9 grandchildren. He also had 5 children from a previous marriage: Richard, Carolyn, Joseph, Steven, and Denise, along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father Domingo, mother Vicenta, and his siblings: George and Henry Galvan and Maggie Jaques.  Services will be held at 2pm on Friday, October 5, 2012 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Featherston, Sylvia M.

Sylvia M. Featherston, 90, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Featherston was born in Clay County, MN. She is survived by her son, A. Lee Featherston, Jr., her brothers Vernon and Raymond Solwold, six grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Services 12:00 pm Thursday October 4, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Keas, Dorothy Jane

Dorothy Jane Keas, a woman who loved every adventure life had to offer, died on Monday, September 24, 2012 in Oshkosh, WI. She was 92. Dorothy was born on November 21, 1919 in Chicago, IL to the late Stanley and Amanda Woods. Dorothy was elegant, confident, opinionated, charming and accomplished. She married Carl Keas on November 4, 1939 in Chicago, IL. He preceded her in death on July 16, 1992. They spent most of their married lives in the greater Chicago area and eventually retired to Mesa, AZ in 1975. She loved to travel and was fortunate enough to surf in Hawaii, walk along the Great Wall of China, ride a camel in Egypt, and sail on the Queen Mary II ocean liner, as well as cruising to many distant places. She enjoyed playing bridge, bingo, and blackjack. Every day was an opportunity to do something interesting or learn something new. Summer was her favorite season and cornflower blue was her favorite color. Survivors include two sons, Richard (Kathleen) Keas of Oshkosh, Roger (Criselda) Keas of Kennesaw, GA; daughter-in-law, Deborah Keas of West Chester, OH; grandchildren, Jermaine Keas, Laura (Steve) McDonald, Karl (Dana) Keas, Leslie Cooper, and Kyle Keas; great grandchildren, Ian McDonald, Liam McDonald, Lily McDonald, Tyler Buser, Natalie Buser, Brooklynn Keas, Austin Cooper, Sofia Cooper, and Will Cooper. Dorothy was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald Keas and Warren Keas; and a brother, Edward Woods. A private Christian burial will be held at a later date in Mesa, AZ. The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at Oakwood Manor and Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. Don’t be sad because it is over. Smile because it happened.

PERICAK, MATTHEW (MATT) THOMAS

Matt was born in Pittsburgh, PA February 17, 1914 and lived most of his life in and around Pittsburgh and later in California and Arizona. He worked for U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel companies in Pennsylvania. Matt retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1978 where he was a crane operator. Shortly after retirement, Matt and his wife moved to California and in 2004, moved to Mesa, AZ. Matt died on September 25, 2012 in Mesa, AZ.  He attended Duquesne University (Pittsburgh) in 1937, and toured the West as far as Denver with the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. The Tamburitzans also performed radio engagements in such Midwestern states as Illinois, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. He also toured throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. performing at churches, clubs, weddings and picnics. For a number of years, Matt played with the Danny Kukich Orchestra and the Kosova Orchestra. During that time, he recorded four albums featuring the Tamburitza. He moved to California in 1979 and continued to play engagements on the West Coast from California to Washington State. Matt was honored for his extraordinary career in Tamburitza by being chosen as one of six 1995 inductees to the Tamburitza Association of American (TAA) Hall of Fame. Matt was preceded in death by Barbara, his wife of 67 years. Matt is survived by his daughters: Rosemary Salinas and husband Ernest, of AZ, Carolyn Richards of PA, Frances P. Tigano and husband David of AZ, Leticia Smith and husband Thom of AZ, and Bobbie Wallace and husband Jack of CA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Letitia Pressnell and Tomas Salinas, Cheryl Usko and Laura Cole, April Donovan and Jonathan Puskar, Armando Ruffolo and Alicia Ruffolo. Survivors also include nine great grandchildren: Kayleigh and Sophia Salinas, Sarah Usko, Julian Cole, Hunter Donovan, Heather and James Puskar, Kaya and Collin Ruffolo. Sister-in-laws: Ann, Mary and Mildred Dobrinic of AZ and Elia Dobrenich of PA. Services will begin at 9:30am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 East Main, Mesa, AZ 85207 on Friday, September 28, 2012. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Juvelin, Loraine Margaret

Loraine Margaret Juvelin, 92, passed away Sunday, September 16th in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Juvelin was born in Hancock, MI.  She was preceded in death by her husband Ray Juvelin and her daughter Carole Larsen-Harper.  She is survived by her daughter Shan Hays, sister Nancy Enoksen, brother Giles Kendall, grandchildren Joey, Alice, David, Eric and Alix, great grandchildren Katy, Taylor, Zoe, Aiden, Lorisa, Lillian, and Ellison.  It is impossible to describe in a few lines, what impact Loraine had in her long and full life.  Undoubtedly, each person who knew her will treasure in their hearts the way Loraine’s life touched them.  Loraine was a champion of women’s rights, the first woman editor at the Color Country Spectrum, a Family Historian, and a political activist with savvy awareness.  As she worked and wrote, the M. Mead quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” was prominently displayed above her desk.  Loraine was in that group.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, and our lives are better for having known her.  Visitation is scheduled for 9:00 am Saturday, September 22 followed by a funeral service at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa AZ  85207.

Jett, James Edmond Jr.

James Edmond Jett Jr., 76, passed away on September 14, 2012 in Apache Junction, AZ. James was born on May 15, 1936 in Phoenix, AZ to James E. Jett Sr. and Virginia (Crawford) Jett. James was a graduate of North High class of 1954 and the University of Arizona 1959. He served in the United States Army, 14th Armored Cavalry 1960 to 1962 and was honorably discharged. While stationed in Fulda, West Germany he met his beautiful wife Margot where they were married. Upon returning to Arizona in 1962, they settled in Kingman, AZ where James began his career as a Game Warden with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Region III and raised his family. In 1979 James transferred to Arizona Game and Fish Department, in Mesa, Region IV where he continued his career as a Wildlife Specialist. He retired in 1990. Upon retirement, James enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed traveling. James is survived by his wife Margot, daughters Deborah (Glenn) Farner of Scottsdale, AZ, Patricia (David) Slater of Cary, NC, son James W. (Kimberly) Jett of Apache Junction, AZ, grandchildren: Austin & Cameron Farner, Amanda, Jack & Hayden Slater, Nicholas & Stephanie Robbins; his mother Virginia Jett, sister Roberta (Gary) Jordan and brother Jay (Lisa) Jett, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. James was preceded in death by his father James E. Jett, Sr. and his sister Ferne Jett Cordle. Please join us on Saturday, September 22, 2012, 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ for a celebration of James’ life. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association or Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Heritage Fund. The family wishes to thank the staff and doctors at Apache Junction Health and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care and professionalism for our beloved James. Also, all of James’ friends who came by to visit – it means so much to his family.

Moxcey, Roland Stockwell

Roland Stockwell Moxcey 95 passed away on September 14, 2012 in Mesa. Roland was born March 1, 1917 to Harold and Nellie Moxcey in Yarmouth, Maine. Yarmouth provided a good place for young boys to grow up. He graduated from the Yarmouth Academy with honors. While working in Portland, he volunteered to serve as a civilian worker in Pearl Harbor. Here he met Helen Dickinson and they were married in 1946. When they returned to the mainland, he went to work for Magma Copper Company in Superior. He retired in 1980 after 30 years with the company. They lived 10 years in Superior, and then moved to Apache Junction. He was active in church and Boy Scouts. He moved to Mesa in 1986 to be nearer to his family. Roland is survived by his loving wife Helen, a sister, Mary Burns, of Yarmouth, Maine, a son Richard, Daughter Diana Rowe, two grandsons, Christopher and Michael and Granddaughter Jessica Peterson and three great grandchildren. Services will be held 10:00 am Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E Main Street, Mesa AZ 85207. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to United Methodist Outreach Ministries (umom.org) 602- 275-7852 or Hospice of the Valley 1510 E Flower St., Phoenix 85014

Urioste, Dorothy

Dorothy Urioste (January 29, 1952-September 8, 2012) Beloved loving mother passes away on September 8, 2012 at the age of 60. She is survived by her loving son James Lucero and her beloved daughters Dawn Forrest and Marina Renzulli. She has one sister and two brothers, Rose Gorham, Phillip Urioste and Mark Urioste. She was a homemaker and had many hobbies. Some of her favorites were making jewelry, making new friends, and going to the casinos. She exuded warmth, love, kindness, and had a huge heart for helping others in desperate need. She was a unique and special person and saw greatness in all. We love you mom always and forever! Memorial service will be 10:00 am Friday September 14, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Jaramillo Ruiz, Rachel Ofelia

Rachel Ofelia Jaramillo Ruiz, 34 of Mesa, AZ entered into rest September 8, 2012. Rachel is survived by her husband Mike; sons Alex and Kameron; daughters Gloria and Judiana; sisters Josie and Brittany; brother Ricky; parents Ricardo and Judy; grandparents Elena and Ofelia; and numerous relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 5-8:00 pm Thursday Sept. 13, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel , 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, with Funeral Services on Friday Sept. 14 at 2:00 pm also at Mountain View Funeral Home.

Barcelow, Neva

Neva Barcelow passed away September 10, 2012 at age 97. Neva was born in Alabama, but spent most of her life in Ionia, Michigan. After moving to Arizona, she and her husband Joseph enjoyed life until his passing in 1988. Neva is survived by her daughters Vickie and Nancy, sisters Shirley and Joy, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. No services are planned.

Kreis, Lillian Elizabeth

Lillian Elizabeth Vespie Kreis, 91, passed away September 7, 2012 in Lewistown, MT. Born in Lancing, TN to John Leonard Vespie and Myrtle Nora Strutton Vespie, she was one of seven children. She married Joseph Archie Kreis January 16, 1940 in Morgan County, TN. They had 45 years together before Joseph passed away in 1985. She is survived by her sister Elsie Lee Olson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Cecil Alonzo, William Leonard, Conrad Paul, Marilyn Jewell and Wendell Franklin. Graveside services will be Thursday September 13, 2012 at 10:00 am at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Strader, Helen M. Lynch

 Helen M. Lynch Strader passed away August 5, at the Hospice of the Valley, Mesa, Az, after a short illness. A memorial service was held on Sat. Sept, 8, 2012, in the Velda Rose Methodist Church Chapel, in Mesa, Arizona, with Rev. Stewart Lewis officiating. Helen was born on May 4, 1926 on her parents’ farm near Blue Rapids, Ks. She attended Blue Rapids schools and later graduated from Emporia State Teachers’ College, Emporia, Ks. Helen continued her education to earn a Masters Degree in Library Science from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Ks.  She began her teaching career at CentralSchoolin Marysville, Ks. and after a few years began teaching at BlueRapidsElementary School, in Blue Rapids, Ks. Her teaching career stretched for 30 years. She and Dick Lynch were married April 7, 1950.  She married Jim Strader in May of 1991. Helen was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Order of the Eastern Star, Blue Rapids Presbyterian Church, and Velda Rose Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona and Velda Rose Ladies Circle. Helen was preceded in death by her husbands, Dick (Arnold) Lynch, Jim (James) Strader, her parents, Carl and Alida Borck, a brother Fred Borck, and a nephew Fred. Borck Jr. She is survived by Mr. and Mrs. Dave Chapman and Mr. and Mrs. Craig Pralle and numerous other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests any memorials be sent to The Hospice of the Valley, Mesa, Az, at hov.org or Velda Rose United Methodist Church, www.veldarose.org

Woods, Jill L.

Jill L. Woods of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday September 5, 2012 in Gilbert, Arizona. She was 65. Ms. Woods was born August 2, 1947 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her parents Barbara and Al, son Dennis, daughter Dena, step-daughter Thrisha, brother Skip, sister Judy and grandchildren Cameron, Victoria, Hollie and Harley. A funeral service will be held Wednesday September 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation starting at 10:00 AM.

Gibson, Matilda Rose

Matilda Rose (Houle) Gibson, 86 Nov. 27, 1925-Aug. 30, 2012

Matilda Gibson was born in Argonne, Wisconsin to Dennis Houle & Ethel (Rosio) Houle. She had a twin sister Marie who preceded her in death. Marie and Tillie were inseparable in life and now they are together again. She is preceded in death by her husband Earl “Bud” Gibson (1977), sons Garland and Bruce Gibson (2012), grandson Joshua Gibson (1997), brothers Errol, Edward & Richard, sisters Marie Houle Trottier & Joyce Panko Katona. She is survived by her brothers Arthur, Harold, Dennis & Edward “Butch” Panko, Sister Rosie Panko Vizer, her sons Mark & Scott Gibson And numerous grandchildren& great grandchildren. Tillie was a mother to everyone and generous as anyone can be. She was a kind and gentle soul that has gone home. If you have a story you would like to share about Tillie please mail it to Mark Gibson at P.O. Box 903 Hereford, AZ  85615 or email it to moc.liamgnull@evets2kwah. Her son mark would like to have these as memories of her.  Funeral services for Tillie will be held Tuesday Sept.  4, 2012 at 2:00 PM with a visitation starting at 12:00 noon at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850 www.mvfuneralhome.com

House, William “Bill” Eugene

William (Bill) Eugene House, age 89, of Mesa, AZ, passed away Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012, in Mesa, AZ. He was born in Wellington, KS, on Nov. 14, 1922. He was a WWII US Army Air Corp veteran. He worked for Chevrolet Motor Division. He retired in 1980 after 31 years working in Sales Management. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Terrie (Joe) White and Tina Silverman; one son, Timothy House; two step-sons, Dennis (Gail) McAdams and Dana (Susan) McAdams; and one sister, Judy (Neil) Allen, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, with another due in Oct. He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. and Marie House; two brothers, Neil House and Charles House; two children, daughter Kellie and son Michael. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 31, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa; with services and burial on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 am at Mountain View. Reception will follow at Paloma Community Church, 3215 S. Sossaman Rd., Gilbert, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Rd., Camp Verde, AZ 86322-8408 or Paloma Community Church, PMB 618, 2487 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 106-618, Gilbert, AZ 85296-5801.

Hovden, Ruby

Ruby Hovden, 92, of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Mesa. Ruby was born to Jack and Opal Bray in Davis City, IA on July 22, 1920. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she married George Hovden on December 30, 1945. Ruby worked at the Hotel Tallcorn and at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, IA; she retired from Fisher Controls in 1986. Ruby and George moved to Mesa in 1990 where they enjoyed sunshine, warm weather and the love of wonderful friends. Survivors include her son Jack (Mary) Hovden of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren Heidi Chatham (Chad) of Ankeny, IA and Jodi Oliver of Savannah, MO and 6 great-grandchildren; nephew Ron Hovden of Redondo Beach, CA; sisters-in law Lil Thomas and Nelda Beard; brothers in-law Joel Hovden and Earle Hovden and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Living Faith Church of Mesa, 7460 E. Knowles Ave., Mesa, AZ 85209. Arrangements have been made by Mountain View Funeral Home. Committal will be at Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, IA at a future date.

Allison, Margaret Jean

Margaret Jean Allison, born March 1, 1930, passed from this life to eternal life with Jesus in the early morning hours of Sunday August 26, 2012. Her husband Jim passed only 8 months earlier. They were married for 59 years. Margaret, known to all as Peggy, was born in Havre, Montana, the eldest of five children. She is survived by her brothers Bud and Bobby, her children Lonnie (Marie), Rande (Susan), and Sandy (Randy Erickson), 8 grandchildren, Katie (Luke) Ostrom, Ryan, Tara, Courtney and Eric Allison, Michael and Mark Kwiatkowski, Travis Erickson, and one great grandchild, Hailey Ostrom. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve. Jim and Peg lived in Mesa, AZ for the last 30 years and enjoyed their summers with their many friends, in Show Low. She was a devoted homemaker and mother throughout the growing years of the children, first, in Montana, then Indiana, a brief time in Spokane Washington, and for most of the family years in the San Francisco region. After raising the children, she went to work serving in school kitchens, in the role of “baker”. She enjoyed serving the children, even her own high school student and son, Rande. Peggy loved to go to church and bible studies, read, play pinochle, visit and be visited by friends, travel, dance with Jim, and hear stories of her grandchildren. She was a care-giver extraordinaire, and gave selflessly the last 15 years to a dying sister, her mother, her father, and for the last few years to her beloved husband Jim. On the day she had her tragic fall and was being placed in the helicopter to rush to the hospital her words to her son on the phone were, “are you alright”. This was our mom. When friends and family describe her they use words and phrases like, “a grand Lady”, “stylish”, “sweetest person in the world”, “always positive”, “full of grit”, “most giving person imaginable”, “a peacemaker”, “responsible”, “salt of the earth.” She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. The pain of our loss is at times unbearable. But her hope in life eternal with her Lord Jesus Christ, sustains them in this time. She is now in the place where there are no tears, no sorrows, no death and no goodbyes. She and Jim are as one grandchild says, “dancing on the streets of heaven”. A memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday September 1, at 1:00pm at the Broadway Christian Church, 7335 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Billy Graham Center, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, Illinois, 60187.

Black, Jane W.

Jane W. Black, 94 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on August 25, 2012. There will be a visitation for Mrs. Black at 9:00 am Thursday August 30, 2012 followed by the funeral at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Ricks, Robert R.

 I’m a Hoosier share cropper’s son. Born near Rensselaer, IN, May 10, 1916. My Father, a TB victim at age 35, with 6 children. “Go to Arizona” was the cure. My folks loaded up a 1923 Buick Touring car in 1927. By dirt roads headed for AZ. On way picked up two hitchhikers. My brother and I had to ride the front fenders, the rest of the way. Things were tough, no jobs, worked with the P.W.A. 1932 joined the National Guards at age 16 was two years young. Mainly for one dollar received drill nights. 1937 married school sweetheart, 56 years of happy beautiful years. 1941 Dec. 20th shipped overseas served in World War II 4 years. South Pacific, New Guinea most of the time. Returned to the U.S. landed V.J. Day August 13, 1945. After returning to Phoenix, brother Don and I began manufacturing trailers for 10 years under the name “Arizona Trailer Hooks” discontinued trailers and trailer hitches only under the name “Ricks Hitch Works” for another 13 years. 1968 sold and retired, did nothing for a year. Next 5 years in real estate and developing land in Pine and Strawberry, AZ. In 1992 my wife passed away, met Barbara in late 1993 and married in February 1995. Have had nine more beautiful and happy years. Came to Friendship Village Oct. 1st 03. A complete change of life. So far so good and gets better by the day. If ever one needs a friend, surely can do so here.  Note: My dad lived to be 86 “Good Old Arizona”. Mr. Ricks passed away August 23, 2012 in Tempe, AZ. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carolyn Jo, he is survived by 4 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services for Mr. Ricks will be Friday August 31, 2012 at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Chennault, Ruth

Ruth A. Chennault, 91, of Mesa, AZ, former resident of Yakima, WA, departed this earthly life on July 31, 2012 in Mesa, AZ.  Born January 16, 1921 in Lone Wolf, OK to Fred & Coma Hamilton, Ruth had 3 brothers and 1 sister.  Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Cherryl & Bob Welsh, son and daughter-in-law Marvin L. & Betty Chennault, Jr., grandchildren Bob, Eric, Lance, Jennifer, Cindy and Tami, 8 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.  Ruth and Marvin met while both attended Oklahoma State University and they would later marry.    After Marvin’s tour of duty with the United States Army, in World War II, they moved to Yakima, WA.  Ruth and Marvin shared an incredible life full of fun and adventure.  Ruth enjoyed a lot of volunteer work and gave her time to the Red Cross and Shriners. She participated in fund raisers and other activities for the Shriners’ Hospital for Children.  After retiring they enjoyed exotic travels to the South Pacific and wintering in Yuma, AZ.  Ruth was a wonderful wife, a terrific mother and an incredible friend.  She will be immensely missed.  We will honor Ruth by doing our best to love life as she did, carrying our love for her in our hearts all our days.  A celebration to honor Ruth’s life will be held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Friday, August 3rd with visitation from 12p – 1p and service from 1p – 2p.  Donations in Ruth’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (1028 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006-2662).

Brodie, William James Jr.

William James Brodie Jr., 55, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Tuesday July 17, 2012 in Apache Junction. Mr. Brodie, a US Army veteran, was born in Homestead, FL. He is survived by his daughter Sedona Brodie, mother Eleanor Brodie, and sister Katie Barnes. Services will be at 1:00 pm Saturday August 4, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Lassanske, Albert August

Albert August Lassanske, 89, of Chandler, Arizona passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Chandler, Arizona. Mr. Lassanske, a pharmacist, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Services will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Kiplinger, Virginia Jean

Virginia Jean (Edmondson) Kiplinger, 82, went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2012. She was born on February 1, 1930 in Deadwood, SD to Elton and Ann (Kniep) Edmondson. On August 18, 1948, Virginia married John Ivan “Kip” Kiplinger. To this union were born six children: John (Connie) Kiplinger, Mesa, AZ; Jay (Jennifer) Kiplinger, Sierra Vista, AZ; Ann (Tom) Banta, Kemmerer, WY; Jean (Dan) Bunner, Crescent Valley, NV; Wendy (Reese) Lamb, Sundance, WY; and Kandace (Shane Cook) Gage, Poland, OH. Virginia is survived by all of her children, her sister Marjorie (Terry) Hurley, Glenview, IL; a brother Roger (Pat Byrd) Edmondson, Mesa, AZ along with nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD. Memorial services planned for later date. Family requests memorials to be sent to HELP Services, 5210 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ.

Schuelke, Jeannette L.

Jeannette L. Schuelke (nee Ciriacks), 80, of Mesa, AZ died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Hospice of Arizona after a short battle with cancer. She was born January 31, 1932, in West Bend, WI to the late Alvin and Eleanor (nee Schott) Ciriacks. Jeannette met Wilfred Schuelke while working in the accounting department at the West Bend Company. They were united in marriage on May 15, 1954. She worked as a teacher’s aide for the West Bend School District and was a volunteer bookkeeper for Meals on Wheels. Jeannette was a charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed bible studies, playing bridge, Packers games and swimming. Jeannette is survived by her husband of 58 years, daughter Connie (Robert) Manzke and son Tom, all of Mesa. She is also survived by sister Waynette Major of Tempe, AZ; brother Aaron (Ruth) of Black River Falls, WI; sister-in-law Marlene Ciriacks of West Bend, WI; other relatives and friends. Her brother Warren “Sam” Ciriacks preceded her in death. A private, graveside service will be held at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend at a later date. Memorials may be given to Victory Lutheran Church (Mesa), Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (West Bend), or the charity of your choice.

Allen, Nellie F.

Nellie F. Allen, 87, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Tuesday July 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. There will be a visitation for Mrs. Allen at 2:00 pm Friday July 27, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will directly follow at 3:00 pm.

House, William Burdette

William Burdette House, 89, of Mesa, Arizona, died Saturday, July 21, 2012.  He was born January 1, 1923, in Monroe Township, Preble County to Jacob Henry House and Martha Pearl (LaFuze) House. Burdette graduated from Lewisburg High School (Ohio) in 1941and served in the U.S. Army Engineers Company “D” 359th Engineers G. S. Regiment in WWII and was in England, Germany and France and returned home in December of 1945.  He married Helen Virginia Houser on May 16, 1947 and lived in the Eaton area until moving to Arizona in 1973.  Burdette had worked in the construction industry until he retired.  Preceding him in death were his wife of 52 years, Helen Virginia (Houser) House, his parents, Jacob Henry House and Martha P. (LaFuze) House, and two half brothers Roscoe A. House and Virgil E. House.  Surviving are his daughters, Margaret (Peggy) Clark and Julia House, both of Arizona, and two grandchildren, Lisa (Clark) Martin and Carla R. Clark, both of California.  Services are being held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ.  Viewing at 1:00 p.m. and Service at 2:00 with military honors.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.  Condolences for the family may be sent to P. O. Box 31418, Mesa, AZ  85275-1418.

Pusch, Richard Joseph

Richard Joseph Pusch 61, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 in Mesa, AZ at Banner Heart Hospital. He was born in Mesa, Arizona, April 21st, 1951, to Martin and Bernice Pusch. He was an army veteran and retired miner of the Asarco mines and TSA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. Richard is survived by his wife Ina, his son David, daughter-law Michele and his daughter Amy, siblings: Marty (Patty), Addie, Alan (Tammy), Dennis (Claire), Glen (Cathy) and Elaine, grandchildren: Shauncey, Chelsie, Rylee, Jacoby, and great-grandchildren: Evelynne and Eliza. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday July 26, 2012 at 2:00p.m.

Sandoval, Raul

Raul Sandoval, 92 of Tempe, Arizona, went into eternal rest on July 19, 2012. He was born in Sonora, Arizona on November 14, 1919.  He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lucia, four daughters: Annie (Emil), Janie (Vince), Virginia (Darrell) and Susana (Carlos), two sons: Raul Jr. (Vanessa) and Daniel, ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, two sisters and a son. Services for Mr. Sandoval will be at 10:00 am Thursday July 26, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Serenity Hospice, 4122 N. 17th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Sposito, Geraldine Virginia

Geraldine (Jeree) Sposito passed away peacefully July 17, 2012 in Vancouver, WA, where she had been living since 1998. Prior to that she had spent 50 happy and productive years as a homemaker in Chandler Heights, where she and her husband, Albert, farmed grapefruit and tangerines on 60 acres. Geraldine, born on February 20, 1923, was the only child of Virgil and Luella Hanks, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons, Garrison (Mary), of Walnut Creek, CA, and Richard, of Vancouver, WA, along with 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Jeree met the love of her life, Albert ConoSposito, at the beginning of World War II shortly before he joined the U.S. Navy. They were married in San Francisco, CA, in 1944 on the spur-of-the-moment while he was on leave from his ship. After the war, they lived briefly in southern California, then moved to Chandler Heights, where Albert had found work as a grove caretaker for the Macchiaroli Fruit Company. Within a few years they were able to purchase the first 10 acres of what would eventually become a 60-acre citrus ranch made up of several parcels. In 1956, they moved into the Close estate, an historic colonial-Spanish-style home on five acres of grapefruit bordering the Hunt Highway. They ran their farm for 40 years, raising two sons, enjoying several trips to Europe, and playing golf regularly at the Mesa Country Club and at their summer place near Alpine in the White Mountains, until Albert passed away in November, 1992. Jeree was an accomplished artist – an ardent admirer of the French Impressionists – whose oil paintings now adorn the homes of family members and friends. She was also widely known for her outstanding ability as a cook, preparing Italian food for large gatherings of her husband’s relatives and their many friends in the Valley of the Sun. One cannot evoke the core of Jeree’s presence in the world without also mentioning her sense of style and glamour. She was of an exceptional beauty which gave her the look of a film star even after she had become a grandmother. She and Albert loved giving and going to parties, and their lively vitality as a couple sparked the gatherings they held at their beautiful home. A memorial service for Jeree will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 25 at the Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 East Main Street in Mesa, followed by burial at the Mountain View Cemetery next to her beloved husband.

Severson, James B.

James B. Severson was born Jan 8, 1944 in Phoenix AZ, passed away on July 16, 2012.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years Lois Severson, his mother Marjorie Liles, his three brothers Randy Severson, Myron Severson, and David Severson and his three children Debroah (Debbie) Sue Winchester, James (Jimmy) B. Severson Jr., and Amy Taylor.  Debbie is married to Larry Winchester, and they have three children Tyler Winchester, Hannah Winchester, and Chandler Winchester.  Jimmy is married to Teresa Severson and they have three children James (Bryant) B. Severson III, Nathaniel Severson, and Emma Severson.  Amy is married to Ross Taylor and they have one child Reegan Taylor.  Services are Friday July, 20 at Tempe Church of the Nazarene 3929 S. Rural Road Viewing is at 9:00 am and Service will be at 10:00 am. Family is asking that contributions be made to Mosaic Church of the Nazarene at http://forgedinlove.com for their building fund in lieu of sending flowers.

McDonald, John W. Jr

John W. McDonald Jr., 63 of Mesa, AZ died July 15, 2012 surrounded by his family. Mr. McDonald was born September 4, 1948 in Danbury, CT to John McDonald and Barbara Hinckley. He was a graduate of Henry Abbott Technical School. He worked in the family bakery for a while but was a machinist the majority of his career. He was a loved and respected member of the Sun Life Resort Community. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing pool. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara McDonald, son Charles Iannacone, and grandson John “Jack” McDonald IV. He is survived by son Bruce Iannacone and wife Marcia of Danbury, CT, daughter Lisa Durgy and husband Ron of Mesa, AZ, daughter Susan Schumacher and husband Mike of Mesa, AZ, son John McDonald and wife Shawna of Soldotna, AK, son Richard McDonald and wife Holly, sisters Barbara, Betty, Lucy and Mary, brother Joe, brother-in-law Larry McElwee and wife Claudia, several nieces and nephews, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. John will be greatly missed by his friends and community. His gentle heart and kind nature made everyone feel like one of the family. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 10:00 am Saturday July 21, 2012 (480-832-2850).

Gomez, Josephine

Josephine G. Gomez (65) passed away on July 13, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Gomez was born in Mexico and was preceded in death by her parents Luis and Isabel Gomez and her brother Louis Flores. She is survived by her daughter Salina Lee Coon, 6 sisters Irma Gomez, Dora Garcia, Gloria Arrieta, Irene Gomez, Martha Booze, and Rebecca Pante, 2 brothers Augustine Flores, Richard Gomez, and 3 grandchildren, Evan M Coon, Anthony B Coon, and Joshua L Coon. Visitation and Rosary Service is scheduled 5 to 7pm Wednesday, July 18th at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E Main St., Mesa 85207. A Funeral Mass will take place 10:00 am Thursday, July 19th at Holy Cross Catholic Church 1244 S. Power Rd. Mesa 85206.

Crossland, Lloyd Vernon

Lloyd Vernon Crossland, born December 10, 1937 at home in Claypool, AZ passed away peacefully on Friday July 13, 2012, surrounded by his family.  He was the beloved husband of Kathleen Crossland. Lloyd is survived by his brother Aaron (Ettie), sisters Joan Messer and Glendora Rives, daughter Bonnie (Ed) Yngelmo, son Keith Crossland, and 3 grandchildren: Tara, Justin and Amanda Yngelmo. He was preceded in death by his parents Aaron C. Crossland Sr. and Huldah Mae Miller. His family will cherish and forever remember his unconditional love, contagious smile, humor and his acts of kindness to others. His presence will be missed by all. May he rest in the “Arms of Angels”. There will be a memorial service at Church of the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, Kearny, AZ Friday July 27, 2012 at 11:00 am.

Dayley, Don Albertis

Don Albertis Dayley, 78, of Gilbert, Arizona, was born on June 6, 1934, in Pocatello, Idaho, and passed away on July 12, 2012, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents Lyle Dayley and Bessie Wright. Don is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years Karolea Hansen Dayley; by his 6 children and their spouses Lynette (James) Anderson, Alan (Cyndi) Dayley, Jon (Irene) Dayley, Glenn (Tamara) Dayley, Karen (Michael) Cluff, Angela (Brett) Buchanan; by his 23 grandchildren; and by his 4 brothers and their spouses Keith (Betty) Dayley, Kent (Geneve) Dayley, Bern (Margie) Dayley, and Gerald (Sharon) Dayley. He loved sharing his talents in woodworking, piano tuning, square foot gardening and solar ovens. After serving in the army, he served a mission in the Southern States for the LDS church. He faithfully served in many church callings, including as a bishop. His career was mostly in service to the disabled and to those improving their employment. Visitation at 9 am on Wednesday, July 18th followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am at the LDS Church at 777 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Mouw, William J.

William J. Mouw, 71, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Friday, July 6, 2012 after a 14 month battle with Cancer.  He was born in Boyden, Iowa May 3, 1941.  He dedicated 44 years to Optimist International bringing out the best in kids as well as donating time and money toward Children’s Cancer projects and research.  Bill is survived by his wife, Florence Mouw, his sister, Thelma (Sherwood) Dick, his children, Chad (Amy) Mouw, Tamera (Terry) Swenson, Wendy Mouw and Stacy Blair and his grandchildren, Samantha, Jacob, Connor, Chandler, Hunter, Zander, Rylan, Kaylynn, 6 step grandchildren, and 9 step great grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E. Southern Avenue Tempe, AZ 85282.  In lieu of flowers, please make memory gifts to: Breakfast Optimist Club of Mesa: The Cancer Project, in memory of Bill Mouw.

Foreman, John R.

John R. Foreman, 72, of Mesa, AZ passed away on July 4, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with COPD. John was born in Madisonville, KY on March 2, 1940. John was proud to serve with the US Marine Corps. John moved to Arizona in 1979 to work for Peabody Coal.  John’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gina Foreman, sons Linc (Lindy) Foreman and Matt (Angela) Foreman, grandchildren Dylan and Jordyn Foreman, and sister Sheila Foreman. Services will be held for John on July 14, 2012 at 1:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Lung Association, 102 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003 (602-258-7505).

Caplan, Sheldon Lee

Sheldon Lee Caplan (68) of Minneapolis left this world on July 6, 2012 after 4 months of difficult health in Mesa, Arizona where he wintered.  He was born on the anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1943 in Fargo, ND.  He served in the Navy and graduated from Fargo Central High School and Arizona State University.  A Mason and Shriner, Mr. Caplan entertained family, friends and business contacts with magic and his clever humor.  He leaves his wife Pam Kappa Caplan, daughter Kimby Caplan, stepchildren John Epperly and Ann Epperly, sister Marlene (Ivan) Segal, nephew Ian Segal, niece Danielle Herndon, and his close cousin Rae Kapel.  Mountain View Funeral Home handled the arrangements.  A Funeral will be announced at a later date.  Donations in remembrance of “Shelly” can be sent to those who provided him with such loving care at Mission Palms of Mesa for Sheldon Caplan, 6458 East Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ  85206.

Roesch, Chandler L.

Chandler L. Roesch passed away June 24, 2012 at Mountain View Hospice in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in Huron, SD on July 4, 1940. He graduated from Southern Illinois University (Master of Science degree) and taught in Argentina and Illinois schools until changing careers and working with the Dept. of Defense in Chicago. He was transferred to Phoenix Dept. of Defense in 1989. He served in the Air Force in Germany and continued in the Air Guard and Air Force Reserves to retirement at Luke A.F.B. He is survived by his wife Helen, 4 step children: Kenneth (Phyllis) Trommer of E. Moline, IL, Sheryl (William) Reese of Campton Hill, IL, Rebecca (Mark) Alger of Chicago, IL, Steven Trommer of Mundelien, IL, and grandchildren: Michelle Trommer, Samantha Reese and David Reese. He is also survived by his twin sister, Barbara (Fred) Miles and nephew Rick (Karen) Miles and 2 great nephews, Dylan and Trevor. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, July 21 at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills AZ, 86268. In lieu of flowers, donations to the church would be appreciated. Chandler was the sound tech for the church and loved working the sound booth. He was a Deacon for 3 years and was on the Building and Grounds Committee. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and willingness to help anyone.

Bradshaw, Jay

Jay R. Bradshaw, 58, of Oceanside, CA died in an auto accident on May 23, 2012. Jay, the son of Jack and Joy Bradshaw, was born September 18, 1953, in Greeley, CO. He graduated from high school in Winter Park, FL, and attended college in Florida. Jay enjoyed music and played drums professionally. He loved the water and the joy of sailing both inland waters and the Pacific. Jay also loved the freedom of riding his motorcycle and taking road trips with his friends. He had a fondness for animals, especially his loyal dog Tiger. Jay is survived by his parents of Gold Canyon, AZ, his aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Pearl Lovely of Greeley, CO, and D.G. and Leta Bradshaw of Borger, TX. A memorial service will be held in Gold Canyon, AZ at a later date. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741.

Schweger, Joan June

Joan June Schweger, 80, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Friday June 29, 2012. Mrs. Schweger, a homemaker, was born in Chicago, IL and had been an Arizona resident for 10 years. There will be a celebration of her life, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon at Springdale Village, Roberto’s Restaurant Tea Room, 7255 E Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85208.

Berendt, Arthur John

Arthur John Berendt, 88, of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday June 24, 2012. Mr. Berendt was born in Chicago, IL and had lived in Arizona for about 34 years. There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 pm Wednesday June 27, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Graveside service will take place at 10:00 am Thursday June 28, 2012 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204.

Daniels, William A. Sr.

William A. Daniels, Sr. 94 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away May 30, 2012 at The Arbor Hospice Home in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Daniels a Retired Truck Driver was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. Survivors include his  wife Edwina Daniels. Daughter Jeanette Bowner of  Alvine, TX. Sons William A. Daniels, Jr. and Duane Daniels of Lake Arrowhead, California and Richard Daniels of Erie, Pennsylvania. Sister Betty Franz of Erie, Pennsylvania. Grandchildren Scott Daniels and Tracey Well both of California.Great -Grandchildren Kaylan and Will Daniels of California. “The Celebration of Life” service will be held in The Clubhouse at Palma Del Sol East. 3400 S. Ironwood Dr. Apache Junction, AZ 85120.“Family and Friends Are All Welcome”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heller, Billie Jane

Billie Jane Heller, 90, died on June 12, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.  She was born on February 2, 1922 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Lloyd McKinley and Jess McCann Bryan.  She attended the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, and the University of Nebraska. After her husband, Lt. William H Startzer was killed in a training exercise near Williams Air Force base in Mesa, AZ; she joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary during WWII. In 1944 she married Lt. Commander Frederick C. Heller in the Chapel at the Boston Naval Shipyard in 1944.  After the war, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she raised two sons. She enjoyed playing golf and skiing and loved spending time at their family vacation home near Manchester, Vermont. In 1980, she moved to Mesa and enjoyed retirement at Leisure World.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Frederick C. Heller. She is survived by her two sons, Frederick and James; five grandsons, Christopher, Tripp, Bryan, Jeffery, and Matthew and, five great grandchildren Emmy, Molly, Finley, Jackson and Caroline. At her request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 52177, Phoenix, AZ 85072.

Wilcox, Charley

Charley F. Wilcox, born Jan. 26th 1922, passed away at his home June 9th 2012. Charley proudly served in WWII as 1st Lt. in the USAF with 40 missions in the South Pacific, receiving medals and accommodations. Historian for the 494th Bombardment Group, he collaborated in a published book, digitized thousands of individual missions into full DVD with PDF format, fully searchable. He was the editor of a full video history of the 494th, and contributed to many Universities with history majors. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mildred, daughters Joyce McPherson and Bonny Layton, sister Barb Gatfield, five grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was an avid genealogist with many hobbies and friends, impacting many lives. Our thanks to Hospice of the Valley. Brief service with Military Honors at internment, Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E, Main St., Mesa, AZ June 14th at 2pm.

Hunsaker, Jessie Louise

Jessie Hunsaker, 26, born August 25, 1985 in Phoenix, and raised in Mesa. She has fought the good fight, and has finished the race, into the arms of our Lord Jesus, on June 7, 2012. Jessie is survived by many relatives and friends that love her dearly. She was employed at East Mesa Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician where she fulfilled her passion for animals, especially cats. Having asthma and experiencing severe breathing difficulties, led her to get her degree as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and worked for Banner Gateway Registry. Jessie’s pastimes were music, reading and going to concerts and the movies. She also enjoyed hanging out with her friends and spending time with her cousins. She had a keen wit, a stubbornness, and strong work ethic about her that most people enjoyed and appreciated. Services and Interment will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery on June 13, at 10:00am. We luf you and miss you, MY PET.

Jordan, Evelyn

Evelyn Jordan, 78, was called home to her Heavenly Father on June 5, 2012. She is survived by her husband Jess, two sons Mike and Mitch, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister. There will be a visitation for Evelyn between 12:00 and 2:00pm, with the funeral services beginning at 2:00pm Monday June 11, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. Evelyn will be greatly missed and will live in our hearts forever.

Tillotson, Verna Edna

Verna E. Tillotson, 95 of Fredericksburg, VA passed away Wednesday June 6, 2012 at MicAnd Assisted Living. Verna is survived by her children; Susan Kliewer (Bill) of Kansas, Mary Lou Brown (Dennis) of Knoxville, IL and Jane Grant (Tony) of Fredericksburg. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Verna was preceded in death by her husband Floyd M. Tillotson (Lt. Col USAF ret.) There will be a visitation for Verna from 9-10:00am Wednesday June 13, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Graveside services will follow at 1:00pm at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ. Contributions may be made in Verna’s name to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Jurek, Rhiannon Lynn

Rhiannon (Renee) Lynn Jurek, 32, resident of Apache Junction, AZ and Whiting, IN went to be with the Lord suddenly on Saturday, June 2, 2012. She was born on March 19th, 1980 in Blue Island, IL, the daughter of Brenda Ervin and Ken Jurek. Rhiannon graduated from Red Mountain High School in 1999. She was a Certified Medical Assistant from Pima Medical Institute in Mesa, AZ, and was currently attending Turning Point Beauty School in Mesa, AZ. She was baptized at Gospel Light Baptist Church of Mesa, AZ and is a current member of Gateway Fellowship Church in Gilbert, AZ.  Renee was a loving and compassionate daughter, wife, and mother who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.  Rhiannon’s compassion and love for others continues on as she was an organ and tissue donor.  She loved the night skies of Arizona and would want us all to remember this quote; “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” She is survived by her loving family; parents Brenda (Deon) Ervin, daughter Savannah Clevenger, former husband and best friend Ray Clevenger, grandmother Thelma Wright, grandparents John and Agnes Jurek, sister Lauren Jurek, aunt and uncle Glenn (Laura) Wright, cousin Jake Wright, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Ken Jurek, grandfather Bob Wright, special grandfather Wilfred Richards, cousins Joshua and Jeremiah Wright. She was cremated and a private service was held at the family home on Friday, June 8. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at her home on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 12pm to 6pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the family.

Dozal, Emilio III

Emilio Dozal III, 53 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Thursday May 31, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Dozal, who was born in Superior, AZ, worked in the semi-conductor industry at Motorola for 21 years. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Alba Macias Dozal, his loving daughters Maria Santana and Emilia Dozal, his parents Emilio Dozal II and Rose Cordova, sisters Lucy, Kathy, Martha, Diane and Margaret, brother David, and granddaughters Alexandra and Ava. There will be a visitation at 9:30 am Tuesday June 5, 2012 at St. George’s Catholic Church, 300 E. 16th Ave, Apache Junction, AZ. The Rosary will begin 10:00 am, followed by the funeral mass at 10:30. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Superior, AZ.

Morris, John Ivy II

John Ivy Morris II, 60, of Queen Creek, AZ, passed away on May 26, 2012, from complications following emergency surgery. Born November 17, 1951, in Richmond California, John moved to Wickenburg, Arizona in 1968 where he graduated from Wickenburg High School. His love was adobe and keeping the tradition alive in Arizona. He started San Tan Adobe in Congress, AZ and in 1986 relocated his business to Queen Creek, AZ. John was preceded in death by his father, John Ivy Morris Sr., mother, Dr. Ann Relyea, and sister, Janet Scott. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ruby, four children, Jason, Shelly, Tony, and John III, daughter in-law, Lindsay, grandson, John IV, and sister, Bette McLaughlin. He touched many lives in his years and loved to make people smile. John was always quick to tell a joke and loved to tell old stories from his colorful past. He loved to travel the AZ roads and felt like a pioneer himself. Memorial services will be held at Calvary Chapel of Queen Creek located at 19248 East San Tan Blvd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142, June 8th at 5:00 pm followed by a celebration of his life at the family’s adobe home he built in Queen Creek. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to your favorite charity. For more information email moc.liamgnull@mj.gnikeboda.

Knepple, George G.

George G. Knepple, 103 of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012. He was born in Downers Grove, IL on February 5, 1909. He was married to his late wife Evelyn for 76 years. Mr. Knepple is survived by his son George (Mary Lou) Knepple, his daughter Gerri (Tom) Coha, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Griffith, Alberta Mary

Alberta Mary Griffith, left to be with the Lord and her entire family on May 23, 2012. Alberta was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1924 and married to John R. Griffith in 1945, who preceded her in death in 2003. They lived in Riverside, NJ until 1968 when they moved to Tempe, AZ.  They resided in Mesa for a number of years. She is survived by her children Linda Anthony and Jack Griffith, four grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  There will be a visitation for Alberta from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona. Graveside services will follow at Noon at Mountain View Cemetery.

Pendley, Roy Lane

Roy Lane Pendley, 48 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday May 19, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. A gathering will be held in Mr. Pendley’s honor from 2:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday May 26, 2012 at the residence in Mesa.

Davies, Helen Rivers

Helen Rivers Davies, 88 of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday May 22, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. There will be a visitation Wednesday May 30, 2012 between 10:ooam and 12:00 pm. The funeral service will follow at noon at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Hartzell, Maggie Rae

Maggie Rae Hartzell, 21 of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday May 23, 2012 surrounded by family and love. “Mags” is survived by her parents Mary Jane and Ron, brother Nicholas, and hundreds of loving family members and friends. There will be a visitation from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Friday May 25, 2012 with the funeral at 10:00 am Saturday May 26, 2012; both services at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Maggie’s name to The Marc East, 10839 E. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120. Please specify donations to be used for a new shade area.

Higginbottom, Mark

Mark Higginbottom passed away May 20, 2012 in Mesa, AZ, he was 53 years old. Mark, a resident of Mesa, AZ, was a business owner, a wonderful husband and father. He is survived by his loving family: his wife Patricia, daughter Ashley, son Christopher, father Richard, and many other family members. Mark will be greatly missed and his memory will live on in us all. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions can be made in Mark’s name to Community Bridges, A Place to Raise Hope, 2770 East Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.

Schaeffer, Josephine Victoria

Josephine Victoria Schaeffer, 100, passed away May 17, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. She was formerly a resident of Chicago, Hanover Park and Schaumburg, IL. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper. She is survived by her daughter Dolores Koplin of Mesa, AZ, son William Schaeffer of Huntley, IL, grandson Scott Koplin, granddaughter Vicki Young, 5 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Schaeffer, 3 sisters, 3 brothers, 7 nieces and nephews. Per her wishes, she will be buried next to her husband at St. Michaels Cemetery, Palatine, IL, following a mass at St. Marcelline’s Church, Schaumburg, IL. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Wurtele, Lester Paul

Lester Paul Wurtele, 93 of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday May 21, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Wurtele, a retired Phillips 66 Dealer, was born in Nebraska City, NE. He was a lifetime member of Mesa Lions Club. Survivors include his daughters Carol Jean Miller, and Nancy J. Moore, grandchildren: Julie Fechner, Jeff Clymens, Steve Moore, Keith Moore and Brent Moore; and great grandchildren: Tylor Moore, Ryan Moore, Gracie Moore, Katie Moore, Jessica Moore, and Sean Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Edith Wurtele, 3 sisters and one brother. There will be a visitation Thursday May 24, 2012 at 9:00 am followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Twigg, Edward Harry III

Edward H. Twigg III (Ted) was born March 12, 1966 at Calumet Hospital in Laurium, MI and died in an auto accident in Phoenix, AZ on May 16, 2012. He lived most of his life in Battle Creek, MI attended Harper Creek Schools, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 322, and worked installing cable TV. In 2000, he moved to Chandler, AZ worked his electrician apprenticeship while attending Gateway Comm. College to get his degree and become a journeyman electrician. His ability as an electrician gave him the opportunity to work on solar installations in Kona, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, and Fresno, CA. He returned to work in Arizona in February of 2012. He enjoyed sports, especially golf and riding his Jet Ski. Ted is survived by his parents Edward and Mary (Longman) Twigg, sister Teresa Harvath, sister Cynthia Twigg-Karns, sister Christine Twigg, 6 nephews, and 2 nieces. There will be a visitation 5-8:00 pm Monday May 21, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Interment will be arranged by Bachman-Hebble Funeral Home in Battle Creek, MI. Donations may be made in Ted’s name to BC Exchange Club Child Abuse, 114 Highland Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49015.

Roberti, Sandra Elaine

Sandra Elaine Roberti, 64 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on May 11, 2012. There will be a gathering for family and friends at 8:30 am Wednesday May 16, 2012, followed by a memorial service at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Caldwell, Frank M.

Frank M Caldwell, 80 of Mesa, AZ formally of Peoria & Chillicothe, IL died at 3:45pm Monday, May 7, 2012, peacefully at home by his wife’s side. He was born on December 16, 1931 in Royalton, IL to Frank and Winnie Karr Caldwell.  He married Bette Sewards January 1952 in Chillicothe, IL.  She survives.  He later married Lois Henson on April 24, 1970 in Peoria, IL. She also survives. Frank will be missed by his daughter Connie (Kim) Nagel of Lacon, IL, son Greg (Scott) Caldwell of North Port, FL, stepdaughter Linda (Ed) Jatkowski of Peoria, IL, stepson Rick Henson of Mesa, AZ, granddaughters Ginger (Kevin) Benz, Brandy Scheffert, step granddaughters Rachel (Kevin) Davis, Stephenie (Chris) Bills, step grandson Eddie (Ellen) Jatkowski, six great grandchildren, brother Robert Caldwell and sisters, Estelle Shelton and Irene Sanders.  He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.  He retired from Caterpillar in 1982 and moved to Mesa for retirement where Lois and he sold Real Estate.  He lived life to the fullest, would help a stranger on the side of the road, was a joke teller, worldwide traveler and loved tinkering in the garage. The family would like to give a special thanks to Jackie Marfori, his caregiver and friend in his final days.  Services will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family ask for a donation to the Alzheimer’s Organization at http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pxfid=40740&fr_id=1060&pg=fund.

Dole, Beatrice

Beatrice May Dole, 86, of Alden, went to meet our Lord on April 28, 2012, at Cherry Hill Haven II in Traverse City. Her daughter, Janet, was at her side when Beatrice took her last breath. Beatrice was born on May 10, 1925, to the late Henry and Eglentine (Gregory) Stables in Detroit.  Beatrice entered into marriage with Russell Dole on June 14, 1942; he preceded her in death. She had two children, Janet May and Duaine; she also was a foster care mom to several children. Beatrice lacked a few credits for graduating from high school, so she went back to night school at Cass Tech in Detroit, taking typing, shorthand and English classes. She was employed by Ford Motor Co. Being new in the business world, her boss told her to find information about a certain procedure, he didn’t care how she did it, just to get the job done. She did, and went right to the top corporate executive to find the answer. That was kind of a no, no at the time, but her determination to do a job right was always her way. In 1985 she was still determined to finish high school. She took a government class at Bellaire High and needed a gym class to complete the task. As she wintered in Arizona the life guard at the pool documented all the hours she swam in the pool and recorded all the exercise necessary to complete her credits to graduate. Her proud moment came with family attending her graduation from Bellaire High School in 1986, and it just so happened her granddaughter, Janette Marie Stretlien, graduated the same year from TC Central. It is not often a grandmother and granddaughter share the same graduation day. Beatrice joined the Order of the Eastern Star on Dec. 19, 1949. She was Worthy Matron of Metropolitan Chapter in 1967, a Grand Rep to Nevada from 1968 to 1971 and Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Michigan in 1976. Beatrice was a lifetime member and had many honorary memberships. Christmas was a special time, and her homemade Hershey’s chocolate cocoa pies, with real whip cream on top were always in demand. Janet and Bea worked at GSUSA Camp Sakie in the summer of 1994; her camp name was “Aunt Bea.” They both joined the TC Cherry Chicks Red Hat Club where Queen Mom Penny Lautner named her “Lady Bea.” Beatrice looked forward to the Red Hat’s trips to Mackinaw Island for High Tea and dressed in all the Red Hat fashion. Beatrice is survived by her daughter, Janet (John) Stretlien, of Traverse City; her son, Duaine (Linda) Dole, of Deltona, Fla.; four grandchildren, Janette (Christopher) Cook, Christian Stretlien and fiancée, Julie LaPeer, Rebecca (Robert) Ditto and Carrie (James) Bohnwagner; two sisters, Phyllis Evans and Hilda Areeda; and many other loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family members and friends. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Vivian Olmstead; and her favorite foster daughter, Kathleen Mahlar. The family wishes to thank Cherry Hill Haven caregivers. They should all wear crowns of diamonds for their compassion and caring. They also wish to thank Hospice of Michigan for their professional concern and loving care. Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Chapter O.E.S. of Michigan for the Masonic Youth Foundation, 13464 Preston Drive, Suite 250, Marshall, MI 49068; or Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. Visitation for friends and family will be held from 12 to 1 p.m., funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Leonard, Edward “Scotty”

Edward “Scotty” Leonard, 68, of Gold Canyon, AZ passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012 peacefully at his home in Gold Canyon, AZ. Scotty, son of the Scottish football legend, James “Hookey” Leonard, was born in Paisley, Scotland. After serving in the US Army, he worked for Xerox Corporation as Head Distribution Manager for the West Coast for 42 years. He was an avid golfer, and played in Gold Canyon and the surrounding areas in Phoenix and the old courses in Scotland. He will be laid to rest in his hometown of Paisley, Scotland. Preceded in death by parents Margaret & James “Hookey” Leonard and brother James Leonard. Survived by sisters Nancy (Tam) McCafferty of Paisley, Scotland, Margaret Gillard of Eugene, Oregon, Alice (Dick) Pelton of Houston, TX, Esther (Fred) Casey of Gold Canyon, AZ, brother Tony Leonard of Paisley, Scotland, and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. There will be a visitation for Scotty Monday, May 7th, 12 Noon – 1PM, followed by the funeral service at 1PM, both at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207. Donations may be made to Grace Hospice, 2141 E. Broadway Rd #118, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Ziegler, Marlene

Marlene was born May 14, 1943, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, to Henry and Inez Corley. A twin, Marlene was one of 11 children in a blended family with three sets of twins. Moving to Mesa in 1954, Marlene attended the public school system and later met and married David Howton, giving birth to three children, Ricky, Kathy, and Dorothy (D.J.). After dissolution of her marriage to David, Marlene moved to San Diego, CA becoming active in nursing activities and volunteering services to the elderly. In October 1978, Marlene met and married James Ziegler, becoming part of another blended family. Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, James. She is survived by her son Ricky Howton, of Mesa, AZ, Kathy Young of Pineville, NC and Dorothy Ziegler of San Diego, CA, as well as stepsons James G. Ziegler, III and Tommy Ziegler, stepdaughters Susie Brooks and Nancy Malcongio, all of San Diego, CA, as well as many loving and loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include sisters Wanda Kincaid of Kosse, TX, Dorothy Rentz of Woodfield, OH and brothers George Brown of Mesa, AZ and Glen Corley of Florence, AZ. There will be a visitation for Marlene Thursday May 3, 2012 between 5:00 and 8:00 pm and a funeral service Friday May 4, 2012 at 10:00 am. All services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Moore, Madge

Madge Moore, 92 of Mesa, AZ passed away on April 27, 2012. Madge was born on December 1, 1919 on the homestead in Granada, CO. Madge, her husband and her two children moved to Buckeye, AZ in 1954. Then in 1972 her and her husband moved to Mesa, AZ. She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Sherman Moore. Madge is survived by her children: Sandra Kelley Henry (Ronald); Robert Kelley (Mary); five grandchildren: Russell, Kelley, Karrie, Corbett and Salem; eleven great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Thursday, May 3, 2012. Visitation 10:00 am – 12:00 pm with funeral services to follow at 12:00. Family suggests memorial donations can be made to Hospice Family Care, 13639 Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296.

Barnhart, Thelma V. Troop

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, surrounded by her children, Thelma was guided to her eternal home, where roses never fade and loved ones wait with open arms and warm embraces.  Thelma was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 5, 1925 to William and Thelma Troop. She was the beloved wife of Lt. Col. Herbert “Dick” Barnhart (deceased). Thelma is survived by her four children: Vickie Hildebrand (Stephen), Herbert Barnhart, Jr. (Becky), Dawn Nicklovich (Doug), Wendy Galluzzo (David)…all residing in Arizona; seven grandchildren: Sheila, Garrett, Brientnall, Curt, Trent, Nick, Tess; two great-grandchildren: Mia & Gibson.  Residing in Pennsylvania are her sister, Jackie King (Bobbie) & brother, Bill Troop (Sally) as well as many other family members. She was a 1943 graduate of McCaskey High School.  Thelma volunteered as a Red Cross Grey Lady at Lancaster General Hospital.  While living in Virginia, she helped build Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, of which she is a charter member. Her family will cherish and truly miss her kindness, grace, radiant smile, sense of humor, infectious laughter, and unconditional love.  She had a passion for sewing, Bridge, dancing & music.  Thelma was always fun to hang out with, whether it be enjoying a dinner theatre, riding the tram through Sabino Canyon, watching baseball on tv, or enjoying the antics of her grandchildren playing in her backyard pool. In recognition of Thelma’s 6 year battle with Alzheimer’s, the family asks that you consider a memorial donation to either the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund (patsummitt.org). A service celebrating Thelma will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ  85207.

Fisk, Merle D.

Merle D. Fisk, 80, of Mesa, AZ passed away April 21, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Merle Fisk was born in Havre, MT. Survivors include his wife Dolores Fisk, daughters Susan Fisk and Joni Fisk Zipperer, sons Steven, Gary and Shawn Fisk, sisters Darlene Alvestad, Gloria Allen, and Janet Leith, brother Dale Fisk, grandchildren : Chanda, Kelly, Katie, Chelsea, Lindsay, Matthew Michael and Tristan, and great-grandchildren: Lauren, Andrew, Alex, Donavan, Mia, Angelo and Destiny. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Olive Fisk and brother James Fisk Jr. Services will be at 2:00 pm Wednesday April 25, 2012 at Eastgate Clubhouse, 1102 S. 114th St., #120, Mesa, AZ 85208.

Sweeney, Concetta “Tina”

Concetta “Tina” Sweeney was born in Marcianese, Italy on August 8, 1944. Tina graduated from the University of Naples, Italy. She immigrated to the US in 1968. Tina met Daniel Sweeney in 1969 and the two were married on May 30, 1970. The couple had four children and now have 7 grandchildren. Tina, a devoted wife, mother, “Nona”, and devout Christian, passed away on April 15, 2012 in the presence of her loving family. Services will be held at Christ Life Church, 1137 E. Warner Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284 on April 20 at 10:30am.

Dejno, Richard

Richard Michael Dejno, 77, of Mesa, AZ passed away April 13, 2012 surrounded by those who loved him deeply. Mr. Dejno was born in Independence, WI. He is survived by his sons Scott and Mark, 3 sisters, five brothers, grandchildren Danielle, Derick, Ashley, and Morgan, and great-grandchildren Skyler, Owen and Khloe. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday April 20, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Blythe, LaVerne

LaVerne Belle (Fitch) Blythe went to be with the Lord on April 11, 2012. She was born on June 8, 1939 and lived to be 72 years old. She is survived by her husband Ed (Kenneth Blythe) of 56 years. Together they raised 3 children, Dane Leroy, Sarah Jane, and Tommy (his wife Liz). She has 7 grandchildren: Kristen, Madison, Maxwell, Mackenzie, Cassidy, Cooper and Blythe Elizabeth; and 2 great-grandsons Bradyen Maxwell and Anakin Orion. She joined her sister Billie Jo in heaven and is survived by her sisters Nedra (Paul) Collins, Francine (Chester) Abel, brothers Kent (Kathy) Fitch, Stephen (Debby) Fitch, and Monty (Benita) Fitch. LaVerne lived a Christ centered life. She was known as wife, mother, nana, sister, cousin, aunt, friend and Aunt Verne to many. She has lived in Arizona all her life, traveled with her husband in the Air Force but she was mainly a resident of Mesa. She has touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. Services will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Southeast Valley Baptist Church, 710 E. Williams Field Rd, Gilbert 85295. There is a 9:00am viewing, with the service at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery at 1:00 pm.

Hamilton, Lowell

Lowell D. Hamilton, 70, of Fountain Hills, Arizona passed away April 11th, born in Kentucky. Survived by wife Terri, brother Don, two sons Shawn and Jarrett, daughter Kimberly Butcher; stepchildren John Paul Shea and Melanie Stewart; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, 4/16/2012. He was a very caring person and will be forever missed by family and friends.

Richardson, Corinne I.

Corrine I. Richardson, 89 of Chandler, Arizona passed away Tuesday April 10, 2012 in Chandler. A homemaker, Mrs. Richardson is survived by her son Bill Richardson of Chandler, Arizona, 5 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren, and her son-in-law Ron Johnston.  She is preceded in passing by her husband Verle and her daughter Janice. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday April 13, 2012 at 1pm and visitation beginning at 12:00. All services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main, Mesa, Az.

Foody, Pierre F. “Pete”

Pierre F. Foody, 82, of Gold Canyon, AZ, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Pete, a construction superintendent, ceramic artist, and avid bowler was born in Harrington Park, NJ. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Blakely, and sister-in-law Sadie (Chet) Hunt, nieces: Nancy Fickenscher and Laurie (Harry) Stephens, and his great-niece and nephews: Robert, Sean, Nicole, and Glen. Visitation will be from 9-10:00 AM, service to follow at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Friday April 13, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations to Season For Sharing will be greatly appreciated.

Burke, Edna Lois

Edna Lois (Hale) Burke, age 92, of Florence, AZ, went to Heaven Saturday, April 7, 2012. Edna was born June 20, 1919, in Lincoln, IL, to Thomas and Clara (Curry) Hale. She was the seventh of nine children, only six of whom lived into adulthood. Her sister, Marion of Tucson, AZ, survives. She married Owen M. Burke December 25, 1940 and they ministered together in Nazarene churches in North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana, and California before traveling coast to coast as evangelists. They had three children: Doretta (John) Allison of Florence, AZ; Sonja (Jerry) Smith of Mount Vernon, OH; and Thomas (Vilma) Burke of Bellingham, WA. They had an adopted daughter, Cheryl Janis, of Woodstock, IL. Edna’s early ambition was to become a teacher, which she did at the age of 20 by earning a teaching certificate at Lincoln (IL) College. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Olivet Nazarene College in 1960 and earned a Master of Education at Purdue University in 1968. Her teaching career included elementary grades, high school English, and even a one room schoolhouse for grades 1-8. She completed her career in Lafayette, IN, teaching fourth grade. In addition, she held many responsibilities as pastor’s wife, pianist, organist, Sunday School teacher, VBS director in the many churches she and her husband pastored. Also, she served as a charming hostess to all who visited the parsonage. In addition to her sister and children, she is survived by her eleven grandchildren and their spouses, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Known as the matriarchs of the Hale family, Edna and her sister enjoyed organizing semi-annual family reunions for their families and the many other relatives who looked forward to spending time playing board games and visiting with “Grams”. She will be sadly missed, but will be waiting to welcome each one to her Heavenly mansion when God calls them Home. In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Owen, in 2006, and her siblings Helen in 1913, Kenneth in 1917, Gordon in 1918, Robert Paul in 1966, Forrest in 1968, James in 1969, and Thomas in 2002. The family will receive guests at the Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St. in Mesa, AZ, on Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A service celebrating her life will be held Thursday, April 12, at 10:00 a.m., also at the Mountain View Funeral Home. Her pastor, Rev. Kevin McGinnis, will officiate at both the funeral and the graveside service to follow. The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Mosiac Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, Florence, AZ 85132 (mosiacmerrillranch.org). Edna was a charter member of this church where she worshipped God and became “Grams” to young and old. Compassionate care by Hospice of the Valley made her last year one of activity and happiness in spite of diabetes and accelerating kidney failure. The family is very grateful for the loving people whose kindness and skills contributed so much to Edna’s quality of life and the family’s peace of mind.

Eveland, Donald Eugene

Donald Eugene Eveland, of Mesa, AZ passed away April 4, 2012 due to a stroke. He was born March 11, 1931 in Mason City, IA. Don earned his Associates degree at St. Mary’s College. He had a great passion for the military and thoroughly enjoyed serving our country. He served in the U.S NAVY for 23 years. He also served our community, working for the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 9 years and retiring from the Mesa Police Department as Communication Supervisor. His second home was on the golf course where he was able to earn a hole-in-one during his golfing career. He had a Loving marriage to his wife, Judy, of 61 years. He is survived by his wife Judy, son Michael, daughter Cynthia Berry, sister MarlysThompson, and grandchildren Jennifer, Michael, Brooke, Alex, William, and with a new great-grandson Wyatt. A service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E.Main St., Mesa AZ on Tuesday, April 10th at 3 in the afternoon. Immediately following will be a gathering at Cindy’s House.

Hollsten, Phyllis D.

Phyllis D. (Gunderson) Hollsten was born May 21, 1932 to Guy Gerhart Gunderson and Loretta (Larson) Gunderson at Memorial Hospital Eau Claire Wisconsin. She passed away April 4, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. She was preceded in death by her sister Peggy (Gunderson) Evans. A proud Norwegian, a superb knitter and most of all had a great respect from all that knew her as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her one wish for her obituary was to have all of her family listed by names. Phyllis’ four children Greg (Gina) of Colorado, Michael (Pam) of Virginia, Eric (Cathy) of Arizona and Nancy (Wayne) Cadigan of Minnesota, seven grandchildren: Sarah Burgess of Colorado, Andy Price of Utah, Keeley Hages of Utah, Jim and Tom Cadigan of Utah, and Chris and Dan Hollsten of Colorado; seven great grandchildren: Kess, Kira, Natasha Price of Utah, Evan and Chloe Cadigan of Utah, Ryker Cadigan of Utah and Gavin Burgess of Colorado. Phyllis is also survived by her loving husband of 58 and half years, Gordon. No service and cremation was requested by Phyllis, however, if you would like to make a donation in her name we suggest Banner Hospice of Mesa Arizona who took great care of Phyllis in her last few days or Foundations for COPD and Rheumatoid arthritis which she fought for the past several years. Mountain View Funeral Home of Mesa was very helpful to us to fulfill Phyllis’ needs.

Mitchell, Mary Andra

Mary Andra Mitchell joined her husband Paul William Mitchell (3-16-1912 – 2-10-2010) on April 1, 2012. Mary was born in Copenhagen, Denmark May 28, 1912. She immigrated to the United States traveling aboard SS Oscar 11 to New York, landing at Ellis Island in August, 1914. Her parents were Marius and Anna Louise Birch Hansen. Mary was the last of seven siblings. She is survived by her daughters Gloria (Harry) Clar, Dora Nickell, Paula (Lester) Gray, grandchildren Robert, Philip Clar, Joanna (Dan) Finkenkeller, Clara (Adam) Higgens, great- grandchildren Madison, Myha, Maverick, Reddick, Tatem and Jared. She is also survived by many loving relatives in Minnesota. Mary’s father Marius dedicated the end of his life working for the Danish underground smuggling Jews out of Denmark. He gave his life helping others escape occupied Denmark. Services will be Tuesday April 10, 2012 at 12:00 noon with visitation starting at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. 7900 E. Main Street. Mesa, Arizona.

Foreman-Johns, Dororthy O.

Dorothy O. Foreman-Johns, 93, Scottsdale, AZ passed away Saturday March 24, 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ. Mrs. Johns, an administrative assistant, was born in Rochester, NY. Survivors include her daughter Diane (Bill) Kopp, sons Dr. Robert (Jan) Foreman and Dick (Kate) Foreman, brother William Lane, and 7 grandchildren. Services for Mrs. Johns will be at 10:00 am Monday April 2, 2012 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or Lane’s Assisted Living, 8416 E Holly St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

Sams, Leonard E.

Leonard E. Sams, 83, passed away on March 24, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. He was born in St. Joseph, MO on April 29, 1928. Leonard proudly served in the US Army in Japan, serving in the “Wolfgang” band. After graduating from the University of Missouri, with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, he was employed by General Electric Co. in Lynn, MA, where he met and married Hazel (Forest) in April 1953. In later years he worked as an accountant for Lenox China and Crystal. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, his son David Sams, his daughter Pamela Kloepper-Sams, grandchildren Brian and Sarah Kloepper, his sister Betty Austin and his niece Janet. Services will be held at 11:30 am March 29, 2012 at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ with a reception following at Las Palmas Clubhouse, 215 N. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Parkinson’s charity or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Straub, Jeffery Alan

Jeff passed away unexpectedly and too soon from this life at the age of 47 on December 8, 2011.  Jeff was born in Pontiac Michigan and lived there until he was in elementary school.   During his attendance in elementary school, Jeff and his family moved to Winslow Arizona where he grew up and graduated high school.  Shortly after graduating high school, Jeff joined the United States Navy and served his country for 12 years.  After his 12 years of service in the United States Navy, Jeff hired on to the Railroad in Phoenix Arizona and has spent the last 18 years as an Engineer and Trainmen.  Jeff is survived by his loving wife Tracey Straub, his daughter Serena Straub, his son Logan Straub, his father James Straub, his sister Rhonda Padilla, his sister Janet Hebert and her husband Doug Hebert, his brother Jimmy Straub and his many nieces and nephews.  Jeff is preceded in death by his loving mother Willy Straub.  Jeff was a wonderful and loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend who fiercely loved and protected his children and family.  Jeff lit up a room when he walked in with a smile on his face, his witty and funny sense of humor, his laughter and his love.  Jeff will truly be missed by his family and friends as he soars with the Angels.

Zuber, Sidney H. MD

Dr. Sidney H. Zuber, of Scottsdale, passed away on March 20, 2012. He was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland on July 29, 1931. He is survived by his beloved wife Judy Zuber, two sons, Douglas Zuber (Stone, Indigo and Monroe) and Paul Zuber, Paul’s wife Alexandra, and (Dylan, Damon, and Angelica). Dr. Zuber earned a B.A. degree from University of Richmond and an M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia. After internships and residency in Clinical and Surgical Pathology in New York and Virginia, he took his first position in Massachusetts. Dr. Zuber arrived in the Phoenix area in 1964 to join a Pathology group that practiced at Memorial and Doctor’s Hospital as well as a private lab, Diagnostic Laboratories. He was recruited to come to Scottsdale Baptist Hospital to become Chief Pathologist and Director of the Laboratory. The hospital grew to become Scottsdale Memorial Hospital and eventually Scottsdale Healthcare with three locations. He recruited talented pathologists to join him in creating a first rate Pathology department. He loved his profession but retired after nearly thirty years of service looking forward to playing his beloved golf and spending time with his six grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, which was always the center of his life. He loved collecting fine wine, and he and his wife put together several diverse art collections over the years. Their latest is a collection of Latin American Photography, which was the subject of a retrospective at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2004. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to InFocus (The photography support group at the Phoenix Art Museum at 1625 N. Central Ave. 85004. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 10:00 am April 14 at the family home.

Grimes, Arlene G.

Arlene G. Grimes, 87, peacefully entered into eternal life on Sunday, March 18, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Arlene, the daughter of Augustenius and Mena (Bruflat) Hjermstad, was born in Wallace, SD on June 23, 1924. She had 2 younger brothers (Ardell (Sam), deceased 1995 and Dellis, deceased 2007) and a sister Marcella (Marcy) currently living in FL and NY. She graduated from Bradley HS and completed a teaching degree at Northern States Teacher College. On Sept. 20, 1942, Arlene married Phillip L. Grimes in Lily, SD. For several years they lived at and worked the family farm near Lily until they moved to Henry, SD where Arlene was a 1-room school teacher and Phillip managed the Henry grain elevator. Their son Dale was born in 1948 and in 1953 they moved to Watertown, SD to provide Dale with better schooling. It was in Watertown that Arlene began a 30-year career in life insurance with a position at Midland National Life. Phillip began his banking career at the 1st Citizens Bank of Watertown. In 1961, the family moved to Richfield, MN to pursue better career opportunities. Arlene began working at Security Life Insurance in downtown Minneapolis and Phillip began his career at Richfield Bank & Trust. In 1980, Arlene and Phil bought a 2nd home at Fountain of the Sun (FOS) in Mesa, AZ and within a few years, had sold their Bloomington, MN home and permanently retired to FOS. They became very active in the FOS Country Club and held many officer positions there as they pursued their golf passion. Traveling was also a favorite activity of theirs with trips to Europe and Caribbean cruises, as well as numerous road trips throughout the country. Phillip passed away in 1992, but Arlene kept busy with her golf, oil painting, and bridge. Her many close friends in AZ, Canada, and the Midwest were a great joy to her and kept her company in her later years. Arlene is survived by her sister, Marcy, her son Dale, grandson Jason, granddaughter Jaime Thiem, and great-grandchildren Michael and Michelle Thiem. The memorial service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 612 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208 at 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 24, 2012 with a reception to follow at the church. Arlene’s ashes will be interred next to Phillip at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa.

Schelderup, Harold Hans

Harold Schelderup, a caring husband, father and grandfather, passed away on March 13 after a long battle with COPD.  He was born April 23, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY to Harald and Herborg Schelderup. He graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He joined the United States Air Force in July 1954, retiring after 20 years as a Master Sergeant in 1974. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Political Science in 1982. He met his loving wife and life companion Joan on a train from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City in 1960. They were married on Sep 15, 1960 in Elko, Nevada, and thus began a new phase of his life as a caring father of 5 wonderful children by Joan’s 1st marriage, and eventually fathering 2 daughters born in 1962 and 1966. Donations can be made in his name to United Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Davis, Doris Irene Swenson

Doris Irene Swenson Davis, 81, of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday March 12, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Davis, a retired AT&T supervisor, was born in Lyons, Kansas. She is survived by her daughter Linda Clayton, son Glen Alan Davis, grandchildren: Jacob Davis, Sean Davis, Bonnie Davis Schlittenhart, Josh Davis, Laura Davis, Jenny Davis, and Christy Davis; and great-grandchildren: Johnathon, Jamison, Kayla, and Liam. Services will be at 1:00 pm Sunday March 18, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Woike, Henry “Hank” M.

Henry M. Woike (Hank) was born in Blue Island, Illinois January 4, 1921.  He went home March 10, 2012.  He started out as a painter/decorator working with his dad and one of his brothers.  He was in the Army Air Corps during World War II, mostly as a navigator “flying the hump” between India and China.  When the war ended he came back to Blue Island and married Elsie (Wilson).  He was a plastic mold designer and builder for the rest of his working days, but always found time to do carpentry and cabinet building. He designed and build two homes for his family, one in Blue Island and the present home in Apache Junction. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elsie and three of their four children, Janet Kruse (George), Phyllis Schultz (John) and James.  Their youngest son, Martin, preceded him home in 1981.  He has 4 grandsons, J. Fred Schultz, Douglas Schultz (Susan), Matthew Schultz (Ginger) and Timothy Kruse.  He has four great-grandchildren. His parents were Herman and Mary Woike and he was one of 11 children: Ruth Prafke, deceased; Arthur, deceased; Elmer, deceased; Alice, deceased; Ervin, deceased; Herman, deceased; Esther Luenser of Blue Island, IL; Lois Haase of Palos Heights, IL; William, deceased; and Gladys Decker, deceased. There will be a visitation Wednesday March 14, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Thursday March 15, 2012 at Our Savoir’s Lutheran Church, 612 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208.

Hogan, Frances Lorene

Frances Lorene (Stapp) Hogan, 81, of Mesa, AZ was born May 30, 1930 in Springfield, MO to Thomas Burton “Burt” Stapp and Sarah Estella “Stella” (Shaw) Stapp. She died peacefully with her daughter by her side, at the Banner Gardens Hospice Inpatient Unit on March 11, 2012. Frances married Charles “Chuck” Wesley Hogan on Easter Sunday April 17, 1949 in Springfield, MO. They were married 61 years before Chuck passed away in 2010. In 1958, they relocated to Arizona, where they lived for more than 50 years. Chuck was the love of her life which was evident through the years, as well as, when she cared for him in his decline, while she herself was receiving chemo and radiation therapy. After Chuck retired , they spent many days fishing and camping. Frances loved the Lord and came to know Him in a personal way as a young girl. Chuck and Frances served together at their church, Desert Chapel United Methodist Church for many years. Serving on the Missions committee, and as Ushers and Greeters. They developed many special friendships there. Frances’ faith and trust in the Lord was evident in her life by the way she lived her life and by the way she overcame the many years of disappointments she faced in battling cancer. Frances was the cornerstone of her family and she gave of herself unconditionally. She spent endless hours in prayer for them. She was a faithful and loyal friend to many. Frances is preceded in death by her husband, Chuck, her parents, and one brother, Billy Richard Stapp. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Olvis and husband Ron of Hartville, MO; son, Loren Hogan and wife Susan of Show Low, AZ; five grandchildren, Richard Hogan (Kim) of Mesa, AZ; Lori Harris (Rob) of Mesa, AZ; James Hogan (Hattie) of Pinetop, AZ; Rachel Olvis McCracken (Brian) of Mesa, AZ; Leah Olvis Coon (Preston) of Clarksville, TN; and 10 great-grandchildren Kylie Hogan, Presley Lykin, Maycie Hogan, Kade Hogan, Aubrey Coon, Rylan Hogan, EmmaMcCracken, Makayla Coon, Camdyn Hogan, Kaelyn McCracken; one brother Thomas Stapp and wife Gerri, one sister, Mary Willbanks and husband Pete, nieces and nephews and many dear friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to Banner Hospice, 275 E. Germann Rd. #110, Gilbert, AZ 85120 or Desert Chapel United Methodist Church, 462 N. Palo Verde Dr., Apache Junction, AZ 85120. There will be a viewing at 1:30 pm and a Celebration of Life held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Holmgren, Donald W.

HOLMGREN, DONALD W.

Donald W. Holmgren  (88) passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.  Mr. Holmgren, a Retired Regional Plant Manager for the Bell System was born in Litchfield, Minnesota.  Preceded in death by his parents Willie and Hulda Holmgren, sister Doris, brothers Hilding and Lloyd Holmgren.  He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Janet (Roger) Langland, sons Larry (Teresa) and David (Lynn) Holmgren, grandchildren Nicolee and Jeff (Andrea)Holmgren, Todd and Blake Langland, Tory, Rob, Carly and Jamie Holmgren.    Interment will be scheduled at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minnesota.  Mountain View Funeral Home handled the arrangements (480) 832-2850.

Lynch, Edward L.

Edward L. Lynch, age 90, of Mesa, died on February 28, 2012. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Thomas G. and Mary (Coyle) Lynch. He graduated from East Providence High School in 1940, then served in the US Army during WW II, and subsequently worked at the US Postal Service for many years. Ed was the husband of the late Mary Lynch and the late Lafern Harker. He was the brother of the late John A. Lynch, Mary A. Murphy, and Julia R. DiLucchio. He leaves his loving companion, Jennie Foote, of Mesa; his sister, Catherine E. Doran, of RI; his brother, Thomas J. Lynch, of TX; his nephew, Gerald Timothy Doran, of RI; and other nephews and nieces. His viewing will be held from 1:00 – 3:00PM on Monday, March 5 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St, Mesa, AZ. The funeral will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM Tuesday March 6, 2012 at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd, Mesa, AZ. Burial with military honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Mesa, AZ.

Hawkins, Reva Pearl

 Reva Pearl Hawkins, age 92 years young, entered into eternal rest on February 27, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Phoenix. She was born July 16, 1919, to Clyde and Lillian (Tracy) Brengle in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  Her father was a Baptist minister, and the family moved as his job locations changed. Her childhood years with seven siblings were spent in Oklahoma, Bisbee, Phoenix, Globe and Miami, Arizona. While her father was minister of the small Baptist Church in Claypool, she and her family lived in a small parsonage there, as well as for a short time at a small parsonage in Globe close to the Post Office. The family later returned to Oklahoma where she graduated from high school before moving back to Miami, Arizona.  Reva met Joseph Bertram Hawkins in Miami, and they married on February 3, 1939. The couple moved into their home in Globe, Arizona, where Reva resided for the last 73 years. They had two sons and celebrated 56 years of marriage before Bert passed away in 1995.  Although Reva worked as a store clerk and manager for Globe Food Center, she was primarily a homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress, cook, baker, and gardener and her beloved family came first in her life.  In her later years she enjoyed playing board and card games with family and friends and was a strong competitor who good-naturedly played to win. She also enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles and playing the organ. Traveling both in and out-of-state to visit siblings and grandchildren brought her great pleasure as well.  As a supporter of the Globe-Miami Community Concert Association she took joy in attending concerts they sponsored. She was a member of Divine Grace Presbyterian Church in Miami and fulfilled her lifelong love of music by serving as organist. When she was in her eighties she performed a concert there….something she and her family were very proud of.  Her gentle spirit, open mind, sense of humor, acceptance of all people, and love of life kept her forever young. Those who knew her could tell her genuine concern for them and appreciated her kindness, thoughtfulness, and pleasant personality. She had a ready smile, put others first, was a friend to all, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends who dearly loved her.  She is survived by 2 sons: Donald (Beverly) Hawkins and Gene (Mary) Hawkins of Globe, AZ; 6 grandchildren: Terry (Susie) Hawkins of Grandview, TX; David (Tammye) Hawkins of Sumner, TX; Ted (Barb) Hawkins of Maricopa, AZ; Becky Hawkins of Mesa, AZ; Kristin (Dan) Lowe of Show Low, AZ; and Russell Hawkins of Globe, AZ; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.  She is also survived by three brothers: Al Brengle of Greensboro, GA, John William Brengle of Mesa, AZ, and Charles Brengle of the Seattle, WA area; and one sister, Violet Marshall of Tucson, AZ.  She was preceded in death by her husband: Joseph Bertram Hawkins; two brothers: Vernon “Budge” Brengle and Glen Brengle; one sister: Margaret Florence; and one grandson: Bryan Hawkins.  At Mrs. Hawkins’ request, no services are planned. Mountain View Funeral Home of Mesa, AZ assisted the family.

Messina, Florence Leona

Florence Leona Messina, 82, of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday February 28, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Messina was born in Bridgeport, CT. Survivors include her daughter Joy Ann Messina, son Nicholas (Nora) J. Messina III MD, brothers Richard Brice and William Brice, grandchildren Nicole Johnson and Nicholas J. Messina IV, and great-grandchildren Maverick Johnson and Giovanna Johnson. The visitation will be from 5-7:00pm Monday March 5 with the funeral service at 10:00 am Tuesday March 6 both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Tableman, Donald William

Donald William Tableman of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012. He was born April 13, 1919 in Barnsville, MN. He served in the US Army during WWII as a surgical medic in Europe. Upon discharge from the Army, he moved to Hoopeston, IL with his wife where he owned and operated a successful Coast-to-Coast Hardware store for 35 years. He relocated to Mesa, AZ and enjoyed his retirement years golfing, playing cards and spending time with this wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Florence Tableman; his daughter Judy and son Wayne, his grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. Don passed on February 28, 2012 at the young age of 92. He was our Superman and will be deeply missed. Services will be held at 10am on March 2, 2012 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1844 E. Dana Ave, Mesa, AZ.

Burr, James Gordon

James Gordon Burr was born on May 6, 1924 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He passed away peacefully on February 25, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. James was the regional manager for both Rath and Monfort meat packing companies until retirement. He was a skilled carpenter and an avid fisherman. Jim is survived by his loving wife of sixty five years, Marilyn, and his five children; Kathleen (Timothy MacDonald), Thomas (Judith), Ann (Thomas Brodsky), Peter (Kathleen) and David, fourteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Sunshine Acres Home for Children, 3405 N. Higley Rd., Mesa, Arizona

Bobbitt, Erma Dell

Erma Dell Bobbitt, 91, died Saturday February 18, 2012 in Gilbert, AZ. She was born in Herndon, AR to Andy and Eula Cook and moved to AZ with her husband in 1949. They raised their family in Superior, AZ before moving to Queen Valley, AZ in 1980. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ronald (Joyce) Bobbitt and Roy (Sue) Bobbitt; sisters, Dorris Barrow, Springfield, MO, Andalee Bohne, Shirley Harrel, both of Jonesboro, AR; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Bobbitt; sisters, Marie Jones and Juanita Baugh; brothers, Morris Cook and Sammie Cook. A private graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary, 1494 E. Queen Valley Dr., Queen Valley, AZ 85118

Baldwin, Mona

Mona Baldwin, with the ever-present smile on her face, passed away surrounded by her family on February 15, 2012 in Gilbert, AZ at the age of 72.  She was born on May 28, 1939 to Helen May and Carl J. Beecoft, in the small mining town of Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. Mona attended Bisbee High School where she made life-long friends and graduated from ASU with a BSN in nursing. She married Roger V. Baldwin, the love of her life, in the Mesa, AZ Temple on June 2, 1961. She worked as a labor & delivery nurse and then for Mesa Public Schools as a nurse. She had many fond memories of her years at Mesa Vista including the staff whom she considered family. Any of you who encountered Mona in her 72 year journey on this earth knows she was full of spunk, smiles, and vigor for life. She seldom complained despite her battles with diabetes, cancer and dialysis. In her own words, some of her greatest moments in life were: her oldest son graduating from medical school, running a marathon, attending clown camp, teaching humor/self-esteem classes for Mesa Schools, and her friendship with her sister Katie. She had a passion for friends, family, tennis, spanish, and nursing. She spent the last few years living with her daughter Traci, traveling the Valley watching her tennis matches and infecting everybody she met with her genuine smile and vivacious spirit. She is now reunited with her Roger who preceded her in death. She is survived by children, Randy (Rachael) Baldwin, Traci (James) Willis, Kelly Baldwin, and Wendy (Corey) King, 10 grandchildren and her sister Katie. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 11:00 at 26035 South Lemon, Queen Creek Arizona. 85142. Visitation will be from 10:00-10:45 prior to the service. Internment will be at Mountain View Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Mona’s presence will be missed by all but we know she is in a better place where she can run, play tennis and fish with G-pa without ever feeling sick again. We love you G-ma. 

Isaac, James

James Isaac, a loving husband, father, and grandfather of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday February 19, 2012. He was born October 31, 1936 in Wheelwright, KY, the son of the late Josie Hall Isaac and the late Ervin Isaac. He was a retired Tool and Die maker from Microsemi Corp., Scottsdale, AZ. He is survived by his wife Janice Tackett Isaac, his daughter Mona Heath, granddaughter Heather Heath, and grandson Kevin Heath, all of Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his brother Julian Isaac and his sister Patty Compton. He is survived by two brothers, Julius Isaac of Homer, Mi and Frank Isaac of Albion, MI and by six sisters: June Stone of Allen, MI; Virginia Reese of Tyler, TX; Frances Yonts of Deane, KY; Carol Teubert of Allen, MI; Judy Isaac of Hillsdale, MI; and Anna Newsome of Columbia, TN. Precious memories of James will forever live in our hearts and souls.

Negelspach, Coyita Jane

Coyita Jane Negelspach, 96, passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Negelspach was born in Lima, Ohio. As a young woman Coyita worked as a hairdresser. Later she and her husband owned and operated a bowling alley in Ohio. After moving to Mesa she and her husband operated the Buckhorn Gift Shop dealing in authentic Indian jewelry and rugs. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed making her own clothes and halloween costumes for her grandchildren. Her main love was her family, no sacrifice was too great for any family member. Coyita was preceded in death by her husband Walter E. Negelspach, parents Cloyd and Carrie Armstrong and sister Helen Wright of Lima, OH. She is survived by her son, Marc (Ginny) Negelspach, granddaughter Sara, and grandson Brett of Mesa, AZ.

You can only have one mother

Please take her to your heart,

You cannot tell how soon the day

When you and she must part.

Private services and interment will be 11:00 am, Friday, February 24, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery 7900 E Main St., Mesa 85207. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Salvation Army, 2707 E Van Buren #100, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

Garman, John

John M. H. Garman 88 of Mesa, AZ passed away Friday February 17, 2012 in Gilbert, AZ. Mr. Garman World War II Veteran (1942-1946) was born in Sapulpa, OK. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty Lou, parents Francis and Jacob and older brother Jacob. He is survived by his 3 daughters Sondra, Sharon (Bob), Cecilia (Dennis) of Arizona and younger brother David (Barbara) of Texas, 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus for 60 years. He volunteered his time helping St. Vincent de Paul for 50 years. Visitation will be February 23, 2012, 5pm – 7pm with a Rosary at 6pm at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main Street Mesa, AZ. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 am Friday February 24, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ. Followed by interment at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial contributions to St. Vincent de Paul conference at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Crockett, Richard J.

Richard J. (Dick) Crockett, born August 4, 1937 in Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Wednesday February 15, 2012. Dick graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1960, later earning the designation of Professional Engineer. Dick began his engineering career with G.E./Honeywell in 1960 and later moved his family from Syracuse, NY to Phoenix, AZ in 1969. Dick spent the last 21 years of his career with Boeing and was instrumental in the developing Avionics for the Apache helicopter. An avid golfer, Dick had the opportunity to travel to Scotland to play the old course at St Andrews where he shot a 76 back to back. Dick was preceded in death by his daughter Cathleen M. Schimmoller. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Diane, sister Regina Malizia of Wilmington, DE, sons Richard A. Crockett (Carolyn) of Las Vegas, NV, Robert C. Crockett of Canyon Country, CA, James J. of Phoenix, AZ, grandson Adam of Las Vegas and Curtis Schimmoller of Queen Creek and niece Susan Malizia of Wilmington, DE. Dick will be dearly missed by his friends Terry, Jim, Brian and Mark from the ”Dog Park” at Alta Mesa. Services will be at 2:00 pm Friday February 24, 2012 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Condolences may be expressed at www.mvfuneralhome.com. Donations may be made to The Crossing Hospice Care Foundation 7500 N Dreamy View Dr. Suite 105A Phoenix, AZ 85202.

Kniss, Larry

Larry Kniss, age 42, of Chandler, AZ passed away on Feb 11th, 2012. Larry is the son of Mary and Larry Kniss. Larry is survived by his daughter, Katrina Pena her husband Vincent Pena and his granddaughter Alayna Pena, his daughters Cheyenne and Kyleigh Kniss, his sister Michelle Readinger and her loving companion Steve Mawson, nephew Jonathan Wigington and niece Zoie Wigington, and his loving partner Melinda Baeza. Larry is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Larry was a loving father, son, brother and friend and will be greatly missed by all the lives that he touched. Visitation will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main Street, Mesa from 10-12 on Saturday February 18th. Services will be held immediately following at noon.

Gowler, Judith

Judith F. “Judy” Gowler, 84 of Tempe, AZ and a former resident of Mt. Vernon died Sunday, February 12, 2012 in Tempe.  Judy was born July 12, 1927 in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Lennis and Gladys (Huckleberry) Whisenut. She married Roy Wayne Gowler on January 22, 1946. She is survived by her husband Roy, two daughters: Monica (Roger) Christ of Springfield, IL and Cynthia Russell of Orangeburg; SC, one son Steven (Janet) Gowler of Gilbert, AZ; three grandsons, Johnathan and Benjamin Russell of Orangeburg, SC and Ryan Gowler of Gilbert, AZ; one great-grandson Jalen Gowler of Gilbert, AZ, and also several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special cat Tabby. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers James, Jack, and Charles and two sisters, Deloris and Hazel. Judy operated a beauty shop out of her home on the Fairfield Road for 15 years. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She retired from the Housing Division at Arizona State University. Private services and burial were held February 15, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Mesa, AZ.

Neisess, Maurice A.

Maurice A. Neisess, 93, of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday February 9, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Neisess was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota and was a WWII US Army veteran. There will be a memorial service at 3:00 pm Sunday February26, 2012 at the Fireside Room at Fountain of the Sun, 8001 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ.

Mesick, Claude

Claude Mesick, age 90, passed away February 7, 2012. He was born June 6, 1921 in Delhi Township, Ingham County, MI, the son of the late Henry James and Myrtle Dee (nee Barringer) Mesick.  Upon learning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Claude volunteered for military service as a radio radar operator in anti-submarine coastal defense for the United States Navy until the end of WWII. He retired as a lever man from the Grand Trunk Railroad after 36 years of service.  Claude was preceded in death by his first wife Bernadine (nee Shepherd), his son Danny Mesick, his 2nd wife Laurel (nee Massie), and his 3rd wife Delores (nee Volborg); three brothers, Edward, Forest, and Henry, and his sister Margaret Jobson. He is survived by his daughter Vicki Bellon of Lansing, Michigan, his son Michael (Sevea) of Westley Chapel, Florida, and his sister Jeane Frechette of Swartz Creek, MI.  The family wishes to express their gratitude to Claude’s friends and caregivers, Jon and Audrey Cave, for their years of selfless dedication. There are no services planned by the family. Interment will be at Bethesda Cemetery, Marsh Grove Twp., near New Folden, Minnesota.

Smith, Pamela

Pamela Smith, 63, born July 31, 1948 in Port Jervis, New York passed away February 13, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Pam worked in the library at Edison and Frost Elementary schools in Mesa, AZ for over 23 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, William Lee Smith, her son Gerald (and Erika Smith), her daughter Penny (and John Dechant), her grandchildren Samantha, Logan, and Madelyne, and her brother Gerald (and Joan Slater). She was preceded in death by her sister Patricia (and Russell Paradis). We will miss you Mom.

Wolff, Alvin

Alvin Wolff was born August 24, 1926 to Fred C. and Magdelena Wolff. He went to heavenly rest on February 12, 2012. He farmed with his parents until he joined the US Army in 1950. He was united in marriage with Hazel Fregia on November 25, 1952 in Yuma, AZ. In 1953, he bought the family farm from his parents and farmed with his family until 1972. He and his wife took over management and ownership of Highmore Nursing Home. He also built a supper club and motel in Redfield, SD. In 1990, they sold all of their businesses and retired to Gold Canyon, AZ. He had given his life to the Lord and served as a deacon in his church. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church in Apache Junction, AZ. Survivors include his children: two sons and four step-children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his special friend who he married on March 7, 2009, Cozy. He was preceded in death by his parents, all his siblings and his wife of 56 years, Hazel. He will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, AZ. Services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Friday February 17, 2012, with the visitation starting at 10:00 am followed by the chapel service at 10:30 am.

Bailey, Rosamond S.

Rosamond S. Bailey, 75 years young, passed away on February 2, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Rose was a long time residence of Mesa, Arizona. Our beloved mother was an evangelist and was dedicated to a life of servitude. She was a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rose was born in New York, New York on Sept. 15, 1936 to Laurence Edward Ingram and Selima Hickmott and was the eldest of 3 children. Rose was the first in her family to attend college. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Cleveland State University and was a community activist and fought for the rights of women. She worked as a Medical Insurance Claims Billing Specialist until she retired in 2008. Rose was a talented artist and pianist. She enjoyed singing, music, drawing, ceramics and crafts. She was a devoted and loving mother. She will be survived by her six daughters: Alethia, Wahidah, Ruth, Angela, Sarah and Monique. Son-in-laws: Archie and Velmond, Sisters: Tina and Annette. Grand-daughters: Jahmaiah, Esther, Wakita, Tiyana, Shantel, Cierra, Aniece and Alana.  Grand-sons: Edward, Giorgio, Isaac, Jordan and Seth. She will also be remembered by her great-grandchildren: Honora, Amir, Saniyah, Shanara, Aline, Armani, Elijah and Isaac; her cousin Almondia, cats Dahli and Baby Little, and countless other family and friends whose lives she has touched. A memorial service is being held on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 2 p.m. Funeral Services are being handled by Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Mesa, AZ.  Mommy we love you and will miss you dearly. We will see you again!

Ghesquiere, Robert Charles

Robert Charles Ghesquiere passed away in his home in Apache Junction on Wednesday February 8, 2012 at the age of 58. He was born on April 23, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Albert and Elizabeth (Hilgendorf) Ghesquiere. He was lovin husband of Janet (Jones) Siegel-Ghesquiere, loving father to Neil (Tina) Ghesquiere, Jeff (Christina) Siegel and Jarrid Armstrong, loving grandfather to Beth, Zoe, Hunter and Maddy Siegel, and Dustin, Billy and CaseyJones, and Lyndsie Armstrong, loving brother to Albert (Nancy), Edward and (Aimee) Ghesquiere, Marlene (Rick) Singer and (Mike) and the late Mary Gray, and loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by us allas we say goodbye with gratitude to our Beloved (Bob). Funeral services are handled by Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ Saturday February 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

Young, L.F.

Mrs. L. F. Young, RN (nee Hall) passed away at her home in Mesa, AZ on February 4, 2012 at age 86. She was born in Salt Lick, KY on March 30, 1925 to Henry S. and Virginia M. Hall. L.F. was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Genevieve Maslac, Betty Sue Ford, and brother Francis Hall. L.F. became a registered nurse at Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She served in the US Air Force from Oct. 1952 during the Korean War as a 1ST Lieutenant Nurse. She was honorably discharged in Oct 1954 at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AK. She served in the Air Force Reserve until July 1963, and was discharged as a Captain completing her Reserve commitment to the Air Force. While stationed in Alaska, she met her husband, Lt. John A. Young, a fighter pilot in the 66th F.I.S.  L.F. and John (Jack) were married for 57 years and raised one daughter, Janet L. Young of Pueblo West, CO and grandson Joshua J. Whitley of Pueblo, CO. They spent 20 years in the Air Force with many different assignments. He retired from Holloman AFB, NM in Aug of 1971. They moved to Pueblo West, CO where they lived until 1996. They then moved to Mesa, AZ to be near her sister and brother-in-law, Betty Sue and Clifton Ray Ford. L.F. was the heart and soul of the home and will be missed by her family and friends. The funeral will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012 at the National Cemetery of AZ, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Reiling, Donna Jean

Donna Jean Reiling, 81 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away in her home Monday February 6, 2012 in Apache Junction. Mrs. Reiling, a retired activities director, was born in Moline, IL. She is survived by her daughters Sherrie (Richard) Bethel, Kimberly Ross, Michelle Gephart and son Gregory (Mikal) Reiling, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Reiling, and parents Floyd and Vivian Schmoll. Services will be noon Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 3489 S. Mercy Rd #101, Gilbert, AZ 85297.

Bonaventura, Nancy C.

Nancy C. Bonaventura, 77 of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday February 2, 2012 in Mesa. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio and has been an Arizona resident since 1980. She is survived by her daughters Brenda, Valerie, Tina and Deann, sons Mike, Joe and Andy, grandchildren Missy, Tiffany, Ricky, Kchellsea, Trey, Kortney, Ashley and Joey, and great-grandchildren Cory and Isabella. Memorials may be made in Nancy’s honor to the Kidney Foundation of AZ (azkidney.org).

Webb, Clayton Cody

Clayton Cody Webb, 19 of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday February 1, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Clayton was born in Mesa, AZ and he loved quads, cars and motorcycles. He was a loving son, brother and grandson. He is survived by his parents Randy and Pam Webb, his sister Cara, and his grandparents Elmer and Esther Webb. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family. Services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E. Virginia Street, Mesa, AZ 85215.

Daubert, Nila J.

Nila J. Daubert, formerly of Saginaw, Michigan peacefully passed away Wednesday, February 01, 2012 after a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer.  Nila Jane Harmony was born November 24, 1934 in Lincoln, Nebraska to the late Alexander and Sarah (Erdman) Harmony.  Nila graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1953.  She spent 38 years in the financial world, starting as a bookkeeper at Michigan National Bank and she worked her way up to retire as General Manager of the Saginaw Consumer Powers Employees Credit Union (now known as United Financial).  She was a member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia – Lincoln, NE Chapter; charter member of Resurrection Lutheran Church; Former Director of the Credit Union Executives Society; and Former Treasurer of MACU (Michigan Association of Credit Unions).  Nila was preceded in death by her parents, brothers James Harmony and Alexander (David) Harmony, and granddaughter Marissa Daubert.  She is survived by her loving husband James Daubert, whom she married on August 30, 1958.  Together they had 5 children James (Michelle) Daubert of St. Louis, MO; Dana Daubert (Carlyn Hartshorn) of Tempe, AZ; Kristi (Donald) Baranowski of Chandler, AZ; Anthony (Diana) Daubert of Purcellville, VA; and Kara (Evan) Richman of Peoria, AZ.  She is also survived by grandchildren Donnie Baranowski, Alexandra and James Daubert; a dear sister-in-law Judith Harmony, and many close family and friends.  Arrangements have been made by Mountain View Mortuary in Mesa, AZ.  A small private service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Apache Junction was held.  Interment will be at a later date at Roselawn Cemetery in Saginaw, MI.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to Resurrection Lutheran Church 2110 Brockway St., Saginaw, MI 48602-2797.

Ramsey, Wendell Ray

Born on the family farm near Achille, Oklahoma on April 13, 1936 Wendell Ray Ramsey began his lives journey. The oldest son of Quan and Edna Ramsey he followed the family to Arizona in 1955, after graduation from Achille High School. When he wasn’t working  for Kennecott Copper,  ASARCO and Cypress as a heavy equipment operator he enjoyed outdoor sports of hunting and fishing with friends and family. A race car enthusiast he raced stock cars for many years at the ¼ mile track in Globe, AZ.  A talented metal sculpture he made welded  figures and furniture using horseshoes, rebar, nuts and bolts. After retiring from the copper mines he and his wife Joan split their time between their homes in Mesa, AZ and Showlow, AZ. They enjoyed riding ATV’s, playing cards and visiting with family and friends. Known by many nicknames Wendell (Ray, Bud, Moe) was seldom ever scene without one of his many ball caps.  Wendell left this life on a new journey, guided by God, on January 27, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Joan, sisters Wanda (Roy) Ellis of Durant, OK., Sandra (Ted) Wade of Yuma, AZ., Mary (Al) Aring of Phoenix, AZ., brothers Millard Ramsey of Kelvin, AZ., Dale (Ann) Ramsey of Kearny, AZ., and Ronald Ramsey of Wyoming, son Robert  (Amanda)Ramsey of Sherman, TX., daughters Jody (Marlon) Ramsey Las Vegas, NV., Doreen (John) of Mesa, AZ., Rochelle (Rick) of Mesa, AZ., 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services are being handled by Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ. January 31, 2012.

Bovee, Lester Marion

Lester M. Bovee, “Buzz” 89, of Gilbert, Arizona passed peacefully in the arms of his Granddaughter Melissa and surrounded by family on Thursday January 26, 2012.  He was born a twin on April 9, 1922, third child of George and Myrtle Bovee in Holyoke, Colorado.  He is preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 65 years Ruby and his twin sister Ester “Mary” Mayer.  He is survived by two daughters, Kathy Spada and Judy Rowland; two sisters Margie Conry and Ruth Banks and two brothers Leonard and George Bovee; grandchildren, Terri and husband Michael, Tammi, Shawn, Jeff and wife Grethel, Jamie and wife Rebecca and Melissa; great grandchildren Tiffany and husband Steve, Rebecca and husband Grant, Carly, Gretita, Ashley, Bobbi, Joshua, Cami, Johnny and Jacob; great-great grandchildren Brandon, Torren, Americus, Vinny, and we found out the morning he passed that Rebecca and Grant are expecting a baby.  Buzz found his passion in his family first and foremost, and his love of the outdoors, walking and riding his bike.  He leaves us a decorated Hero and a legacy of deep committed love, kindness, integrity, humor and a flirtatious flair for life.  He will be greatly missed by us all as we say goodbye with gratitude to our beloved “Poppy”.

Story, Glenn Carl

Glenn Carl Story, 73 of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Story, a former resident of Hayward, CA was born in Seattle, WA.  Survivors include his wife, Jean Story, daughter Shawn Grace, son-in-law Aaron Grace, sisters: Elsie Salemi, Marylou Valentine, and Doris Stevens, brother Fred Hadden, and grandchildren: Scott, Zachary, Nathan and Christopher Grace. Services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, Mesa, AZ.

Dean, Theodora “Thea”

Theodora “Thea” G. Dean, was born April 15, 1928 in Stamford, Connecticut, and was a longtime resident of Great Falls, VA. As a young woman, Thea attended Emma Willard School in Troy, New York and Rochester University. She married the boy next door, Jonathan “Jock” Dean, in 1950 and lovingly raised five children in an adventure across continents, elegantly hosting diplomatic events on postings with the Foreign Service in Limburg, Prague, the Belgian Congo, Bonn and Vienna.  Thea embraced family, friends, acquaintances, and all she encountered with warmth, love and compassion. She loved and cherished the natural world as well, and was famous for her fondness of pigs. Those fortunate to know Thea were touched by her selfless generosity and infectious sense of humor, gifts they carry forever from this courageous, extraordinary woman. Thea is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Jonathan Dean, their five children, and eight grandchildren.

Peterslie, Audrey

Audrey Audrey Peterslie of Mesa, AZ passed away on January 23, 2012. She is survived by her husband Lyle Peterslie, son Jim (Sue) Van Ornum, daughters Cheryl (Dana) Smith and Debbie (Mike) McNeal, brother Kenneth (Virginia) Peterson, 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Thursday January 26 from 5:30- 7:30 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ and Funeral service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 612 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, AZ on Friday January 27 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory to be sent to Hospice of the Valley.

Sobal, John

John Sobal, 88 of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday January 22, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Sobal, a retired aircraft planner, was born in West Hazelton, PA on March 2, 1923. John was a WWII veteran serving in the US Army as a crew chief on the C-47 in Central Europe. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Wilma, his parents, two sisters, and one brother. Survivors include his daughter Melinda J. Sobal, son John P. Sobal, granddaughter Jennifer A. Sobal-Whipple and great-granddaughter Gracie K. Sobal-Whipple. The visitation will be from 1-3:00 pm Friday January 27, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ followed by graveside services at 3:00 pm.

Nelson, Lorraine

Lorraine Rita (Ares) Nelson passed away January 20, 2012 at Banner Gardens Hospice in Mesa, Arizona.  She leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Kenneth R. Nelson of San Tan Valley, Arizona, a daughter Jennifer Brouillette of Mesa, AZ, and a daughter Susan Sorel of Gilbert, AZ.  She is also survived by her sister Norma Richard of Athol, MA, her sister Lola O’Mara of Marietta, GA, her brother Del Ares of Athol, MA and her brother Richard Ares of Marshfield, MA.  She leaves behind six grandchildren, Matthew Jones, Sarah Brouillette, Zachary Sorel, Emily Sorel, Abigail Sorel and Benjamin Sorel.  A viewing will be held January 25th at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ, with funeral services January 26th at the Meridian Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Queen Creek, AZ.  Lorraine attended Athol schools and worked for several years at Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School in Orange, and retired from the Templeton Development Center.

Ames, Sidney Raymond

Sidney Raymond Ames (Sid), 78, a 40-year resident of Apache Junction, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012. He was born in Seattle, Washington, on March 3, 1933, graduated from Truman High School in Minn., and received a degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State College. After serving two years as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, he then continued his career as a civil engineer and construction estimator. He was a committed Christian, faithful husband, devoted father, and fun-loving grandfather.  His humor touched so many lives! He was reunited in heaven with his wife Merilyn of 44 years, his brother Doug and Sister-in-law Betty of Seattle, Washington, parents Ray and Vera Ames of Apache Junction, and two grandsons Christopher and Geoffrey Ames of Flagstaff.  He is survived by his son Greg and wife Teri Ames of Flagstaff, Az., son Brad and wife Zana and grandchildren David, Cayla, and Sam Ames of San Jose, California and daughter Kim and husband Joel and grandchildren Taylor, Tanner, and Trevor Huff of Largo, Fl. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 27th, 5:00p-7:00p at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Az. 85207.  A Committal Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28th  1:00p at Mountain View Cemetery with the Memorial Service following at 3:00p at Saguaro Hills Baptist Church, 1402 N. Power Rd., Mesa, Az. 85205.  Since Sid enjoyed hiking, there will be a Memorial Hike on Sunday Jan. 29th starting at 2:00p at Lost Dutchman State Park, Cholla Day Use Area, in Apache Junction, Az, with a time of reflection and reminiscing of Sid’s Life starting at 3:30p.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Baptist Lifeline Mission, Designee: Missionary Muriel Wilson, 3241 W. 44th Ave. Denver, Colorado, 80211.

Zoet, Edna V.

Edna V. Zoet, 94, of Mesa, Arizona passed away January 16, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. There will be a visitation between 5-7:00 pm Thursday January 19, 2012 at Mounatin View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Friday January 20, 2012 also at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel. Local florist suggestion Razzle Dazzle Flowers, 7528 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 1-800-220-1183.

Pillow, Lucille Marilyn

Known to friends as Lou, Lucille Marilyn Pillow lost her short battle with heart disease on 12 January 2012. She had previously beaten TB and cancer and throughout she maintained good spirits and zeal for life. She was born 3 February 1927 on a farm in Prole, Iowa to Frank and Leona Peterson-Parker as the third of six children.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy Pillow, brothers Fred, Bob, and Ned, and sister Eleanor Parker.  She is survived by her children Peggy (&Phil) Harris, Todd Pillow, and Linda (&Frank) Bilek, sister Dorothy (&Ron Dietz) Warren, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and friends. Lou enjoyed traveling with and visiting her children & grandchildren, gardening, reading, gifting date-filled cookies to family and friends every Christmas and learning genealogy & family history.  Lou and Roy did wooden handicraft projects; he was the carpenter and she was the painter.  She worked in Mesa, Arizona as a waitress for twenty-three years and felt like she was being paid to visit with friends plus she got to walk a lot (her favorite physical activity).   She took pride in her war work at Convair Aircraft Plant during WWII in San Diego, California. Lou will be interred in Mountain View Cemetery next to her husband of forty-nine years. There will be a visitation for Lou at 1:00 pm Wednesday January 18, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, services will follow at 2:00 pm. A  luncheon will take place 3:30 pm Wednesday January 18, 2011 at Annabelle’s (AZ Golf Resort), 425 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206.

Tanner, Harry Samuel

Harry Samuel Tanner, 76 of Mesa passed away January 13, 2012 in Mesa. Mr. Tanner retired from the United States Air Force. He is survived by his wife Donna, sister Patricia ( Ed Schmitt), brother Bob(Ethel), sister in law Jeanne Schmitt. Son Mark Tanner and his children Jeremy and Jasmine, daughter Cathi and her husband Steve Preshaw and daughter Crystal, daughter Vicki Tanner and daughters Samantha and Charlene, daughter Denise and her husband Douglas Alexander, son Kenneth and his wife Shelly Tanner and their children Jesse, Leah, Cilla and Daniel. Crystals children Joseph, Nicky, Gabby and Jesse. A committal service will be held January 20, 2012 at noon at the Mountain View Cemetery. 7900 E. Main Mesa, Az.

Chapman, Dorothy

Dorothy Chapman entered her eternal home, at the age of 88, on January 8, 2012. Dorothy was born and raised in Merrill, MI. She and her family relocated to Mesa, AZ in 1965. Dorothy retired from the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and also worked at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. She was World War II Veteran serving in the US Navy at Pearl Harbor, as well as a very loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Dorothy was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Mesa since 1965. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy, of 58 years and four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sons, David (Valoy) Chapman of Mesa, Doug (Stephanie) Chapman of TN, and her daughter Debbie Balmer of Mesa; three granddaughters, Nicole (Lucas) Sizemore, Amber (Trey) Balmer-Memmott and Elizabeth Chapman, two grandsons Evan (Aubrey) Balmer and Leon Chapman, and two great grandchildren, Alyssa and Nolan Sizemore of TN. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Ellen Bluemer in NJ, a special brother-in-law, Verl Smith of Scottsdale, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend its appreciation and thanks to Banner Hospice for the loving care that they have provided during these last few months. Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider memorials to Banner Hospice, 275 East Germann Road, Suite 110, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Viewing will be held on Wednesday January 11, 2012 from 5-7:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa. Services will be held on Thursday January 12, 2012 at 11:00 am at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3237 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona.

Peterson, Howard Lewis

Our beloved father, died on December 12th, 2011 in Chandler, Arizona. Howard Lewis Peterson was born on November 25, 1924, in Tacoma, WA to Peter L. Peterson and Olga O. Swanson. He had a brother David E. Peterson. He served in the U.S Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946 as a Flight Officer / Navigator onboard a B-24 Liberator Bomber. He was honorably discharged with 3 American Theater Metals. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor?s degree in business. Soon after his graduation from college, he married Shirley Elizabeth Greenfield, a registered nurse. They had 3 children, Marla Diane, Gregory Lewis and Timothy Brian, all born in Tacoma, WA. He resided in Tacoma, WA; Anaheim, CA; and Mesa, AZ. Howard is survived by his eldest son/daughter-in-law, Gregory and Cheryl Peterson of Placentia, CA; daughter, Marla Peterson of Santa Ana, CA; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at the Tri-City Baptist Church / International Baptist College Chapel (2211 West Germann Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286) on Friday January 13th at 6:00 P.M.

Chapp, James L. Jr.

James L. Chapp Jr, 48, of Simi Valley, CA formally of Mesa, AZ passed away December 30th 2011. He was born in Omaha, NE January 4th 1963 to parents James and Judith Chapp of Mesa, AZ. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie (Wade) Chapp, son James J. Chapp, daughter Teresa M. Chapp, brothers Jeff and John Chapp, sister Milissa (Chapp) Ward, and parents James and Judith Chapp. Jim graduated from Scottsdale Saguaro High School and University of Phoenix with an MBA. Jim also served in the U.S. Navy’s submarine service as a nuclear power specialist. He had a distinguished career with General Motors, Rogers Corporation, TRW Automotive, and currently with Nestle Corporation. Services to be held at Mountain View Mortuary January 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM in Mesa, AZ. Graveside service to follow immediately at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, AZ. Jim you are in our hearts forever and will be missed beyond words.

Jennings, Albert Edward

Albert Edward Jennings, 74, of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away January 5, 2012 in Apache Junction. Mr. Jennings, a carpenter, was born in Chicago, IL. Survivors include his wife Mary Murray, daughter Heather, son-in-law Matt, step-daughters Patricia and Margaret, son A.J., step-sons David and Duncan, and granddaughter Elise. Services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207

Bright, Easton Jay

Easton Jay Bright, 9 weeks, of San Tan Valley, Arizona passed awayTuesday January 3, 2012 in Chandler, Arizona. Easton is survived by his parents Michael Bright and Heather Curtis of San Tan Valley. There will be a visitation at 1:00 pm Sunday January 8, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ followed at 2:00 pm by the funeral service. Family requests donations be made at www.eastonbright.com

 

Schelderup, Joan

Joan passed away on 3 January 2012 in Queen Creek, Arizona.  She was born on 10 July 1926 to Frank and Marguerite Maher at Holy Cross hospital in Salt Lake City.  Joan attended Judge Memorial high school and St. Mary’s college, graduating with a BA in Arts in 1948.  She married and divorced Marvin Boyer. She later met and married Harold H. Schelderup, they recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.  Joan left behind her husband, 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held in Queen Creek, Arizona on January 6, 2012.

Allison, James Clinton

James Clinton Allison, born June 9, 1923, passed away peacefully from this life to the next, with his wife Margaret (Peg) at his side, on December 8, 2011. James, known to all as Jim, was born in Kremlin, Montana, one of 4 children. He is survived by his brother Earl (Dick), his devoted wife and friend of 60 years, Margaret, five children: Lonnie, Rande, Sandy, Gary and Rick, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son Steve. Jim and Peg have lived in Mesa, AZ for the last 30 years. Jim served in WWII as both a rifle specialist in the Army, and a sergeant in the US Air Force, where he was a B-24 bombardier over Germany. He had a career in the vending and coin operated business, eventually owning his own company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim had the ability to “fix almost anything”, and used this capacity to serve others, especially family and neighbors all his life. He was also a creative artist, both as a painter and musician. His organ playing, especially swing music, not only blessed him but many hundreds of others, whether he was playing for parties in community centers in Mesa, at their second home in Show Low, or just for himself on the patio. His music made people smile and want to dance, especially at Christmas, Jim’s favorite time of year. He had a quick wit and sense of humor. Often when friends or families were around, his spontaneous comments made everyone laugh. His devotion and giving spirit to his family was great, up to the last month of his life. Every time one of his children concluded a telephone call with “dad”, he would ask if they needed anything- and he meant anything. But above all, he cherished his wife. Their love provided a wonderful life for them and a precious example to family and friends. Jim Allison will be greatly missed, but with him we share a hope of reunion in the next world where there is no mourning, crying or pain. A memorial service for Jim Allison will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday December 14. Location is the Community Center at Brentwood Southern, 8103 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85203.

Kelsey, Margaret

Margaret Kelsey, 63 of Mesa, went to be with the Lord Dec. 28, 2011.  She is survived by her two brothers John Horney of Corinth, TX, Robert Burns of Wichita, KS, two sisters Corrine Young and Arline Duke both of Wichita, KS, son Larry K Lewis, daughter Tamara Cook, son in law Ryan Cook, grandchildren Heather and Jason Thomson, Crystal and Mike Robledo and great granddaughter Shayna Thomson.  Services were held Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012 at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Booth, Gary A.

Gary A. Booth, 60, of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away Jan. 1, 2012. Mr. Booth, an assembly worker, was born in Elmhurst, IL. Survivors include his wife, Judy Lynn; son, Bryah A.; his mother, Betty Moritz. Visitation 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, with services following at 3 p.m., at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207. 

Jansen, Louis A.

Louis A. Jansen, born in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 10, 1925. Passed away in Mesa, Arizona, on December 22, 2011. Preceded in death by beloved wife, Jean E. Jansen and son, Karl L. Jansen, survived by daughters Jean A. Wallace (Charles) and Laura J. Irwin (Patrick), and sons Roy L. Jansen (Steff) and Kurt L. Jansen (Roberta). He will be missed. Services will be at 1:00 pm Saturday January 7, 2012 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Baker, Joseph Gerard

Joseph Gerard Baker, “Joey” passed away peacefully the morning of December 23, 2011 at the age of 48 in Mesa, Arizona, after a long period of hospitalization. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Baker, sisters and brothers, Phyllis Rowe, Albert Baker, Jr., Christine Launder, and Gregory Baker. He is further survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. He is proceeded in death by his father, Albert Baker, Sr., his sister, Barbara Baker, and his nephew, Robert Imus, who all came the morning of the 23rd to take him to a “better place” Joey came into this world 48 years ago with Downs Syndrome and therefore was very involved with Special Olympics for many years. His favorite activity all of his life was bowling. He was one of the sweetest, most loving people God put on this earth and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Christmas was his favorite time of year and now he’ll spend it with his best friend, his father, whom he called “Pal”. Services will be held Wednesday, December 28 at 2:00 PM with visitation at 1:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home at 7900 East Main St. in Mesa. Family requests donations be made to the Special Olympics.

Yares, Audrey Marie

Audrey Marie Yares of Mesa, AZ passed away on December 13, 2011 at the age of 82. She was born in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Harry and Magdaline Svoboda. She is survived by her husband Clement, daughters Kristine Gossman and Sandy Yares, 3 sons Clayton (Lisa), Spencer (Kathy), and Kevin (Kat), 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. She is also survived by two brothers Timothy and David Svoboda. She graduated from St Regis High School in Eau Claire, WI and Ancker School of Nursing in St. Paul, MN. She was a Registered Nurse and practiced at St Paul Ramsey Hospital. A private memorial service will be held in Wyoming, MN at a later date. The family wishes any donations be made in her name to Banner Hospice, 7231 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208 in lieu of flowers.

Blake, Donald

Donald Blake went home to be with the Lord December 13, 2011 in Mesa, AZ.  In Yreka, CA, Donald ministered for 23 years to those in need at the jail. He is survived by his wife of 27 ½ years, Reba, his children: Judy (Jim) Penny, Joyce (Jo) Perry, Tim (Nancy) Blake, Susan Remp, Tony Blake, Bruce (Mary) Blake, and Connie Blake; his sister June (Richard) Harris, 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his two sons Eric and Chris, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Taylor, Jenne Louise

Jenne Louise 86 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on December 30, 2011. The visitation will be January 5, 2012 between 5-8:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Funeral Services will be January 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Broadway Christian Church, 7335 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208. Family requests contributions or food be donated to the Food Bank at Broadway Christian Church.

Mendoza, Robert F. Sr.

Robert F. Mendoza Sr. passed away peacefully at the Tucson Veterans Hospital with his family at his side on December 26, 2011. He was 82 years of age. Robert Mendoza was born in Hayden, Arizona on June 26, 1929 to Frank and Margarita Mendoza; he was the eldest of five children. Robert enlisted in the United States Army in 1949 and received his military training at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey as a Signal Corp Radio repairman. He served in Panama with company “A” in the 45th Recon and the 7th Armed Division; he separated with an Honorable discharge. Robert was married to Rebecca Bailon on March 26, 1954 and has resided in Coolidge, Arizona since 1958. He was self-employed as owner/operator of Modern Music Service through which he provided Pinal County residences a wide variety of entertainment options that included Jukeboxes, pool tables and video games. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and brother. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, his sister Doris and his family of three sons and two daughters: Miguel, Robert, Samuel, Cynthia, and Margarita. He was blessed with fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, Arizona on December 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Donations can be sent to: Department of Veterans Affairs, Voluntary Service office 9-135, 3601 S. 6th Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85723 In Honor of: Robert F. Mendoza.

Sevigny, Gerald Patrick

 Our Father Gerald was visited by our Mom recently and she led him to the home that she had prepared for the both of them in Heaven. The two of them together again as they were in life, inseparable.  Dad was born to Philemon and Bernadette (Baillargeon) Sevigny on a cold winter’s day in January of 1931 in Saint Thomas, North Dakota.  His first few years were spent in the St Thomas area until in 1935 the family moved to Grafton and their home at 818 Summit Avenue. Dad was the last of ten children born to Philemon and Bernadette and as such was often spoiled and never lacked for attention. Dads would often speak fondly of his youth and the fun or mischief that he and his friends would find themselves in. Not one interested in schooling, Dad never graduated preferring the rich experiences he would gain from life to that of a classroom. Getting bored, Dad was always rather restless, he got his Mother to convince the Army Recruiter that her son was indeed seventeen and off he was to Kansas and a new way of life that would forever change him, that was 1947. War came on the Korean Peninsula and Dad answered the call with the 25th Infantry. He would later describe his experiences at war as an eye opening and terrifying experience that would mold and shape him forever. Wounded during the Battle at the Chosun Reservoir he found himself in an Army hospital in Tokyo recovering from his wounds. Later he would be sent home to recover further from his wounds where he would meet and fall in love with a young Icelandic girl from Mountain (Lois Bjornson). They were married in September of 1952 and would spend the next 58 years together until our Mother passed this past May. Dad would remain in the Army and the service of his country for over 25 years. He and our Mother loved this type of life and made friends all over the world wherever they went. Dad rose through the ranks to that of that of Sergeant First Class, only retired after being told that he would have to serve another tour of duty in Vietnam, he felt that he just could not leave his family again, and quietly retired. Living in the Grafton area after his retirement he was continuously restless, for I do not think that Dad had truly wanted to leave the Army for it had become the only solid thing he had ever known besides Mom. In 1978 He and Mom moved to the Olympia Washington area where they lived for the next 14 years, traveling every so often to some of the places that they had lived throughout his Army career and visiting their many friends that they had made together. In 1992, Mom and Dad moved for the final time to the Mesa Arizona area where they would spend the rest of their days together. Mom getting sick was a complete shock to everyone however losing her to Cancer was devastating to Dad for not only did he love and depend on her for his very breath, they were always together and they always seemed to complete each other. The bond they shared was obvious and admirable. Dad was never quite the same after Mom’s passing, lonely and confused he would often ask why her and not him. Dad was generous to a fault, he would give you the shirt off his back before thinking or taking care of himself, and he would always say the Army taught him that. I think the greatest lesson that he ever taught us children was that a Father could never be more than 100% right nor 100% wrong, thank you Dad for that lesson.  He leaves behind a son Dean (April) of Port Orchard, Wa., a daughter Mary and son Roger of Mesa, Az., and a daughter Denise (Scott Woinarowicz) of Olympia, Wa.  Five grandchildren Scott (Ashley Bender) of Mesa, Az., Kayla (Ryan Sutherland) of Olympia, Wa., Marc of San Diego, Ca., Kristjian of Olympia, Wa., and John Paul of Port Orchard, Wa., and a Great Granddaughter, Madalin (His Snootzie, Her Big Pappa) of Olympia, Wa., his family was always a sense of great pride and joy to him. Also surviving were his three sisters, Lucy, Alice and Isabel and many nieces and nephews. His wife Lois, a daughter Catherine, his Mother and Father, Philemon and Bernadette, four sisters Fabiola, Theresa, Winifred, Helen, and two brothers Adrian and Woodrow, precede him in death.  Dad’s life was celebrated by a Memorial service, which was held at the Mountain View Funeral home in Mesa, Az., with Full Military Grave Site Honors following the services at the National Veterans Cemetery in Phoenix, Dad and Mom are now forever together again. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).  One element of losing a loved one is reflection and as we look back through blurry tear-stained eyes, we see a clear vision of how fortunate we truly were to have Dad in our daily lives. Thanks Dad for all the lessons you taught us in life and the support you gave so freely. We miss you already.

DiNovo, Donald J.

Donald James DiNovo, 80 of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday December 11, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. DiNovo, an auto body and fender repair specialist, was born in Chicago, IL. Survivors include his wife Rita, daughter Donna (Walter), sons David (Jaime) and William (Amy), his sister Christine (Ivan), grandchildren Kurt and Troy, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Virginia, sisters Rose (Stanley) and Marietta, brothers Frank (Marge), Anthony (Bridget), Henry (Florence) and August. The visitation will be Friday December 16, 2011 between 2 and 6 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Crisp, Nina

Nina Crisp, 91 of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on December 7, 2011. Services will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 401 E. Phelps Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032 on Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 11: 00 AM. If sending flowers they need to be at the church by 10:00 am.

Brault, Ernest Martin

Ernest Martin Brault, 79, of Apache Junction passed away on November 28, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr Brault was born in Greenbay, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Brault, 3 daughters Linda Koenig, June Gill and Sherry Cossey, 3 sons Norman, Richard and William, 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son Ernest Jr. Rosary service is scheduled for 9:30 am Monday, December 5th followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:00 am St. George Catholic Church 300 East 16th Ave. Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Trafzer, Margaret

Margaret ( Hefner) Trafzer was called home to her Heavenly Father on November 26th, 2011 in Mesa, Az. She was a longtime resident of Yuma, Heber-Overgaard and Mesa and has now been reunited with her husband Ron Sr., her son Gary and great-granddaughter Mila, as well as her parents, 4 brothers and two sisters.  She was born in Electra, Texas and out of her 7 siblings leaves behind one brother, Doyle Hefner (Edda) of Concho, Az. She is survived by her son Ron Jr. (Sher) Mesa AZ,  daughters Judy Galbrecht, Mesa AZ, Linda Borden, Hutto Texas and daughter in law Lisa McRae of Queen Creek, along with 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren.  She will always be remembered for her smile and at times stubborn determination. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her, but find comfort in knowing she has returned home and is finally reunited with the husband she so dearly loved and missed.  Graveside services will be on Friday at 11:00AM, December 2, 2011 at the Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N Center St., Mesa, Az 85201.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Shepherd of the Pines Methodist Church in Overgaard, AZ (P.O. Box 1402, Overgaard AZ 85933).

Swanson, Leland D.

Leland Dwain Swanson passed away in his home November 7, 2011. One of four children, Lee was born Sep 12, 1925 on a farm in Gypsum, KS to the late Martin E and Julia Lindstrom Swanson. After completing grade school, he joined the Navy “Sea Bees”. He then attended college in Wichita and Washington, graduating SLC with a degree in Physics from Washington State University. In addition to a successful career in aerospace engineering, Lee was an ordained minister in the Church of Religous Science. He was deeply spiritual, a student and teacher of religion and philosophy much of his adult life. After retiring, he lived and traveled in an RV across North America for 10 years, finally settling down in Mesa, AZ. He loved the outdoors and hiked the Grand Canyon 10 times between the ages of 71 and 81. He was also a champion pool player and excellent dancer. He is survived by two older siblings, Elmer and Dorothy, the mother of his children and former wife, Patricia, his dear friend and companion the last 15 years of his life, Eleanor (“Nornee”), and his four children, Leland Jr., Christine, John and Julia. Memorial services will be held at 2 pm December 2 at the Mesa Dunes mobile home park.

Rodriguez, Maria Ruela

Maria Ruelas Rodriguez passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by her husband Manuel , brother Ignacio Rivera, 3 daughters Pam, Adela, April and 2 sons Ralph, Abraham 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, November 28th. Funeral Services 10:00 am Tuesday, November 29th at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa

Ramirez, Felix M.

Felix M. Ramirez, 74 of Phoenix, Arizona passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Ramirez, a US Air Force veteran, was born in Sonora, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Irene Ramirez, 3 daughters, 2 sons and 8 grandchildren. The visitation for Mr. Ramirez will be at 1:00 pm Saturday November 19, 2011 followed by the funeral at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Stevens, Wesley Perry

Wesley Perry Stevens died on November 9, 2011 at Claremore, Okla., where he was a resident at the Claremore Veterans’ Center. He was 87 years old and had Alzheimer’s Disease.  Wesley was born November 5, 1924 in Shoshone, Idaho to Albert Stevens and Cecil May Lewis Stevens. He was the fifth of six boys. Wes came to Sanford, Colo. at the age of 17 months, after the death of his mother. Wesley was raised with his aunt and uncle, the James Peter and Lettie Jensen family. Lettie Jensen was the sister of Albert Stevens. Wes graduated from Sanford High School in 1942 after serving as senior class president. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received his basic training in Farragat, Idaho. He served in the Navy briefly during WWII.  Wesley married his childhood sweetheart, Alice Mae Crowther, who was the daughter of William Alma Crowther and Marcella Christensen Crowther, on April 1, 1945. They lived in Sanford, Denver, and Alamosa. Alice Mae preceded him in death on June 27, 1996, after 51 years of marriage. They lived in Redlands, Calif. for 34 years, and Mesa, Ariz. for 19 years. He married Elaine Crowther Nelson in 1997. They moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2009 and Claremore, Okla. in 2010. Wes and Alice were the proud parents of five children: Dennis Wayne Stevens (deceased) of Saranac Lake, NY, David Lynn Stevens of Redwood City, Calif., Lorraine Stevens Ludden of Lake Forest, Calif., Kelly Duane Stevens of Albuquerque, NM, and Curtis Perry Stevens of West Jordan, Utah. Wes and Alice have 26 grandchildren, and over 100 descendants. Wes worked as a dairyman, truck driver and maintenance man at a truck terminal where he was respected for his thoroughness. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served as a High Priest, Seventy, Home Teacher, Sunday School President, Assistant Ward Clerk, and Temple Worker. Wes was always loved and respected for his extreme honesty, integrity and generosity. He was always eager to show friendship and render service to everyone around him. He was famous for stopping to help a stranger as well as a friend. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Service and burial will be at Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona on November 12, 2011, where he will rest beside his beloved wife, Alice Mae.

DeGeer, Robert “Bob” Cook

Robert “Bob” Cook DeGeer, 86, of Mesa, AZ passed away November 10, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. DeGeer, an insurance executive, was born to parents who homesteaded just east of Colorado Springs. He grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He joined the Navy in 1943, assigned to the amphibious Corp and spent 3 years in the South Pacific. After training for beach landings in New Guinea, he went to The Philippines and made 2 invasions. He was discharged in 1946 and returned home to Pueblo, CO and met his first wife Marjorie and married in 1947. Marjorie and Bob were blessed with 4 children. He worked for State Farm Insurance as an agent, and then became an Agency Director. He retired in 1986 in Albuquerque, NM and moved back to Colorado, where he became interested in Tennessee Walking horses. He showed horses in a two state area. Marjorie left this world in 1997 and Bob then began sharing his life with a wonderful woman, Beverly Butler. Beverly left his life in 2002, and he then began sharing his life with another wonderful woman, Josephine Smith. Bob is survived by his companion Josephine “Jo” Smith, his daughter Cheri Stichka, sons Robert John, Ronald Everett, and Michael Lee, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday November 12, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). Contributions may be made to the American Red Cross in Bob’s honor.

Tirpak, Ruth E.

Ruth E. Tirpak, 89 of Mesa, AZ passed away November 5, 2011 at Lund Hospice Home in Gilbert, AZ. Ruth is survived by her children John (Lily) Tirpak and Randy (Pam) Tirpak, both of Chandler, AZ, grandchildren Doug (Lydia) Tirpak of Golden, CO and Melissa Tirpak af Chandler, AZ, her sisters-in-law Eleanor Sabo and Faye Tirpak, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John T. Tirpak, parents Frank and Esther (Fredrickson) Adams, brothers Don and Carroll Adams and her sister Lavonne (England) Moore. She retired as a personnel and insurance clerk from IRC Fibers in Painesville, OH after more than 25 years of service and moved to Mesa, AZ in 1988. Ruth played the organ for the Sunland Village Chapel for 20 years. She was a member of Fairport Harbor Yacht Club, Sweet Adelines and B.P.O.E. #549 Emblem Club. She was also an avid golfer and loved bowling. She also was a huge fan and enjoyed watching the Phoenix Suns and the AZ Diamondbacks. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405 N. Higley Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215.

Lipscomb, Matthew

We lost a pure gentleman, Matthew Thomas Lipscomb, 46, of Mesa, AZ, on Friday November 4, 2011. He is survived by his adoring wife Susan, his loving mother Alice Lipscomb (Tom DeVeau) of Milwaukee, WI, his siblings: Laura (Scott) Thompson, Steve (Trish) Lipscomb, Mary (Brad) Babor, Patty (Lumpy) McGregor, Sara (Dan) Kartz, Daniel (Debra) Lipscomb, Martha (Jeff) Kuhn, Susan’s extended family: Steven Malaga, grandson Jackson Malaga, mother-in-law “Mom” Emma Sloan, Cheryl Walker, Pam Mosley, Paula Bohannon, Jackie Fenske, Christina Pett; nieces, nephews, cousins and a plethora of friends. He will be especially missed by his “boys” Nanuk and Maverick. He was preceded in death by his father Dr. Charles Lipscomb and his brother Dennis. Matt touched so many lives with his spectacular smile, charm, sweetness, gentle heart, and his passion for life and people. Matthew was one of a kind. There will be a visitation Wednesday November 9, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ between 4-7:00 pm with Eulogies at 6:00 pm. The funeral service will be Thursday November 10, 2011 at College View Baptist Church, 1810 S. Longmore, Mesa, AZ at 2:00 pm. Memorials can be made to the Arizona Humane Society, 9226 N. 13th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021.

Johnson, Clelland William

Clelland (Clell) William Johnson, 96, of Mesa, AZ passed away November 5, 2011. Clell was born on June 29, 1915 to Leon and Signa Johnson of Ocheyedan, IA. He attended schools in Iowa and Illinois. He married Mavis Cooper on May 27, 1937 in Algona, IA. They were married 57 years before she passed in December 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister Shirley Johnson, and a daughter Kay Lynn Johnson. He was a graduate of the Worsham College of Embalming in Chicago, IL. While operating his business, The Johnson Funeral Home in Mountain Lake, MN, Clell also managed a branch office of F.F. Dick Insurance Agency; served on the Mountain Lake City Council; served as interim administrator for the Mountain Lake Hospital and Eventide Home; and after selling his funeral home, he and his wife Mavis helped manage Windom Country Club in Windom, MN. After moving to Mesa in 1972, he returned to work managing the Mission Chapel Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ. Clell was a loving and kind man who possessed an unfaltering devotion to his family and friends. He excelled at finding good in everyone. He is survived by a son, Barry (Ruthie Neuman) Johnson of Mesa, AZ, a son, Craig (partner Maurice Demers) Johnson of Reno, NV, a granddaughter Debra (John) Nawrocki of Bartlett, IL and three grandsons, Barry (Lisa) Johnson of Fife, WA, Chad (Brenda) Johnson of Reno, NV and Ryan Johnson ( Nicole Jolicoeur) of San Francisco, CA, as well as four great-grandchildren, Jessica and Kathryn Nawrocki, Annika Johnson and Drew Johnson. Clell was a member of the Chain Lake Masonic Lodge, #64, in Fairmont, MN. He was raised on Oct. 31, 1944. He was also a member of the Zuhrah Shrine in Minneapolis, MN and the El Zaribah Shrine in Phoenix, AZ where his son Barry also belongs. At the request of Clell and his family, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children and mailed to El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. Interment will be at the Ocheyedan Cemetery, Ocheyedan, IA.

Robinson, Irene M.

Irene M. Robinson, 100 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on November 3, 2011. There will be a visitation for Mrs. Robinson Monday November 7, 2011 between 5-7:00 pm with a Rosary at 6:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral mass will be at 10:00 am Tuesday November 8, 2011 at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa, AZ.

Burd, Jason Patrick

Jason Patrick Burd, 40, of Mesa passed away Sunday October 30, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his daughter Megan Berkheimer, his mother Connie Burd, sister Mary Ruppert, brother Robert Burd, grandparents Joe Johnson and Mary Burd and one grandchild Damen Berkheimer. A Memorial Service will be held 7:00 pm Monday, November 7th, 2011 at Mesa Church of Christ 1223 E. Dana Avenue, Mesa AZ 85204.

Freisinger, Michael

Michael Freisinger was born August 18, 1919 in the German Community of Glogowatz, Roumania. On October 27, 2011 he passed away peacefully in Mesa, Arizona.  In December, 1923 at the age of four with his Father Anton and Mother Rose Freisinger they arrived in New York at Ellis Island, then proceeded to Chicago, Illinois. Michael grew up in Chicago and joined the U.S. Army in 1941. In June 12, 1943 he married his sweetheart, Winifred Langer shortly before he shipped out to Europe and World War II. After the war in 1946 he was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky where daughter Noreen Lynn was born. In 1949 while stationed at Fort Ord, California, Michael Alan was born in Salinas, CA. From 1952-54 Michael participated in the Korean War. In 1956-1959 the family lived near Kaiserslauten, Germany, then moved to Lombard. Illinois in 1959. After 20 years service in the US Army, Michael retired from the US Army yet remained in the US Army Reserve until 1980 while working for Sara Lee, Motorola and other companies before retiring. Residing in Florida and Illinois over the years he and his beloved wife, Winfred moved to Mesa Arizona in the early 1980s. They were married for 68 years. He is survived by his wife Winifred, daughter Noreen, and son Michael Alan. He was a loving husband and father.

Porcupile, Marion Elmer

Marion Elmer Porcupile (also known as “Porky” to friends or “Dink” to family because he was the youngest) died on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at dawn at the age of 86 at his residence in Gold Canyon Ranch, Arizona.  He died of natural causes.  He was born January 12, 1925 in Meeker, Oklahoma to Bonnie Marie and James Henry Porcupile.  He attended Seminole High School but did not graduate, choosing instead to join the U.S. Navy at the age of 17.  He served as a Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd class for 3 years in the 2nd Marine Division.  He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action at Guadalcanal and was entitled to wear the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with Star for the assault on Tarawa.  He also participated in the Saipan invasion and held the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.  The citation for the Silver Star read:  “Marion Elmer Porcupile, (351-03-29), Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class, United States Navy, for gallantry in action on January 23, 1943, at Guadalcanal.  During action when enemy artillery was shelling the bivouac area of a company of Marines, Pharmacist’s Mate Porcupile displayed exceptional courage and unselfish heroism.  When cries from several men hit by shell fragments were heard he left his fox hole in the face of intense artillery fire, and rendered first aid to the wounded men.”  He was married to Kathryn Elizabeth Simmons on November 26, 1948.  After the war he resided in San Diego, California with his wife and raised his 3 daughters, Susan Helen Pennington, Denise Marie Lasky, and Nancy Elizabeth Sullivan.  He was a devoted father and husband.  He was a founding member and president of the Alco Fence Corporation in San Diego, California.  Major fencing projects were completed at the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, and Sea World.  He was a life-long member of Local 89 of the Laborers’ International Union of North America.  He was on the board of the San Diego Home of Guiding Hands and the San Diego Zoo.  After retirement, he and his wife moved to Gold Canyon Ranch in Arizona near the Superstition Mountains which were his favorite.  They also owned a home in the White Mountains of Arizona where they spent their summers.  He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his buddies across the entire country, going annually to Sturgis, South Dakota.  He restored Ford T-Birds and Lincoln Continentals which are all being passed on to his daughters and granddaughters. He was active in the MountainBrook Village community serving on the first homeowner’s board, and the architecture and safety committees.  He was also active in the community luminary committee and was frequently found in the kitchen cooking up breakfast for the community fund-raising events.  He was one of original members of the “Round table”.  He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Elizabeth Porcupile (Gold Canyon, Arizona) and their 3 children: Susan Helen Pennington, husband Ronald, and daughter Maya (Arlington, Virginia), Denise Marie Lasky, husband Ben, daughters Kristen, Sierra and Katherine (Mount Pleasant, SC), and Nancy Elizabeth Sullivan (El Cajon, California); his stepson James Jolly and wife Susan (Cortez, Colorado), several grandchildren (Griffin, Grayson, Lexis, Madison and Ethan, three grand-son-in-laws, Mike Jung (Mount Pleasant, SC), Dave Williams (Daniel Island, SC), and Thomas Legois (Arlington, VA), nephew Daniel Porcupile (San Diego, California) and his cousin Doyle Stearman and his wife Joan (Shawnee, Oklahoma).  He loved his buddies of the Round Table and all his friends in MountainBrook Village.  He considered Fred and Ernie his brothers.  He held a special place in his heart for “Ferby” and his master, Tom, who visited him right up to the end of his life.  His neighbor, Louis, was of great help to him and the family. His death was preceded by those of his siblings: Louise Travers (died 1981, Shawnee, OK), Clifford Porcupile (died 1993, Galena, TX), Gardner Porcupile (died 1977, San Diego, CA), and Clifton Porcupile (died 2004, Chula Vista, CA). A memorial service is planned for the Sunset room in MountainBrook Village on MountainBrook Drive in Gold Canyon Ranch, at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2011.  His final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a future date.  The family can be contacted for more information on when the service will be scheduled.  Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley to whom the family is indebted for their loving care and concern.  In the words of his son-in-law, “Porky walked through life with a quiet footprint.  On the surface, he was a simple man.  But like so many others, beneath his simplicity, there was greatness.”

Wallace, William M.

William M. Wallace, 82 of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday October 12, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Wallace, a real estate appraiser, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Rita, sons Keith and Clark, sister Lois Gregorson, brothers Samuel and Don, grandchildren: Kelcie Wallace, Christopher and Kevin Keeler, and Nathan Blade and great-grandchildren Andrew, Austin and Claire. Services will be at 10:30 am Saturday October 29, 2011 at Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215.

Bobbitt, Connie L.

“Connie” L. Bobbitt, 88 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on October 21, 2011. Constance Louella Bobbitt, born 1923, Racine, Ohio, died 2011 Mesa, Arizona. “Connie” as she liked to be called had a middle name after two of her favorite aunts: Aunt Lou and Aunt Ella. Married to George “Bill” Bobbitt, deceased with two surviving children Richard Bobbitt and Sheila (John Herman), two grandchildren Charles Herman and Andrew Herman with one great grandchild, Madison. She was the oldest of eight children born to Lawrence (LT-a twin) and Belinda Norris, Brothers were Lawrence Jr. deceased-(Carlene); Wilford “Willie” deceased (Nelt); Clarence “Bob”- deceased (Elaine); Alfred-deceased and Harold-living (Dee). Her sisters Donna-living (“Mac” MacWorter); Evelyn-living (Tom Shea); Janelle “Linda” (Jerry Kehr). There are numerous grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Connie grew up in a minister’s family with all of the church activities and responsibilities that were required at the time plus the mothering with her closest sister Donna, of all the other siblings. In her later life she had many interests: Charity work for the York, PA Hospital Auxiliary, dancing, bowling. painting, needlework, and playing cards. She was also good at gardening and loved to have lots of plants. She and Bill retired to Mesa, AZ with former coworkers and buddies where they enjoyed being away from the harsh Indiana winters. They had many productive years until heart problems overtook Bill and Dementia and Alzheimer’s overtook Connie. Connie came to live in an excellent nursing home here and they became part of her family too. She will be much missed in passing. Please send any donations in her behalf to the Alzheimer’s Association. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday October 25, 2011 with visitation starting at 10:00 AM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850

Pruden, Katherine L.

Katherine L. Pruden, 84 of Mesa Arizona, passed away on October 21, 2011. Visitation 2-4 PM Monday October 24, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ. Funeral Mass Tuesday October 25, 2011 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church 1730 W. Guadalupe Rd. Mesa, AZ 85202

Krahl, Louise Hope

Louise Hope Krahl, 86 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on October 18, 2011. There will be a visitation for Louise at 12:00 pm Friday October 21, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, followed by the graveside service at 1:00 pm.

Riess, Helen Nadine

Helen Nadine Riess, 77 of Mesa, AZ passed away October 17, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Riess, a homemaker was born in Johnson County, AR. Survivors include her daughters Kathy, Karen, and Rebecca, step-daughter Cheryl, sons Kenneth, Keith and Brent, step-son Steve, 2 brothers, 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Barnby, Dorothy Rose

Dorothy Rose Barnby, 80, passed away in Chandler, AZ on Oct. 17, 2011. Dorothy was born in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. Dorothy and her husband John moved to Arizona in 1955 and in 1959 purchased a home in Kearny, AZ where they raised their 11 children. Dorothy worked as an office manager at the Copper Basin News for 20 years. Dorothy and John moved to Mesa, AZ in 1992 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, John, and is survived by 10 children and one deceased: Mary Maloof (Michael), Linda Hubbard (Jimmy), Beverly Winkel (Robert), John Barnby Jr., (Sandy), Donna Lease (Tom), Kathy Fief (Don), David Barnby (Sharalyn), Jeanne Esquivel (Chuck), Debi Newcomb (John), Sharon Wall (Bill), and Carol Stedman (Gil), 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Dorothy is remembered as a devoted mother; grandmother and friend who loved to cook and share a good joke. Friends and family are welcome to attend services at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 East Main Street in Mesa, AZ. The viewing will be held at 1pm and services will begin at 2pm Friday October 21, 2011. Thank you Mom/Grandma for always making us smile. As mom would say as family left from a visit “see you in the funny papers.” We Love You! The family requests that any donations please be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of AZ.

Mills, Danny Nevada

Danny N. Mills, 75, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away October 16, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Mills, a veteran of the US Army, was born in North Baltimore, OH in 1936. Danny worked at Cooper Tire in Findlay, OH for 30 years and served as a North Baltimore School Bus Driver for 4 years. He was an honorary member of the AJ Mounted Rangers. He is survived by his wife Wanda Mills, children Michael S. Mills of Apache Junction, AZ, Luwanna Petersen of San Tan Valley, AZ, Mary Terry of Findlay, OH and Danny Paul Mills of Findlay, OH; his siblings: Chester Mills of MA, Larry Mills of Findlay, OH, and Sean Mills, Dixie Parsons, Rosemary Daniels and Shelia Stemen all of North Baltimore, OH, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Richard Dale Mills, sister Betty Carles of North Baltimore, OH, brother Dale Mills of Port St. Lucie, FL and brother Robert Mills of North Baltimore, OH. Services were held Wednesday October 19, 2011 at Mountain View Cemetery, Mesa, AZ.

Benyshek, Douglas Lee

Douglas Lee Benyshek, 81, from Mesa, Arizona  was taken by the Lord on October 7, 2011 and is back  together again with his beloved wife, Mary (deceased Dec. 20, 2003) in heaven. Doug was a long time member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ, where he had served the Lord as a deacon, a trustee, an usher and an all-around handyman from 1992 to 2006 when he suffered a disabling stroke that rendered him paralyzed on the left side. Doug was born and raised in Belleville, Kansas and was the son of Wesley and Mary (Kasha) Benyshek. Doug was a long time employee of Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA, and then for Motorola in Arizona. Doug had a total of 7 children. He had 3 children from a previous marriage with Marcella Vorheis, including Greg Benyshek, of CA,  Bruce Benyshek, of MN  (deceased Dec. 16, 2005), and Curtis  Benyshek of Mesa, AZ. Doug then was joined in marriage Mary (Koehn) Hessenius on June 15, 1973 in Cedar Rapids, IA, she had 3 children from a previous marriage, Phillip Hessenius of Phoenix, AZ, Jeffery Hessenius of Mesa, AZ., Carol (Hessenius )Miller of Amarillo, TX. Doug and Mary’s daughter Sarah Benyshek resides in Missouri. Doug had a total of 6 grandchildren, Tyler, Jackie, Janae, Jordan, Joseph, Nicholas, and Katie. Doug is survived by his sisters Marcella (Cletus) Klein of Oxford, IA and Joann (Jim, deceased) Brown of North English, IA, and a brother Victor of Clarence, IA,  along with many nieces and nephews.  Services will be held at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9601 E. Brown Rd Mesa Az. Wed. Oct. 12, 2001 at 11:00 am. A visitation will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Tues. Oct. 11, 2001 from 6-8 pm (480-832-2850).

Dickson, Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee Dickson, 84, was born Oct 13, 1926 in Layton, Utah and called home on Oct 8, 2011 from Mesa, Arizona. Joe is the son of Rufus and Catherine Lee Dickson of Layton, Utah. Joe served in the Navy in WWII and the Army during the Korean War, graduated from Utah State Ag College in Logan, Utah. Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Johnnie, sons David (Kathi) of Gilbert, Kent (Cindy) of Mesa, Robert (Sherry) of Phoenix and daughters Susan Calvaresi (Steve) of Maricopa, Joelyn Frawley (Mike) of Tempe, and Kristal Caldwell (Brian) of El Paso, brother Flint Dickson (Ruth) of Salt Lake City, sister Barbara Jones (Reid) of Salt City, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Joe was a great example of kindness and generosity to all he knew. He had an unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ and enjoyed serving in whatever capacity he called to, we will miss him here but know that we will meet again as an eternal family. Memorial services will be held Thursday October 13 at the LDS Chapel located at 1500 E 6th Ave, Mesa, AZ at 10:00 am, the interment will follow at 12:00 pm at the Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 E Main St, Mesa.

Jacobson, Dennis C.

Dennis C. Jacobson, 74, of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday October 9, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Jacobson was born in McVille, ND. Survivors include his wife Barbara Jacobson, daughter Denise Milbrandt, sons Perry Jacobson and David Jacobson, sister Doreen Halvorson, brother Gary Jacobson, grandchildren: Jeremey Milbrandt, Jacob Milbrandt, Britney Ronning, Allison Milbrandt, AJ Jacobson and Sarah Jacobson, and great-grandchild Audrey Ronning. Services were held October 11, 2011 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 612 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to Banner Hospice, 7231 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208.

Patania, Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph Patania, 58, of Mesa, AZ passed away on October 5, 2011 at home with his Mother, Sister and Nephew at his bedside. He had a sense of humor and a good loving heart. Will be cremated and remains will return to Alexandria, Virgina his beloved state, to be with the rest of his loving family.

Coury, Olivia Mary

Olivia Mary Coury, 63 of Chandler, AZ passed away Monday October 3, 2011 in Chandler, AZ. Ms. Coury was born in Florence, AZ. She is survived by her daughters Dolores Smith and Janice Phillips, and grandson Justin Kalinowski. She was a loving and caring daughter, mother, and grandmother and will be dearly missed. The visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday October 6, 2011, the funeral service will be Friday October 7, 2011 at 12:00pm and will be officiated by Rev. Dale Fushek; all services at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Johnson, Gail Loree

Gail Loree Johnson, 65 of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday October 3, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Johnson was born in Greely, CO. Survivors include her husband Walter M. Johnson, step-daughters Shannon Larson and Tonya Brady, nephew Harry Elrod, sister Cheryl Elrod, great-nephew Chad Calicoat, great-nieces Jamie Elrod and Ratanya Weil. There will be a visitation Tuesday October 11, 2011 from 6-8:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral service will be Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 10:00am, also at Mountain View.

Reinhart, Shirley

Shirley M. Reinhart, 60, passed away suddenly on September 24, 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. Born in San Diego, CA, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Shirley is survived by her husband of 35 years, Dan; daughter and son-in-law Pam and John Kirkland; sons Randy and Traver; and grandchildren Ashleigh, Tyler, and Katie Kirkland. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 1 at 2pm at Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E. Virginia St., in Mesa.

Bennett, David

David William Bennett (68) passed away on September 25, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr Bennett, an Engineer, was born in Waverly, Iowa. He is survived by his wife Vicki, step brother James Fitzjarrell, half brother Dennis Fitzjarrell. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 6:00 pm Thursday, September 29th at SVE Mesa Verde Complex Oakwood Room 2615 S. Farnsworth Dr. Mesa, AZ 85209. Memorials to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St. Pheonix, AZ 85014.

Miller, Vivian Arlene

Vivian Arlene Miller was born in Sharon, PA on September 10, 1929 to William C. Miller and Nellie Hawley Miller Rodgers. She departed this life on September 24, 2011 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, AZ. She graduated from Elwood City, PA High School and worked for many years in the insurance industry in Sharon, PA and Mesa, AZ. She moved to Mesa, in 1977, where she made her home for the last 34 years. She was a member of the East University Church of God in Mesa, AZ. She held many offices over the years to name a few: church secretary, President of the WCG (Women of the Church of God), pulpit committee, etc. Her favorite service was singing in the choir, praise team and solos. She loved her Lord and her church. She served on the state level of the WCG. She was a teacher’s assistant at Kerr Elementary School for the second grade in Mesa, AZ. She also worked for the United Blood Services of AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandmother, Mollie Hassel and two brothers: William L. Miller of Kalamazoo, MI and Donald J. Miller of Lake Placid, FL and her dear friend Marie Sutley. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Doris Miller of Lake Placid, FL, 2 nieces, Cynthia Miller O’Brien of Lake Placid, FL and Jennifer Miller Morgenstern of Roseville, CA; 1 nephew, Bryan James Miller of Transfer, PA, and several great nieces and nephews. Also she shared a home with Caroline and Catherine Rexford. The visitation will be at 9:00 am Thursday September 29, 2011, followed by the funeral service, officiated by Rev. Virgil Brainard, at 10:00 am both services are at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Briggs, Amanda

Amanda Rochelle Briggs, 30 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on September 14, 2011. The Memorial Service for Amanda will be at 1:00 pm Saturday September 17, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Brandvold, Arthur L.

Arthur L. Brandvold passed away to be with the Lord on September 18, 2011. Born in Souris, ND, November 26, 1923 to Peter and Astrid Brandvold, he was the youngest of ten children. After graduating from Souris High School, he attended Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, graduating with a major in music. He received his master’s degree from University of Southern California. He taught band and chorus in Scobey, MT. He moved to Billings, MT, in 1959, taught Choral music, and became director of music education. He retired in 1979. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No.49, Scottish Rite, Al Bedoo Shrine, and Kiwanis in Billings, MT. He will be missed by his wife Signe, nine stepchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held November 15, 2011 at 11:00 am at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery. Family requests memorials to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ or Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.

Wagner, George Aaron Jr.

On September 13, 2011 George A. Wagner, 90 of Mesa, AZ went home to be with the Lord. George served his country during WWII in the United States Marine Corps with courage and valor at Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and other battles during his two tours of duty in the South Pacific.  He was a loyal employee of General Motors Corporation for 32 years.  He was preceded in death by his adored wife Emma Jane.  He is survived by his sister, Betty Lou (Jacob) of Youngstown, OH and his beloved children Thomas Dean (Jean Marie), Patricia Ann, Beverly Jane, Pamela Jean (James), Betty Lou and Tammy Jean (James). His grandchildren:  Robert, Jennifer, Thomas II, Christopher, Jeffrey, Amanda and Timothy.  Great-grandchildren: Emily, Carter, Alec, Emily, Jenna, Thomas, Tessa, Ella, Gavin and Ava Jane.  George was a much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His loss will be felt by his grieving family until we meet again in Heaven.  In lieu of flowers please send contributions to: ACT Today for Military Families Autism Care and Treatment. Graveside service for Mr. Wagner will be at 11:00 am Saturday September 17, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ.

Zuder, Warren S. Sr.

Warren S. Zuder Sr., 86, loving husband of 47 years to Yvonne Zuder of Mesa, passed away August 29, 2011. He was born in Linn, MA to the late William and Golda Zuder. Warren served in the Navy during WWII as a boilermaker and continued as a boilermaker off and on until he retired in 1992. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Zuder of Mesa; daughters, Janine Ballard of Phoenix, Michele Delph of Cherry Valley, CA, son Warren Zuder Jr. of Mesa, 8 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Warren will be in the hearts of his family and friends. Visitation is at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on September 6, 2011 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Abbey, Adelaide Addie

Adelaide Addie Abbey, 89 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Thursday September 1, 2011. Mrs. Abbey was born in Newell, South Dakota. She is survived by her husband George Abbey. Private services to be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Comprehensive Hospice, 16515 S. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85048.

Bojczenko, Edith

Edith Bojczenko, 86 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Sunday September 11, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Bojczenko was born in Talin, Estonia. Survivors include her daughters Tammy Bryan, Ina (Richard) Pusch and Rena (Kermit Payne) Dagen, grandchildren: Steve (Erica) Bryan, Kristy (Jeff) Blankenship, Amy Shipp, and David (Michele) Pusch; great-grandchildren: Justin, Lindsey, Chelsey, Shauncey, Chelsie, Rylee, Jacoby; and great-great grandchildren Kaden and Evelynn. There will be a funeral service Thursday September 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Hildebrandt, Robert Allen

Robert Allen Hildebrandt (77) passed away September 11, 2011 in Queen Creek, AZ. Born in Fresno, CA to parents Leopold and Alice Hildebrandt, he moved to Queen Creek, AZ in 1947. He worked for Magma Engineering as a machinist. He later opened his own Machine/Auto repair shop. Bob loved to serve his community and actively participated in town activities, including selling Real Estate in the town he loved. Bob also served as first Queen Creek Fire Chief, and proudly served his country during the Korean War. Bob was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He had so many friends who he loved and appreciated in his lifetime. His last wish was for all to remember him fondly and to smile when you think about him. Preceded in death by his parents Leopold Hildebrandt and Alice Lee, sister Bernice Webb, he is survived by his wife Joyce Dickerson Hildebrandt, daughter Vickie Stithem (Jeff), step-daughters Lorna Nevitt (Jono), Shelly Crewse (Patrick), sons Robert Jr. (Joanne), Lynn Eric (Suzy), step-sons Gerald Walker (Cheri), Fred Walker (Tina), and sisters Alice Lee, Carolyn Moore, Joann Adams, Shirley Michaels, Marilyn McCormick, brothers Lee Hildebrandt (Betty), Eugene Lee (Grace), 34 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Services will be held 10:00 am Thursday, September 15th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 19730 E. Ocotillo Rd. (Hawes Rd. and Ocotillo Rd.) Queen Creek, AZ 85142.

Klemp, Robert Lyle

Robert Lyle Klemp 54 of Mesa, AZ passed away on September 3, 2011 after a long illness. Robert graduated from Fox Valley Technical College with a degree in Food and Restaurant Management. He was a former manager for the Quilted Bear Restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ and ‘The Other Place’ in Mesa, AZ. Robert enjoyed the many years he worked for Dale Anderson and spoke often of the many friends, and the people he had met at ‘The Bear.’ The past few years Robert was employed at Walmart in Mesa, AZ. Robert was born in Waukesha, WI and moved to Arizona in 1980. He is preceded in death by his father, Lyle, and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Robert is survived by his mother Estelle Klemp, Mesa, AZ; sisters, Mary (Rick) King, Glendale, AZ, and Zona (Joel) Lemanski, Marathon, WI, and nieces and nephews, Tracy King, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Jonathan, Michael, and Sarah Lemanski, Marathon, WI. Robert loved classical music, singing and the simple pleasures of family and friends. He was our ‘go-to’ guy for all questions about food, cooking, and restaurants. A great time for Robert was a good meal and the company of his family or friends. The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation for everyone who cared for Robert: Dr. Bliss, Drs. Moran, Atella, Qureshi, Dr. Walker, Kami Carlson, NP and all of the nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Institute, Neuro ICU (4B/C), 5BNI and 6BNI. Also, to Dr. Sapp, and the nurses and aides at Hospice of the Valley-Arbor House who supported all of us at the end of Robert’s journey. A special thanks to Pastor Myron Nysether and Robert’s best friends, Doug and Brian whose help and support has been invaluable. A memorial service will be held on September 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Mountain View Mortuary, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ (480) 832-2850

Cox, Donald S

Donald Shelleday Cox, 92 passed away September 2, 201 in Mesa, AZ. Born in Vallejo, CA. Mr. Cox served as a Christian Minister in WA, OR, IN and AZ. He is survived by his wife Arlene (Coffland) Cox, 5 children Brenda, Alan (Linda), Nancy (Frank), Anita (Bill), David (Laura), 3 step-children Calvin (Allora), Monte, Debbie (Bill), 13 grandchildren, and 7 great children. He is preceded in death by his previous wife Norma in 2001. Services will be held at 3 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Central Christian Church 933 N. Lindsay Rd. Mesa. officiated by E. Leroy Lawson. Donations can be made to Norma P. Cox Endowment Fund, Harvest Heralds, Inc. P.O. Box 1147 Beaverton, OR 97075-1147. Thank you to Grace Hospice for their compassionate care.

COOK , CAROL LYNN

Carol Lynn Cook, 64 passed away on August 21, 2011, San Tan Valley, AZ. Mrs. Cook, an RN was born in Pomona, CA. She is survived by her huband Frank Cook, daughter Crystal Dawn (Scott) Pickering, son Dale Cook, sister Darla Koranda, brothers Howard Springer, Jerry Springer and Robert Springer, and a grandson Justin Pickering. A memorial service will be held 3:00 pm Monday, Ayugust 29th, Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main Street Mesa, AZ   480- 832-2850

Bessette, Lois Joan McIntyre

Lois Joan McIntyre Bessette, 84, passed away August 18, 2011 in Chandler, AZ, free at last of the pain and confinements of her recent years.  She was preceded in death by her mother Helen Hagy, first husband and father of her children Robert McIntyre, and just 2 weeks previous, eldest daughter Nancy Ann.  Lois was born February 13, 1927 in Wilkes Barre, PA.  An only child, she desired a large family and started young, marrying right out of high school and eventually having 9 children!  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and the emotional center of the family until the end.  She had a sparkling personality that drew all towards her.   A working mom, an exceptional seamstress, a fantastic letter writer, a lover of Oprah, a loving, caring woman of much laughter—this is how she will be remembered.  Lois is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Michael D. Bessette of Chandler, AZ; daughters Susan and MaryAnne, son Kent of New London, CT; daughter Peg McKleroy and husband Chris of Los Altos, CA; daughter Christine Kerr and husband John of Oakland, CA; daughter Phyllis Graham and husband Chester of Fairview, TX; son Mark of Cooperstown, NY; son Andrew and wife Stacy of Tuscon, AZ; grandchildren Elizabeth, Christopher, David, Chris Jr. and Kevin; numerous treasured in-laws and nephews, nieces.   Lois and Mike’s extended family and friends in AZ are invited to call on Monday, August 22 at 5:30 – 7:00PM for visitation followed by a service at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207 (telephone 480 832 2850).  Visit www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com for directions, to sign the family’s online register, or to send  a condolence.   Additionally, funeral services will be held at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons, 12 Ocean Ave. in New London, CT on Monday, August 29 at 11:00 AM.  A private burial will take place at the Gurley Cemetery in Storrs, CT.  Calling hours will be held in CT on Sunday, August 28 from 5:30 – 7:30PM at the funeral home.  Please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com for directions, to sign the family’s online register or to send a condolence.

 

 

Kirkendall, Harold Wayne

 Harold Wayne Kirkendall 94 passed away on August 16, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11:00 am Saturday, September 10th at Brown Road Baptist Church 6502 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205. Mountain View Funeral Home handled the arrangments (480) 832-2850

Jansen, Jean E.

Jean E. Jansen, 82, of Mesa, AZ passed away Friday August 5, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Jansen, a homemaker, was born in Pittsburg, PA. She is survived by her husband Louis Arthur Jansen, daughters Jean Ann Wallace and Laura Jean Irwin, sons Roy Louis Jansen and Kurt Louis Jansen, and sister Wilma Koenig. She was preceded in death by her son Karl Louis Jansen. Services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday August 13, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the AZ Humane Society, 9226 N 13th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 or the charity of your choice.

Thompson, Jamie Darinne

Jamie Darinne Thompson 44, of Florence, AZ passed away July 31, 2011 in Mesa, AZ.  She was born in Missoula, MT.  Jamie was a devoted wife and mother.  She is survived by husband Alfred Jr., son Alfred III, and daughter Rochelle.  She is also survived by father William Riggs, step-mother Marilyn and step-brother Kyle. 

A memorial will be held for Jamie at 1st United Methodist Church, 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85233 on Saturday August 6, 2011 @ 4pm.

In lieu of flowers any donations may be sent to Alfred Thompson at 6653 E. Haven Ave, Florence, AZ 85132 to help offset medical expenses. 

Powers, Ina Mae

Ina Mae Powers went to be with her Lord Monday, August 1, 2011 in Granbury, TX, She was 88. Ina was born on January 20, 1923 to Helen Henson Logan and William Jack Logan in Laurel, MS. Her husband, Ross C. Powers preceded her in death in 2005. She is survived by two children, Robert L. Powers and wife Nita of Weatherford, TX, Phyllis A. Snowden and husband Robert of Mesa, AZ. Three grand children, Richard Bartsch, Lance Powers and Shelley Vandemark, four great grand children, Kiersty Bartsch, Bryn and Kaleb Vandemark and Ross Powers and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Sunday August 7, 2011 from 5-7 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207. Funeral services will be Monday August 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel,

Kowalski, Jean

A women that lived by the verse: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”, Philippians 4:13. She passed away peaceful on July 30th. Her life did not start as peaceful as she passed: born on January 1, 1935, 2 months premature without certain muscles finished forming in her legs and other parts of her body. She and through the power of her family and God fought against her handicaps, including having Polio at an early age. The Doctors said she would never walk. Not only did she learn to walk (which the Mayo clinic still doesn’t understand how) She got her music degree, sang as a soloist in Chicago and taught music. She met the love of her life at Sioux Falls College who died 7 years ago: Leonard V. Kowalski. So at this moment of sorrow we also rejoice as she has joined him in heaven, where she is now happy. She was an extraordinary woman with kindness and grace. She overcame, breast cancer, broken bones, CHF, diabetes and so many other things and was unable to walk for over the last 15 years confined to an electric wheelchair, but still lived alone after the death of her dear Leonard and always believed the she could do all things possible through Christ. She will be sorely missed by her only daughter: Jane Kowalski. Jean was a fantastic educator, working in and teaching music and later 1st Grade in the Tempe School District. She was a woman with courage, determination, hope and love. I hope we can pass on some of her courage to others as she remains in our hearts forever. Visitation: Friday, August 5th from 6 to 8pm at: Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 East Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85207 (Tel) 480-832-2850. Funeral Service at 11am at First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, Arizona. Visitation at the church is from 10 to 11 am. Interment following the service at Mountain View Cemetery “Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight? When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. (Helen Keller)

Andrews, Dorothy Marie

Dorothy Marie (Folsom) Andrews, 89 passed away peacefully on July 23, 2011 of natural causes.  She was born to William Stewart Folsom and Hallie Ruth (Moore) Folsom, December 27, 1921 in Massena, Cass County, Iowa.  She attended rural schools through 8th grade and graduated from high school in Massena, Iowa where she met and married Howard Wayne Andrews on May 12, 1940.  In 1943 H. Wayne Andrews enlisted in the Army Infantry and served until 1945 in Europe.  While her husband was at war, Dorothy and her infant son Richard lived with her parents and her brother Oakie Folsom, whose wife passed away suddenly and left him with a 3-year old son.  When Oakie decided to move to Norfolk, Virginia Dorothy went with him to help out with his small child William Folsom, until Wayne returned from the Army.  After her husband returned they settled in Atlantic, Iowa where another son, Jeffrey Lynn and a daughter, Nancy Marie were born.  Dorothy was a homemaker and active in the P.T.A., Red Cross Blood Mobile Chairperson for 3 years, Chairperson of the 5-County area Crippled Clinic of Iowa University for 4 years and assisted as a volunteer at the Atlantic Hospital.  She was Secretary/Treasurer of Andrews Roofing and Sheet Metal Company.  She is a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a past Worthy Matron as well as Assistant Mother Advisor of Rainbow Girls.  She enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing.  Wayne and Dorothy wintered in Arizona for many years and eventually relocated to Arizona full time living in Fountain of the Sun (FOS) since 1984 and until 2007 when she moved to the nearby Fellowship Square Retirement Community living independently until her passing.  Dorothy Andrews is survived by her  Sons: Richard Wayne Andrews, Exira, IA; Jeffrey Lynn Andrews and his wife Blanca Margarita Moraga de Madrid, Peoria, AZ and Daughter: Nancy Marie Alfrey and her husband Tom Alfrey, Aurora, CO;  Grandchildren: Tami Marie Andrews, Phoenix, AZ and Gina Lee Andrews, Commerce, GA, Valeria Rose Andrews, Kacie Lizette Andrews, Kaylee Lynette Andrews, Peoria, AZ;  Great Grandchildren: Brittany Andrews of Commerce, GA; Kyle Boyer, Jocelyn Boyer and Audrey Boyer of Commerce, GA; Courtney Andrews of Phoenix, AZ;  Dorothy is preceded in death by her devoted husband Howard Wayne Andrews, her wonderful parents William “Bill” and Hallie Folsom, her 3 sisters Kitty Buboltz of Omaha, NE; Ada Kelley of Harlan, IA; Ruth Peden of Minneapolis, MN and her brother Oakie J. Folsom of Norfolk, VA; Daughter-in-law Mary Lee Jacobson Andrews and Grand Son Michael Todd Andrews.  A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held Friday August 05, 2011, 10 AM at Fellowship Square Community; 6945 E. Main, Mesa, Arizona 85207.  The family is planning interment for both Dorothy and Wayne in the Atlantic Iowa Cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Church of the Master; 6659 East University Drive; Mesa, Arizona 85205.  

Vollmar, Nancy Boneda

Nancy Boneda Vollmar passed away in Gilbert, AZ on July 26, 2011. Boneda was born December 3, 1916 to William and Mary (Miller) Rinehart. She married Ralph William Vollmar in 1938. They moved to Arizona in 1951. They had four children, Mark Vollmar, Jill (Vollmar) Wingfield, Lynn (Vollmar) Smith, and Da-Lee (Vollmar) Valenzuela. Boneda was predeceased by her husband Ralph and a grandson Bryan Wayne Mabee, Lynn’s son, a sister Beatrice Adams, and brothers Wendall Rinehart and Charles Pollock. Boneda had six grandchildren: Kevi Beasley, Darin Wingfield, Eric Vollmar, Melissa Valenzuela, Bryan Mabee and Lisa Jill Morris. She had 10 great-grandchildren: Taylor Rhoads-Morris, Cory Beasley, Travis Mabee, Garrett Settle, Hailey Settle, Kylie Wingfield, Chandler Wingfield, Serahrah, Sabryna, and Samantha Vollmar and two great-great-grandchildren Lucia and Emma Beasley. Our mother and grandmother will be unbelievably missed, but will live forever in our hearts.

Browning, Mary Jane

Mary Jane Browning passed away on July 25, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Visitation is scheduled for 5:00 pm Thursday, July 27th with Rosary Service at 6:00 pm Mountain View Funeral Chapel 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa (480) 832-2850 A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, July 28th All Saints Catholic Church 1534 N. Recker Road, Mesa 85205

Higgins, Rex Carr

Rex Carr Higgins 71 passed away on July 21, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Higgins, a Major in the United States Air Force, retired in February 1981 after 21 years of service as a Navigator, Weapons Controller, Air Operations Officer with numerous awards and medals. He is survived by his loving wife Ellie of 31 years, sister in law Linda (James) Vinson and brother in law Ralph (Ouida) Whitehead.

Evans, Dorothy W.

Dorothy W. Evans, 97 of Chandler, AZ, passed away on June 25, 2011. The Memorial Service will be at 2:30 pm Wed. June 29, 2011 at Park Regency Building No. 4, 2555 N. Price Rd., Chandler, AZ 85224. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Illies, Stephen John Jr.

Stephen John Illies, Jr., 24 of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away on July 10, 2011. There will be a visitation between 5:00-8:00 pm Monday July 18, 2011; the funeral sevice will follow at 3:00 pm Tuesday July 19, both services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Long, Erma Larue

Erma Larue Long, 81 of Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away on July 4, 2011. Our angel that we loved is survived by her daughter Nancy Carr, sons Rodney and Richard Fletcher, granddaughters Katie Carr, Allison Fletcher and Marie Louise Fletcher, and grandson Alex Fletcher. She was retired from Motorola after 24 years of service. Services to be held at a later date.

Guerra, Guillermo Edward Jr.

Guillermo Edward Guerra Jr., 56, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Monday June 27, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. Mr. Guerra, an agent for the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, was born in Ray, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Lucinda Guerra, sons Guillermo III, Ricardo and Alberto, sisters Emily Guerra and Grace Quintero and grandchildren Aiden and Kadence. A visitation and rosary will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ July 4th from 5-8:00 pm with rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N Recker Rd. Mesa, Arizona 85205 on Tuesday July 5th at 10:30 am.

Berger, Ressa K.

Ressa K. Berger, 67 of Mesa, AZ passed away Saturday July 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ. Mrs. Berger, a housewife was born in Durango, CO. She had been a resident of Blythe, CA for about twenty years. Ressa is survived by her mother Stella Sawyer, daughter Cynthia Jenkins, and grandchildren Trevor Jenkins, Dylan Jenkins and Riley Cook. She was preceded in death by her father Stanley Sawyer. The visitation will be 1:00 – 2:00 pm Wednesday July 13, 2011 followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207 (480-832-2850).

Compton, Thelma Marie Shellenberger

Thelma M. Shellenberger Compton, born May 19, 1927, peacefully transcended from this life on July 6, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by three of her six children, Mark A. Shellenberger of Globe, Stanley A. Shellenberger of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Karen Holley of Mesa, 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her children Bill, David and Dennis Shellenberger.  She had two great husbands, William F. Shellenberger and Gilbert O. Compton, both deceased.  She knew we have a divine nature and destiny. She followed God’s Plan of Salvation. She knew it is the surest way to find happiness and endure life’s challenges. She knew her life would not end when she passed, she knew her future life was determined by the way she lived her life here on Earth and that she would live again with God. She loved her family and her friends and was always there to lend a hand and give her love to all. She will be surely missed by all who knew her. There will be a graveside service for Thelma at 9:30 am Monday July 11, 2011 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207 (480-832-2850).

Shuler, Oscar L. “Bud”

Oscar L. ‘Bud’ Shuler, age 78, of Queen Creek passed away on July 1, 2011.  He was born in Grady County, OK on August 6, 1932.  An outstanding athlete, Bud was inducted into the Capitol Hill High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2008 for records set in the 1950’s in football, basketball and track.  A life-long student, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of  Omaha in 1965 and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arizona in 1971.  Before being drafted into the US Army he served on the Oklahoma City Police Force.  Bud’s military career spanned 24 years.  He graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School and completed the Airborne and Ranger courses.  His pilot training was completed at the US Army Aviation School.  In 1968 he graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College.  As an Army Aviator, he was certified in fixed wing and helicopters and flew hundreds of combat missions.  He served in Korea, Germany and two tours in Vietnam and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Bronze Stars and twenty Air Medals.  He was most grateful that, by the grace of God, he never lost a serviceman under his command.  Lieutenant Colonel Shuler retired from the US Army in 1977.  From 1980-90 he worked with ARAMCO’s Loss Prevention Department in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  The family has resided in Queen Creek the past 21 years.  A convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as a Bishop’s Counselor, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Counselor in the Elder’s Quorum and Ward Executive Secretary.  Colonel Shuler is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lucy (Fuller) Shuler; his son Daniel Lee of Mesa; daughters Deborah (Stephen) Blair and Paula Bergstrand, both of Edmond, OK.  His beloved grandchildren Nicole, Kimberly and Kyle Blair, Joanna Dunn-Killebrew, Sierra Dunn and Alisa Johnson will miss their “Papa Shuler.”  He is also survived by a sister, Clentis Eliff of Walters, OK.  He is loved by his three foster sons, Aaron Collins, Anthony Gates and Jeffery Noland, all 1996 QCHS graduates.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday July 9, 2011 at 10:30 am with Visitation beginning at 9:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ  85207.  Burial with Military Honors will immediately follow at the Mesa City Cemetery.

Alofs, Roy

Roy Alofs, 90, of Mesa, Az. Passed away June 23, 2011 in Mesa, Az. Mr. Alofs a truck line foreman was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Survivors include sons Roger (Diane), Ronald (Sandy), Randy (Cheryl), 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A visitation will be held Monday June 27 from 11am-12 pm at East Valley Free Will Baptist Church 2160 N. Power Rd. in Mesa. Services will follow at noon. Donation may be made to Hospice of the Valley 2110 N Flowers St. Phoenix, Az. 85014. Services handled by Mountain View Funeral Home.

Kudrikoff, Cathryn M.

Cathryn M. Kudrikoff, 92 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on June 21, 2011. There will be a visitation at 9:00 am followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207 (480-832-2850). Contributions may be made to Biblical Ministries Inc., C/C Dr. Richard Grubbs, PO Box 64582, Lubbock, TX 79464 (806-368-0293).

Contreras, Carmen

Carmen Corral Contreras, age 101, died surrounded by her family Monday, June 6, 2011, in Mesa, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband Salvador, their son Salvadorcito, and their daughter Eva Rivera. Carmen is survived by 8 children Isabel Roman (Gilbert), (Pete Rivera), Lupe Lira (John), Bertha Candelaria (Tom), George (Margie), Ronnie (Mabel), Art (Gloria), Rey (Susan), and Eddie (Helen) Contreras. Carmen had 24 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 17 great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Carmen was born on April 21, 1910, in Querobabi, Mexico. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1915 during the Mexican Revolution. Carmen became a naturalized citizen in 1965. Carmen was a woman of tremendous character, spiritual strength, and strong family values. Her wisdom was uttered in both English and beautiful Spanish, her storytelling ability, dichos, proverbs, and prayers will be remembered. All services will be held Monday, June 13, 2011, beginning at 9:30 A.M. at Queen Of Peace Catholic Church at 141 N. MacDonald, Mesa, AZ 85201. Viewing will be held from 9:30 – 11:00, rosary from 11:00 -11:30 followed by a funeral mass. Interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery at 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207. Donations may be made to Hospice Inspiris, 2025 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 in her name.

Dahlke, Bruce Anthony

Bruce Anthony Dahlke, 61 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Tuesday June 7, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Dahlke was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1950. No services were held.

 

 

 

 

Clouse, Grady Eugene

Grady Eugene Clouse 75 passed away June 12, 2011 in Apache Junction. A retired Goodyear Machinist (Akron,OH), he was born in Nashville, TN. Survivors include his wife Janice, sister Peggy Rich-Pitcock, daughters Marilyn (Jeff) Kitch and Anita (Al) Epling, sons Dennis (Jean) Clouse and Ed (LaVonne) Clouse, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled for 9 am followed by 10 am Funeral Service on Saturday, June 18th at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa (480) 832-2850. Memorials can be sent to Valley Baptist Church 555 South Mountain Rd. Mesa, AZ 85208.

Jones, Jean M.

Jean M. Jones 81 passed away on June 9, 2011 in Gilbert, Arizona. Preceded in death by by her husband Leo V. Jones Jr., daughter Kathleen (Tom) Lee, and son Patrick (Peggie) Jones. She is survived by her children Robert (Karen) Jones, Michael (Donna) Jones, Julie (Matt) Landspurg, Jeanine (Sal) Lucchese and 15 grandchildren. Visitation will be held 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday, June 14th at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa AZ 85207. Funeral Mass at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 15th at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church 2654 E. Williamsfield Rd. Gilbert 85295. Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix AZ 85014.

Bahr, Paul Edward

Paul Edward Bahr of Mesa, AZ passed away June 7, 2011. He was born Sept. 5, 1914 to William Bahr and Anna Wirtz Bahr at their farm home near Miller, SD. He was fourth in a family of five brothers (Ralph, Melvin, Glen, Wayne). He married Lillian Klink on Dec. 26, 1935. They farmed in the Orient and Rickham, SD areas until they moved to AZ in 1962 where he worked in maintenance at Arizona State University until retiring in 1979. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, woodworking, gardening, traveling and card games.  He and his wife of 57 years had 3 daughters, Pauline (Ralph) Backer, Arline (John) Byers, Janice (Vic) Bunning, along with 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 4 great great granddaughters. He is also survived by one brother, Wayne (Evelyn) Bahr, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his wife Lillian in 1992, three brothers, a son-in-law (Ralph), and two grandchildren. Paul was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mesa. Visitation will be held at 12:00 on Sunday June 12, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa with services following at 1:00 with Pastor Nate Snider officiating.

Graff, Thomas Jr. “Buddy”

 Thomas Graff Jr. (Buddy)  74 Born April 7,1937. Died June 6, 2011. Beloved son of Thomas & Clara, beloved brother to Jack, Vincent, Carolyn & Deborah. Buddy was a native New Yorker who moved to Arizona 3 years ago. He loved his life in Arizona.  One of his final wishes was to have his remains left in AZ. Buddy had a quick wit and a great smile. He will be greatly missed. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at Immaculate Conception Church on 14th Street and 1st Ave, New York City on June 25, 2011 at 1PM.  

Pointer, Glenn

Glenn was born on February 5th, 1924 in Des Moines, Iowa.  He graduated from East High School and served in the United States Navy from 1941 through 1947, and was a proud member of the VFW 9662.  He worked as a pressman for Meredith Publishing for 40 years, and was a member of the Graphics Communications International Union.  Glenn was a faithful member of Grant Park Christian Church in Des Moines for 50 years and Apache Wells Community Church in Mesa, Arizona.  Glenn was preceded in death by his father – Orin, mother – Mildred, and sister – Hazel.  He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (Dickey) to whom he has been married since 1948.  Dorothy and Glenn were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Terry and Glenda.  Terry, married to Jim Reed, lives in Mesa, AZ.  They have two children: Greg (Kelly) and Jennifer.  Glenda, married to Ray Sheaffer, lives in Apache Junction, AZ.  They have five children: Trevor (Tabitha), Kriston (Rich), Katie (Bill), Robin (Adam) and Raymond Jr.  Glenn is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  Glenn and Dorothy lived at the Wells for 20 years.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, gardening and riding his bicycle.  Glenn was a wonderful and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and friend.  Along with his quick wit, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Glenn, and the wonderful memories of his life, will never be forgotten.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to:  Alzheimer’s Association, 1028 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ  85006.  A Memorial Service will be held on June 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Apache Wells Community Church, Mesa AZ.

Carlson, Robert W. “Bob”

Robert “Bob” W. Carlson, 76, of Mesa, AZ passed away Saturday May 28, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Carlson, who retired after 35 years with the Burlington Northern Railroad, was born in Mineral, IL. Survivors include his wife of 54 years Barbara, daughters Kay Biggs, Karen (John) Knopp, Kristin (Michael) Lawson, sister-in-law Marci Carlson, brothers Glenn (Beverly) and Buddy, and grandchildren: Zachary and Madelyne Biggs, J.R. and Jessica Knopp, and Nathan and Darrick Lawson. He was preceded in death by his parents Eric and Edith Carlson, his brother Arnold and grandson Noah Lawson. Services will be at 11:00 am Saturday June 18, 2011 at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

LeBlanc, Ernest Henry

Sgt. Ernest Henry LeBlanc of Mesa, Arizona and Kentville, Nova Scotia, a tenth generation Acadian passed away June 2, 2011 in his home in Mesa with his beloved wife Jean at his side. Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, November 28, 1940, to the late Edward Ernest LeBlanc and Bernadette (Venoit) Tessie, he was the step- grandson of Wyman and Dr. Gladys M. Porter, MLA M.B.E. D.C.L. of Kentville. He was predeceased by a sister, Joan Brunet of Cornwall Ontario.  Educated in Kentville schools, Ernest was a corporal in the 507th Air Cadet Squadron, a member of the Kentville volunteer fire department, and Branch 6 Royal Canadian Legion with his father. He was a member of St. Joseph RC Church. His identical twin brother Edward has fond memories of time spent with him at his Aunt Lois Porter’s cottage in Halls Harbour.  While still a teen, Ernest joined the Second Battalion of the Black Watch in 1957 and served until 1961, training in Sussex, New Brunswick and then in Gagetown. He subsequently joined the United States Marine Corps at the encouragement of a friend, who was later killed in action. Ernest rose to the rank of sergeant while completing three tours of duty in Vietnam as a combat photographer. He was awarded the Good Conduct medal, National Defense medal, Combat medal, Presidential Unit citation, and the Naval Unit commendation.  After leaving the Marine Corps, Ernest began his career in Los Angeles as a banker and Small Business Administration loan specialist. He subsequently moved to northern California, serving as the vice president of a number of banks, where he created strong SBA departments that continue to thrive for several northern California institutions. He went on to establish a successful SBA consulting business.  He is survived by his first wife Minerva Fournier Chronoviat of Colton, California, his second wife Constance Ericson of Oakland, California, his third wife Jean Maynard of Mesa, Arizona, step mother Phyllis (Porter) McKay Windsor of Kentville, sister Jeanette Chenier of Cornwall Ontario, sister Lynn McCulley Ardorise and her husband Paul of Nova Scotia, sister Gillian Campbell Tease and her husband Bruce of Heaven, England, sister Linda Segeguin of Windsor, Ontario, twin brother Edward and his wife Jennifer of Stellarton, Nova Scotia, brother Douglas (Paddy) Alsford of Nova Scotia, and Gerald of Toronto. Services for Mr. LeBlanc will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday June 15, 2011 at the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ.

Cline, James Larry

James “Larry” Cline, 64, of Mesa, AZ went home to the Lord on Monday May 30, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born on May 2, 1947 in Inez, KY. He grew up in West Jefferson, OH. He moved his family to Mesa, AZ in 1980. He retired from Qwest in 2000, after 31 years with the phone company. His life centered around his family, friends and his love of cars. He was a devoted husband, father and Papa, and will be deeply missed by all. Larry was a Vietnam veteran, where he served from 1967 to 1969 as a military policeman. He is preceded in death by his father, Jake Cline, father-in-law Matthew Holland, mother-in-law Martha Holland and his brother Myron Cline. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rosemary (Holland) Cline, children Christina and Scott Morrison and David and Lisa Cline; grandchildren: Cody and Shiane Morrison, and Preston and Cooper Cline, his mother Lystra Cline, sister Linda (Daniel) Wood, brothers Eric (Carol) Cline and Ronald (Karen) Cline; brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard (Kathy) Holland, Nancy Merritt, and Kathy (Darwin) Dabe, and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Friday June 3, 2011 from 6-8:00 pm, with the funeral service on Saturday June 4 at 9:30 am, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). Contributions may be made to the BMT Fund (602-747-4483) in honor of James Larry Cline.

Sevigny, Lois H.

Lois Helga-Mae Sevigny left this world in the hands of Angels on May 26   2011 at the Copper Cottage Hospice Care Center in Mesa, Arizona after a courageous battle with cancer. Lois was born in Svold, North Dakota on a beautiful spring day in May of 1931 to Kristjan and Gudrun (Johnson) Bjornson and grew up in both the Cavalier and Mountain Communities. She met and married Gerald Sevigny in September of 1952 and followed him from military base to military base across the world until he retired from the military in 1973.    After retirement from the military they made their home briefly in the Grafton area until they moved to Olympia, Washington in 1978 where she managed the Jack-Pot Service Station and the West Olympia Seven Eleven.  In 1992 Lois and Gerald made their way to the Mesa Arizona area where they have lived since. Lois was an inspiration to all who knew her. She enjoyed life and her smile was infectious and could light up a room, no one can ever forget her laugh – she did everything with passion.  She had a big heart and was a friend to all whom she would meet. Her family meant everything to her especially her grandchildren and granddaughter and she spent many a summer in the Olympia area dotting over them.  She is survived by her husband Gerald of Apache Junction, her children Dean (April) of Port Orchard, Washington, her daughter Mary and Son, Roger Sevigny of Mesa, Arizona and daughter, Denise (Scott) Woinarowicz of Olympia, Washington. A brother Fred (Marilyn) of Tuscon, Arizona, a brother Richard (Janyce) of Bismarck, North Dakota and Roger (Margaret) of Gold Bar Washington, a brother-in-law Jack Rustan of Dickinson North Dakota, Five Grandchildren Scott of Mesa, Arizona, Kayla (Ryan Sutherland) of Olympia, Washington., Kris of Olympia, Washington., Marc of San Diego, Ca., and John Paul of Port Orchard, Washington., as well as one Great Granddaughter, Maddie (Snootsie) of Olympia, Washington, several sister-laws and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Kristjan and Gudrun, her brother Boyd, her sister Judy and her beloved daughter Catherine whom she thought the world of. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday the 31st of May at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery with burial in the Veterans National Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.  In lieu of flowers the family prefers that a donation to the Mountain Community Center Capitol Campaign, P.O Box 165 Mountain North Dakota 58262 be given in her name. How do we say goodbye to a piece of our heart? We don’t ever have to. There will always be a way to keep the things we hold most dear.  She leaves behind a golden legacy of Honesty, Integrity and Love, as well as a myriad of memories for all to share in.  I Love You Honey, We Love You Mom!

Bluemer, Esther Mildred

Esther Mildred Bluemer entered her eternal home in Heaven on May 25, 2011. Born on Janurary 22, 1921 to Herman and Mary Bluemer, Esther was born and raised in Merrill, Michigan. She also worked as a top-notch bookkeeper in Ann Arbor, Holland and Ypsilanti before moving to Arizona in the early 70’s.  She is preceded in death by her sister, Arlene Myers, her brother’s Wilbert Bluemer, Walter Bluemer, Kenneth Bluemer and baby Clarence Bluemer.  Esther is survived by her sister Dorothy Chapman of Mesa, Arizona, sister-in-law Ellen Bluemer of New Jersey and many nieces and nephews which she loved so dearly.  Services will be held in Mesa, Arizona and also at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Saginaw, Michigan on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Hackmann, A. Ellen

A. Ellen Hackmann, 91 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Sunday May 22, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona.  Mrs. Hackmann was born in Amsterdam, New York in 1920. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery

Field, Ellis Allen Jr.

Ellis A. Field Jr., 59 of Mesa, AZ passed away Friday May 20, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Field, a mental health specialist, was born in Memphis, TN and served in the US Army in Vietnam as a Special Forces Green Beret. He also served in the Army National Guard. He is survived by his wife Joan Field, daughter Jamee Vesga, son Ellis Field III, step-son Thomas Bufford, sisters Martha Waterman and Pam Henderson, and grandchildren: E.A. “Joey” Field IV, Josie Field, Brier Field, Mary Heckman, Jessica Heckman, Blake Lee, Cody Lee, Heather Lee, Grace Lee, Gabriel Sherman, Emily Bufford, Eva Bufford, Max Donaldson, Cheyenne Donaldson and Crystal Young. Ellis was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis Field Sr. and Mary Price Field, brother Murry Eugene Field, and daughter Brandy Lynn Field. The visitation will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday May 25, 2011 followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm, both at LDS Church, 6942 E. Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ (Westside Parking Lot)

Jacobsen, Russell “Jake”

Russell “Jake” Jacobson of Freeland, WA passed away on May 17, 2011 at the age of 91. He was the son of Erick and Norge Jacobson. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers Ray, Lowell, Ernie, and Maurice. He is survived by his wife Martha, his son Bruce, his grandson Duncan, and nephews Richard and Dennis. ”Jake” met the love of his life Martha (Cooper) in 1941 and they were married on March 20, 1942. They made their home on Whidbey Island, WA for the last 66 years enjoying fishing, golfing, woodworking, and the beautiful nature of the island. ”Jake” enlisted in the Navy in 1938 as a Seaman and retired 271/2 years later as a Full Commander.  He participated in WWII (Pearl Harbor survivor) and the Korean War. ”Jake” worked in the Seattle Fire Dept. for 24 years and retired a Senior Division Chief.  He was involved in many other activities including Masonic Order, real estate, teaching, American Legion, Kiwanis, fishing, and dancing. He will be missed by many.

Rospapa, Michael Daniel

Michael Daniel Rospapa passed away on May 19, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his loving wife Denis, 2 children Michelle (Paul) and Shanna (Dave) and 4 grandchildren Paul Jr. and Dakota, Taylor and Keyara. Visitation is scheduled from 5pm top 8pm Wednesday, May 25th at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa AZ (480) 832-2850. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am Thursday, May 26, 2011 also at Mountain View Funeral Home. Go to www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to share condolences.

Grady, Charles Edward

Hero has many names, none greater than dad and husband. Charles Edward Grady passed peacefully at home on May 18, 2011. By his side were his wife of 55 years, Betty, daughters Bev Moriarty (Ken) and Erin Alcaraz (Rick), and son Mark Grady (Sandra). He is survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 8, 1938. Charles and Betty met at Manual High School in Missouri and were married in 1956.  Job opportunities took the Grady family across the country and they resided in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Colorado, California and Arizona, always making friends along the way. Many thought we were a military family because of all the moves, but Charles was always seeking ways to improve his family’s lives. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing and many other outdoor sports. In his golden years he retired to Arizona and loved spending time with family, reading a good a book, and enjoying a good piece of cheesecake with a fresh cup of coffee. Charles was generous to a fault, kind, and believed in doing what was right, not just what was easy. He had a quick smile and a sharp sense of humor that never failed to catch you off guard. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother and a brilliant man.  He will be greatly missed. Visitation time is scheduled for 10:00 am Saturday, May 21st followed by a Funeral Service starting at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. in Mesa, AZ  85205.

Hernandez, Ruby Catherine

Ruby Catherine Hernandez was born December 19, she passed away peacefully in her sleep May 12, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by 3 children, 11 grandchildren , 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. She was the most loving caring mother and friend there could ever be. She cared not for herself but for everyone else, she will be missed so very, very much by all. We love you. Services will be from 5- 8:00pm Monday May 23, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Paulson, William “Bill” J.

William J. (Bill) Paulson, passed away May 13, 2011 at his home in Apache Wells, Mesa, AZ with his loving wife Lois and son Jim and his wife Judy at his side. Bill was born in Standard, Alberta, Canada January 13, 1923, but spent his adult years in South Bend, IN. He enlisted in the US Air Force during WWII and was proud to have flown the fastest plane at that time the P-51 Mustang. Bill was an entrepreneur, owning and operating many different businesses, including car lots, service stations, grocery stores and restaurants most notably the G&H Lunches dubbed by the Studebaker workers the Gag & Heave. In his retirement years, he invested in real estate in the Apache Wells area. Bill was an avid golfer, loved boats and fishing, traveling, Las Vegas and parties. His sense of humor endeared him to all who knew him friends, nieces and nephews, 4 step-grandchildren, 6 step-great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren in South Bend, 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren in Canada. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. On February 6, 1951, he married Genevieve (Jean) Deka who preceeded him in death. On September 11, 1999, he married Lois Hansen of Calgary. He is survived by a daughter Caroll (Larry) Johnson, a son Jim (Judy) Paulson, step-children Leon (Cindy) Hansen, Dee Beaulac, Mona (Mike) Laut and their families in Indiana and Canada. Bill will be missed by all who knew him. Services will be held at Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd., Mesa, AZ at 11:00 am on Monday May 23, 2011 with lunch following. In lieu of flowers, please gift St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Huffman, Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee Huffman, 63 passed away on May 16, 2011 after a long battle with Scleroderma. Sharon was born in Champaign, IL on October 17, 1947. She is preceded in death by her father Donald Greenwell, and 2 brother-in-laws Kenneth Mattox and Larry Jones. She is survived by her husband of 45 years Carl, 3 sons: Carl and wife Bobbie, Michael and wife Denise, and Scott and wife Amy; mother Ruby Greenwell, 3 sisters: Donna Maly, Lorraine Mattox, and Loretta Jones; brother-in-law Jerry Maly, sister-in-law Gloria McKee, and 7 grandchildren. She was loved and respected by everyone she encountered and will be missed dearly by all her loved ones. There will be a visitation for Sharon Friday May 20, 2011 from 10-11:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Crawford, Thomas Peter

Thomas Peter Crawford, 80, died May 14, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Crawford was a winter visitor from Fulton, SD. He was born in Mitchell, SD on May 1, 1931, and was the oldest of 12 children. In addition to running the family farm, he worked for over 30 years for Hormel Corp and retired in 1984. Mr. Crawford is survived by his six sons, David (Sandy) of Watertown, SD, Dan of Deadwood, SD, Gerry (Pam) of Huron, SD, Duane , John and Jim of Fremont, NE and by his two daughters, Barbetta (Alan) Turpin of London, England and Karen (Patrick) Langan of Lincoln, NE and his former wife Pearl of Fremont, NE. He is further survived by 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters: Marian Hoff, Jim (Dea), Sheila, Rita and Linda of Mesa, AZ, Bob (Dee) of Palo Alto, CA, Dennis (Becky) of Parker, AZ, Pat (John) Holzhauser of Gettysburg, SD, Jan Engels of El Paso, TX, Judy (Dan) Lange of Appleton, WI, and close friend of many years Connie Kaufman, and numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Jo Ann Friederich. Two of Mr. Crawford’s favorite activities were square dancing and fishing. He would host a number of fish frys here in AZ and SD. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday on May 1st with a big party attended by many family and friends. There will be a viewing for Tom Crawford on Thursday evening, May 19th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. A funeral mass will be held for him in Mitchell, SD at a future date. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to: American Heart Assoc., 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Dagras, George William

George William Dagras 84 passed away on May 2, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Dagras, a sales manager in the transportation industry was born in Chicago, Illinois and was a die hard Cubs fan and a US Air Force veteran of WWII. Predeceased by his parents Bill and Jennie Dagras, brothers Jim and Bob Dagras, he is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Polly Dagras, sister Laverne Dagras Levine (Stephen), nephews Anthony and Chris, niece Maude (Rick), great nieces Christina and Molly. A Memorial Mass is scheduled for 10:00 am Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at All Saints Catholic Church in Mesa with a reception to follow. Arrangements were handled by Mountain View Funeral Home (480) 832-2850; In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MARC Centers 924 N. Country Club Drive Mesa, AZ or Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014

Duryea, Richard “Dan”

Richard “Dan” Duryea, 76 of Mesa, AZ, passed away on May 11, 2011. Services for Dan a Vietnam veteran who retired from the USAF will be held at a later date at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Arrangements handled by Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207

Chennault, Marvin

Marvin Lawrence Chennault, Sr, 93, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Yakima, WA, departed this life on May 8, 2011 in Mesa, AZ.  Born March 13, 1918 in Caviness, TX to George and Lela Chennault, Marvin had 4 brothers and 2 sisters.  Survivors include his precious wife of 71 years, Ruth (Hamilton), daughter & son-in-law Cherryl & Bob Welsh, son & daughter-in-law Marvin L. & Betty Chennault, Jr., grandchildren Bob, Eric, Lance, Jennie, Cindy and Tami, 8 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.  Marvin lived an incredible life.  He received a football scholarship to Oklahoma State University where he met his bride.  He was a World War II veteran serving in the South Pacific.  After his tour of duty, he and his bride eventually moved to Yakima, WA where he was a Highway Civil Engineer for the State of Washington Transportation Department.   His legacy would include his involvement with the baseball/softball leagues for children and was honored by being inducted into the Yakima Softball Hall of Fame.  He continued his legacy by working with young men in the Boy Scouts.  He was a Grandmaster in the Masonic Lodge and Potentate with the Shriners’ coordinating fund raisers which helped raise millions of dollars for the Shriners’ Hospital for Children.  After retiring from the State of Washington, Marvin was hired by JJ Welcome to oversee a project in America Samoa.  Later Marvin and Ruth traveled to Fiji, Hawaiian Islands, Australia, China and other countries and then in 2005 they moved to Mesa, AZ.  Marvin enjoyed gardening and visiting with friends at the Red Mountain Senior Center.  Marvin was blessed with insatiable intelligence, endless curiosity, wondrous imagination, and a unique, irreverent sense of compassion.  Marvin loved his family and friends fiercely.  In sharing Marvin’s life and even his dying, he taught us how to live life generously, with humility, compassion, devotion, integrity, grace, and immeasurable love.  We will honor you by doing our best to love life as you did, carrying our love for you in our hearts all our days.  A celebration to honor Marvin’s life will be held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Thursday, May 12th with visitation from 10A – 12P and service from 12P – 1P.  Donations in Marvin’s name may be made to Shriners’ Hospital for Children (PO Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472) or the Alzheimer’s Association (1028 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006-2662).

Cave, David Leroy

Donald Leroy Cave (Pops, Gramps) of Apache Junction, AZ passed away May 4, 2011 in Gilbert, AZ. He was born December 25, 1933 in Pawnee, IL. He was the owner of DC welding and was a welder himself for 50 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Doris Cave, daughter Donna (Tim) Hedges, sons David (Barbara) Cave and Darrell (Angie) Cave, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, sisters Dena (Bob) Scofield, Dorothy (Edgar) McCracken, brother Bill Cave, and lots of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Mabel Cave and his brother Bob Cave. “I’ve left my heart with you, so please don’t cry, my love will reach you from Heaven, I’m always close by.” There will be a visitation from 12-3:00pm Monday May 9, 2011, with the funeral service following at 3:00 pm both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Manske, Emma

Emma Louise (Svoboda) Manske was born in Astoria, New York on September 23, 1930.  She went to be with the Lord on April  24, 2011.  Emma was preceded in death by her 2 children Ralph Manske I, and Pamela Manske.  She is survived by her daughter Joyce Lowe (Roy), son Ralph II (Sherrie) and son Wayne (Mike); 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Services were held April 27, 2011 at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to neuroblastoma research.

Appel, Edward

Edward Wm. Appel of Mesa, AZ passed away April 23, 2011. Cause of death was respiratory arrest due to congestive heart failure.  He was born June 11, 1932 to Stephen and Helen Appel. He grew up in Millville, MN – graduated from Plainview High School in 1950 – worked in the family business until 1951 – then joined the Navy to serve his country (during the Korean War) aboard the USS Antietam and USS Shangri La until 1955. He was Postmaster at Millville and Pine Island until his heart attack. He worked 15 years, part-time, at PSI (Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc.), then retired and moved to Mesa, AZ with his wife, Nancy (married for 38 years).  He is survived by his wife Nancy, 5 children – Patrick and Daniel of Minneapolis, MN, Steven of St. Louis, Vanessa Valle of McPherson, KS, Michelle Flumerfelt of White Rock, British Columbia; 3 step children – Wayne Wurst and Gwen Nolan of Austin, MN and Kevin Wurst of Cottage Grove, MN; brother Francis of Millville, sisters Ellen Stelling of Rochester, MN and Monica Brockway of Denver CO – many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Pitzer-Appel, both parents, sister, Grace Schad and nephew, Paul Appel.  Edward was a member of Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, VFW in Rochester and Post 579 American Legion of Millville. Eddie loved sports, was a left handed baseball pitcher for the Millville team; an avid Vikings and Twins fan. He enjoyed camping, boating and pulling his children and grandchildren on water skis. He played golf and cards with enthusiasm and will be lovingly, lastingly and sadly missed.  A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on June 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ.

Schultz, Anna Marie

Anna Marie Schultz, of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2011. She was born in Chicago, IL on November 26, 1931. Loving wife to her husband of 61 years, Marvin Schultz, they enjoyed a full and happy life together, living in Lindenhurst and Fox Lake, IL before retiring to Apache Junction, AZ. Together they raised three boys: Tom, of Round Lake, IL, who recently became engaged to Elaine; Larry of Indianapolis, IN, married to Jackie; and Gary of Burlington, WI, married to Sherry. She had 6 grandchildren, Tommy (married to Christina), Melanie (married to Joe), Monika, Jeni, Matt and Kimber. She also had 7 great-grandchildren: Kati, Jonathon, Blake, Karissa, Lindsey, Gracie, and Phoenix. She will now be with her brother, Joe Sevcik, and her parents, Joseph and Matilda Sevcik. Anna Marie enjoyed sharing her talents with those she loved. Many homes are graced with her beautiful handmade quilts. Family and friends treasure her gifts lovingly stitched, crocheted, and knitted by hand. She was a member of the “Happy Hookers,” a group of wonderful women who knitted and crocheted items to donate to those in need. Anna Marie also loved to cook, and collect recipes. She canned the tastiest beets and grape jelly, and baked delicious chocolate chip cookies. She also enjoyed reading, and going to craft fairs, and even square dancing for many years. Prior to retirement, she had a successful career in accounts payable. She was loved by her family and friends, and will always be remembered by her kindness, her caring and the way she shared her life.

Eaton, Bea

Bea Eaton, 86, of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Eaton, a homemaker, was born in Eufaula, OK. Survivors include her daughters Shirley Williams and Betty (Terry) Fish, sons Roger (Robin) McCullar and Jerry (Wanda) McCullar, sister Darlene Swindler, 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lou Eaton. There will be a visitation from 9-10:00 am with the service at 10:00 am Tuesday April 19, 2011, at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to Banner Gardens Hospice, 7231 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208.

Rambo, Oscar

Oscar Rambo, age 85, passed away at his home Tuesday, April 12, 2011, surrounded by his family. Oscar was born in Crooksville, Ohio on December 21, 1925. He was the son of L A and Frances Rambo. He was married to Evelyn Knapp in 1944 and they had two sons Steve and Roger. Evelyn passed away in 1969. In 1971, he married Josephine (Joey) Burnham and they had 40 wonderful years together. Oscar was a building contractor and he also had many other talents. The most important one was the love he had for his family. It was strong and true. He is survived by his wife Josephine (Joey), his sons Steve (Deloris) Rambo and Roger (Jeanette) Rambo both of Mesa, AZ, a brother Jay (Beverly) Rambo of Marion, OH, four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Beside his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Ted and his sisters Bets and Ilene. The funeral will be held Friday April 15, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Viewing will be at 9:00 am with the service starting at 10:00 am.

Smith, Vergal

Vergal R. Smith, 86 of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday April 21, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Smith, a pastor, was born in Gainesville, TX to J.N. and Lucy Smith. Survivors include his daughter Lana Gregory, step-daughters Katy, Jamie and Debbie, step-sons Kenny and Keith Miller, sisters Annette and Vergie, brothers Raymond, Don and Ronnie, grandchildren Mike, Tiffanie and Christina, and great-grandchildren: Haylee, Brittany, Lynzee, Enoch, Jenna and Michael. There will be a visitation beginning at 9:00 am followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am Monday May 2, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Erdmann, Lynn Robert

Lynn Erdmann, 91, of Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at his residence. A celebration of life service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Horizon Bay Retirement Community, 2080 South Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction. Burial will be at the National Cemetery of Arizona.  Lynn Robert Erdmann was born in Mellette, South Dakota on August 20, 1919 to Robert Henry and Nellie Verle (Slack) Erdmann.  After attending grade school in LaPraire Township in Spink County he graduated from Brentford High School in 1937. He then went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Black Hills. On February 13, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on November 24, 1945. He was awarded several citations for his service.  He married Eleanor Roberts on June 8, 1949. They made their home near Stratford, South Dakota where Lynn farmed. In 1952, he accepted the job as rural mail carrier and they moved to Stratford. After retiring in 1980 they wintered in Texas until moving to Arizona in 1990.  Lynn was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Stratford. He belonged to the Brown County and National Rural Letter Carriers Associations. Lynn served as secretary for the local carrier’s organization for twenty-five years. He joined the Legion Post #207 of Stratford in 1945 and was adjutant for a number of years. He served as mayor of Stratford from 1960-1970. After moving to Apache Junction, he volunteered at Four Peaks Elementary School for fourteen years. Lynn was known for his love of family and church. He was always willing to help and went out of his way to take care of people. Lynn enjoyed farming, working on his machinery and automobiles. He was also an avid reader.   Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; daughters, Verle Ann (Ted) Sitz, Harvey, North Dakota and Jayne (Steve) Ewell, Mesa, Arizona; Grandchildren, Brett Sitz, St. Louis, Missouri, Darren and Laura Sitz, Moorhead, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Erdmann and Jack Holcomb.

Burden, Merle Hall

Merle Hall Burden passed away April 27, 2011 in Globe, AZ. He was 76. He was born December 28, 1934 in Alliance, OH. Mr. Burden was an electrical contractor and longtime Arizona resident. Merle is survived by his wife Eva Lou Burden, a daughter Merlene Watson, a son Rodney Burden, grandchildren Cassie, Tiya, Tasha, Dustie, Dakota, Rodney & Kayla, great grandchildren Caiden & Roper. He will be greatly missed. Private family services were held. Arrangements were handled by Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850.

Peters, Ruby

Ruby Blackwood Peters, age 78, of Mesa, AZ passed away on April 17, 2011. She retired from Motorola after 30 years in 1994. Ruby is survived by one daughter Rita (Greg) Wolfington of Virginia Beach, VA; one granddaughter April (Dan) Brown of Payson, AZ; one grandson Kevin Matthews and one great-granddaughter McKinzie Matthews of Topeka, KS. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Thursday April 28, 2011; the visitation will begin at 9:00 am and the funeral service at 12:00 pm. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 605 E. Broadway Ave., Apache Junction, AZ 85119.

McNeill, Richard

Richard N. McNeill passed away Tuesday April 19, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona.  He was born on Friday 13th of October 1922 in Peoria, Illinois, to Elizabeth and Neil I. McNeill. He graduated from Peoria High School in 1940 and Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1943. He married Juanita R. Dulin July 4th 1943 in Springfield, MO. She survives. They had one son David and a daughter Dorthy Gann living in Mesa, Arizona, a daughter Shirley Ozee in Hollister, Missouri, and a daughter Betty Owens in Woodland Park, Colorado. Richard served in the 387th Battalion, 97th Infantry Division in Patton’s army. He worked as a carpenter for 18 years before getting his CPA Certificate from the University of Illinois. He worked for McGladrey, Hansen, Dunn and Co. doing non-profit audits, school districts, cities, etc. He left them to become business manager of Central Agency on Aging and retired in 1986. He was a snow bird in Fort Meyers, Florida before moving to Mesa, Arizona. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207 on Monday April 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm. There will be a visitation beginning at 1:00 pm. The Rev. Richard Peterson of the Assemblies of God will preside.

Peters, Ruth Corrine

Ruth Corrine Peters, 97, of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Wednesday April 13, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Peters was born in Carlos, Indiana in 1914 to Levi and Irena Stanley. She had been an Arizona resident for 38 years. Mrs. Peters will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery.

Messina, Nicholas John

Nicholas John Messina 83 passed away on April 8, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Florence L Messina, son Nicholas J. Messina III M.D., daughter Joy A. Messina, sister Ida Wawrzynski, grandchildren Nicole Messina Johnson and Nicholas J. Messina IV, great grandchild Maverick Johnson. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, April 12th with Rosary Service at 6pm. A Funeral is scheduled for 10:00 am Wednesday, April 13th at Mountian View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa (480) 832-2850

Nelson, Arvin Arnold

Arvin Arnold Nelson 85 passed away on March 31, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. He was born on June 3, 1925 to Martin and Clara Nelson in Scotland, South Dakota. The family later moved to Yankton where Arvin attended grade and high school. Arvin joined the US Navy in 1942 and served his country until June 1946. He served on the USS Snyder. He married Phyllis Oien in 1946 and daughter Lorie was born in Yankton in 1947. They lived in Yankton until 1952 when they moved to California. Arvin worked for Chrysler Corp. in California and later transferred to Illinois and retired from Chrysler in 1980 and the family moved to Arizona. Son Mark was born in Downey, California in 1960. Arvin is survived by his wife Phyllis of 64 years, daughter Lorie (Larry), son Mark (Judy), one sister Eileen, numerous nieces and nephews, 3 grandchildren Krista (Paul) Williams, Eric (Nicci) Dillon, Dan (Rheannon) Dillon, 4 great grandchildren Spencer Williams, Damon, Havynn and Gaige Dillon. Arvin was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Clara Nelson, 1 sister and 6 brothers. Arvin was a member of the VFW and enjoyed having lunch with Chrysler co-workers in the winter months. A memorial service will be held 10:00 am Tuesday, April 5th at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207.

Lambert, Eunice Jane

Eunice Jane Lambert, 90 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Lambert was born in New Florence, Pennsylvania in 1920. She in survived by her son Gerald (Irene) Lambert and grandchildren Angela Lambert and Tony Lambert.

Hetland, Roy Irvin

Roy Irvin Hetland, 92 of Surprise, Arizona passed away peacefully Friday April 1, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. Roy was born May 16, 1918 in Fertile, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his wife Joanne and son Richard. He was  survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Janis Hetland and grandchildren: Janel Hadfield and her husband Laurence; Heather Atwood and her husband Jeff, Jessie Hetland and Nick Hetland and great-grandchildren Alex Hadfield and Luke and Hailey Atwood. Roy served his country proudly in the Air Force from 1942 to 1945 and retired from Midwest Motor Express after 30 years of service. He and Joanne moved to Arizona and enjoyed many years of travel and golf together. He led a full life and was looking forward to being together with Joanne again. Roy’s life will be celebrated at 1pm Tuesday, April 5th, with a graveside service at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 E Main St, Mesa, AZ. In Lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice of the Valley, Surprise, AZ, is encouraged.

Tabor, Peggy Ann

Peggy Ann Tabor, 75, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday April 2, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Tabor, a medical transciber, was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1935. Mrs. Tabor was interred at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona.

Brodigan, Delores Joan

Delores Joan Brodigan, 78 of Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away Saturday  April 2, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Brodigan, a bookkeeper, was born in Barnsville, Minnesota. Services for Mrs. Brodigan will be at 12:00 pm Thursday April 7, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona (480-832-2850).

Bennett, Joseph W. Jr.

Joe went to be with his Lord on March 9, 2011 at the age of 70. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 11, 1940 and moved to Arizona in 1978. Having studied electrical engineering, he worked in management for utilities in PA and AZ. Also, Joe was a pastor in PA and remained active in various churches, most recently Church of the Redeemer in Mesa. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty; his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Wayne McKinley; his daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Paul Borgesen Jr. and Leanne and Carl Martin; his grandchildren, Salvador and Christian Lopez and Jonah and Hannah Martin. The memorial Service will be held at Church of the Redeemer, 717 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ at 11:00 am on Monday, March 14, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Redeemer Christian School, 719 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203.

Smith, Merlin

Merlin F. Smith, of Mesa, AZ passed away March 8, 2011. He was born January 15, 1915 in Waverly, KS to Frank and Purnia Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife Loleta. Merlin lived in Waverly, KS, Junction City, OR and Mesa, AZ. He will be interred in Star Cemetery in Coffey County, KS. A memorial service will be held at the Red Mountain United Methodist Church, 2936 N. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ at 2 PM Sunday March 13, 2011.

Hovden, George

George Hovden, 93 of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday March 8, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Hovden, the retired co-owner and barber at Masonic Temple Barber Shop in Marshalltown, was born Decorah, IA. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he married Ruby Bray on December 30, 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in North Africa and Italy as a member of the 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division. Survivors include his wife Ruby Hovden, son Jack (Mary) Hovden of Urbandale, IA. sister Lil Thomas, brothers Joel and Earle Hovden, nephew Ron Hovden, grandchildren Heidi Chatham of Ankeny, IA and Jodi Oliver of Savannah, MO, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Mavis Aaseby, brothers Ralph “Red”, Alton, Maurice “Tex” and Charles. Services will be at 3:00 PM Saturday March 12, 2011 at Legacy Retirement Residence. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Living Faith Church of Mesa, 7460 E. Knowles Ave., Mesa, AZ 85209. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com)

Shanks, Arthur Harold

Arthur Harold Shanks, 88, of Gold Canyon, AZ, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 25, 2011. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Arthur bravely served his country in the U.S. Navy during WW II as a rear gunner on a two man dive bombing plane. He was a business owner and a leader in the Chandler community as it began to grow. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lola, his son, Alvin Shanks, his daughter, Lynn Darling, five grandchildren, Jena Shanks, Dane Shanks, Scott Lane, Brett Darling, and Craig Darling, and one great grandchild, Kendal. Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday March 2, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). Interment at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ at 1:00 pm March 2, 2011.

Kmet, Edna Maye

Edna Kmet 67 passed away on February 26, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Kmet spent many years as precision inspector for American National Can. In 2003 she graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a CMA. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Annie Massie, sister Zelma Daniels, brothers John and Frank Massie, brother-in-law Tony Maraschillo. Survived by her loving husband Emil Kmet, sister Ellen Maraschillo of Baltimore, MD brothers Jesse Massie of Beckley, WV and Gillis Massie of Maben, WV and her children Robert Lee Billings of Greeley, CO and Sheila Beck of Bensenville, Illinois.

Foss, Joan

Joan M. Foss (Kakos), 75 passed away February 28, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Joan was a graduate of Clearview High School in Lorain, Ohio. She is survived by her husband William; sons Michael, Mark, Thomas; sister Maryann; brothers Mike, James, John, Russell, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Thursday March 3, 2011 at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made in Joan’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Williams, Edna

Edna (Eddie) A. Williams, 92 of Queen Creek, AZ passed away February 28, 2011 in Queen Creek, AZ. Mrs. Williams, a secretary, was born in Henefer, UT. Survivors include her daughter Susan Morris, son Jeff Williams, grandchildren Liesl (Richard) Webb, Erik (Lori) Morris, Tina (Brian) Braley, and Liz (Aaron) Lavold, and 18 great-grandchildren. Eddie was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, her parents Charles and Eva Anderton, her sisters Dorothy, Ruby and Ruth, and her brothers Grant and Gil. The visitation will be at 9:00 am Friday March 4, 2011 with the funeral following at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made in Eddie’s name to Child Crisis Center, PO Box 4114, Mesa, AZ 85211.

Satchwill, Laura Ellen

Laura Ellen Satchwill 7-23-1929 to 3-3-2011, age 81, passed away at Hospice Copper Cottage, Mesa, AZ March 3, 2011. She was the daughter of Guy and Georgia (Hollowell) Sharp, and younger sister to Buthene (Sharp) Haskell. Laura married December 30, 1951 to Herbert W. Satchwill, who died February 19, 1990. She graduated from Huntington College, Huntington, IN where she was voted Campus Queen in 1951. Later she earned a Masters Degree in Education at Arizona State University. She taught school for 9 years in Indiana, then after moving to Arizona in 1961, she taught another 24 years in Mesa, for a total of 33 years of teaching. They later moved to Arizona’s White Mountains, where Ellen enjoyed gardening, feeding the many birds, and painting the beautiful landscapes, until Herb’s death, after which she moved back to Mesa.  Ellen loved art and painting. She was also a singer and pianist who often played for church. Ellen with Herb on guitar and vocals, sang country gospel at local churches. She also enjoyed researching family genealogy, and belonged to the genealogy club at Sunland Village East.  She loved family and friends, and treasured the time she spent with all of them.  She was the greatest mother, son Greg of Mesa, AZ could ever dream of. She was always there for him, no matter what. He will remember all of the camping trips as a kid, fishing and rock hunting, his mom always sketching and taking pictures. Son Greg will miss the coffee times, and the DQ times, with his mom’s small hot fudge sundae, with peanuts.  She is survived by one son Greg of Mesa, AZ, sister-in-law Maxine Satchwill of Chino Valley, AZ, niece Cynthia Hilton of Henderson, NV, sister-in-law Henrietta Satchwill, nephew David Satchwill, nephew Jim (Lori) Satchwill, nephew Neal (Jane) Haskell, great-niece Christine Haskell, great-nephew Joel (Jennifer) Haskell, great-nephew Shaden Haskell, and great-niece Lindsey Haskell all of whom reside in Indiana.

Gumz, Darrell

Darrell E. Gumz, 83 of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Monday February 21, 2011. He is survived by his two daughters Sally Jo Preuss of Pardeeville, Wisconsin and Janis Hasz of Stuart, Florida, step-daughter Linda Kelly of Nevada, 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Graveside services will be at Noon Friday February 25, 2011 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

DeGroff, Harold “Hal”

Harold “Hal” DeGroff,  86, of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully on February 19, 2011 at Southwest Copper Hospice, he was born May 3, 1924 in Stryker, Ohio. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Nancy, son William and brothers Robert, Maurice, Brooks, Richard and Morton. He is survived by daughter Kristine Douglass of Mesa, AZ., son and daughter-in-law Robert and Priscilla DeGroff of Gilbert, AZ and son and daughter-in-law David and Laurie DeGroff of Mesa, AZ. He had 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Valley Hospice, 1351 N. Alma School Rd. #250, Chandler, AZ 85224.

James, Mary Rose

Mary Rose James of Gold Canyon, AZ was born February 25, 1927 and passed away February 15, 2011. She is preceded in death by her parents Harvey and Mearl Sands. Mary leaves behind her loving husband Garland James; the couple just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on February 5th. She is also survived by her four children Cheryl Okamoto of Gold Canyon, Darrell James of Globe, Judy Thomas of Apache Junction and David James of Gilbert. Mary and Garland started James Tire Sales of Apache Junction in 1978 and have since turned it over to their son David James. Mary was a beautician in her early years when she met Garland. Her hobbies included bowling, fishing, camping, traveling, and playing cards with her friends. She was a loving devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Mary will be greatly missed and warmly remembered by all who knew her. Services will be at 1:00 pm Saturday March 5, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Gray, Alma Maxine

Alma Maxine Gray, age 84, of Mesa, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2011 in Anthem, Arizona. Alma was born in Alluwee, OK on June 15, 1926. She married James R. Gray in November, 1948 in Miami, OK. They were married for 56 years when he passed away in 2004. Pastor James Gray and Alma began their ministry at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in their home in 1954 in Kansas City, KS. They served at Oak Grove Baptist Church as the pastor for 33 years until retiring in 1987 and moving to Mesa, AZ. Alma loved her church friends, spending time with her family and reading. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Mesa. She is survived by her sister Helen Hartegan of Gardner, KS and her brother Harold Topping of Victoria, TX. She is also survived by her two children Pamela Moore and husband Cosslett Moore of Overland Park, KS, her son Nathan Gray and wife Carol Gray of Anthem, AZ. She leaves four grandchildren, Erin Stevens and her husband Chris, and Sean Moore of Overland Park, KS. Cole Gray of Charlotte, NC and Jeremy Gray of Anthem, AZ. Two great-grand children, Delaney and Wyatt, of Overland Park, KS. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 24th, from 5-8 pm at the Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main Street in Mesa, Arizona. The funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, February 25th at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3810 University, Mesa AZ with internment following at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in Alma’s name to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St., Phoenix, AZ, 85014.

Pavlicek, Robin Dean “Butch”

Robin Dean (Butch) Pavlicek, 55, of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday February 22, 2011 in Mesa, AZ after a brief illness. Robin was born in Dickinson, ND. Survivors include his wife Carol, two daughters, three grandchildren, one brother, 3 sisters, 16 nieces and nephews, and 13 brothers and sisters-in-law. He was the son of the late Herb and Sherrill Pavlicek of Dickinson, ND and the son-in-law of Donnell and the late Maureen O’Duggan of Needham, MA. Visitation will be at 1:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society in Robin’s name.

Sullivan, Helen Margaret

Helen Margaret Sullivan passed away peacefully on February 21, 2011. She was born in 1924 in Denison, IA, to Richard and Velma (Brandenburg) Walter. She lived most of her life in Peoria, IL, where she was a Certified Professional Secretary for the Regional Federal Mediation Board and an active volunteer at a local hospital. Helen and her husband Chester moved to Mesa, AZ, in 1993. She is predeceased by her husband, Chester, and her sisters Phyllis and Betty Ann. Helen is survived by her daughter Maureen Vidmar and her husband Frank; her son Chester and his wife Janet, their children Michelle, Michael and John, and Michelle’s daughters Sierra and Cicely. Also surviving are her niece Ann (Swearingen) Ernst and her husband John and their children. Memories of this beloved mother will be cherished by her family and wide circle of friends. Services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Chapel, 7900 E. Main, Mesa, AZ on Friday, February 25. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm; services will begin at 3:00 pm.

Marshall, Myrel Timothy

Myrel Timothy Marshall, 78 of Mesa, AZ passed away Wednesday February 9, 2011 in Gilbert, AZ. Mr. Marshall, an aviation sheet metal foreman at WAFB was born in Tecumseh, OK. Survivors include his wife Charlotte, daughter Lynda Hinchey, sons Bruce, Keith (Sue), and Ken (Dori), his sister Mary (Dan) Greer, and grandchildren Bryan (Lauren), Travis, Tim Hinchey Jr., Rebecca and Alicia. Services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday February 15, 2011 at Mission Community Church, 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ. Interment will take place at 10:00 am Monday February 14, 2011 at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Arizona, 9155 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85020.

Miller, Jo Ellen

Jo Ellen Miller 62 passed away on February 12, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Miller, an operator of two mobile home parks was born in Decatur, Illinois. She is survived by her loving husband Richard Miller, sisters Dee Anne Ellison, Martha J. Bozik, Mary Jane Humes and brother Dennis L. Ellison. A memorial service will be held 10:00 Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85205; www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com

Quiroz, Baron Thomas Ray

Baron Thomas Ray Quiroz, 24 days, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on February 13, 2011. Graveside services will be at 10:00 am Monday February 21, 2011 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832, 2850).

Urbas, Barbara Ruth

Barbara Ruth Urbas, born in Franklin, ME November 4, 1917 and passed away February16, 2011 in Mesa, AZ at the age of 93. Predeceased by her husband Frank Urbas and daughter Patricia Adams. She is survived by brother Donald Merchant of Port Charlotte, FL, daughter Nancy Sheridan (Richard) of Gilbert, AZ, son-in-Law Edward Adams of Queen Creek, AZ, granddaughters: Audra Sheridan, Nicole Adams, and Erin Lincoln, grandsons: Daniel Sheridan, Don Adams, and Jeremy Adams and 11 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Sunday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 8pm with the funeral service Monday Feb. 21, 2011 with a viewing starting at 10a.m. and funeral starting at 11a.m all at at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1483 N. Driftwood Dr., Gilbert, AZ. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Billings, Travis

Travis Billings, 75 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Sunday February 6, 2011 in Apache Junction. Mr. Billings, a musician, was born in Littlefield, TX. Survivors include his wife Deborah Billings, one daughter, his mother Jessie Hix of Lubbock, TX and his sister Joyce Gene Lowery of Lubbock, TX. Services are private. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 480-832-2850.

Oliver, Wanda Irene

Wanda Irene Oliver, 85, passed away peacefully in Mesa, Arizona on February 1, 2011 after a brief illness. Wanda was born in Bloomington, Indiana on December 7, 1925 to Leland and Martha Weimer. Throughout her life Wanda was a telephone operator, nurse’s aid, clerk and hospital worker. Wanda came to Arizona in 1996 and had since resided at Christian Care Manor IV (Fellowship Square) in Mesa until her passing. She was a wonderful and beloved mother, survived by her sons Richard (Sandy) Oliver, Michael (Linda) Oliver, and Brian Oliver; and her daughter Lisa Cousins; and by grandchildren Matthew Oliver and Sarah Oliver. In addition, she is survived by her brother James (Nancy) Weimer. Wanda enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family. A private family prayer service was held at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa.

Clark, Ruby Jewell

Ruby went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of February 6, 2011. She was born Ruby Jewell Mooney December 2, 1929 in Ellijay, Georgia. She was the daughter of Sally and George Mooney and was one of thirteen children. Ruby lived in Ellijay until 1947 when she decided to travel by bus to Ohio to visit her sister. On that trip, she met Elmer Clark and they were married soon after. Many of their friends and family thought it wouldn’t last due to the brevity of their courtship. But theirs was a good match and they stayed best friends and partners for the rest of her life. The young couple settled in Barberton, Ohio where they raised a family that included three sons and two daughters. She and Elmer moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1989. Ruby preferred to be called Jewell and was a devoted and loving wife and mother of five, grandmother of ten and great grandmother of three. She was also beloved by nieces, nephews and all who knew her. She was incredibly kind, a good listener, and a fantastic cook. Jewell is survived by her husband Elmer Clark, children Robert Clark (Cheryl), David Clark (Sharon), Jerry Clark (Diane), daughters Linda Dalinberg and Betty Miller (Dan). Visitation 5 – 7pm, Friday, February 11, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ (480) 832-2850 followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mullen, Phyllis

Phyllis L. Mullen of Mesa, Arizona passed away January 31, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. A loving mother and grandmother she is survived by her companion of 12 years Vance Taylor, daughter Deanna (Harvey) Jeffries, sons; Kenneth (Cheryl) Miller, Robert Miller, Ralph (Debbie) Miller, 6 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husbands Guy Miller & Gene Mullen. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Weds. February 2, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850. The family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Rave, Wallace J.

Wallace J. Rave, 74, passed away on January 28, 2011, after a nine-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Born in 1936 in Mendota, IL to Dorothy and Elmer Rave. He grew up in Spring Valley, IL. Wally earned a Bachelor’s of Music from Illinois State Univ., a Masters and PhD in Music History and Philosophy from Univ. of Illinois. While teaching at the Univ. of Minnesota he received a Fulbright scholarship and studied in Paris, France the following year. Prof. Rave taught at Arizona State for 34years. Over those years, he wore many hats: teacher, adviser, Assistant Chairman, Acting Chairman, and author of many publications in music history and jazz. He also lectured at Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Opera pre-performance audience events. He was past president and board member of the Gold Canyon Arts Council and a board member of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society. He wrote music program notes for concerts as well as liner notes for CD and LP productions. He had a voracious appetite for learning and was an excellent writer. Wally loved nature, photography, good food and wine, traveling, golf and dogs. Family and friends were very important to him. Wally is survived by his wife, Karen, son David (Geri), daughter Barbara (Randy), granddaughter Erin, two brothers, their wives, and five nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held on February 19. A Celebration of Wally’s life will be held for family and friends on the same day at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a special scholarship fund in his memory. Write checks to: ASU School of Music, enter on Memo line: WALLY RAVE SCHOLARSHIP. Mail to: ASU School of Music, PO Box 870405, Tempe AZ 85287-0405

Shell, Dorothy May

Dorothy May Shell, 88 of Gilbert , Arizona passed away Saturday January 29, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Shell, a homemaker, was born in Michigan. She will be interred in Croswell Cemetery, Croswell, Michigan.

Larson, Evelyn Marquerite Dornfeld

Evelyn Marquerite Dornfeld Larson, 97 of Mesa, AZ passed away January 20, 2011 in Gilbert, AZ. She was born April 7, 1913 in St. Paul, MN. Evelyn enjoyed making beautiful needlework pictures, playing Mahjong, traveling to many parts of the world, and was a Life Master Bridge Player. She is survived by her daughter, Janice “Cooki” Pedersen of Gilbert, AZ; son, Roger C. Larson of Scandia, MN; 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar C. “Bumps” Larson; parents, Raymond Alfred and Anna Dornfeld; brother, James Dornfeld and sister, Janet Decker. Family suggests contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Ellis, Duane Edward

Duane Edward Ellis, 88 passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona.  Mr. Ellis, a farmer, was born in Campbell, MN. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marian (Davidson) Ellis, he is survived by his sister Lois Randall of New Port Richey, FL, dear friend and companion Ieleen Trites of Dent, MN, sister-in-law Lorraine Davidson of Paynesville, MN, many loved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.  A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 pm Saturday May 14, 2011 at Maine Presbyterian Church followed by a committal service at Silent Vale Cemetery in Maine, Minnesota.

Kochheiser, Mabel Belle

Mabel Belle Kochheiser of Mesa, AZ, passed away Monday, January 10, 2011 in Gilbert, AZ. She was 86. Mrs. Kochheiser was born March 24, 1924 in Marion, OH. She is survived by her son, Dana Eugene Kochheiser; a sister, June Kline; a brother, Dale Wirick; two grandsons; five great grandsons; three great granddaughters; and one great great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene in 2002.

Gerstenfeld, Steven Michael

Steven Michael Gerstenfeld, born February 15, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY, passed away on January 25, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ. Born in New York, he moved to California at age 12 where he later met his wife Judi; they married on March 15, 1974. In 1978 they moved to Mesa, AZ where they spent many blissful years boating, off-roading, and camping together. After working over 30 years in the automobile and R.V. business, he retired into the world of toy trains. He was known by many as the AZTRAINMAN who joyfully repaired toy trains at the Arizona Train Depot in Mesa, AZ. Although he had no children of his own, his nephew, Eric, was like a son to him and his great-nephews were as dear to him as grandchildren. He loved toy trains and his great nephews shared that love with him. As a dog lover, he had a pair of Schnauzers by his side, Sierra and Jake. He is survived by his loving wife Judi, nephew Eric Vaughn and wife Andrea, his great nephews Edward Joseph and Aiden Jack and brother, Erwin. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mildred; father, Stanley; and sister, Debbie Vaughn. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, family, friends, and puppy dogs. A celebration of his life will be held at a date to be announced.

Jerman, Donald Edward

Donald Edward Jerman 88 passed away on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. Mr Jerman, a retired business owner was born in Ft. Morgan, CO. Don, as he was known, was raised in the Salt Creek Oilfield area and lived there until 1984 at which time he and his wife came to Arizona and RV’d for 8 years. In 1993 moved permanently to their present address in Mesa, AZ. He went through school in Midwest Wyoming and graduated in 1940. Entered Wyoming University in 1940 on a football scholarship until spring of 1942 when he entered the US Navy during World War II. After discharge in 1946 re-entered college at Wyoming University, went to Montana State University-Bozeman for a year and back to Wyoming University where he received a Masters Degree in 1950. He taught high school history and was sports coach and librarian until 1951 when he went to Washington D.C. to school and became an FBI agent. After resigning he went back to Edgerton, WY and joined his father in a family owned business and served as a Deputy Sheriff of Natrona County until 1966. In 1966 he married Naomi R. Talmadge and they had a wonderful life together. Don was a wonderful, caring, sensitive husband, father to Ruth’s 2 sons and all of the grandchildren that ensued until his departure. He always had time and attention for all of us and for his many friends he never failed to have in his heart and on his mind. He will be so dearly missed by all of us and will never be forgotten. Preceded in death by his parents Beulah M. and Robert M. Jerman and sister Betty J. Andersen, he is survived by his wife Naomi Ruth Jerman, step-sons Kenneth C. (Barb) and Michael J.A. (Theresa) Talmadge, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Casper, Wyoming

Myers, James Clark

James Clark Myers, of Mesa, AZ passed away January 23, 2011. James was born March 26, 1928 in Tupelo, AR. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, F. Marcene Myers, daughter Sharon Myers Smith of Mesa, AZ, sons Larry J. (Deena) Myers of Richardson, TX, and Randy D. (Bara) Myers of Prague, Czech Republic, grandchildren: Heather, Ashley, Andy, Clark, Kristyna, Nicholas, and Samuel, and great-granddaughter Lillian. The memorial service will be at 2:30 pm Saturday January 29, 2011 at Red Mountain United Methodist Church, 2936 N. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215. Contributions may be made to Red Mountain United methodist Church or Cornerstone Hospice, 7310 N 16th St., #230, Phoenix, AZ 85020.

Curtis, Alton Craig

Alton Craig Curtis, 67 of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away on January 25, 2011. Mr Curtis was a US Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War. The memorial service will be at 4:00 pm Saturday January 29, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Tone, Loretta

Loretta Tone, born August 26, 1928, passed into the loving embrace of her Lord January 22, 2011. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and adoring grandmother. One of the first women deputies in Maricopa County, she was very active in the community throughout her life. Loretta is reunited with her son Steve, mother Dorothy, father Orven and sister Betty. She is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Albert Kent Tone, 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services will be held 1/29/11 at the Chapel at Central Christian Church at 933 North Lindsay Road, Mesa, with a viewing at 10 am and a memorial service at 11 am.

Hartman, Helen Pauline

Helen P. Hartman, 84 of Mesa, AZ Resided for the past 4 years and 2 months at Above Care Assisted Living Home in Gilbert, AZ, where she passed away Wednesday evening January 19, 2011. Born June 23, 1926 in Juniata County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Langacre and Effie Mae Kohler of Port Royal, PA.  She was the wife of the late Meredith Behney Hartman of Mesa, AZ. She was also the mother of two daughters, and the grandmother of two. During WWII she served proudly in the US Army as a medic and O.R. nurse within the United States. After the war she graduated from cosmetology school with a teaching certificate. Helen had an interesting life, raised on a farm, and had many different jobs and held positions at the former Hamilton Watch, RCA, A&P, Circle K and Rogers (which is now Microsoft) to name a few. She also did hairstyling. There was almost no job she couldn’t do, but being a mother was her most important task of all. Her love of animals was evident as she loved them so much, dogs and cats, family dog, the late Taffy and her grand dogs, the late Button and Mimi, and the late Boo-boo and Nelly and her own 3 cats.  She is survived by: a daughter, Gayle P. Hartman-Weatherford wife of R. Dale Weatherford of Mesa, AZ; daughter, Jennifer M. Hartman of Mesa, AZ, grandchildren Kelsey J. Rogness and Donny Rogness of Mesa, AZ, father of grandchildren Rick Rogness of Mesa, AZ; a brother Abraham L. Longacre of Dauphin, PA and his wife Janet, sister Edith C. Gaskins of Manheim, PA and brother Benjamin F. Longacre Jr. of Juniata County, PA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews through out the country. She was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.  Funeral services were held Wednesday January 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm for the viewing and 2:00 pm for the service at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207 (480-832-2850). Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1028 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006.

Shumway, Margarete I.

Margarete I. Shumway, 82 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on January 20, 2011. A gathering for Mrs. Shumway will be from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday January 25, 2011 at Sunland Village East, Rosewood Room, 2145 S. Farnsworth Dr., Mesa, AZ 85209

Gelmi, Dorothy Virginia

Born on February 9, 1922 in Ishpeming, Michigan, Dorothy Virginia Nault entered into rest on January 18, 2011, 3 weeks before her 89th birthday. Remembered as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, our family mourns the passing of a matriarch. Dorothy, known as “Dort”, is survived by her children Geraldine (Robert) Thomsen, Darlene (Paul) Kurian, Florian (Gail) Gelmi, Sherry (Thomas) Salmon, 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Lois Bosio. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Emelio Paul Gelmi, brothers Albert and Donald Nault, sister Margarite DeMille and long time companion Wilbur Moody. Friends and family are welcome to attend a Rosary at 1:30 pm followed by a Memorial Mass at 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at St. Georges Catholic Church, 300 E. 16th Ave., Apache Junction, AZ 85119. Dorothy’s final resting place will be beside her husband in Ishpeming Michigan, date to be determined.

Egan, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Egan, 71 years old, passed on Monday, January 10, 2011 of complications from Pancreatitis. Mary has been a resident of Arizona since 1979, originally from County Mayo Ireland. She is survived by her husband, Morgan Egan of New York, NY, her six children, Joseph, Michael, Mary, Ann Marie, James and Patrick of Mesa, AZ, as well as her nineteen grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 5-8 P.M. at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ. Mass will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 10 A.M. at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd Mesa AZ

Waldon, Robert Lee

Robert Lee Waldon, 73 of Lakeside, AZ passed away Saturday, January 15, 2011 in Lakeside, AZ. Mr. Waldon, a District Manager for SRP, was born in Miamisburg, OH. Survivors include his wife, June Ann, sons David and Chris Waldon, daughters-in-law Nita Waldon and Felicia Waldon, mother-in-law Juanita Thorpe, sister Judy Lynn Monaco, brother Jim Waldon, and grandchildren: Bryan, Joseph, Tanner and Christina Waldon. The funeral service will be at 2:00 pm Friday January 21, 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Vacha, Geraldine

Geraldine Veronica Vacha, 71 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on January 15, 2011. Services for Mrs. Vacha will begin with a visitation at 11:00 am Thursday, January 20, 2011 followed by the funeral service at 12:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Bridge, William Havinden

William Havinden Bridge, 83 of Queen Creek, Arizona, passed away on January 14, 2011. Mr. Bridge proudly served in the U.S. Navy.

Kerwin, Gerald “Jerry”

Gerald (Jerry) Kerwin, 72, formerly of Naplate, passed away on January 12, 2011 at his home in Apache Junction, AZ. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday January 30, 2011 at the Palmas Del  Sol East Clubhouse in Apache Junction, AZ at 2:00 pm. He was born on June 19, 1938 in Chicago to Madelene and John Kerwin. He married Barbara (Meiners) Collins on December 20, 1981. He was retired from Commonwealth Edison and moved to AZ where he enjoyed the last nine years of his life. He enjoyed the casino, loved to golf, fish and especially loved to dance. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and 3 Step-children, Crystal Collins, Cathy (Gary) Moats of Ottawa and John (Karen) Collins of Tolono, IL, two sons Jeff and Jay Aicher from a previous marriage and 7 grandchildren: John and Michael Moats, Kaycee and Tim Collins, Jacob and Jonah Aicher, and Kendall Aicher; one brother Bill, one sister Jennette Liebstra and one nephew Donald (Deb) Harke. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father, two brothers, two sisters and one niece. Please feel free to visit the Mountain View  website, www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com and leave messages for the family regarding Jerry.

Sheidler, Dorothy Elaine

Sheidler, Dorothy E. (Dotty) 84, quietly slipped into Jesus hands on January 14, 2011.  She was married to her lifelong friendRobertsince 1946.  They moved to Phoenix in 1955 & after retirement spent 20 years in Camp Verde.  Dorothy joins her parents, brother, eldest daughter Pamela and great granddaughter Madison in heaven.  Dorothy always had a smile, a laugh and gave a helping hand to anyone in need.   Survived by husband Robert, daughters Becky Johnston and Pat Miller, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Memorial service to be at Paradise Chapel, 3934 E. Indian School Road at 10:30am on Thursday 1/20/2011.  Our thanks to the staff at Arbor Rose for their compassionate care of our mom and to those wonderful individuals of Hospice whose care cannot be praised enough. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley and Alzheimer’s research.

Harris, Leroy Jr.

Leroy Harris Jr., 85, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Tuesday January 11, 2011 in Gilbert, Arizona.  Mr. Harris was born in Norris City, Illinois in 1925. Services will be held Saturday January 22, 2011 at the East Valley Church of the Nazarene, 131 N. Signal Butte Rd., Apache Junction, Arizona 85120.

Michaelis, Beverly Faye

Beverly Faye Michaelis, age 100, of Mesa, Arizona passed away Tuesday January 11, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Michaelis, a school teacher, was born in Lapeer, Michigan to Calvin and Jennie Beatty.  A memorial service will be held Sunday January 16, 2011 at Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd., Mesa, Arizona.

Peach, Paul Alan

Paul Alan Peach of Phoenix passed away on January 9, 2011 at the age of 49. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., in Mesa. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, January 14, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. also at Mountain View Funeral Home. Paul was born on March 11, 1961 in Belleville, Illinois, the second son of Joseph C. Peach, Sr. and Connie Reynolds Peach. Beloved brother to Joseph C. Peach, Jr., Tina Marie Peach Foreman, Thomas R. Peach and Philip J. Peach, Paul was raised in Tuscola, Illinois and graduated from Tuscola High School in 1979. During his time in Tuscola, he served as the Warrior mascot for several years, bringing the crowd to their feet with his half time routine that included his talented tumbling. Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1985. He moved to Arizona in the early 80′s. He was instrumental in starting the PAWS organization in the Phoenix area. During his employment at APS, he brought joy to so many as “Hackey the Clown”. In the early 90′s, Paul got involved with Phoenix Body Positive where he was instrumental in educating clients on the positive effects that vitamins can have in their lives. During his time at Body Positive, he was able to help so many people who crossed his path. Paul was always active and athletic. He really enjoyed his years playing softball. Paul was a talented artist and poet as well. In fact Paul showed talent in everything he did. But possibly the best talent Paul possessed was his ability to bring out the best in everyone. Paul had a gift of making people smile. He was blessed with a very funny sense of humor. As many of his family members can attest, he could have you laughing so hard that you couldn’t breathe! Paul was extremely close to his family and his family will miss him more than words can say. Paul is survived by his beloved “Furry Son’s” Gizmo & Frankie, who were his constant companions, also his best friend and an ‘Angel’ to him, his sister, Tina Foreman, his father, Joseph C. Peach, Sr., brothers Joseph C. Peach, Jr. and Thomas R. Peach, US Navy as well as Raymond and Lee Peach, step father, Earl Eversoll, step-sister Valerie and Carrie, as well as Terry Miller, brother-in-law, Mark Foreman and beloved nephews, Jeremy (Melissa) Peach, Joel (Catherine), Jake (April) and Josh (Aiko) Goodman, and Brian Foreman, nieces, Tasha (Justin) Wiles, Karla and Kassandra Peach, (California) and Kalyn and Deandra Peach (Illinois) and special niece Aliesha Foreman, his great nephews, Devin and Brenden Goodman, and Anden Wiles, and great-niece, Kyleigh Wiles, many aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom loved Paul and will miss him very much. Paul was preceded in death by his mother, whom he loved so dearly, Connie Peach Eversoll and his brother Philip James Peach. He was also preceded by his loving dogs, Guido and Spunky. His reunion in Heaven will be met by a musical jam session featuring his Granny, Grandma Reynolds and Aunt Frannie Bechtel. Donations may be made to your local Humane Society.

Engelsman, Helen Arlene

Helen Arlene Bullerman Hoblit Engelsman, 80, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2011 early in the morning in her apartment at the Park Regency retirement complex in Chandler, AZ.  Ms. Engelsman, born in Strasburg, Illinois, was a musician and music teacher. She grew up in Lincoln, IL, later living in Atlanta where she was married to Joseph Hoblit and taught choir at Atlanta High School and private piano lessons. In 1965 she married William Engelsman, they moved to Artesia, New Mexico and then lived in Mesa, AZ where she continued to teach music and later was a real estate agent and broker for 17 years. She wrote a book of poetry, “Almost, but not Quite,” published in 1995. Surviving are her sister Ardeth Jean Keck (Jerry) of Flanagan, IL; brother Donald Bullerman (Cheryl) of Springfield, IL; daughter Jan Hoblit, of Chandler, AZ; son John Hoblit of Mt. Vernon Washington; step sons Mark Engelsman (Debbie) of Tempe, AZ; and Mike Engelsman; grandchildren Candace Hoblit (Jason), James Hoblit, Brian Hoblit, Jasmine Hoblit, Cindy and Chris Engelsman, Lisa and Steve Engelsman; great-grandchildren William and Danica Garner; nieces and nephews Jen and Jeff Bullerman and Ron Keck and Krista Keck Chmiel. Ms. Engelsman will most be remembered for her sense of humor, inspired teaching, her beautiful voice, amazing piano talent,  her passion for music, life, and her love of animals. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 13 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Mt. View Funeral Home Chapel located at 7900 East Main Street in Mesa, AZ.  The funeral will be at the same location on Friday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Humane society (or any pet rescue organization).

Pierce, Lucille

Lucille R. Pierce of Mesa, AZ was born July 15, 1910 in Cozad, NE to Perlo and Bessie (Hobbs) Kinney and passed away December 26, 2010 at the age of 100 years. She is survived by loving daughter Dixie Gabel, two loving grandchildren Jeffrey W. (Barbara) Gabel and Iana S. (Carl) Jansson, three loving great-grandchildren Kelsey, Christopher and Jennifer Jansson, one niece Sharon (Duane) Glick. Upon retirement she and husband, Kenneth, moved to Mesa, AZ where she has resided for 34 years at Mesa East Park. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Friend who is loved by all and will be dearly missed. Visitation is scheduled for 4pm to 7pm, Thursday, December 30, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, December 31, 2010 at the same location.

Thomas, Billie Jean

Billie Jean Thomas, 83, of Mesa, daughter of Thomas Harland Chapmond and Dora Chapmond, passed away on December 22, 2010 due to complications from congestive heart failure. She is survived by her loving husband Albert II and children Albert III, Terrell, Jana and Lance. Grandchildren Andrew, Michelle and Danielle. Sisters JoAn Palmer, Betty Jo Arvello, and Edith Rushing of Texas. Billie was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. She met her husband to be Albert Weil Thomas II at Sheppard AFB where she earned her private pilot’s license was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol. They married in June of 1946 and celebrated 64 years together. They raised their family in Redwood City, California before moving to Apache Junction in 1972 where they established and built a Mobile Home and RV Resort. She was a loving wife and mother, an avid bird lover, she enjoyed traveling, collecting vintage fire trucks and enjoyed her many diverse ventures with her loving husband Albert at her side. A private service will be held January 7th, 2011.

Sander, Sylvan Urban

Sylvan Urban Sander, 88 of Gold Canyon, AZ passed away Tuesday December 21, 2010. Urban was a WWII U.S. Navy  Veteran. The memorial service for Mr. Sander will be at 11:00 am Tuesday December 28, 2010 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, AZ. There will be a luncheon following the service. Mr. Sander will be interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, MN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Urban’s name to Mountainbrook Village, 5782 S. Mountainbrook Dr., Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 or the charity of your choice.

Murphy, Robert

Robert Murphy, 93, of Mesa, AZ passed away on December 25, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He was born in Spokane, WA and was preceded in death by his wife Doris (Reinhardt) Murphy, second wife Ruth (Wagner) Murphy and third wife Patsy (Young) Murphy.  He is survived by his niece Doris R. Rushing and family from Monroe, North Carolina and dear friend Irma Brenner.  A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Mesa 161 N. Mesa Dr.  at 3:00 Thursday, December 30, 2010.  Memorials can be sent to Hospice of Arizona. 

Skinner, Joan F.

Joan F. Skinner 89 formerly of 1303 Stephens Dr. in Normal died Monday, December 13 in Mesa, AZ.  There will be no funeral.  Burial at Funks Grove Cemetery will be at a later date.   Joan was born January 11, 1921 in Normal, daughter of Deloss and Sina Belle Read Funk.  She married Cushman Skinner May 17, 1947 at Prairie Home in Shirley.  He passed away February 2, 1998.  Survivors include daughter Charlotte Manning of Mesa AZ, son Gary (Marianne) Skinner, grandchildren Angela and Debbie Skinner of Normal, sister Eloise Stephen of Santa Rose CA, Frances Wooledge  of Cincinnati OH, niece Ann Wasammann of Cincinnati OH, nephew David Wooledge of Erie PA and numerous cousins and friends.   Joan attended Ben Funk School Bloomington High School and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University class ’43.  Member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and received her 65 year pen.   Growing up in Prairie Home, her love of antiques started at an early age – she was a lifelong member of the Funk Family.  She especially enjoyed the Funk Stubblefield reunions in the summer.  Working on the family farm fields detasseling during summer vacation was a chore all the Funk girls enjoyed.  Joan was a lifetime member of Jesse Fell Questers in Normal and enjoyed many trips antiquing with lifelong friends.  Volunteering was a way of life for mom.  She was always doing something for someone else trying to make their lives better.  Many years were spent at Brokaw Thrift-shop , Glenn Grade School and numerous committees at church.  A lifelong member of Second Presbyterian Church she had her special pew over the years – she particularly enjoyed the bible study classes and the friendships over the years.  Attending church camp at East Bay and Williams Bay were fond memories enjoyed by all the family.  It was rumored that she started one of the first garage sales in the twin cities – even toward the end of her life garage sales were a big part of her life.  Memorial gifts may be made to Second Presbyterian Church or Home Sweet Home Mission.  Online condolences may also be sent to www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com

Camp, Elizabeth Ann

Elizabeth Ann Camp, 89, of Mesa, AZ passed away on December 13, 2010. Ms. Camp, a retired fashion coordinator was born in Menominee, MI. Prededed in death by her parents Edward and Elisha Kronka, brothers Edward and Robert Kronka, she is survived by her companion Ray Calamita, daughter Debra Jolley, four sons Robert B, Gregory, Jeffrey and William Camp as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in April 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley Phoenix, AZ.

White, Dorothy “Dollie”

Dorothy “Dollie” Jean White, 75 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on December 13, 2010. The visitation for Dollie will begin at 10:00 am with the funeral following at 11:00 am Friday December 17, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Marantha (www. marantha.org).

Shotton, Ruth Rebecca

Ruth Rebecca Cook-Shotton, 90 of Tempe, Arizona died December 13th, 2010 at Friendship Village. She was born in Satanta, Kansas to Bessie Ellen Alexander-Cook and Arthur G Cook on July 23, 1920. Her childhood was spent primarily on a farm in Satanta, Kansas and she attended high school in Sublette, Kansas graduating in 1938. She married her high school sweetheart, Ronald J Shotton, on December 12, 1939. Ronald passed away on October 9, 2010 and she almost went to join him on what would have been their 71st wedding anniversary. Ruth at 36, joined her husband when they felt called to become missionaries. In the summer of 1963, Ronald and Ruth accepted their first call to the mission field in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Ruth and her husband became administrators for La Buena Tierra, a ministerial training center. After mastering the Spanish language, she taught Piano and Christian Education to many students. Ruth coordinated mission work camps, for groups arriving from the United States. She had a heart for making sure that mission work was truly a hands on experience. They followed with assignments in Panama and Venezuela. Altogether they served almost 20 years in missionary work. Her grandchildren will remember her for making their favorite animal pancakes, homemade chicken noodle soup, playing the harmonica, pounding out Alexander’s Ragtime Band on the piano, cheating at card games to tease, and her quick witted sense of humor. She is preceded in death by her husband Ronald J Shotton, one child, Janelle Shotton, her grandson, Nathan Shotton, and three brothers, Maynard Cook, Russell Cook and Arthur Cook. She is survived by one brother, Paul Cook and two sisters, Emma Carroll and Marie Francis. Also surviving are her four children, Pamela Showell, Greenfield, IN, Dr. Rodney Shotton, Mesa, AZ, Susan Turner, Chandler, AZ and Phoebe Ash, Chandler, AZ , nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

MacMillan Stewart, Geraldine

Bob & Gerri 11/5/1955

Gerri MacMillan Stewart went to be with the Lord on December 9, 2010 at 9:33 am. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Gerri enjoyed a long happy marriage to Robert MacMillan for 44 years until he passed away in December of 1999. They had 2 children: Michelle Provost and Elgin MacMillan. For the last year she enjoyed marriage to Robert Stewart. They would have celebrated their 1st anniversary on December 30th. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church since 1994. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, the visitation for Gerri will begin at 9:00 am with the funeral following at 10:00 am. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Sandoval, Elaine Pearl

Elaine Pearl Sandoval, 50 of Gilbert, Arizona passed away Friday December 17, 2010 in Gilbert, Az. Mrs. Sandoval, a Customer Service Rep., was born in Mesa, Arizona. She is survived by her husband Jose A. Sandoval Jr., daughter Alicia (Brian) Cole, step sons Dominic and Damien, Mother Lee Norman, sister Glenna Lee Miller, brothers Ron (Kim) Norman, Richard (Lorie) Ceal and grandchild Kassandra Sheehan. She was proceeded in death by her father Bob Norman, son Charlie, and grandparents Walter “B” and Minnie Warren. A funeral memorial service will be held Tuesday December 21, 2010 from 12:30 till 2 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main Mesa, Az. 85207. A reception will follow services at 2:30 at the Sandoval Home.

Sherwood, Lt. Col Terrence Lee

Lt. Col. Terrence Lee Sherwood, Ret., 66, of Gold Canyon passed away Friday, December 17, 2010. He was a loving husband and father to five. Services will be held at Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lidsey Rd., Mesa, on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 with a viewing at 9:30 am, service to follow at 10:00. He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery of AZ after a 2:00 pm graveside committal service.

Savoie, Raymond Aime

Raymond Aime Savoie, 82, of Mesa, AZ passed away on December 18, 2010 with his loving wife Shirley and his family at his side. Ray was born in Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Canada on Oct 6th. 1928 He was pre-deceased by his loving parents Louis and Simone Savoie, his 1st wife Lorraine and his brother Roger. He will be sadly missed by Shirley, his wife of 18 years; his daughter Evelyne (Phil) Gaudet, Edmonton, Alta, Can; his sons Rennie (Sandra) and Greg (Bernadette), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Can; many grand children and great grand children. Also cherishing his memory are his brother; Aime (Ida); Guy (Lea); sisters Estelle (Tony) Possberg; Jacqueline and also many nephews and nieces.  Raymond was educated at Provencher Collegiate School and Saint-Boniface College in Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Canada. In his early years, he joined the Canadian National Railway where he served as an engineer for many years, all the while holding down many part time jobs in order to provide for his growing family. Leaving the railroad, he became sales representative for AMF bowling products, covering the vast territory of all of Western Canada. He moved on to a position with Canada Cement Lafarge and enjoyed some success with this company when, in the early 1970’s, he was offered a managerial position with Western Gypsum, a wallboard manufacturing company. He quickly rose to the general sales manager’s position with responsibility for Western Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta provinces. Upon his retirement in the early 1990`s, he moved to Mesa, AZ. He was very proficient at most everything that he undertook, He planned and built his home in Winnipeg on the outskirts of the city including a large indoor swimming pool. In Mesa, not to be denied, he quickly added to the park model along with an Arizona room, deck and Jacuzzi. Sports fascinated him as he quickly mastered the ones that he undertook. He was an exceptional hockey player, scouted by the pros in his junior playing days. Fishing and duck hunting were a passion; always appreciating the moments when he could get away to relax and enjoy these leisurely past times. He was more than just a good golfer, Shirley and he relished their time together on the links. In retirement, shuffleboard, darts, dancing and of course travelling in the motor home were activities that knew no bounds. He fully participated, was tireless and did not hesitate to serve in an executive capacity in various leagues and organizations. His organizational skills will be missed by many.

Gradoville, Eddith Mae

Eddith Gradovile (88) passed away on December 7, 2010 in Mesa Arizona.   Born in Aitkin, Minnesota, she lived in Arizona for the past 40 years.  Preceded in death by her husband and son, she is survived by her daughter, Janice (Gradoville) Marcantel, three grandchildren Sara Mercantel, Lori Mercantel, Randi Taylor and 13 great-grandchildren.   Mountain View Funeral Home handled arrangements.  Services are scheduled for 2:00 Monday, December 13, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel.

Hodge, Elsie Evelyn

Elsie Evelyn Hodge, 90, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on December 6, 2010 following a brief illness. She was born on April 5, 1920 in South Bend, Indiana to Rene & Emma (Willie) Versmesse. On February 26, 1938 in South Bend, Indiana, she married Russell L. Hodge, who preceded her in death. They were married for 69 years. In 1973, with her late husband, she moved to Mesa, Arizona. Elsie was a loving wife, mother, homemaker and friend. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, brother Hank Versmesse, & great-grandson Robert Melton III. She is survived by her four children, Sue Ann (Fred) Carlson of Osceola, IN, Judy (Dennis) Manges of Mesa, AZ, James (Gwen) Hodge of Phoenix, AZ, and Roy (Teri) Hodge of Irving, TX, 8 grand-children, and 9 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Lucy Hodge, & Joy (Frank) Huddleson. She was a member of the Postal Service Women’s Auxiliary in South Bend, Indiana, & a member of Velda Rose United Methodist Church, Mesa, AZ. Visitation will be take place at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, Arizona on December 11, 2010 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM followed by a Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elsie’s name to a charity of choice.

Swanson, Gordon Albin

Gordon Albin Swanson, 94 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on December 4, 2010. The memorial service for Mr. Swanson will be at 10:30 am Tuesday December 14, 2010 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3257 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Grefe, Fred A.

Fred A. Grefe, 86 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Tuesday November 30, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona.  Services for Fred will be Monday Dember 6, 2010 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203.

Delahanty, Sharon

Sharon Delahanty 65 of Mesa AZ passed away suddenly on November 23, 2010. She was born July 12, 1945 in Batavia, NY. She is survived by her beloved husband of 28 years Mark Delahanty of Mesa, AZ, a daughter Shelly (Carl) Bish of Batavia NY, son Brian (Karen) Lawton of Lawton OK, seven grandchildren Carl, Adele, Rachael and Landon Bish, Jessica, Candice and Brandon Lawton. Brothers Roger, Monte, Ed and Tom Porter and Sister Norma Heale. She moved to Arizona from Brockport, NY in 1999 after 27 years of employment at Eastman Kodak. She spent her first few years in Arizona as a Certified Nursing Asst. caring for the elderly at Springdale and Citadel Nursing homes. She loved travelling and gardening. The Christmas season was her favorite time of year because of her love for her family and friends. Friends and family may gather Tuesday November 30, 2010, beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ

Millikin, Michele M.

Michele (Davis – Groen) Milliken 51 passed away on November 28, 2010 in Chandler, Arizona. She was born Feb. 14, 1959 in Akron, Ohio and preceded in death by her husband, Gavin Milliken, parents Dolores M. and Roy Davis and brother Kevin Kaiser. She is survived by her sons William Groen II and Ethan Davis, grandchildren Rebekah Harmony and Nathaniel Wilke Groen, brothers and sisters Marge (Bob) Burza, Mark (Tena) Davis, Al (Denise) Douglas, Laura Davis (Susan), Kelly Reeverts, Lisa (Rick) Perez, Dolores (Bobby) Jones and numerous nieces and nephews, her chihuahuas Chiquita and Cheech and special friends April, Heather, LeAnn, Kim and Jenny. A visitation is scheduled for 1:30 pm Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St, Mesa 85207. Graveside service to follow at 2:30 p.m.

Dosdall, Delores “Dee”

Delores (Dee) Dosdall, 79 of Mesa, AZ passed away Saturday, November 27, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Dosdall, a former school teacher, was born in Glenwood, MN. She graduated from Moorhead State in MN and taught elementary school for 20 years before moving to Mesa, AZ with her family in 1977. After retiring from school teaching, she provided childcare and became known as “Mrs. Dee” to many. She was also an active member of the Minnesota Club for 20 years. Survivors include her husband of 56 years Merle Dosdall, daughter Debbie Saifi, sisters Sylvia (Moe) Trafas and Betty (Moe) Jelinski, brothers Arnold, Jay and Jim Moe, and grandchildren Abby Rose and Sam Saifi. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Marlar, James David “Buddy”

James David “Buddy” Marlar, 68 of Maricopa, AZ passed away Monday Novemebr 29, 2010 in Maricopa, AZ. Mr. Marlar, a retired crane operator, was born in Welty, OK. He loved being with his family, gardening and hunting treasures in the desert. Survivors include his wife of 44 years Pamela, daughter Cindy Chance of Casa Grande, sons Tony of Casa Grande, Todd of Stanfield, and David of Chandler, sisters Sandra Greenrock of OK and Della Efird of TX, brother Robert L. Sands of OR, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The visitation for Buddy will be from 5-6:00 pm Friday December 3, 2010, the funeral service will follow at 6:00 pm, both services at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Taylor, James David

James D. Taylor, age 66, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away November 27, 2010 after a courageous six year battle with pancreatic cancer. Beloved husband of Patti, devoted father of Andrew Taylor (Karen) and step dad to Scott Gunnell (Carrie), Ryan Gunnell (Julie) and Brannon Gunnell (Amanda). Jim was step grandfather to seven with many nieces and nephews. He is the son of the late Milford and Jessie Taylor of Pittsburgh. PA. A 1967 graduate of Geneva College of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Jim was a proud veteran of the US Marine Reserve and a retired Marketing Sales Development Specialist of Hallmark Cards, Inc. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, December 11. Visitation 4 – 5 PM, memorial service at 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Valley would honor Jim.

Hull, Edith Roberta

Edith Roberta Hull, 86 of Tempe, Arizona passed away Sunday December 5, 2010 in Chandler, Arizona. Interment will be at 10:00 am Thursday December 9, 2010 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona 85207.

Koonce, Sophie

Sophie Koonce passed away of pneumonia on November 26, 2010 at Hospice of the Valley. Sophie was born December 18, 1925 in Landshut Bavaria Germany and came to the United States via Australia, where she learned her English, always being asked if she was from England due to her heavy accent. As she and her former husband separated she was enlarging her vocabulary and music repertoire, living in Fort Wayne, IN, working as a nurse and as an accordionist, playing the cordavox at German supper clubs (Heidelberg, Rhinelander, Big Wheel and the Gerber Haus) in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. Moving toMesa, AZ in 1978, she continued with her music until her retirement, playing at HeinrickFelsen’sultra-supper club “The Felsen Haus” in Phoenix. She finished her career doing complimentary shows for many retirement homes in the valley. Sophie is survived by her husband Donald Ray Koonce (AZ), daughters, Gabriella Rousseau(AZ), Marianne Herlihy (WA), Rita Smith (IN), Sondra Powell (AZ), stepson Daniel A.Koonce(IN), son Leslie Gondos Jr. (CA), sisters, Elizabeth (Lisel)Scharf of Germany and Anne Scharf of France. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Private graveside services are to be held at 3:30 PM, December 10, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sophie’s name to Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org), 1510 East Flower St., Phoenix, Arizona, 85014.

Arellano, Viola Mary

Viola Mary Arellano, 66 of Mesa, Az passed away Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010. Originally from New Mexico, she moved to Arizona in 1966 where she raised 7 children. She will be remembered for her zest in life and her unconditional love for her family and friends. She will be deeply missed and cherished forever. She was an amazing daughter, mother, grandma, and great-grandma. She is preceeded in death by her father, son, brother and husband. She is survived by her mother, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday December 2, 2010 with viewing starting at 10:00 AM at St. George’s Catholic Church 300 E. 16th Ave. Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Higginbottom, Katie Michelle

Katie Michelle Higginbottom passed away November 17, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ, she was 29. Katie was born April 22, 1981 in Waterford, MI. Katie a resident of Chandler, AZ was a hairstylist & artist. She is survived by her loving family; parents Mark & Patricia, sister Ashley, brother Christopher, grandfather Richard Higginbottom and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Katies fun loving personality will be greatly missed by all. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday Dec. 3, 2010 at Central Christian Church 933 N. Lindsey Rd. Mesa,AZ 85213 with a luncheon to follow. The family suggests contributions be made in Katies name to Central Christian Church.

Richards, Julia C.

Julia Catherine Richards nee Kolter 97 of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully November 19, 2010.  Julia was born September 27, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan to John and Mary Kolter.  Julia was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed dearly. She enjoyed walking, cooking, sewing and spending time with her family. She was married for 53 years and is preceded in death by husband Gerald W. Richards. She is survived by her sons, Gerald M. (Judy) Richards and James Richards, Granddaughter Roxanne (Ronald) Primeau and Great-Granddaughter Jennifer Primeau. Services for Mrs. Richards will be held at 2:00 PM Tues. November 23, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850.

Rutstein, Betty

Betty Rutstein, 86, of Mesa, AZ passed away on November 17, 2010. She was born on Chicago, IL on May 28, 1924. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. Betty fought dementia for a number of years. She is survived by her husband Sam, 3 children, John, Gail and Robert, her granddaughters Brianna and Christine, and great-grandchildren Helene and Spencer. Services for Betty will be Friday, November 26, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, the visitation will begin at 1:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm.

Ormsby, Geraldine

Geraldine Ellen Ormsby passed away at her home Nov. 17, 2010 in Apache Junction, AZ she was  71. She was born June 14, 1939 in Warren, PA. Mrs. Ormsby is survived by her daughter Kathy (Frank) Mendoza, grandchildren Ashlie, Adam & Alliyah, brothers Dennis “D.D.”, Brian & Kevin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Dick her brother Bruce, father Paul Martin, stepfather Paul Hedstrom & mother Virginia Parks. A memorial service will be held Saturday Dec. 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850.

Clifford, Ralph Melvin

Ralph Melvin Clifford 87 passed away on November 21, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Clifford was born in Maywood, Illinois and worked 35 years as regional general supervisor for General Motors parts division and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Preceded in death by his parents William J. and Grace Clifford, he is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorothy (Kmet) Clifford. Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ handled arrangements. A private interment will take place at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 North Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85024

Brown, Linda Louise

Linda Louise Brown 62 of Gilbert, AZ passed away on November 9, 2010 in Scottsdale, AZ. Linda worked as a Family Service Counselor at Mountain View Memorial Gardens for the past nineteen years and has touched many lives in her career. Survivors include her mother Arlene Blocher, brother Fred Blocher, her loving husband of 42 years, Karl Brown, two daughters Jamie Roessing and Jenn Villarreal, son in law Doug Roessing and her favorite little buddy grandson Preston Villarreal. Linda was a kind soul with many people who loved her. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and always doing things for others. She fought a courageous battle with dignity and grace. She will be so deeply missed. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Sunday, November 21 at 1:00 PM. Flowers to be sent Saturday by 4 o’clock please.

Brown, Merle A.

Merle A. Brown, 93 of Mesa, AZ passed away November 13, 2010. She was born in Anthem, WV. She is survived by her children: Ralph and Fanny Brown of Mesa, AZ and Betty and Pete Whaley of Concord, NC, her sister Louise and John Tait of Lexington, OH, sister-in-law Clarice Ann Lemasters of Pine Grove, WV, sister-in-law Betty Hudson of New Martinsville, WV, grandchildren: Cathy Allen of Mesa, AZ, Diane and Dave Palmer of Sistersville, WV, Cheryl and Paul McNutt of Scottsdale, AZ and Melissa and Jason Linker of Concord, NC, 13 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Merle was preceded in death by her husband Doyle Brown, her parents Harry and Margaret Anderson Hudson, her brothers Mitchell, Charles “Mutt”, Norman and Dale Hudson, and her sister Geraldine Hudson. Visitation for Merle will be from 5-6:00 pm Wednesday, November 17, 2010 followed by the funeral at 6:00 pm, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Cox, Howard

Celebration of Life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd. Mesa.  Howard joined his Lord on May 23, 2010.  He is survived by his wife, Sandra; two children, Sandy (Chip) Thompson and Roger (Terry) Cox; two granddaughters and three great grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Superstitions Kiwanis Foundation or Apache Wells Community Church-Community Action.  Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences by visiting www.mvfuneralhome.com

Bentley, Calvin Louis Jr.

Calvin Louis Bentley Jr. of Maricopa, AZ was born November 24, 1938 in Covington, KY. He retired from the City of Tempe as a mechanic; he also worked for DHIA as a milk tester for 15 years. He is survived by his wife Linda, four sons: Jeff (Lori) of Fountain Hills, AZ, Duane (Terri) Tucson, AZ, Tim (Becca) of Heber, AZ and Mark (Traci) of Aztec, NM, 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 7 sisters. Services for Calvin will be Tuesday, November 9, 2010; the visitation will be from 1-2:00 pm followed by the funeral at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Wood, Louette Carlisle

Louette Edith Packard was born December 20, 1920 in Wilkinsburg, PA to Harold Arthur Packard and Julia Leet Packard, the third child of five children, two of whom still survive her, Lynn Benner of FL and Frances Langer of CA. Besides her two sisters, Louette is survived by her two sons, Kelvin and Robert, daughters-in-law, Millie and Lucy, grandchildren, Michael and Nicole, and great-granddaughter, Jasmine, all of whom live in Arizona. Louette joined her Lord Jesus on November 5, 2010. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of the Valley Dobson Home, 1188 N Dobson Rd., Chandler, AZ 85224 or Morning Apostolic Church, 3263 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234.

Gutierrez, Ricardo Jr.

Ricardo (Ricky) Gutierrez Jr., of Gilbert, AZ, passed away November 2, 2010. He was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 31, 1989. Ricky was a hard working, loving, family oriented young man whose world revolved around his 2 year old son and fiance. Ricky was ambitious, full of dreams and had hopes for a bright future. He had a love of baseball and lived his life by three words, Live, Love, Laugh. He is survived by his son, Jayden Gutierrez; fiance, Vanessa Peoples; parents, Julie A. Gutierrez, Ricardo & Rebecca Gutierrez,; brothers, Jon and Nicolas Gutierrez, Dominic Contreras; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. There will be a visitation for Ricky 5:00-8:00pm Monday November 8, 2010 with the funeral 10:00 am Tuesday November 9, 2010, both services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In-lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank account number #7657502121.

Elmer, Alice

Mrs. Alice Ann Lauck Elmer age 70 of Mesa, AZ., passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 2, 2010 in the Banner Gardens Hospice House following an extended illness. Alice was born on November 15, 1939 in Mesa, AZ., the daughter of the late Thomas Woodrow Lauck and the late Emily Allene Jones Lauck. In her youth she attended several Mesa Public Schools and graduated from Mesa High in 1957. One of the highlights of her time at Mesa High was being a Rabbette. She raised seven children. They were the most important thing in her life. She never forgot a birthday and always made sure that all fifty-five members of her family knew she was thinking of them on their special day.  She brought the gospel into the lives of her family by being the first to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a great blessing she gave to her children and grandchildren. Alice is survived by two brothers, Rad (Dorthy) Lauck of Tuscumbia, AL., and Carl (Vicki) Lauck of Kingman, AZ. Seven Children,  Debi (Terry) Wilson of San Tan Valley, AZ., Cindi (Doug) Shepherd of Las Vegas, NV., Mike (Terrie) Elmer of Serra Vista, AZ., Teresa (Wayne) Stradling of Mesa, AZ., Linnie (Luis) Soto of Buckeye, AZ., Kim Tryon of Mesa, AZ., and Jenny (Kirk) Reed of Gilbert, AZ. Twenty-Eight Grandchildren. Six Great Grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Thursday November 4, 2010 from 6 til 8 pm at the Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery located at 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Funeral services will be held on Friday November 5, 2010 at 10:00 am with a viewing 1 hour prior. Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhomeandcemetery.com

Mayer, Alfred R.

Alfred R. Mayer, 79 of Queen Valley, AZ, passed away on October 29, 2010. A memorial service will be held Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010 at 3:00PM at Victory Lutheran Church 5946 E. University Dr. Mesa, AZ 85205 (480) 830-5024.

Helm, Irving Helge

Irving Helge Helm, 87, of Peoria, AZ passed away Saturday, October 30, 2010 of natural causes. Irving was born on November 28, 1922 to Carl & Harriett Helm of Providence, Rhode Island. He attended schools in Rhode Island. He served in the United States Army (658th battalion) as an amphibious tank driver in the Pacific Theatres during the Second World War and was a decorated war veteran. After the war, he met and married Agnes Meredith in April, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. Around the same time, Irv, a passionate automobile enthusiast and mechanic operated and owned a Texaco gas station and “Helm’s Garage” where he specialized in engine rebuilds. The couple was blessed with two children, a son Chuck, and a daughter Susan. Irv then began his career in the unionized tool and dye industry and was elected Shop Steward. In the early 60′s he and Agnes opened “Irv’s Cocktail Lounge” in Detroit. In 1971 they moved west to Mesa, AZ. He is survived by a son, Chuck (Lori) Helm of Waddell, AZ, daughter, Susan (Michael) Faulkner, granddaughters Jennifer Faulkner and Melissa (Shawn) Schwab, all of Wenatchee, WA, and a grandson, Erik (Christa) Helm of Chandler as well as three great-grandchildren, Makenna and Conner Schwab and Kylie Helm. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Agnes, who passed away ten days before on October 20, 2010, his parents, and a brother, Fred Helm. Irv enjoyed visiting his many neighbors, and would go out of his way to always say “Hello” to people wherever he went. In addition, he lived for his sweet little “lap” dog, Tiger. Irv will be missed and the family is grateful to his many friends for the love and support they have provided. A visitation will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday November 3, 2010 with services following at 12:00 noon at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 832-2850 www.mvfuneralhome.com. Family suggests contributions be made in Irving’s name to American Legion Post #26 505 W. 2nd Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210 where he was a lifetime member.

Montoya, Bernie J.

Bernie J. Montoya, 92, peacefully passed away, Friday, October 22, 2010 at his home in Chandler, AZ. Bernie was born June 27, 1918. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lupe T. Montoya. He is survived by his sister, Josephine (Clorindo) Ortiz, and aunt Frances Castillo. He is also survived by his sons, Bernie Ray (Lorraine) Montoya, Ronald (Gina) Montoya; daughter, Theresa (Phil) Hylton; grandchildren, Rebecca (Brian) Bainter, Brian (Melanie) Montoya, Melissa (Tommy) Wong, Mark Montoya, Lindsey (Charles) Parker, Brandon (Allison) Montoya, Kate (Allan) Hylton Dyament, and Elizabeth Hylton; great-grandchildren, Emmerson and Avery Bainter, Lilyana Montoya, Remington Wong, and Baby Montoya. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Bernie proudly served in the US Army and was a WWII veteran. Bernie was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and served as State Secretary. The family would like to thank Alary’s Home Healthcare, Banner Hospice, Doug and Margaret Hylton and the many friends Bernie made throughout his 92 years. There will be a visitation between 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 2213 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Stroke Association, 2929 S. 48th St. Tempe, AZ 85282 or Desert Southwest Alzheimer’s Association, 1028 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006.

Beaulieu, Margaret Lucille “Lu”

Margaret Lucille “Lu” Andrews Beaulieu 83, of Mesa, AZ, passed away October 24, 2010. Lu was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a multi-talented artist who shared her gifts as an inspired singer of opera and cherished hymns; as a painter of oil and watercolor landscapes; and as a needle worker with coveted knitted and crocheted hats, afghans, and Christmas card box holders. Lu was born in Hollywood, FL on April 5, 1927. She attended the Arizona State Teachers College/ASU, and graduated with a B.A. in Education on May 31, 1960. As a young woman, she appeared in leading roles in numerous ASU Lyric Opera and Phoenix Little Theater productions. She had a 20-year career as a teacher in academics, music and art in the Tempe Elementary and Balsz School Districts. After retirement, she opened the Lu’tique Art Store and Studio in the Arroyo Hermoso Shopping Center she and her husband, William “Bill” Andrew Beaulieu, developed in Apache Junction, AZ. There, she exhibited her artwork, and that of other artists, and taught guitar. She shared her joy for music and the Lord Jesus as the music director for the First United Methodist Church, and Desert Chapel Methodist Church. Lu was married for 58 years to Bill, who preceded her in death on September 15, 2005. She is survived by son John (Paula) Beaulieu, daughter Cynthia (Michael) Searcy, daughter Andrea Beaulieu, and daughter Roxane (Woody) Rogers, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren, and one on the way. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207, 480-832-2850.

Farr, Grayce Mayre

Grayce Mayre Farr, 65 of Mesa, Az. Passed away October 18, 2010 in Mesa. Mrs. Farr, a machinist was born in Philadelphia, Pa. Survivors include her husband Larry Farr, daughter Amber Fuhrer and son Jacques Farr.

Helm, Agnes Juan

Agnes Juan (Meredith) Helm, 83, of Peoria, AZ passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2010 due to complications related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. Agnes was born on October 9, 1927 to Joseph and Ottilie (Fischer) Meredith in Pontiac, Michigan. She attended schools in Michigan and Florida and graduated high school at age 16. In April 1947, she married Irving Helm of Detroit, Michigan. The couple raised their two children in Michigan and, in 1971, moved west to Mesa, AZ. Agnes entered the real estate business and worked as a realtor, broker and manager for a number of companies in the Valley. She was known as “tough but honest” in her business relationships. Agnes was a high-spirited person who loved her family. She was passionate about reading mystery novels and watching crime shows on television, always, with her dog Tiger nestled on her lap. She is survived by her husband, Irving, of Peoria, AZ, a brother, Joe (Alice) Meredith of Cypress, TX, a son, Chuck (Lori) Helm of Waddell, a daughter, Susan (Michael) Faulkner, granddaughters Jennifer Faulkner and Melissa (Shawn) Schwab, all of Wenatchee, WA, and a grandson, Erik (Crista) Helm of Chandler as well as three great-grandchildren, Makenna and Conner Schwab and Kylie Helm. The family is grateful to her many friends and colleagues for the love and support they have provided. Agnes touched many lives who will miss her and be saddened by her passing. A visitation will be held at 12:00 noon Friday October 29, 2010 with services following at 1:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207.

Roberts, Frederick

Frederick Eugene Roberts passed away peacefully at his home on October 10, 2010 at the age of 77. Born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio on June 18, 1933. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and a wonderful friend. Frederick is survived by his loving wife Charolotte of 50 years. He has 3 children Sheila (Jessie) Cummins, Gina (Curtis) Byler, and Michael (Darla) Roberts and 8 grandchildren Kaila, Lanae, Tia, Colin, Matthew, Anthony, Brenden, and Calyssa. After high school and college, he served in the US Air Force. He later worked in business and retail. Services will be held 11:00 am Friday, October 15, 2010 at Mountain View Cemetery 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa AZ 85205.

Shotton, Ronald J.

Ronald J. Shotton, 90 of Tempe, Arizona died October 9th, 2010 at Friendship Village. He was born in St. John, Kansas to Zella Fern Shotton and John T Shotton on August 26, 1920. His childhood was spent primarily on a farm in Satanta, Kansas and he attended high school in Sublette, Kansas graduating in 1938. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Rebecca Cook, on December 12, 1940. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in December. Ronald farmed in Kansas till the age of 36 when he felt called to become a missionary. He moved with his family and wife to Anderson, Indiana. He was ordained as a minister of the Church of God in 1960 and pastored two churches in Daleville, Indiana. He graduated with a BA degree from Anderson University in 1963. In the summer of 1963, Ronald and Ruth accepted their first call to the mission field in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. He went primarily as an agricultural engineer, teaching the people in the small villages surrounding Saltillo how to plant crops and farm them. He later became the administrator for La Buena Tierra, a ministerial training center. A common saying, as many have called and emailed, is “He was like a father to me.” Many of the young men and women training to be pastors, were blessed to have him in their lives. They followed with assignments in Panama and Venezuela. Altogether they served almost 20 years in missionary work. After retiring from his mission work, he served as a State Coordinator of Church of God pastors in Arizona. Throughout his life he was a godly faithful servant, who loved his family and others. His grandchildren will remember him as the one who taught them how to ride bikes, building tents in the house for them to sleep in, inviting them to Mexico and Panama for vacations and trips to the cabin in Pinetop. In later years, he was always a source of godly wisdom and support for his children and grandchildren. His warm heart touched everyone. He is survived by his wife, Ruth and four children, Pamela Showell, Greenfield, IN, Rodney Shotton, Mesa, AZ, Susan Turner, Chandler, AZ and Phoebe Ash, Chandler, AZ , nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters and two brothers, Mary Beth Baldini, MidVale, UT, Virginia Sawyer, Salt Lake City, UT, Betty Frye, Pampa, TX, John Shotton, Ponca City, OK, and Victor Shotton, Wilcox, AZ. Services are Sunday, October 17th at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 E. Apache Trail (Main Street), Mesa, AZ. Viewing will be at 2:00pm with a service at 3:00pm. Flowers or a gift to Hospice of the Valley may be given if desired.

Minich, Margaret Roop

Margaret Roop Minich, 81, passed away on Saturday, September 18 in Eunice, LA. She was born April 1, 1929. She is survived by her four sons, Robert Beverly and Thomas Beverly of Mesa, AZ, James Minich of Eunice and Dennis Minich of Daisey, AR; five daughters, Penny Comeaux, Tonya Davis and Nanine Stempien all of Eunice; Connie Walker and Winona Sherwin both of Mesa, AZ; three sisters, Beverly Wright of Sandusky, OH, Alice Stiene and Sherryl Smith both of Mansfield, OH; 24 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. These are just some of the closest of the many important people Margaret touched, whom are feeling her loss so strongly.  Margaret leaves behind huge family, special thanks to Penny Comeaux and Tony Davis (her daughters), for their wonderful, dedication to her caregiving for many years…   Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Milton V. Roop and Vea J. Isabell; husband, Leslie Minich; brothers, Milton and Robert Roop; sister, Norma Hartley. Services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens at 7600 E. Main St. in Mesa. Gravesite service will be at 3:00 pm, Monday, October 11, 2010; a potluck reception will follow immediately at the Walker Family Home, 3150 N. 78th St. Mesa, AZ 85207. 

Orr, Violet M.

Violet M. Orr of Utica, NY passed away at her home in Mesa, AZ on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 after a two year battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was born on April 30th 1952 and met her husband Dennis Orr when she was 12 years old. Violet and Dennis were married on March 18th, 1972, and were blessed with 38 years together. Violet’s loves in life were her husband Dennis, her daughter Karey, her two grand daughters Ariana and Cienna, and her cats namely “the Pus” and “Butternut”. Violet will always be remembered for her ability to forgive, her practical jokes, her quick wit, and sense of humor. She has left us with a legacy of stories to tell. Survivors include: Dennis Orr (husband), Karey Bohmer (daughter) Dan Bohmer (son-in-law) Ariana Garza (granddaughter) Cienna Bohmer (granddaughter), Raymond Wiater (brother) Patrisha Wiater (sister-in-law), Roseanne Czternastek (sister), Gary Wiater (brother), Noreen Wiater (sister-in-law), Eric Wiater (brother) and Kathleen and Keith Sterling (sister and brother-in-law), Michelle Baker and Kay Blevins (her two best friends) and her beloved cats, Chompie, Sushi, Callie, and Smackers. Services were held on October 8th at Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Tipton, Charles Lee

Chester Lee Tipton, 82 of Scottsdale, AZ passed away Monday October 4, 2010 in Scottsdale, AZ. Mr. Tipton, a farmer, was born in Bernie, MO. Survivors include his wife Vivian Tipton, daughters Linda, Karen and Trina, son David, his 3 sisters, 3 brothers, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Beverly and sons Terry and Bob. There will be a visitation at 9:00 am Monday, October 11, 2010 followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Gouin, Yvette

Yvette Gouin of Gilbert, AZ  passed away Oct. 1, 2010 in Gilbert, AZ she was 92. Yvette was born Apr. 14, 1918 to Amedee Therrien and Marie Bissonette in Manchester, NH. Mrs. Gouin was a long time resident of Brooklyn, CT. She is survived by her daughter Denise Cote of Gilbert, AZ, sister Lucille Corentin of Manchester, CT, granddaughter Laurie Gardiner of Norwich, CT, Grandson Jeff Cote of Apache Junction, AZ, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Antonio “Tony” Gouin, sister Gertrude Messier & brother Armand Therrien. She will be greatly missed.

Olson, Arleen M.

Arleen (Ginger) Olson went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. She was born on July 4, 1922 in Mankato, Minnesota to J. Elmer and Lillian Nelson. She grew up and graduated from High School in Lake Crystal, Minnesota. After graduation she enrolled in a secretarial course at the Northwestern Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There she met Irwin Olson a Seminary student. They were married on September 3, 1943. She served as her husband’s personal secretary during fifty-five years of his sixty-five year pastoral ministry. She is survived by her husband; a sister, Joan Salseth; a brother, John Nelson; five children: Sheryl and her husband, Larry Fox; Steve and his wife, Junia; Linda and her husband Jack Swank; Julie Compton; and Debra and her husband, Robert Craig; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Angie Raper; a brother, Dean Nelson; and a brother-in law, Harold Salseth. She was the grand lady of her family. She will be missed. A memorial service will be held on October 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Sunland Village East in Mesa, Arizona.

Hazen, Nancy Elsie

Nancy Elsie Hazen, 71 of Mesa, AZ passed away September 26, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Hazen, a tax accountant, was born in Cincinnati, OH. She is survived by her daughters, Libby Fariss and Dionna Reeb, sisters Helga Triftshouser and Evelyn Johnson, and grandchildren Austin Fariss and Savannah Fariss. Services will be at 10:00 am Monday October 4, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Holl, Kenneth J.

Kenneth J. Holl, 78, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Sunday, September 26, 2010 in Apache Junction, AZ. Mr. Holl, a locomotive engineer, was born in Cleveland, OH. Survivors include his wife Donna Holl. No services are currently scheduled.

Hanson, Donald Jr.

Born January 17, 1945 Louisville, KY and left this world September 26, 2010 after a courageous fight against cancer. He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy Hanson. His survivors include his loving companion Mary; father and step-mother Donald and Eleanor; daughter Kristine and her husband Eric, son Paul and his wife Shari, including their mother former spouse Jan; grandchildren Andrew, Lauren, Macy, Mara and Jett; brothers Dale (Milisa), David (Phyllis), and Damon; sisters Diane (James) and DrewAnn (John). He received his bachelors degree from Oregon State University and his law degree from Loyola University Los Angeles. He was in private law practice in Southern California and was an honored Judge Pro Tem until he retired and moved to Arizona in 2005. He was active in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He volunteered his time in various areas, chiefly with The American Red Cross both in California and Arizona. He took great pleasure in spending time with various ham radio groups. Services are at 11:00 am Saturday October 2, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Cardwell, Gracie

Gracie Cardwell, 74, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away peacefully, at Hospice of the Valley, Thursday the 23rd of September, 2010. Gracie was born in November 1935, she was the daughter of missionaries, Herbert and Esther MacClurg and had a very well traveled young life. In her 40 years here in Arizona, she made many friends who will miss her greatly.  A visitation will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Wednesday September 29, 2010 from 5:00 till 8:00 p.m. The graveside service will be held September the 30th in the waterfall grotto at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 2:00 p.m. Contributions may be made in honor of Gracie to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850). Gracie’s poem entitled Victory Will Come: You are with me thru my suffering. You feel the pain I bear each day. Jesus, You are my hope, my trust, my faith, To You my prayers I share!  I need to sing Your praises more! With thoughts of Your hand still in mine. To feel Your presence, Your love and Power, To trust Your Word…victory will come… In Your Time!

Lucassen, Lucas Willem

Lucas Willem Lucassen, 82 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on Monday September 20, 2010. Mr. Lucassen was born in Amsterdam, Holland. Survivors include his wife Olga, son Frank (Patricia), step-sons Mervin (Paulette) Zroback, David (Cheryl) Zroback and Jeffrey Zroback, his brother Wim and grandchild Melissa (Jared) Goodell. He was preceded in death by his son Arthur and his sister Dora. Services were held at Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Santiago, LeAnn Marie

LeAnn Santiago, 51 of Queen Creek, Arizona, passed away on September 19, 2010. Services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Camelback Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5902 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ.

Gardner, Henry James

Henry Jim Gardner of Mesa, AZ passed away September 16, 2010. He was employed by the Oden Highway Department for 25 years and was a foreman for many of those years. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Anna Gardner, daughter-in-law Judith Gardner, grandchildren: Debbie (Art) Hunt, Linda (Dennis) Yueckstock, Scott (Tara) Gardner, Todd (Libby) Gardner; 8 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, sisters Julia Bayer, Irene Bertsch, Monnie (Jerry) Webster, several nieces and nephews, and one special niece Patricia (John) Hendricks. He was predeceased by his loving son Hank Gardner. Services will be Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N Recker Rd., Mesa, AZ 85205. Contributions may be made to Banner Hospice, 7231 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208 or All Saints Catholic Church Mass Cards.

Duchaj, Edward F.

Edward F. Duchaj, 58 of Phoenix, AZ passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Duchaj, a financial counselor in the mortgage industry, was born in Des Plaines, IL. He graduated from Main West High School, Des Plaines, IL in 1970. He was a long time volunteer for the Fiesta Bowl, he coached youth baseball, basketball and soccer, and he was a past President of the Paradise Valley Soccer Club. He also loved to travel, play golf, and follow the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Cardinals, but most of all he loved his boys. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his sons Eric of La Plata, MD and Joseph of East Lansing, MI and his sister Dorothy (Wayne) Erath of Mesa, AZ. Services will be at 2:00 pm Wednesday September 22, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Halvorson, Grace Lorraine

Grace Lorraine (Dunford) Halvorson, 80, died Saturday, September 11, 2010 in Mesa, AZ at Banner Baywood Medical center with family at her side.  Grace was born to George and Alma(Magnus) Dunford on December 18, 1929 in Mona, ND.  She was raised on a farm near Osnabrock, ND.  She married John Halvorson on April 2, 1949 in Fargo, ND.  They lived in Fargo, Wimbledon and Grafton, ND.  Upon retirement as a Deputy Sheriff for the Walsh County Sheriff’s Department, they retired to Mesa, AZ in 1981, where they enjoyed golfing, taking trips and and being with friends and family. Grace is survived by her husband of 61 years, John, Mesa, AZ; daughters, Sandra (Pat) Burns, Grafton, ND; Sonia (Kyle) Misialek, Mesa, AZ; Five grandchildren, Wade (Shirley) Burns, Mesa, AZ; Shawnda (Duane) Kemnitz, Grand Forks, ND; Brent (Jen) Burns, Fargo, ND;  Seth and Dylan Misialek, Mesa, AZ and five great-grandchildren, Blake, Zak, Danica and Grace Kemnitz  and Jayce Burns;  her siblings, Eileen Meroney, Waco, TX; Tom (Betty) Dunford, Fargo, ND and Mesa, AZ; Russell (Lois) Dunford, Milton, ND; Wes (Viv) Dunford, Fargo, ND and Mesa, AZ; Jack (Mary) Dunford, Coon Rapids, MN and Sun City West, AZ; and many extended family members. Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mary (Dunford Brown) Shepard and brother Edsel Dunford. Services will be held at 10am on Thursday, September 16th at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetary, 7900 E. Main St, Mesa, AZ, 85207, with burial service to follow.  A luncheon will be held following all services at Velda Rose Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, 85205.

Davis, James C.

James C. Davis, 90, of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2010 in Mesa. Jim was born March 31, 1920 in Kalamazoo, MI. He graduated from Boulder High School in Colorado and earned a B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry from Iowa State University (1942). He married Maribeth Avery on July 3, 1943 while serving in the Army at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. They relocated to Craig, CO in 1946 where they resided for 30 years. He worked as Vice-President and Auditor at the Moffat County State Bank in Craig. After moving to Arizona in 1976, he worked as Vice-President for the Copper State Bank and United Bank in Apache Junction until his retirement in 1985. He was involved in the Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years and served as Secretary-Treasurer for more than 35 years. He was also an active member of the Apache Wells Community Church in Mesa. Jim will be fondly remembered as a service-orientated person who was friendly, caring, hard-working, and trustworthy. He is survived by a son, Bruce Davis of Mesa; a daughter, Diane Davis of Mesa; a sister, Marian Whiteman, of Palm Springs, CA; five nieces; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2000. Donations may be given to the Kiwanis Club of the Superstitions Foundation in Mesa or the Alzheimer’s Association (602-528-0545).

Hogan, Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley Hogan, 84, passed away September 6, 2010, with his wife Frances, by his side, in Mesa, AZ. He was born February 6, 1926 in Springfield, MO to Claude and Florence (Coker) Hogan. Mr. Hogan served in the United States Army during WWII in the European Theater. After returning home, he became a journeyman electrician and married his bride of 61 years in April 1949. He moved his family to AZ in 1958, where he worked for Southwest Forest Industries for 31 years. Upon retiring in 1988, he and Frances, moved from Show Low, AZ to Mesa, AZ. They enjoyed spending time fishing, camping and traveling in Canada and Alaska. He loved spending time with his family and especially taking his great-grandchildren for rides on his electric scooter and singing songs to them. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Mr. Hogan is survived by his wife, Frances of Mesa; daughter, Charlene Olvis and her husband, Ron of Hartville, MO; son, Loren Hogan and wife Susan of Show Low, AZ, 5 grandchildren, Richard Hogan (Kim) of Mesa, AZ; Lori Harris (Rob) of Mesa, AZ; James Hogan (Hattie) of Pinetop, AZ; Rachel McCracken (Brian) of Mesa, AZ; Leah Coon (Preston) of Clarksville, TN; 9 great-grandchildren; and many family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Florence Hogan and 4 brothers, Reginald, Floyd, Claude (Tad), and Wilson. He was an active member of Desert Chapel United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Desert Chapel United Methodist Church, 462 N. Palo Verde Dr., Apache Junction, AZ 85120. There will be a visitation between 12:00 – 1:00 pm Friday September 10, 2010 with the funeral following at 1:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Services will be conducted by Pastor Michael Eaton.

Johnson, Dorothy “Jackie” Jacqueline

On Sept. 5, 2010, Dorothy “Jackie” Jacqueline Johnson of Mesa, 63, suddenly and unexpectedly left her home here to join her many loved ones, already waiting for her in Heaven. Jackie was born to Dorothy & George Powell in Mesa, AZ on October 31, 1946, where she grew up and remained most of her life, moving to Bakersfield, CA with her family in 1977. Jackie resettled permanently with her family in AZ in 1991. Jackie spent most of her years as a homemaker, lovingly caring for her 3 children. Though her oldest son, Bobby, had Cerebral Palsy, Jackie spent 35 years providing him and her other children with the utmost love and care. In 1996, Jackie proudly opened DJ’s Thrift & Gift Store in Mesa, with her mother. The two ran the shop for nearly 6 years before retiring. After retiring with her husband, they enjoyed traveling, vacationing, and gambling in Palm Springs and Laughlin. Jackie collected coins, enjoyed playing games, and spending time with her grandchildren for entertainment. Jackie is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Jack, and sister Georgette, all of Mesa, husband, Robert “B.J.” Johnson Sr. of Mesa, sons, Robert “Bobby” Jr. of Mesa, and Thomas “Danny” Daniel of Portland, OR., among many other loved family and friends. Jackie is survived by her 3 loving sisters, Karen Bishop, Patricia Harris, and Sandy Bishop, all of Mesa. Also, brother, Kevin Powell of NV, as well as brother in law, Frank Johnson Sr. and wife, Julie, of Palm Desert, CA. Jackie also leaves behind daughter, Karen Johnson and spouse, David Richert, of Mesa. Most importantly left behind are Jackie’s 5 beautiful grandchildren, Lucas Daniel and Gavin Isaac Scott of Mesa, as well as, Kaitlyn Grace, Ashlyn Faith, and Ethan Daniel of Bend, OR. These are just some of the closest of the many important people Jackie touched, whom are feeling her loss so strongly. Jackie leaves behind a huge, loving family and many loyal friends, with special thanks to Rosemary Lopez, her wonderful, dedicated caregiver of more than 2 years. Services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens at 7600 E. Main St. in Mesa. Viewing is from 5-8pm, Friday, Sept. 10, followed by the funeral on Sat. Sept. 11 at 10am inside the chapel, followed by a graveside service. A potluck reception will immediately follow at the Johnson Family Home in Mesa. All friends and family of the Johnson’s are encouraged to attend. Our thanks are extended to Pastor Tommy Foster and Director Clint Fontaine of Mountain View Memorial Gardens, for your many years of dedication and concern for our family through our many unfortunate losses.

Chippendale, Marion Victoria

Marion Victoria Chippendale passed away September 6, 2010 at 88 years of age. Marion was born in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada on March 9, 1922. She moved to British Columbia in her early 20′s and worked at the Hudson Bay Co. in the Credit Dept. for a number of years. In 1962, Marion and her husband moved to Arcadia, CA where she worked for I Magnin. She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas R. of Mesa, Arizona, her brother, Doug Ferguson of Melville, five nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her brother Austin and her sister Mildred. Many thanks to the staff of Odyssey Hospice. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Taylor, Wayne Edward

Wayne Edward Taylor, 82 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away September 4, 2010 in Apache Junction, Arizona. Mr. Taylor, a U.S. Army veteran, will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Porter, Louis Abner

Louis Abner “Sam” Porter passed away peacefully, August 21 in Mesa, Arizona.  He is survived by his daughter Barbara Schultz, of Apache Junction; his sons Kenneth, of Casa Grande; Preston, of Coolidge; Louis, of Apache Junction; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; his sister Alice Dyer, of Eager; his brothers David, of Show Low; and Melvin, of Sun City; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brothers Horace, Preston, and Eugene; and by his sister Annie Locket McMahan. Louis was born in 1921 in Apache Creek, New Mexico to Joseph Baxter Porter and Emily Locket Gambel Porter, where he worked on the family’s farm and ranch, and attended high school in nearby Reserve.  He volunteered for the Army Air Corps during World War II, and eventually became a flight trainer, stationed mostly at airfields in Texas.  He earned a baccalaureate and a masters degree from Oklahoma State University, and was a well respected and innovative educator for more than thirty years.  He taught at Reserve High School from 1953-62, and founded the school’s agriculture department and Future Farmers of America chapter.  He moved to Tularosa, New Mexico in 1962 where he taught at Tularosa High School and also founded that school’s agriculture department and FFA chapter.  He moved to Magdalena, New Mexico in 1971 where he served as high school principal until 1975.  He also taught special education at Mary C. O’Brien School, in Pinal County, Arizona.  In 1980 he moved to Young, Arizona where he founded that school’s agriculture department and FFA chapter.  He then returned to the Valley and taught at Phoenix Indian School from 1982-86.  He lived in Florence, Arizona from 1998-2004; he was a frequent visitor and volunteer at the Dorothy Nolan Senior Center.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday, August 31, at 10 a.m., at Mountain View Mortuary, 7900 E. Main Street, in Mesa.  Services will also be held at Reserve Presbyterian Church in Reserve, New Mexico, on Wednesday, September 1, at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow at the Apache Creek Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Southwest, 450 N. Dobson Rd., Ste. 108, Mesa, AZ, 85201.  Donations can also be made to the Dorothy Nolan Senior Center, PO Box 2670, Florence, AZ, 85232; and to the Reserve Senior Center, Reserve, NM, 87830.

Renello, Anthony

On August 24, 2010 Anthony Renello, who was born December 1, 1924, in Chicago, IL left behind his wife, Emily Renello along with 3 children, Anthony Renello Jr., Janet Gray, and Leo Renello, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Thursday August 26, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ with the funeral directly following at 3:00 pm also at Mountain View.

Austin, Sydney Albert

Sydney Albert Austin, 65 of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday August 22, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Austin, an Apache Program Manager, was born in Newark, NJ. Survivors include his wife Barbara Austin, daughter Lynde Bove, son Dr. Jeffrey (Jennifer) Austin, his mother Beatrice Austin, and grandchildren: Jacob, Peyton and Carley Bove; Sydney Paige and Jack Paul Austin. The service for Mr. Austin will be at 11:00 am Friday August 27, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Soceity, 4550 E. Bell Rd. #126, Phoenix, AZ 85032 or American Lung Assoc. 102 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Lewis, Larry Carroll

Larry Carroll Lewis, 68 of Mesa, AZ passed away on August 18, 2010. Larry is survived by his wife of 17 years, Karen, son Larry Kevin, daughter Tamara Cook, step-son William Newbill, step-daughter Maria Oropeza, ex-wife Margaret Kelsey, sister Jeannie Woolf, grandchildren Heather Thomson and Crystal Cook, great-grandchild Shayna Thomson, and two nieces Sonja Olson and Candice Woolf. Funeral services will be at 11:30 am on Monday August 23, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Heine, Berdine M.

Berdine M. Heine, 81 of Mesa, AZ passed away August 18, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ. Mrs. Heine, a homemaker, was born in Syracuse, NE. She is survived by her daughter Sheryl Heine, son Gary Heine, brothers Donald Post and Harold Post, grandchildren Patrick Heine, Mindy Heine, and Carrie Paulus, and great-grandchildren Katlin Heine, Brennan Heine, Cole Paulus and Avery Paulus. She was preceded in death by her husband Calvin. The service for Mrs. Heine will be at 10:00 am Saturday August 21, 2010 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Murphy, Alice L.

Alice L. Murphy, 97 of Chandler, AZ passed away Monday August 16, 2010 in Chandler, AZ. Mrs. Murphy, a bookkeeper, was born in Oregon, WI. Survivors include her daughter Patricia Lester, 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday August 20, 2010 at St. Andrew the Apostle, 3450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler, AZ.

Jones, William Luther

William Luther Jones, 70, died August 12, 2010 of natural causes at home in Mesa, Arizona. He was born March 15, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a US Marine, owner/operator of a Farmers Insurance agency, and loved to camp and fish. He is survived by his sons Jeffery, Billy, and David; his daughter Jacquilyn (Allen) of Mesa; mother, Marilyn Eisfeldt of Schiller Park, IL; sister Marilyn Anderson of Temple, TX, and 12 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association(diabetes.org/honor).

Fuller, Shirley Marie

Shirley Marie Fuller of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Sunday August 15, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. She was 72. Mrs. Fuller was born March 18, 1938 in Mesa, Arizona. Shirley was a lifelong Arizona resident who loved to travel in a high low trailer. She is survived by her loving husband Ray, son Dale Fuller, granddaughter Mallory Aranda, two brothers Roger McEntire and Kenneth McEntire, two sisters Sue Ball and Terry Truesdale and her mother Eleanor McEntire. She is preceded in death by her daughter Cynthia Aranda. A memorial service will be Thursday August 19, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Goldfield Ward, 2520 E. Old West Highway, Apache Junction, AZ. Attenendees, in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Cancer Society, 4550 E. Bell Road #126, Phoenix, AZ 85032.  

Limsakoune, Tiane

Tiane Limsakoune passed away on August 13, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ. He was 84 years old. Tiane was born on April 5, 1926 in Vientiane, Laos. He owned and managed several businesses. From manufacturing clothes for the military to building the largest movie theatre of its time in Laos, Tiane was a successful and savvy businessman. In 1976, Tiane immigrated to the United States and settled in Arizona. Tiane was a witty, tough-loving brother and father that left behind his two younger sisters and one younger brother. He is also survived by his 10 children – Phet Many, Phet Yang, Ted Lim, Grace Lim, Tony Lim, Phetla Limsakoune, Lanoi Limsakoune, Chacphet Limsakoune, Thanya Limsakoune, and Yi Limsakoune- and 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Tiane will forever be loved and missed. The visitation will be between 9-10 am Sunday August 15, 2010 with the funeral service following at 10:00 am both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850).

Deming, Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee Deming, born January 12, 1942, passed away peacefully August 11, 2010. She was an inspiration to her family and friends and a beacon of hope, faith and strength to all whom knew and met her. Nancy and her family moved to Mesa, Arizona from Indiana in 1948. She was a devoted wife, and a loving mother to her children. Her mother Agnes Koebcke survives her. She is also survived by her husband James G. Deming, three children James Clarence Deming, Sandra Lee Deming Holliefield, John William Deming, daughter-in-law Nancy Deming, son-in-law Barry Holliefield, and three grandchildren: Sarah Holliefield, Emily Holliefield, and Lindsey Potter. Viewing will be held Sunday, August 15, at Mountain View Mortuary, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held Monday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mesa Palms Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6263 E. Thomas Rd. Mesa AZ 85215. Nancy will be laid to rest at the Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ following the funeral service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mesa Palms Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Bontell, Christine

Christine Bontell, 81 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday August 7, 2010. Mrs. Bontell was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Bieling, Magdalen M.

Magdalen M. Bieling, 94 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Thursday August 5, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Ms. Bieling, a retired registered nurse, was born in Flushing, New York.

Gerry, Gwendola May

Gwendola May Gerry, 90 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away August 11, 2010 in Apache Junction, Arizona. Gwen was born in Clarksville, Arkansas.   

Jones, Russell Olen

Russell Olen Jones, 98 of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday, August 8, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Jones, a retired truck driver, was born in Thomas, OK. Survivors include his daughters, Frankie Jean Weaver, Connie (Hap) Jones-Voss, Gayle (Guy) Musgrove, sons, Larry (Gail) Jones, Tom (Phyllis) Jones and Ron Jones, sister Emma Jean Gabriel, 28 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, 56 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 6:30 pm on Saturday August 14, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Schow, Mark Henry

Mark Henry Schow, 40 of Queen Valley, Arizona, passed away on August 7, 2010. The memorial for Mark will be at 2:00 pm Friday, August 13, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ.

Cusmano, Vincent Joseph

Vincent Joseph Cusmano, 92 of Tempe, Arizona, passed away on August 7, 2010. Services for Mr. Cusmano will be at 10:00 am Wednesday August 18, 2010 at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ.

DeMarco, Nicholas

Nicholas DeMarco of Mesa, Arizona, a devoted husband and father, passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 3, at the age of 87. In 1923, he was was born to Samuel DeMarco and Francesca D’Antimo DeMarco in Leaside, Ontario. He had been a resident of Mesa since 1978. Nicholas signed up to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, at the tender age of 18. He flew 39 missions in Europe as a bombardier in 1944 and 1945, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery. While stationed in England, he met his beloved wife June, and they were married in 1947. The two of them emigrated to Michigan in 1950.  In 1958, Nicholas graduated from Lawrence Technological Institute in Southfield, Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering. He worked for the next 35 years as a project supervisor on major construction projects in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  After he retired in 1991, he remained active, and spent many years as a volunteer for the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), which is affiliated with the Small Business Administration, and which provides small-business owners and entrepreneurs with training, mentoring and support.  He is survived by his wife June, also a resident of Mesa, his sisters Anne Dalla Vicenza, Antoinette Worrall and Angela Hughes, all of whom reside in Ontario, and his two children Elizabeth, of Mesa, and Christopher, who resides in Michigan. He is also survived by his grandsons Shawn, Nicholas and Jeremiah, his granddaughter Angela and his great-grandson Braden.  A memorial service will be held at 4pm on Friday, August 20 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, located at 7900 East Main Street in Mesa.

Stewart, Bertha “Marie”

Bertha “Marie” Stewart of Mesa, AZ was called home on July 6, 2010. She was born on March 2, 1937 in Platte, MO, the daughter of Perry Paul Hill and Effie Mossbarger. She was preceded in death by her husband Buddy Stewart and brother John Hill. She is survived by one brother, Roy Helm of Murrieta, CA and one sister, Maxine Zale of San Diego, CA. She leaves behind two sons Buddy Wayne Stewart of Monticello, WI and Stephen Paul Stewart of Mesa, AZ and one daughter Tami Ervin also of Mesa. She was loved by all that knew her and was a giving fun loving person. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all. A celebration of life will be held on August 20, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Calvary Free Lutheran Church located at 590 E. 96th St., Mesa, AZ.

Daniels, Randy Edward

Randy Edward Daniels, 49, passed away at his home on July 29, 2010. He was born on August 11, 1960 in Reedsburg, WI. At the age of 7, he moved to Mesa, AZ with his parents and his sister Nancy. He graduated from Mesa High in 1978. He graduated from the Arizona Refrigeration School and immediately went to work in appliance and A/C repair. At one time, he owned his own business under the name of Astro Air and Appliance Repair. He had to retire very early because of his health. He is survived by his son, William (Megan) Daniels, his daughter Heather (Adrian) Villalobos, his step-son L.J. Tielsch, four grandchildren: Ciara and Kaylee Daniels, Mercedez and Adrian Villalobos, and his ex-wife Toni Daniels. He is also survived by his parents, Kenneth and Virginia Daniels, his sister Nancy (Ken) Hyde and his niece, PFC Cayce Nevers and nephew Christopher Hyde. He dearly loved his dog Scooter and all his family. Memorial services will be held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., Mesa, AZ on August 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Randy touched many lives. He will be greatly and fondly remembered by all.

Dishman, Sgt. Kenneth Ralph

Sgt. Kenneth Ralph Dishman, 59 of Mesa, AZ passed away August 1, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Dishman, an engineer tech for Boeing for 19 years, was born in Stillwater, OK. Mr. Dishman had also retired after 20 years of service to our country in the U.S. Army. Survivors in clued his wife Glenna Dishman, daughters Michelle Dishman and Gina Carlson, step-daughter Jamie Pablo, step-son Carlos Garcia, his mother Juanita Dishman, brother Don, and grandchildren Christopher, Sarah, Jamie, Makayla, Lisa, Karissa, Vanessa, Alena, and Anthony. He was preceded in death by his father Kip Dishman, and brothers Tom and David. Memorial services will be at 11:00 am Saturday August 7, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Tonnochy, Angelique Olivia

Angelique Olivia Tonnochy, 18 of Gilbert, AZ passed away Monday July 26, 2010 in Tempe, AZ. Miss Tonnochy, a student was born in Palo Alto, CA. She is survived by her parents, Todd and Tonia, sisters Serena and Alexandria, and nephew Aayden. There will be a memorial at 5:00 pm Saturday August 7, 2010 at Higley Performing Arts Center, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85295

Whiteside, Nora E.

Nora E. Whiteside, 83, of Mesa, AZ went to her heavenly home on July 23, 2010. She was born March 4, 1927 in Fairy Glen, Saskatchewan to Stanley and Sarah Patterson. A celebration of her going home will be August 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 3810 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ. Followed by interment at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AWANA International through Calvary Baptist Church in Nora’s name.

Chandler, Harold W.

Harold Chandler passed away on July 30,2010 in Gilbert, AZ at age 90. He was born in Chester, PA . He lived in Aston, PA before moving to Mesa, AZ where he has lived for 29 year. A member of Linwood U. M. Church and was in maintenance department at GE, Valley Forge, PA. New York Shipyard before that. Wife Breta (Wilson) Chandler prededed him in death. Survived by his two daughters Deborah Alvarez and Laura (Bob) Wilson, grandson Scott (Tiffani) Willson. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

McFall, John M.

John M. McFall, 87 of Mesa, AZ, passed away June 22, 2010 after a brief illness. He was born in Palo Alto, CA and worked in the San Francisco area most of his life as a sheet metal superintendent until moving to AZ in 1985. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1943 to 1946. His loving wife of 44 years, Virginia preceded him in death on March 13 of this year. He is survived by his daughters Donna Chandler and Vivian (Dale) Larsen; brother William McFall Jr.; sisters Lucille Mueller and Marguarite (Nick) Abrams, grandsons Richard Perata and James (Tracy) Osborne; granddaughters Kathryn (Michael) Brass and Jennifer (Daniel) Knoblauch, great grandsons Owen Knoblauch, Coyer Brass and Elliot Knoblauch. John was also preceded in death by his mother and father Veronica Allen McFall and William McFall; brothers Gerald and Lawrence McFall, and sisters Evelyn McFall and Clara Warner. John was very active in his community until a short time before his death. He managed Sunland Village East Bingo for 16 years, played golf and enjoyed playing cards with several different groups. A memorial service will be held at Sunland Village East Auditorium, August 7, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Barton, Norma Geraldine

Norma Geraldine Barton, 88 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Wednesday July 28, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Barton, a registered nurse was born in Spring Valley, Ohio.  No services are currently scheduled.

Jones, Medway Dean

Medway “Dean” Jones, son of Medway Dewitt Jones and Dorothy (Samsal) Jones-Moore, passed away July 28, 2010 at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, AZ at the age of 67, due to complications from West Nile Virus. Dean was born in Findlay, OH on February 8, 1943 and grew up in Ohio before moving to Arizona with his mother, father, and sister in 1962. There he met his wife of 46 years, Cecile Marie Cole of Scottsdale, and they were married on December 20, 1963 in a small chapel in Las Vegas, NV. Dean graduated from ASU in 1983 with a degree in accounting. His career began at the Bureau of Land Management as a cartographer but the majority was spent as a computer tax audit specialist for the Internal Revenue Service which he retired from in 1998. He worked part-time for Circle-K on Johnson Ranch for several years which he greatly enjoyed. Dean’s passion was golf, playing it, watching it, talking about it, and reading about it. He is remembered for his 54-hole 1-day golf sprees at courses along the Colorado River Valley, and his bubbling over with joy and excitement after his hole-in-one shot at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, AZ. He took great joy in his children and grandchildren and was a push over for the dogs and cats that were family pets over the years. Left to cherish Dean’s memory are his wife, Cecile; his son David and wife Maren; his daughter Deanna (Jones) De Le Ree and husband George; his mother Dorothy; his sister, Brenda (Jones) Walter and Husband David; his grandchildren Justin, Jayson, Keith, and Kevin De Le Ree and Patrick Jones, and Shanda (Dean) Bogle and husband Ty, Taylin Dean and wife Amy, and Dakota Dean; his great grandson Bennett Watson Bogle; his nephew Michael Walter and wife Lisa, and niece Sarah Walter; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and family throughout Ohio and Alaska. Preceding Dean in death was his father, Medway Dewitt Jones and step-father, Lowell Moore. A memorial will be held August 2, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Dean will be interred at Show Low Cemetery in Show Low, AZ in a private ceremony. If you wish, in lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute “Angel Fund” (http://www.biodesign.asu.edu/support-us), or at: The Biodesign Institute, PO Box 875001, Tempe, AZ 85287 for research into West Nile Virus treatment.

Epperlein, Lucille Catherine

Lucille Catherine Epperlein, 82 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Sunday July 25, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Epperlein, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was born in Buffalo, NY. She is survived by her 3 daughters, 4 sons, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Private family services to be scheduled. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

McDaniel, Luther Justin

Luther Justin McDaniel, 78 of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday July 26, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. McDaniel, a concrete truck driver, was born in Lake Village, AR. He is survived by his wife Stella McDaniel, daughter Wendy, grandchildren: Ken, Kim, Craig, Mona, Robbie, and Danny, great-grandchildren: Stacy, James, Justin, Daniel, and Christopher, and great-great-grandchildren Anthony and Layiah. Services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday July 29, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Hill, Billie Jo

Billie Jo (Fitch) Hill passed away peacefully at her home in Coolidge, AZ July 24, 2010. She is survived by her husband, John E Hill and three sons Wesley R., John Brandon (Veronica), and Sean P Kaider. She was blessed with 6 grandchildren; Taylor, Bailey, Riley, Savannah, Brandon and Hailey. She had 4 brothers; Joe (Georgia), Kent (Kathy) , Steve (Debby), Monty (Benita) and 3 sisters; LaVerne (Ed), Nedra (Paul), and Fran (Chester). Billie was born in Phoenix Feb. 2, 1950 and lived in the Mesa area until she married John in 1968. They lived in Lake Havasu for 16 years before returning to the valley in 1984. She and John moved to their farm and dream home, in Coolidge, in 2003 where they have resided since. Billie and John celebrated their 42 wedding anniversary on July 14 of this year. Billie was a faithful believer and lived a Christ centered life, in the world, as well as in her personal life. Billie was a member of the Southeast Valley Baptist Church in Gilbert, AZ where she was known by her church family for her humor and famous (“Billie-isms”) as well as her kind heart. Billie loved many things: Gospel music, tea parties, beautiful flowers (tulips and yellow roses being her favorites), gardening, and family. Most of all she enjoyed the sound of children playing and always liked having them around. Services will be held at 10:00 AM on July 28, 2010 at the Southeast Valley Baptist Church, 710 E Williams Field Rd, Gilbert AZ (Wms. Field Rd/ Lindsay) (480)-899-4858. There will be an internment following the service at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, Az. Flowers may be sent to the church in her memory.

Hatcher, Dorothy Lee

Dorothy Lee Hatcher, 82 of Phoenix, Arizona passed away Wednesday July 21, 2010. Mrs. Hatcher a homemaker was born in Tuscola, Illinois. She is survived by her sons, Chuck Newland (Susie) and Lloyd Hatcher (Leslie), grandchildren Chauntell, Sean and Delaney and great grandchild Austin. A visitation will be held Saturday July 24, 2010 a 11 am followed by a funeral service at 1 pm. All services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main Mesa, Arizona

Waymire, Charles Russell Jr.

Charles Russell Waymire Jr., 69 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Wednesday July 21, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Waymire, a machinist, was born in Lafayette, Indiana. No services are currentlt scheduled.

Biggs, Homer Abraham

Homer Abraham Biggs, 83 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Friday July 16, 2010 in Apache Junction, Arizona. Mr. Biggs was born in Detroit, Michigan. Services will be at 2:00 PM Thursday July 22, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Violette, Joseph Gerard

Joseph Gerard Violette, 92 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Friday July 16, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Services for Mr Violette, who served in the Army during WWII, will be at 10:00 am Friday July 23, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Cedarburg, Robert A.

Robert A. Cedarburg, 82 of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday July 15, 2010 in Apache Junction, Arizona.  A memorial service for Mr. Cedarburg, a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, will be held at the Tempe Bahai Center, 903 E. Spence Ave., Tempe, AZ at 7:00 pm. Graveside service will be 10:00 am Wednesday July 21, 2010 at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ.

Carlson, Dorothy

Dorothy Carlson, 89 of Mesa, AZ passed away July 15, 2010 in Gilbert, AZ. She is survived by daughter Lynda (Kenneth) Gifford, son Larry (Cheryl) Carlson, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 10:30 am Thursday July 22, 2010 at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ.

Bailey, James Robert

James Robert Bailey, 53 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Wednesday July 14, 2010 in Apache Junction, AZ. Mr. Bailey, a communications technician was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. Survivors include his wife Linda Bailey, sisters Sally Bailey and Margy Tutrone, brothers Mike Bailey, Ron Bailey and Don Bailey, and several nieces and nephews. The service will be at 9:30 am Tuesday July 20, 2010 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Mihailov, John Charles

John Charles Mihailov, 93 formerly of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday July 11, 2010 in Bend, Oregon. Services for Mr. Mihailov, a WWII Army veteran, will be at 9:00 am Monday July 26, 2010 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Grant, Audrey Eileen

On July 9, 2010 Audrey E. Grant, 75, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away peacefully at her home in the arms of her husband, Monty at 4:30 am. She lost her long struggle with Parkinson’s', Fibromyalgia and Sjogrens. She was born September 4, 1934 in Fremont. OH. She was the daughter of the late Lester and Edna Gallatin, also formerly of Fremont, OH. In August 1958, she moved to Arizona with her former husband and their 3 children. After moving to AZ, she began working for an answering service. She also worked as a waitress in a small restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale, as well as the old Lutz Pharmacy. She worked at the 52nd St. Motorola for a number of years before she transferred to the Dobson Motorola where she also worked for many years. She had a variety of jobs during her lifetime. She worked as a bookkeeper, secretary, bartender, and nail technician. Her last job was as a wire harness technician for the Apache helicopter. She enjoyed trying her hand at many difficult hobbies, such as ceramics, floral arrangements, needlepoint, stain glass and sewing. In the late 60′s, she was a member of the AZ Search and Rescue Team. She also enjoyed spelunking. She is preceded in death by her son Tracy. She is survived by her husband Monty Grant, her son Edward Golamb of Mesa, daughter Tanya Love of Mesa, grandsons William Golamb, Reuben Golamb and Aaron Golamb, granddaughters Samantha Golamb, Trisha Golamb and great-granddaughter Aubrey Golamb. The funeral service will be held Monday July 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Saint George Roman Catholic Parish, 300 E. 16th Ave., Apache Junction, AZ (480-982-2929). Interment to be at Mountain View Cemetery.

Boursell, Jack J.

Jack J. Boursell, 71 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday July 10, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Jack Boursell was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army. Services will be at 2:00 pm Friday July 16, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel.  

Engle, Ovie Lee

Ovie Lee Engle, 88 of Mesa, AZ passed away Monday July 5, 2010 in Chandler, AZ. Mrs. Engle, a housewife, was born in Cookville, TX. She is survived by  her daughters, Jane Grant and Samra Beechler, step-daughters Jean Lodeen and Judith Osborn, son Lyle Engle, step-son Ken Engle, sister Verline Johnston, brother Bob Traylor, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services to be arranged.

Dewitt, Lloyd E.

Lloyd E. Dewitt, 87 of Mesa, Arizona passed away July 4, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Lloyd, a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, had been a mail carrier for the U. S. Postal Service. There will be a visitation from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (7:00 pm Rosary) Wednesday July 7, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The funeral mass will be at 10:00 am Thursday July 8, 2010 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.

Buckner, Connie

Connie Jeanne Buckner passed away on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona surrounded by her loving family. Born Connie Jeanne Wellington on June 29th, 1935 in Watertown, South Dakota. Connie resided the past 24 years in Payson, Arizona with her beloved husband of 55 years, Arthur Buckner. Connie is survived by her three sons, Mike (Tammie), Pat (Shelley), Kelly, her sister Ramona Jones and grandchildren Melissa (James) Allen, Kristi, Zachary, Brian, Ethan and Evan. Connie was preceded in death by her sister Betty, brother Denny, nephews Thomas and Gregory and great -granddaughter Makayla Allen. Connie’s greatest joy in life was her family. Services will be held on Friday July 2nd, 2010 at 2:00pm at Mountain View Memorial Gardens 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, Arizona (480) 832-2850. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center and Payson Regional Medical Center for the exceptional care they provided to Connie in her last hours and the kind support they provided to her family.

Walter, Gertrude “Trudi”

Gertrude “Trudi” Walter, age 95, passed away June 23, 2010, in Gilbert, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband Francis “Frank” Walter and son Francis “Bud” Walter. She is survived by her daughter Doreen Marxen of Gilbert, AZ, daughter-in-law Ila Walter, seven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The service will be at 10:00 am Tuesday June 29, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Sun Valley Hospice, 7227 E. Baseline Rd #129, Mesa, AZ 85209.

Markwell, Lillian

Lillian J. Markwell, 93 of Chandler, AZ passed away on June 18, 2010. She is survived by her two daughters, Janet of Groveland, CA and Georgia of Chandler, AZ, 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two sons Stan and Don. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Oatis, William

William “Bill” Oatis, 84, of Mesa, AZ passed away Sunday June 20, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Oatis was born in Tucson, AZ, was an accountant for both Kennecott Copper and ASARCO, in Hayden for 39 years. He served in the US Navy in the Pacific during World War II, prior to attending the Univ. of Arizona. Survivors include his wife of 38 years Norma Oatis, step-sons Bob Lockhart and Robin Lockhart, daughters-in-law Victoria Lockhart and Rebecca Lockhart, son Steve Oatis and daughter Robin Campos, sister Josephine Brown, grandchildren Sean Lockhart, Stacey Lockhart, Matt Lockhart and Chris Lockhart, and great-grandchildren Ella Lockhart and Aiden Lockhart. William was preceded in death by his son George Oatis. Services will be at 10:00 am Friday June 25, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Banner Gardens Hospice House, 7231 E. Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85208.

Miller, George

George Alton Miller, 82 passed away on Friday, June 18, 2010. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd at 10 am at Mountain View Funeral Chapel 7900 E. Main St., Mesa AZ 85207

Wagner, Elaine

Elaine Wagner, 84 of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday June 17, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Wagner, a loving wife and mother, was born in Enderlin, ND. She was the youngest daughter of the 10 children born to Oscar and Alette Nelson. Survivors include her husband Clifford, daughters Debra (David) Pinch, Karen (Danny) Garvin, daughter-in-law Linda Wagner, grandchildren Sarah Garvin, Breanne Evans, Derek Wagner, Shane Garvin and Joshua Garvin, and great-grandchilden Annissa, Jaymie, Koby, Cameryn and Elsa. She was preceded in death by her son James Wagner. The service for Mrs. Wagner will be at 11:00 am Thursday June 24, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley – Arbor Home, 6063 E. Arbor Ave. Bldg B, Mesa, AZ 85206.

Hoffland, Donald

Donald F. Hoffland, 79, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on Thursday June 10, 2010 at his home. Mr. Hoffland was born on March 23, 1932 in Viroqua, WI to Hans Benjamin and Mary (Natwick) Hoffland. He is survived by his 3 sons, John (Jana) of Rockton, IL, James (Judy) of Hudson, WI, Thomas (Kathy) of Pearl, MS and one daughter Dr. Cynthia (Dr. Boyd) Williams of Rochester, MN, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He retired in 1989 from the Coors Co. in Golden, CO where he was a construction supervisor. He spent his retirement traveling the United States, visiting friends and family. He enjoyed exploring new places and meeting new people. He will be greatly missed.

Erickson, John Donald

John Donald “Eric” Erickson, 91, of Mesa passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010. Born October 31, 1918 in Minneapolis, MN to John and Elizabeth Erickson, John served our country proudly for 30 years as a soldier in WWII and then in a variety of assignments and overseas tours in Japan, Korea and Germany. He was awarded 3 battle stars in the European and Middle East Theatre, the Bronze Star, and the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired as a full Colonel in 1970 and moved to Prescott with his wife and children where they lived for 35 years. In 2005 he moved to Mesa to be closer to his daughters. His beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Mary, predeceased him in December of 1996. John is survived and missed by his children Christine, George and Lynn and his sister Doris Keller. He also leaves 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Services will be held on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 10:00 am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 612 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, AZ. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 pm.

Plaizier, Carl Ari

Carl Ari Plaizier, 68 of Mesa, AZ passed away Saturday June 12, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Plaizier, a Greyhound Bus driver, was born in Rotterdam, Holland. He was a rifle marksman in the US Army. Carl enjoyed his time spent hunting and fishing, and coffee drinking with friends. Survivors include his wife Teri Plaizier, daughter Tanya Murray, son Nick Plaizier and granchildren Taya, Alex, Kody, Kaylei and Chloey. Services will be at 1:00 pm Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Hill, Gerald

Gerald Hill, 83 of Gilbert, Arizona, went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2010. Gerald was born in Quinton, Oklahoma, on April 29, 1927. He worked at WAFB for 37 years, retired in 1982. He is preceded in death by three grandchildren, Shonna Sherman-Banadio, Adam Hill and Alicia Hill. Survivors are his wife of 26 years Joyce Hill, daughter June Sherman of NC, sons Grant Hill and Brett Hill of Gilbert,  brother Bill Hill of Tempe, seven grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. There will be a visitation at Mountain View Funeral Home Monday June 14th beginning at Noon with funeral services to follow at 2pm.

Ochs, William Otto Sr.

William Otto Ochs Sr., 78 of Mesa, AZ passed away June 12, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Ochs, a commercial driver was born in Cincinnati, OH. Survivors include his daughters Karen, Jenniffer and Janice, sons William and Rick, sister Norma, brothers Robert and Chris, grandchildren Brad, Ryan, Tim, Kevin, Derick, Shannon, Sara, Kyle, Ashley, Bryan, Lochlan, Liam, Travis, and Staci, and great-grandchildren Steven, Katelyn, Annalyse, Hailey, Wyatt, Michael and Presley. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Pearl Ochs.

Scott, Goldie Elizabeth

Goldie Elizabeth Scott, 82, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Sunday, May 30, 2010 in Mesa, AZ.  Mrs. Scott, a homemaker was born in San Diego, CA.  Survivors include her husband William R. Scott, daughters Barbara Osguthorpe and Janet (Garry) Glover, grandchildren Jodi (Tony) Walker, Lisa Osguthorpe, Kelli (Jason) Ems, and Kim (Chris) Kush; great-grandchildren Trevor, Justin, Joshua Walker, Abbie Osguthorpe, Taylor, Kaelyn Ems, Ashlee, Carli Kush. Services to be held Friday, June 4, 2010 at Mountain View Mortuary 10:00 am.

Curi, Nasser George

Nasser George Curi, 55 of Chandler, Arizona passed away Tuesday June 8, 2010 in Chandler, Arizona. Mr Curi, a psychologist, was born in Bolivia in 1955. There will be a memorial service for Mr. Curi at 10:00 am Monday June 14, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Cheney, June L.

June Lucille Cheney, 89, passed away on June 7, 2010. She was born in Oshkosh, WI on June 21, 1921. June moved to Mesa, AZ in 1972 with her first husband Leonard.  June spent the majority of her life, 47 years, in the medical field. She married Warren Karl Cheney in 1994. They settled in Payson, AZ after living in Alaska for several years. She is survived by her loving husband Warren, two step-daughters: Cindy (Steve) Smirnoff, Wasilla, AK; Lee (Trent) Slaymaker, Anchorage, AK; 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; two nieces: Barbara Footit, Oshkosh, WI; Joanne Hadey, Iron Mountain, MI; two nephews: Ron (Marianne) Buehring, Payson, AZ and Earl Christensen Jr., Oshkosh, WI; and several great nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, four sisters and one brother.

Funk, Barbara Mary

Barbara Mary Funk, 81 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday June 5, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Services were held at Mounatin View Cemetery.

McCullough, Beulah J.

Beulah J. “Midge” McCullough (89) went to be with her Lord on June 5, 2010. Born on May 3, 1921 in Joy Coy (Pritchett, CO), she was a resident at Sun City Health and Rehab for the past 3 years. Mrs. McCullough was a bank teller at the First National Bank in Apache Junction for many years and lived in Queen Valley during that time. She was married to C.H. “Mac” McCullough for 58 years who preceded her in death in 2000. She is survived by her son, Bobby Gene (Joan) McCullough of Sun City, one granddaughter, Lisa McCullough, great-grandchildren, Matthew, Stephen, Elizabeth and Azalea all of WA and one great great-grandson, Kaiden Louchery of NC. Graveside services were held on Wednesday at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, AZ.

Johnson, Catherine Amanda

Catherine age 77, passed away peacefully on May 16th, 2010 with her husband and soul mate, Howard, by her side. “Cass”, as she was lovingly known by family and friends, died at home as she lived – with courage, grace and dignity. She is dearly missed. Her laughter, her love, her living life fully and her presence will always be with us. Catherine was born June, 20, 1932 in Ambler, PA and she married Howard Johnson on November 14, 1959. She was retired from the Tempe School District. She loved everything creative from quilting, crocheting afghans. knitting, making clothing, cooking and baking. Her dishes and her baked goods will be missed at family events & gatherings. Cass loved to travel, visiting National and State Parks and taking cruises with her husband. She was an Oregon State Volunteer at Bullards Beach State Park for 9 years working with Howard at Bandon Light House. She also volunteered her time making beautiful quilts for Arizona Homes for Kids. Survived by her husband Howard, daughters Linda, Donna, Carol and son Charles (Mike), she is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Her family wants to thank Hospice of the Valley for their excellent care and kindness given to Catherine and her family. Please join us as we celebrate her life on Sunday June 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Fountain of the Sun Recreation Center located in Mesa on Broadway Rd. just east of Sossaman

Mahar, Elaine C.

Elaine C. Mahar, 89 of Peoria, Arizona passed away Tuesday June 1, 2010 in Peoria, Arizona.

Benson, William Lyn

William Lyn Benson born July 1, 1929 passed away May 28, 2010. He is survived by his loving family; wife Patricia and two sons William Junior and Randy. William and his family were blessed with a long productive life and a wonderful marriage for 58 years. William and his wife Patricia grew up in Southern California. William served his country by joining the Paratroopers at age 15. After an honorable discharge, he got his general contractor license. Over the years, he built custom homes and did commercial construction both in Southern and Northern CA. He loved his work. William and family were also very involved in raising and showing Arabian horses. With a big ranch in Northern California, William went on to be President of the Arabian Horse Assn. Raising and showing horses were an integral part of the family’s life for over 20 yrs. William and Patricia retired to Mesa, AZ in 2001, where they live with their son William Jr. They attended Community Christian Church in Apache Junction. Services will be held Thursday June 3, 2010 at 1:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Mordica, Grayce Ellen

Grayce Ellen Mordica, 90 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Monday May 31, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.

Buchtel, Paula Joyce

Paula Joyce Buchtel, 86 of Mesa, AZ passed away May 30, in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Buchtel, a homemaker was born in Hartford, MI. She and her husband were the former owners of Buchtel and Sons Hardware Store, a business they ran together for 30 years. She is survived by her husband Jay Butchel of almost 63 years, daughter Mary Kaye Buchtel, sons Jay Robert Buchtel and Ronald William Buchtel, grandchildren Kathy (Bollman) Dursham, Brett Bollman, Shelly (Buchtel) Delee, Scott Buchtel, Jason Bushtel, and Justin Buchtel, and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson Randy Bollman. There will be a celebration of her life June 4, 2010 at Leisure World Main Clubhouse, Power Rd. North of Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley (hov.org).

Erickson, Bernice

Bernice Dykstra Erickson, Age  81, of Mesa, AZ., and formerly of Pella, IA., and Des Moines, IA., died  Saturday, June 5, 2010, at home, in Mesa, AZ. from a long term debilitating illness.  Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Mesa, AZ., handled arrangements.  No Services and no designated memorial. Surviving are her husband Glen; a son Mark of Glendale, CA., a daughter Kim of San Francisco, CA.,  a sister, Viola Dykstra Vander Linden of Pella, IA.  She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Dykstra, her mother, Zwannetta Visscher Dykstra; and three brothers, Elmer, Paul and Jerald Dykstra.  Mrs. Erickson was born in Pella and moved to Des Moines in 1947, then to Mesa, Arizona in 1989.  She was the daughter of the late Peter and Zwannetta Visscher Dykstra from Pella, Iowa.   She attended graduated from Pella High School, Pella, IA., and the Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines.  She was employed by the Universal Film Exchange in Des Moines, prior to her marriage. She was a member of the Church of the Master Presbyterian Church in Mesa.  She had been active in the Des Moines Color Film Club , the Iowa Travel Trailer Club and was a member of the Arizona John Deere Retiree Association.

Park, Ralph Stewart

Ralph Stewart “Stu” Park, born in Lancaster, NY March 2, 1943, passed away May 29, 2010 in Pinetop, AZ. Stu was an Army Chief Warrant Officer, who earned multiple service medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Bronze Star. He served in the Army for 20 years part of that time as an Instructor Pilot. He later worked as a Test Pilot and in International Marketing for Boeing between the years 1983-2008. Survivors include his wife Gloria McDowell of Gilbert, AZ, his son Stewart W. (Cara) Park of Scottsdale, AZ, daughter Lauren M. (Philip – “Rocky”) Molina, grandson Ryan, granddaughter Rylie of Charlotte, NC, and brothers Stewart Michael (Maryann) Big Sky, MT, Scott Park of Dothan, AL and Earl Durden of Dothan, AL. There will be a memorial service at 11:00 am Monday June 7, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society(www.cancer.org), or the AHA(www.americanheart.org).

Stonehart, Linda Helen

Linda Helen Stonehart, 55, of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away on May 28th, 2010. She is survived by her husband James Stonehart, Mom Muriel Guyer, of Newtown, CT and sisters Laurie Oliff of Mesa and Leslie House of Middlebury CT. There will be a private family service sometime this week and in lieu of flowers, please make a small donation to Odyssey Hospice, Inpatient Care Unit, 6215 East Arbor Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85206 in Linda’s name.

Uren, Gene Alan

Gene Alan Uren 77. On May 24, 2010 Gene was taken by the Lord to be reunited with his beloved wife of 53 years, Juanita, who had preceded him in death four months earlier. Gene was born February 5, 1933 in Bakersfield, CA. He was the only son of Fred and Ernestine Ausel Uren. Gene was an honorable veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed by Pacific Bell for 30 years. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge serving as Master of the Sacramento CA Oak Plains Lodge #789 in 1979. He was also active in the Sacramento Scottish Rite and served as Master of the Royal Secret in 1974. Gene was also a Noble of the Ben Ali Mystic Shrine and played in the band. Gene had one sister, Patsy Uren Outlaw who preceded him in death in 2009. Gene is survived by a very special brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frederick and Bonnie Boye of Mesa, AZ and nephews James Outlaw and wife Cheryl of Edgewater Maryland, Samuel Outlaw of North Carolina, Thomas Outlaw and wife Leona of North Carolina and John Outlaw and wife Donna of Rose Hill North Carolina. Gene and Juanita loved to travel the globe on various cruises. They have been joined together again to cruise for eternity. His Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Rucker, Beatrice Viola

Beatrice Viola Rucker, 90, compassionate and loving Mother and Grandmother of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Friday May 28, 2010. She was born Beatrice Viola Zirkel in Salem, Missouri on October 15, 1919.  She was preceded in death by her husband William M. Rucker.  She was the last child of her parents Henry Louis Zirkel and Ida K. Diersen.  She leaves behind a daughter and three wonderful grandchildren, who will miss her very much.  She will be laid to rest in the Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Dobratz, Doris Anna

Doris Anna Dobratz, 89 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Friday May 28, 2010. She was born in Racine, Wisconsin. The memorial service for Mrs. Dobratz will be at 1:30 PM Tuesday June 1, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Sheets, Dan C.

Dan C. Sheets, 85, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away May 23, 2010. An Arizona native, he was born to the late Chris and Mollie Sheets in Glendale. Chris was the former Chief of Police of Glendale, and Mollie graduated from Tempe Normal Teacher’s College (now Arizona State University), and taught elementary school in Glendale. Dan graduated from Glendale Union High School in 1942 where he lettered in tennis, and was a 17 year old senior when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He completed one year at Phoenix College and joined the Army Air Force in June 1943. He became a pilot and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, checking out in the B24, B25, and B26 bomber aircraft. After his discharge, he became a pilot for Trans Air Airline, flying out of Newark, New Jersey. Dan met Martha Armstrong of Globe, AZ in 1949 and they were married two weeks later. He was involved in the retail furniture business from 1947 through 1954. He sold his retail stores and became a manufacturer’s representative until 1979. Always active, he was a real estate agent until he retired. An avid ASU supporter, he has held Sun Devil season Tickets for the past 50 years, which have been enjoyed for three generations (soon to be four). Dan is survived by Martha, their five children Dan Sheets (aka Brandy) and his wife Sharon, Mark Sheets and his wife Chris, Dana McConnell and her husband Mike, Jody Strandquist, and Aaron Sheets. Dan also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, as well as his nephew Chris Canaday and niece Sally Denny. Phil, Bob, and Bill are waiting for you in heaven. We’ll see you soon. The memorial service will be held on June 12, 2010 at 10:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (480-832-2850).

Bichanich, Lorraine Evelyn

Lorraine Evelyn Bichanich, 84 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday May 23, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born in Menominee, Michigan.  There will be a visitation for Mrs. Bichanich starting at 12:00 pm Friday May 28, 2010 at Eternal Life Lutheran Church, 7025 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm Friday May 28 also at Eternal Life Lutheran Church.

Grill, Margaret H. “Marn”

Margaret H. “Marn” Grill, 89 of Mesa, AZ passed away May 20, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mrs. Grill was born in Cincinnati, OH. She is survived by her daughter Sandra (David) Moore, grandchildren Diana Moore and Darren (Cheryl) Moore, and great-grandson Shea Moore. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Charles “Bus” Grill, parents George and Helen Scholl, her sister Mary and her brother “Bud” (Tommie). She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who will be dearly missed. There will be a visitation between 5-8:00 pm Thursday May 27, 2010, the funeral service will be at 10:00 am Friday May 28, 2010 both services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Family wishes to thank Hospice of the Valley, Family Home Care and all the friends at The Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. The Margaret H. Grill Memorial Golf Tournament will be held June 4, 2010 at Augusta Ranch Golf Course.

Raether, Jeannine Sylvia “Geeg”

Jeannine Sylvia “Geeg” Raether, 77 of Mesa, AZ passed away May 14, 2010 at home with her family at her side. She was born in Seattle, WA, the only child of William H. and Loretta Pauline Burghduff. Jeannine has lived in Arizona for the past 50 years.  She is survived by her son, Steven Raether, daughter, Laurel Champlin, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her cat, Smokey.  A Celebration of Life ceremony was held at her home on May 17th.  Throughout her life, Jeannine inspired many people, young and old, with her devotion to family and friends and her zest for life! The family requests a memorial donation is made to the Arizona Humane Society at www.azhumane.org and/or The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure at www.the3day.org.  Please select “Donate” then “Participant” and enter Tina Raether.  She is Jeannine’s granddaughter who will be a first time walker at the Arizona 3-Day in November. Friends of Jeannine may contact her son, Steve, at moc.nsmnull@rehtear_evets for additional information.

Danburg, Debra Lynn

Debra Lynn Danburg, 49 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday May 16, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Services will be at 1:00 pm Friday May 21, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Lydy, Bonnie Willodene

Bonnie Willodene Lydy, 88 of Coolidge and Mesa, AZ passed away Monday May 17, 2010 in Casa Grande, AZ. Mrs. Lydy was born in Kokomo, IN. She is survived by her daughters Kathleen Marshal, Pam Lydy and Melanie Lydy, sons Donald, Jack, Larry and Jerry Lydy and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation for Bonnie at 9:00 am Thursday May 20, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am.

Hodges, Floyd M.

Floyd M. Hodges, 69 of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Thursday May 13, 2010 in Apache Junction, Arizona. Services will be 2:00pm Thursday May 20, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona.

Duffy, Grace Evelyn

Grace Evelyn Duffy, 98 of Payson, Arizona, passed away on May 14, 2010. The graveside service for Mrs. Duffy will be at 10:00 am Thursday, May 20, 2010 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Finck, W.L. Hap

W. L. Hap Finck, 90 of Gold Canyon, Arizona, passed away on May 14, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Finck was a WW II U.S. Army veteran. Services will be held in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Van Dyke, Ronald

Ronald Van Dyke, 63, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died Monday May 10, 2010. Ronald is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Sharon, his devoted and loving daughter Lisa Ann Van Dyke, grandsons Roger Sjolseth and Bryce Sjolseth, granddaughter Jessica Rodarte and grandson-in-law Army Specialist E4 John Rodarte III, great-grandson Connor Sjolseth, great-granddaughter Brooklynn Rodarte, great-grandson John Jr. Rodarte IV, brother Robert Van Dyke and sister-in-law Linda Van Dyke, sister Barbara Hardy, sister Sharon Sweazy and brother-in-law William Sweazy, brother-in-law Paul Timmons, mother-in-law Glenna Canup, and many nieces and nephews and friends. Ronald was a Marine veteran, who served in the Vietnam War. Ronald was a member of the American Legion Post #0027 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #2039. He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9399AZ. Ronald was born in Columbus, OH and lived the last 30 years in Mesa, AZ. He was our Rock, Mentor and Protector and will forever be missed by all who loved him. Lord, remind those who are suffering to call upon you for strength and spirit, to help lead them to health and happiness. Amen. The visitation for Ronald will be Monday May 17, 2010 between 5-7:00 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am Tuesday May 18, 2010 also at Mountain View.

Hopkins, Hazel Mildred

Hazel Mildred Hopkins (Bjornson), born January 10, 1920, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, went home to be with the Lord on May 8, 2010. Hazel, a homemaker, is survived by her devoted husband, Jack, and their seven children, Joan Zittle (Cyrus), Lyle Hopkins (Helen), Judy Ruggles (Ken), Jean Johnson (Bruce), Jackie Hopkins, Joyce Cassel (Doug), and Janine Dubelko (Robert), 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations gratefully accepted for Hospice of the Valley.

Whitworth, Gary Lee

Gary L. Whitworth, loving husband and father, and friend to all, passed away Saturday May 8, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. He was born in Battle Creek, MI, the son of Leo F. Whitworth and Helen L. Whitworth. Gary was married to Kathleen A. Bray on June 27, 1964. During their married life, they lived in Denver, CO, Battle Creek, MI, Mt. Vernon, OH, Jackson, MI, Glendale, AZ and Mesa, AZ. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, his two children Lori A. Simmons and Jeffrey O. Whitworth, son-in-law Brent A. Simmons, and two granddaughters Kaitlyn A. Simmons and Jenna J. Simmons, of Mesa, AZ and a brother Franklin Whitworth of Paw Paw, MI. Gary graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1959 and Western Michigan University in 1969. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served 3 years as a medical specialist at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, CO. After the army, Gary worked in the field of Human Resources for various companies. In 1996 Gary began a second career and graduated from the Arizona Correctional Officer Training Academy. He retired from the Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer after 12 years of service, in December 2007. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday May 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, 1800 E. Libra Dr., Tempe; Father John Cunningham, a friend of the family, will be presiding. Interment will follow Monday May 17, 2010 at 10:00 am at the National Veterans Cemetery in Cave Creek, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to East Valley Hospice, 1351 N. Alma School Rd., #250, Chandler, AZ 85224 or the American Cancer Society, 4550 E. Bell Rd. #126, Phoenix, AZ 85032.

Updike, Robert Elmer

Robert E. (Bob) Updike. Sunday, May 9, 2010, the soul and spirit of Bob Updike flew joyfully to unite with his Creator and Savior in Heaven. Born August 8, 1932 in Newcastle, WY, Bob leaves behind his loving wife, Dorothy, of Mesa, AZ; sons Dan (Cathie) of Gillette, WY, Tom (Paulette) of Riverton, WY, Mick of Mesa, AZ and Ken (Cathi) of Oelrichs, SD; brother Bud (Dorothy) of Casper, WY; sister Mary of Queen Creek, AZ; 12 grandchildren, including Robyn (Victor) Cassinelli, who has faithfully cared for her grandparents over the past several years; and 13 grandchildren.  Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Dorothy Updike, formerly of Newcastle, WY. Raised in northeastern Wyoming, Bob spent his entire working life in the oil fields, and retired to AZ in late 1992. In 2000, he and Dorothy moved to the Las Palmas community where he spent many happy hours playing pool and cards with his numerous friends in the community. Services will be Friday May 14, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship program of Summit Ministries, P.O. Box 207, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.

Taubr, Jerome “Jerry” Robert

Jerome “Jerry” Robert Taubr, 83 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday May 9, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Jerry was born in Illinois and had been in Arizona for more than 2o years. There will be a visitation for Jerry Wednesday evening between 5-7:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., mesa, Arizona. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois.

Shihady, Mitchell John

John Mitchell John Shihady, 81 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on May 11, 2010. Services will be at 1:00 PM Friday, May 14, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Scarpone, Adeline “Lil”

Adeline “Lil” Scarpone, 77, of Mesa, AZ passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2010. Lil was born to Nazareno & Rosina Cautela in Coraopolis PA on Oct. 17, 1932. She grew up with 5 sisters Vanza, Cora, Dolley, Eva & Rosanne & 2 brothers Mauro & Leo. She served her country as a Navy WAVE where she met her future husband. In 1955, they moved to AZ to raise their children. Lil valued her family above everything else & was generous in both spirit and mind. She is survived by Daniel, her loving husband of nearly 57 years, children John (Annie), Desmond, James (Sharon) and Robyn (Don), Grandsons Scott (Sarah), James, Niklaus & 3 great grandchildren Jesse, James & Natalie. No words can convey how greatly she will be missed, but the Lord has called her home. Memorial mass will be held at 10am on Wed May 12th at Holy Cross Church in Mesa.

Hauenstein, Ruth Agnes

Ruth Hauenstein, 98 of Mesa, AZ passed away May 2, 2010 in Mesa. Mrs. Hauenstein was born Ruth Agnes Weltmer in rural Rush Center Kansas. She is survived by her sister (Maxine Maresch), granddaughter Kimberly S. Lowande (William), grandsons Howard B. James III and Mark E. James (Linda), great grandchildren (Ashleigh, Meghan, Lauren, Carly, and Joshua) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Carolyn Jean Hauenstein James and her husband Edward Oscar Hauenstein. Ruth settled in the East Valley in the early 1930s where she and Edward worked for many years farming cotton. She was passionate about roses, was a 40+ year member of the Mesa East Valley Rose Society and was recently honored for her significant contributions to the proliferation of the rose gardens at the Mesa Community College. Ruth’s memorial service will be on May 8, 10:30 am at Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lindsay Rd, Mesa. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.

Keller, Eleanor Ann

Reverend Eleanor Ann Keller of Chandler, AZ passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010 in Chandler, AZ. Mrs. Keller, a minister, was born in Owensboro, KY. Survivors include her husband Rev. Ronald Walter Keller, sons Kenneth Michael Keller, Brian Wayne Keller and Philip Alan Keller and brother Robert Perkins. The visitation will be 9:00 am Wednesday May 5 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am. Memorials may be made to Ark Ministries of America Inc., P.O. Box 1152, Chandler, AZ 85244.

Scott, Merlyn S.

Merlyn S. Scott, 82 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on May 4, 2010. There will be a graveside service for Mr. Scott, who retired from the U.S. Air Force, at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ at 10:00 am on Friday May 7, 2010.

Wofford, Naola Audell

Naola Audell Wofford, 86 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Sunday May 2, 2010. Services were held at Superstision Foothills Baptist Church, 6338 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, Arizona 85118 on Wednesday May 5, 29010 at 2:00pm.

Miller, Joseph M.

Joseph M. Miller, 90 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Tuesday May 4, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Miller, a machinist, was born in Minnesota. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Marcisz, Mary Carrie

Mary Marcisz, of Mesa, AZ passed away May 2, 2010. She was born in East Chicago, IN on August 13, 1913. She was the oldest of the 6 children born to her Polish immigrant parents Szczepan and Kazimiera Krajewski. During the Depression, Mary assisted Polish immigrants who could not speak English with various civil/government issues and problems and later became a bookkeeper for the East Chicago Water Department. In 1945, Mary married John Joseph Marcisz and moved to Hammond, IN. Mary not only worked as head bookkeeper for the Hammond Water Department, but was also politically active in the Democratic Party, serving as assistant precinct committeewoman and president of the Women’s Jefferson-Jackson Club. She retired and moved to Mesa, AZ in 1976. She kept herself busy with oil painting, scrap booking, and sending relief packages to relatives in Poland. She was active in her faith, being affiliated with St. John Cantius Church in Indiana Harbor, IN (1913-1945), St. Adalbert’s Church in Whiting, IN (1945-1976), and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by son Leonard (Lindy) of Scottsdale, sister Irene Saska of Munster, IN, and grandchildren Jacob (Mesa), Joshua (Salt Lake City) and Drew (Phoenix). She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John Marcisz, sister Harriet and brothers Anthony, Edward and Harry. The Funeral Mass for Mary will be Thursday May 6, 2010 at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ.

Kujawa, Diana Mae

Diana Mae Kujawa, 68 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Friday April 30, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Services were at Living Word Bible Church, 3520 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, Arizona 85213 on Friday May 7, 2010 at 9:30 am.

Kralj, Beverly J.

Beverly J. Kralj, 76 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Monday May 3, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona.

Hilgenberg, Ruth C.

Ruth C. Hilgenberg, 95 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Saturday May 1, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Interment took place in Parkston, South Dakota.

Allen, Mark James

Mark James Allen, 46 of Queen Valley, AZ passed away on April 26, 2010. He was survived by his wife of 19 years Denise (Lemke) Allen, 2 daughters Shelby and Alexis Allen, brother Bruce (Bonnie) Allen, step-brother James Allen, uncles David and Mark Schlaudecker and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Barbara Allen, daughter Madison, a brother Eric Allen, grandparents Jack and Evelyn Schlaudecker all from Meadville, PA and father-in-law Dale (Sam) Lemke of Connecticut Lake, PA. Mark was a family man who loved to joke around and to go fishing and camping, the Steelers and golf.

Caldera, Margarita Campos

Margarita Campos Caldera, 84 of Silver Creek, AZ passed away April 29, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Margarita was born in Santa Rita, NM. Survivors include her 2 daughters, 1 step-daughter, 3 sons, 2 step-sons, 6 sisters, 7 brothers, 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. The visitation will be Monday May 3, 2010 between 5-7:00 pm with Rosary at 7:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. The service will be at 10:00 am Tuesday May 4 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ.

Norman, Robert “Bob”

Robert (Bob) M. Norman, 70 of Mesa and Payson, AZ passed away Thursday April 22, 2010. Mr. Norman, a computer programmer was born in Norwich, CT. Survivors include his wife Lee, daughters Glenna (Jeff), Elaine (Jose), and Lauren (Dan), son Ronnie (Kim), sister Jackie (Art), brother Larry (Lynne), grandchildren Alicia (Brian), Rusty (Jeani), Caleb, Nicole, Lisa, Savannah and Dakota and great-grandchildren Kassandra and Sean. He was preceded in death by his grandson Charlie. There will be a visitation at 10:30 am Monday April 26, 2010 followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am, both at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

Alvarado, Memo D.

Memo D. Alvarado, 82 of Mesa, AZ passed away Tuesday April 20, 2010 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Alvarado was born in Globe, AZ. He is survived by his sons Richard M. Alvarado, George R. (Marty) Alvarado and Christopher G. Alvarado, his sisters Janie Rodriquez, Trini Vasquez and Hela (Gilbert) Canizales, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Jesus and Angelita Alvarado and his brothers Frank, Joe, Robert and George Alvarado. The memorial service will be at 2:00 pm Friday April 23, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Hospice Family Care, 1550 S. Alma School Rd. #280, Mesa, AZ 85210.