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FRANCIES, ALICE V. “TEETER”

Alice V. Francies “Teeter” passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018. Teeter was born in November 1933 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was the daughter of Nettie Romley Francies and N.N. “Sidney” Francies who preceded her in death, along with her brothers, Norman and Dennis, and her nephew Michael. She is survived by her brothers Sidney (Bobbi), Phillip (Norma), and twin brother, Ellis “Bob” (Judy), and many nieces and nephews. Teeter attended Jackson and Adams Elementary schools and graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1951. She retired as an Arizona State employee after 32 years of service. She was also a partner in Francies Date Company serving as Secretary/Treasurer. Crypt Side Service will be held in the Encanto Mausoleum at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 West Van Buren Street in Phoenix, Arizona 85009, on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. A reception and celebration of Teeter’s life will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4530 E. Gold Dust Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85028. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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ANDERSON, JOHNNIE KATE

On February 16, 2018, we lost our mother Johnnie Kate Anderson. She left her remaining family S. Bud Anderson (Suzanne Lent) James E. Anderson (Cris Earley) Carolyn Ashworth, Cindy Rose Essary (Dale), Robbie S. Anderson (Cecilia), daughter-in-law Carol Anderson, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren to wander these lands alone. Preceding her in death, her husband Herman Anderson and son Carley Anderson. She gave her children a foundation to live by, faith in God, kindness, fairness, honesty, plus a great smile to remember her by. She was born in Philadelphia, MISS, in 1924, and passed away in Glendale, AZ, where she lived for almost 60 years. A Viewing will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. A Graveside Service will be Tuesday, February 27th, at 11:00 A.M. at West Resthaven Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, in Glendale. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014, would be appreciated.

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SVOBODA, AURELIA JOAN

In Memorial

Aurelia Joan Svoboda, 97, peacefully passed away in her sleep at her home of over six decades, on February 20, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband of seven decades, F. Mike and her eldest of three sons Craig. Joan had a long wonderful life and will be lovingly remembered by her remaining living relatives and friends. On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, a Viewing will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a 7:00 P.M. Rosary prayer at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

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SANDOVAL, RAY L.

Ray L. Sandoval (Tata Candyman), 98 years old, passed away Monday February 19th, 2018. Born in Miami, Arizona in 1919 to Jesus and Mariana Sandoval, Ray enlisted in the Army and was a member of the 158th RCT, better known as the “Bushmasters”. He proudly served his country under the leadership of General Douglas MacArthur during World War II. After serving his country and returning home to the United States, he met Joyce Greenup, who he would marry and they would have three children. Ray and Joyce shared a wonderful life together with their children Ray Jr., Ricky and Susan. Ray retired from the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix, was a member of the American Legion Post 41, and a member of the Laborers Union Local 383. Ray is preceded in death by his wife Joyce and son Ricky. He is survived by sister Ruth Casas, his son Ray Jr. (Gloria), daughter Susan, daughter in law Gael and grandchildren Jessie (Lori), Corina, Johnny and Ruben. Ray also has 14 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Granddaughter. Ray was a loving Son, Brother, Uncle, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend and will be greatly missed by all that knew him and will be loved eternally. Enjoy your grand celebration in Heaven. We love you Tata Candyman! Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24th, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Funeral Service will immediately follow at St. Francis Cemetery 2033 N. 48th Street, , Phoenix.

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ESPINOZA, ROBERT V.

ESPINOZA, ROBERT V.

A LEGACY OF FAITH, LOVE, AND SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY

Robert V. Espinoza (96), father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather died peacefully at his home on Sunday, February 18th, surrounded by his beloved family. He was preceded in dead by Ernestina Carrillo-Espinoza, the love of his life. Robert was a first generation Mexican-American, born in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 6, 1921. A devout Catholic, Robert always taught his kids about Gods’ and our Blessed Mother’s unconditional love. Robert will be forever remembered by his beloved children Tommy (Elvira), Robert, Jr. (Lolly), Ricky (Wanda), Jimmy (Emily), Sandra (Ted), his 16 grandkids, 51 great grandkids and 16 great-great grandkids. Robert enlisted himself as a Marine to defend his country during WWII, and was wounded in Guam. Despite his wounds, he helped a group of his company’s soldiers to reach their battalion. Robert received the Purple Heart Medal from president Harry Truman. “For wounds received in action in the South Pacific during WWII. July 24, 1944. He always proudly said: “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

Robert worked and retired from APS and lived a great life with his family. He loved Western Movies and Mexican songs by Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos and to smoke cigars. He spent time traveling (cruises) overseas. Robert always said that his faith in God and the love of his family provided him with the strength and courage to keep going in life.

Robert will be forever missed. May he Rest in Peace in the arms of our Lord. On Friday, February 23, 2018 a Visitation will be held at 9:00 A.M., with a Rosary prayed at 9:30 A.M., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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KAKADELES, CHARLES

Charles (Stratie) Kakadeles, 63, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Born at Luke Air Force Base in Goodyear Arizona to parents William and Helen Kakadeles, his father passed away at a young age and Stratie was then raised by his stepfather Alex Fernandez and mother Helen. He attended Balsz school and graduated from East High School in the class of 1973. He worked for Marie Callenders’ on Thomas Road where he made friends of his lifetime and what became the place that shaped Stratie’s future. Having always been a free spirit with a mind of his own, he discovered his many talents that included restaurant equipment repair. He later went to work for Red Devil restaurant and then began his own business and had many clients at restaurants in the valley. He enjoyed judo and karate as a child. As an adult he loved camping and fishing at Woods Canyon Lake, and had fun in the desert with dune buggies, motorcycles and he then took up scuba diving. Stratie was a history buff, he knew the bible well, loved talk radio and he was a perfectionist at work. He loved his many dogs and nurtured his favorite dog Spike. Stratie was kind and generous and was loved by all that had a chance to know him. He always offered a helping hand and will be remembered for his generosity to others and his friendly wave from his car. Stratie was a loving son to his mother Helen Fernandez and loving brother to Nick and Greg and many other loving family members in Mytiline Greece and Adelaide Australia.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. with Trisagion Service at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday February 22, 2018 at Whitney and Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road Phoenix. Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Avenue, Phoenix. A Graveside service will take place following the funeral service at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

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DOZER HAY, FLOANNA MAE H.

Floanna “Flo” Mae H Dozer Hay, 93 went to her eternal home February 18, 2018. She was born January 25, 1925 in Schoolcraft, Michigan, to Barbara and Ralph Huddlestun of Three Rivers, Michigan. Her first husband, Richard V Dozer, her son-in-law, Kent Cerrone and her granddaughter, Laura Grace Dozer, have preceded her in death. Her loving husband, Don M. Hay and her two children, Lynne Dozer Cerrone, Richard Huddlestun Dozer and his wife Karie Dozer and two grandchildren, Danielle Alexis Dozer and Jack Huddlestun Dozer, survive her. Flo grew up in Three Rivers, Michigan, where her father owned the Huddlestun Lumber Company. The only child of Ralph and Barbara, she graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in music performance, playing harp, organ, and french horn. While corresponding with a pen pal during WWII, she met Richard V. Dozer (Dick), an infantry soldier and aspiring journalist. They met and married in Three Rivers after the war, and moved to Sioux Falls, SD. There, daughter Lynne was born. They soon moved to a Chicago suburb, Elmwood Park, where Dick was the lead baseball writer for the Chicago Tribune covering the Cubs and White Sox. Their second child, Rich was born in 1957, and Flo’s children attended grade school and high school in suburban Chicago. The couple retired to Arizona in 1982. Flo was an avid tennis player and even traveled to England and attended the Wimbledon tournament. She and Dick enjoyed life here in the Valley until Dick died in Phoenix in 1994. Flo met and married Don Hay in 1995. Don is a professional homebuilder and all-around wonderful man who built a new family life for himself and Flo in Phoenix, as well as a physical home on a lake in Lawrenceburg Indiana, near her daughter Lynne. By having these two homes, Flo and Don have lived every year of their marriage in both Indiana near daughter Lynne, and in Phoenix near Rich and his family. Flo truly valued this quality family time, and often reflected that she was always close to home, whether she was in the Midwest or the Southwest. Flo will be remembered by her many friends for her devotion to her family and community. Her highest priorities were to be a Godly and extraordinary mother, and wife and a servant to others. She accomplished these goals and today, God is surely saying to Flo,” well done good and faithful servant.” Flo valued her studies of the Bible, and many of her values are reflected in Proverbs 31, which preach the importance of “speak(ing) up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31 goes on to describe a “wife of noble character”. Like this biblical wife, Flo opened “her arms to the poor and extend(ed) her hands to the needy….” and was a “woman who fears the Lord (and) is to be praised.” In celebrating her life, her family wishes to “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Flo never knew a stranger, and often opened up her home to new friends from faraway places, many times hosting people she had only just met at a church service or missionary gathering. She never turned anyone away from a warm bed or a home-cooked meal, especially if her guests were serving their communities or churches. She did not believe in extending loans, she instead always gave freely and without an IOU. In all of her actions, she demonstrated her beliefs that all of us are God’s children, equal in his sight, despite our race, status, nationality or living status. Flo was rarely at a loss for words, and was often known for engaging everyone with sweet, lively conversation.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laura Dozer Center, UCP, 1802 W. Parkside Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027, named for Flo’s granddaughter Laura Grace, serving special needs children and their families here in Phoenix, or to Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 22nd, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 23rd, at 10:00 A.M., preceded by a 9:00 A.M. Visitation at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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JALLO, M.D., STANLEY JOSEPH

Stanley Joseph Jallo, 94, of Phoenix, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at The Pueblo Norte Senior Living Community in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born October 8, 1923 in Hazleton, PA to Stanley Joseph Dzialo and Anna Tychinski Dzialo. Stanley Sr and Anna both emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe as teenagers, settling in Hazelton where they met, married and had five children including Stanley Jr. Stan described them as “two of the most wonderful parents in the world”, and he had many great stories about his family and growing up in Hazelton during the depression years. The name Dzialo is pronounced Jallo, and the children all changed their name to Jallo after high school.

Upon graduating from high school, he attended the Pennsylvania State College in State College, in the school of chemistry and physics in the pre-medical course. However, his college career was quickly cut short due to World War 2, with Stan enlisting in the Navy and serving as a Pharmacist’s Mate. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, Stan went back to his pre-med studies at Penn State and then was accepted at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He was awarded a degree of Doctor of Medicine at the 103rd commencement exercises of Hahnemann Medical College on June 15, 1950. Stan’s medical career took a quick turn with the start of the Korean War. There was a shortage of medical doctors so he enlisted once again to serve his country, this time as a medical doctor in the Air Force. On August 18, 1951 he received the Air Force Diploma for Aviation Medical Examiner class of the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine. Stan provided distinguished service in the Air Force, including reaching the rank of Major and serving as commanding officer of the 136th and 58th combat medical groups in Korea, during which time he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Korean Theater of War ribbon with three campaign stars, and the United Nations ribbon.

Upon honorable discharge from the US Air Force after the Korean War Truce, Stan returned to his family and his private practice medical career where he was on the staff of two hospitals in Meadville Pa in Family Medicine. After several years, Stan went to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in a Fellowship program in Anesthesiology, where he worked as an Anesthesiologist before moving to Bellefonte Pa. to head the Anesthesiology Department at the Centre County Hospital. Stan worked in Bellefonte until 1968 when he and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Stan was on the staff of a number of hospitals, including Children’s Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Doctors Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Stan had a long and distinguished career as an Anesthesiologist and was well respected and liked by hospital staff, doctors and patients across the Valley.

Stanley is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Anna; his brother Joseph; his sisters Helen, Jennifer and Dorothy; his wife Lucille and his wife Carole; his sons Martin and Richard; and daughters Jennifer and Leah. He is survived by daughters Deborah (Robert) Bostian of Seekonk, MA and Amy (David) Fink of Pacific Palisades, CA, sons David (Chrys) of Glendale, AZ, and Roger of Wichita, KS, sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren as well as an extended family of nephews, nieces and others.

Stan was one of the best of the “greatest generation”. He lived a life full of love and joy, great sadness at times, wonderful adventure and experiences, and personal achievement. He leaves behind family and friends who loved him and will miss him.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org)

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MARY ALICIA LECHLEITER

Mary Alicia Lechleiter, 53 passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 8, 2018. She was born November 22, 1964 in New York City, NY to Edward and Barbara Lechleiter. Mary spent most of her life caring for others as a nurse. She came by it naturally as she was very loving and caring. She also loved and cared for all her family and friends. Mary spent much of her time caring for mom while she was sick. Mary is predeceased by her mother, Barbara Lechleiter. She is survived by her father, Edward Lechleiter; sisters Jeannette (Wayne) Aswege, Susan Scott, and Patricia (Todd) Hoggatt. Mary is survived by nieces and nephews Kristen (Todd) Britt, Jonathan Collins, Stephanie Collins, Paul (Ashley) Scott, Eric Scott, Jamilyn (AJ) Hilgendorf, Brandon (Cheryl) Aswege, Brian (Amanda) Aswege, Kyle Aswege, Melanie (Greg) Barron, and Nicholas Hoggatt. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews Ruby Aswege, Ivy and Brooke Aswege, Maggie, Kailey, and Corrine Britt, Ayden and Addyson Roberts, Shane and Cooper Scott, Sarah, Michael, and Travis Scott, Elijah and Annabel Hilgendorf, and Samuel Barron. Mary will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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MURNANE IV, GEORGE

On Monday, February 12th, we lost our beautiful, sweet son, George Murnane. He passed away peacefully of natural causes while on a business trip in Colorado. We are blessed that our final memories of him are of a vibrant, confident and happy young man, loving his first job as an audit associate at Clifton Larson Allen, thrilled to have passed all four CPA exams on his first try this year, and enjoying being the “man of the family,” having moved back home after graduation from college so he could save money for a condo and be there for his mother and younger brother while his father worked overseas. George was an old soul who loved spending time with the many supportive adults who loved him throughout his life. He benefited tremendously from many educational opportunities including at All Souls School in New York City, where he was born, Garden Hills Elementary School in Atlanta, and All Saints’ Episcopal Day School and Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. He was a proud summa cum laude graduate of Arizona State University and graduated last year from ASU’s Master in Accountancy program. He worked throughout high school and college at Harkins Theaters, working his way up to manager while attending ASU full-time, and also for a time worked as an accounting intern for US Airways. In the last two years, he had enjoyed serving as treasurer of the Companion Animal Association of Arizona. He was a sensitive, compassionate, witty and logical young man who met life with humility and grace in spite of early medical challenges. He loved outings with family, political discussions, teasing his sister, mentoring his younger brother, helping out around the house, writing superlative thank you notes to his adoring godparents and aunts, and his growing identity as a young professional. He particularly cherished his supportive colleagues at CLA and fellow board members at CAAA. He was the light of our lives and will be terribly missed by parents Gretchen and Peter Murnane, sister Anna, brother John, grandparents Janet and John Alexander of Redmond, Oregon, and Mary Murnane of Vero Beach, Florida, loving aunts Alix Hillyer of Atlanta, Ranna (Herbert) Smith of Locust Valley, New York, Edith Murnane of Boston, uncles Jonathan (Tracy) Alexander of Bend, Oregon, and Andrew Alexander of Anchorage, Alaska. Survived by cousins Whitney (Bill) Baldwin, Peter (Rebecca) Hillyer and Margot Hillyer, Samantha, Harry, Morgan and C.J. Smith, and Lily and Jack Alexander. Also the most wonderful godparents Mary and Clay Stobaugh of New York, special friend Jose Gomez, and Arizona mentors Randy Kirsch and Bob McAuslan.

Visitation will be on Sunday, February 18th, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 19th, at 10:00 A.M. at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, in Phoenix.

We ask that instead of flowers, contributions be made to the following organizations:

Companion Animal Association of Arizona

American Civil Liberties Union

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MURNANE IV, GEORGE

On Monday, February 12th, we lost our beautiful, sweet son, George Murnane. He passed away peacefully of natural causes while on a business trip in Colorado. We are blessed that our final memories of him are of a vibrant, confident and happy young man, loving his first job as an audit associate at Clifton Larson Allen, thrilled to have passed all four CPA exams on his first try this year, and enjoying being the “man of the family,” having moved back home after graduation from college so he could save money for a condo and be there for his mother and younger brother while his father worked overseas. George was an old soul who loved spending time with the many supportive adults who loved him throughout his life. He benefited tremendously from many educational opportunities including at All Souls School in New York City, where he was born, Garden Hills Elementary School in Atlanta, and All Saints’ Episcopal Day School and Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. He was a proud summa cum laude graduate of Arizona State University and graduated last year from ASU’s Master in Accountancy program. He worked throughout high school and college at Harkins Theaters, working his way up to manager while attending ASU full-time, and also for a time worked as an accounting intern for US Airways. In the last two years, he had enjoyed serving as treasurer of the Companion Animal Association of Arizona. He was a sensitive, compassionate, witty and logical young man who met life with humility and grace in spite of early medical challenges. He loved outings with family, political discussions, teasing his sister, mentoring his younger brother, helping out around the house, writing superlative thank you notes to his adoring godparents and aunts, and his growing identity as a young professional. He particularly cherished his supportive colleagues at CLA and fellow board members at CAAA. He was the light of our lives and will be terribly missed by parents Gretchen and Peter Murnane, sister Anna, brother John, grandparents Janet and John Alexander of Redmond, Oregon, and Mary Murnane of Vero Beach, Florida, loving aunts Alix Hillyer of Atlanta, Ranna (Herbert) Smith of Locust Valley, New York, Edith Murnane of Boston, uncles Jonathan (Tracy) Alexander of Bend, Oregon, and Andrew Alexander of Anchorage, Alaska. Survived by cousins Whitney (Bill) Baldwin, Peter (Rebecca) Hillyer and Margot Hillyer, Samantha, Harry, Morgan and C.J. Smith, and Lily and Jack Alexander. Also the most wonderful godparents Mary and Clay Stobaugh of New York, special friend Jose Gomez, and Arizona mentors Randy Kirsch and Bob McAuslan.

Visitation will be on Sunday, February 18th, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 19th, at 10:00 A.M. at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, in Phoenix.

We ask that instead of flowers, contributions be made to the following organizations:

Companion Animal Association of Arizona

American Civil Liberties Union

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TESORIERO, PATRICIA ELLA LOUISE

Patricia Ella Louise, “Patti,” Tesoriero passed away of natural causes on February 9, 2018 at her apartment in central Phoenix. Patti was the fourth child born to Barney and Viola (Voita) Tesoriero on January 25, 1957, the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul. Patti is survived by her daughter, Pat Sampson, and grandchildren Marquita, Demetrius, and Angie, as well as by her sister and brother-in-law Maria and John Guerrero and her dear niece and nephew Cristina and Joseph Guerrero, as well as by her brother and sister-in-law Bart and Brenda Tesoriero and nephew Josh and nieces Teresa (Tesoriero) West and her husband Chris, Paula, and Hannah (Tesoriero) DeVivo and her husband Jacob, and their daughter Carmella Rose DeVivo. Patti is also survived by her sister Kathy Tesoriero, her cousin Barb Voita, and many Voita and Tesoriero cousins. Patti attended Saint Thomas the Apostle grade school, Suffolk Hills Catholic High School in Tucson, and Saint Mary’s High School in Phoenix. She worked for some years in various jobs and then moved into care giving for the elderly. Patti loved life, and she really loved singing. Some of her favorite songs were “The Rose,” “The Way We Were,” “New York, New York,” “For Baby,” “Fire and Rain,” and “O Happy Day!” Patti also loved to speak of Jesus to anyone she could. She would hand out holy cards and encourage people to trust in the Lord. Patti was not perfect, but she did seek to forgive all who injured or ignored her, and she asked forgiveness for her faults as well. The good news, the great news, the absolutely wonderful news, is that Jesus loved Patti first, as He loves all of us. He died to save Patti and each of us. This is His amazing grace, and through a life of joys and sorrows, of dreams dreamed and of hopes dashed, Patti trusted in Jesus and His mercy. To God be all the glory! Patti’s Rosary/Eulogy will be at 9:45 AM on Wednesday, February 21st, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. The Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow the Mass, at Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery. We would humbly invite anyone who would feel so inclined, to please donate memorial gifts in Patti’s honor to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix. God love you!

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McGuinness, Robert (Bob) Philip

Robert (Bob) Philip McGuinness, 91, passed away peacefully on February 10. Bob was born in Pennsylvania to the late James and Wallburga McGuinness. In addition

to his parents he is proceeded in death by his daughter Linda and brothers; Thomas, Edward, Paul, Joseph and Leo. Bob will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 71 years Angie;daughter Karen and two sons, Patrick and James; grandchildren Michelle, Russell, Joel, Jennifer, Laura, Erin, Devon, Ian and Damon; along with his great grandchildren. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from Garrett Research. He was a long time parishioner and served

as an usher at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Bob had a love for oil painting and enjoyed going camping and fishing with the family. His summers were spent in Overgaard, AZ at their summer home. He will be greatly missed!! The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Generations at Agritopia assisted living. Services will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th St. Phoenix, AZ. Directly following the services, the burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St. Phoenix, AZ. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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EVANS, TAD FORBES

Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Tad wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn and raising hell for more than seven decades.

Tad Forbes Evans, 74, of Glendale, Arizona, was born on February 13, 1943. He kicked the bucket, bought the farm, and ate his last barbeque rib on February 8, 2018. Tad sometimes did things a little backwards. Married for 37 years to Connie (Larson) Evans, he is also survived by what he always deemed his three favorite people; his grandson, Mark Anthony Malone, 28, of Austin, Texas; his grandson Samuel James Malone, 27, of Glendale, Arizona; and his granddaughter, Mollie Nicole Malone, 25, of Glendale, Arizona. He was semi-fond of his own children, Diane Evans-Bjorem (Mark) and Brett F Evans, also of Glendale. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Harry DeWitt Evans and Marjorie Jane (Forbes) Evans of Casper, Wyoming. Raised and educated in Casper, he was escorted off the grounds of Natrona County High School, Class of 1961. Deciding he was sick of shoveling snow, he researched the warmest place on earth and moved to Phoenix where he graduated from Arizona State University, earning degrees in Business and Journalism. He was a true, loyal Sun Devil until his final day and only spoke to certain Wildcats.

He began his career at Transamerica Title after graduation, remaining in the title business until his retirement. He claimed this industry was, hands down, the most stressful line of work there was and when home in the evenings, demanded quiet time in his house as he watched Archie Bunker, Gunsmoke and M.A.S.H. reruns.

Tad lived life in his own way. He held sweet memories of the times he spent at “Camp Cheebrokus,” the cabin he built in Forest Lakes, Arizona. Because of his wicked peanut allergy, he donned welding gloves and gardening masks to place handfuls of peanuts out for the squirrels and birds every morning while there. He was notorious for his work ethic, love of cars and wild women. He was a brilliant, mechanically gifted man, house fixer-upper, and was always inventing new, colorful curse words. Tad’s many talents included repairing cars and motorcycles, riding his Harley, barbequing and hanging around the fire pit.

He was a rabid fan of the Sun Devil and Arizona Cardinals football teams, long before it was fashionable. He almost found himself divorced after buying season tickets to the Phoenix Suns in 1969 without checking with the boss. Tad loved to ride his Harley Davidson, but carefully towed it to Sturgis so as not to get any rock chips or scratches. His favorite holiday was the 4th of July and enjoyed taking the family to San Diego every summer to watch the girls in bikinis walk by. He was fiercely proper, possessed a small amount of obsessive compulsive disorder, and carried Windex and rubber gloves with him at all times. He was a hard-working man, loyal, silly, kind, gentle, respectful and incredibly generous. He enjoyed booze, cars, guns, and wild women until the day he died.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may or may not gather to celebrate Tad’s life on Thursday, February 15th from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85018.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Savior Hospice, 4530 E. Shea Blvd, Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85028 or to Lion’s Club International, 1016 N. 32nd Street, #5, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

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BETANCOURT, REFUGIO M.

Betancourt, Refugio, (Cuco), 91 of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully on February 9, 2018. Refugio was born in Avondale, AZ on May 22, 1926. Refugio was born to Domingo and Cipriana Betancourt. He grew up in the Superior, AZ community known as La Posta. Refugio was an Army Veteran and served in WWII. Cuco enjoyed playing his guitar for his family and played with orchestra in the early 50’s and 60’s. Cuco was known for providing music and entertainment for any and all family occasions. His wit and humor always made his children and grandchildren smile. Refugio was preceded in death by his eldest son Joseph C. Betancourt. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Emily C. Betancourt, son Rudy C. Betancourt (wife Christina), daughter Susie C. Gomez (husband Charlie). He had 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. A visitation will be held at 10:00 A.M., Rosary prayer at 10:30 A.M. and Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street in Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street in Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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KHAN, ROBERT SR.

Robert Khan, Sr. Robert “Bob” Khan, Sr. was born in Casa Grande, Arizona on November 7, 1931 to Maria Bonillas Martinez Khan and Niamat Ali Khan. Maria spoke only Spanish, and Niamat spoke only Arabic, so Bob acquired mastery of three languages very early in life. When Bob was five years old, the family moved to the Phoenix area, where they continued to farm produce, grains and cotton and raise livestock. He was a highly motivated boy, up before the sun so he could milk the cows and bundle whatever was picked from the earth the day before, deliver it to the warehouses in downtown Phoenix and still get to school on time. He was an entrepreneur from the very beginning and started his own small businesses while still attending Fowler Elementary School. Bob then attended Tolleson High School, and though he worked long hours on the family farm, was an excellent student and an excellent athlete who played football, basketball, and baseball and ran track. He earned many distinctions as a Tolleson High Wolverine, including being elected Student Body President and being recognized as the FFA Farmer of the Year. Though Bob was recruited by many colleges, including West Point Academy, he declined to attend in order to continue to help his family’s farming business. In 1956, Bob met his one and only true love, Verda Grace Ray. They were married in 1957 and began their family two years later. It was during those years that Bob became interested in real estate, and he bought and sold several apartment buildings. While he made a profit on them, he determined immediately that his future would be commercial, rather than residential, real estate. His career as a commercial real estate broker continued throughout the remainder of his life, but his entrepreneurial spirit led him into other ventures as well, namely founding, owning and operating a chain of retail fabric stores named Fabric World and then building, owning and operating a mini-warehouse business. Bob was drafted twice by the Army and though he did not especially enjoy military life, made many friends there and was discharged honorably with a duffle bag of fascinating stories about his adventures. In 1959, Bob and Verda had a son, Bob Khan, Jr., followed by a daughter, Maria Grayce Khan, in 1961. They were an inseparable family with bountiful love. The saddest day of Bob’s life came too soon, in 1977, when Verda passed away. He never remarried. Though Bob had great professional success, he was always more of a philanthropist than a capitalist. He spent a tremendous amount of time caring for those in need, both in the United States and abroad. He led missions to Mexico; he founded the Widows Aid Society to help widowed women navigate through troubled times; he donated generously to orphanages across the globe and, perhaps most meaningful of all, would give his time, talent, money – and often a home — to anybody who needed help through a rough patch. He would tell you it was all done to honor God, which was, without a doubt, the purpose of his life. Bob is survived by his sister Louise Ames, brothers Junas and Niamat; his son, Bob Khan, Jr. (and wife Peggy and granddaughters Grace and Patricia), his daughter, Maria Grayce Khan Baier (and granddaughters Elizabeth and Christiana), and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation for Bob will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M on February 16th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. Bob’s Funeral Mass will be February 17th at 10:00 A.M. at the Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. In lieu of flowers, we would humbly ask that you make a contribution to St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix.

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KRIEGER, CURTIS ALBERT

Curtis Albert Krieger, was taken from us too soon. He went to Heaven on 2/3/2018 at the age of 22yrs old. Curtis Albert was born & raised in Arizona. He is survived by many loved ones but those closest to him are his brother/best friend Michael & his loving parents Tom & Esther. Same in Heaven as here on Earth, he is greeted by many loved ones, including his Tata, Nana & baby sister Alexis Ann. Curtis Albert got his GED at an early age so he could “attack” life & live to the fullest. At a young age he did accept Christ into his life and was baptized. His dad & brother got him into the Tower Industry/Telecommunications. He was a fast learner & wanted to become a Fiber Technician. He was a natural tower hand – learning most skills by jumping in and trying on his own. Curtis Albert loved the outdoors – Fishing, Hiking, Golfing, working on cars/trucks. He was a peace keeper. Loved making other laugh/smile – the jokester – he enjoyed his life. Him and his brother were ready to buy their 1st house together & find his future wife. He always told me he wasn’t going to have kids – I told him he would give me the most grand babies out of both of them. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, February 16th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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BRUGGER, COREY T.

Glendale – Corey T Brugger, (The Chicago Kidd) passed away on the morning of January 29th 2018 at his residence in Glendale Arizona. Corey was born on Chicago’s South Side in Illinois on January 13th 1970 where he lived till he was 7 years old, and then moved to Phoenix Arizona where he live till his passing. Corey was a private security officer for artists from Ice T to Rihanna when they were performing here in Arizona. He also worked as a plain clothed Loss prevention agent for many years.

Corey was truly one-of-a-kind and his infectious personality drew everyone that met him to be his friend. Corey is proceeded in death by his father Michael Brugger and his older sister Linda Brugger. Corey is survived by His loving son the Heart of his world Corey Shaka Brugger, his Mother Jeri Brugger, eric, his Nephew Alfonfo DelValle, his cousin Anthony Slater, fiance Elizabeth DeLoach and his many cherish friends. Corey will be sadly missed, never forgotten, always loved and forever in our hearts. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, February 11th at 1:00 P.M. at the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home at 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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GOUVEIA, ANN MARIE

Ann Marie (Ree) Gouveia, was born to Deacon Americo (Mac) Gouveia and Carmela Julie Gouveia in Phoenix on August 31, 1963. She died on February 5, 2018 at the age of 54 from dementia. She is survived by siblings; Joe, Lois, John, Marianne, and Linda. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jim, and her nephew Eric. Ree was Down Syndrome and was truly special in many ways; a talented artist; she loved music, dancing, and professional wrestling. Ree had a beautiful, gentle spirit with a wide stubborn streak and an amazing sense of humor. She loved her 15 nieces and nephews and was the life of every family gathering. Ree was blessed to have the support of excellent caregivers including Hospice of the Valley and our CNA, Shelby Hoffman. She made many friends in programs at ARCH in Phoenix and Artworks in Tucson. Ree is well loved here and in heaven, she will be deeply missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 15th at 6:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 16th at 10:00 A.M. to be held at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. A reception at the Church will immediately follow the service from 11:00 to 1:00. For those who prefer to make an honor tribute donation in lieu of flowers, please visit the National Downs Syndrome Society at https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=60261

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MARUSIAK, JOHN JR.

Lt. Col. John Marusiak, Jr. USAF Retired, 100 years old, went to be with the Lord on February 4, 2018. John was born in West Newton, PA on April 19th, 1917. He grew up in Michigan to Polish immigrants, Antonina Goscinski and John Marusiak. He joined the US Army Air Corp the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. During WWII he was a P-47 and P-51 pilot. He completed over 100 sorties, including 3 on D-Day. He married Angeline Gadzinski on November 26, 1944, the love of his life, and they celebrated over 61 years together until she passed in 2005. He was a fighter pilot, a test pilot as well as a flight instructor. He retired from his military service and moved his family to Phoenix in 1965. John and Angie started Micro-Tronic, Inc, an ongoing Aerospace Manufacturing Company in 1968. He was CEO of the company until his retirement in 2000. After retirement, his greatest joys were centered around his love of family, golf, flying his planes, bridge, his faith and friends. John leaves a legacy of living life to its fullest and being an inspiration to all who met him. He is survived by his children, Ronald (Barbara), Edith (Gerald) Remaklus, Janet (Mark) Travis and Carol Ann (George) Chase and his daughter-in law, Lucia Marusiak. His children, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren will miss him immensely. He is preceded in death by his wife Angie, his son Robert and his three siblings. Interment will be announced in advance and take place at The National Cemetery in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mount Claret, St. Vincent De Paul or Circle the City in John’s memory. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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CAMERON, MARGARET M.

In Memorial

On February 4th 2018, our mother Margaret M. Cameron passed away painlessly. She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice B. Cameron Sr., her daughter Donna M. Beckwith, and her granddaughter Cherilian R. Hayes. Her survivors are son’s Maurice B. Cameron Jr., Devone A. Cameron, Wayne A. Cameron, Neal J. Cameron, her daughter’s Margaret M. Belter and Joanne A. Ellis, her grandchildren Richard C. Simons, Michael E. Rosiejka Jr., Chris L. Belter, Cameron Belter, Anthony Cameron, Jacqueline Gellner, Maurice B. Cameron III, Troy A. Ellis, and Courtney E. Cameron, and her 9 great-grandchildren. We were fortunate to have her for 90 years and wanted her for 90 more. At 90, our mother was sharp as a tack, her body may have gotten old but her mind was as bright as the day she was born on July 9th 1927. She was loved by everyone she met and was blessed because of it. Her family was everything to her in life and death. She was always a dedicated wife and mother. Visitation will be at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 8th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. Following will be a Graveside Service at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, in Phoenix. All are welcome to attend the services.

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DOOLEY, DIANE C.

Diane C. Dooley, 60, passed on Wednesday, January 31 2018 in Plano, TX after a courageous battle with cancer. Diane was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ surrounded by a large and loving extended family who she adored and stayed closely connected across many miles and years. As a child, she developed a passion for dance and acting and was often a cast member in school productions at West High School. Her passion for the performing arts continued throughout her life. Following high school, Diane moved to California where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and MBA while building a successful career and actively participating in the performing arts. She joined Toyota in 1998. Over her 20 years with Toyota, Diane was known for her contagious optimism, incredible work ethic, and care and concern for her colleagues. Diane served on the Board as CFO for the Professional Arts Education Center in Torrance, an organization dedicated to raising scholarship funds for talented young people pursuing theatre arts education and careers, making a difference in the lives of many future stars. Diane is survived by her parents, Maryann and Richard, sister Eileen and legions of cousins and friends across many states and countries. Diane’s Phoenix Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 10th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. There will be a Viewing at 10:30 A.M. followed by a Rosary at 11:00 A.M. with a Memorial Service at 11:30 A.M. A lunch celebrating Diane will be held at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that donations in Diane’s memory be made to the Professional Arts Education Center in Torrance, CA.

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SEEGER, ROSE MARIE

Rose Marie Seeger (Rosno) surrounded by her loving family, passed into eternal life on February 5, 2018. Rosie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born in Genoa, Nebraska on March 31, 1936 and raised in San Jose, California. Rose Marie touched the life of everyone she met. Rose Marie is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lawrence, her 5 children, and their spouses, Kenneth (Debbie), Michelle (Brendan), David (Shelly), Doug (Kellye) and Michael (Ashley). Rosie is also survived by her 16 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Sue Rosno. Each and every grandchild loved their Tutu more than anything. Rosie was predeceased by her father and mother, Michael and Rose Rosno, and her brother Gordon. While raising her 5 children, Rosie was an avid volunteer at school and church and loved spending time with the many friends she made as she and Larry moved around California, Hawaii and Arizona. After raising her 5 children, Rosie indulged in her passion for traveling the world. She especially loved visiting her family and friends in Hawaii and her daughter Michelle and her family in Europe. Rosie was happiest with a good book, sitting on the beach–she loved her book club. An artist, she enjoyed painting and loved sharing art with her grandchildren. A devout Catholic, she worked with the Christ Child Society, Sodality, and joined Larry volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul. Rose Marie is loved by many and will be deeply missed. Her joy of life, love for her family and friends, easy-going free spirit, and clever observations were very special to all who knew her! Services will be held at Brophy Chapel on Saturday, February 10th at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, Rosie has been a major supporter of St. Vincent DePaul and Save the Children, the organization her granddaughter MacKenzie works for that provides aid to refugee children all over the world. Please consider making a donation in her name. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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ACUNA, EUDALDO M.

Eudaldo M. Acuna (Chapo), passed away peacefully February 1, 2018. He was born June 16, 1929, a native of Phoenix, AZ and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie and his son Edward. He is survived by his children Judy, Mark, Gary, John, including his 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He lived his former years in Payson, AZ and will be remembered by his never ending energy for life. His services will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ. 85018, on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:30 A.M.

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ACUNA, EUDALDO M.

Eudaldo M. Acuna (Chapo), passed away peacefully February 1, 2018. He was born June 16, 1929, a native of Phoenix, AZ and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie and his son Edward. He is survived by his children Judy, Mark, Gary, John, including his 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He lived his former years in Payson, AZ and will be remembered by his never ending energy for life. His services will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ. 85018, on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:30 A.M.

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CARMELITE VALENTINE BOYLE

(February 2, 2018; Darien, IL) The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Order of Carmelites, mourns the death of the Reverend Valentine Boyle, O. Carm., who died at the age of 97 on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Scottsdale Square Health Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Visitation for Father Valentine will be from 5PM to 7PM at St. Agnes Church, 1954 North 24th Street, Phoenix, Arizona, with Funeral Mass to follow at 7PM. Mass of Christian Burial and Interment will take place later in the week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Father Valentine was born to (the late) John Joseph Boyle and (the late) Frances Barbara (Boehm) Boyle on June 29, 1920, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His name at baptism was Leonard Raymond Boyle. He is survived by his nieces and nephews and his Carmelite brothers.

Leonard attended Saint Catherine Parish School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before attending Mount Carmel Junior Seminary and Mount Carmel College in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He received the Carmelite habit on August 14, 1939, and professed simple vows to the Carmelites in the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary on August 15, 1940, taking the religious name of Valentine. On August 15, 1943, Valentine made his solemn profession with the Carmelites. He then attended Whitefriars Hall and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was ordained a deacon on October 8, 1945, and was ordained a priest on June 11, 1946, at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Father Valentine began his ministry in 1947 as a teacher at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Illinois. During that same time he served as Associate Pastor at Saint Clara Parish in Chicago, Illinois, a position he held until 1952. He went on to serve as Assistant Pastor at Saint Mary Carmelite Parish as well as Administrator of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mission, both in Joliet, Illinois. In 1960, he became Assistant Pastor at Saint Joseph Parish in Leavenworth, Kansas and was appointed Pastor there in 1966.

After nine years as pastor of Saint Joseph’s, Father Valentine moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as Associate Pastor at Saint Agnes Parish and was appointed to the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Phoenix. In 1985, continuing his work with the Marriage Tribunal, he was appointed Administrator of Good Shepherd Mission in New River, Arizona. During this time he always assisted the Catholic Missions on the Gila River Pima Reservation.

In 2003, Father Valentine retired to the Carmelite Community at Saint Thérèse Priory in Phoenix, Arizona, where he remained until his death.

May he rest in peace.

For further information on the Reverend Valentine Boyle, O. Carm., or the Order of Carmelites, contact Carmelite Media at (630) 971-0724 or visit the Carmelite website at www.carmelnet.org.

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OLIVAS, FRANCES VALENZUELA

Frances (Chata) Valenzuela Olivas was born on January 5, 1923 in Phoenix, Arizona to state pioneers Jesus and Francisca Valenzuela. She passed away on January 31, 2018. Frances was married to Angel Olivas, Sr. for 59 years. She was a loving Mother with 19 Grandkids, 45 Great Grandkids and 13 GreatGreat Grandkids. Frances was a homemaker until her youngest son started school, then went to work for Korricks Department Store in Phoenix which eventually became the Broadway Stores, spending a total of 20 years with these stores. After retiring in 1980, she and Angel Sr. joined the Senior Center in Phoenix and were active members. In 1982, the Center voted Frances as the Volunteer of the Year. She and Angel Sr. enjoyed dancing, bingo and traveling. She joined the Forever Young dancing group at the Center and performed at various functions. She is fond of the many wonderful friendships she created which include her neighbors who treated her as a family member. Frances was a big fan of the AZ Dbacks, her favorite player was “Gonzo” who she claimed looked just like her deceased Brother, Richard Valenzuela. You could often find Frances at the casinos where she claimed “she always won.” Frances is proceeded in death by Husband Angel Sr. and three Grandkids. Her proudest memories are of her children: Sons Angel Jr. (Sheila), John (Pat), Robert (Joanne), Loui (Nena), and Daughter Velia Olivas. Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. with a Mass at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 8th, at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Mom’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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TARTE, FERNAND J

Fernand J. Tarte, 86 of Phoenix, passed away following an extensive medical history including Alzheimer’s on January 20, 2018 at Hospice of the Valley. Fern was born January 31, 1931 in St. Albans, Vermont to Sylvio and Lillian Tarte. He was a licensed barber in California and Florida, owned and operated a number of barber shops in California. Fernand was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Maurice. He is survived by his loving friend, Ann Justus, two brothers, Normand (Martha) and Roger (Gerry) and two sisters, Jeannine (Richard dec.) Pouliot and Claire (Grant dec.), and nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held in the family lot at Mount Calvary Cemetery in St. Albans, Vermont. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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TARTE, FERNAND J

Fernand J. Tarte, 86 of Phoenix, passed away following an extensive medical history including Alzheimer’s on January 20, 2018 at Hospice of the Valley. Fern was born January 31, 1931 in St. Albans, Vermont to Sylvio and Lillian Tarte. He was a licensed barber in California and Florida, owned and operated a number of barber shops in California. Fernand was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Maurice. He is survived by his loving friend, Ann Justus, two brothers, Normand (Martha) and Roger (Gerry) and two sisters, Jeannine (Richard dec.) Pouliot and Claire (Grant dec.), and nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held in the family lot at Mount Calvary Cemetery in St. Albans, Vermont. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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GURULE, TINA LOUISE

On January 30th, 2018, God called Tina home after a yearlong courageous battle with cancer. She was 52 years old. Tina was born on February 17, 1965, in El Paso, Texas, but soon found her true home in Phoenix, Arizona where she grew up and spent the rest of her life. Tina graduated from Maryvale High School and Arizona State University. She was also a Certified Public Accountant. Everyone who knew Tina remembers her infectious smile, her open heart, her fierce faith and wonderful laugh. She was and still is an inspiration to many as she fought an insidious cancer with the utmost grace and dignity. Tina is survived by her two children Peyton and Tanner, their father Manny and his partner Genny, her sister Carlane, her mother Betty Lou, her nieces Tara, Sarah, Andrea and Heather, her nephew David, and finally her partner Mike. Her family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org) or the American Cancer Society. Visitation will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. A Memorial Service for her will take place on Friday, February 2nd, at Brophy Chapel at 4:15 P.M., at 4701 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ. A reception will follow at Saint Francis Xavier at the same address.

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TOMBAZIAN, MAE CECILIA

Mae Cecilia (Herro) Tombazian 96.5 years young, passed away peacefully from natural causes on January 24th, 2018. Mae’s ultra-positive attitude touched the lives of countless friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, students and befriended strangers. Due to her strong spiritual beliefs, she always found the best in people and experiences. Mae hailed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and served her country in the first Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WAC) during World War II from 1942-1945. Mae relocated to Southern California and met her husband Gregory Vahe Tombazian while they were celebrating their May 5th birthdays. They had two children Charles MIchael and Sheri Ann. Mae lost her beloved Gregory in 1972 and moved from the San Fernando Valley to Thousand Oaks where she served in the public school system as a teachers’ aid until her retirement. Mae relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 1994 and then to Phoenix, Arizona in 2013. Mae is survived by her son Charles (Scottsdale, AZ), Sheri (Broomfield, CO) her grandchildren, Alexandra, Roarke, Collin and Samantha and great-grandchildren Mason & Francesca. Thank you for sticking around these 96+ years, we all needed you. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix.

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DIAZ, RAUL P.

Raul P. Diaz, 91, of Phoenix, passed away on January 25, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ, surrounded by his loved ones. Raul was born on August 24, 1926 in Phoenix and was a World War II Army Veteran. He is survived by his 104-year-old sister, Cecilia Saavedra, and his nieces and nephew; Irene Figueroa, Susie Thomas, Rosie Jean Riddley, Nellie Flores, Diana Cordova and David Cordova. Raul is also survived by second, third and fourth generation nieces and nephews. Raul will be remembered as a man of faith in God and dedication to Jesus Christ and the Saints. He was a generous donor to many charities with lifelong donations to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He was a proud and loving brother to his sister and devoted to his family. He will be missed by all who knew him. A Viewing will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M., with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 9:30 A.M., and a Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Avenue, in Phoenix. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Raul’s life. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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PAYNTER, DEBORAH KATHLEEN

Deborah Kathleen Paynter died on January 18th, 2018 from cancer. She was 61 years old. Deborah Kathleen Regens was born in Phoenix, Arizona to her parents Steve Regens and Isabelle Grace Regens. At the young age of ten she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and courageously fought to beat the disease. She continued to be active in softball, theater, and academics throughout her childhood. Later, she graduated from USC as an Occupational Therapist and initially worked at Good Samaritan hospital in Arizona. Throughout the years, she continued to work at various clinics primarily with neurological patients. She later married Howard Jon Paynter and had two daughters, Jenna and Meghan. Debbie was an involved member of the St. Isidore Parish community where her daughters went to school. She served as the lector chair and on the Parent Teacher Board. She was a good-hearted, loving, and intelligent woman with a strong faith. She put all her time and energy into being the best mom to her two girls and lived for her family.

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McCAMMON, MARY T.

Mary Thornburgh McCammon, 97, passed away January 26, 2018. Mary was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to John M and Sara Thornburgh. She graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School and the University of Tennessee. While working as a dietician at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, she met Charles McCammon, a medical student from Maryville, TN. They were married on June 14, 1945. Charles’ career, first as a Public Health Service Physician and later as an administrator, took them to various places in Mississippi and to the Navajo Indian Reservation twice, Billings, MT and finally to Phoenix. After Charles retired in 1977, they bought a camper and travelled and spent time in their mountain cabin near Show Low. While her children were growing up, Mary was a Girl Scout and Campfire Girl leader and a hospital volunteer. She was an avid bridge player and loved to read. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Charles and her daughter-in-law Patricia and is survived by her five children and their spouses; Laura McCammon, Chuck and Jane McCammon, Phil and Diane McCammon, Mark and Karen McCammon and Sara and Kevin Perdue. She has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd, Phoenix at 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with a reception to follow in Father Feeney Hall. The burial will be in Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix (http://www.firstfoodbank.org/). Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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McCAMMON, MARY T.

Mary Thornburgh McCammon, 97, passed away January 26, 2018. Mary was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to John M and Sara Thornburgh. She graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School and the University of Tennessee. While working as a dietician at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, she met Charles McCammon, a medical student from Maryville, TN. They were married on June 14, 1945. Charles’ career, first as a Public Health Service Physician and later as an administrator, took them to various places in Mississippi and to the Navajo Indian Reservation twice, Billings, MT and finally to Phoenix. After Charles retired in 1977, they bought a camper and travelled and spent time in their mountain cabin near Show Low. While her children were growing up, Mary was a Girl Scout and Campfire Girl leader and a hospital volunteer. She was an avid bridge player and loved to read. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Charles and her daughter-in-law Patricia and is survived by her five children and their spouses; Laura McCammon, Chuck and Jane McCammon, Phil and Diane McCammon, Mark and Karen McCammon and Sara and Kevin Perdue. She has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd, Phoenix at 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with a reception to follow in Father Feeney Hall. The burial will be in Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix (http://www.firstfoodbank.org/). Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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BOYLE, SILVAN

CARMELITE SILVAN BOYLE DIES

(January 26, 2018; Darien, IL) The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Order of Carmelites, mourns the death of the Reverend Silvan Boyle, O. Carm., who died at the age of 94 on Friday, January 26, 2018, at his residence in Phoenix, Arizona.

Visitation for Father Silvan will be held on Monday, January 29, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 North 24th Street, Phoenix, Arizona, beginning at 5PM. Visitation will be followed by the wake beginning at 7PM. Father Silvan’s funeral will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, January 30, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 West Thomas Road, Avondale, Arizona.

Father Silvan was born to (the late) Francis W. Boyle and (the late) Mary Agnes (Hughes) Boyle on June 10, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His name at baptism was Francis William Boyle. He was preceded in death by his brothers Thomas, William, James, and Ralph, and by sisters Mary Agnes McCracken, Alice Mitchel, and Dolores Sinneway. He is survived by his nieces and nephews and his Carmelite brothers.

Francis attended Saint Catherine Parish School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before entering Mount Carmel Junior Seminary in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in September 1937. He entered the Carmelite Novitiate in New Baltimore, Pennsylvania, in 1941 and professed simple vows to the Carmelites in the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary on August 15, 1942, taking the religious name of Silvan. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Mount Carmel College in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and on October 7, 1945, Silvan made his solemn profession with the Carmelites. He then attended Whitefriars Hall and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, studying theology and education. He was ordained a priest on June 8, 1948.

Father Silvan began his ministry as a teacher in 1949 at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Illinois, where he served for eleven years. He also served in the Chicago State University registrar’s office for three of those years. In 1960 Father Silvan was began teaching at the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Then, in 1967, he went to Lima, Peru, to study Spanish and teach at the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen while also serving as associate pastor of Nuestra Señora del Carmen parish. In 1977 he became parochial vicar at Nuestra Señora del Carmen/Santa Teresita Parish in José Galvez where he served for the next six years.

In 1983 Father Silvan returned to the United States and served as parochial vicar at St. Gertrude Parish in Stockton, California, while simultaneously serving as the local vocation director for the province. After a brief sabbatical in 1988 at the Carmelite Institute of Renewal in Rome, Italy, in 1989 he began serving as parochial vicar at St. Raphael Parish in Los Angeles, California and then as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1996 he was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Albert Parish in Houston, Texas, for two years before returning to St. Gertrude Parish in Stockton, California, to begin his retirement. In 1999 Father Sylvan moved to the Carmelite House in Phoenix, Arizona, where he remained until his death.

May he rest in peace.

For further information on the Reverend Silvan Boyle, O. Carm., or the Order of Carmelites contact Carmelite Media at (630) 971-0724 or visit the Carmelite website at www.carmelnet.org.

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KUNDE, MARK LLOYD

Mark Lloyd Kunde, 62, a native of Phoenix, died January 23rd, of natural causes in his home. He was a graduate of Heard Elementary School, Brophy College Preparatory, and the University of Southern California. He is survived by his son Joshua Kunde, his wife Chelsea, and granddaughters Harper and Reese Kunde of Phoenix; daughter Kelsey Kunde who resides in San Francisco, California; brother Brian R. Kunde of Phoenix; his step-father, Bill Shover and wife Kathleen Loftin Shover of Scottsdale. He is preceded in death by his parents Lloyd (“Dutch”) Kunde and Mary Jane (“Murny”) Kunde. While at USC, Mark was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity. He was an employee of Arizona Home Care Products. Mark was a jovial friend who loved and played music on guitar and piano. He was funny and loved to make others laugh. Mark Kunde was a kind, gentle, good man. A Memorial service will be held at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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WAGNER, GERALDINE

Geraldine Wagner passed away at the age of 91, on January 22, 2018, at Vista Senior Living in Phoenix, Arizona. A native of Buffalo, New York, Geraldine has been a Phoenix resident for over 30 years. Geraldine was born on April 3, 1926 in Buffalo to Louise and George McDermott. She had two siblings, Patricia and James. Geraldine lived in Buffalo for a majority of her life, and at the age of 18 she met her husband Edward at an ice cream shop. They were married quickly after on April 6th, 1945. Geraldine and Edward had four children all born and raised in Buffalo: Tom, Mike, Mary Louise, and John. Geraldine was a loving and caring mother and head of the house for years, and eventually went on to be the Amherst Town Court Clerk. Geraldine was past President of the Bishop’s Committee of Western New York and she, along with Edward, were active in the Buffalo Detectives’ community and were well known throughout the city. In the 1980’s, Geraldine retired and moved to Phoenix to join much of her family out west. She was very close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Joseph, Jacob, Ronald, Sean, Anne, Drew, and Jennifer. Geraldine was active at multiple Catholic parishes in the valley, loved helping raise many of her grandchildren, had a passion for ceramics and crafts, could never turn down a cup of tea with cream and sugar, and was known for her quick-witted sense of humor. Geraldine, who often went by “Gerry” or simply “Grams” touched the lives of countless people in both Phoenix and Buffalo, and will be deeply missed by her friends and family. After 42 years apart, Geraldine is at peace with her husband, Edward, and to be laid to rest with him in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary – www.geraldinewagnermemorial.com

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Avenue, in Phoenix, with a reception immediately following the funeral at Ajo Al’s Restaurant, 5101 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 N. 48th Street, in Phoenix.

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BATES, SANDRA LEE

In Memorial

Sandra Lee Bates, 71 of Phoenix, passed away on January 20, 2018. She was born on January 20, 1947, to Clyde & Clara Williams here in Phoenix. She is survived by her three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be on Monday, January 29th, at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. She will be laid to rest with her mother. Please return to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home for a pot luck reception.

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BATES, SANDRA LEE

In Memorial

Sandra Lee Bates, 71 of Phoenix, passed away on January 20, 2018. She was born on January 20, 1947, to Clyde & Clara Williams here in Phoenix. She is survived by her three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be on Monday, January 29th, at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. She will be laid to rest with her mother. Please return to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home for a pot luck reception.

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MOWRER, DONALD EUGENE

Donald Eugene Mowrer, age 88, died peacefully in his sleep on January 23rd, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. Born in 1929 to Ralph and Pearl Mowrer in Wooster, Ohio. He grew up on a family farm in rural Ohio along with his brother Richard Mowrer. He was interested in theater and dance in high school, and was a member of the local church choir. After graduating from Wooster College, he attended Florida State University where he received a Master’s Degree Speech Pathology. It was there he also met the girl of his dreams, Yvette Monnet, who was also studying at FSU as an exchange student from France. They married in the summer of 1953 after Don graduated from FSU. After spending a couple of years in Wooster and a year in Moultrie, Georgia, they finally settled in their home in Phoenix, AZ. Don received a PhD in Education at Arizona State University and he was later employed as Associate Professor of Speech Pathology at ASU, where he became known as an expert in his field, authoring a number of books and journal articles in the field of speech therapy and speech disorders. Upon retirement he and Yvette travelled the globe visiting foreign countries and spent the winter months in their trailer parked on the beach in Mazatlán, Mexico. Don is survived by his five children and seven grandchildren. He was a devoted father who enjoyed taking his children on trips to Europe and to visit the National Parks in the western US. His hobbies included fixing bicycles, motorcycles, and cars, building and flying model airplanes, and drawing and painting. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his curiosity about the world around him and human behavior, and his kindness and generosity towards others. Funeral services will be at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, on Saturday, February 27th, at 2:00 P.M. with burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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FLYNN IV, M.D., STEPHEN EUGENE

Stephen Eugene Flynn IV, M.D., age 85, passed on 1/19/18 at The Gardens of Scottsdale. Place of residence was his beautiful Mexican style home in Paradise Valley. Born on 8/21/1932 in Seattle, Washington. Spouse of 54 years to Mrs. Barbara Ann Flynn. Eldest child of Lieutenant Stephen Eugene Flynn III, M.D. and Estelle Flynn, brother to Felicia Scheib, Patrick Flynn, M.D. (preceded in death), Vincent Flynn, M.D., Michael Flynn, Kathleen Potter. Dr. Flynn arrived in Phoenix in 1962 as a new MD and had a wonderful surgical career of 33 years in Phoenix. Dr. Flynn attended college at the University of South Dakota from 1951 through 1956. He graduated from medical school at the University of Texas in 1958 and returned to San Diego to finish his internship at the San Diego County Hospital. His four years of surgical residency was at Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix. In 1968, Dr. Flynn began working with the Franciscan Fathers in Guaymas, Mexico where he performed surgery and practiced general medicine in the Guaymas, Sonora area concentrating on the underserved locals. He brought patients back to Phoenix for medical care that was not available in Guaymas. Dr Flynn made over 500 trips to Mexico to aid indigent patients while continuing to serve his patients at the Phoenix office. Dr. Stephen Flynn received the Tom Dooley Humanitarian Award from the Maricopa Medical Society in 1988. He served as President of the Phoenix Surgical Society in 1990. Received the Sertoma Club Humanitarian Award in 1995 and was the recipient of the American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award in 1996. Preceded in death by his parents, Stephen Eugene Flynn III, M.D. and Estelle Flynn, his brother Patrick Flynn, M.D. Survived by his wife Barbara Ann Flynn, his three children; Stephen Eugene Flynn V, Sean Flynn and Estelle Doris. Daughter in law Mercedes Flynn, son in law Jerome Doris and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Saint Mary’s Basilica 231 N. 3rd St, Phx, on January 27, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Casa Franciscana Outreach @ casafranciscanaoutreach Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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GREEN, JUDITH ARLENE

Judith (Judy) Arlene Green passed away at the age of 81 on January 18, 2018. Judy was surrounded by her loved ones. Judy was born on February 2, 1936 in Indianapolis and moved to Phoenix at the age of 11 with her parents (Fielder and Mary Andrews), and her younger siblings Patricia and Frank. Judy attended St. Mary’s Catholic High School where she met the love of her life, Gerald. They married 60 years ago and had 4 children: Tim, Gina (Fred), Brian and Danny (Cindi). Judy had 6 grandchildren (Alicia, Bryton, Brennan, Sean, Christopher and Kennasey) and 3 great-grandchildren (Trent, Mason and Jayce). Judy also had many nieces and nephews. While Judy held numerous jobs, her one true passion and focus was being a wife and mother. Judy was passionate, fiery and feisty. She loved sports, especially the Diamondbacks and all Arizona State University sports teams. She enjoyed playing bingo and loved family get together. She was not a fancy person, but she was classy, had poise and carried herself well. She is already deeply missed by her husband, children, family and friends. A Visitation will be held between 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M., on Thursday, January 25th, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, January 26th at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 North 3rd Street, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: IHM Sisters, 610 West Elm Avenue, Monroe, Michigan, 1.734.241.3660, www.ihmsisters.org

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CARROLL, MARY JOAN

Mary Joan Carroll, 63, passed away peacefully, after a long and brave battle with cancer, on January 18th in Phoenix, AZ. She was a long time resident of Phoenix. Mary Jo was born Dec. 9, 1954 in Pittsburgh, PA. She is survived by her mother, Loretta (Jardas) Carroll, sisters Teresa Nitoski (Larry), Jeanmarie Veltri (Spanky), Christine Lloyd (Jim), Maureen Davis (Eric), Laurie Remo (Jeff), and brothers Mark (Pattie), Kevin (Marie), David (Lisa), and Brian (Tammy), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends in Phoenix and elsewhere. Her sense of humor, and of adventure, will be sorely missed. A Memorial Mass followed by a luncheon will be held January 25th, at 11:00 A.M., Mount Claret Retreat Center, 4633 N 54th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Donations in memory of Mary Jo can be made to Oxfam America. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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SANCHEZ, SANDRA MARIE

Sandra Marie Sanchez, 54, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2018. She is survived by her parents Ophelia (Cornel), father Raymundo (Minerva), daughter Cristina (Franky) and her son Jacob, 3 grandchildren; Marisela, Christian and Gabriella. Brothers; Raymond, Christopher (Raquel) and Mark; sisters Sabrina, Minerva and her two beloved dogs Brandy and Reggie. A Celebration of Sandra’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix.

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GOTSIS, JAMES NICK

James Nick Gotsis, died after fighting a battle with cancer. God finally took him home on Friday, January 18, 2018 at the age of 76. He was born in Nogales, Arizona on January 10, 1942 to Nick and Leonor Cevallos Gotsis. He was the youngest of 4 children. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, 1 brother and 1 sister. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Rina Beruatto Gotsis, sons Nico and Dino Gotsis, daughter-in-law Tracey Paz Gotsis, one grandson Noah Gotsis, and one granddaughter Natalie Gotsis, his sister Leonor Timmerman, and his brother George Gotsis of Phoenix, Arizona. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N Central Avenue, Phoenix. The family will be greeting friends and relatives immediately following services at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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KINNEBERG, ARTHUR H.

PHOENIX – Arthur H. Kinneberg, 96, passed away peacefully in Phoenix on January 12. Art was born in Cass County, Minnesota, on July 12, 1921 to Andrew and Dorothy Kinneberg, and raised in Battle Mountain, Nevada. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Iris, Kathleen and David. He is survived by the love of his life, Jane, with whom he shared 72 years in a beautiful marriage; four children: Joan, Bruce (Cynthia), Eric (Meg) and Bill (Janet); six grandchildren; six great grandchildren and his sister Janet.

Art studied for three years at the Mackey School of Mines at the University of Nevada in Reno before earning an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (Go Navy, Beat Army!) class of 1946, graduating in 1945 with the accelerated wartime schedule. After his discharge from the Navy in 1948, he followed in his father’s footsteps into a career in the mining industry which took him on an incredible journey. Beginning in McGill, Nevada, he was soon transferred to the Braden Copper Company in Chile where he worked for seven years. He would return to the U.S. in 1958, then with a family of six, starting his successful career with the Phelps Dodge Corporation in Morenci, Arizona. His various job assignments with Phelps Dodge would take him to Douglas, Arizona and Tyrone, New Mexico and, in 1982, to Phoenix as the Vice President and General Manager of the Phelps Dodge Western Operations and a member of the corporation’s Board of Directors. Art had a keen interest in community affairs and politics. He was a member of the Phoenix 40, participating in some of the key issues confronting the fast-growing city, a strong proponent of the Arizona Town Hall, and an active supporter of the Republican Party. He served on the board of directors of Valley National Bank and was a member of Rotary Club, Shriners, BPOE and ATΩ. After retirement from Phelps Dodge in 1985, Art served ten years on the University of Arizona Medical Center’s Board of Directors, including a term as president. Art loved outdoor activities, enjoying countless fishing and bird hunting trips and was an avid golfer as a member of the Phoenix and White Mountain Country Clubs. And he was never more excited than being a spectator at his children’s and grandchildren’s countless sporting activities, with a special attachment to baseball, which he considered the sport that best reflected America’s values. Travel was also a great love of his, visiting four continents, with a particular passion for his trips to Chile. He often served as a tour guide for friends and family to introduce them to the beauty of the country and friendliness of the people. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 26th, at 11:00 A.M. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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GJERSTAD, DUANE LOUIS

Duane Louis Gjerstad, died after fighting a battle with cancer and heart trouble. God finally took him home on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born in Eagle Bend, Minnesota on March 23, 1934. He was the youngest of 11 children. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, several nephews and nieces. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Beverly Jean (Carlson) Gjerstad, daughter Candy Jean (Gjerstad) Blomgren, son Bruce Duane (Leslie) Gjerstad, 4 grandsons’, Kristopher Gjertad, Kevin Gjerstad, David Eric Blomgren, and Stephen Blomgren, one granddaughter Kiersten (Gjerstad) Dolan, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23025 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix on Friday, January 26th, at 9:00 A.M. A Celebration of Life service will be at the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3871, 3600 W. Rose Garden Lane, Glendale on Sunday, January 28th, at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the www.DuaneGjerstadMemorialFund@GoFundMe.com

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GJERSTAD, DUANE LOUIS

Duane Louis Gjerstad, died after fighting a battle with cancer and heart trouble. God finally took him home on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born in Eagle Bend, Minnesota on March 23, 1934. He was the youngest of 11 children. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, several nephews and nieces. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Beverly Jean (Carlson) Gjerstad, daughter Candy Jean (Gjerstad) Blomgren, son Bruce Duane (Leslie) Gjerstad, 4 grandsons’, Kristopher Gjertad, Kevin Gjerstad, David Eric Blomgren, and Stephen Blomgren, one granddaughter Kiersten (Gjerstad) Dolan, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23025 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix on Friday, January 26th, at 9:00 A.M. A Celebration of Life service will be at the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3871, 3600 W. Rose Garden Lane, Glendale on Sunday, January 28th, at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the www.DuaneGjerstadMemorialFund@GoFundMe.com

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BEHN, AUSTIN DEWAYNE

Austin Dewayne Behn, born on July 10th, 1958 was called home on January 10th, 2018. He was survived by his 3 children, Aubrey D. Behn (37), Totianna Delaney (35), and Nya A. Behn (18). Memorial services will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, January 20th at 2:00 P.M.

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FIELD, SR. ROBERT NORMAN

Robert Norman Field, Sr., 88, born in Phoenix, Arizona on August 19, 1929 passed away on January 12, 2018 at his home in Phoenix surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mary Josephine O’Donnell Field; his parents, George H. Field, Jr. and Laura J. Willoughby; his 4 brothers, Frank, George Jack and Eugene; his 4 sisters, Laura Alme, Margaret (Peggy) Hyland and Elizabeth Field. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Susan Dale Field, his sister Dorothy Herold, his children Robert Norman Field, Jr. (Kay), Cynthia (Cyndi) Durkee (Don), Harold E. Field, William D. Field; his step children Christopher Neideraurer (Myla) and Katie Ritz; 14 grandchildren; Cary Field, Hannah Niederauer, Max Niederauer, Gabrielle Ritz and Sophia Ritz; great-grandson, Jack La Brucherie, great-granddaughters Gabrielle Cox and Allison Field; 54 nieces and nephews and numerous Field/O’Donnell great nieces and nephews. Bob (Papa) attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grammar School (Phoenix, Arizona), graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School (Phx, AZ) in 1948 and attended college at St. Mary’s College (Moraga, California). He grew up in the old Kenilworth School neighborhood on 5th Avenue and Culver. He was an avid swimmer and high diver and played football for St. Mary’s High School. Fr. Blaise Cronin, OFM (Deceased), a generous and loving priest who saw his potential, provided him encouragement, support and a scholarship to attend St. Mary’s College. His father George H. Field, Jr. was involved in the first Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Prescott, Arizona in 1918. Bob himself, retired in 1984 from an entire career with the Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Phoenix. Bob was a private pilot, an AKC Dog Show Judge, Handler and Breeder and a member and volunteer of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Scottsdale/Phoenix Elks Clubs. “Papa” loved his family passionately and was so loved in return. The family asks that donations considered in Bob’s name be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society; Mission of Mercy in Phoenix, Arizona; the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, Oregon. A Visitation will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 N. Indian School Rd., Phoenix on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a scripture service at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 20th, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Ave., PHX, with a Burial at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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NELSON, PETER MATTHEW

(PHOENIX, AZ) Long-time Phoenix resident Peter Matthew Nelson died at his home Wednesday, January 10, 2018 after bravely fighting sarcoma cancer for more than a year. He was 55. Nelson is survived by his wife of 31 years, Virginia “Ginx” Hawkins Nelson and their sons Mike and Matt, currently of Oklahoma City, OK. Born February 10, 1962, in St. Paul, MN, Nelson was the youngest of seven children born to Albert W. and Donna M. Nelson, now deceased. The family moved from Lake Minnetonka, MN, to their home in the Arcadia district of Phoenix in 1973. Peter Nelson was preceded in death by brothers David, Clifford and Daniel. He is survived by his older brother Steven, of Champaign, IL, his two sisters, Teresa Brakhop of Chandler, AZ and Maggie Jensen of Tempe, AZ; plus seven nieces and nephews. Nelson met his wife Virginia at Arcadia High School where they graduated in 1980. He majored in engineering at Arizona State University. Nelson loved the outdoors and took the family camping throughout Arizona and later with his boys as an active Boy Scout father. Looking up at the Heavens, he became fascinated by the universe and astronomy, working with star-tracking telescopes. His Renaissance curiosity of science and how things worked led Nelson in high school to open an electronic repair shop where he also customized and built guitar amps for local bands. He developed that business into his own company, Digital Harmonics and worked as a Broadcast Video Engineer, a field where he was notably accomplished and held with the highest respect. His diverse projects ranged from engineering for large-scale national sales and financial analyst conferences to touring with rock band Korn. Nelson was most proud of engineering services he rendered at the NATO Summit at the President’s Camp David compound outside of Washington, DC. Besides camping and astronomy, he was an accomplished photographer, musician and was capable of fixing any and everything. The Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass for family and friends of Peter Nelson will be presided by Fr. Philip Postell, SJ, beginning at 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 16th, in Brophy Chapel at Brophy College Preparatory, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, his sons’ alma mater. Private interment will be Wednesday at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Phoenix. Donations may be made to Audubon Arizona in lieu of flowers.

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KEALY, KATHLEEN ANN (BEIRIGER)

Kathleen Ann, 73, was born in Hastings, Nebraska, on June 23, 1944. She was the youngest of four; the only child to be born in a hospital to Arnold and Alvina Beiriger. While growing up in Hastings, Kathleen was a cheerleader and great scholar. She created life-long friendships and met the love of her life, John Kealy, when they were in elementary school; the two started dating in high school and formed an inseparable bond. Upon graduation, Kathleen moved to Omaha, where she pursued her passion for teaching and earned a certificate in elementary education. After her college career, John and Kathleen married on August 6, 1966. The young couple moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and welcomed their twin sons in 1967. Proud of her Nebraska roots, and drawn back to her family ties, Kathleen and John moved back to Hastings and expanded the family by three daughters. The Kealy family business brought them back to Arizona in 1981. Kathleen was proud to create a happy home and raise five beautiful children. Kathleen provided a home cooked breakfast every morning followed by an after school snack of ice cream smothered in chocolate syrup and ended the day with a warm-hearted dinner. She was also often found volunteering at her kid’s schools. Kathleen was the rock of her family. Her passions included spending time at the beach in La Jolla, reading mysteries and watching Days of Our Lives. Above everything, her grandest title was ‘grandma’ to Tom, Dane, Keegan, Cole and Connor. After the loss of her husband, John, in 2007, and the unexpected passing’s of her sons, Johnny in 2014, and Rick in 2016, Kathleen’s heart was never the same and we were comforted with the thought that they are all together again. On January 9, 2018 after braving an unexpected illness, Kathleen passed away, surrounded by her family, in her home. Kathleen is survived by her three daughters, Kelly Kealy, Kerry Grimes (Travis), and Kristen Kealy Essary (Justin); she will be remembered as appreciative, caring, happy, and loving by her grandsons who will miss her dearly. As we kiss her one last time, we are sending mom home with a ‘G’night’, see you in the morning, God bless you!’ A Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M., with a Rosary prayer at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Our Lady of the Angels Church at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to her hospice care, THEMA Health Services, 1500 E. Bethany Home Road, Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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SKOUBES, CATHERINE ANTOINETTE

Catherine Antoinette Skoubes (Aunt Kay), 87 of Scottsdale passed away on January 8, 2017. Catherine was born on August 12, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to George and Catherine Skoubes. After Catherine’s mother’s death, her Aunt Irene became a huge influence in her life helping to raise her and mold her into the person she would become. She moved to Arizona in 1968 and began her career with Diamond Department Stores, where she eventually worked her way to being their assistant controller before leaving to start her own accounting practice. Catherine loved fashion and took great pride in her appearance. Her family will always remember her love for animals, her beautiful singing voice and how much she enjoyed watching figure skating. She was an avid cook and loved to entertain her friends and family. There are no words to truly describe how much she loved her family and how much her family loved their Aunt Kay and will miss her. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister MaryAnn Chiros and brother Alex Skoubes. Catherine is survived by her niece Catherine (Quentin) Keyser and their children, Nicholas, Elizabeth and David Keyser; niece Catherine Hall and her children Christopher and Jonathon Hall. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Trisagion service at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 A.M., at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland, Phoenix. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Phoenix. Family suggests contribution be made in her memory to the Arizona Humane Society.

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MARTINEZ, ERNEST H.

Ernest H. Martinez, 79, of Phoenix, passed away on January 9, 2017. He was born in Tempe on December 26, 1938 to Alejandro and Dolores Martinez. Ernest worked for the city of Phoenix for 38 years until retiring. He is preceded in death by his son Ernest Martinez Jr. Ernest is survived by his daughters Ester and Annalicia Martinez; son Gilbert Martinez; 5 brothers; 5 sisters; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9:00 A.M., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 909 E. Washington. Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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SANCHEZ, OLGA D.

Olga passed away to heaven on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the young age of 55 years. She lived a full life always surrounded by family and tons of friends. She was known for her smile and gregarious nature. No one was a stranger to her, as she had a disarming demeanor. Her friends all came to know her by her smile, humor and contagious laughter. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Olga moved to Phoenix during her freshman year in high school. She attended East High School where she quickly made lifelong friends. Not long after high school, Olga started working at U-Haul in downtown Phoenix, where she made a positive impact on those around her. She loved her job and co-workers so much that she worked for U-Haul for nearly 33 years. Olga considered her co-workers a large part of her family. When Olga was not at work, her other two passions were church and sports. She found two very close families in each of those worlds. Olga was very close to her church and friends at Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center. She attended and volunteered regularly. Her other family was at the local neighborhood pizzeria, Red Devil Italian Restaurant, where she spent a lot of her free time with the “locals” at the bar. Although Olga was a non-drinker and a non-smoker, she enjoyed the atmosphere of watching any sports game on the bar’s televisions and the banter that went along with it. Olga will be sorely missed in this world. She is survived by her parents, Santo & Estella Sanchez, her two brothers, niece, nephews and grand-nephews, each very much a part of her life. A Visitation will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Funeral mass will be held at Unity of Phoenix, 1500 E. Greenway Pkwy, Phoenix on Saturday, Jan 13th, at 3:00 P.M.

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HEMMINGHAUS, ANDREW THOMAS

Andrew Thomas Hemminghaus passed away too soon in life on Friday, January 5th, 2018, he was 51. He is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in Heaven. His mother Arleen French, sisters Paula (Brian) Mueller, Jennifer (Jim) Lancaster, Lisa (Mike) Haines and brothers Henry Hemminghaus and Philip (Deb) Hemminghaus along with 11 nieces and nephews several cousins, aunts and uncles will miss him dearly to go along with anyone he had ever met. If you needed help, he was there. He is preceded in death by his father Hank Hemminghaus grandparents Henry & Anna Hemminghaus and Grant & Vera Thompson. He worked in the Phoenix area as a machinist for several years with Smith West and Honeywell and then with his brother owning and managing Team Corn & Soil Inc. in Princeton, IL for 12 years. You could see him at Cardinals games, the Indy 500, NASCAR races, boat races and anything else that went fast. He loved working on all of his vehicles and bikes. He attended Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, AZ, St. John Lutheran in Silvis, IL, Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Tempe, AZ and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ. There will be a service celebrating his life at Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. He will be cremated and rest with his Dad. All of his family and friends are invited. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. If you would like to do something for Andy, make time in your life and ask your family or friends if there is anything you can help them with. Most of the time when you asked Andy what he was doing, he said, “going here to help someone”. In lieu of flowers you can donate to Christ Lutheran School 3901 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 or the ANA Fund (Arizona Nursery Association) 1430 W. Broadway Rd., Suite 110, Tempe, AZ 85282 for a scholarship program in his Dad’s name. Checks written to ANA Fund Please note for Hemminghaus Fund.

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CHAVEZ, VANESSA MONIQUE

Vanessa Monique Chavez, 33, died on 12/28/17 from health complications. Vanessa was born on February 18, 1984 in Phoenix, AZ. She is survived by her mother Virginia Miranda Marquez, sister Antoinette Chavez, brother-in-law Johnny Gonzales, brothers Marc Anthony Capuchino, Adam James Capuchino and Paul Vincent Razo II, nieces Janiece Gonzales and Rose Elva Capuchino and nephews Jonathon Fabian Gonzales and Ayden Josiah Razo. Grandparents Francsico and Mary Marquez, cousins Monica and Gabriel Gonzales along with several other great cousins. Vanessa was the greatest example of a kind, loving, giving, compassionate human being. Her nephews and nieces meant the world to her and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them. She was such a big AZ Cardinals fan as well. They say Angels walk this earth and she was the prime example. Now she can spread her wings and soar in paradise. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 8, 2018 with the Rosary prayer at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 909 E. Washington, Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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RAMOS, LEO MORALES

Leo Morales Ramos, born November 21, 1941 went to his final resting place on January 5, 2018. Leo was married to his beloved wife Bonnie, and was by her side throughout every day of those years. It was unusual to see one without the other. Leo is survived by his five children; Leo, Jonathan, Trent Matheson (preceded in death), Bernadette Star, Michele Marie, and Emery Nathaniel. He leaves behind eleven grandchildren; Erica, Giovanna, Felicia, Anthony, Chantel, Jesse, Justin, Matthew, Jayla, Kayley, and Fayth; and two great-grandchildren; Tatiana and Greyson. A former Marine of the Third Battalion, 364th Platoon, who served in Vietnam and returned home, with a rank of Sargent E-5, so we could raise our family. His heart was bigger than life itself. There wasn’t a time when he wouldn’t offer a hand to anyone in need, opening our home to families that needed a bed and roof over their heads. He even handed out food to strangers passing by our home. Leo Morales Ramos worked very hard to provide for his family in every way. His smile and laugh were contagious. His spirit will continue to touch the lives of everyone he knew. According to Leo: “Keep Christ in your life, love in your heart and family all around you.” Mi querido Viejo. A Visitation will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at St. Matthew’s Church, 320 N. 20th Drive, Phoenix. The Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20th, at 9:00 A.M. with a reception to follow at St. Matthew’s Church hall. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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HOTIS, DR. RUTH ALICE JOHNSON

Ruth Alice Johnson Hotis, 89, passed away on January 6th, 2018. Ruth was born August 14, 1928, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Carl and Anna Johnson. She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1955, one of only four women in her class. Her internship took her to Phoenix, Arizona, where she met and later married Anthony James Hotis. Ruth served as a physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital (internship) and Maricopa County Hospital for many years before deciding to stay home and raise her four children. She was active in the Greek Orthodox community and was a member of St. Katherine’s Philoptochos, a chapter of the largest women’s philanthropic organization in the United States. She volunteered faithfully at the Phoenix Greek Festival, always a regular member of the baking crew. She also volunteered for the non-profit organization, Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, reading and translating medical textbooks. She served on the board of the Arizona Swimming Association and was also co-president of the United States Naval Academy Parents Club. She was a voracious reader, a history buff, a go-to seamstress who could make or repair just about anything, and a loyal ASU Sun Devils football fan. She was a devoted Thea (aunt) to multiple nieces and nephews and a Nouna (godmother) to her nephew, Alex. Ruth’s legacy lives on in her husband of sixty years, Tony; children, Anne Wilson (Bill), James Hotis (Lisa), Alexia Haugen (Brian), and Karla Delord (Pat); grandchildren, Aidan, Lucas, Zachary, Aleena, Nathan, Andrew, Eric, Adam and Isaac; sister-in-law, Bessie Hotis; an extended Greek family; and many close and treasured friends. Ruth’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff from Hospice of the Valley and Vista Living Arcadia who cared for Ruth with such love and compassion. A Visitation and prayer service will be held Tuesday, January 9th, from 6:00 P.M. to – 8:00 P.M. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan 10th, 10:00 A.M., also at Holy Trinity. In her memory, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Katherine’s Philoptochos in care of Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix.

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OWEN, EDWIN “FRANK”

Edwin “Frank Owen, 83 of Scottsdale peacefully passed away on January 4, 2018. A Funeral Service will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix on Thursday, January 11th, at 10:00 A.M. with a Visitation starting at 9:30 A.M. A Burial will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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AGUILAR, DAVID ARMANDO

David Armando Aguilar, 56 of Phoenix passed away on January 5, 2018. He was born July 17, 1961 to Mary and Oscar Aguilar. He graduated from West High School in 1979. He became an electrician and an IBEW member. He is survived by his wife Linda, mother Mary, sister’s Anna and Elizabeth, two step-children, two grand grandchildren, and numerous family members. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral service will be on Thursday, January 11th, at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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O’CONNELL, IRENE ELIZABETH

O’Connell, Irene Elizabeth passed away at the age of 96, on December 31, 2017. She was preceded in death by her beloved sister Geraldine L. Pedo and is survived by her cousins Kathy Bond, Sue Cocco, and Margaret McCarthy. She was adopted at a young age by the O’Connell family and was raised in Arizona. A graduate of Saint Mary’s School of Nursing in Tucson, she enlisted in the Navy as a Lieutenant Jg. For the last two years of World War II. While there she formed a lifelong professional relationship with Dr. M.W. Merrill helping him establish a private practice in Phoenix as his Registered Nurse until his retirement, 38 years later. Upon retirement Irene continued in Health Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital logging in over 4,800 hours in 17 years of volunteer service. A member of the ESA Sorority for over 67 years she served on many of their committees. Irene, a devout Roman Catholic, participated in many church activities for years at St. Gregory’s parish. A patron of the Arts, she was a season ticket holder of the Phoenix Little Theater for decades. She enjoyed traveling and her friends. Care, compassion and concern were her trademarks. She always remembered to send an inspirational card or give an optimistic phone call on special occasions. A lovely woman of grace and dignity, her presence in Heaven will be a blessing. On Friday, January 26th, 2018 a Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with a 7:00 P.M. Rosary prayer will be held at Whitney & Murphy with Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. On Saturday, January 27th, Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix. Interment will occur at a later date in the family plot in Stambagh, Michigan, her birthplace and hometown. Please send all flowers to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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PURDY, REBECCA ANNE

Rebecca Anne Purdy died Christmas Eve. She was 43. Becky’s family and friends have been staggered with the loss of a bright, dynamic and ever-so lovable person. She is survived by her father, Jim, brothers Jamie (Amy) and Ted (Arlene), nephews Sam, Logan, Lucas, niece Andie, beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Becky was preceded in death by her mother, Joanne Huiskamp Lee. Becky loved adventure and world travel, especially visiting her tremendously fun cousins Brad Hays and Kike Yamakawa in Tokyo, Thailand, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, or wherever. She was comfortable meandering along the Champs Elysees in Paris, canoeing with gray whales on the Puget Sound, or landing in a hot air balloon in the middle of a herd of irritable African wildebeests. She and her longtime friend, Anne Tull Helliker, once hiked to Base Camp on Mount Everest. She tackled nearly any challenge, too. When cautioned not to attempt a ride up Rocky Point’s Competition Hill, in a hail of sand, Becky zipped directly to the top on her quad. When advised not to brave dangerous rapids on the Colorado River, she rode on the horn of her raft and got pitched into the angry froth, which she emerged from laughing. Becky grew up in Moon Valley and attended All Saints and Xavier College Prep, where she scored the winning penalty kick during the school’s 1993 soccer championship. She then went to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, graduating with a music business degree. She may have been happiest later in her life running a 5-acre ranchette in Cave Creek with a rescue Arabian horse named Freedom, two mini horses and a menagerie of other critters. Becky had recently moved back to Scottsdale after living in Yarnell for several years to work on her beautiful singing voice with her music coach there. A Memorial Service will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Memorial donations could be made to Kachina’s Place equine therapy, or the Midwest Food Bank at 725 E. Baseline Road in Gilbert.

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MOORE, JOHN PATRICK

Pat Moore passed away November 25, 2017 from complications of Type 1 diabetes. He was the son of John Lewis Moore and Anna-marie Devine Moore, born January 15, 1946 in Dixon, Illinois. Pat came to Phoenix as a child and attended St. Francis Xavier grade school. After graduating from Brophy Prep, he attended the University of Arizona where he obtained three degrees, most notably a Juris Doctorate. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduation, he relocated to Phoenix, where he practiced law for over forty years, specializing in domestic relations. Pat volunteered his time with Crossroads Rehab Center and St. Vincent de Paul. He’ll be remembered for his fun-loving spunkiness, his audacious wit and his devotion to his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, and his brother Michael Joseph Moore, M.D. Survivors include sister and brother-in-law Maureen and Jack LaSota of Phoenix, brother and sister-in-law Lewis Kevin and Mona Moore of Tucson, nephews John, Timothy and Michael LaSota and Andrew Moore, and niece Barbara Moore. A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church Anderson Hall at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or to Hospice of the Valley. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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CUMMINGS, KATHLEEN M.

Kathleen M. Cummings, neé McFadden, 95. Our beloved mother, grandmother, and aunt passed away peacefully on the morning of December 29, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. She was the youngest child of Charles McFadden and Leora Belle McFadden, neé Higgins. Kathleen was born February 17, 1922 in Hays, Kansas and spent most of her childhood in Haddam, Connecticut. She graduated from Blackburn College with an Associate’s degree. In 1955, she moved to Phoenix where she met her husband, married in 1961, and went on to raise their three children. She worked as a full-charge bookkeeper for several different companies during her career, most recently Reppel Steel and Tracy Land & Cattle. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) of Phoenix, where she was at various times a Sunday School teacher, a member of the choir, and served on several church boards and committees. She was also active in the PTA at Whittier Elementary School, a Girl Scout Leader, and supported many charities. After her retirement, Kathleen enjoyed travel, puzzles, reading, antiquing, and collecting Phoenix Bird China and Santa Claus memorabilia. Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband of eighteen years, Clarence Charles Cummings, her daughter Leora Belle Piazza neé Cummings, and her elder siblings Charles McFadden, Jean DeZego, and Elizabeth Stockton. She is survived by daughter Barbara Ann and son Henry Benton, as well as grandchildren Amber and Michael Piazza. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12 noon at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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WEILER, MARY ELEANOR

Mary Eleanor Weiler passed away on December 17, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Barry Weiler; her daughter Janis Villalpando; her son Mark Villalpando and his wife Claren Scott; her grandchildren Parker Villalpando and Bryce Villalpando; her brother John Parker and his wife Judy; her brother Kelly Parker and his wife Sue; and many nieces and nephews. Mary Eleanor Parker was born in Phoenix on January 14, 1937 at St. Joseph’s Hospital to Margaret and James Parker. She attended Saint Francis Elementary School, Saint Mary’s High School and Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and a Master’s Degree as well. Her Mom and Dad raised her and her three brothers in a happy home on Weldon Avenue. Her adventures with neighborhood pals (“those darn neighbor kids,” according to Margaret) around the block and Idylwilde Park are legion. She made wonderful friends in school. They managed to get themselves in enough trouble to become notorious, prompting the nuns at Saint Mary’s name them “The Slippery Seven.” The Slipperies have remained steadfast friends their whole lives. As she raised a family in Phoenix, she was supported and surrounded by a great group of friends, relatives and their families. Collectively, they went on desert picnics, made sure the kids learned how to swim, hosted epic tamale parties, played in tennis leagues and descended on Mission Beach every summer. Eleanor served as a teacher for 57 years spanning seven decades in the Scottsdale School District. She taught third grade for most of her tenure, and was an innovative, compassionate teacher who loved helping her peers and engaging students in a crazily creative classroom environment. Her classroom hosted generations of guinea pigs, gerbils, tarantulas, snakes, and even a giant dragon lizard the kids named Michelle. In 1997, she was named Teacher of the Year by the Scottsdale Charros, an honor that she truly cherished. A private Celebration of Life will be held in January. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Eleanor’s name to Cause4Paws, a pet food bank founded when Meals on Wheels discovered that many seniors were giving up their one meal a day to feed their pets. Cause4Paws fills this important need by delivering pet food to these homebound seniors so they can take care of their best friends. Donations by mail: CAUSE4PAWS Pet Food Bank, 7201 E Solano Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Donations on the Web: www.cause4pawsaz.org

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JENKINS, DALE E.

Dale E. Jenkins, 88, passed away on January 2, 2018 in Phoenix. He was born in Indiana and moved to Phoenix in 1946. He married the love of his life, Lenora, in 1948. He was a scout master of both Cub-Scouts and Boy Scouts of Troup 205. Dale served as chairman of Clear Creek Pines 8 and 9 property owners association in Happy Jack, Arizona. He was instrumental in establishing their fire department and served as fire chief. He was a certified prosthetist and owner of Phoenix Limb Shop for 20 years. Dale is survived by his wife of 69 years, 2 children Bob and Cindy, 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He attended North Phoenix High School and an alumnus of UCLA. His hobbies were hunting and traveling to all 50 states, Canada & Europe. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 13th at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy. Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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PRECIADO, NORMA ANGELA

Norma Angela “Angulo” Preciado 67, devoted Mother, Nana, Sister, Cousin and Friend, was called home to the Lord on December 28, 2017 after a short battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was born on December 27, 1950 in Phoenix, AZ to Paul “Pino” and Adeline “Lolly” Angulo. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Larry and many family members. She is survived by daughters Monique (Luis) Lamadrid, Nichol (Gilbert) Shrum, son Anthony (Diane) Preciado, God-Daughter Denise (Jonathan) Amato, grandchildren Bridget, Mundo, Gaby, Adeline, Anthony Lawrence, Alexa and Alec, great-grandchildren Carlos and Novaa, Brother Frank (Maryann) Angulo, Sister Lucy (Robert) Avina, mother-in-law Toni Preciado, brother-in-law Richard (Susie) Preciado, sister-in-law Susan (Michael) Martinez and many nieces and nephews. Norma was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School graduating class of 68’. She was a dedicated employee and worked at Motorola, Camsco and ended her career at Maricopa County. She retired after the death of her husband to care for their grandchildren. She was loved by all for her generosity, unselfishness, loving and caring heart. Norma was known for her love of sports and was an avid St. Mary’s, ASU, D-Backs and Arizona Cardinals fan. She was an amazing softball player and was known for her pitching on the field. Norma was a devoted Catholic and was at peace with the Lord throughout her life. She is now reunited with her loving family in Heaven. We love you; you’ll be in our hearts forever PEACE! A Memorial Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery at 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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CHAVEZ, VANESSA MONIQUE

Vanessa Monique Chavez, 33, died on 12/28/17 from health complications. Vanessa was born on February 18, 1984 in Phoenix, AZ. She is survived by her mother Virginia Miranda Marquez, sister Antoinette Chavez, brother-in-law Johnny Gonzales, brothers Marc Anthony Capuchino, Adam James Capuchino and Paul Vincent Razo II, nieces Janiece Gonzales and Rose Elva Capuchino and nephews Jonathon Fabian Gonzales and Ayden Josiah Razo. Grandparents Francsico and Mary Marquez, cousins Monica and Gabriel Gonzales along with several other great cousins. Vanessa was the greatest example of a kind, loving, giving, compassionate human being. Her nephews and nieces meant the world to her and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them. She was such a big AZ Cardinals fan as well. They say Angels walk this earth and she was the prime example. Now she can spread her wings and soar in paradise. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 8, 2018 with the Rosary prayer at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 909 E. Washington, Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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CHRISTEN, RONALD JOSEPH

Ronald (Ron) Christen 80, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Ron was born February 12, 1937 in Cincinnati, OH. Ron is survived by his wife Sandra of 58 years. Daughters; Vicki Beberness and Cathy Ashford, and his son; Ronald Thomas (Tom) Christen. Five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ron was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother & friend to all. He will be deeply missed. Ron was in the Navy a short time with a medical discharge. He was a paint contractor and all around handyman. There wasn’t a thing he could not repair. He enjoyed many years at his cabin in Forest Lakes, AZ, fishing, hunting, riding quads, snowmobiles, wood working, gardening and spending times with family and friends. A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at noon at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ, 85018. Immediately following the service please stay and join the family for lunch and refreshments. Please come as you are and celebrate this wonderful man. In Lieu of flowers donations will be accepted to benefit needy children at Christmas time.

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SAN FELICE, ADELINA ROBLEDO

Adelina Robledo San Felice broke her earthly bonds and entered into glory on Christmas morning surrounded by her loving family. Born in Clifton, Arizona in 1919, she lived her entire life in Phoenix and proudly worked for many years at Maricopa County Hospital in various positions. Adelina, our “Neenie” was a loving, giving woman who devoted her entire life to caring for others; as a nanny in her youth, for her aging father, for her husband through his illness, and in caring and helping raise many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a spiritual mother to many. She was a woman of faith and an example of unconditional love and acceptance. Everyone was received into her home with love, warm tortillas and abundant food. We loved to hear stories of the Phoenix of her youth, of a time when everyone knew one another. She had a keen memory and sharp wit to the end. Preceded in death by her husband’s Jimmy Robledo and Louis San Felice. She was the sole surviving sibling of Julia Diaz, Josephine Leal, Eliceo Apodaca, and Rogue Yanez. Left to mourn her absence are her devoted children Ron and Betty Castillo, grandchildren, great-grandchildren along with many loving nieces and nephews in Arizona and California. Vaya con Dios querida Adelina De Colores. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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PEREZ, ADELINA ABRIL

Adelina “Lena” (Queen Bee) Abril Perez, 91, wife of Arthur C. Perez, passed away December 26, 2017, in Chandler. Lena was born in Phoenix, AZ, on October 8, 1926, to Jose Abril and Josefa Moreno. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who instilled the power of faith. Lena is survived by her children Arthur Jr. (Lucy), Margaret (Larry) Salas, Doreen (Tony) Arellano, her 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. On Friday, January 5, 2018, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. with a Rosary prior at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E. Libra Drive, Tempe, with Interment following at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. Thank you Nana for the wonderful memories, your love, and your words of wisdom. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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CHRISTEN, RONALD JOSEPH

Ronald (Ron) Christen 80, died unexpectendly on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Ron was born February 12, 1937 in Cincinnati, OH. Ron is survived by his wife Sandra of 58 years. daughters; Vicki Beberness of Phoenix, AZ, Cathy Ashford of Centennial, CO, son; Ronald Thomas (Tom) Christen of Chandler, AZ. Five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Ron was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother & friend to all. He will be deeply missed. Ron was in the Navy a short time with a medical discharge. He was a paint contractor and all around handyman. There wasn’t a thing he could not repair. He enjoyed many years at his cabin in Forest Lakes, AZ, fishing, hunting, riding quads, snowmobiles, wood working, gardening and spending times with family and friends. A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at noon at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ, 85018. Immediately following the service please stay and join the family for lunch and refreshments. Please come as you are and celebrate this wonderful man. In Lieu of flowers donations will be accepted to benefit needy children at Christmas time as this is what Ron would have wanted.

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WILKE, LEONARD JOSEPH

Leonard Joseph Wilke (94) was called home to the Lord on December 23, 2017. Leonard was born in Chicago on August 7, 1923. He served in the Navy during WWII, from 1944 to 1946. He moved from Chicago to Phoenix in 1955 where he worked for Sperry Flight Systems for 30 years. Leonard liked the outdoors, golfing, fishing, swimming, walking, running (when he was young) as well as indoor card games and playing Scrabble with his wife Jeannine. He was a volunteer with the Sky Harbor Navigators for 11 years. Leonard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeannine, his brothers Steven, Florian and sister Lillian. Leonard leaves behind his older sister Theresa Cernak, 10 children: Susan, Andrea, Laura, Ted, Nic, Sam, Chris, Sandi, Deanna and Joy; 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. The family encourages wearing brightly colored Hawaiian shirts. On January 5, 2018, Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. with the Rosary prayer starting at 9:30 A.M. and the Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 A.M. at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix. Burial immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery at 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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WILKE, LEONARD JOSEPH

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Leonard Joseph Wilke (94) was called home to the Lord on December 23, 2017. Leonard was born in Chicago on August 7, 1923. He served in the Navy during WWII, from 1944 to 1946. He moved from Chicago to Phoenix in 1955 where he worked for Sperry Flight Systems for 30 years. Leonard liked the outdoors, golfing, fishing, swimming, walking, running (when he was young) as well as indoor card games and playing Scrabble with his wife Jeannine. He was a volunteer with the Sky Harbor Navigators for 11 years. Leonard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeannine, his brothers Steven, Florian and sister Lillian. Leonard leaves behind his older sister Theresa Cernak, 10 children: Susan, Andrea, Laura, Ted, Nic, Sam, Chris, Sandi, Deanna and Joy; 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. The family encourages wearing brightly colored Hawaiian shirts. On January 5, 2018, Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. with the Rosary prayer starting at 9:30 A.M. and the Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 A.M. at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix. Burial immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery at 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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HULL, JUDITH ANN BOYLE

Judy passed away peacefully at age 59 on December 24, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ, after a 4 year battle with cancer. Judy was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 2, 1958. She was the youngest of two children born to William and Doris Boyle. Judy graduated from the University of Michigan in 1980 with a degree in business. She moved to Phoenix in 1980 to start work in accounting for the firm of Deloitte Haskins & Sells. She met her future spouse in the lobby on the first day of work. She worked in Phoenix for about five years before moving to Tucson, still working for the same accounting firm. After three years working in Tucson, she went back to law school earning her law degree from the University of Arizona. She gave the graduation speech at her law school graduation. After obtaining her law degree, Judy moved to San Francisco and worked for Morrison and Foerster, a prestigious law firm. She later worked as an attorney for the Bank of America, also in San Francisco. From the Bay area, Judy eventually moved back to Phoenix to be closer to her parents who were living near Tucson, Arizona. In Phoenix, she worked for Ugly Duckling Company, now called Drive Time, for three years. In 1999 she joined On Semiconductor, becoming a vice president and assistant general counsel. She worked there for over thirteen years, retiring in 2014, after battling her cancer for over a year. While working in Phoenix the second time, Judy renewed her relationship with Brian Hull. They were married in January, 2000. Judy and Brian had three children. Family was very important to Judy. She moved twice to be closer to her parents and always maintained a wonderful relationship with her sister, Mary Jo, who she lived with on several occasions. She was very supportive of her children, encouraging them to take advantage of educational opportunities. She loved attending their sporting events. Judy loved sports herself. She was very talented in tennis, basketball and softball, and most any sport she tried. She was good enough in tennis to play on the University of Michigan tennis team. She followed her U of M team throughout her life and gave birth to her first child a few hours after watching the Michigan football team play in a New Year’s day bowl game. Judy also loved dogs. She always had a large dog as a pet, including Doberman Pinschers, Golden Retrievers, and most recently Boxers. Judy was preceded in death by her parents and by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Judy is survived by her husband of 17 years, Brian Hull; her daughters, Maggie (16) and Grace (13); her son Sam (13); her sister Mary Jo Boyle Ong and brother-in-law Harvey Ong who live in Castro Valley, California; and her aunt Marie Boyle and uncle Adam Nowakowski. Judy will be best remembered for her tremendous fighting spirit and work ethic that allowed her to survive her cancer for over four years and made her successful in her life. There will be a Eulogy at 10:15 a.m. and a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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CANTRELL, PAUL

Paul Cantrell, 71, passed away on December 25, 2017. He leaves behind his wife Leslie, brother Dave, his four beautiful children, his grandchildren and countless friends. Paul was born and raised in Arizona, to Earl and Lois Cantrell. He enjoyed working with his hands, and there wasn’t a thing he could not repair. He was a dedicated family man and was loved by all. Paul will be dearly missed. A private Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2018. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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DIAZ, STEVEN EUGENE

Steven Eugene Diaz entered Heaven on December 20th, 2017, he was 67 years young. He is survived by his wife Cathy Barron Diaz of 46 wonderful years. He has two daughters, Merihelen Diaz Nunez and Sandra Diaz Perez. He lives on through his seven grandchildren Alaina Lechuga (23), Monique Lechuga (19), Stevie Lechuga (16), Eden Nunez (8), Layla Perez (8), Jacob Perez (3), Andy Perez (1), and 1 great granddaughter Adelina Medina (7 mos.). He was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and spent his childhood in Golden Gate, a suburb of Phoenix. He served his country proudly in several different branches of the military including the Marines, Army, Reserve and Guard. Steven was a man of many accomplishments. Some of his contributions could be seen and felt in his community and amongst his friends and co-workers. His actions will benefit generations to come as he helped preserved the original Sacred Heart Church in the neighborhood he grew up. Steven touched many lives and became a pillar of honor, strength and action to all who knew him. You will be dearly missed, deeply loved and forever in our hearts. We love you Dad! On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 a Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary prayer at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1421 S. 12th Street, Phoenix on Thursday, January 4th at 9:00 A.M. with Burial following at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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GILSDORF, NORBERT

In Memorial

Norbert Gilsdorf, of Phoenix, passed away on December 27, 2017. He is reunited with his sister Barbra, brother Bob, mother Frances, and father Mark. He will be missed by his brothers; Joe, Reynold, Victor and Steve and his sisters; Marie Rosenau, Virginia McClelland, Doris Flores and Mary Jo Burt. Also many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, in Phoenix, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. RIP brother. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney and Murphy Funeral Home.

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CORDOVA, RICHARD

Richard Cordova, 82 of Tempe went to be with his wife of 57 years Margaret, on December 24, 2017. Richard was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, Saint Mary’s alumni, devoted Catholic, U.S. Army Vet and ASU-Cardinals fan. He was raised in Golden Gate and would later move Tempe, Arizona. He is preceded in death by his siblings, David, Sally and Ruben. His is survived by his two children; John Al Cordova and Elisa Medrano (Reyes Medrano Jr.), six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, brother Albert Cordova, sisters Oliva Jimenez and Joann Olivas. A Rosary will be at 9:00 A.M. with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Inurnment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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FELIX, EDWARD “SONNY”

Edward “Sonny” Felix was called home for Christmas on December 20th, 2017. He was 86 years young! Sonny was the 4th child of 8 children, belonging to the big beautiful family of Ramon and Mary Basha Felix. He was born on November 29th, 1931 in Chandler, Arizona. As a young boy, Sonny attended Goodyear Grade School in Goodyear, later renamed the town of Ocotillo by his mother, Mary Basha Felix. He attended Chandler High School, and excelled in many things, especially football, where his team won the first Arizona State Championship for his school in 1949. This was celebrated many times, due to the fact that it was the only CHS state championship until 2014. After graduating from Chandler High School in 1950, he briefly studied at Arizona State College, (ASU), before he went on to pursue his career with the family business, Bashas’ Markets. While attending a social dance at St Mary’s Basilica, Sonny met his wife of 52 years, Louise Basila. They were married shortly after, on February 11, 1956, had four children, and enjoyed a lifetime of big family gatherings, travel, friends, casino fun, cabin building and selling and relished in their grandchildren. Although school was an important part of his life, his real passion was the family business. He started as a young kid, working at the Bashas’ Mercantile Store, with his dad, Ramon Felix. Among his many family mentors, were his uncles, Eddie Basha Sr., and Ike Basha Sr.! He was very loyal to the business, and had various major positions and responsibilities, where he eventually became Senior Vice President of Distribution. He also spearheaded the design and build out of the Bashas Distribution Center located on Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. Sonny had a close relationship with all of his aunts, especially Zelma Basha Salmeri and Connie Basha Vitale. He enjoyed a close brotherly friendship, and working relationship with his cousin, Eddie Basha. Needless to say, he had a lot of pride and love of family, in his 64 + years of working with Bashas’! Life Passions – Aside from his family and work, Sonny had many passions! A cowboy at heart, his love of horses was evident. His horses were always a part of his life, from hunting on horseback, to owning and racing horses, to giving horseback rides at his grandkids birthday parties. Another lifelong passion was his favorite team, the ASU football team! He was highly devoted to ASU football, from being an avid fan, to providing summer jobs to the players, to being a friend to his favorite coach, Frank Kush. Being an active hunter, he accomplished his ‘Big 10’ for the state of Arizona, loved the many hunting trips, and the camaraderie that came with it. He proudly served in the Chandler Sheriff Posse, and in the Mesa/Maricopa Sheriff Posse, where he met many lifelong friends. After retirement, he took up cooking, learning from the recipes of his wife and mother to make all kinds of delicious Lebanese food, which he loved to give to family members.

Of all his life passions, his biggest delight was his love of his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren! Nothing could bring a smile to his face, or warm his heart more, than the love of his grandbabies! Always eager to spoil them with love and attention, he was the epitome of the word, grandfather! Sonny lived his life through his Catholic faith, instilled in him by his mother. Like her, he had a very loving and generous heart! He will be sorely missed by his children and family, Edward Felix Jr., Denise Vance (Dell), Mike Felix, Larry Felix, and grandchildren, Alexis Earnhardt (Bull), Danelle Lavin (Matt), Brennan Vance, Joshua Felix and Lauren Felix. Known as Papa 2, by his great grandchildren, Estee and Evalee Earnhardt, Sophia and Louisa Lavin. He is survived by his siblings, near and dear to his heart, his sister Ramona Felix, his brothers, Donald (Marilyn) Felix and Ronnie(Clara) Felix. He also is survived by many loving nephews and nieces. Sonny is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Louise Basila Felix, his parents, Ramon and Mary Felix, his brothers, Albert, Fred, and Richard Felix and his sister, Eva Felix Serrano. A celebration and thank you tribute of his life will be as follows. A Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, with a Rosary prayer at 7:00 pm, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am, on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, located at 4715 North Central Avenue, in Phoenix, Arizona. The family would like to thank the special people that helped care for Sonny and his family. A most heartfelt thank you to LNA Bridget Chambers, Alma Amaya and Cynthia Navarrow. We appreciate all of your efforts.

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NAVARRO, MARTHA GOMEZ

Martha Gomez Navarro beloved Wife, Mother, Nana and Friend has unexpectedly left this life to join her Heavenly family. She was 89 years young. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and devoted to her husband Edmund Navarro married for 68 years this past September. She was born in Tucson, AZ (5th generation Arizonan) one of 11 children born to Rafael and Dolores Rodriquez Gomez. Her 3 children Edmund R. (Eddie), daughters: Tita (CarlRay) Triphahn and Edie Navarro will miss her dearly. Her 6 grandchildren: Shannon (Joel) Selvey, Brandon Vinal, Carl T. Triphahn, Mark Triphahn, Erik Vinal and Kylie (Alex) Neideffer mourn the loss of their loving Nana. Martha and Edmund had many travels to near and far away places always enjoying review of those trips with many photos. Martha was a graduate of PUHS class of 1946 and a Beauty Queen in her youth. She worked briefly 3 years with Arizona Department of Economic Security as an Executive Secretary until her maternity health caused her to stay home to be a devoted mother to her children. Martha and Edmund enjoyed dining & dancing meeting up with family or Friends throughout their marriage. We will celebrate her life with a Visitation at 9:00 A.M., Rosary prayer at 9:30 A.M. and Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 all at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix. Reception at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home after the Graveside Service.

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SEGHI, ARTHUR

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Arthur Seghi, 92, born on May 12, 1925. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Belle and his daughter Susan Kay. He was a member of Saint Theresa Catholic Church and Duets, an organization for people in need. He moved from Chicago in 1961 to Arizona. He worked in the food industry, owned two restaurants and was a Chef at various notable resorts. Arthur was a very proud Uncle to three generations of his numerous nieces and nephews in Phoenix and Delaware and Michigan. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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HUGUEZ, ABEL

Abel Huguez passed away on December 24th, 2017. Abel is preceded in death by his brother Frank and grandparents Emelina and Manuel Garcia, Francisco and Magdelena Huguez. He is survived by his children Christopher Huguez, A.J. Huguez, Natalee Jo Huguez; his grandchildren; his parents Beatrice (Betty) and Anthony D. Huguez; siblings Robert (Bertha), Anna (Tommy Espinoza), Cathy (Donnie Nunez), Lisa (Michael Hartburg) Debbie, Cecelia, Becky, James and Rodney; Uncle Art and good friend Bobbie Jo. Abel is loved by nieces, nephews and great friends. Abel was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Abel was known for his humor and kindness. Abel will be missed and loved by many. On December 29, 2017 a Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. with a Rosary prayer at 4:30 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on December 30th, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1421 S. 12th Street, Phoenix. Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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MAHANEY, LENORE KOCH

Lenore Koch Mahaney, 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children. She was the daughter of Paul and Helen Koch of Storm Lake, Iowa, second of 6 siblings. As a young adult, her adventurous spirit led her to California where she worked for Hughes Aircraft and met her soulmate, Howard. After marriage and 4 children, they moved to Phoenix where they continued their family and was active in the Phoenix Firebirds Lions Club. In her 50’s, she achieved an Associate Degree with Honors from Phoenix Community College. She was treasured by all who knew her. We will celebrate her long life, strong faith, and beauty of her soul. She is survived by her children Chris Mahaney, Janet Eshelman, Marcia Austin, Julinne Fenton, Lisa Gross, Mark Mahaney and Jennifer Mahaney, 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, her sister and brother, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard and son Steve. A Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 27th, from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., with a Rosary being prayed at 6:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road in Phoenix. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 8620 North 7th Street in Phoenix.

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KOSTYUN, SHARON ELAINE

Sharon Elaine Kostyun, a Phoenix native, was born to John and Dorothy (Dixon) Maurin, Phoenix pioneer natives, on 11-13-1945 and passed away on December 15th, 2017 after a courageous and long battle with cancer. Sharon fought bravely with great strength, patience, and fearlessness, never losing her wonderful sense of humor. She married Frank Kostyun on April 4th of 1972 and they had three children, Frank M., Mary (Kostyun) Brownlie, and Peter. She was a beloved Grammy to Maren (aged 15), Liam (8), and Esther (6 months). She was an inspiring role model to her spouse, her children, and her grandchildren. Sharon, a devoted member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish, attended mass daily. She is survived by her sister Jerolyn Vickers and her brother John Maurin and is preceded in death by her niece Jamie. She was a wonderful mother-in-law to Johnny, Lisa, and Jessica. Sharon enjoyed teaching and considered motherhood her special calling. She was a dedicated volunteer at St. Matthew’s, a terrific coupon clipper, and a mighty Boggle and Scrabble player. Sharon was a talented seamstress, creating anything her friends and family could dream up, including many Halloween costumes, dresses, quilts, and decorations for the church. She was a woman of strong faith, patience, devoted friendships, endless good humor, loved a good bargain and a strong cup of coffee. Sharon enjoyed giving to others and wove strong threads of love throughout her entire family. Sharon will be remembered for her innate kindness, her dry wit, and will be forever missed and never forgotten by all who loved her. Rosary and visitation will be held at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church located at 320 N. 20th Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85009 on Friday, December 29th, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will also be held at St. Matthews’s on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. followed by interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery at 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. Reception will be held at St. Matthew’s following burial. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to St. Matthew Catholic School, 320 N. 20th Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85009. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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BALDWIN, CHRIS DAVID

Chris David Baldwin, 56 years old, passed away on December 10, 2017 in the comfort of his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his Father; David Baldwin. He is survived by his Mother; Joyce Baldwin, Sister; Kathy “Katie” Baldwin, Sister; Kim Alf (Mark), Niece; Megan Roads, Nephew; Drake Alf, Brother; Terry Baldwin (Robin), Niece; Jackie Wilmoth (Jeff), Nephew; Marcus Baldwin, Aunt; Cindi Doyle (Thomas) her children and their families. Chris’s sense of humor and kind heart will be dearly missed. No services are expected. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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VILLALVA, MARTIN

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Villalva, Martin 49 of Phoenix, passed away on Friday December 8, 2017. He was born in Bakersfield, California but was raised in and was a life long resident of Phoenix. He was preceded in death this past year by his loving wife Ernestine. He is survived by his parents; Ruben and Elsa Villalva; five sons; Ray, Daniel, Gabriel, Ernest and Martin Jr., brothers; Ruben Villalva Jr. and Daniel Villalva; and six grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., with a Memorial Service at 3:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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O’CONNOR, JEANNIE

Jeannie O’Connor, 81, of Phoenix died peacefully December 11, 2017 after a long illness. I am writing this obituary while I am still alive and kicking! I was born to Fuzzy (John Elmer) and Elenora Ballein on October 19, 1936. I grew up on a farm in Danville, Illinois and went to University of Illinois where I met James (Doc) O’Connor. We moved to Phoenix in 1958 and were pleased to have Jimmy (Darlene), Johnny (Brigid), Timmy and Mike (Andrea). I have (as of this writing) six grandchildren; Christine, Brian, Kevin, Shannon, Danny and Reece. I also have a great granddaughter; MacKenna. I have had a great life and lots of fun. I love my “old, old” friends and the new ones I have met at the YMCA and bowling. I have been honored to have been a parishioner of St. Gregory Parish. Please send your remembrances to a charity of your choice or the “O’Connor Boys”.

Our Mother had a tremendous love for animals and in the beginning the O’Connor back yard looked more like a small petting zoo with ducks, chickens, rabbits, dogs and a goat or two. Later came endless trips to Rocky Point, San Diego, Mormon Lake, football, basketball and baseball games that her boys were involved with. And of course, the R.O.N.S. Club where she met countless friends, many of which she still has today. Always willing to lend a hand and volunteer whenever St. Gregory’s had a social event or picnic. She will be remembered most for her kind hand, always reaching out to anyone who was in need, along with being the host to some of the most epic parties her Central Phoenix neighborhood ever witnessed. She is survived by her four sons, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. We would like to thank Pat and Judy O’Brien and Maureen Stroud for their constant love, companionship and support that they showed our mom. A Memorial Mass will be at St Gregory Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Ave, Phx, on Saturday, December 16 at Noon. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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BLEDSOE, CHESLENE

In Memorial

Cheslene (Northrop) Bledsoe, July 10th, 1938 to December 06, 2017. Cheslene passed peacefully, surrounded by her family and holding her mama’s hand. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and kind heart, her love of singing and havin’ a party for any reason or no reason at all. Cheslene is survived by her son Buddy Tignor, daughter Shawnee Ross and preceded in death by her son Gregg Tignor. Special daughter Amber (Oscar) Valdez. Cheslene is also survived by her mother Virginia (Hargett/Northrop) Conkle, her sister Dolly, sparring partner and brother in law (Ken) Brown, her twin- brother Butch (Barbara) Northrop, sister Norma (Larry) Lowas. She was preceded in death by father Chet Northrop. She is also survived by granddaughters, Cheyenne, Brandy and Sarah Ross, grandson Garrett Tignor and 3 great grandchildren. As well as her special Arizona niece and nephew, Debbie Northrop and Kenny B. Brown and her special Florida nieces Shelly Reffuse and Linda Fisher. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 9th, from 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. with a Funeral Service at 3:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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JOVAN, ANTHONY

Anthony Jovan, 32 years old, passed away on December 3, 2017 at his home in Peoria, Arizona. He was proceeded in death by his Grandfather; Lawrence Greenberg. He is survived by his Mother; Rosalie Bellows, Sister; Crystle (Kevin) Willis, Nephew; Logan Anthony Willis, Nana; Maria Garcia, Uncle; David Greenberg, Aunt; Stephanie Roberts, Cousins; David Martinez, Harley Ann Greenberg, Cheyenne Merryman, Brianna Lopez and Veronica Dominguez. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 10th, from 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M., with a Funeral Service at 12:30 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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ROMERO, ALBERTO C.

Alberto (Beto) C. Romero, 82, from Phoenix, raised in Barrio Los Cuatro Milpas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents; Antonio and Dolores Romero, brother; Antonio, three sisters; Beatrice, Frances and Nellie and grandson; Antonio. He was survived by sister Jenny and his children; Albert (Clara), Antonio (Rita), Marie, John (Jessica), Rosa, Danny (Kim), Lisa, Pauline, 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all. A Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. with Funeral at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery at 48th Street and Oak in Phoenix.

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POTTER, CAREY ANN McCOY

Carey passed away peacefully on November 8, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is survived by her husband; Dick, daughters; Samantha and Jennifer, brother; Scott, his wife; Katie, her nephews and nieces; Caiden, Reese, Makensie and Jack. She was predeceased by her parents; Michael McCoy and Nancy Killian. Carey was the oldest of 21 grandchildren, many loving aunts, uncles and family. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas and was raised in New Jersey before residing in Phoenix, Arizona for the past 25 years. She was a 1987 graduate of Northern Burlington Regional High School in Columbus, New Jersey and 1992 graduated Arizona State University. Carey worked tirelessly in the Health Care Services industry, with the last 10 plus years at McKesson Specialty Health as an Associate Director. Carey’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. She was an avid Girl Scout leader and an advocate for the Prader-Willi Association. She also loved the Diamondbacks and Cardinals. Carey’s most cherished times were spent enjoying life with her husband and their two daughters. Carey touched so many with her kindness, her positive attitude and her ability to put people at ease with her quiet demeanor. Her personal stamina and her devotion to family, friends and her animals were admirable. She will be sorely missed by all. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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BARHAM, HERBERT D.

Herbert (“Herb”) D. Barham of Phoenix, AZ, died peacefully at his home on November 30, 2017. Herb was born on December 25, 1932 in Norfolk, Virginia, to Osma Porter and Elizabeth Gildea Barham. He was the youngest of eight siblings. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1960. He became a resident of Phoenix when he married his beloved wife and companion of 45 years, Mary Barham. Herb enjoyed his career with Eastman Kodak as an instructor. After moving to the Valley he started his own business selling and servicing medical equipment and never lost his desire to fix things. In their later years Herb and Mary appreciated retirement, splitting time between Phoenix and Munds Park. He was a proud member of the Elks Club, St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church and several bridge clubs. Herb’s other great loves were his grandchildren. Throughout their lives he was that grandfather who shared his time and heart with them often, cheering them on at concerts, sporting events, school plays and all they held dear. Herb is survived by his wife Mary, two daughters (from an earlier marriage), three step sons, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on December 12, 2017, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home located at 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ. Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. on December 13, 2017, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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CHIROS, MARYANN

Chiros, MaryAnn passed away on November 30, 2017 at the age of 90. She was born in Muskegon Michigan and moved to Arizona in 1970 from Illinois. MaryAnn is preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of 52 years Jimmy Chiros. They loved to travel together and especially enjoyed their many trips to Hawaii. MaryAnn worked for many years in the accounting department at Dillard’s department stores. She loved all animals but was most fond of her dogs. MaryAnn was a loving mother to her daughter Catherine “Quentin” Keyser; Yiayia to 3 grandchildren, Nicholas, Elizabeth and David Keyser and beloved sister to Catherine Skoubes; She is also predeceased by her brother Alex Skoubes. Visitation for MaryAnn will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM with a Trisagion Service at 7:00PM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ. Funeral Services will be on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:AM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Phoenix, AZ. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. Family suggests contributions to the Arizona Animal Welfare League, 25 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ. 85034. MaryAnn kept her sense of humor right to the very end and she will be dearly missed.

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CHIROS, MARYANN

Chiros, MaryAnn passed away on November 30, 2017 at the age of 90. She was born in Muskegon Michigan and moved to Arizona in 1970 from Illinois. MaryAnn is preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of 52 years Jimmy Chiros. They loved to travel together and especially enjoyed their many trips to Hawaii. MaryAnn worked for many years in the accounting department at Dillard’s department stores. She loved all animals but was most fond of her dogs. MaryAnn was a loving mother to her daughter Catherine “Quentin” Keyser; Yiayia to 3 grandchildren, Nicholas, Elizabeth and David Keyser and beloved sister to Catherine Skoubes; She is also predeceased by her brother Alex Skoubes. Visitation for MaryAnn will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM with a Trisagion Service at 7:00PM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ. Funeral Services will be on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:AM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Phoenix, AZ. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. Family suggests contributions to the Arizona Animal Welfare League, 25 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ. 85034. MaryAnn kept her sense of humor right to the very end and she will be dearly missed.

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JONES, CHRISTIAN

Christian Jones, passed away on November 28, 2017. She was very proud of being a native Phoenician. She loved shopping, friends, family, painting, traveling to new places and enjoying new experiences. Chris brought joy to all she encountered, with her vivacious laugh, beautiful smile and effervescent personality! She was very sincere, kind and caring to all. Her greatest loves were her two beautiful children, which were the center of her world! Chris will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. She is survived by her husband Chuck of 26 years, son, Taylor and daughter, Georgianna, mother, Maria Pomeroy, (Tom), and father Joe Wilson, (Karen), sisters, Alexandra, Katie & Lizzie. Also a multitude of aunts, uncles & cousins. Viewing will be held Wednesday, December 6th, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, Arizona. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, December 7th, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Rd., Phoenix.

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GABEL, SHIRLEY JUNE

Shirley June Gabel, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, November 27, 2017. Born in Los Angeles, California on August 22, 1927, Shirley attended UCLA where she met Warner A. Gabel Jr. They were married in 1950 and moved to Phoenix to franchise Blakely gas stations. Shirley and Warner raised four children, Warner III, Holly, Shelley, and Barry. A devoted and loving mother, she was an active supporter of her children’s various sports and hobbies from Cub Scouts and Little League to Brownies and gymnastics. Shirley also had many interests and accomplishments. She painted beautifully, loved gardening, and enjoyed bird watching. She played the piano and loved reading. Shirley was a dedicated volunteer, involved in many local charities including: Recording for the Blind, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, and Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church. She loved to travel with Warner and they took some fabulous trips with YPO and wonderful friends. Warner Jr. passed away in 1980 at the age of 55. In 1982, Warner’s friends raised the funds to build a Gabel Boys and Girls Club in his honor. That Branch is now located at ‪1330 North 15th Street‪ in Phoenix. Shirley took on Warner’s passion for the kids at the Gabel Branch by spearheading an annual Holiday party for approximately 200 kids for the past 35 years. She also started the “No Cold Kids” a warm coat program for the neediest of children at the Gabel Branch and it’s still going strong. In recognition of her many years of volunteering, The Boys and Girls Club Board recently approved the renaming of the branch to the Warner and Shirley Gabel Boys and Girls Club. She was so very honored to have her name added alongside her husband’s. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Dorothy and Howard Illo, her husband Warner Gabel Jr., her brother Gage Illo, and her granddaughter Carolyn Gabel. She is survived by her sons and daughters: Warner Gabel III (Kathy), Holly Rothermund (Karl), Shelley Menshek (Andy), Barry Gabel (Babbi), ten grandchildren: Ryan Rothermund (Lindsay), Elliott Rothermund (Grace), Emily Alcombrak (Robby), Hollie Simunovic (Sol), Melanie Bried, Jimmy Bried, Warner “Gus” Gabel IV, Christine Gabel, Katie Gabel, Collin Gabel and three great grandchildren: Nolan, Cole and Charlotte, and her 4th great grand baby due in March. Shirley’s bright, sweet spirit, left this world a much better place. Even at the age of 90, she still had her quick wit, great sense of humor, and her elegant ways. She will be greatly missed. Shirley’s memorial service will be held ‪January 12th at 2:00 P.M. at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, ‪6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale 85253. Reception to follow at Paradise Valley Country Club at ‪7101 N. Tatum Blvd. Paradise Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Warner and Shirley Gabel Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix, ‪4309 E. Belleview Street, Bldg. 4, Phoenix, AZ 85008; Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church or Hospice of the Valley ‪1510 E. Flower St, Phoenix, Az. 85014.

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LOPEZ, GEORGE M. – SGT U.S. ARMY

Born Sunday, August 6th 1933 in Phoenix, AZ to Manuel and Maria Lopez, passed away Wednesday, Nov 29th 2017. preceded in death by Wife Margaret and Brothers Richard, Ernest and Frank Lopez. Survived by Brother Edward (Belen) and six children; George (Victoria), Anna Marie (David Villa), Gregory, Gabriel, Gilbert (Lorraine) & Gary Lopez, 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Married to Margaret Olga Ramirez on August 26th 1957. their lifetime romance began at a small Mexican Café near Immaculate Heart Church after George returned home from serving his county honorably in the Korean War. George (23) and Margaret (19) would go on to live a lifetime of dreams, love, laughter, heartache, joy and accomplishment steeped in the traditions of family, honor, respect and country. The home George and Margaret created for themselves and their 6 kids will endure in the hearts and lives of the many friends, family and loved ones they leave behind. A proud service member of the United States Army, George loved his family, country, community and the state of Arizona. After a 24-year career with Cudahy Meat Packing Co, he retired from the Creighton School District after 13 years of service and a lifetime of work that began in downtown Phoenix as a shoe shine boy. As a young man, George attended Baltz Elementary & Phoenix Union High, watched many Phoenix Senators baseball games with his father and brothers, bowled a perfect 300 game and attended many events, concerts and dances at the Riverside Ballroom. George enjoyed spending time with his kids camping in Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon, trips to Legend City, watching Fourth of July fireworks that followed Phoenix Giants baseball games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, watching the AZ Diamondbacks win the 2001 World Series and watching the AZ Cardinals (almost) win the Super Bowl. George also enjoyed poking fun/praising the accomplishments or lack thereof of our elected officials. A Rosary Vigil/Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec 3rd between 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, December 4th, at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church, 1421 S. 12th St, Phoenix, immediately following he shall be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Margaret, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014.

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YOUNGER, OLGA M.

Olga passed away peacefully early Friday morning on November, 24, 2017 at the age of 82. Olga was born in Sonora, Mexico as the oldest of seven children to Jose Lauro and Angelita Morales and spent her early years in Mexico before moving to Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived her adult life. Olga retired from Honeywell. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of many years, Thomas Younger, and her brother, Geronimo Morales. She was loved by a large, extended family. Olga is survived by her daughter, Ramona Tejada, son-in-law, Albert Tejada, and her four grandchildren whom she adored and loved with all her heart — Thomas, Michael, Lauren and Nicholas Tejada. She is also survived by her siblings, Pilar Encinas, Nelly Encinas, Gregorio Morales, Aurora Rivera and Gloria Enriquez. She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews; and all who knew her. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. Graveside service will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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IVANOVIC, NANCY NADA

Nancy Nada Ivanovic, 89, beloved mother, aunty, baka, gramma, and great gramma passed away November 27th, 2017 in Gilbert, AZ. She fought a valiant battle against breast cancer and won only to be beaten down with Lewy Body Dementia, which she could fight no more. Her tremendous bravery, kindness and gentleness will be missed by her family and many, many old and newly found friends. She was a brave pioneer who took a giant step with her husband & son, leaving her homeland (Belgrade, Serbia-Yugoslavia) almost 60 years ago to the day and forging a new life in Chicago and then Phoenix. Her happiest moments were when her family and friends surrounded her. Nada moved to Phoenix with her husband Voja in 1998, and immediately became active members and stewards of our St. Sava Parish. They enjoyed being members of the Seniors’ Club and Nada especially looked forward to the annual festival and joining her lady friends in making sarma and apple strudel. She will be greatly missed by her son, Alexander (Martha) Ivanovic, daughter, Mary (Rick) Goulian, grandchildren, Heidi (Brian) Lekan, Nick & Natalie Goulian, Rachael Ivanovic, great granddaughter, Ashley Lekan, nephew Robert-Bobby (Christie) Mularz, grandniece & nephew Aniela & Jonathan Mularz, and many Kumovi, relatives & dear friends near & far. May her Memory Be Eternal! Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., with Pomen Service at 7:00 P.M., on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 4436 E. McKinley, Phoenix. Funeral service and internment will be at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church & Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Funeral Home.

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YOUNGER, OLGA MARIA

Olga passed away peacefully early Friday morning on November, 24, 2017 at the age of 82. Olga was born in Sonora, Mexico as the oldest of seven children to Jose Lauro and Angelita Morales and spent her early years in Mexico before moving to Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived her adult life. Olga retired from Honeywell. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of many years, Thomas Younger, and her brother, Geronimo Morales. She was loved by a large, extended family. Olga is survived by her daughter, Ramona Tejada, son-in-law, Albert Tejada, and her four grandchildren whom she adored and loved with all her heart — Thomas, Michael, Lauren and Nicholas Tejada. She is also survived by her siblings, Pilar Encinas, Nelly Encinas, Gregorio Morales, Aurora Rivera and Gloria Enriquez. She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews; and all who knew her. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. Graveside service will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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CLAPP, LARRY (“LAWRENCE”)

Classical music in the Phoenix Valley suffered a tremendous loss earlier this month with the passing of Larry (“Lawrence”) Clapp on Nov. 16th, 2017. As a pianist and composer, he was a man of enormous talent. Larry was born on February 5th, 1955 to Gayle and Louise Clapp in Salem, Indiana. Larry’s interest in music began at the age of 4, and by age 5 he appeared on “High Variety”, a television show in Indianapolis. Shortly thereafter, the Clapp family moved to Arizona and settled down in Chandler where he continued to take piano lessons during his childhood. Eventually, Larry would continue his musical education under various piano professors at Arizona State University. Throughout Junior and Senior high school, Larry won several music competitions sponsored by the Phoenix Symphony Guild and gave several performances during that time as a result. Before leaving Chandler High, Larry won first place awards at eight music festivals and competitions across the United States. After high school, Larry attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York where he studied under Jacob Lateiner. He returned to Arizona to complete his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at Arizona State University. Around age 32, having been one of 40 individuals chosen worldwide from hundreds of applicants, Larry was invited to compete at the famous Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition at the University of Cincinnati- Conservatory of Music. There he was honored with the highest award for best performance of a 20th century French work. He was later invited to participate at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, where his performances drew great acclaim from all who attended. In the years following, he spent most of his time here in Arizona, where he performed with the Tucson Symphony, the Mesa Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony. In 1994 during former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s trip to the U.S., Larry had the rare opportunity of performing for her during her visit to the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale. In 2002, Larry made his Carnegie Hall debut in the large Isaac Stern Auditorium, performing Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and his own original works. Larry continued to teach privately in his studio in Phoenix until Nov. 16th, 2017 when he entered the presence of his Savior and King, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom Larry loved and served unashamedly in obedience to Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Larry will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, his colleagues, and his piano students. He is survived by his brother Marty Clapp, his sister Sherri Clapp, Daniela Clapp, and their children: Daniel (23), Natasha (22), Christina (17) and Maria (14). A Memorial Service will be held at Compass Christian Church (formerly Chandler Christian Church), 1825 S. Alma School Road in Chandler, AZ 85286. It is on the north-east corner of Alma School Road and Germann Road in Chandler. on Saturday, December 9th, at 10:00 A.M. For any donations, a GoFundMe account has been set up at:

https://www.gofundme.com/larry-clapps-funeral-expenses. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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SAYEGH, GHASSAN O.

Ghassan “Gus” Sayegh, 86 of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on November 23, 2017. Gus is survived by his loving wife May, sons; Abraham, Emile and Elias Sayegh, daughters; Briggette Derienzo and Camilia Saigh, sister Jean Sayegh and numerous grand and great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his daughter Diana. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4530 E. Gold Dust Ave, Phoenix. Final internment will be in New York. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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RICHIE, SANDRA GAIL

Sandra Gail Richie 69, died November 19, 2017 after a courageous fight and lengthy illness. She was born March 3, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona. Sandra was an extraordinary woman. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gil Nead and Adele Rogge. She is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years, Fred Richie and her children, Jason Richie of Brea California, Shay Helie and son-in law Don Helie, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Kim Evans and son-in-law, Kevin Evans of Phoenix, Arizona, and by her Grandchildren, Kyler Richie, Sierra Evans and Chase Evans and his wife Lauran and by her great granddaughter Aubree Evans and her “girls” Bailey and Bella. We are very grateful to the entire CTIC Staff and entire Transplant Team of the Norton Thoracic Institute Transplantation Program at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Donations can be sent to: NTI 500 W. Thomas Road, Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Sandra’s last selfless act was organ donation and she would encourage everyone to give the gift of life. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved and knew her as her smile and love for life impacted all those she met. Private Services to be held. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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MILLS, MANUELLA K.

Manuella K. Mills passed away on November 11, 2017. She was born in Phoenix, AZ on August 26, 1925 to Burleigh Rideau and Amelia Ray. She attended Saint Mary’s High School and graduated from Arizona State University in 1948. Manuella taught elementary school for over 25 years. Manuella was married to Billie Mills for 58 years, who preceded her in death. Manuella is survived by daughters, Gioia Neal (Ronald Neal), Lise Mills, Denise Mills (Cordell Conway) and sisters, Lilly “Mikki” Rideau Crawford and Mary Rideau, brothers, Donnie and Charlie Rideau, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be held on December 2nd at 11:00 A.M. at St. Pius X Catholic Church located at 809 S. 7th Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Office of Black Catholic Ministries, Diocese of Phoenix, 400 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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BRACAMONTE, VICENTE

Vicente Alfonso M. Bracamonte, was born September 5, 1953, (64 years old) in Phoenix, Arizona. He left this world on November 16, 2017 to be with our Heavenly Father. He is survived by two brothers and four sisters; Mary (husband Bob), Norma, Frank Jr., (wife Esther), Martha (husband Robert), Delia (Dee), (husband Paul), Gilbert, Tia Maggie and many nieces and nephews. Vicente was retired and was also a caregiver for his mother and father for over 20 years. He was a very loving, caring, compassionate and religious person devoted to our beloved Lord and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Services will be held at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 2038 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009, (602) 368-4363. Viewing will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Rosary prayed at 7:00 pm, on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Funeral Mass at St. Matthew’s on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:00 am. Reception to follow after the Funeral Mass at St. Matthew’s Parish Hall. Vicente will be cremated and will be buried at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ (602) 267-1329. Details to follow within a week. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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HELD, LORRAINE EDNA

September 30, 1931 ~ November 16, 2017. Lorraine Edna Held, devoted follower of Jesus Christ, wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on November 16, 2017, her 86th birthday. Lorraine was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931 and married the love of her life Roger in 1950. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1966, with their sons Tim and Mark and daughters Lori and Lisa. Lorraine and Roger were married just shy of 56 years when he was called home in 2007.

Lorraine is survived by her sons and daughters Tim, Mark, Lori and Lisa. One grandson Jake, son-in-laws Scott and John. Her sister Dorothy and husband Don, niece Peggy and husband John.

Her internment will be with her husband Roger, at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery.

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LAWS, MARY JANE

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on November 20th for Mary Jane laws of Scottsdale who died November 16th of age-related causes. She was 101. Mary Jane was born December 23rd 1915 in Lima, Ohio. She was a United States Navy Lieutenant RN during World War II. Mary Jane married her husband Carl T laws and moved to Arizona in 1947 where she continued to work as a Navy nurse at Madison School District number 2 until she retired. Survivors include her son Thomas laws, daughter-in-law Kathy Taylor laws, granddaughters and spouses Tiffany and Jason Carver, Danielle and Zach Engelking, and two great-grandsons Jaxon and Oliver engelking. Monday, November 20th services will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 5045 East Thomas Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sage Hospice, 5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., #204, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 or to Kit’s House, info@seniorsecurity.com

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WELLMAN, JAMES ALLAN

This world lost a fine man on November 14, 2017 when James Allan Wellman passed away in Phoenix, AZ, finally freed from the bonds of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Diagnosed at age 50, the disease sapped his vitality and memory over the past 12 years. All who knew him will forever cherish the real Allan–a loving husband and father, talented artist, meticulous home renovator, steady provider and a great cook. His quick wit and warm welcome would light up your day. He was an avid Beatles fan, a proud liberal Democrat and was always ready to help others. Allan was born in San Mateo, CA on September 2, 1955, to Lewis and Julia (Chinn) Wellman and lived most of his life in San Mateo County. He had a degree in Fine Arts, but kept his day job to avoid becoming a starving artist. He was a consummate sales representative for packaging companies in the farm and grower industry in the greater Bay Area and established deep and abiding relationships with his customers. In 1997, he married the love of his life, Barbara E. Hughes and they welcomed their daughter Kayla P. Wellman, whom Allan considered the most beautiful child in the world. Nothing made him happier than to be spending time with his family and he will stay in our hearts forever. Allan is survived by his wife and daughter; brothers-in-law, Joe, Tim, Terry, Brian and Richard; sisters-in-law, Phyllis, Sharon, Carol, Diane, Carolyn and Natasha; his best friend from Alaska, Greg King; three brothers, one sister and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 9th at 10:30 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Brookdale-North Glendale, Hospice of the Valley and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, Allan asked that donations be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010, or to the Save the Redwoods League, 111 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94104.

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GARDNER, LANNY LEE

Gardner, Lanny Lee passed away on November 14th, 2017. Lanny was an avid outdoors man. He loved to fish and camp with his children and buddies. He was born in Missouri, but lived in Arizona for 48 years. Lanny was survived by his children, Daniel and Hunter Gardner, his parents, Roddy and Sharon Gardner, his brother Mitchell Gardner and his sister, Kim Westfall. Lanny was a sweet, gentle soul and will be missed. A celebration of the Lanny’s life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road in Phoenix.

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SCHMITT, LORAS

Loras (Larry) J. Schmitt passed away on November 9, 2017. A true gentleman with deep Midwestern roots and a profound love for Phoenix, Larry recently celebrated his 80th year with family and friends. Larry enjoyed growing up in the small town of Holy Cross, Iowa, attended Loras College in Dubuque, and then worked as a Horologist (Watchmaker). In 1970, Larry and his wife, Marie, moved with their four small children to Phoenix, Arizona, and opened their own business, Schmitt Jewelers. One of Larry’s greatest attributes was his love of people. He so enjoyed a personal conversation, whether at his business, out in the community or with those he served and served with at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Later in life, Larry married Ann, and they were recently recognized with the Bob Russell Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society. Larry was predeceased by wife Marie, daughter Sarah and siblings Louis Schmitt and Lila Spitzer. He is survived by wife Ann Secrest Schmitt and her son J.D. Secrest, his children Tom (Erin), Tim (Ginnie), Lynn Bush (Dave), Beth Burch (Chris), grandchildren Michelle Shipley (Colin), Brian Schmitt and Megan Davis (T.C.); Michael, Julia and James Schmitt; Patrick, Ben, John and Hank Bush; Katie, Anne and Alison Burch, two great-grandchildren (Charlie Shipley and Trip Davis) and his twin sister, Doris Shockley (Roy). A funeral Mass will be held Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix, www.stvincentdepaul.net

Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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COLLETTI, PAUL MICHAEL

Paul Michael Colletti, 87, passed from this life in his Paradise Valley home surrounded by his loved ones on October 29th, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Angelo and Mary Colletti and his sister Kathleen Colletti. Paul is survived by his wife Nancy Colletti; brother Angelo Pat Colletti (Linda); sister Catherine Poe; children John Colletti (Kathy), Angela Colletti-Cummings (Chris Cummings), Steven Colleti (Angela) and Joe Colletti (Barbara); grandchildren Lily, Brian (Julia), C.J., Paul, Kate, Beau, Dylan and Joey. Paul was born in San Pedro California on October 3rd, 1930. He enjoyed the California lifestyle of sun, sand and water in his younger years. At age 11 he won a sweepstakes marble competition. His athletic abilities began to develop at Huntington Park High School where he was a fullback on the football team and an all-city pole vaulter in 1948. Paul then served his country in the Air National Guard and the Air Force. The Colletti family moved to Arizona in 1958 and eventually founded Colletti Trucking Inc. where he and his children ran the company for 43 years delivering merchandise for major retailers until he retired. Paul was a precise and soft-spoken man with a passion for his family and anything with an engine. He participated in car races at Beeline Raceway and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of a vast array of cars, boats and motorcycles. Muscle cars held a special place in his heart and he was an avid collector. His favorite automobile was a 1970 Plymouth Superbird that he owned for 44 Years. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at the Franciscan Renewal Center Church of Our Lady of the Angeles, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85253. In lieu of flowers please support: Hospice of the Valley Fund Development, 1510 E Flower Street Phoenix, AZ 85014 (602) 530-6992 or The Salvation Army USA, 2707 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 267-4112.

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CAHILL, CAROLYN ELIZABETH

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Carolyn “Carrie” Elizabeth Cahill, 73, a native of Arizona, passed away on November 5, 2017. She was born on January 21, 1944 in Phoenix. Carrie was the daughter of Barney A. Cahill and Virginia A. Blanco. Her parents and her brother, Barney A. “Lefty” Cahill, predeceased her. The Rite of Committal will be conducted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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LARKIN, IRENE GRACE

Larkin, Irene Grace (Douchey) of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on November 7, 2017. She was 93 years of age. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John “Jack” J. Larkin. She is survived by her older sister, Dorothy Slimp, of Albuquerque, NM; her sons; John J. Larkin, III and his wife, Rosa, Michael J. Larkin and his wife, Sharon and David S. Larkin and his wife, Jennifer, of Phoenix, Arizona; her grandchildren: Micah, JoAnna, Micaela, Sarah, Matthew and wife, Claire and Marissa; her three great-grandchildren: Logan, Margaret and Penelope and her in-law of 41 years, Margaret Serna. Irene was born to Samuel and Mary Douchey in Omaha, Nebraska. Whether trudging to school in a snow storm, or working as a young single woman at the IRS, she enjoyed a challenge. Following some lively dancing, time at the park and Irish charm, she married Jack Larkin, a young Nebraskan legislator and Navy veteran, in 1949. They moved to Phoenix in 1956 and enjoyed raising 3 boys. Irene enjoyed participating in the faith communities of St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church especially as a member of the Sodality. She nurtured her strong faith through reading about the intersection of faith and psychology, attending classes and participating on the sodality prayer line. Her family and friends remember her lively expressions, sense of humor, keen intellect, tenacity, strong faith, and natural inquisitiveness. After raising and nurturing her 3 boys, she continued to perfect her baking, gardening and cooking as well as using her gifts to navigate her and Jack’s medical needs. Her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren remember the interest and support she had for their endeavors and experiences. After Jack’s death, Irene befriended both her caregivers and fellow residents while living in small assisted living communities. The family is very grateful for the love and care provided by these individuals. Until her final days, she continued to enjoy observing humanity and entertaining her beloved family. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, November 16th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd. Phoenix at 10:00 A.M., Friday, November 17th with a reception lunch immediately following in the Fr. Feeney Hall. A private Interment will be held later at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 3100 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.

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LARKIN, IRENE GRACE

Larkin, Irene Grace (Douchey) of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on November 7, 2017. She was 93 years of age. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John “Jack” J. Larkin. She is survived by her older sister, Dorothy Slimp, of Albuquerque, NM; her sons; John J. Larkin, III and his wife, Rosa, Michael J. Larkin and his wife, Sharon and David S. Larkin and his wife, Jennifer, of Phoenix, Arizona; her grandchildren: Micah, JoAnna, Micaela, Sarah, Matthew and wife, Claire and Marissa; her three great-grandchildren: Logan, Margaret and Penelope and her in-law of 41 years, Margaret Serna. Irene was born to Samuel and Mary Douchey in Omaha, Nebraska. Whether trudging to school in a snow storm, or working as a young single woman at the IRS, she enjoyed a challenge. Following some lively dancing, time at the park and Irish charm, she married Jack Larkin, a young Nebraskan legislator and Navy veteran, in 1949. They moved to Phoenix in 1956 and enjoyed raising 3 boys. Irene enjoyed participating in the faith communities of St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church especially as a member of the Sodality. She nurtured her strong faith through reading about the intersection of faith and psychology, attending classes and participating on the sodality prayer line. Her family and friends remember her lively expressions, sense of humor, keen intellect, tenacity, strong faith, and natural inquisitiveness. After raising and nurturing her 3 boys, she continued to perfect her baking, gardening and cooking as well as using her gifts to navigate her and Jack’s medical needs. Her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren remember the interest and support she had for their endeavors and experiences. After Jack’s death, Irene befriended both her caregivers and fellow residents while living in small assisted living communities. The family is very grateful for the love and care provided by these individuals. Until her final days, she continued to enjoy observing humanity and entertaining her beloved family. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, November 16th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd. Phoenix at 10:00 A.M., Friday, November 17th with a reception lunch immediately following in the Fr. Feeney Hall. A private Interment will be held later at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 3100 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.

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LISA, DONALD J.

Donald J. Lisa, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2017. Donald was born on April 6, 1935, in Camden, NJ, to Frank Lisa and Frances Piccione Lisa. He graduated in 1952 from Camden Catholic High School, standing 5th in his class. He was active in sports, was the starting third baseman for the CCHS State Championship baseball team (1952), and in 2016 was inducted into the CCHS Hall of Fame. In 1950, he met his classmate and future wife, Isabelle O’Neill, at a soda shop in Camden. Don attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1957 (standing 11th out of a class of 848). While at the Naval Academy, Don was the starting guard for Navy’s 150 lb. football team, winning the Collegiate National Championship in 1956. His high school sweetheart, Isabelle (“Izzy”), moved to Annapolis, MD, in 1957, to be with Don, and they were married on June 15, 1957, one week after Don graduated. Don and Izzy started their family soon after they were married, and had two children, Richard (born 3/27/58) and Steven (born 9/12/59). Don was an accomplished Naval Aviator, making hundreds of landings as an all-weather, night-time, fighter-interceptor pilot serving tours aboard the USS Forrestal and USS Enterprise. He would often and proudly recount stories about his “Navy life” as a fighter jet pilot, and early family life with Izzy and his children. After serving his country for six years as a Naval Aviator, Don decided to change careers to the field of Patent Law. He attended and graduated from Harvard Law School, and thereafter embarked on a long and successful legal career. He quickly became a partner at the prestigious New York City Law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon. He later moved from private practice to corporate law with Motorola in Chicago and Phoenix, where he rose to become an officer in the legal department. During this time, he also obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. It was during his career with Motorola that he and Izzy had the opportunity to move to Phoenix, Arizona, which they grew to love. Don eventually returned to the private practice of law, fulfilling his life-long dream of opening his own law firm. In his 70s, Don returned to his love of flying, and he obtained his private, commercial and then instructor’s license in rotary aircraft. Don was well known as a strong man of high honor that stood firm and worked hard in support of his family, principles and moral values. Don and Izzy, throughout their lives, devoutly practiced their Roman Catholic faith. After nearly 58 years of marriage, the Lord took the love of his life, Isabelle. At that same time, Don, began his battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). Remarkably, but indicative of his strength, faith and strong will, Don beat brain cancer for nearly three years under the direction of the Barrow Neurological Institute. Don is survived by his children, Richard (and his wife Vicki, Carefree, AZ) and Steven (and his wife Laurie, Paradise Valley, AZ), and five grandchildren Anthony (and his wife Bridget, Scottsdale, AZ), Kristen (Austin, TX), Michelle (and her husband Dan, Portland, OR), Brittany (and her husband Bryan, Des Moines, IA), and Caitlin (and her husband Adam, Chicago IL). He is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Frances, his brother Frank, and his beloved wife, Isabelle. The funeral services for Don will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with the Visitation at 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. will be celebrated at Saint Theresa Parish, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Burial with Military Honors will follow at 12:30 P.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix. The Family has requested for donations instead of flowers to be made to the Barrow Neurological Foundation https://www.supportbarrow.org/donate.

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JONES, CURTIS

Curtis (C.C.) Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Samuel and Lester Jones. He was one of six children born to that union. C.C. completed high school in Cincinnati and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force shortly after graduation. He followed the tradition of his older brothers Charles, Lowell, and Ralph. The family was loyal and committed to the USA and its opportunities. Curtis loved people. He was blessed with musical and sports talents during his early childhood which were displayed by him and his brothers Charles and Lowell. Upon his completion and discharge from the Air Force he settled in San Diego, California with his brother Ralph. While in California he married and fathered two sons, Christopher and Derek. His love of music and dance brought him to Phoenix, Arizona. Preceding him in death were his mother and father, Lester and Samuel Jones, son Curtis Jones, Jr., sister, Mary Rankins, and brothers Charles, Lowell and Ralph Jones. He is survived by his remaining siblings Douglas P. (JoAnn) Jones and Barry (Lynda) Bates, and his sons Christopher (Jennifer) and Derek, as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A Military Graveside will take place on December 1st at 10:30 A.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix. A gathering will take place on December 2nd, 2017. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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FRAIJO, AMY

Amy Fraijo, 41, of Phoenix, AZ passed November 1, 2017. She was a native Phoenician. Amy loved art and brought joy to all she encountered. She is survived by her father David Fraijo, stepmother Sue and mother Arlene Fraijo; brothers Daniel and Manuel Fraijo; nephews David J. and Mondan Fraijo; Tia Norma Mondragon and her many cousins, family and friends. Amy lived a life of kindness and love. Join us in celebrating the life of an angel, Amy Fraijo, Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 12:00 pm held at Creative Living Fellowship, 6530 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014. A potluck reception will follow at the church hall. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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ALVAREZ, JUANITA VALENTINA

“Georgia” Juanita Valentina Trejo-Alvarez, of Phoenix AZ, went Home peacefully sharing the room of her beloved granddaughters (Daniella and Gabriel “Bella” Maldonado) surrounded by the love of her family and dear friends comfortably laying next to her daughter, Anna Maria, on All Saints Day, November 1, 2017. Georgia leaves us with an incredible appreciation for life, love, laughter, learning, art, music, dancing, travel, friendship and fashion. Her legacy of service to others, a deep sense of faith and love of life, dear friends and family will live on through her daughter Anna Maria Alvarez-Maldonado (Fredrick “Freddy” Martin Buss); Granddaughter’s Daniella and Bella Maldonado-their father Jackson Maldonado; step grandchildren Miya, Steen and Hannah Buss; baby sister Evangelina “Eva” Cons (Abriel “Abie” Cons) and many beloved nieces and nephews. Georgia was preceded Home by her mother Juanita Valenzuela Trejo, her father Gomisindo “Chindo” Trejo and her sister “Negra” Rose Pearl Trejo-Miller. A Vigil will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with the Rosary being prayed at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 4715 North Central Avenue Phoenix. The Burial will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery, 7844 North 61st Avenue, Glendale. A reception following the Funeral Mass will be held at El Portal Restaurant, 117 West Grant Street, Phoenix from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

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GALLEGOS RODRIGUEZ, CRUZITA “CRUZ”

Cruzita “Cruz” Gallegos Rodriguez passed away in peace at the age of 92 years on October 29, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ. Born in Tinnie, New Mexico, on December 4, 1924. She is survived by the families of her 5 children. For more information about Cruz and her life, please refer to her memorial page at Http://www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017, with Visitation at 8:30 A.M. and a Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix, followed by a reception at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Anderson Hall.

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JASON, JOSEPH EDWARD

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Joseph Edward Jason, 75, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on October 30, 2017. Joseph is survived by his sister Kathleen (Miguel), his nephew and Godson Jason (Leila), grand-nephew Aiden and grand-niece Clare and several loving cousins in Arizona and New York. Joseph grew up in Clinton, NY and graduated from Clinton Central High School and proudly attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1975 he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from ASU. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Francis Xavier’s Ignatius Chapel, 4715 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery at 48th St & Oak in Phoenix. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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SCHREY, EDWARD A.

A native Phoenician and proud of it. Edward Alan Schrey, 68, husband, father, grandfather, passed away October 19, 2017 after a brave and courageous fight with cancer. He was born on September 20, 1949 to Alfred and Margaret (Pearson) Schrey. In his early years he participated in the growth of and force behind Carvelli Distributers and responsible for the presence of Dreyers Ice Cream in Phoenix. In later years he enjoyed work with Reality Executives and Sam’s Club. Ed was preceded in death by his wife Teresa Schrey. In 1990, he then married Caroline Robertson and the family grew to love and share life together. Ed’s passions were gardening, hunting down vintage treasures at thrift stores, garage sales and exciting travel. From Italy to Hawaii, Ed was always enjoying “The Good Life.” More importantly Ed was a man of service. Always lending a helping hand and enhancing people’s lives. He truly lived to serve others as he was devoted to his wife and children. If you were ever at Via De Los Santos you might have gotten a peek of Ed enjoying a margarita at his favorite Mexican restaurant with all that he loved in tow. He is survived by his wife Carol Robertson; children David, Courtney, Nicholas and Lisa; 7 grandchildren Maxwell, Stella, Monty, Jojo, Archer, Jack and Gracie; sisters Sandy and Linda; and many close friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Al and Margaret Schrey and his sister Faye Barwick. Ed will be remembered for his extraordinary willingness to help others and most importantly make them smile. How does one sum up the life of a man who is revered, loyal and rock steady – expecting nothing in return… one word comes to mind, “Extraordinary.” A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church in O’Carroll Hall, 330 W. Carol Gables Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85022.

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SANCHEZ, ROBERT R.

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Robert R. Sanchez, 85, passed away on October 29, 2017 in Gilbert, Arizona. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with a Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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CERIMELI, MARGARET L.

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Cerimeli, Margaret Louise, 97 passed away peacefully on October 30th, 2017 in Chandler AZ. She was born in Youngstown Ohio and moved to Arizona in 1982. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank. She is survived by her three sons; Raymond, Frank ‘Donnie” and James Cerimeli. Visitation will be held on Friday November 3, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. with a Funeral Service at 2:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ 85018. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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HUGHES, MARILYNN B.

Marilynn B. Hughes, 88 of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2017 surrounded by family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Marilynn was born on October 16, 1929 in Des Moines, Iowa. Raised in Urbandale, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late James Herbert and Edna Young Blackhurst and sister of the late Bonnie Wilcox, William Blackhurst, James Blackhurst and Tom Blackhurst and is survived by her sisters, Beverly Scott of Denver, Colorado and Donna Winger of Marinette, Wisconsin. Marilynn is preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie, who passed away in 2016 and is survived by her four children, Carla Dark (Jamie) of Chandler, Arizona, Mylan Geisert (Carl) of Chandler, Arizona, Dennis Hughes (Lori) of Atlanta, Georgia and Doug Hughes (Katrina) of Phoenix, Arizona her grandchildren Matt Larson, Todd Larson, Nate Larson, Tyler Geisert, Hailey Geisert, Kayley Geisert, David Hughes, Brian Hughes, Julie (Hughes) McKevitt, Jordan Hughes, Jessie Hughes, Eric Hughes and Kendra Hughes, his great-grandchildren Sariah McCall, Morgan Larson, Colton Larson, Zoë Larson, Audrey Hughes, Arya McKevitt, Remy McKevitt and Olivia Geisert. A Funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2017 with a Visitation one-hour prior at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, A Burial will follow at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale.

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DR. EDWARD F. JOGANIC JR.

Dr. Edward F. Joganic, Jr. passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Ed was a treasured friend and father and a highly respected colleague recognized for his intelligence, skill and integrity. Ed was an extraordinary surgeon whose life work positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of patients, especially children with craniofacial deformities. He was a pioneer and innovator in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery whose passion for knowledge and learning was reflected in the great joy he took in teaching the skills of his craft to others. Ed was a kind and generous teacher who enriched the lives and educations of countless students and residents during his forty-two-year career as a physician. Ed was born on October 1, 1946 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to Edward F. Joganic, Sr. and Shirley Maxine Caddy. The family lived in Elizabeth City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before moving to Tucson, Arizona in 1955. Ed graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School in 1964 and received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Zoology from the University of Arizona. Ed earned a medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1975 and completed Residencies in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Wilford Hall US Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Edward F. Joganic, Jr. served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1988. In 1968, Ed was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 3097th Aviation Depot Squadron and served as an aerospace munitions officer. During the Vietnam War, he served in the 5th Air Force, stationed at Fuchu Air Base, Japan and held the position of Assistant Director of Munitions at the time he began his medical education in 1972. Ed was honored with numerous awards and commendations during his distinguished career as an Air Force Physician, and was named Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Ed served as Vice Chairman of Plastic Surgery at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scott Air Force Base Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois. In 1988, Ed retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel.

Much the modern Renaissance Man, Ed had many interests and hobbies outside of his love for surgery. He was an accomplished pianist, an avid astronomer, competent photographer and enthusiastic student of astrophysics. He was a skilled artist and craftsman who loved to work with his hands and was especially happy when he could use his skills to repair and remake objects and restore them to their original beauty. He rebuilt numerous classic sports cars, a WWII Ryan PT-22 training aircraft and several antique Steinway Duo-Art reproducing pianos. If Ed could not find a particular part he needed for a project, he would manufacture it himself in his garage or at the dining room table, which was often hidden completely by car parts. Ed loved spending time in his workshop, though he also loved to be outdoors, to experience the natural world and feel the wind in his face. He started out sailing boats on a small lake in central Texas and then moved on to flying single engine aircraft. He earned his private pilot’s license in 1984 and after moving to Phoenix, enjoyed piloting gliders high above the Valley of the Sun. In the last years of his life, he returned to his love of boats and took up rowing with his best friend and colleague, Travis Holcombe and they practiced and competed together on Tempe Town Lake.

Ed dedicated his life to learning, invention and exploration and he had an indomitable curiosity that he shared with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed working on computers and electronics with his son John, who is now a premier computer programmer. Ed and his son Matthew worked together to restore cars and enjoyed scuba diving, leading Matthew to become an Engineer Diver. His daughter Jessica inherited his interest in the craniofacial skeleton and earned a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology by studying the genetics of craniofacial variation. Ed’s daughter Jennifer shares his love of the biological sciences and became the President of a biotechnology company by following Ed’s example of hard work and perseverance. Ed shared a love of astronomy with his granddaughter Elaine, who is studying to be an Aerospace Engineer. He adored his three young granddaughters Sophia, Katherine and Arkadia and enjoyed watching them grow and develop. Ed is preceded in death by his father Edward F. Joganic, Sr. and his sister, Charlene Shidisky (Charles). He is survived by his mother, Shirley Joganic, his children John (Ashley), Jennifer, Jessica and Matthew; grandchildren Elaine, Sophia, Katherine and Arkadia; Rosemary Joganic and Denise Erickson. A visitation will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church on Monday, 30 October from 5-7 pm with a Funeral Mass celebrated at 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley instead at (www.hov.org). Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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THOMAS, RALPH WILLIAM

Ralph William Thomas passed away peacefully on October 25, 2017 surrounded by his family and close friends. Ralph was born on June 10, 1943 in Langdon, North Dakota and was raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended school there until he joined the Marine Corp in 1961. After returning from the service, he worked with his Dad until he went to work at Rydell Chevrolet as a salesman. Ralph was in the car business for many years buying, selling and running many dealerships as well as helping others with their dealership projects. Ralph had a unique gift as a true salesman and had a passion for selling anything and everything. Ralph is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolee, his 3 children, Jill Thomas (Rob Hart), Tracy Cater (Ward Cater) and Ryan Thomas along with his 5 grandchildren, Ward, Courtney, Zachary, Max and Mae. Ralph was a very generous and compassionate man who helped many people over his very successful lifetime. He assisted both friends and strangers achieve their dreams, he very generously gave to many charities and always made certain that the family he loved so much was well taken care of. A Prayer Service will take place on Friday evening October 27, from 5:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. The Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 28, at 2:00 P.M. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ. A Celebration of Life will take place after the funeral at the Montelucia Resort, 4949 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ from 3:00 P.M. -5:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to go to the Phoenix Salvation Army, Donation Processing Center, PO Box 6002, Prescott, AZ 86304-6002, Attn: Ralph Thomas Fund.

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NUÑEZ, STELLA

Stella Nuñez, 90 passed away on October 24, 2017 after a three-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, surrounded by her loving family at home in central Phoenix where she had lived for the past fifteen years. Born February 24, 1927 in Tucson, Arizona. She grew up in Phoenix and briefly in Miami, Arizona. Scottsdale was home for 34 years where together with her husband Johnny they raised their family of eight children at Tres Alamos Ranch. Stella was a beautiful, loving and caring woman and her true profession was being a mother. She was an amazing woman who touched so many lives. She welcomed everyone into her home where her cooking skills were well known and loved. Stella was the heart and soul of her family and her signature farewell, “Vaya con Díos” will always be remembered. She is survived by daughters Sandra Nuñez, Jacque Nuñez and Gina Nuñez with whom she lived with and Vicki Nuñez (Mark) Britton; sons Jerry (Mary) Nuñez, Jay Carlos (Kelly) Nuñez and Jody Nuñez; sister, Blanche Torres, brother Gilbert (Mary) Valle; and grandchildren Justin (Rosa) Nuñez, Robert (Renae) Nuñez, Jill Cunitz, Ryan Smith, Shannon Smith, Cody Britton, Jessica (Wayne) LaMarre, Jennifer (Kole) Calhoun, Jason Nuñez, Jordan Nuñez, Jake Nuñez, and Elizabeth Nuñez. She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny, son Jay (Nancy) Nuñez, grandson J.T. Nuñez, mother and father Peter and Julia Valle, sister Millie and brothers Peter, Danny, and Donald. The family would like to extend special thanks to Hospice of the Valley for their insight and care of Alzheimer’s/Dementia disease, the numerous physicians, nurses, and caregivers who helped Stella throughout her many hospital stays, and all of the friends who over the past 90 years have celebrated her life while she was here. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 2, at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Graveside service to follow at 12:30 P.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, 1028 E McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006-2662. Condolences may be left at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.

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GEIS, DAVID HARTNETT

David Harnett Geis 65, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on October 19, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. David was born in Dayton, Ohio and lived in Phoenix since the age of 2. He attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School, Brophy College Preparatory and graduated from Arizona State University. After serving in the Navy, he established a career in sales. David is survived by his mother, Judy, brother, Peter and his wife Rebecca, sister, Stephanie and her husband Eric, brother Matt, partner Larry, niece Jennifer and nephews Adam, Kevin and Kyle. He was preceded in death by his father Jack. David will be dearly missed by all who knew him and he will be remembered for his wit, devotion and kind heart. A Private Service will be held November 5, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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WORTH, MICHAEL WILLIAM

We said goodbye for now to Mike and then he transitioned peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. He was a good friend to so many. You think you have time, but you don’t. He was character and brought laughter to so many. Many of his friends will have hilarious memories forever. So long for now Mike, rest in peace. He is survived by his brother; Randy, his son; Jason and his granddaughter; Ashley. A Celebration of Life will take place at 6:00 P.M., Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 3, 2017 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., in Phoenix.

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WORTH, MICHAEL WILLIAM

We said goodbye for now to Mike and then he transitioned peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. He was a good friend to so many. You think you have time, but you don’t. He was character and brought laughter to so many. Many of his friends will have hilarious memories forever. So long for now Mike, rest in peace. He is survived by his brother; Randy, his son; Jason and his granddaughter; Ashley. A Celebration of Life will take place at 6:00 P.M., Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 3, 2017 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., in Phoenix.

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BOLCKO, ELLEN ANN

Ellen Ann Bolcko 76, of Glendale passed away on October 21, 2017. She was born on February 7, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa to Robert and Catherine Darland. Ellen’s family came to Arizona in 1952. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and was a certified addiction counselor. She was a member of Women in Aviation International and held a private pilot license. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother; Joseph Darland. Survivors include her sister; Barbara Darland, daughters; Anita Gray and Jennifer Bolcko and grandson; Brett Laidlaw. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Thursday, October 26, with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 27, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Interment will follow at Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery, 200 W. Beardsley, Phoenix.

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BERTH, JANET MARY

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Janet Mary Berth was born on May 14, 1929 in Lena, Wisconsin. She passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. She was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. Janet was preceded in death by her husband; Jack Berth who passed in 2004. She is survived by her daughter; Jackie Fuzat and son-in-law Bernie, as well as grandsons; Joel and Gabriel Fuzat, granddaughters; Molly Campbell (Owen) and Annie Rangel (Lucas) and great-grandsons; Xavier, Isaac, Caden, Connor, Avery, Lucas and Micah. Graveside Service is on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted by Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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McCARTY, WILLIAM L.

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William “Sonny” McCarty, 77, of Springerville, Arizona passed away Monday, October 16, 2017. Sonny was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 10, 1940. He was honored to serve in the United States Army and spent most of his service in Germany. He will be remembered for his love of being outdoors, his love of animals, his passion for music, and his avid gardening. He is best known for valuing family, hard work and a good meal. Sonny is survived by his wife of 53 years Linda McCarty, their two children; Bill McCarty (Cristy) and Melinda Luke (Robert), his six grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart and his beloved brother; Mike Marin. Visitation is at 9:30 A.M. with a Funeral Service at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Interment will follow at 12:30 P.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix.

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ANDERSON, DENNIS

Dennis Anderson passed away on October 13, 2017 in his summer residence in Pinetop, AZ. He was born in Roseau, MN, on April 8, 1933 to Irene and Patrick Anderson. Dennis’ early career in Phoenix began in his father’s Masonry business before starting his own Block plant then a travel agency; Cerkvenik Anderson Travel. Upon retirement, Dennis enjoyed spending summers in Pinetop golfing. Dennis’ passion was fishing and he spent much time fishing in Mexico with good friends. He touched many lives throughout his 84 years. Dennis is survived by his son; Andy and his grandchildren; Austin and Ashley. Friends are invited to services Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 am at Whitney Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. Following the services lunch will be held at Phoenix City Grille, 5616 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ. Instead of flowers Please bring your favorite fishing lure or picture to pin to the casket.

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GODINEZ, NED C.

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Ned C. Godinez, 88, of Phoenix passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on October 17, 2017. Ned is survived by his wife; Elia of 65 years, daughter; Sharon (Jim), Norma (Michael), Jeri (Joe), his sisters; Elva and Emma, 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-greatgrandchildren. Ned retired proudly from Wells Fargo after 35 years. His wife and family were his world. A Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017 with Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street in Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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HERBUVEAUX, JULES P.

Jules P. Herbuveaux died October 14, 2017. He was born on November 27, 1942 in Chicago, the fourth of 6 children born to James and Nan Herbuveaux. The family moved to Phoenix in 1946, where Jules attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School, Brophy Prep and graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1965. He earned a degree in Sociology from Florida State and worked in Hawaii and at Family Services in Phoenix. In later years he became a travel agent – he was his own best client. He worked in and retired from the Office of the Maricopa County Clerk of the Court. Jules was the kind of uncle every child should have – he was the type of man who gave every person along the way a smile, a kind word and a laugh. His family is so grateful to have closely shared his 74 years. He is survived by his brother Jim (Flo) Herbuveaux, sisters Nancy D’Angelo, and Suzette (Peter) Burnside and brother John (Laura) Herbuveaux and those lucky nieces and nephews Nanette and Chris Lawler, Julie and Bob Fellmeth, Christine and Tom Wilson, Annemarie D’Angelo, Tom D’Angelo, Elisa and Timmy Weichel, Beth and Pat Rollins, Jim and Annie Burnside, John and Kimbra Burnside, Jonathon Lam and Sonya Lam and all their families. Jules was deeply grateful for all the wonderful care he received at St, Joseph’s Hospital. The family asks if you might consider, instead of flowers, a donation to UACC Dignity Health SJHMC Radiation Oncology, 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Visitation is from 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home on Sunday, October 22, 2017. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Monday, October 23, at 4:00 P.M. in Brophy Chapel. Interment will be private.

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LOPEZ, STEVEN A.

Steven A. Lopez, 57, a resident of Beaverton, Oregon passed away in Miami, Florida after a long and dedicated career in the Aerospace industry. Born in Safford, Arizona, Steven was Safford High Student Body President and 1978 Class Valedictorian before joining the United States Air Force from 1978-1982. Steven’s artistic abilities and his education in engineering allowed him to travel the world while performing the work that he loved. Steven was employed as Vice President of Aeronautical Engineering and his passions included golf, music, his cats and his grandchildren. Steven is survived in Arizona by his father; Steven, mother; Mary, sister; Michal, brother; Larry, ex-wife; Michele, son; Brandon, daughter-in-law; Tina, granddaughter; Lena, grandson; Logan, great-granddaughter; Penelope and many loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be on Thursday, October 19, at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Interment will follow at 12:30 P.M. at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix.

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Cara Irigoyen of Coronado, CA

Expressions like “family owned business”, “truth in advertising” and “you get what you pay for” have taken a trip down the rabbit hole into oblivion in my opinion. But, spend 5 minutes with someone from Whitney and Murphy funeral home and you will be surprised to encounter old school integrity with kindness, empathy and a feeling of complete and total trust.

There is no hard sell, and there is no feeling of being taken advantage, to the contrary there is a feeling of being completely taken care of. Which is exactly what Shawn Murphy did for my sisters and me when we walked in his office today to make arrangements to lay our Mother to rest. He said “we want you to feel like it is our family taking care of yours.”

And that is exactly how my sisters and I felt when we finished making all the decisions. He said it was an honor for him to be taking care of our Mom. And he certainly acted like that from the first handshake to our last goodbye when he personally held the door open for us as we left. He spent more than 2 hours with us. He never took another phone call in our presence, he did not make us wait unnecessarily. He was competent, helpful and professional. A family business that truly cares about making a difficult time just a little bit easier.

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GERTON, MARIAN

In Memorial

Marian Gerton,76, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2017. She was born in Visalia, California on August 30, 1941 and subsequently moved to Arizona after graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Fresno, California, where she became a lifelong resident. Marian worked for the Banner University Medical Center (formerly Good Samaritan Hospital) for over 30 years, retiring in 2002. She was also a member and faithful attendee of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Phoenix. Marian was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years Robert, and is survived by her son Bobby Gantt and daughter Lea Gould, grandchildren Aubreana Franey, Harry Gould and Eric Gantt, sisters, Lucy Links, Estella Jimenez and Linda, Hinojos, brothers, Tommy and Joe Lopez and Patrick Hinojos. Marian also left behind a multitude of friends and associates who will miss her dearly. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 14, at 1:00 P.M. with the Memorial Service at 2:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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RYAN, THERESA CHIEFFI

Theresa Chieffi Ryan born on September 1, 1928 in New York City, Theresa died in her home on October 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Theresa was the only child of Ethel Mae and Nicholas Gaetano Chieffi, an Italian immigrant from Chietti, Italy. She attended the City College of New York where she graduated in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at CCNY that Theresa met Alfred Ryan, a handsome Marine just home from the war in the Pacific. Two children were born to them in Manhattan before Alfred’s job with Sperry Gyroscope saw them transferred to the far away desert of Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix three more children arrived to bring the complete number to five. As the Mother of five young children and a husband who frequently travelled back and forth to the east coast, Theresa’s life was a whirlwind of activity. She was a gourmet cook and would often tell her family that one ate with his eye. The beautiful presentation of her dishes reflected that philosophy. She was very creative, sewing, doing needlepoint and crocheting. Her table at every holiday was beautifully set and no detail was too small to be attended to. Her deep seated belief in taking care of her neighbor as well as her family saw her spending countless hours in church ministry, Sodality, Cub Scouts, Camp Fire girls and simple volunteer work for all those who crossed her path. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents and Alfred. She is survived by her children, Sharon (Martin), Kevin, Lori, Cara and Moira (Ken) and her 3 grandchildren, Marlee, Dominic and Kenneth. Her sisters and brothers in law, as well as her nieces, nephews and many friends will join her family in cherishing her memory. A funeral mass in her honor will be celebrated on Friday, September 13, 2017, at 10 am, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Interment will be with her beloved Alfred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Theresa’s Pastoral Care Ministry and blood donations in your community will also honor her memory.

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KILLEEN, ESTHER A.

Esther Amelia Andrade 89, of Phoenix AZ passed away peacefully on October 9, 2017. She was born on July 14th, 1928 to Ramon and Rachel (Gastelum) Andrade, a southern Arizona ranching & dairy family. Her great great-grandfather, Augustin Marquez, did sculpting work on the San Xavier Mission near Tucson. The Andrade family moved from a family ranch in Tubac to the Phx area in 1920, continuing a rural life in the West Valley of Phoenix. Esther graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 1945. She married a close friend of her brothers, Arthur Rudolph Killeen who also attended St. Mary’s Catholic High School (preceded in death). Esther devoted her entire life to being a mother, wife and “Nana” to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She especially enjoyed family gatherings at her home in Laveen, Arizona and will be lovingly remembered for hostessing the most wonderful Christmas Eve gatherings filled with homemade tamales, sweet and savory ham and her signature fudge. She was the truly the happiest when her home was overflowing with the laughter of friends and family. Esther is preceded in death by brothers, George, Raymond, James, Connie Andrade Goldian, Dora Andrade Stanley & Hector Andrade. Survived by brothers Oscar (Michelle) & Ed (Peggy) Andrade, her children Arthur (Zip) Killeen, Daniel (Danny) Killeen, Patricia (Tida) Killeen, grandchildren Kelley (Farrell) Perry, Christopher Farrell, Katelin (Richardson) Byrley, Jeff Killeen and Julianna (Killeen) Martinez. A visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, October 12, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. A funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 13, at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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ROSNER, ALEXANDER

Alex was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He graduated from Brophy College Preparatory, where he played varsity football and nurtured a passion for mathematics, the sciences, and service to others. He went on to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2017. He was a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder at the time of his death. Alex was known among his family and friends as a gentle, unassuming man of utmost humility, strength, and intelligence. His loyalty and compassion gave rise to a quiet devotion to his family and friends, who also knew him for his clever, unexpected sense of humor. He was a lover of the outdoors and would often seek out challenging mountain hikes for their enormous beauty. Alex is survived by his parents; Kimberly and Christopher, his sisters; Sheridan and Spenser and his grandparents; Barbara Rosner, John Harris, Dicksie Patterson and Karen Patterson. He is preceded in death by his grandfather; John C. Rosner. A Visitation is scheduled on Thursday, October 12, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 13 at 2:00 P.M. at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Alex’s name to either the Brophy Community Foundation, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 or to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, 361 Newbury Street, 5th Fl., Boston, MA 02115.

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RUIZ, FRANK RAY

Frank Ray Ruiz, 64, passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him on October 5, 2017. Frank attended St. Mark’s Grade School and went on to attend St. Mary’s High School, graduating class of 1972. Frank was a great athlete and a friend to everyone. He started his career working at Maricopa County Hospital working in the ER department and then he went on to work at Arizona Bank (Bank of America). Frank completed his career with the Arizona Department of Revenue. Frank was an avid sports fan always supporting his beloved LA Dodgers, LA Lakers, and Oakland Raiders. He is preceded in death by his mother; Patsy and brother; Tom. He is survived by his father; Oscar Sr., sister; Renee (Danny) Broderick, brothers; Oscar Jr. and Mark; nieces; Stephanie (Jason) Stam, Colleen (Jason) Holthus, Rachelle, Brittney Rae, Alyssa, Savanah, nephews; Daniel (Amanda) Velasquez, Adam, great-nieces; Sarah, Sophia, Madelyn, Ella and great-nephew; Noah and many aunts, uncles & cousins. On behalf of the Ruiz family we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Luke’s ICU. Visitation is from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 13, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 14, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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WIDMAYER, STEVEN K.

Steven K. (Kenneth) Widmayer, age 56, died on September 5, 2017 of natural causes while hiking on desert trails near his home in in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born August 28, 1961 in Dearborn, Michigan to Warren W. Widmayer and Ruth C. (Najor) Widmayer. He grew up in south Dearborn Heights, Michigan where he graduated from Annapolis High School in 1979. He then went on to the University of Michigan where he studied Communications. In 1985, he began his career in network engineering as a Network Routing Operations Specialist for Merit Network, Inc. in Ann Arbor. Over the next 30 years he worked for a number of companies performing network routing, connectivity and traffic analysis, administration and maintenance on the backbones of their computer communication systems. The companies included Booth Newspapers, Apex Global Internet Systems, Global Crossing, Verizon, and most recently, CVS/Caremark. He relocated from Michigan to Arizona in 2001 while working for Global Crossing and lived there until his death. Steve was a seeker of truth and openly curious and inquisitive. He was independent-minded and not afraid to challenge mainstream thinking and advocate for his beliefs. He frequently hiked in and around Phoenix, one of his favorite pastimes. He was a gentle and loving brother and son, and will be missed by his family and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his mother; Ruth, in 1975 and his father; Warren, in 2016. He is survived by his siblings; Warren (Beth) Widmayer, Jim (Susan) Widmayer, Carol Brown, and Wendy White, seven nieces and nephews, two grand-nieces and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Cremation occurred through Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home in Phoenix, Arizona. Steve’s remains will be privately interred at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown, Michigan. Family and friends are invited to gather in his memory for a luncheon on Saturday, October 14th at 1:00 p.m. at Park Place Catering and Banquet located at 23400 Park St, Dearborn, Michigan 48124.

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COLLINS, TERRILYNNE

TerriLynne Collins, born December 19th, 1962 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Jim and Mary Blakney. She graduated from Alpena High School in Alpena, South Dakota in 1980 and attended college at University of South Dakota, where she met and married Ernest Collins Jr. on November 9th, 1996. In 1997 TerriLynne and Ernie moved to Arizona, where she continued the role of being a mother and homemaker, while Ernie pursued his career as a Lawyer. Her interests included family, Bible study, gardening, animals, antiques, and going to concerts. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and those around her. TerriLynne’s smile and energy could lighten up any room. TerriLynne Collins is survived by her husband of 21 years Ernest Collins Jr, her six children, Drew Weber (Ashley Tingle), Felishia Koerner, Jennifer Koerner, Alexa Collins, Jaytlin Collins, Connor Liam Collins, two grandchildren AdaLynne and ElliAnah Koerner; her parents Jim and Dottie Blakney, Mary Blakney and Rob Morgan, and her two brothers Chris Blakney (Rolanda Morrison), and Dennis Blakney. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 11, from 5:00-7:00 P.M. with a Service at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School road, Phoenix. The family of TerriLynne Collins acknowledges with sincere appreciation, the comforting messages, floral tributes and other expressions of kindness during this time of bereavement.

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SEELEY, LYNDA CHRISTINE

Seeley, Lynda Christine, age 62, of Scottsdale, AZ died on October 2, 2017. She will be remembered for her big heart and quick sense of humor. Lynda was born in Boulder, Colorado on February 2, 1955 and was raised in Horseheads, New York and Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated from Coronado High School in 1973 and Arizona State University in 1980. She studied theatre and creative writing and subsequently worked as a substitute teacher for the Scottsdale School District. Lynda was preceded in death by her sister; Kathryn A. Seeley, her maternal grandparents; Natica and Victor Seger of Staten Island, NY, maternal uncle; Victor Seger II, paternal grandparents; Richard and Mildred Seeley of Millerton, PA, paternal aunt; Marilyn Cowburn and paternal uncle; Jonas Seeley. Lynda is survived by her beloved parents; Laurel (Seger) Seeley of Scottsdale, AZ and Richard J. Seeley of Phoenix, AZ, along with her many loving cousins, aunts and friends. Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lynda’s memory to Heifer International (www.heifer.org).

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MURPHY JR., GEORGE W.

George William Murphy Jr., 74 passed away peacefully on September 30th, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in Chandler, Arizona. George was born on December 7, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona and was a proud graduate of ASU Teaching College and later received his Master’s Degree from NAU. While at ASU, George met the love of his life Beverly and celebrated 52 years of marriage together. He was a proud member of the Navy during the Vietnam era, was a mortgage broker for many years, then retired as an elementary school teacher. George was known to all as a true bass fisherman. He found peace and joy spending time on the lakes always trying to catch his next four or five-pound bass. George is survived by his loving wife; Beverly, four children; Leigh Ann, Chalene, Kevin, Sean and their spouses along with eleven grandchildren. A Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on Monday, October 9th, 2017 with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. He was taken too early for our hearts to bear and we will miss him deeply. We love you Dad.

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SESMA, JESSE

In Memorial

Jesse Sesma 62, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 after an extended illness. He was a loving father, brother and grandfather. Jesse loved music, sports and bright colored clothes. Most of all he adored his 3 grandchildren who brought much joy to him. His passing is truly heart breaking. Jesse is survived by his two children; Jason and Samantha, his two sisters; Yolanda and Sylvia and his two brothers; Abe and Ralph. Jesse will be greatly missed. There will be a Prayer Service on Friday October 6, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, at 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Immediately following will be Burial services at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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GARCIA JR., MANUEL L.

Manuel L. Garcia Jr., 79, passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Manuel was born March 25, 1938 in Phoenix, Arizona to Manuel Espinoza Garcia and Lucia Lopez. He attended Lowell Elementary School and graduated from Phoenix Union High School, enlisted and served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Cement Finishers Union. He married his beloved wife Linda Marie Medina on September 4, 1960 and is survived by his children; Tony, Teresa, and Joe. Manuel worked Street Maintenance for the City of Phoenix from 1968 – 1996, and was known by his colleagues for his tireless energy and dedication. He is predeceased by his parents and sister Terry. Manuel is further survived by his siblings; Carmen, Ernie, and Angie. He had 4 grand-children; Jennifer, Toni, Monique and Gabriel; and was blessed with 6 great-grandchildren with one on the way whom he loved very much. Manuel had a passion for his guitar and enjoyed singing for his family and friends. He always looked forward to special occasions and adored seeing the children as they grew. Visitation will be at 8:00 A.M., followed by the Rosary at 9:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M., at St. Mark’s Parish located at 400 N. 30th St., Phoenix, on Friday, October 6th. Manuel will be laid to rest at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery at 2033 N. 48th St. Phoenix, AZ.

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CHEKNAS, MICHAEL PETER

Michael Peter Cheknas, 66 of Phoenix Arizona passed away September 17, 2017. He was a loving brother and uncle. Michael was a painter in the valley for about 40 years. He is survived by 2 nephews Nick Ketcios, Tom Giatron and 1 niece, Joanne McIntire and also a great uncle to 3 boys. Visitation will be at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Rd., Wednesday Oct. 4 2017 from 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., Funeral Services at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1973 E Maryland, Thursday, Oct. 5 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

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GASTELO SR., GABRIEL MARTIN

Gabriel Martin Gastelo Sr., 51, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 25, 2017. He was a loving brother, father and grandfather. Gabriel adored his grandson Elliott, who brought tremendous joy and happiness to his life. He was a lover of music and family both immediate and extended. His passing is truly heartbreaking as he was at his happiest in life. Gabriel is survived by his 3 living sons; Gabriel Jr., Nicholas and Eric. A Visitation will be at 9:00 A.M. with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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STEWART, CARMEN

Carmen Stewart, a long-time resident of the Phoenix area, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center. She is survived by her beloved children – her daughter; Kris and son; Scott, as well as her son-in-law; Joe, daughter-in-law; LeAnn and grandson; Nathan and step-grandson; Zach. Born on September 4, 1937, in Memphis, TN, to her parents Roger and Mary Bowen Poitras. Carmen grew up in Osceola, AK amongst an extended and loving family. Carmen received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Ole Miss University and had a wonderful career in teaching and bookkeeping. Carmen loved playing bridge, going to movies, bible study, spending time with friends, traveling, cheering for the Rebels and sharing stories about her children and grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Whitney Murphy Funeral Home in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Second Corinthians 5:1

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ROSSOW, CLARENCE CHRISTIAN

In Memorial

Rossow, Clarence Christian 92, passed away on Monday, September 25th 2017. Clarence was born March 7, 1925 in Danbury, IA. He was preceded in death by his wife Laurencia (Haindfield) Rossow. He leaves loving memories to be cherished by his sister; Joyce Mullen, his six children; Randy, Keith Neil, Jean Hassler, Melody Lee and Tony, along with eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Condolences may be left in Clarence’s online guest book at (www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com). Should friends desire, contributions may be made in his name to Serenity Hospice and Pallative Care (www.serenityhospiceaz.com). Services were held and burial took place at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale.

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KESSLER, ORLYSS CLAIRE

Orlyss Claire Kessler, 90, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2017. Mrs. Kessler, of Scottsdale, was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Arizona in 1959. Before retirement she was an advertising sales manager and real estate broker. She loved to play golf and was very active at St. Theresa Catholic Parish. Orlyss was married 35 years to Joseph V. Kessler, who passed away in 1985. She was preceded in death by her brothers; Wesley, Paul and Duane Kolby of Toledo, Ohio. Survivors include 12 nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 9:50 A.M., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 28, 2017 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., in Phoenix. Interment will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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PITTMAN, DR. TIMONA MILLER

Dr. Timona Miller Pittman 91, died on September 20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her beloved husband Dr. Hal W. Pittman predeceased her in December 2004. Dr. Pittman is survived by her four children: Dr. Eric Pittman (ex-wife Kathy) and Dr. Janet Pittman, Melissa Pittman Fischer and Arthur Pittman (Tami) and grandchildren Michael, Esq. (Cindy) and Dr. Patricia Pittman, Maxwell and Casey Fischer and Sarah Pittman, sister-in-law Nell Pittman and Nell’s daughter Judy Welder of North Carolina. Dr. Pittman lived a creative, uniquely artistically productive and intellectually vibrant life. Timona was born in Superior Wisconsin on January 17, 1926 to Finnish immigrants Elli and John Miller. From there her intellect was soon recognized and Timona received a scholarship to Stanford University, where she majored in pre-med and creative writing while playing flute (self-taught) in the Stanford orchestra. Her brief medical career included four years at Johns Hopkins University and a residency in infectious diseases in Chicago. She met her husband Hal, a neurosurgery resident in Chicago during her residency as she simultaneously somehow matriculated at the Chicago Art Institute. The couple moved to France for further medical advancement at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, and then Boston at Tufts University, finally settling in Phoenix in 1957, where her musical, painting and dance management skills flourished in the arid desert. Supportive of Hal’s founding involvement as a neurosurgeon in the Barrow Neurological Institute, Timona managed to juggle marriage with four children while supporting and furthering the Arts community of Phoenix. Timona was Chairman of Young Audiences of Arizona, an integral part of Ballet Arizona, Phoenix School of Ballet and a co-founder with Hal, of the Bach and Madrigal Society of Phoenix, which has gone on to become a three-time Grammy-winning nationally known professional chorus – the Bach Choir, or The Phoenix Chorale. Both Hal and Timona sang in the Bach and Madrigal Society. At the same time Timona continued to perform in vocal and instrumental (flute) concerts, and exhibit her artworks in various venues including the Phoenix Art Museum. Timona’s considerable writing skills and multilingual talents were a perfect fit for her activities as a musical translator of opera, lieder, and the Bach and Madrigal Society’s vocal works. Her translation skills were in demand and widely utilized by numerous musical groups throughout the Valley. Timona had her own column in a local newspaper as well. Other organizations she worked with include the Arizona Cello Society, Phoenix Children’s Theater (producer of musicals and plays) and Physicians for the Phoenix Symphony. The Pittmans provided support and housing at their home for Phoenix Chamber Music Society musicians and live harpsichord, piano, and pipe organ music could be heard throughout the day. In recent years Timona carried on with her beloved children at her side whenever possible despite time and distance constraints. On September 20, 2017 Timona’s spirit departed her strong but weary body, without pain and with her children present. She will be remembered by all who knew and loved her and the strength of that love will never falter. Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 10:00 A.M, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Interment will follow at Double Butte Cemetery.

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CURTIS, LILLIAN A.

Lillian A. Curtis, 86 of Phoenix, passed away September 12, 2017. She was born on February 2, 1931 to Edward and Rosalie Lloyd in Charleston, South Carolina. She is survived by her 2 sisters; Biddy and Frances, her daughter; Karen, sons; Tommy and Michael, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband; Ernest Sr. and her son; Ernest Jr. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 19, with a Funeral Service at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 20, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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BISHOP, LETTA

Letta Bishop 82 of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on September 15, 2017. Letta was born in Greece and came to AZ in 1968. She worked alongside her husband Angelo as a bartender and was named “Best Bartender” by the Phoenix New Times in 2003. She was beloved by all who knew her, and most just called her “Mama.” Letta was preceded in death by her husband Angelo and her daughter Pamela. She is survived by her son Evans and daughter-in-law Justine and her three grandchildren, in addition to her sister Soula and brother Kostas in Greece and many adoring nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., in Phoenix on Thursday, September 21 at 10:00 am. All friends and family are welcome. Graveside services will follow. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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MELOY, JAMES (JIM) MARK

James (Jim) Mark Meloy, 76, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend joined his many loved ones in heaven on September 14, 2017. Jim was born in Kent, Ohio and the oldest of four boys. He moved his family to Phoenix in 1973 where he co-owned Arizona Tree Experts with his brother in law. Jim and his wife, Sandy eventually bought their partner out and he continued to run the business until he retired. Jim is preceded in death by his wife Sandy Meloy and survived by his wife, Patty Meloy, his three daughters; Tammi Dutton and her husband Doug, Sherri Ottaviano, Rhonda Bernal and her husband Tony, two step sons; James and David Sands, 5 grandchildren; Jeremy, Andrew, Gabrielle , Austin , Rowan and his two brothers; Jerry and Bill. A memorial service will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Whitney and Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. When Jim’s wife, Sandy passed away he set up a fund in her name at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence. So in lieu of flowers, the family request remembrances be made to the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, 1656 E. Mabel St, P.O. Box 24515, Tucson, AZ 85724 in Sandy Meloy’s name.

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FAIRBANKS, WILMA DORA

Wilma Dora Fairbanks was welcomed to her heavenly reward on Sept 13, 2017. Wilma lived a life centered in her faith, her family and her friends. She and her husband, Arthur, shared every aspect of their happy, gregarious lives and were the closest of friends. Wilma was born in Johnson, Nebraska on June 23, 1925, the 7th of 8 children of local community leaders, August and Mary Blinde. Her parents left a large farm to operate a hotel, a general store and a meat packing plant. From an early age, Wilma worked in the hotel restaurant. She played high school sports and sang in the chorus. She did so well academically, that she skipped a grade. Graduating high school at 16, she moved on to attend business school in the nearby city of Lincoln, Nebraska.

With the onset of World War II, Wilma became active in the United Service Organization (USO) in Lincoln, which was a major center of Air Corps activity and a stopping point of the many aircrews heading to overseas combat. One night she met Technical Sergeant Arthur Fairbanks. He danced with her and that night he told her he would marry her someday. When he returned after flying 35 combat missions over Europe, they did just that. She then moved from Nebraska to Phoenix and they were married on May 25, 1945 in St Mary’s Church in downtown Phoenix. Together they had nine children.

Wilma has always been very active in her church, particularly in the Sodality. As Art became a leader in the Fraternal Order of Police, Wilma also served in the FOP Auxiliary and was elected to local and statewide office. They both participated in the National FOP organization. Arthur retired from the Phoenix Police Department in 1968 and then eventually became Police Chief in the Yuma and Tempe Police Departments. She became heavily involved in those communities, and was especially active in Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Tempe. She always delighted in family events. They had a large and close circle of friends who were a part of their daily life. She was preceded in death by daughter Beth and son Tom. Wilma is survived by her husband of 72 years, Arthur F. Fairbanks; daughters Mary McGeever, Barbara Ryan and Theresa Anderson; sons Frank, Damian, Tim, and Dan Fairbanks; 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 22, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 23, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Rd., Phoenix. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix. Wilma will be deeply and sincerely missed.

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BUCK, ROSE GAYLE

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Rose Gayle Buck, 88, long-time resident of Oakland, California, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on September 2. Born in Seoul, Korea, on February 7, 1929, to parents Chey Dae-Shik and Lee Sung-Nyo, she attended elementary through high school during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Following the Korean War, she attended college, first at Sue Bennett College in Kentucky, and then University of California at Berkeley, majoring in business. She married George Hayden Buck, who predeceased her in 1977, and together, in Oakland, California, they raised four children. She worked at U.C. Berkeley and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, before earning a Master of Business Administration from Holy Names College and becoming an insurance agent with MetLife. In 2012, she moved to Phoenix and lived at Beatitudes Campus until her death. Her family includes sons; Charles (Susan) and Eugene (Beth), daughters; Nancy (Russ) and Elizabeth, and six grandchildren; Matthew, Sara, Emily, Ethan, Jordan and Gracelyn. A service celebrating her life will take place at the Everett Luther Life Center, Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, on Wednesday, September 20, 2:30 p.m. Family requests donations be made to Beatitudes Campus (beatitudescampus.org). Funeral arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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IBARRA, PETRA ARREOLA

Petra Arreola Ibarra, 97, of Phoenix, was called to Heaven on September 10, 2017. She is survived by her sons, Manuel and Juan Francisco Arreola, daughters Petra Romero, Juanita Carrillo, Rafaela Medina, 24 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Avenue, in Phoenix.

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CLARK, NOAH PULLEY

Noah Pulley Clark – He was a traveler and his life’s journey was cut short at the age of 37 on September 11, 2017. He was born July 1, 1980 in Santa Monica California. He graduated from Stephenville High School in 1998, where he was Senior Class President, and Arizona State University in 2003. Noah was smart, had a quick sense of humor and a contagious smile. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved everyone and saw the good in all of us. He was such a giving person; he never passed up someone in need without reaching out. For more than 5 years he provided a monthly dinner with IHELP through the Tempe Community Action Agency. His love for travel began with his dad taking him to Spring Training in Arizona every year. His favorite story was how Ken Griffey Jr. almost ran him over in his red Corvette in the parking lot while Noah was trying to get his autograph. As he got older his travels expanded, having visited 20 countries. Throughout his travels one of his joys was meeting and talking to locals, he would walk into a restaurant and make friends in the first five minutes. Noah had a wide circle of friends who love and cherish his friendship. He enjoyed all sports and adapted to whatever was the local flavor wherever he was living– soccer in Northern California, ice hockey on the frozen creek in Buffalo, basketball for his high school, the Stephenville Yellowjackets. He absolutely loved his NFL fantasy football group and was quite certain he had drafted the perfect team this year. Noah’s lifelong love of music started with his first live concert of the Smashing Pumpkins in Dallas, TX. He taught himself to play the acoustic guitar and took great pleasure in playing songs from his all-time favorite group Pearl Jam. Noah loved his entire extended family and his pugs Texas and Ruby. He loved and is survived by his wife; Tara Clark, his parents, mother and stepfather; Jo Ellen and Rick Onyshko, father and stepmother; John and Jessica Clark, sisters; Katherine Onyshko, Jodie Clark, Christine Clark, and brother; Brett Clark, grandparents; Jim and MaryLou Clark, in-laws; Ed & Helen McHugh, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers in law and sisters in law. Noah would want his friends to know how much he loved them and he knew they loved him. Additionally, they are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd. Scottsdale Az., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Noah to IHELP at TempeAction.org. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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GIRSCH, GENEVIEVE MARGARET

Genevieve Margaret Girsch, 91 of Phoenix, died September 10, 2017. She was born January 12, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to August and Mary Girsch. Genevieve is survived by her niece Loretta McKercher (Dan) of Colorado and niece Shirley Walker (Dave) of Colorado. In childhood her illness was healed with Lourdes water. She worked and studied at Loyola University of Chicago, followed by a career in the Department of State Foreign Service. She was assigned to diplomatic posts in Greece, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, France, Costa Rica, Viet-Nam, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Peru. Genevieve was a long-time supporter of Eternal Word Television Network, the Radio Family Rosary and St. Vincent de Paul food program. She delighted in exploring her adopted state with a travel club, and enjoyed golf, reading, classical music, crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 22 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, with Visitation in the vestibule at 9:30 A.M. Interment follows at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery beside her parents, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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HIDALGO, ARTHUR I.

Arthur I. Hidalgo, 63, passed away on September 12, 2017 in the comfort of his home. Art was born June 17, 1954 in Phoenix, AZ. He later moved to Denver, Colorado where he spent most of his adult life. Arthur was always dedicated and took pride in his family and career. He worked for US West and the Federal Government. His career with the Government allowed him to travel so he spent the last 6 years of his career in England. He was a Mason and a member of Central City #6 and Black Hawk #11. Arthur was known for his fun loving prankster ways and giving the best advice. He enjoyed baseball games, collecting baseball paraphernalia, fishing and traveling. After retiring, he moved back to Phoenix, AZ where he spent his last year enjoying the sunshine and desert life. He will be missed dearly by all. He is survived by his wife; Linda, and his children; Angelique, Art, Artisia, Jason, Gino and Marisa, 10 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. A Visitation will take place from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M., Sunday, September 17, a Funeral Service is scheduled at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 18, to be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix.

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J. BERNARD MALDONADO

J. Bernard Maldonado passed away peacefully on September 3, 2017 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 96. He was born August 14, 1921 in Walsenburg, Colorado, to Sinforosa (Pacheco) Maldonado and Amarante Maldonado. He was born 8th out of 12 siblings. He grew up on the family farm working alongside his many brothers, sisters and cousins. Bernard has had many wonderful memories and stories of life on the farm in Colorado. In 1942 he joined and proudly served in the United States Navy, serving during WWII Pearl Harbor. In September of 1945 he went home to visit and happened to have met his future wife Virginia. He promised once he returned from war, he would marry her. On December 26, 1945 Bernard kept that promise to Virginia and married the love of his life after only 3 months. They remained married 64 years until her death in 2010. Bernard was a hardworking man. He was humble, loving and a good friend and neighbor to all he met. He was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandpa (Pops), Great Grandpa, and Great- Great Grandpa to over 30 Grandchildren. He loved his family endlessly and was always happy to see them, share a story with them or provide wise words of wisdom. He is preceded in death by his wife Virginia Maldonado, sons: Michael and Joseph Maldonado and his daughter: Patricia Valenzuela. Left to cherish his memories are his daughters: Catherine Guzman (Alfred), Sandra Barrera (Ricardo) and Lisa Sanchez (Carlos). A Funeral Mass for Bernard will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th St., Phoenix, at 10:30A.M. on Saturday, September 16th 2017. Reception in the parish hall to follow. He will be missed greatly! We thank God for the gift of our Father and the many years we had to share with him. We have many great memories to last a life time. Rest in peace Daddy, we love you mucho, mucho!

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SIMINSKI, MONIKA

Monika Siminski passed away peacefully on September 9, 2017. She was born on October 16, 1926, in Jelniki, Poland, to Feliks and Aleksandra Tamulewicz. What should have been a happy childhood was swept aside by events of the Second World War. In 1940, following the Soviet Union’s invasion of her country, Monika’s family was forcibly removed from their home and deported to a labor camp in Siberia. They were held there under brutal conditions until the Soviets bowed to Allied pressure and released them in 1941. As refugees, the family endured a succession of hardships and dangers that took them through locales as varied as Uzbekistan, Iran, and even Uganda, in Africa, where Monika and her mother were settled for the duration of the War. She resettled in England in 1948, where she met and married a fellow displaced pole, Kazimierz (Casey) Siminski. They emigrated to the U.S. in 1951, settling in Cleveland, Ohio and became U.S. citizens in 1957. They had 2 sons, Andrew and Richard, and the family moved to Phoenix in 1964. Monika attended St. Theresa Catholic Church for over 50 years and was active in a number of organizations that celebrated Christ-centered living. She is survived by her sons and by her grandchildren: Casey, Steve and Peter, as well as, nephew: Stanley and niece: Janie. She was preceded in death by Kazimierz, her husband of 40 years, as well as her brothers Albin and Edmund. The family wishes to express its thanks to all those who helped Monika in her later years. Visitation will be at 5-8:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 14, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 15 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5001 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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GREEN, CHARLES H.

Charles (Chic) H. Green, Jr., of Phoenix, AZ, went home to our Lord on September 8, 2017. Chic, was born in 1931 in Philadelphia, PA to Harvey and Mabel Green. He retired from the City of Phoenix as a heavy-duty mechanic. Chic was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife Vivian, of 61 years his Brother-in-law Eppie Ruiz (Virginia), 7 children; Michael (Melody), Patrick (Carmen), Thomas, Mark (Debbie), Gary (Lucy), Beverly (Philip) Krumm, and Bruce Green, 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM, Friday, September 15, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 16, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Mission of Mercy Medical Clinic www.amissionofmercy.org

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BAKER, EARL J.

Dr. Earl J. Baker died peacefully in his sleep on September 6, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. His extraordinary spirit and devout Catholic faith carried him to the age of nearly 94 years old. Dr. Baker is survived by his six children; Brad Baker, Joanie Allen (John), Karen Gibbs (Joe), Tommy Baker, Patsy Heberle (Bill), and Nancy Wilson (Chris). In addition, he is survived by two Sisters, Ann Curtin and Maureen Baker, eleven Grandchildren, and three Great Grandchildren who will all miss him dearly. Dr. Baker’s accomplished career as a physician and heart surgeon began by winning competitive scholarships to Regis High School, Fordham College, and eventually on to one of the most prestigious and selective medical schools, New York University College of Medicine in New York City. After completing an eight year cardiovascular and thoracic surgical residency, Dr. Baker, along with his devoted wife Joan, relocated to the Phoenix area in October of 1956. Soon thereafter, Dr. Baker successfully completed the first open heart surgery in Phoenix at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1961 and went on to become Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Maricopa Medical Center, President of the Medical Society of the US and Mexico, and President of the Arizona Medical Association in 1985. These accomplishments were always driven by his deep and abiding spirituality & faith, as well as by his compassion for family, patients, colleagues, and for all those less fortunate or in need. Dr. Baker continued with this enduring philanthropic spirit by becoming the first Medical Director at the St. Vincent De Paul Society Clinic for the working poor in South Phoenix in March of 1994. Through it all and to the end, Dr. Baker credited his family and faith for his accomplished life. We celebrate his legacy, and take comfort in knowing that he is now reunited with his beloved wife Joan in heaven. A Visitation will be on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. with a Vigil at 7:00 P.M., held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Immediately following the Vigil an Irish Wake/Birthday Celebration to celebrate Dad’s Birthday which we all know he loved at will take place at St. Francis Xavier Anderson Hall. On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Baker’s memory can be made to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, AZ 85002-3600. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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ALCOCER, BRIDGET NOEL COFFEY

Bridget Noel Coffey Alcocer died peacefully in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 4th, 2017 surrounded by family and friends at the age of 58, after a long and valiant fight against leukemia. Born December 20th, 1958, with the middle name of Noel, she was a Christmas baby and carried that same joyful spirit throughout her life. Bridget grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, always cherishing her Michigan roots and Detroit sports teams. She made the move to Arizona in 1980. Bridget is survived by her devoted husband of 31 years, Frank, a coach at St. Mary’s High School. Bridget so enjoyed being part of the St. Mary’s family for so many years. Bridget’s greatest source of pride was her children and grandchildren; son Francisco Alcocer (wife Jessica), daughter Danielle Alcocer (partner Kim Cumbie), son Miguel Alcocer (wife Emily), son Adam Alcocer (partner Alyssa Amando), step daughter April Anderson (husband Steve) with granddaughters Talya Flagg, Kylie Alcocer and Kara Alcocer. She is also survived by her parents, Patrick and Donna Coffey, her in-laws Dr. Francisco and Virgina Alcocer, her siblings Kevin Coffey, Harvest Crittenden (husband Larry), Michael Coffey (wife Nancy), Katie Smith (husband Randy), Adam Coffey (wife Alicia), Miguel Alcocer (wife Safeena) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, large extended family and her loving little Yorkie, Cooper. Bridget was accomplished for many years in her work in the health insurance field in Phoenix and loved her work families as well. But more than anything, Bridget was accomplished at living life to the fullest as is witnessed by the enormous outpouring of love at her passing. Always the first to organize and raise money for numerous charitable events, her generous heart was the first thing people noticed, beyond her striking good looks. She was the life of the party and stayed close to life long friends whom mourn her now. She was spirited, sassy, magnanimous and kind. She always had a cheer for her beloved Notre Dame football team, even in losing seasons. She will be deeply, sorely missed. A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th, 2:00 pm at St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix. The family would like to thank all those who sent texts, cards, made phone calls and sent prayers during her long months of illness and thanks especially to the bone marrow transplant team at Honor Health System, Scottsdale AZ. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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ROBISON, GRACE A.

Grace A. Robison was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Rose Violet and Edward Hernandez on September 16, 1951. She passed away on May 8, 2017, at home in Kingman, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley Robison and her many angel babies. Grace as a member of the Witches Circle at the Senior Center, helped with the church gift shop and did adoration at the church on Thursdays in Kingman. She was also a big Arizona Diamondback and Arizona Cardinals fan. She is survived by Mary Jo Keller (Allan), Edward C. Hernandez, Robert M. Hernandez, and Rose Lynn Hernandez; 7 nieces and nephews; 5 great-grand nieces and nephews. On September 16, 2017, a Rosary will be at 9:30 A.M. with the Memorial Mass following at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, 8502 W. Pinchot, Phoenix, Arizona. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix. Ginger, you are now at peace, via con Díos. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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PUENTE, MARGARITA CHAVEZ

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Margarita Chavez Puente 53 passed away on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at her home. Margarita is the daughter of the late Anthony M. and Cruz Nuanez Chavez and is happily joining them in heaven, along with her late brother Anthony Benjamin Chavez. Margarita is survived by her sons Guillermo “Memo” and Carlos Puente; siblings: Frank Chavez and Theresa Himes; Grandchildren: Nathan, Jayden, and Destinee. And her very large extended family. Services for Margarita will be held Saturday, Sept.9th at St. Agnes Catholic Church: 1954 N. 24th St, Phoenix. Viewing will begin at 9am, followed by a Rosary at 10am and Funeral Mass at 10:30am. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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KMETTY, ESTHER MARY (MARIASSY)

Esther Mary (Mariassy) Kmetty of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away September 1st, 2017. Born in Budapest, Hungary, to Dr. Bela and Katalin Mariassy. While growing up in Budapest, she attended the Sacred Heart School, Sophianum, which led to a lifelong commitment to the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart. In 1948, the family escaped Communism and immigrated to the United States. Ultimately settling in Phoenix, her father established McDowell Animal Hospital. Known as “the Hungarian girl” when she started at St. Agnes Catholic Grade School, Esther quickly got herself involved and became a leader at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, and continued that passion and those friendships throughout her life. Esther joined Gamma Phi Beta sorority at Arizona State University, and into her first year there she met her Hungarian husband on a blind date. She and Geza Kmetty raised a family and were preparing to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary this year. A devoted mother, Esther focused on raising their children and was actively involved in several school boards and PTOs. She returned to work as Office Manager of the civil engineering firm she and Geza established, known at the time as McLaughlin-Kmetty Engineering and then EEC/MKE. She was a founding member of Arizona’s “Women Transportation Seminar” and is honored with an annual undergraduate scholarship in her name. As the matriarch of the Mariassy family in the United States, Hungary and Slovakia, she worked tirelessly to nurture relationships with relatives near and far. Esther is survived by her husband, Geza Kmetty and their children: daughter, Viki Snedden (husband, Russell Snedden) and their daughters Katrina and Elise; son, Tony and his children Peter and Anna; and son, Chris and his children Tyler and Kate; her brother, Bela Mariassy, his wife Leigh and his daughters Shawn, Hilary and Kendra. A Vigil will be at 6:00 P.M. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 7th, and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 8th, all at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd. A reception will immediately follow at Fr. Feeney Hall. The family is planning to hold a celebration of Esther’s life in the future with details to come. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to American Cancer Society – Arizona www.cancer.org/about-us/local/arizona.html at 4550 E Bell Rd. #126 Phoenix, AZ 85032. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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MATTHEWS, CHESTER S

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74 of Mesa, passed away on September 1, 2017. He was born in Brighton, Massachusetts to Nicholas and Rita Matthews. Chester was a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a lineman for Boston Edison for many years. He moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2002 from Massachusetts. He is survived by his loving wife Diana; sons Nicholas, David, and Johnathan; brother Thomas; sisters Diane Minnelli and Nancy Chomo; and four grandchildren. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. with a Trisagion service at 6:00 P.M., on Thursday, September 7, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4530 E. Gold Dust, Phoenix. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 8, at St. George church. Interment to follow at Green Acres Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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BRYDEN, MARY

Mary A. Bryden, 51, of Sun City, Arizona passed away on August 29, 2017. She is survived by her father, Thomas Rogers, brothers, Tom Rogers, Vic Rogers and John Rogers, son Chris Gurnsey, grandchildren Sara Gurnsey and Ashlynn Gurnsey-Tufano. Mary was a very loving person who wanted nothing more than to spend every minute of her day with family and friends. There is nothing on this earth she loved more than her grandchildren and would ask to see them every time we spoke. She was a long time chef and enjoyed cooking and most of all cooking for others. She would strive to provide the best meals no matter what she had and always wanted to make sure you never left her house hungry. Mary was a very sincere person and always cared for other people over herself, she would give you everything she had, even if that meant having nothing left for herself. She will be deeply missed by anyone who knew her. Most of all, she will be greatly missed by her son and granddaughters. A Memorial Service will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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