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KUSIC, IVKA

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Ivka Kusic, of Scottsdale, passed away on September 16, 2018. She was born January 25, 1931 in the town of Dakovo, Croatia. She immigrated to the United States April 30, 1959. She is survived by her four sons, John, Tony, Nick and Steve. She lived a full life and was loved by all who knew her. Also, she had five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. We will miss her greatly. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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KROESE, HELEN ELAINE HARBISON

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Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Helen Elaine Harbison Kroese, has passed on to her place in Heaven. We honor her strength, her indomitable spirit, and her boundless love for family and friends.

Helen was a true, old fashioned Arizona lady, beautiful, smart, kind, caring, creative, talented and loving, from an early ranching family. She was born on June 6, 1933 in Phoenix to Doyle and Ethel Young Harbison. Helen grew up in Tolleson, El Paso, Tucson and Casa Grande. She attended Casa Grande Union High School and the University of Arizona, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and was named to Mortar Board, the scholastic honorary for sororities.

She believed in giving back to the community. She was always active in her sorority alumni associations. She volunteered as a CPR teacher for the American Heart Association, and many, many others. Later in life, she joined with friends to help a young man from Chihuahua to get his college degree at New Mexico State, and was always ready to lend a hand to others in any way she could.

She had many talents and much to give. She was good at everything she tried. She was an exceptional cook, who knew how to feed hungry cowboys, and whose recipes were freely shared amongst The Ladies of Seldon Lane, of which she was a founding member. She was also a very talented seamstress who could sew any strange and unusual item that might be needed for anything. She knew just exactly what to do in most any situation a lady might encounter.

Most of all, though, she was a wife and a Mom. She adored her three sons, and was there for us in everything we ever did, from infancy through our adventures in Royal Palm Little League, Cub Scouts, Pop Warner, Big Blue, the Fife and Drum Corps, basketball, science projects, Junior Assembly, Halloween, and anything else we did before college. She took care of us there, too. She was always ready to do, make or otherwise help us get whatever we needed, she took us there and back, and of course attended every Track and Field Day, game, concert, recital, play, performance, graduation, ceremony or other proceeding that involved any of her sons, and later her grandsons.

After making sure we were launched, Mom went on to golf. She played with the ladies at Paradise Valley CC, where she won the President’s Cup in 1978 and was on the ladies’ traveling golf team. She loved her cabin in Pinetop during the summer, which seemed to grow longer every year. It was her own special place. There, she played at White Mountain CC. Wherever she was, though, she liked to wear a button: “Ask me about my sons…or my golf!”

Helen also found another side of her incredible creativity in her later years. She started painting in water colors. She read, studied hard, took lessons, and learned well. Each of us now has an original, painted just for us.

Mom always told us “Family is everything!” It’s true, considering she had a broad, inclusive, and compassionate definition of who belonged at any given time in any particular situation. Certainly, she raised a remarkable family herself.

She leaves behind her husband of 63 years, Kenneth D. Kroese, her sons, Keith W., Andy and his wife Liz Motter, Kurt and his wife the Honorable Rosemary Marquez, and her grandsons, Kenneth Miguel and Matias Kroese.

A Memorial Service will be on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with a reception following at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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LARIOS, ESABEL

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Esabel Lopez Larios, born February 8, 1964, passed away in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the age of 54. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, godmother and friend to many. She was a brilliant example of faith, love and strength. She valiantly fought cancer for the last four years. She loved spending time with her family, listening to music, going to the casino with friends and watching movies. She was a head start teacher and assistant for many years and helped shape the lives of numerous students. She is abundantly loved and will be dearly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her twin sister JoAnna and parents Carmen and Natividad Larios. She is survived by her 2 children; JoAnne and Daniel, grandchildren; Alyssa Marie, Marissa Paulina and Julian Isaac, granddogs; Biggie Smalls and Lady, siblings; Robert, Rebecca, Richard, Bettina, Laura and Carlos, along with many nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. with a Rosary starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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TSEUNIS, CHRISTINE H.

Christine H. Tseunis passed into the care of the Lord on September 12, 2018, following a brief illness. During her final days, she was surrounded by family and friends who expressed their concern, love and gratitude for a life well lived.

Christine was born January 31, 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the second child of Marianthe and George Hioteles. A first-generation Greek-American, she was raised in the Greek culture surrounded by a large and loving extended family. Christine married George Tseunis in 1948 and raised two children, Dean and Marianne. In 1962, the family moved to Phoenix, AZ where Christine enjoyed a 25-year career in the Valley National Bank Trust Department, housed in the basement of the now iconic Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix. Shortly after George’s passing in 1994, she moved to Downers Grove, IL for 18 years to be close to her youngest grandchildren. She continued to winter in Phoenix until moving back full time in 2015.

Christine had a sharp mind to the end and a positive attitude that made her beloved among her family and friends, including the residents and staff at La Estancia Nursing Center where she spent the final year and a half of her life. She was very competitive at cards, bingo and board games, enjoyed conversation, always had a smile on her face and loved being “Yiayia” to her grandchildren.

Christine is survived by her son Dean (Brenda), daughter Marianne Cortopassi (Jeff); grandchildren Trent Tseunis (Kelly), Shannon Smith (Missy), Nick Cortopassi (Lizzy) and Katie Cortopassi; nephew Jimmy Hioteles; eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George, brother Stephen Hioteles and grandbaby Cyciley Cortopassi.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with Trisagion and Funeral at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Burial service is from 1:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. A luncheon will follow.

Memorial donations may be made in Christine H. Tseunis’ name to Hospice of the Valley or a favorite charity.

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TSEUNIS, CHRISTINE H.

Christine H. Tseunis passed into the care of the Lord on September 12, 2018, following a brief illness. During her final days, she was surrounded by family and friends who expressed their concern, love and gratitude for a life well lived.

Christine was born January 31, 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the second child of Marianthe and George Hioteles. A first-generation Greek-American, she was raised in the Greek culture surrounded by a large and loving extended family. Christine married George Tseunis in 1948 and raised two children, Dean and Marianne. In 1962, the family moved to Phoenix, AZ where Christine enjoyed a 25-year career in the Valley National Bank Trust Department, housed in the basement of the now iconic Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix. Shortly after George’s passing in 1994, she moved to Downers Grove, IL for 18 years to be close to her youngest grandchildren. She continued to winter in Phoenix until moving back full time in 2015.

Christine had a sharp mind to the end and a positive attitude that made her beloved among her family and friends, including the residents and staff at La Estancia Nursing Center where she spent the final year and a half of her life. She was very competitive at cards, bingo and board games, enjoyed conversation, always had a smile on her face and loved being “Yiayia” to her grandchildren.

Christine is survived by her son Dean (Brenda), daughter Marianne Cortopassi (Jeff); grandchildren Trent Tseunis (Kelly), Shannon Smith (Missy), Nick Cortopassi (Lizzy) and Katie Cortopassi; nephew Jimmy Hioteles; eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George, brother Stephen Hioteles and grandbaby Cyciley Cortopassi.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with Trisagion and Funeral at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Burial service is from 1:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. A luncheon will follow.

Memorial donations may be made in Christine H. Tseunis’ name to Hospice of the Valley or a favorite charity.

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REFSNES, EARLENE BARNARD

Earlene Barnard Refsnes passed away September 12, 2018. A native of Arizona, she was born to Earl E. and Lyndal Barnard in Tempe, AZ on February 6, 1928. She attended Kennilworth Grammar School, Phoenix Union High School and graduated from North High, class of 1945, where she dated Joe Refsnes. Joe joined the Navy, while Earlene attended the University of Arizona as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated from ASU, Phi Beta Kappa. Earlene and Joe married in 1948. Being married to Joe and raising her family was her greatest joy. Traveling, gardening and dancing with Joe occupied her days. Earlene’s civic endeavors ran the gammit from Brownie Troop leader to docent at the Phoenix Art Museum. She enjoyed memberships in the Junior League of Phoenix and the Board of Visitors as well as the Arizona Costume Institute. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph L. Refsnes and survived by daughters; Lyndal Ruth (Eric) Johnstone, Susan Refsnes (Bill) Calhoun, son; Joseph L. Refsnes Jr., three granddaughters; Kari (Bill) Latin, Carmen Cole Refsnes, Lyndal (Cutter) Pleasant, grandson; Ricky Martin, three great-granddaughters, brother; Col. Thomas H. Barnard and sister-in-law; Carolyn Kniazzeh. A private family service has been held. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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REFSNES, EARLENE BARNARD

Earlene Barnard Refsnes passed away September 12, 2018. A native of Arizona, she was born to Earl E. and Lyndal Barnard in Tempe, AZ on February 6, 1928. She attended Kennilworth Grammar School, Phoenix Union High School and graduated from North High, class of 1945, where she dated Joe Refsnes. Joe joined the Navy, while Earlene attended the University of Arizona as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated from ASU, Phi Beta Kappa. Earlene and Joe married in 1948. Being married to Joe and raising her family was her greatest joy. Traveling, gardening and dancing with Joe occupied her days. Earlene’s civic endeavors ran the gammit from Brownie Troop leader to docent at the Phoenix Art Museum. She enjoyed memberships in the Junior League of Phoenix and the Board of Visitors as well as the Arizona Costume Institute. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph L. Refsnes and survived by daughters; Lyndal Ruth (Eric) Johnstone, Susan Refsnes (Bill) Calhoun, son; Joseph L. Refsnes Jr., three granddaughters; Kari (Bill) Latin, Carmen Cole Refsnes, Lyndal (Cutter) Pleasant, grandson; Ricky Martin, three great-granddaughters, brother; Col. Thomas H. Barnard and sister-in-law; Carolyn Kniazzeh. A private family service has been held. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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HAWKINS, HELEN LAVETA

Helen LaVeta Hawkins, 91, passed away on September 6, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Addison and Nellie Ringling. She moved to Phoenix with her parents as a toddler. She enjoyed playing violin and piano while growing up and even performed at the Orpheum Theatre with the Gene Bumph Dancers as a young teenager. She met the loved of her life, Ronald, at a church activity, and they married in 1949. They spent 64 years together in marriage and raised two children together, Holly and Gary. She adored her three grandchildren Alyssa, Diana and Lauren, as well as her two great-grandchildren Lily and Xander. Family and friends meant everything to Helen and included much love and devotion. Through the years they enjoyed travel, square dancing and church. They were devout members of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. This very sweet and kind woman will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. A reception will follow the service at Whitney & Murphy. Final Interment will be held at East Resthaven Park Cemetery.

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HAWKINS, HELEN LAVETA

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Helen LaVeta Hawkins, 91, passed away on September 6, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Addison and Nellie Ringling. She moved to Phoenix with her parents as a toddler. She enjoyed playing violin and piano while growing up and even performed at the Orpheum Theatre with the Gene Bumph Dancers as a young teenager. She met the loved of her life, Ronald, at a church activity, and they married in 1949. They spent 64 years together in marriage and raised two children together, Holly and Gary. She adored her three grandchildren Alyssa, Diana and Lauren, as well as her two great-grandchildren Lily and Xander. Family and friends meant everything to Helen and included much love and devotion. Through the years they enjoyed travel, square dancing and church. They were devout members of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. This very sweet and kind woman will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. A reception will follow the service at Whitney & Murphy. Final Interment will be held at East Resthaven Park Cemetery.

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HOULE, EMMA LULU

Emma “Lu” Houle, died September 11, 2018 with her sons by her side in Phoenix, AZ. She was born in 1936, in Linden, MI, to Charles and Theresa Donaven. Her parents were small business owners with a farm and butcher shop. After graduating college from the University of Detroit, Lu spent her life serving others. As a Papal Volunteer in Peru, she met Harry Houle, whom she later married. After spending time, in Peru and Nazareth, Lu and Harry settled in Phoenix. Lu worked at St. Joseph’s hospital for over 20 years before retiring and spending time volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul and performing various charitable work and care giving for friends and family. Lu is survived by her sons and daughters-in-laws; Matthew and Jessica Houle, Andrew and Gretchen Houle, grandchildren; Maggie, Tommy, Matthew, Luke, Elle, John and Henry, sister-in-law; Mary Koch, niece’s; Cindy and Kelly, nephew; Billy and family Erin, Tyler and Carter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Houle. A Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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COKER, ROBERT LEE

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Coker, Robert L. passed away in Phoenix, Arizona on September 10, 2018. He was born an only child in St. Louis, Missouri to Clayton Fenwick Coker and Rose Lee Bishop, Robert moved to Arizona after completing the second grade when he was eight years old. He graduated from Phoenix Technical High School. Robert made a career working at Mountain Bell Telephone Company. He is survived by six children, ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A

vigil will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at

10:00 A.M., Monday, September 17, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 5614 W. Orangewood Dr. in Glendale. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale. All are invited to a memorial gathering to follow services.

Details can be found at www.CowboyBobCoker.com

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STULTZ, NELDA IRENE FLESHER

Nelda Irene Flesher Stultz, 92 of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018. She was born on December 13, 1925 in Martinton, Illinois to Harry and Irene (Burger) Flesher. Nelda moved to Indiana where she graduated high school in 1944 and met the love of her life. She married Joe in 1945, moved to Arizona and welcomed their first child in 1951. She enjoyed motherhood and added three more children to complete their family. It was a busy time with all the activities but well worth the hard work, sweat and tears. Nelda was extremely proud to see all her children graduate from college and start families of their own. She had five grandchildren and was very involved in each of their lives. She was also the first person to brag about how proud she was that they all had college degrees, as well. Nelda was also a great-grandmother to three great-grandchildren. Family was first in Nelda’s eyes and it showed. The love she has for her family and friends will forever be cherished. Nelda is survived by her four children; oldest son Ken Stultz, son Gregg Stultz (Joni), daughter Barb Hively (Sonny), daughter Pam Stultz, five grandchildren; Tiffany Melia (Dan), Kristen Boland (Tere), John Stultz, Taylor Hayden (Brandon), Jordyn Hively and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Irene Flesher and Husband Joe Stultz. She will be missed greatly by all, but never forgotten. She has shared many memories, traditions and stories that will live on forever in the hearts of many. A Graveside Service will be held at 9:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale. A Memorial Service is scheduled at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the Bridge United Methodist Church, 4900 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send all contributions to the Nelda and Joe Education Scholarship (30007177), Mary Fulton Teachers College, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260 or online at www.asufoundation.org in Nelda’s honor.

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BERLANTI, DONALD VICTOR

Berlanti, Donald Victor, 80, of Paradise Valley, passed away on September 9, 2018. Donald was the Chairman of Quince Associates, a privately held investment company. Since approximately 1975, he has been involved in the ownership and operation of numerous businesses in segments that include broadcasting, restaurants, real estate development and management, retail gift shops and convenience stores. From 1993 until 2001, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Sylvan Learning Systems, a publicly traded education and testing company. Prior to 1975, Mr. Berlanti was a staff attorney with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. He holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the Wharton School. Donald is survived by his wife Christa, stepdaughters Shauna and Christa, as well as daughter McKenna and Son Mathew. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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MIHAYLO, LOIS TOKUKO

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Age 78, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away in Phoenix on September 6, 2018. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 10, 1940. She is survived by her two daughters, Sarah and Emily Mihaylo; three grandsons, Elijah, Michael, and Malachi and three siblings, Marjorie Sasaki, Jane Takata, and David Tomooka. A Visitation will be held at 11:30 a.m. with a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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DRESTE, ROBERT “BOB” LEWIS

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Robert “Bob” Dreste was born January 12, 1936 in St. Louis to Lewis J. and Sybilla M. Dreste, and went to the Lord on September 6, 2018.  He moved to Phoenix in 1954.  He is survived by his lovely wife Betty of 60 years, sister Judy Greene, and brother-in-law Ed Salrin.  He is also survived by daughters Bonnie York and Lisa Barnhart; five grandchildren Joey, Daniel and William York, and Katie and Mason Barnhart; nieces Deborah Barton, Karen Sobczak, and nephew Kenny Greene; sons-in-law Michael York and Chris Barnhart.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his father- and mother-in-law, Joe and Edna Salrin, and his brother-in-law Ken Greene.  Bob worked for Valley National Bank for 40 years, was active as a ham radio operator (K7VOR) and loved camping in their RV.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Theresa Parish, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix.  A luncheon will follow with opportunity to share stories about Bob.  For these celebrations of life, guests are welcome to dress in colorful clothing rather than black.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to Shriners Hospital of St. Louis,  https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/st-louis/ways-to-give

 

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DRESTE, ROBERT “BOB” LEWIS

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Robert “Bob” Dreste was born January 12, 1936 in St. Louis to Lewis J. and Sybilla M. Dreste, and went to the Lord on September 6, 2018.  He moved to Phoenix in 1954.  He is survived by his lovely wife Betty of 60 years, sister Judy Greene, and brother-in-law Ed Salrin.  He is also survived by daughters Bonnie York and Lisa Barnhart; five grandchildren Joey, Daniel and William York, and Katie and Mason Barnhart; nieces Deborah Barton, Karen Sobczak, and nephew Kenny Greene; sons-in-law Michael York and Chris Barnhart.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his father- and mother-in-law, Joe and Edna Salrin, and his brother-in-law Ken Greene.  Bob worked for Valley National Bank for 40 years, was active as a ham radio operator (K7VOR) and loved camping in their RV.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Theresa Parish, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix.  A luncheon will follow with opportunity to share stories about Bob.  For these celebrations of life, guests are welcome to dress in colorful clothing rather than black.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to Shriners Hospital of St. Louis,  https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/st-louis/ways-to-give

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O’CARROLL, FR. EUGENE

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Fr. Michael Eugene O’Carroll (February 6, 1937 – September 1, 2018) was born in Derry, Northern Ireland to Michael T. O’Carroll and Maureen McGoldrick, the eldest of 7 children. He grew up in Killybegs, County Donegal in the Irish Republic.  He attended Nial Mor Grade School and St. Eunans High School in Killybegs.  He entered All Hallows College in Dublin 1956 studying for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ.  He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1962.  He served as associate pastor at Holy Cross – Morenci, AZ (1962-1963), Blessed Sacrament – Miami, AZ (1963-1965), Immaculate Conception – Douglas, AZ (1965-1967) and St. Thomas the Apostle – Phoenix, AZ (1967-1973).  He was appointed pastor at St. Henry’s – Buckeye, AZ (1973-1981) where he supervised the building of the new church.  In 1981 he moved to St. Paul’s in Moon Valley-Phoenix, AZ where he served as pastor for 27 years.  He supervised the building of a new church, classrooms and parish hall and the remodel of the conference rooms, offices and rectory.  He retired in 2008.  Fr. Eugene also served in the Arizona Army National Guard.  He was commissioned Chaplain in February 1970 for the Transportation Battalion, Chaplain to Arizona Support Brigade and ended his service as State Area Command Chaplain.  He retired as Colonel on February 27, 1997. 

Fr. Eugene is preceded in death by his brothers, Roger and Paul, and sister Dymphna.  He is survived by his brother Shawn (Elizabeth) O’Carroll, and sisters Annice (Owen) Routley, Paula O’Callaghan and 10 nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 330 W. Coral Gables Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85023.  A Vigil Service with viewing and rosary will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Funeral Mass will be on Thursday September 6, 2018 at 10:00 am.  A reception will follow the Funeral Mass in O’Carroll Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 420 W. Watkins Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Fr. Eugene will be buried at St. Mary of the Visitation Church, Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland.

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DE LA CRUZ, THERESA ERLINDA

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Theresa Erlinda De La Cruz, 76, born in Santa Maria, CA, went to be with our Lord on August 31, 2018.

Tessie was a vivacious woman full of selfless love for her family and her community. She was a devout Catholic that attended Holy Spirit Church in Tempe every Sunday and loved her Savior Jesus Christ with all of her heart. She had a passion for sports, and never missed a ball game, loudly cheering on her husband, children and grandchildren. Her vibrant spirit and contagious smile brought life to every room. Tessie served The Phoenix Elementary #1 School District for 26 years as a school secretary. She volunteered at Andre House for over 15 years and spent time with Hospice patients for the past five years. She was also a philanthropist that donated to multiple charities. Her presence will be missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Chonita Lonergan, her father, Joe Nunez, her brothers, Joe Nunez and Timmy Nealis. Tessie will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 55 years, Julian De La Cruz, and her children Annette Nelson (KC) and Michael De La Cruz (Kristiana). She will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Thor (Ashley), Alexis, Daniella and Jacob, and her great grandson, Thorbeck as well as her brothers, Tommy Nunez (Mary Anne) and Steve Nealis, her sister Lollie Stayer and numerous nephews, nieces, friends and relatives.

A viewing and rosary in memory of Theresa will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5-7pm with remembrances following, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018. Her Mass will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E. Libra Dr, Tempe, AZ, 85283. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ, 85008 with reception following back at Holy Spirit Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Companion Hospice, 1930 S. Alma School Rd #A103, Mesa, AZ 85210.

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WINEMILLER, KATHLEEN JANE HARRIS

Kathleen Jane, 65, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on August 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Kathleen was born on a United States Air Force base in England to William Ezra and Rose Mary Harris on December 5, 1952. The middle child of 7, Kathleen loved and lived for her family and her cats. She was an avid sports fan to her hometown Suns, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks and was her son’s #1 fan checking in several times per week for updates on his team and to talk sports. She was generous and caring, always willing to lend a hand to whomever, whenever and for whatever. She loved to write and dance.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest sister Mary. She is survived by three sisters; Susan Rawdin, Yvonne White, and Jennifer Crawford and two brothers Bill and Jeffrey Harris, her son Dylan Winemiller, and her cats Mr. Blue and Little Rascal, in addition to many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A private service will be held on September 1, 2018. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff, doctors, and nurses at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for their care and support during her final days and to the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix for their professionalism and assistance during this difficult time.

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WINEMILLER, KATHLEEN JANE HARRIS

Kathleen Jane, 65, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on August 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Kathleen was born on a United States Air Force base in England to William Ezra and Rose Mary Harris on December 5, 1952. The middle child of 7, Kathleen loved and lived for her family and her cats. She was an avid sports fan to her hometown Suns, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks and was her son’s #1 fan checking in several times per week for updates on his team and to talk sports. She was generous and caring, always willing to lend a hand to whomever, whenever and for whatever. She loved to write and dance.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest sister Mary. She is survived by three sisters; Susan Rawdin, Yvonne White, and Jennifer Crawford and two brothers Bill and Jeffrey Harris, her son Dylan Winemiller, and her cats Mr. Blue and Little Rascal, in addition to many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A private service will be held on September 1, 2018. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff, doctors, and nurses at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for their care and support during her final days and to the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix for their professionalism and assistance during this difficult time.

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WINEMILLER, KATHLEEN JANE HARRIS

Kathleen Jane, 65, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on August 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Kathleen was born on a United States Air Force base in England to William Ezra and Rose Mary Harris on December 5, 1952. The middle child of 7, Kathleen loved and lived for her family and her cats. She was an avid sports fan to her hometown Suns, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks and was her son’s #1 fan checking in several times per week for updates on his team and to talk sports. She was generous and caring, always willing to lend a hand to whomever, whenever and for whatever. She loved to write and dance.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest sister Mary. She is survived by three sisters; Susan Rawdin, Yvonne White, and Jennifer Crawford and two brothers Bill and Jeffrey Harris, her son Dylan Winemiller, and her cats Mr. Blue and Little Rascal, in addition to many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A private service will be held on September 1, 2018. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff, doctors, and nurses at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for their care and support during her final days and to the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix for their professionalism and assistance during this difficult time.

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WINEMILLER, KATHLEEN JANE HARRIS

Kathleen Jane, 65, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on August 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Kathleen was born on a United States Air Force base in England to William Ezra and Rose Mary Harris on December 5, 1952. The middle child of 7, Kathleen loved and lived for her family and her cats. She was an avid sports fan to her hometown Suns, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks and was her son’s #1 fan checking in several times per week for updates on his team and to talk sports. She was generous and caring, always willing to lend a hand to whomever, whenever and for whatever. She loved to write and dance.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest sister Mary. She is survived by three sisters; Susan Rawdin, Yvonne White, and Jennifer Crawford and two brothers Bill and Jeffrey Harris, her son Dylan Winemiller, and her cats Mr. Blue and Little Rascal, in addition to many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A private service will be held on September 1, 2018. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff, doctors, and nurses at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for their care and support during her final days and to the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix for their professionalism and assistance during this difficult time.

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WINEMILLER, KATHLEEN JANE HARRIS

Kathleen Jane, 65, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on August 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Kathleen was born on a United States Air Force base in England to William Ezra and Rose Mary Harris on December 5, 1952. The middle child of 7, Kathleen loved and lived for her family and her cats. She was an avid sports fan to her hometown Suns, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks and was her son’s #1 fan checking in several times per week for updates on his team and to talk sports. She was generous and caring, always willing to lend a hand to whomever, whenever and for whatever. She loved to write and dance.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest sister Mary. She is survived by three sisters; Susan Rawdin, Yvonne White, and Jennifer Crawford and two brothers Bill and Jeffrey Harris, her son Dylan Winemiller, and her cats Mr. Blue and Little Rascal, in addition to many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A private service will be held on September 1, 2018. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff, doctors, and nurses at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for their care and support during her final days and to the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix for their professionalism and assistance during this difficult time.

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BENGUHE, PHYLLIS PHILOMENA TANA

Phyllis Philomena Tana was born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1934 and died peacefully in her sleep on August 22, 2018. She was a woman ahead of her time studying medical technology, education and music. She worked in a hospital and as a teacher and then she married and became a full-time homemaker for her husband and three children. She never stopped learning, growing and spreading her wings and talents. She spread those talents to her three children teaching them each to play instruments while spending countless hours helping them with their schoolwork for hours each day. She eventually attained one of her lifelong dreams when she sang on stage for the Arizona Opera Company. She was also a talented artist whose work shined on everything from oil paintings she decorated the house with, to a fifty-foot canvas backdrop for a high school play she completed by hand. After what should have been a lethal stroke in 2009, she continued to showcase her talent even while confined to a wheelchair making greeting cards she sold to everyone she met. She lived out the final years of her life where she wanted and loved – her home – being frequently visited by her family and friends who she never stopped entertaining by playing past recordings of her musical performances to anyone who would listen. Carrying on the legacy of her life will be her three sons, John, Philip and Chris, her daughter-in-law Natasha, her granddaughter Larisa and her cherished “adopted” daughter Kayne Cboins.

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BOJORQUEZ, MARYLOU ARVIZU

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Bojorquez, Marylou, 84, of Phoenix passed away on August 27, 2018. She is survived by her sons Allen (Linda), David (Sylvia), daughters Susan and Sally (Rey), 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grands. Marylou is preceded in death by her husband Ralph in 2013. A Visitation will be held from 8:30-9:30 A.M. on Friday, August 31, 2018 with a Funeral Service at 9:30 A.M., at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix.

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TANCY, MARGARET CURTIS DAVISON

Margaret Curtis Davison Tancy, a native Arizonan, was born on June 25, 1919 to Eugene and Pearl Curtis of Thatcher, AZ. She died August 20, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ray T. Davison and Fred L. Tancy and daughter, Vivian Marie. She is survived by her youngest daughter, Deanna Lee of Scottsdale, step-daughter Susan Olson of Dallas, Texas, 5 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a few great-greatgrandchildren. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Chapter 20, a Lady Elk and a member of the Valley Art League. Margaret had a zest for life and loved people. She was an avid fan of the Phoenix Suns and the AZ Diamond Backs. She loved the Arts, wrote poetry and started oil and pastel painting late in life. She became a professional Art Gallery Director and put on private art shows for professional artists. Her family was her life which she enjoyed to the fullest. Instead of flowers, please donate to a charity, crisis center or Hospice of the Valley. Visitation will be held Monday, August 27, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. Followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Private Interment will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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MCCARVILLE, VIOLET PATRICIA BERYL

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Violet Patricia Beryl McCarville, 92 years old, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:30 P.M. Patricia, also known as Patty Poo, Mumsie, and Grandma Pat to those closest to her, was surrounded by her family during her last few days. When she was ready, she passed over the bridge and was greeted by those she loved who had gone on ahead.

Patricia was born in London, England on May 14, 1926 to Len and Grace Brice. She grew up in England during WWII and worked in the Admiralty’s Office doing administrative work. She met her first husband, George, during a military dance; they married in England in 1945 and later moved to Canada to start a family. She had two daughters, whom she loved more than life itself. In 1961, she and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived for the rest of her life. In time, she and George divorced. She met her second husband, John, at another dance. They married in 1970, and remained married until his passing in 2016. And despite being in a wheelchair, Patricia never let her inability to walk stop her. She learned to drive a car with just her hands, traveled to and from the grocery store and the mall by herself, flew to visit her family in Colorado and California, and lived life to the absolute fullest. She was incredibly strong.

Patricia is remembered by her family as the most loving mother and grandmother anyone could ever hope or wish for. Family was the most important thing to her, and she spent every single waking minute thinking of her family and buying them way too much stuff from QVC. She was giving to a fault – if she thought you needed it, or could use it, she would give you her last penny and feel the happier for it. She loved Cadbury chocolate, strawberries, fish ‘n chips, swans, red roses, cheesy romance novels, gossip magazines, filling out the crossword puzzles in the TV guide, and a bean-burro enchilada style with extra lettuce from her favorite Mexican restaurant, the Tee Pee. If she was upset with you, she would jokingly threaten to “wheel away from home.” She had an infectious laugh and the warmest, best hugs. She was, above all, loved so deeply it defies our attempts to put it all into words. She will be missed immeasurably.

Patricia is survived by her sister Avis, her daughter’s Janette and Pamela, her grandchildren Cori and Ryan, and her great-grandchildren Skylar, Gavin, Flynn and Elliot. She is also survived by her eight stepchildren Patrick, Thomas, Mark, Frank, William, Michele, Zita and Annie, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her grandson Jeffrey and her husband John.

Memorial services will take place on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, located at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity in her name, because she loved giving more than receiving and your donations would make her smile. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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STRANEVA, EDWARD JOSEPH

Edward Joseph Straneva, 85, died peacefully on August 17, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona with his family by his side. Born February 7, 1933 in Ludlow, Pennsylvania to Katherine and Stephen Straneva, Ed was the youngest of seven. He attended Kane High School and served as a mechanic corporal in the US Army during the Korean War (1953-55). On June 28, 1958 Edward married his soulmate, Mary Madeline Slater (“Mid”), who he had known since childhood, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Ed received an undergraduate in engineering and later a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from his beloved Penn State University through the GI Bill. Ed was a very talented aerospace mechanical engineer and had a fulfilling 33-year career at LORD Corporation in Erie, PA. He was highly respected in his field and had the opportunity to travel internationally to Ireland, Brazil, France, and other foreign destinations. One of many achievements include being issued a patent based on his work with aircraft engine vibration control. To Ed, LORD was more than a job, as his co-workers were like family. Ed, Mid, and their family enjoyed boating on Lake Erie, camping at the Kinzua Dam, traveling across country and Europe to visit family, friends, and National Parks. Ed acted as an amazing father figure to many and the couple’s Erie home, which Ed designed and had built was vibrant, warm and devoted to their Catholic faith. They moved to Arizona in February 1996 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They quickly became involved with their local parish, Corpus Christi, and were instrumental in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Ed and Mid were married for 58 years and had an extraordinary love. Unfortunately, Mid suffered from dementia for many years and Ed was by her side as a devoted husband with an extraordinary will. He truly lived the vow “in sickness and in health.” Ed was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and the love of his life Mary Madeline. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Sally Kalpakoff (Jeffrey) and his son Michael (Mary); grandchildren Jennifer and Mary Kalpakoff, Anne, Ryan and Kate Straneva; and his greatgrandson, Andrew Kalpakoff. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on August 29, 2018, with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M., at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., August 30, 2018 at Corpus Christi Church, 3550 E. Knox Road, Phoenix. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their beautiful care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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RAMOS-GONZALEZ, JOCELYN GABRIELA

Born on March 19th, 1993 Gone to heaven with Christ on August 12th, 2018 A spiritual soul, a selfless kind young lady taken away from us from a sudden heart attack. No good-byes given, just a simple see you later. Found lonely without a heartbeat in a bathroom where she was living with friends. Now she is with God, in peace, with infinite love and happiness. No more worries for a kind sweet girl. No more fear or sorrow for a loving child of God. Taken too soon, but will never be forgotten, always remembered as the cheerful, joyful, funny, bright, beautiful young lady she was and will always be. She left behind her loved family, including her parents Gabriel and Carolina Ramos, her sister Melina and brother Gabriel Jr. She also left behind her nephew/God son Ethan, and her niece, her “bestie” Julianna. As well as her precious golden retriever, her “fushima,” Penelope. She left behind her loved Uncles, loved Aunts, Loved Cousins, and Loved Nephews & Nieces. By far, she left many loved close and afar friends. Jocelyn Gabriela accomplished many goals, her highest education was a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Health and Nutrition at Arizona State University, on May 2017. Her following goal was to get accepted to a medical school, to get closer to her dream job, being a “General Family Doctor”. She was employed through Arizona Autism United for several years, where she was a child-caregiver, and loved by her angelic clients. She was also employed by Tammie Coe, where she expanded her social skills and was very loved by co-workers and customers.

Jocelyn was an inspiring and admirable young lady whom played several instruments including the flute, piano, guitar (acoustic & electric), piccolo & horn. She had many hobbies including crochet, drawing & painting, baking decorate cakes, (very yummy pastries), but most favorite to her was her talent in being a spectacular Make-up Artist. On top of all of talents and her bright mind, Jocelyn also dedicated her time to volunteer for many organizations and for the well-beings of the community. She volunteered many calendar days to Representative Ben Miranda and to former Senator, Catherine Miranda. Not our last good-bye, but a see you soon, Memorials will be hosted on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Reception will be at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix Arizona, 85018. Contact information (602) 840-5600. Private viewings for family and relatives will be from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Viewings for friends will be from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Her Ceremony will begin sharply at 2:00 P.M. Please bring your Rosary if you’d like to join us for prayer. Ceremony session will end by 4:00 P.M. Family and Friends we invite you to wear Jocelyn Gabriela’s favorite color, Lilac, to show her our respect and our affection for her. We kindly advise you that NO PICTURES & NO VIDEOS are permitted! You will be kindly asked to delete any evidence if action is needed. We greatly appreciate any memorial contributions by donating to https://dm2.gofund.me/jocelyn-ramos-funeral-cost Thank-you. Always Loved, Never forgotten.

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CUNNINGHAM III, ARTHUR

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Arthur Cunningham III, who died unexpectedly on August 15, 2018 near his summer home in Coeur d’alene Idaho.

Art was born in Phoenix, Arizona on March 15, 1958 to Arthur Cunningham, Jr. and Katherine Francis Momsen.

Art accomplished many things in life, but will be most remembered for the kind of man he was and how he impacted the lives of so many. Art had a presence within him that made all those around him feel loved, appreciated, and special. His warmth, spontaneity, energy, sense of humor, generosity and love he showed others was inspiring. Art simply loved life. Art had a long and respected career in commercial real estate. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all those who knew him.

Art is survived by his loving fiancé Janet Dillon Duval and her sons; sisters Peggy Burgess and Kay Magri, brother John; and their spouses; his many adoring nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; cousins; he was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joan Hines and Aunt Margie.

Visiting hours will be at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. concluding with a Rosary. Mass of Christian burial will be held at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Please note seating is limited. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. A reception following the graveside service will take place from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N 7th Street in Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers the Arthur Cunningham Scholarship Fund has been set up at Brophy College Preparatory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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CUNNINGHAM III, ARTHUR

In Memorial

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Arthur Cunningham III, who died unexpectedly on August 15, 2018 near his summer home in Coeur d’alene Idaho.

Art was born in Phoenix, Arizona on March 15, 1958 to Arthur Cunningham, Jr. and Katherine Francis Momsen.

Art accomplished many things in life, but will be most remembered for the kind of man he was and how he impacted the lives of so many. Art had a presence within him that made all those around him feel loved, appreciated, and special. His warmth, spontaneity, energy, sense of humor, generosity and love he showed others was inspiring. Art simply loved life. Art had a long and respected career in commercial real estate. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all those who knew him.

Art is survived by his loving fiancé Janet Dillon Duval and her sons; sisters Peggy Burgess and Kay Magri, brother John; and their spouses; his many adoring nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; cousins; he was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joan Hines and Aunt Margie.

Visiting hours will be at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. concluding with a Rosary. Mass of Christian burial will be held at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Please note seating is limited. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. A reception following the graveside service will take place from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N 7th Street in Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers the Arthur Cunningham Scholarship Fund has been set up at Brophy College Preparatory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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ZIEDE, FRANK

Frank Ziede, age 95, died August 15, 2018 at his home in Mesa with his family. Born June 13, 1923 in El Paso, TX and was brought to Arizona by his parents where he attended school until he graduated from Superior High School.   He joined the Army in 1943. After his basic training he volunteered for a special assignment and was sent to Burma, where he became a Ranger with Merrill’s Marauders in WWII. After he was discharged he returned to Arizona and went to work learning the retail grocery business.  Shortly after that he was given the opportunity to open his own grocery store in Scottsdale.  Later, he went on to open a wholesale produce company in Phoenix and a couple of years later he added frozen and grocery items to his line of products.  He was the first to start the processed foods business in Arizona.  His business serviced schools, hospitals, and restaurants in the Valley.  At the age of 70 he opened a Mexican food restaurant in Mesa, “Frankie Z’s”

Frank was known for his generous nature, fun loving spirit, and card games.  He never met a stranger or a day of hard work he didn’t love and always provided for his family.

He is survived by his wife Ann Ziede, his sister Mary Purnell, children Randy Ziede, Lisa Bryan (Greg), and Linda Chance (Conny).  He has 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his son Jack Ziede.  Services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 7655 E. Main Street in Scottsdale on Monday, August 20, 2018. A Visitation from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. with the Funeral Mass beginning at 10:30 A.M.  There will be a mercy lunch immediately following the Mass at the Church hall.  Interment will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Hospice of the Valley and/or The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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BAUMANN, MARYELAINE

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MaryElaine Baumann, 92, passed away on August 14, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on April 8, 1926 in Sheldon, Iowa. She was the fifth of seven children born to Al and Irene Zimmer. She outlived her parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by three of her four children, Laura Eckman Atwell (spouse: Pete Atwell) of Cave Creek, AZ; Mark Eckman (spouse: Laura Murphy Eckman) of Warsaw, IN; and Peggy Eckman of Costa Mesa, CA.  Another son, Scot Eckman, predeceased her in 1988.

She had eight grandchildren: Nichole Monashefsky (spouse: Rob Monashefsky), Mackenzie Rodgers (spouse: Dustin Rodgers), Colton Atwell, Alex Eckman (partner: Nadieh Abunada), Daniel Skrill (spouse: Alison), Lizzy and Bryce Eckman, Christopher Eckman (spouse: Patricia); and nine great-grandchildren: Nathan and Addison Monashefsky, Hayden and Carson Rodgers, Christopher and Morgan Eckman, Rose Skrill, and Chris and Nick Eckman.

MaryElaine went to grade school and a parochial high school, living in Cherokee, and then Storm Lake, Iowa.  She told stories about her early years in school including when she skipped school to see the movie, “Gone with the Wind,” and ended up sitting right behind the parish priests.  Her mother knew about her transgression before she even got home.

For college, Mary went to Creighton in Omaha, Nebraska to study nursing. In 1947, she graduated nursing school and moved to Chicago to live with her brother, Don Zimmer.  There she met and married Robert W. Eckman in Chicago in 1949. They were married 44 years and had four children moving to homes in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and finally, Arizona in 1977.  Bob Eckman passed away in 1994 and MaryElaine married Raphael (Ray) Baumann in 2005.  They were married for nine years until Ray passed away in 2014.

MaryElaine lived in Phoenix since 1977 where she was a registered nurse for many years at what was then Doctor’s Hospital.  In her later years she was a compassionate volunteer for Hospice of the Valley, and served as a Eucharistic Minister and a long-time Sodality member at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church. She made lunches for the church staff, and was known for her efficient work at the Lenten fish frys, rummage sales and many other Church activities. She played bridge two or three times a week, and often entertained her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. When she and her husband, Bob Eckman moved to Arizona, they began the tradition of gathering the Zimmer family for reunions at their home every year. She was known for her fierce independence, beaming smile and wicked sense of humor.  She was a devout Catholic, a terrific mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, and neighbor, sharing her beautiful smile and big heart with everyone.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix on Saturday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. The Mass will be followed by a reception in the Church Hall. Interment will be on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

In memory of MaryElaine, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ, (www.hov.org), or the Arizona Humane Society. Both organizations were near and dear to MaryElaine’s heart.

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HECK, ANNABELLE TONYAN

Annabelle Tonyan Heck, 88, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2018.  She was a Phoenix resident for 65 years.  Annabelle is survived by her son Mike, daughter Tami, 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  She will be placed next to her parents at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery on the second week of November, 2018.  Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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GILMORE, IRMA GARCIA

Irma G. Gilmore, R.N., 72, was called to heaven on August 12, 2018. Irma was born on March 19, 1946 in Phoenix, AZ to Henry M. Garcia and Margaret Pena Flores. She received her nursing degree from Phoenix College and spent 40+ years caring for others at Good Samaritan Hospital. Nursing was her true calling. Her passion was crochet and cross-stitch. She was masterful in her craft and loved to create. Irma was a giving and caring person who loved her family and her profession. She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Henry Garcia, Jr. and David Martinez. Irma is survived by her brother Alfred; daughters Michelle and Tammy; granddaughter Tarryn; and grandsons Ryan and Matthew.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.  Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 10:00 A.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 909 S. 1st Ave, Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix.  Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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REYNOLDS, M.D., SARA

Sara was born on May 14, 1928 to Gladys and John Schiever in Butler, PA. She peacefully entered into glory on August 9, 2018, with family present, at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Rev. James Reynolds. Sara is survived by her much-loved brother, Sidney, of Harmony, PA, and her six children, seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, as well as three nieces and a nephew and their families.

Sara loved the Lord Jesus Christ, her Savior. She had a heart for serving God and people. For many years, she taught Sunday School, and for over 65 years she served her community as a family practice physician. She was often recognized in her profession as a leader. Acknowledged by the American Academy of Family Physicians, she was a female pioneer who worked to establish continuing education requirements for her medical field.  When she went to meet the Lord, she still had a current, active license to practice medicine.

A Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.  A Funeral Service is scheduled at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.  A Private Burial will take place at Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery.

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CUMPSTON, ALISSA

Alissa Marie Cumpston of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away peacefully on August 9th at the age of 37 surrounded by her family and showered with love.  She fought a tough battle so courageously and can finally rest.  The middle of three daughters, she was born February 2nd 1981 in Aurora, CO, to parents Martin and Jane Cumpston. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents Del and Ruth Cram, she is survived by spouse Robert Littleton, parents Martin and Jane, sisters Andrea Cumpston and Sara Hughes, brother in law Ryan Hughes, beloved nephew Jack Hughes, paternal grandparents Duane and Mary Lea Cumpston, as well as numerous treasured cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

She loved exploring the beautiful outdoors, pool days with her friends, live music, walking the city, and traveling with her friends and family, especially to the Pacific Northwest. She was particularly fond of the Portland Rose Garden and Cannon Beach, OR, where she spent many enjoyable hours.

She was extremely modest of her achievements, but was proud of her 15 years with Knight Transportation and was loved and respected by her co-workers.  She was the most selfless person, devoted partner, trusted friend, peace keeping daughter, fun loving aunt and was taking care of others even on her very last day.

A Celebration of Life memorial gathering will be held at Hotel Valley Ho Rooftop in Scottsdale on Saturday August 18th from 6:30pm-9:30pm.  A second ceremony is being planned in Knoxville, TN, and will be announced here once the plans are finalized.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.  http://tnbcfoundation.kintera.org/Alissa

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CASEY, JOHN

LONGTIME PHOENIX RESIDENT AND NATIVE, JOHN J CASEY, AGE 92, died August 10, 2018 surrounded by his kids.

Born September 2, 1925 in the old St Joseph’s Hospital, John was named after his grandfather, J.J.  Casey who settled in Phoenix in 1885. He attended Emerson Elementary School, Page Military Academy in Los Angeles, and North Phoenix High School graduating in 1943, its first four-year graduating class.  John joined the US Navy during WWII and became a Navy Corpsman, then transferred to the US Marines and was assigned to the 1st Marine Division in the Solomon Islands. He saw action on the islands of Peleliu and Okinawa, returning to the states in 1946.  He went to the University of Arizona, where he was a Sigma Nu, as his father was before, and received his JD at the UA College of Law. He was admitted to the Arizona State Bar and to practice before the US Supreme Court, then served as an FBI agent in counter espionage in Los Angeles and New York City.

The University of Arizona, being a Wildcat for Life, and close friends were all big parts of his later life.  He loved to host the party and hated for it to ever end. He is survived by his children Sarah, John, Spence, Brad and Stacey, grandchildren Elise, Jaimie, Isabel and Will.

In lieu of flowers, he wished to be remembered through donations to the UA Cancer Center, the UA Foundation, and Hospice of the Valley.

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SMITH JR., GEORGE DANIEL

George Daniel Smith Jr. passed away August 4, 2018 at the age of 44. Danny was the eldest of four children born to George Smith Sr. and Debbie Mason on May 21, 1974. Danny was an avid collector of sports memorabilia. He cherished days at the beach, and loved to spend time with his children. He was also quite the chef, with many signature dishes such as beef stroganoff, ham hocks and noodles, and everyone’s favorite fettuccine Alfredo. Danny is survived by his fiance Katie Heck; Brother Christopher Mason; Sister, Jamie Mason; His children, Sheila Etheridge-Smith, Tyler Kessel, Macie, Brody, and Bentley Smith; step-children, Jason and Joseph Collinsworth, and Rhylee Heck. He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Smith.  Danny will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Redemption Arcadia Church. Located at 3330 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ.

Condolences can be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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LEVIN, HEATH EUGENE

Heath Eugene Levin passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 3, 2018. His sudden death has filled many hearts with sorrow. Heath was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. His charismatic and fun loving ways will be forever missed. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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MAKAUS, JR. MATTHEW J.

Matthew J. Makaus, Jr. “Joe”, 72, was born in Phoenix on September 2, 1945 and passed away July 17, 2018 after a long illness. He attended St. Gregory’s and St. Francis Xavier Elementary Schools, Brophy College Preparatory, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University. He lived in Pinetop most of his adult life until health issues brought him to Scottsdale. He loved cool mountain mornings, the sounds of elk bugling and aspen quaking; the smell of pine trees and rain-soaked dirt; licks from his favorite dog, Boone, his chocolate Lab; the taste of tequila, whole milk and especially Claire’s good cooking. He was an accomplished mountain man, avid hunter and first-rate fisherman. He could track any animal and jerry-rig anything. He was an extremely talented artist who could draw and paint beautifully. He did things his own way and on his own time (meaning slowly). He strummed his prize 1940 Brazilian Rosewood Martin guitar and sang with a haunting, raspy voice. He had an amazing sense of direction never fearing being lost no matter how far back in the wilderness he wandered. He loved to laugh and hear a good joke, the naughtier, the better; and he was a collector of ‘just about everything.’ Joe was a kind, sweet and generous man loved by all who knew him. His friends thought highly of him saying, “It was an honor and pleasure to be considered his friend. His passing is truly the end of an era.” He was preceded in death by his parents; Matthew and Gladys Makaus, his brother; Pete and niece; Tiffany Makaus. He leaves behind his sisters; Carolyn Colangelo and Mary Makaus, sister-in-law; Suzan Makaus, nephews and nieces; Lisa Fischer (Ed), Lauren Parson (Shaun), Caroline Vilchis (Ignacio), Brent Makaus, Tory Dowling (Kevin), Matt Poulton (Roxanne), grand-nephews and nieces; Grae and Michael Fischer, Caroline and John Wichterman, Cooper Parson, Stella Poulton, Ryan Dowling and Arturo and Bruno Vilchis, his dear friend and companion for many years; Claire Snitko. Private services will be held. Donations may be made in his honor to Hunts for Heroes c/o Arizona Elk Society, 7558 West Thunderbird Road, Suite 1-465, Peoria, Arizona 85381, telephone #480-760-3868 or to Hospice of the Valley, Sherman Home, 5801 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona 85054, telephone #480-585-0909. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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DOOLEY, RICHARD

Dick was born in Dayton, Kentucky, the youngest of twelve children born to John and Bertha (Eckert) Dooley. In 1994 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his parents. He attended St. Mary’s High School. In his senior year he had a TV Show “Dick Dooley Sings” on a local channel. He also sang in the church choir and was a member of Mary’s School chorus and men’s quartet. In 1950 he was awarded a music scholarship to the All State Music Camp on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe Arizona. There he met his future wife, Mary Ann Di Eugenio, when she came to visit friends attending the music camp. In February 1951 he joined the Navy. He was stationed in China Lake California where he was a mechanic working on jet planes, because a lot of the work there was on experimental aircraft, he was given top military clearance. When he left the Navy in 1955, he worked as a salesman for a local tool supply house in Phoenix. He and Mary Ann married in June 1955, daughter Eileen was born in 1956 and daughter Diane was born in 1957. Diane died January 2018. Dick continued to sing at church, in the Cloud Club and in the Bach and Madrigal Society, all in the Phoenix area. His beautiful tenor voice thrilled audiences when he played the caliph in the Scottsdale Musical Theater’s production of Kismet. A new job was offered to him as Western Regional Manager in southern California with a precision gagging company in the east, prompting a move to the South Bay area of Los Angeles in 1973. Dick continued his avocation of music in churches around the South Bay area and culminated with his joining the world famous Roger Wagner Chorale of Los Angeles. Upon retirement he, Mary Anna and Eileen moved to Fallbrook. Dick sang at the 4:30 P.M., Saturday mass at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church for several years, providing the congregation with the hymns and religious songs from the pre-Vatican II era. He was especially appreciated by the older members of the congregation who missed the familiar music they remembered. Dick passed away at the Veterans Hospital in La Jolla and will be sorely miss by his grieving wife and daughter.

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LOY, MARION DELORES (BARBARA)

In Memorial

Passed away August 4, 2018 joining her husband Eugene W. Loy. Born to Leonilla and Thomas Johnston April 23, 1931 in Phoenix, Arizona. Barbara and Gene were married in September 4, 1950 and lived in many places while Gene was in the Air Force. She will be greatly missed by her children Edward (Jan) Loy, Gary Loy, David Loy, Robert Loy, Cass Mielke, Cindy (Jim) Steckel; grandchildren Samuel Loy; Travis, Michael and Alex Mielke; Warren, Jessica and Dylan Steckel; great granddaughters Addison and Elise. She also leaves brothers Dick (Leah) and Bill (Kathy) Johnston and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at 5:00 P.M. with a Visitation from 4:00-6:00 P.M., on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. Interment will take place at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, in Phoenix. Many thanks to Hospice of the Valley Ryan House for their care during her final days. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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LOY, MARION DELORES (BARBARA)

In Memorial

Passed away August 4, 2018 joining her husband Eugene W. Loy. Born to Leonilla and Thomas Johnston April 23, 1931 in Phoenix, Arizona. Barbara and Gene were married in September 4, 1950 and lived in many places while Gene was in the Air Force. She will be greatly missed by her children Edward (Jan) Loy, Gary Loy, David Loy, Robert Loy, Cass Mielke, Cindy (Jim) Steckel; grandchildren Samuel Loy; Travis, Michael and Alex Mielke; Warren, Jessica and Dylan Steckel; great granddaughters Addison and Elise. She also leaves brothers Dick (Leah) and Bill (Kathy) Johnston and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at 5:00 P.M. with a Visitation from 4:00-6:00 P.M., on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. Interment will take place at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, in Phoenix. Many thanks to Hospice of the Valley Ryan House for their care during her final days. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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LIEM, DONALD ROBBINS

Donald Robbins Liem passed away July 29th, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was a great humanitarian and he made the world a better place. Don was born on February 12, 1933 in Morenci, Arizona to Henry A. and Gladys Johnson Liem and was the third of five children. In 1945, the family moved to Phoenix. Don attended Madison Elementary and North Phoenix High School where he met and later married Barbara K. Nasser. A graduate of Arizona State College, he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, Don was Vice President of the Student Body and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. From 1956-1959 he served as Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, graduated fourth in his class from Navigation School and was honorably discharged as Captain. After military service, Don and Barbara and their two children, Scott and Tracy, moved to Tempe. He had planned to become a CPA, however his career took a different direction when he accepted a part-time job as a salesman with Knoell Homes and ultimately became vice president and partner. Don was regarded as one of the most respected sales and marketing directors in the home building industry. He co-founded the Sales & Marketing Council of the Central Arizona Homebuilders Association and the MAME awards. He was named Sales & Marketing Director of the Year in 1981, 1982, and l983. Don was a devoted civic leader, serving as Chairman of the Tempe United Fund, President of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and a member of Tempe Rotary. His love of Tempe led him to found the Tempe Diablos, which supports educational programs benefiting youth in the community. He was instrumental in the Diablos becoming the official hosts of the Fiesta Bowl and national ambassadors for Tempe. But his greatest passion besides his family. He was supporting the Friends of the Orphans in Mexico. He fell in love with the children on his first visit to NPH (Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos) and went on to raise millions to benefit the organization which now has homes in 11 third world countries. He served as President of the Board from 1992-2002. He and Barbara also opened their home to students ready for college and are considered godparents of many former “pequenos.” For his many contributions to benefit others, Don was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Tempe Jaycees, the Spirit of Tempe by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the Making a World of Difference award by Tempe Sister Cities. Don has left a legacy of giving and service. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara, their children Scott (Christy) and Tracy Murphy (Phil), five grandchildren: Lindsey Wahlberg (Troy), Laura Wilson (Aaron), Harrison Murphy, Joanna Stewart (Skyler) and Jessica Hedges (Brian); nine great grandchildren; and siblings, Kathryn Runbeck (Charles); Marjorie Dunbar (David) and Henry Liem (Tina). The family extends their profound appreciation to Patricia Rushing and her staff, Ophelia, Jocelyn and Johnston, for their undying love, care and devotion to Don during their time together; Dr. Monica Banerje; and the nurses of Shanti Hospice. A visitation will be held on Monday, from 5-7 p.m. at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe; the funeral will also be held at King of Glory on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Don’s grandchildren have established a foundation in his honor at spreadDLove.com. “What God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27) Condolensces can be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfh.com

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O’CONNOR, BRIAN JOHN

Brian John O’Connor of Phoenix, Arizona passed away in his sleep at home in the early morning of July 27, 2018. Brian was born on October 17, 1955 in Aurora, Illinois the first son of Dr. Charles A. O’Connor M.D. and Charlene M. O’Connor. He graduated from the West Aurora High School in 1973 and

subsequently earned a Bachelor Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. Brian then moved to Glendale, Arizona and obtained a Masters Degree from the American Graduate School of International Management. Upon completion of his education, Brian began his career in business and specialized in public finance. Brian worked for Walter E. Heller and Company, Boetcher and Company and Hutchinson Shockey Erley and Company as an Investment Banker advising municipalities, public utilities and school districts

regarding their financial needs and facilitating the explosive growth of infrastructure and public improvements throughout Arizona and the Western United States. Brian was an outspoken optimist and proponent of the promise and future of Arizona and the West. While Arizona remained his home he

enjoyed spending time with his friends in McCall, Idaho, Newport Beach and Monterey, California. Brian was also involved in charitable endeavors through the Phoenix Thunderbirds organization which sponsors and promotes the Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament on the PGA tour, raising millions of dollars for Arizona charities each year. Brian worked in a variety of roles during the tournament over his 26 year association with the Thunderbirds. Brian was a creative and inspirational business man with investment interests in a variety of endeavors over his long career. However, his favorite business venture was the acquisition and ownership of the Class A Minor League Baseball team then known as the Salt Lake City Trappers. During Brian’s ownership of the team with several partners and friends, the Trappers recorded a 29 game winning streak which remains a professional baseball record. The Trappers and their record season are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Brian is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister Cathleen Kovanic (Robert) of Sugar Grove, Illinois and his brothers Patrick O’Connor (Kathleen) of Santa Barbara, California and Michael

O’Connor (Mary) of Valparaiso, Indiana as well as his nieces Laura and Carolyn Kovanic, Elizabeth, Jane and Catherine O’Connor and Nephews Thomas Kovanic and Dr. Michael O’Connor M.D. A Catholic Mass will held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 2312 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations to Thunderbirds Charities may be made in

Brian’s memory. www.thunderbirdscharities.org. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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BONILLAS, ERMA LINDA

Erma Linda Bonillas, 78, entered into our Heavenly Father’s arms on July 28, 2018 while in the hospital fighting numerous medical conditions. She died peacefully surrounded by her loved ones.

She leaves behind her children: Mike (Susana), Gary, Lisa (Michael), Darryl (Patricia), Alan, David (Robin). Her siblings: Raymond, Arnold, Eleanor and Arcenia. Her grandchildren: Suzanne, Michael, Jennifer, Cecillia, Dominique, Alan, Adam, Monica, Darryl, Gabriella, Christina, Cassandra, Anthony, Alana and Alancito. Her great grandchildren: Angelina, Peyton, Jacob, Santiago, Viviana, Myles and Adaline.

She is preceded in death by her parents Raymundo and Ophelia, son Charles Jr., sister Alice and brother Francisco.

Erma was born in Phoenix, Arizona on June 5, 1940 and was a 3rd generation Arizonan. She married at age 19, had seven children, became a single mother and began working. Erma was highly intelligent, had great common sense and strong interpersonal skills. Starting from an entry level position, she retired as the QA Operations Manager for Quadri Corporation. Since childhood, Erma endured numerous battles associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Erma did not allow RA to get in the way of her responsibilities as a provider/mother and her children are forever grateful to her. We called her our bionic woman because nearly every joint in her body was replaced with artificial joints. She instilled a strong foundation in the Catholic faith for her children while steadfastly strengthening her own. Erma brought so much joy and laughter to numerous friends and family members and everyone who met her fell in love with her amazing strength and beautiful soul. Although the RA limited her physical abilities, she had the strongest spirit and mind of anyone in our family.

The Viewing will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with a Rosary Prayer beginning at 6:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, at 10:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in her name to be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation at https://www.helpfightra.org/donations/ . Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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READIO, PHILIP OTTO

Philip Otto Readio at 62 years of age passed away in his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday the 25th of July 2018.

Phil is survived by his Brothers Chris and Dave, his children Nyssa and Ryan, and his grandson Bryce.

From a very young age Phil was a tinkerer, he would take any and everything apart. His Parents, George and Arlene, were loving, kind and patient with his curiosity to learn. One of his role models growing up was his Grandfather Otto. They spent countless hours taking apart and repairing cars, fixing wiring and completing expert carpentry projects. His grandfather could have done all the work in far less time, but wanted to let Phil figure out and learn how everything worked. These were memories Phil held dear to his heart. The values and lessons he learned from his Grandfather he passed down to his children and his grandson Bryce.

Throughout his life Phil enjoyed being active outdoors by going on walks, bike rides, hiking and playing tennis. He liked watching movies, dining in and out, bowling, playing pool, and hopping in his red convertible to take day-trips during the summer. He was always looking to try new recipes and buying interesting kitchen gadgets to make them. He often volunteered in the community and was an active member of the Catholic Church. He spoke of the deep passion he had for his faith.

The relationship he had with his children and his grandson were what made him most happy. He was very much involved with all their lives. He was thrilled to watch Bryce grow up and loved being able to spend so much time together. Being able to be a role model for Bryce like Phil’s Grandfather was to him brought immense joy to his life.

Phil will be remembered most for his genuine kindness, loving nature, and his wonderful laugh that always brought a smile to his family and friend’s hearts. He will be missed dearly and always.

The memorial service will be held on: Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 10am

Location:

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church

8620 N 7th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85020

If you wish to offer condolences or tokens of affection and support please address them to:

Nyssa Hoffman and Ryan Readio

5450 E Deer Valley Dr, Unit 1015

Phoenix, AZ 85054

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MILLS, MICHAEL DAVID

Michael David Mills, 57, died on Monday, July 23, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. Mike spent the majority of his life in Glendale, Arizona. He had a passion for cooking, loved fishing and enjoyed football. He is reunited in Heaven with his mother Florence, father RJ and son Michael. He is survived by his four adult children; Matthew Mills, Michelle Thompson, Amanda Wilson, Phillip Mills and 13 grandchildren. He will be missed by a large extended family, including his second wife JoAnne and his step-children Teri, Jessie and Steve, along with his siblings Rodney, Terry, Steve, Sandy and Shelly. A Visitation will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A celebration of Michael’s life will begin at 4:00 P.M. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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RAFTERY, GLENDALE JONES

Glendale Jones Raftery was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on August 4, 1927. She passed on July 14, 2018. Glendale grew up next to the University of Kansas. As a child, she and her cousins would always run around the art museum, where the guards would say, “It’s the Jones’ girls again.” Little did Glendale know, she would grow up to be a talented, accomplished artist.

After graduating from the University of Kansas, Glendale moved to Phoenix in the early 1950’s. She met and married Champe Raftery, a young lawyer, who had moved from Virginia. Glendale set down her paintbrush, and they raised 4 children. After the children were grown, Glendale reignited her passion for painting. Over the years, she entered juried art shows, won awards, and sold her artwork. Champe passed away in 1993, but Glendale continued her love of painting and expanded the media she used.

Glendale is survived by three of her children, Tom (Tammy) Raftery, Bill (Donna) Raftery, and Margaret (Ward) Bierle. Sadly, their youngest daughter, Elizabeth, died in 1984. Glendale will also be remembered by 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Glendale at the Beatitudes Campus on July 28, at 2:00 pm. It will be held in the Everett Luther Life Center, 1610 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Glendale Raftery’s name may be made to the Beatitudes Campus Foundation, 1610 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021, or the Serenity Hospice Foundation, 2999 N. 44th St., Suite 225, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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HEINY, RICHARD

Richard Heiny, 83, died July 20 at his home in Phoenix. His wife and family were with him when he passed. Richard was born May 27, 1935, to John and Helen Heiny in Fort Wayne, IN. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965, the last year at the NATO base in France. In 1953 he earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Indiana Technical College because he saw his future as a builder of big buildings. He started his much loved construction career in Chicago. There he met and married Merry Jo Alfredo, to whom he was married until her death in 1993. After moving to Arizona in 1967 with the Del Webb Company, Richard became Project Manager in charge of building the Phoenix Convention Center and Symphony Hall. As Vice President of Operations for Del Webb Construction, he supervised many projects throughout the western states. Later career moves took him to the east coast with Stoltie Construction but he returned to the west to build more with Gosnell Development, Tri-Star Builders, and Johnson Carlier Construction. Through Richard’s hospitality construction work, he met Orla Larson, owner of International Marble Distributors, who he married in 1998. His favorite and final project began in 2007 when he oversaw construction of the 57-story JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton at LA Live for AEG. He and Orla traveled extensively and he especially relished life in the Italian getaway they created in the tiny village of Bajardo. Richard was a kind, gentle man with many friends, including dozens of construction associates he mentored during his lifetime. He thrived on building new homes with Orla, being with his family, entertaining friends, watching football and college basketball, listening to jazz and opera, and having a good martini. Last July, he achieved a long-held goal by taking Orla to see “La Boheme” at La Scala. Survivors include his wife, Orla Larson; his daughters, Denise Danielle and Raquel Heiny; his stepdaughters, Andrea Larson Lee and Angela Larson (Jeff) Inmon; and his grandchildren, Richard Teasdale, Rebecca Teasdale, William Teasdale, and Evelyn Teasdale. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Eugene, John, James and Thomas Heiny; his son, Steven Heiny; and his first wife, Merry Jo Heiny. His life will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School, Phoenix. A Private Interment with Military Honors will be held at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Phoenix.

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HAYS, MARY AGNES

My sister Mary…

Mary Agnes Moran Hays was born on a Sunday, April 23, 1939, the daughter of George Lawrence Moran and Marie Christine Vogel Moran. She would live with her parents on the family farm of (160) acres located (5) miles south of the town of Lohrville, Iowa. Mary Agnes was the first child born to Lawrence and Marie and from that day forward would remain the apple of her father’s eye.

In the year 1939, LaGuardia airport opened in New York City. The average wage per year was $1,730 with a gallon of gas costing (10) cents. The classic movies, Gone with the Wind and the Wizard of Oz were released.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was serving as the 32nd President of the United States and in that year of 1939, President Roosevelt decided that businesses should be allotted more time between Christmas and Thanksgiving to encourage holiday shopping, so he moved the Thanksgiving holiday up one week. But George A. Wilson, the governor of the state of Iowa, stuck with the traditional date, so in essence there were two Thanksgiving holidays to celebrate that year. Obviously, there were many things to celebrate in 1939, but also grave concern, due to the outbreak of the second World War beginning in Europe; a global war that would last until 1945.

But for Mary Agnes, her life was on a positive path. She was named after both of her grandmothers and even as a baby brought much needed joy to the Moran household. Mary Agnes’s grandfather, Bernard Moran, was also living with the family and was not in the best of health. Nothing can bring a smile faster than having a baby enter a room. So for the first (16) months of her life that’s what Mary Agnes did, brought happiness to her grandfather until his death in August of 1940.

Mary Agnes would share her childhood home with a cousin, Tommy O’Keefe, who joined the family in 1942, at the age of eleven. A brother, Leonard, in 1944; a sister, Cecilia, in 1948; and youngest brother, Duane, in 1954. Mary Agnes’s position in the hierarchy of the Moran siblings never wavered. She was always at the top and the Sunday “egg money” would confirm that position just in case anyone had any doubts. Now, for the record, Mary Agnes enjoyed hearing the following story as much as we loved telling it. Sunday mornings in the Lawrence Moran family meant being up and dressed for Sunday Mass with part of the routine being a stop on the way at a neighbors farm to deliver farm fresh eggs. Payment was made in cash; thus the money was termed “egg money”. But after Mary Agnes finished high school and left for school, there was one minor adjustment. The “egg money” was now divided with half going in the collection plate for God and the other half sent to Mary Agnes. Now, I am not saying Mary Agnes was on the same level as God, but she would always remain further up the ladder than the rest of us… forever and ever, Amen!

Even in that farming community, when helping your neighbor out at any time was common, there was always plenty of seasonal work to do. Planting and harvesting of crops, tending to the livestock and maintain a garden of epic proportions, whose bounty was essential for their livelihood. There was no way Mary got out of doing some chicken chores, walking beans or pulling weeds in the garden. She de tasseled corn when she was older and for one summer, for sure, lived with a family with (7 or 8) children to help out.

One of my favorite Mary Agnes stories, took place on a Sunday afternoon. It seems she wanted to go with a girlfriend to the neighboring town of Lohrville. No vehicle was available, so Mary without hesitation, jumped on the John Deere B tractor and headed down the gravel road. She did make it to her girlfriend’s house and they managed to get to Lorhville. Mary Agnes returned home at a top speed of approximately (10) miles per hour and covered a distance of close to (15) miles but made sure to be back in time for chores.

In 1954, when Mary Agnes was a freshman in the Lorhville school district, there was a question posed in the Hi-Life, the school newspaper. The question was, do you think girls should wear blue jeans to school? Two of the answers included:

(1) “No, because I think girls should be more feminine.

(2) No, because wouldn’t it look funny if the boys came to school with skirts on?”. Well, Mary Agnes was comfortable either in a skirt or a dress, or in her blue jeans and believed at the age of (15) and for the rest of her life, just as Susan B. Anthony did, that every woman should have a purse of her own. That a purse symbolized independence and being able to take care of herself and to have her own money.

To that end, Mary Agnes graduated with top honors from the Lohrville school district in 1957. She attended St. Joseph’s (3-year) Nursing Program in Sioux City, Iowa and there too graduated with top honors and accolades. Years later, Mary Agnes continued her education with additional achievements at Arizona State University. After her graduation from nursing school, her first job was with a dermatologist in Sioux City. Despite enjoying her job and being close to friends and family, Mary sought an adventure. She packed up her Iowa roots, family memories and traditions and waved goodbye to knee-high corn and snow drifts. In fact, it may have been one of those Iowa blizzards, that buried her car when en-route back home after a sunny Arizona vacation, that confirmed she WAS NOT destined to remain in the Midwest.

And so a new chapter of her life would begin and she would eventually end up in Phoenix, Arizona after a short stop in Tucson. Forever an Iowa gal, her heart now belonged to Arizona.

At this time, we all tried very hard to transition from Mary Agnes to simply, Mary. Why? Because Mary had met Bob Hays who preferred calling her Mary. Bob, the love of her life, was big. He was tall with big arms for hugs, a big laugh and a big heart; they were a perfect couple. They enjoyed each other’s wit, respected each other’s accomplishments, loved the warmth and sun of Arizona, enjoyed dancing and movies together and most importantly enjoyed each other’s company. And so in October of 1965 they were married.

4125 East Roma became the Hays’ family home for many years where family traditions and memories were made. The Hays family was blessed with daughter Karen in 1967 and son Kevin in 1970. The back yard swimming pool, the grade school within walking distance, and grandmothers (Ruth Hays and Marie Moran) provided stability and home cooking over the years while Bob and Mary pursued their careers.

Mary would call back to Iowa once a week or so to update us on all the happenings in Arizona, including school activities, sports events and projects the kids and grandkids were involved in, an overall picture of how things were going. Mary was fiercely proud of her family and all their accomplishments and truly enjoyed family times together. She believed in each one and encouraged their pursuit of individual goals.

In 1994, daughter Karen blessed the family with their first grandchild, Dillon, thus the start of one more chapter in their lives. Kevin’s blessing arrived in a pink blanket in 2003, and was named Victoria. Mary knew she was lucky to be able to marvel and brag about her grandchildren and once again, more card games and family dinner celebrations created lifetime memories in the house on East Roma.

Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it. In all probability, Mary’s car could have driven on its own to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. Mary’s position and her success over the years in her nursing career were driven by her passion for good patient care and respect for the individual. She surrounded herself with talented and strong people and encouraged their participation, rewarded their hard work and dedication. Combined with her sense of humor and wit, it was a winning combination.

Mary Agnes Moran Hays was strong without being overbearing. Self-confident based on experience. Undaunted based on self-resolve. She pulled strength from her family roots and Catholic faith. Found inspiration and love from her husband, her children and her grandchildren. Mary appreciated a good meal, enjoyed an occasional adult beverage, delighted and cheered on her favorite sports teams and relished in a good game of cards. She was determined, not ruthless–well, maybe a little when she played cards. Mary took no prisoners. She liked to win.

We will miss you Mary. Thank you for all the positive examples in your life that have reflected back in our lives.

As your little sister, always looking up to you and your magical life, I had always hoped that some of your “pixie dust” would float down and settle on me. Peter Pan said “All it takes is faith and trust…oh and something I forgot; “dust”, a little bit of “pixie dust”. You, Mary, taught me that “pixie dust” was believing in oneself, and those words are truly magical.

With love from your sister,

(Cee) Cecilia Moran Gentry

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