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KEATING, MARY ELAINE

In Memorial

Mary Elaine Keating, age 94, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 17, 2019 in Coronado, California. A visitation will be held from 5 – 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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BYERLY, CHARLES

Charles Byerly, 77, born February 3, 1941 Nogales, Arizona, died January 11 from Parkinson’s complications. Survived by son and daughter: Brent, (wife Teresa), Karina Byerly; 5 grandchildren: Bryan, Kaylee, Ben Byerly and Cameron, Cord Cooper. Preceded in death by his parents, brother and a sister: Leroy and Dorothy Byerly, Colin Byerly Sr., Jane Madison. Grew up in Senora, Mexico, lived in Phoenix. Loving father, son, brother, friend. He enjoyed tennis, painting/sketching, the “boonies”, and fun with family and friends. American Revolutionary War descendant; US Marine 1961-1965. Loved and missed greatly. Now enjoying paradise with Our Lord. Rest In Peace, Daddy. Memorial Services will be held on January 23, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Whitney and Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School, Phoenix.

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CABRERA, MATILDA “TILLIE” V.

Matilda “Tillie” V Cabrera, 89, of Tempe, passed away on January 13, 2019. She was born to Arnulfo and Refugio Villaverde in Miami, Arizona on November 19, 1929. She was married to Manuel Salcido for 13 years and Joe Cabrera for 40 years. She owned a dry cleaners and a boutique. Tillie enjoyed working on crafts, decorating for the holidays, traveling and was known for her fantastico salsa. She is preceded in death by her husbands’ Manuel and Joe and son Manuel Salcido. She is survived by her daughters’ Lupita, Yvonne and Yolanda, step-daughters’ Sandy and Sarah, multiple grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and her siblings Richard, Yolanda and Olivia. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 909 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. A reception will follow. Cemetery services will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Noon at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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KARAM, JULIA ASLANIAN

Julia Aslanian Karam, 89, passed away on Friday, January 11th, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Julia was born on November 25, 1929, in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in a close-knit Armenian community among relatives and friends. She attended Armenian School once a week to learn the language, and also sang in the church choir. After moving to Phoenix in 1946 with her family, Julia met the love of her life, George Karam, who was from a wonderful Lebanese family. Together, they raised three children, David, Mark, and Susan, in the Arcadia area of Phoenix. Julia was the ultimate homemaker, and her first priority was always her family. She was an amazing cook, and was well-known for her delicious bourma. Julia was instrumental in establishing the Armenian Church in Arizona, not only for herself, but for future generations. She was an avid sports fan, and would never miss a televised game of the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, or Suns. She also enriched the lives of others with her patience, love and kindness, especially for her three granddaughters, for whom Julia was especially proud. Julia is deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by family and friends. Julia is survived by her daughter, Susan Kuberra, granddaughters Alexa (Layson), Kathleen “Kiki”, and Marisa Kuberra, brother Jerry (Gena) Aslanian, brother Paul (Lori) Aslanian, and numerous brother and sister-in-laws, and nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. Apkar Armenian Church, 8849 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale, AZ, 85260, followed by burial at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ., A luncheon will follow at St. Apkar Armenian Church. Charitable donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Apkar Armenian Church.

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COBOS, MARGARET MARTINEZ

Margaret Martinez Cobos, age 94, passed away on January 8, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ. She was an Arizona native born in Phoenix on May 8, 1924 to Amado and Juvencia Martinez. She attended Washington Elementary School and was one of four daughters including Julia, Carmen, and Irene. Margaret married Armando Cobos on July 27, 1945 and together they had two sons, Edward and David. She worked in the Foreign Exchange Dept. of Bank One, Valley National Bank at the time, for many years yet maintaining a beautiful home, a supporting wife and wonderful mother.  Margaret’s garden and manicured yard was always the envy of the neighborhood. Family and friends made many memories at the Cobos home as she was the most giving and outgoing person and would always welcome anyone into her home to just visit or stay as long as they needed. Margaret loved to entertain and was an outstanding cook. She was famous for her Bloody Marys; only a select few have the secret recipe to this day. Music and dancing was a passion of hers and she kept dancing into her 90s. You couldn’t help but smile and laugh when Margaret was in the room. Her dimples, her smile, her jokes and her unwavering positivity kept everyone on their toes. When she entered the room everyone noticed her not only for her beauty and fashion which included perfectly styled and colored hair, nails that were always polished, and her signature lipstick, but for her warm contagious spirit. She always told her family to make sure she went to her grave with her “naturally dyed black hair”.  Make no mistake, Margaret was an enormously strong woman! She was very proud of her heritage and passed this on to her sons and grandchildren. She taught them to be proud Mexican Americans and stand up for what you believe in. Her family was her pride and joy! She was always grateful to have so many years to spend with her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Margaret was truly a “one of a kind” woman and the backbone of her family. Margaret will be remembered for years to come by all who knew her. Hearing her call you “Mija” or “Mijo always warmed our hearts. Margaret is preceded in death by her father Amado, mother Juvencia, husband Armando, sisters Julia and Carmen, and her son Edward. She is survived by her son David, sister Irene, granddaughters Lia and Natalie, grandsons Matt and Jeff, and her great grandchildren Lee, Gianna, Jacob, and Gemma. In lieu of flowers the family is asking donations be made to the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association www/alz.org/dsw .

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SHEPARD, EDITH A.

Edith “Edye” Anne Shepard passed away quietly in her sleep on January 7, 2019.  She was 84 years old.

Born on February 11th, 1934 (along with her twin brother Edward) in Massillon, Ohio to Raymond and Helen Shepard.  She moved with her family of 2 sisters and 4 brothers to Phoenix, Arizona in 1943.

She attended St. Matthews Grammar School and St. Mary’s Girls Catholic High School.  She also attended Arizona State Teachers College in Tempe Arizona (now Arizona State University).

Edye taught special education for high school students and later worked as a Title Officer for First American Title from where she retired.

She enjoyed playing bridge, sports and was passionate about genealogy and planning family reunions, a testament of her love to her entire extended family.  She volunteered with many organizations over the years.

Her family & friends will remember her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  She is preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Helen Shepard, siblings; Raymond, Marie, Mary Lou, Joseph and Robert.  She is survived by her twin brother Edward “Eddie” Shepard, her daughter Helene Gagliardi, her three sons; Michael Gagliardi Jr. and his wife Debbie, Phillip Gagliardi & his wife Natalie, Vince Gagliardi & his wife Tara, grandchildren: Gia, Marissa, Jordain, and Nicholas, along with many nieces and nephews.  

A Rosary will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix AZ 85008.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix, AZ.

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WATKINS, FAYE SMITH

Faye Smith Watkins passed away December 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born Lucy Faye Martin November 21, 1925 in Andrews, North Carolina to Dink Cruise Martin and Weldon Martin. Raised in Andrews and graduated from Andrews High School in April of 1942. Faye provided service during WWII as a Radio Mechanic Signal Section starting in September 1943. Faye married Ivan Edward Smith January 22, 1947 and had 3 children: Ronald Edward born November 27, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, Barbara Joyce (Bell) born August 19, 1950 in Andrews, NC and Beverely Jane (Hector Cardenas) born December 27, 1951 in Andrews, NC. Faye lived in many places including Baltimore, MD, Marietta and Kennesaw GA, and Phoenix, AZ. Divorced from Ivan in 1974. Faye worked as the Personnel Manager at Goldwaters, a Division of Associated Dry Goods Corporation later acquired by May Company, in Phoenix from November 1971 to August 1987. Married to Samuel Harvey Watkins May 16, 1987. Lived in Overgaard, AZ until February 1995, then relocated to Phoenix. Faye is survived by her husband Harvey, her sister Leola Martin Jordan, her 3 children and her 4 loving grandchildren, Rhonda McMahan (Jeffrey) Skallan, Shannon Bell, Michael Cardenas, and Christopher Cardenas.

Members of immediate family will receive family and friends beginning Noon on Monday January 14, 2019 followed by Chapel service 1:00 PM at Ivie Funeral Home in Andrews, NC. Graveside service will follow at Valley Town Cemetery, Andrews.

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WILLIAMS, KARLA MICHELLE

Karla Michelle Williams, 41, of Phoenix passed away on December 27, 2018. Born September 5, 1977 in Cleveland, Ohio to Carl and Kathy Williams (Barker).

At an early age, Karla was an active student and model. She graced the cover of magazines and modeled for Arizona’s top photographers and news channels. Her work for the Leighton Agency propelled her to receive many lucrative jobs with high profile individuals. Karla was also a ballroom dancer and teacher with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Karla graduated from Arcadia High School and attended Phoenix College. She also worked as a photographer while she lived in Idaho. She is survived by Destiny Clear Williams Frazier, Aaron D. Frazier, Jr., Jaden Williams, Cameron Williams, Amari Jayce Williams. Karla is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Holly Williams.

A visitation is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N 48th Street in Phoenix. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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SELLICK, JAMES A.

James A. Sellick, 77, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 29, 2018, at his home in Phoenix, AZ. Born October 12, 1941, in Portland, Maine, he was the son of James W. and Minnie (Acorn) Sellick.

Jim grew up in South Portland, Maine and was a 1960 graduate of South Portland High School and went on to attend Gray’s Portland Business College. He had a strong work ethic and enjoyed a long successful career in mortgage banking. He was employed with Maine Savings Bank, Citibank, Bank One and was the former President of the American Institute of Banking. He retired from Amera Mortgage as a Senior Vice President of Mortgage.

Jim enjoyed traveling, hiking, golf and was an avid reader. He loved animals; adopting many in his lifetime. He loved to spend time with his family and friends and was loved and respected by everyone that knew him.

Jim is survived by his wife Barbara of Phoenix, AZ; his two children with Julie Sellick (Sinclair), his wife who preceded him in death; Stephen E. Sellick and his husband Alan J. Kick of Cloverdale, California, and Rhonda L. Dolley and her husband Jason of Gorham, Maine; his granddaughter Alyssa Lee Dolley of Gorham, Maine; and his sister Gloria Plummer and her husband Richard of South Portland, Maine.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to Luv Of Dogz Rescue or the Rescue of your choice.

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BURKE, JULIA

Phoenix – Julia Margaret Purcell Burke (July 28, 1940 – January 1, 2019) was born into a loving Irish Catholic family in Reading, PA, to John and Katherine Purcell.  Early in her career as an accountant, she worked in Philadelphia for the GE Space Science Laboratory, and later, after moving to Phoenix in 1971, for Motorola’s semi-conductor group. The capstone of her career at Motorola was traveling around the world training accounting groups in preparation for Y2K.

 Julie was a life-long devout Catholic, participating as a member in a variety of religious communities.  As a young woman in Philadelphia, she was engaged in apostolic work with the Legion of Mary. After moving to her beloved “big sky” Arizona, she was baptized in the Holy Spirit and became a member of the City of the Lord Catholic Charismatic Community in Tempe, where she treasured sharing everyday life with brothers and sisters in Christ. In later years, she joined the Women’s Sodality at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Phoenix.

 She will be best remembered for her selfless love, especially for the beautiful way she raised her only daughter, Beth, and for her devotion to her husband of 20 years, Miles Burke, who will miss her greatly. She is survived by her husband, Miles, Miles’ children Jim (Sue) Burke (Phoenix, AZ), Maria Robert (Glendale, AZ) and Joe Burke (Phoenix, AZ); her daughter Beth Purcell Kabele (Portand, OR), her son-in-law Daniel Kabele and her 5 grandsons, Peter, Stephen, Luke, James, and Benjamin Kabele, whom she loved so dearly. She is also survived by her sisters Mary (J. Richard) Thern (Blandon, PA), Mollie Purcell (Gilbert, AZ), Katherine (Lawrence) Klick (Chandler, AZ), Nancy (Charlotte Fiorieto) Purcell (San Francisco, CA) and brother William Purcell (Sinking Spring, PA).

 A visitation will be on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm with a Vigil service held at 7:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4510 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. 

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ORABUENA, DOLORIS JEAN

Doloris Orabuena was born in Louisiana on November 7, 1930 to Andrew and Winnie Meyers.  Both preceded in death in Mesa, AZ. Doloris is the second oldest of four children.  On December 29, 2018, Doloris took her journey to celebrate a new life with her late husband, Eugene Orabuena, her sons Aldolpho, Robert, Mark, Jerry, and her two daughters Becky and Vickie.  Doloris leaves behind her brother Billy Meyers, her precious daughters Sandy, Susie, Monica, Esther, and Pinky, her sons Eugene (Michele), Alfred, and Tony, and her best friends Bud and Brenda.  Doloris also leaves behind 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.  Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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ALVAREZ, ALFRED

Alfred Alvarez, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on December 30, 2018.  He is survived by his parents Alfredo Alvarez and Maria L. Gil-Rios.

A visitation will on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Road, Phoenix.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4510 N. 24th Street, Phoenix.

Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N 48th Street, Phoenix.

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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GOMEZ, ROBERT S.

Gomez, Robert Savedra, 89, of Phoenix, passed away on December 28, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Inez Aguero Gomez, one daughter Irene Mendivil Gomez and four sons Robert A. Gomez, Jr., David A. Gomez Daniel A. Gomez, Charles A. Gomez, 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren

A visitation will be held one hour prior with Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 4, 2019 at St. Agnes Catholic Roman Catholic Parish, 1954 N. 24th St., Phoenix.

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LANGE, CAROL ANN

Carol Ann Lange, Nee Strub, born on January 11, 1923, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Florence and Joseph Strub.

She was married to James Martin Lange, in LaGrange, IL for 50 years. Carol was born to eternal life on December 28, 2018.

She is survived by daughter Joan (Thomas) Mahn, Karen Lange, James F Lange, Grandchildren Catherine (Ryan) Boon, Rebecca (Tyler) Mahn Hawks, Andrew Mahn, Carolyn Mahn, Melinda (Evan) Feller, Kristen (Zachary) Rhodes, Kelly Lange, and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister Joan Strub, husband Jim, and grandson Michael Leung.

Carol received her education at the University of Illinois Champagne Urbana with a degree in education. She taught in Chicago for 6 years before moving to Milwaukee, WI, raising her family there for over 20 years. Then retired to Phoenix, AZ in 1974 where she lived to the end of her life. She worked for the Health Department of the State of Arizona.

She was active in her parishes of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Corpus Christi where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and Sodality member. She was a compassionate volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul. Her life was characterized by a devout Catholic faith.

She was an avid reader and active in the League of Women Voters and enjoyed world travel. She was a valued mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, and neighbor. She will be greatly missed.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. with Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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FINCEL, KENNETH RICHARD

Fincel, Kenneth Richard, age 53, passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.

Ken was born January 7, 1965 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the son of John and Barbara Fincel.

Ken, aka “Moose,” helped many people throughout his life and was a great friend to everyone he met. He loved to make people laugh with his raw sense of humor, and witty charm. Ken had a lifelong passion for camping, cars, and spending time with his family. He was happiest camping on his Rockin’ Moose Ranch in Ashfork, AZ, surrounded by family and friends.

Ken is survived by his father John, sisters Kathy and Karen, brothers Keith, Kevin and Chris, sisters-in-law Julie and Cristen, brothers-in-law Gavin and Jerry, his nieces and nephews, Bailey, Nicholas, Makenna, Jackson and Hannah. Moose will be loved and greatly missed by all.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. A Celebration of Life gathering will follow.

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RUOFF, PHILIP C.

Phoenix – Philip C. Ruoff left this world holding hands with the love of his life on Friday December 21st, 2018 at the age of 82. His life was filled with 59 years of marriage to an amazing woman, a wonderful family and a zest for life. “Phip” was born in Peoria, IL on September 4, 1936. When he was nine, his family settled in St. Louis, MO, immediately igniting a lifelong passion for his beloved Cardinals. After attending St. Louis University High School, he headed west to Regis College, where he met Dorothy Woods, beginning a love affair that would last his entire life.

Phil and Dot raised their family in Phoenix, AZ, and were members of St Francis Xavier Parish for 30 years. Their house was always open to anyone passing by looking for a good meal, a good drink, a good story, or all of the above. Phil was preceded in death by his parents William and Mabel, brothers Bill and Jack, and sister Janie.

He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, his brother Tom, and his children: Roch (Pam), Maria (Brian) Paulsen, Monica (Chis) Kosvic, Erik (Kirby), and William (Katie). “Papa Phil” will be dearly missed by his loving grandchildren: Marcia (Joseph) Romero, Philip, Andrew and John Ruoff; Alex, Thomas and Patrick Paulsen; Benjamin and Henry Kosvic; Ryan and Scott Ruoff; Michael, Maggie, and Monica Ruoff.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 12, at 12:30 PM, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, followed by a reception to celebrate his life at Anderson Hall, adjacent to the church. His greatest talent was having fun, he will be remembered by all with a Bud in one hand and a Lucky Strike in the other.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made in his name to Serenity Hospice (2999 N. 44th Street, Suite 225, Phx, AZ 85018), who lovingly cared for him during the last years of his life.

Arrangements by WHITNEY & MURPHY FUNERAL HOME.

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HUEBNER, JR., MELBURN ERNEST

Shalom, peace, to Melburn Ernest Huebner, Jr. 89, of Scottsdale, Arizona, who entered the Lord’s eternal peace on December 21, 2018. Mel was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As a teenager, he spent two summers living and working on a farm as a Victory Farms Volunteer. Mel served in the Army, attended the Lawrence Institute of Technology, and graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. At “Valpo”, Mel met and fell in love with Ruth Lillian Jaeger; they were married on June 16, 1956. Mel’s career as a mechanical engineer took them to Cincinnati, Ohio, Schenectady, New York, Norristown, Pennsylvania and, finally, in 1968, to Scottsdale, Arizona. Their family included six children by 1968, when they moved to Scottsdale. Ruth and Mel were active members of Christ Church-Lutheran, Phoenix for 50 years. Their six children, and two grandchildren graduated from Christ Lutheran School. Mel loved engineering and his time working on defense and aerospace projects at General Electric, Honeywell and Motorola. After moving to Arizona, he fully embraced the West. Mel was almost never seen without a western shirt and bolo tie. For the family’s first Christmas in Scottsdale, he bought himself several cowboy hats, and his wife and six children each received a bright red hat. The family was a colorful sight at the 1969 Parada del Sol. Mel treasured his children: Denise Wachholz (David) of Scottsdale, Arizona; Dr. Melburn K. Huebner (Ann) of Amarillo, Texas; Carol Kirkhart (Kerry) of McAlester, Oklahoma; Paul Huebner, of Yuma, Arizona; John Huebner (Margie) of Norwood, Colorado; Tim Huebner of Colorado; his twelve grandchildren, and one newborn great-grandson. Treasured family also included those who predeceased him: his beloved wife, Ruth Lillian; his parents, Melburn and Gertrude (Becker) Huebner; and his siblings Dale A. Huebner and Joanna Weideman. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church-Lutheran, 3901 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

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JOHNSON, NIEVES SUAREZ

Nieves (Nevie) Suarez Johnson, 91, passed away Dec.21st 2018 in Tucson, AZ. Born June 3rd, 1927 in Miami, AZ to Spanish immigrant parents Jose and Maria Suarez, Nevie was the youngest and last surviving member of an extraordinary and close family of 3 brothers, Molly, Mitch and Len, and 2 sisters, Tina and Juanita. Inspired by her brother Molly, Nieves earned degrees and a Master Degree from Arizona State Teachers College at Arizona State University, which made her a passionate lifelong Sun Devil’s football fan. She had an innate love of life and exploration coupled with a complete lack of fear which led her to venture out on her own as a young woman to live and study in Mexico City and Hawaii. Shortly after college she again traveled solo to her beloved Spain for the first of many trips there. She taught elementary school in Phoenix, then put her teaching career on hold to be a mother of two after marrying Ralph Johnson in 1959. She resumed her teaching career at Liberty Elementary School near Buckeye, AZ for many years before retiring in 1995 as a favorite amongst both students and fellow teachers. Throughout her life she joyfully gave her time and talents to organizations such as Delta Kappa Gamma, Avondale Women’s Club, St. Gregory’s and had a special place in her heart for St. Vincent de Paul where well into her 80’s she translated and processed paperwork for people needing medical care. Along with many other attributes, the spirit of volunteerism inspired her children and grandchildren to follow her example. During her 91 years she lived a life filled with love, laughs, dancing and worldwide adventures with her beloved sisters, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was blessed with great health until the last two weeks of her life when an illness gently laid her to rest. She is dearly remembered by her children Marcella Schannep, (Bart) Larry, 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and cherished nieces, nephews and cousins in both the United States and Spain. The family is tremendously grateful to Dr. Steve Ruffenach and the staff at Oro Valley Hospital and the wonderful care given at Casa de Luz Hospice.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 4th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. (Rosary at 7 p.m.) at Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass to be held Saturday, Jan 5th, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Ave., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, AZ 85002 or www.stvincentdepaul.net/give

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VALENCIA, BENNY APODACA

Benny Apodaca Valencia, 76 of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

Benny was married to Mary Valencia on June 30, 1963 and together had two beautiful children, Daniel and Linda. He worked for Fleming Foods for 35 years as a warehouseman until retiring. Benny loved to BBQ for friends and family. He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors, fishing and camping and his trips to the casino. He is so loved and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents Fernando and Margarita Apodaca Valencia.

Benny is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary; son Daniel Valencia and daughter Linda Valencia; 3 grandchildren, Ashley Valenzuela, Christopher Valencia and Daniel Valencia and 7 great-grandchildren. All of the services for Benny will be held at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ, on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Beginning with Visitation at 9:00AM; Rosary Service at 10:30AM and the Funeral Mass at 11:00AM. A reception will follow Mass in the hall at St. Mary’s Church.

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PEMBERTON, LISBETH FRANCES

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August 14th, 1942 ~ December 26th, 2018, Lisbeth passed away peacefully after battling cancer. She will be dearly missed by her large family. A Visitation will be held Friday, December 28th, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M., with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass commemorating her life will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 E. 48th Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers her family would greatly appreciate donations be made to The Academy Theatre at academytheatre@cox.net and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3877 N. 7th Street Suite 300

Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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CAVANAGH, THOMAS ANTHONY

Thomas Anthony Cavanagh, 88 years young, peacefully passed away on December 22, 2018 at Hospice of the Valley surrounded by the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Vickie Carr. He was born in Chicago on September 19, 1930 to Bert and Mary Cavanagh. He had three brothers, Harry Cavanagh, John Cavanagh and Eddie Cavanagh, and two sisters, Peggy Knoell and Mary Ann Mitcham. The Cavanagh clan moved to the Valley of the Sun in 1940 and made Phoenix their forever home.

Tom attended St. Francis Xavier elementary school and proudly attended St. Mary’s High School, a fact he frequently shared with anyone who asked. He went on to graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Management. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was stationed in Korea for four years. During his time there, he was the designated pilot for Syngman Rhee, President of South Korea. Tom flew many missions, many of which he was never permitted to speak about; he served his country with great devotion. While off duty, when he needed some extra spending money, he was the official typing teacher for anyone on the base. Tom truly was a multi-faceted, talented guy.

His love for flying continued after his service. He flew with his family, friends and co-workers. He flew dignitaries, such as senators, congressmen, and judges, to attend political functions all over the country. Whoever needed flight service, Tom was happy to oblige.

Upon returning home from Korea, he began his career in real estate. Hired as a salesman with Staggs Homes, in a very short time he became the Sales and Marketing manager. It was here that he truly found his place in the business world. After several successful years with the company, Tom went into business with his brother-in-law, Frank Knoell. Frank managed the Construction division and Tom managed the Sales and Marketing division. Together, with all of the talented and dedicated sales people and craftsmen, they built the legacy of Knoell Homes.

In the late 1970’s, Tom decided to go out on his own and open Tom Cavanagh & Co., successfully building semi-custom and custom homes in the Valley for over 20 years. He was a long-standing member of the Arizona Home Builders Association, having served as a board member for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds; it was one of his greatest joys.

Tom was one of the original members of Arizona Country Club, a place that was very special to him. It was here that Tom became a proficient tennis player and golfer, something he often shared with those that asked, and even those that didn’t.

He was a genuinely charitable and generous person, but in a very quiet and unpretentious way. Catholic charities, Sisters of the Poor, Father Wasson & NPH, Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix were a few of his favorites.

Tom leaves behind his loving family; his wife of 64 years, Cathie Cavanagh and his four remaining children, Laurie Helgeson (Grant), Colleen McGuire (David), Meg Murphy (Brian) and Tim Cavanagh (fiancé Vivian) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gone before him are his mother and father, his three brothers and his eldest son, Eddie, who passed away in March 1979.

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His Hand”.

The Visitation for Tom will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, December 28, 2018 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to your favorite charity.

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CUIZON, MARC NOBUO

In Memorial

Marc Nobuo Cuizon, 44 of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. He was born on February 26, 1974 in Lihu’e, Kaua’i. After a hard-fought battle with metastatic cancer, Marc was surrounded with aloha and music of family and friends who lovingly gathered by his side. His final moments were as peaceful as the fondest of farewell and filled with grace, humility and dignity.

Upon graduating from Waimea High School, Class of 1992 Marc studied at Devry University in Phoenix after which Arizona would become his home for 26 years. He was employed in radio communications with AAA Arizona for most of his career, a position he treasured.  More recently and at the time of his passing, Marc was employed with the power company, Arizona Public Utilities, a job he was most grateful for working with the best boss anyone could possibly have.

In the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, Marc found a vibrant amateur radio community that he would grow to enjoy and love.  New and lasting friendships were made over the years with people of common interests and goals, one of which was the Incident Command Page (ICP). With others Marc became an integral part of a multitude of volunteering opportunities for community events providing and manning radio and communication support. He found great joy and satisfaction in the giving of his time and efforts to make a safer and more wholesome community in which to live in. Marc lived his life to work hard diligently and to faithfully serve others.

Marc is preceeded in death by his father, Gene Raymond Cuizon, his paternal grandparents Marcelino and Feliza Cuizon and his maternal grandparents Nobuo and Toyoko Saiki.

He is survived by Mom, Gayle Hanayo Cuizon, ‘O’mao, Kaua’i;brother, Beau Gene Cuizon, Honolulu, O’ahu;and, sister, Beth Feliza (James Donaldson) Cuizon of Nelson, New Zealand.  In addition, there are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and life-long friends, workmates and mentors.

Memorial Services for Marc will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (meeting rooms) Restaurant.   Visitation with family and close friends begin at 5:00 pm followed by services at 5:30 pm, Father Kevin Dilworth, officiant.  A celebratory program to honor Marc will be followed with dinner and fellowship to conclude the evening. Please feel free to call 808-631-1129 should there be any questions.

Whitney and Murphy Funeral Home in Phoenix, Arizona is graciously assisting the family.

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STAMM, CYNTHIA L.

In Memorial

Cynthia L. Stamm, 55 of Scottsdale, passed away on December 19, 2018. Cynthia is survived by her mother Terry, Russell Stamm, and their son Denis. She is preceded in death by her father Richard Tracy. Her family and friends who knew her all benefitted from her kind, generous soul. Cynthia was a “Light Spirit” for many as she walked through her journey of life. A Memorial Visitation is scheduled from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with Service starting at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 4, 2019 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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SOLAR, DAVID P.

David Peter Solar, 86, of Scottsdale, passed away peacefully Friday, December 14, 2018 in his home surrounded by family. He was born March 11, 1932 in Arnold, PA to Elizabeth and Anthony Solar. He graduated high school, then enlisted in the army and served his country in the Korean War. David then met his wife of 55 years Cornelia “Babe” Rusiewicz and married her on June 4, 1963. He moved himself and his wife to AZ and worked for 32 years for Allied Signal in Purchasing and Logistics.

David had a strong faith in the Roman Catholic Church and was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church for over 50 years, where he served as an usher and worked for St. Vincent DePaul to help those in need. He was especially devoted to Our Blessed Mother and brought her flowers when he attended morning mass during the week. He loved church, fishing, the ASU Sun Devils and really loved a good steak. David melted your heart with his smile and was known for it, with the nickname “Smiley”. He was a loving and devoted father and husband, that appreciated and loved the simple things in life, especially time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Anthony Solar; his siblings, Simon, John, Paul, and Joe Solar, Ann Neil and Mary Zack. He is survived by his brother Richard Solar, his wife, Cornelia “Babe” Solar, his children and their spouses, Philip and Joyce Solar, David and Rachelle Solar, and AnnMarie and Dave Fouquette. David had 6 grandchildren, Matthew, David, Amanda, Nicholas, Mia and Michael.

Visitation will be Wednesday December 19, 2018 from 5:00 -8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in his name to Hospice of the Valley. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

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MARTORI, JOSEPH PETER

Joseph Peter Martori was born on August 19, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph and Teresa Martori.  He has two brothers Frank and Jerry as well as one sister named Catherine.  Joe attended New York University and received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1963, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  He also received an M.B.A degree in Finance from New York University in 1968.  Later, Joe attended Notre Dame Law School earning his law degree and graduating first in class in 1967.  Joe was a prestigious Attorney in Arizona practicing at various law firms and even serving as a founding member of Martori, Meyer, Hendricks and Victor.  In addition to his career as a Lawyer, Joe was the founder and director of First Metropolitan Bank and served for ten years as Vice Consul of the Republic of Italy for the State of Arizona.   Joe was also the Chairman, President and CEO of ILX Incorporated, an international travel and leisure company on the American Stock Exchange.  Joe’s passion was giving to others and he took pride participating in various charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix where he served as a member of the Corporate Board of Directors.  Joe authored the Novel Street Fights which was published in 1987.  To know Joe was to love him and he left a lasting impression on everyone he met.  His smile and presence will be missed by many.  Joe is survived by his wife Mia, son Joseph, two daughters Christina and Arianne, sister Catherine, brother Frank as well as his four grandchildren Joseph, Dominick, Albert and Tiernan.  Joe passed away surrounded by loved ones on December 9, 2018.  There will be a celebration of life scheduled for Joe in January. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.

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WOOTTON, DIANE MARIE

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Diane Wootton returned to God on December 6, 2018 after a brave battle with ALS.

Born October 20th, 1938 in Ottumwa, Iowa, Diane moved to Arizona in 1942 with her mother Bernice Fletcher. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic elementary and high school where she made life-long friends. Diane worked for Governor Paul Fannin until her marriage to Frank C. Brophy Jr. in 1961. She and Frank had five loving and beloved daughters.

In 1979, Diane married Dr. James Wootton. She loved spending time painting, playing the piano, reading, traveling, skiing, and mahjong games with her childhood friends. Along with Brandy Fishman, she opened a women’s clothing store, The Arrival Boutique, at the Town and Country Shopping Center. She was a passionate learner, attending philosophy, Spanish, photography, and history classes at Phoenix College and ASU. An earnest student, she made deep and lasting friendships with her professors.

Diane will be remembered for her warmth and compassion. She was welcoming to all and her home was always filled with the laughter of friends and relatives from all walks of life, as well as the occasional stray animal that she lovingly adopted. She is survived by her husband, James Wootton; her brother Richard Fletcher; her half-sister Patti O’Malley; her daughters Sallie Brophy Najafi; Francesca Brennan (Steve); Christie Brophy; Fiona Brophy (Tom Hales); and seven grandchildren: Blaise Najafi, Julia Najafi, Blake Brennan, Chase Brennan, Cullen Brennan, Isabelle Hales, and Francesca Hales, and many much-loved step-children and grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Diane was predeceased by her fourth daughter, Julia Brophy, and her parents, Bernice and Harold Fletcher.

Diane’s funeral service will be held at the Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. A Rosary will be held prior to the service at the chapel at 9:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diane’s honor to the ALS Association www.als.org.

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VEGTEL, JENNIFER AND LOGAN

Jennifer and Logan passed on December 10, 2018 in a tragic accident.

Jenny was 31. She was born February 28, 1987 to Mike and Jodi Vickers in Phoenix. This is where she spent most of her younger life. Eventually she moved to Oregon and graduated from Woodburn High School in 2001. Shortly after that she moved to California. This is where she met Jacob Vegtel, the love of her life. They were married in 2011 and in 2013 they welcomed Logan. In 2015 she found her way back to Phoenix. She was a high spirited happy young woman, never backed down from a challenge and always seemed to find the bright side of every situation. She is survived by her husband, Jacob; her parents Jodi and Jason; her father, Mike and her sister, Nikki.

Logan Jack Thomas Vegtel was 5. Born April 12, 2013 to Jacob and Jennifer Vegtel. He attended kindergarten at Red Field Elementary. A very high energy little boy, who next to his mom and dad, thought dinosaurs were the best things ever. He is survived by his father, Jacob and many grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives.

Services will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Rd Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, December 15, 2018 with Visitation at 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. and the Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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TAMASAUCKAS, WALTER

In Memorial

Our hearts are saddened to announce the passing of Walter Tamasauckas, who died peacefully in the arms of his love, Cheryl, in the early morning of December 5, 2018.

Walt was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1931, and moved to Arizona when he was stationed at Luke Air Force Base. He was a man of many talents, and influenced countless lives throughout his own. While we will miss him greatly, we take solace in the idea that he is now at peace.

Walt is survived by wife Cheryl, children Tom, Stephanie Brown (Doug), and Matt, stepchildren Carl Monaco (Theresa) and Christin Monaco, grandchildren Amber (Alex), Alexandra, Mitch, “Tall” Tyler, Preston, Tyler, and Cade, and great-grandchildren Emily and Charlotte.

A Funeral Mass celebrating Walt’s life (and what would have been his 87th birthday) will be held at St. Theresa’s Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Reception to follow immediately after in Feeney Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of Walt.

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ORTIZ, SR. VINCENT

Vincent Ortiz Sr., born July 19, 1919 in Blue Island, Illinois passed away November 28, 2018, he was part of a large family of 10 children. He was the father of 5, grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather. His love of music was expressed by his singing love songs as he would entertain at the Veteran’s home. He enjoyed dancing competitions with our mom, that he entered and won. He traveled extensively here and abroad. He will be missed and loved by all.

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LAGUNA, MARIA M.

Maria M. Laguna, 70, of Phoenix passed away Friday, November 30, 2018. Mickey has reunited with parents Miguel and Josephine Laguna, son, John M. Mada and brothers Joe & Rey Laguna. She is survived by her daughters Josie & Judy Mada, sons Bernardo Jr. (Michelle), Gabriel (Marisa) & Javier Espinoza, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, sisters Mary Castro and Dora Rodriguez, and many nephews and nieces, along with many cousins and friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral service will be celebrated Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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ANDAZOLA, PETE

Pete Andazola, 78, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on December 7th, 2018. He is survived by his wife Thelma of 58 years, and 5 kids, Debbie, Tommy, Linda, Ruben and Sylvia, 6 grandkids, Gabriel, Jessica, Elissa, Trey, Lexi and Kyler, 4 great-grandkids Victor, Cynthia, Sophia and Gabriel.

Pete was a retired Teamsters Union truck driver, loving father, husband, Tata and friend who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved to go hunting, play baseball and slow pitch softball, along with coaching his sons’ baseball teams. He loved to follow his grandkids and their sporting events. He loved having family and friends over to watch sporting events, vacationing, camping trips, BBQ’s, especially going on cruises and to laugh with his wife, Thelma. His goofy sayings and sense of humor will be dearly missed. A Visitation will be at 9:00 A.M. with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix with Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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FIERROS, MARY V.

Mary V. Fierros, 97, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away, Friday, December 7, 2018 in Phoenix, was born April 8, 1921 in Phoenix and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy T. Fierros, Sr., and son Roy Fierros, Jr. She is survived by her daughter Angel Snyder of Phoenix, RoseMary Perez of Chandler, Susan Burns of Scottsdale, Diana Fierros of Chandler, and son Ruben Fierros of Maricopa, Arizona, as well as 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 21 great-greatgrandchildren. A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:15 A.M., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road, Phoenix. Entombment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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BARRY, ELI

Eli Barry, of Phoenix, Arizona died Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 2018 at Banner Memorial Medical Center, after a battle with Parkinson’s, kidney, and heart diseases. He was born April 5th, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY to Irving and Elsie Barry.

He had a lifelong career in advertising, and served two years in the Army during the Korean War.

Eli is survived by his two sons, Ian Barry and his wife Sherri of Phoenix, AZ and Todd Barry of New York, NY, brother Sy his granddaughter Anna, and his companion for the past eleven years, Charlotte Uffner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Elsie, his brother Abe, and his wife Gloria Barry in 2006.

A funeral will be held on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

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CASEY, LaDEANE OSLER

With great sadness we announce that our mother, LaDeane Osler Casey, age 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2018, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Mom was born in Griswold, IA, on May 27, 1926, to Lon and Delia Osler.

LaDeane married her childhood sweetheart, Donald J. Casey, D.V.M., in 1947, upon his return from service with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific theatre. They were married 71 years! After first raising their six children in Iowa, LaDeane returned to college at the age of 50 and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Drake University. The family then moved to Paradise Valley where she earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. For the next 25 years, LaDeane was practicing psychologist, while Don practiced veterinary medicine, both in Scottsdale. They have been residents at the Vi @ Silverstone in north Scottsdale.

LaDeane is survived by Don and five of her six children Kent (Amy), Robert, Diane Casey Maloney, Donna (Bruce) Tait, and Mark (Caroline), son-in-law Craig Larsen, nine grandchildren Dylan (Liz) and Brook Casey, Kelleen and Greg (Kassandra) Tait, W.J., Sean (Kerri), and Connor Maloney, and Charlotte and Ruby Casey, two great-granddaughters Ella and Harper Casey, and many Casey nieces and nephews.

LaDeane was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Janice Casey Larsen, a sister and brother-in-law Lela and Howard Limbaugh, and their daughter/her niece Lois Limbaugh Jones.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date with burial in Griswold, IA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity or Mom and Dad’s favorites, Christ Child Society of Phoenix, 4633 N 54th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018, or St. Vincent de Paul Society, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix AZ 85002.

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KANE, MICHAEL VINCENT

Michael Vincent Kane, 63 of Phoenix, passed away November 28, 2018. Mike was born in Chicago, IL on December 27, 1954 to Michael and Delores Kane. He is survived by his wife Vicky and his mother Delores. A Visitation will be held at 3:00 P.M. prior to the Funeral Mass at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Burial with Military Honors will take place on Tuesday, December 11th at 11:00 A.M. at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

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SUNDERMAN, RONLYN LORAYNE TALBOT

Sunderman, Ronlyn Lorayne Talbot, 70, of Phoenix, passed away at home on Friday, November 30, 2018, after battling pancreatic cancer. Ronnie was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 27, 1948. She was the daughter of June Berryman Talbot and Garvin Wayne Talbot who came to Phoenix in 1954. She attended North Phoenix High School and Northern Arizona University where she met the love of her life, Robert James Sunderman, husband of 47 years. Ronnie touched the hearts of so many families as a teacher and then as the Director at Creighton United Methodist Children’s Center for over 35 years, and more recently at Covenant Child Care Center. For the past 50 years, Ronnie was a very active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She is survived by her husband and their children, Robert James Sunderman Jr., Carin Tingle and Laurel Sunderman, her siblings Georgia Talbot, Marcia Smith, Berryman (Skip) Talbot and Michael Talbot. She loved her grandchildren Ryan, Jaycen, Alex and James so very much.

A Celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church or Hospice of the Valley.

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SLAVIN, CAROL J

Carol J. Slavin, 75, of Paradise Valley, passed away on November 30, 2018, after a 9-year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband Francis (Buzz) Slavin, of 52 years, daughter Jacquelyn, sons Patrick and Daniel, sisters Elizabeth Ann Shelly and Jacqueline Hurst and grandchildren Grace and Max Slavin.

Carol was born in Toledo, Ohio to Charles and Jane Shelly and graduated from Perrysburg High School. She attended the University of Cincinnati earning a BS in Nursing where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She met her future husband at a college fraternity dance. They were married on June 25, 1966 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg. Carol and Buzz have lived in Arizona since July, 1971 where they raised their 3 children. Carol made you feel that she loved and cared about you. She enjoyed downhill skiing and the many camping trips and time spent exploring the National Forests in the West. She especially enjoyed spending time with her many friends when not attending her children’s school and after school activities.

In lieu of flowers, Carol’s family suggests that you make a donation in her name to the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States which may be found online at www.turnersyndrome.org

A Vigil will be held from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with prayers on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at Our Lady of the Angels at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. A Committal Service will take place at 10:00 A.M., Monday, December 10, 2018 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, 23015 N Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Following services, a reception will be held at the Omni Montelucia Resort on the southeast corner of Tatum and Lincoln Drive, 4949 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.

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DIAMOND, DONALD

Donald John Diamond joined his eternal Father on Friday, November 30, 2018. Don was born August 3, 1933, to Arthur and Anna, in Yonkers, New York. Blessed with many childhood experiences in New York, his most memorable was being a Yankee fan and attending the games. He remained a true Yankee fan through-out his life. At the age of 15, his family moved to Phoenix Arizona. Don attended North Phoenix High School and Arizona State University; graduating with a degree in Architecture. He was part of ROTC while studying at ASU.

In 1952, he joined the United States Air Force & served for 6 years as a pilot flying Bombers and Transport aircrafts. This position in life was one of his proudest moments.

Don spent his entire career in the home building business managing housing developments through-out the Phoenix area. His love of design, development and details added great value to his success.

In 1955, he married Norma Basila. Together they raised a family of 4 children, who in turn gave him 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. His love of dogs, rose bushes, and the Yankees was passed on to his children & grandchildren. His strong belief in God and his Country were constant reminders of what is important and how to use the strength of both in daily decisions and life’s difficulties. Go the distance, expect the obstacles and celebrate the accomplishments.

An avid Sun Devil fan, Don attended ASU games his entire life. His children and grandchildren continued to be a part of the Sun Devil family and many hours of enjoyment were spent watching and discussing the Devils.

Don was preceded in death by his Father, Arthur, Mother, Anna and Brother, Cliff.

Don is survived by his present wife of 30 years Mary, who loved him dearly, his son Thomas (Melissa), his daughters Debra (Jack), Donna (Michael) and Lori (Jim), eight grandchildren (Ashley, Alicia, Jack, Steven, Nick, Michael, Keegan, Kylie) and 3 great grandchildren (Caden, Ryan, Austin)

His family has planned a Catholic mass for family and friends to celebrate his life and the ways in which he touched their lives. Don will be missed. His legacy and strength will forever be in the memory of many. God Bless him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Don can be made to Christian Family Care. Please see Cfcare.org for more details.

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RUSSELL, MARY LOU

Mary Lou Russell, beloved wife of Robert R. Russell, mother of Jacqueline Lee Petchauer (husband Bill)and Craig William Russell, and grandmother of Katherine Lee Stranz and Christopher Russell Stranz (wife Jenny) passed into the hands of God on Friday, November 30, 2018. She is also survived by her brother Robert Joseph Rosenquist and sister Carol Theresa Osborn, along with many nieces and nephews. 

Mary Lou was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 8, 1934 and raised in Detroit, Michigan where she attended St. Mary’s of Redford School. She moved with her family to Phoenix, Arizona in 1952, and subsequently joined United Airlines based out of both Boston and Denver as a “stewardess”.

In 1956, she left the airline when her mother Emily Rosenquist passed away, returning to Phoenix to be near her baby sister Carol and taking employment with Ramada Inn Hotels. 

Mary Lou married Robert R. Russell in 1960 after a whirlwind romance. Bob was working for IBM in computer sales. Over their 58 years of marriage, they pursued the computer leasing business, which took them to Los Angeles, Chicago and back to Los Angeles, before founding their own computer leasing business, Systems Marketing Inc. (SMI) in 1970 in Phoenix. The company was sold in 1988, when they moved into real estate development. 

If two things stand out about Mary Lou, it was her strong Catholic faith and her fierce love for her family. Mary Lou repeated the rosary every day of her life, and was open and giving to people of all faiths. Her health was greatly tested in her final years, but she refused to concede defeat. Each day presented another opportunity to hit the treadmill and scoff at the hand she had been dealt, always putting her best foot forward. 

Mary Lou always insisted on doing the right thing, and following the rules of the road, from putting the recyclables in the right can to not allowing Bob’s friends to inhabit their guest house until they had married. She never met a party she couldn’t host or a holiday she couldn’t decorate, throwing many memorable fiestas at their Las Conchas compound in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. 

Her celebration mass will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, Arizona, followed by internment at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, Arizona.

A reception will be held afterward at the Russell residence. 

Contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul @stvincentdepaul.net

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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PASTOR, THE HONORABLE EDWARD LOPEZ

On November 27, 2018, native Arizonan Edward Lopez Pastor passed away at the age of 75 in Phoenix ending a life of service and dedication to family, community, state and country. 

Born on June 28, 1943, Ed’s commitment to public service is rooted in the Arizona copper-mining town of Claypool, where he was raised by his parents, Margarita and Enrique Pastor.  As one of four children, it was in that mining town where he learned the values that would direct his life.  After completing the 8th grade, his father went to work for the rest of his life as a furnace tender and union leader at Inspiration Copper Mine, while his mother, Margarita, worked various jobs in the area, but mostly cleaned the homes of families in the mining communities of Globe, Miami, and Claypool. 

Maggie and Enrique set high expectations for their children believing that if they set the bar high, their children would achieve. Ed did not disappoint them. In high school, a skinny, bespectacled Eddie Pastor excelled by earning A’s in the classroom and scoring points on the athletic field. Outside of school, Ed worked a paper route to earn money that sometimes went to help pay the family’s bills. In 1961, he was awarded a scholarship from the newspaper company he worked and enrolled at Arizona State University.

Further realizing how knowledge and education empowers us all, Ed went on to earn his law degree from Arizona State University, graduating in 1974.  By the mid- 1970s, Ed had fully committed to the growing Chicano movement – a movement that fought for the rights of Latinos and all working families who wanted a better life for themselves and their children. Ed honed his advocacy skills at Guadalupe Organization, Inc., a non-profit, community-based organization in Guadalupe, Arizona. His public service career followed with the administration of Arizona Governor Raul Castro where he advocated for workers and enforcement the Civil Rights Act. Not long into his career, however, Ed’s younger brother, Bob, was killed in a car accident in 1975. Bob’s death affected Ed deeply and brought him to the realization that elective office was one of the most effective ways for Latinos to have a strong voice at the proverbial table. In 1976, Ed successfully ran for a seat on Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, where he served for fifteen years. 

Ed Pastor served the state of Arizona as its first Mexican American congressman when he won a special election to assume Congressman Morris Udall’s seat in 1991. He served for 23 years as a congressional leader on the House Appropriations Committee, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Small Business, the Education & Labor Committee, and the Agriculture Committee. In recognition of his keen ability to work “across the aisle” he served as deputy whip from 2010 until the conclusion of his tenure with the U.S. House of Representatives.

Always an ardent advocate and vocal champion of civil rights and civil liberties, Ed Pastor never forgot America’s working families, or the underrepresented and underserved citizens of this country. This is demonstrated by his vigorous sponsorship and stewardship of important legislation designed to raise the standard of living, increase productivity, and protect fundamental rights. Congressman Pastor was acutely aware of the global role of the United States and noted that, “we cannot survive, let alone compete, if we become protectionists and isolationists.” 

The Congressman’s background as a chemistry teacher afforded him a keen understanding of the environmental challenges facing the United States and the world, and he was dedicated to the preservation of our national parks, wetlands, and natural habitats.  Long before infrastructure became a banal term, the congressman spearheaded efforts to secure funding for research, development, and construction of the Phoenix Metro Light Rail System. He also vigorously supported the Rio Salado & Tres Rio development projects believing in their intrinsic economic value to the city of Phoenix and state of Arizona.

Congressman Pastor never forgot our country’s veterans, was always sensitive to the needs of his constituents, and advocated for immigrants, in particular the “Dreamers,” by seeking to create and provided a pathway to citizenship for innocent children that only know the American way of life.  He led by his example of continuous, diligent work, mentorship, and unflagging commitment to and belief in the American dream. As President Obama remarked upon his retirement Ed was, “The first in his family to graduate college, and the first Hispanic Congressman ever elected from Arizona, Ed Pastor has spent his life fighting to give every American the same chance to work hard and get ahead that this country gave him.” 

Following his well deserved retirement, Congressman Pastor continued to serve the state of Arizona and spearheaded the Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service at Arizona State University.  We are reminded of his enduring legacy with the Ed Pastor Environmental Protection Area (Pima County), the Ed and Verma Pastor Elementary School, and the Ed Pastor Transit Center, as well as many other landmarks throughout the state.

Congressman Pastor is preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Enrique and Robert Pastor.  He is survived by his wife, Verma Mendez Pastor, his daughters, Phoenix City Councilwoman Laura Pastor (Henry Cotto), Yvonne Pastor, his grandchildren Alexis Lopez Pastor, Francisco Pastor Rivera, Eduardo Pastor-Cotto and Sophia Pastor-Cotto, his sister Eleanor Pastor, and many nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss him deeply.

Always humble, even in moments of success Ed Pastor reminded us, “Mr. Speaker, Members of the Arizona delegation and Members of the House of Representatives, I am truly honored to stand before you today as a member of this House.  I share that honor with my friends and my family, in particular my wife, Verma, and my two daughters, Laura and Yvonne.  I thank all of them for their support and hard work.  My greatest debt of gratitude goes to the people of Arizona . . . who have allowed me in this small way to make history.  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve them.”  Those of us left behind have been graced and forever changed by the force of his life.

A Visitation will be held at 6:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N Central Avenue, Phoenix.  The Funeral Mass will begin at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 7, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  Entombment will immediately follow at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.  Reception will take place at the Harper Great Hall from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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LESSARD, BEATRICE

Beatrice “Bea” Lessard (née Cantin) passed away peacefully on November 28, 2018 at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona in the loving embrace of her husband, Joseph. After a brave ten-year battle with heart and lung disease, she is now united with the Lord, which gives comfort to her loved ones.

Bea was born in Groton, Massachusetts in 1930 and attended Groton High School, where she has maintained close friendships over the past 70 years. As a young child she frequently visited a very sick friend that was bedridden. This was the beginning of a lifelong dedication to volunteerism and caring for others.

In 1950, Bea married Joseph Lessard at St. Catherine’s Church in Graniteville, MA. They built a new home, and had two of their six children. The family moved out west to Phoenix, Arizona in 1956 where they had four more children. The family joined St. Theresa’s Catholic Church where Bea followed her passion for singing and sang soprano in the parish choir. She later sang with the choir at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale under the direction of Irving Fleming, the founder and director of the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra.

In 1985, Bea began her 22-year career as a volunteer caregiver for the sick and dying with Hospice of the Valley where she worked for ten years. She later provided pastoral care at St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church where she was revered as a calming presence and a source of spiritual compassion and love for grieving families. Bea believed God called her to do this work in her youth and throughout her adult life. Bea was a faithful and devout Catholic and she recognized all of the blessings in her life. She said her greatest achievements were her six children.

In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, Bea will be also be remembered for her sharp wit, infectious laugh, and as an avid local sports fan. She followed baseball, basketball and football and cheered on her favorite teams: the Diamondbacks, Suns, and Sun Devils (Cardinals, not so much). She was quick on her feet and extra quick with her hands. A classic Beatrice move was stealing a cookie from your hand and eating it before you had a chance to take a bite.

Bea was preceded in death by her loving parents, Emile Cantin and Rita Maxine Cantin (née Provost). She is survived by her faithful husband of 68 years, Ret. Deacon Joseph A. Lessard and their six children: Michael Lessard of Scottsdale; Susan (Jeff) Hofmeister of Peoria; Barbara (Don) Jensen of Chandler; Karen (Henry) Register of Scottsdale; Richard (Leslie) Lessard of Scottsdale; and Janet (Dean) McAthie of Carmel, California.

Bea, aka Mimi, was blessed with thirteen grandchildren: Monica Schuman, Jeanne Lessard, George Lessard, Stephen Hofmeister, Richard Hofmeister, David Hofmeister, Carolyn Hofmeister, Diana Lessar, Kathryn Pringle, Sarah Jensen, Matthew Register, Emilia McAthie, and Audrey McAthie. She also had six great grandchildren: Rico, Garrett, Olivia, Isaac, Ethan, Julia, and Lucas.

Mom, we love you so much. May you soar with the angels in heaven and watch over us until we meet again. Many thanks to Vera Hospice and nurse Deanne for her end of life care.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, 10:00 AM at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. Interment following at St. Francis Cemetery (Mausoleum), 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix. Reception following at Mount Claret Retreat Ctr., 4633 N. 54th St., Phoenix.

God is love. He who abides in love abides in God.” 1 John 4:11-17

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LESSARD, BEATRICE M.

Beatrice “Bea” Lessard ( née Cantin), passed away peacefully on November 28, 2018, at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona in the loving embrace of her husband, Joseph. After a brave ten-year battle with heart and lung disease, she is now united with the Lord, which gives comfort to her loved ones.

Bea was born in Groton, Massachusetts in 1930 and attended Groton High School, where she has maintained close friendships over the past 70 years. As a young child she frequently visited a very sick friend that was bedridden. This was the beginning of a lifelong dedication to volunteerism and caring for others. In 1950, Bea married Joseph Lessard at St. Catherine’s Church in Graniteville, MA. They built a new home, and had two of their six children.

The family moved out west to Phoenix, Arizona in 1956 where they had four more children. The family joined St. Theresa Catholic Church where Bea followed her passion for singing and sang soprano in the parish choir. She later sang with the choir at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale under the direction of Irving Fleming, the founder and director of the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra.

In 1985, Bea began her 22-year career as a volunteer caregiver for the sick and dying with Hospice of the Valley. She later provided pastoral care at St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church where she was revered as a calming presence and a source of spiritual compassion and love for grieving families. Bea believed God called her to do this work in her youth and throughout her adult life.

Bea was a faithful and devout Catholic and she recognized all of the blessings in her life. She said her greatest achievements were her six children.

In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, Bea will be also be remembered for her sharp wit, infectious laugh, and as an avid local sports fan. She followed baseball, basketball and football and cheered on her favorite teams: the Diamondbacks, Suns, and Sun Devils (Cardinals, not so much). She was quick on her feet and extra quick with her hands. A classic Beatrice move was stealing a cookie from your hand and eating it before you had a chance to take a bite.

Bea was preceded in death by her loving parents, Emile Cantin and Rita Maxine Cantin ( née Provost). She is survived by her faithful husband of 68 years, Ret. Deacon Joseph A. Lessard and their six children: Michael Lessard of Scottsdale; Susan (Jeff) Hofmeister of Peoria; Barbara (Don) Jensen of Chandler; Karen (Henry) Register of Scottsdale; Richard (Leslie) Lessard of Scottsdale; and Janet (Dean) McAthie of Carmel, California.

Bea, aka Mimi, was blessed with ten grandchildren: Stephen Hofmeister, Rick Hofmeister, David Hofmeister, Carolyn Hofmeister, Diana Lessar, Kathryn Pringle, Sarah Jensen, Matthew Register, Emilia McAthie and Audrey McAthie. She also had five great grandchildren: Garrett, Isaac, Ethan, Julia, and Lucas.

Mom, we love you so much. May you soar with the angels in heaven and watch over us until we meet again. Many thanks to Vera Hospice and nurse Deanne for her end of life care.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix.

“God is love. He who abides in love abides in God.”

1 John 4:11-17

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DONOHO, SHIRLEY RAE

Shirley found her peace on Saturday, November 24th, 2018. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tamara Dawn and Fredric Dean Fadeley and her two grandsons, Fredric “Chase” and Morgan Tanner Fadeley. Her beloved husband, Leonard Francis Donoho, passed away in November, 2010. Shirley was born and raised in the small town of Chugwater, Wyoming, near Cheyenne. She spent time near Inglewood, California where her daughter was born in 1963 before moving to The Lake of the Ozarks near Camdenton, Missouri in 1995. Shirley was happiest in Missouri, watching the deer eat grain, or the hundreds of hummingbirds drinking at her many feeders as she looked out her living room windows. She returned to Phoenix in 2010 to be near family and watch her grandchildren turn into young men. She was dearly loved and will be remembered for her beautiful heart.

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SCOGGINS, KIMBERLEY D.

In Memorial

Kimberley D. Scoggins passed away unexpectedly November 20th, 2018. She was born in San Bernardino, California on April 18th, 1973, the daughter of Joseph Harold Tucker and Ardys Janette (Mesquit) Tucker.

Kim graduated from Oakland High School, Oakland, Oregon in 1991 and studied at the Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon before starting a family and taking on the role of ‘mommy’. As a devoted mother who wanted to be involved in her children’s lives, Kim volunteered for many activities including teacher’s assistant, chaperoning numerous field trips and coaching her daughter’s soccer team. In her 40s she started to spread her love to others throughout the greater Seattle and Phoenix areas, allowing the people around her to get a glimpse of her goodness, her loving nature, and her non-judgmental way of life. She was known by her friends and family as the one to count on to give your kids the love they deserve, the one to call on when you needed to vent and the one to offer her heart to every single person she met. Her bright light still shines in the hearts of her loved ones and she will be dearly missed.

Survivors include children, Michael and Alyssa, granddaughter Meadow Noelle, brothers J.T., Mike, and Scott, sister Christina, loving partner Matt Shaheen, many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends from Seattle to Scottsdale and everywhere in between and beyond.

All are welcome to join Kim’s Celebration of Life at 12:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix.

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GONZALES, EMETERIO

Emeterio (Teyo) Gonzales, 86, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ. Emeterio was born in Phoenix, AZ on February 8, 1932. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lucy Gonzales, two children Josie (Brock) Brunkhorst, Emmett (Lisa) Gonzales, six grandchildren Billie, Kennedy, Brock, Britton, Rebekah and Aiden. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, John, Louie, George, Barbara, Agnes, Cecilia, Lydia, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Juan and Carmen Gonzales and siblings Manuel, Paul, Ruth, and Erlinda.

A Rosary will be at 9:00 A.M. with Funeral Mass at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 North 3rd Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley – Ryan House, 110 W Merrell St, Phoenix, AZ 85013.

Teyo was a generous, amiable, and thoughtful spirit who loved a good laugh. Throughout his life he traveled, enjoyed taking his kids and grandkids camping/fishing, and created exquisite art. His beautifully-detailed wood carvings were loved by all. He loved to watch sports, indulge his sweet tooth, and take care of the ones he loved. His sense of humor and stories will be missed by all.

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GONZALES, EMETERIO

Emeterio (Teyo) Gonzales, 86, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ. Emeterio was born in Phoenix, AZ on February 8, 1932. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lucy Gonzales, two children Josie (Brock) Brunkhorst, Emmett (Lisa) Gonzales, six grandchildren Billie, Kennedy, Brock, Britton, Rebekah and Aiden. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, John, Louie, George, Barbara, Agnes, Cecilia, Lydia, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Juan and Carmen Gonzales and siblings Manuel, Paul, Ruth, and Erlinda.

A Rosary will be at 9:00 A.M. with Funeral Mass at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 North 3rd Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley – Ryan House, 110 W Merrell St, Phoenix, AZ 85013.

Teyo was a generous, amiable, and thoughtful spirit who loved a good laugh. Throughout his life he traveled, enjoyed taking his kids and grandkids camping/fishing, and created exquisite art. His beautifully-detailed wood carvings were loved by all. He loved to watch sports, indulge his sweet tooth, and take care of the ones he loved. His sense of humor and stories will be missed by all.

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ARRA, MICHAEL

Michael A. Arra, 69, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Michael was passionate about his family, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Chicago Bears and the World Series Champions Chicago Cubs and his three beagles. Depending on the day or season, these passions would vary. Michael was consistent, truthful, ethical, a devoted Catholic, compassionate, a great story-teller and possessed a goofy sense of humor. Born in Oak Park, IL (hence the Cubs’ fan,) he was raised in Galveston and Houston. Michael graduated from University of Houston in 1970 while working his way through college at a local TV station. Graduating with a broadcasting degree, he continued employment at KHOU-TV as a reporter/photographer/producer for seven years, all while balancing raising his first two children, Steven and Katie.

Phoenix is where Michael ended up calling home while still remaining a Cubs fan. Michael formed lifelong friendships, met the love of his life and raised his children Steven, Katie and his youngest son Robert. He had a historic career at KOOL-TV (now Fox 10) where as a reporter/anchor he covered the court, government and election beat. He would conclude his career as the spokesperson at the Arizona Department of Corrections.

With retirement in 2007, Michael had more time to reminisce with TV buddies at an “Old Timer’s” monthly gathering, watch Notre Dame Football & Cubs baseball and volunteer for the Arizona Beagle Rescue group.

Michael’s family gathered around his bedside at a local hospice Thanksgiving week. Like miracle workers, Hospice and the American Red Cross arranged for Robert to come home just in time. Michael knew he was present and shortly after, in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving, Michael passed.

He lived a wonderful and rich life, a life that will be celebrated and a life that his family is thankful for.

Michael is survived by his wife Karen Law Arra, children Steven Arra, Katie Arra Northrop (Shawn) & Robert Arra; grandchildren Ryan, Jake and Gabriella. He is also survived by his sister Mary Feuer, brothers Denis Arra, Mark Arra and Chris Arra (Amy) and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Burial will follow the funeral at St. Francis Cemetery. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross of Greater Phoenix, Hospice of the Valley or Arizona Beagle Rescue.

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REWARTS, MARVIN W.

With his family by his side, Marvin (96) passed away on November 21, 2018. Born May 1, 1922 to John and Ella Rewerts in Cottonwood, Minnesota. With the loss of his father at the age of 6, his mother raised his 5 other siblings during the Depression era. Marvin married the love of his life, Ruth Lanoue, in 1944 until her death in 2004. From 1940-1946, Marvin proudly served his country in the US Navy. He was on board the USS Thornton in Pearl Harbor as a gunner’s mate when the Japanese attacked December 7, 1941. It was not until August 1945, just days before the war ended, that Marvin’s ship the USS Borie was hit by the last kamikaze plane to fly. He received the Purple Heart for his service. After the war, Marvin and his family moved from Minnesota to Phoenix in 1951. He retired after 26 years with Crystal Bottled Water (Sparkletts) as operation manager in 1981. After retiring, Marvin and Ruth, moved to Strawberry/Pine until Ruth passed away in 2004. He lived with his daughter, Ellen, until 2015 where he lived his final years at The Groves in Goodyear. Marvin is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Ruth, mother Ella, father John; brothers, James (Arte), John (Margaret); sisters Mable (Clair), Dolly (Leon), Helen (Curtis) and grandson (Patrick). Marvin is survived by his daughter Ellen (Gary) Singer; sons, Gary and Bret (Julie) and grandchildren, Kelly (Mia), Rick (Mandy), John, Jake and Joycelyn and great-grandchildren, Courtney, Wyatt, Hadlie and Tate. We like to thank The Groves and The Sage Hospice service for the care of Marvin in his last days. A visitation for Marvin will be held from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2018 with a funeral service at 11:00 am on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 20239 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

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ANGULO, VIVIAN

On Thursday, November 15th, 2018, Vivian S. Angulo passed away at age 86.

Vivian was born on August 26, 1932 in Phoenix, Arizona to Armida and Richard Sanchez. She married Adam Ruiz Angulo and they raised 4 children. She was a woman who loved to cook and nurtured anyone who walked through her door. She was a lovely, stubborn at times, lady who will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her mother Armida Sanchez, father Richard Sanchez, husband Adam Angulo, and sisters Estella, and MaryLou. She is survived by her children: Adam, Steven (Maria), Suzanne (Robert), Larry (Sabrina), her siblings Richard, Delores, Consuelo, Joseph, Yolanda, and Robert, her 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 buns in the oven.

The Viewing will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 4-8pm and the Rosary at 6pm located at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home (4800 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018). The funeral mass will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at St. Simon and Jude Cathedral (6351 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017. Mass will begin at 10 am and Precession to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery (2033 N 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008). Reception to be announced.

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REWERTS, MARVIN W

With his family by his side, Marvin (96) passed away on November 21, 2018.  Born May 1, 1922 to John and Ella Rewerts in Cottonwood, Minnesota.  With the loss of his father at the age of 6, his mother raised his 5 other siblings during the Depression era.  Marvin married the love of his life, Ruth Lanoue, in 1944 until her death in 2004. From 1940-1946, Marvin proudly served his country in the US Navy. He was on board the USS Thornton in Pearl Harbor as a gunner’s mate when the Japanese attacked December 7, 1941.  It was not until August 1945, just days before the war ended, that Marvin’s ship the USS Borie was hit by the last kamikaze plane to fly. He received the Purple Heart for his service.  After the war, Marvin and his family moved from Minnesota to Phoenix in 1951. He retired after 26 years with Crystal Bottled Water (Sparkletts) as operation manager in 1981.  After retiring, Marvin and Ruth, moved to Strawberry/Pine until Ruth passed away in 2004.  He lived with his daughter, Ellen, until 2015 where he lived his final years at The Groves in Goodyear.  Marvin is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Ruth, mother Ella, father John; brothers, James (Arte), John (Margaret); sisters Mable (Clair), Dolly (Leon), Helen (Curtis) and grandson (Patrick).  Marvin is survived by his daughter Ellen (Gary) Singer; sons, Gary and Bret (Julie) and grandchildren, Kelly (Mia), Rick (Mandy), John, Jake and Joycelyn and great-grandchildren, Courtney, Wyatt, Hadlie and Tate.  We like to thank The Groves and The Sage Hospice service for the care of Marvin in his last days.  A visitation for Marvin will be held from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2018 with a funeral service at 11:00 am on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018.  A graveside service will follow at 1:00 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 20239 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

 

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MARQUEZ, DARLENE CECELIA

In Memorial

The sun rose for Darlene Cecelia Marcelina Bojorquez Marquez on January 16th 1982. Her light has shone; reached out and touched so many individuals with her beautiful soul for 36 years before that sun set and she passed away on November 17th 2018. Darlene is survived by her two Children Essence Marquez and Xavier De La Cruz Jr., her Beloved Alex “Gordo” Chavez Jr., her Parents Pete Marquez and Christina Marquez, her Siblings Christina Suzanne Marquez, Vicente Marquez, Santiago Marquez, and Angeline Marquez. As well as her Grandest of the Grand Kevyn Eliahs Marquez-Moreno and finally an unborn Grandest of the Grand. Services for Darlene are scheduled for November 30th 2018 at Whitney Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. 85018 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Reception services immediately following the visitation.

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CASTILLO III, EDMUNDO

Edmundo Castillo III, age 57, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona on August 1, 1961. A graduate of East High School, Edmund was passionate about sports. He was a true fan of the Minnesota Vikings, the Arizona Diamondbacks, NASCAR and the ASU Sun Devil athletic teams. He was an avid golfer who loved to play a round or hit at the driving range. He had a very special gift to love and care for others and loved to see you smile. He was kind, genuine, respectful and had a true zest for life. Edmund leaves this earth with a very large and loving family. His parents Edmundo and Josephine Castillo, brothers Fernando Castillo and wife Carey, Gabriel Castillo and wife Vikki and Gregory Castillo. His sisters Ana Marie Fierroz and husband Sam. Regina Castillo. Longtime girlfriend Leticia Velasco. Edmund treasured his time with his nieces, nephews, Aundrea Castillo and her son Damien. Brianna Castillo and her son Hunter. Jason Adams. Jeremy Adams and his Godchildren Peyton, McKenzie and Kellsie Bolling and Lucas Stewart.

A Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. with a Funeral Service at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix.

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