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SANDERS, BARBARA JEAN

Barbara Jean Sanders, 79 of Phoenix, went to be with the Lord, on November 7th. Barbara was born on November 17th, 1938 in Oak Lawn, IL to parents Clifford and Helen Doherty. Barbara was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. To know her was to be graced by her ever enduring love, care, and comfort. Our Angel has been reunited with many loved ones proceeding in journey including her parents and beloved son, Ricky. Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Ronald “Wayne”, sons Randy and Robert, daughter in-law Marci, grandchildren Mark and Melissa, great grandchildren Mark Jr., Jeremy, Selena, Dustin and Caden, sister Pat, brother in-law and nieces, several cousins, and many dear friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix with a reception immediately following. You are now in the arms of your Angels, may you find some sweet comfort until we all meet again.

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DONAHER, JOSEPH C.

Joe Donaher, age 68 passed away suddenly on November 3, 2018 of cardiac arrest. Joe was born in Bethlehem, PA on March 19, 1950 and came to Arizona in August 1968 to play football at Arizona State University. Joe was one of Frank Kush’s Pennsylvania boys and played in the 1970 Peach Bowl and the very first Fiesta Bowl in 1971 – winning both games. Being a Sun Devil and a part of the ASU Football Legends community made Joe boast with pride. He was a true Sun Devil through and through. Joe took the lessons he learned at ASU of discipline, commitment, determination and the power of teamwork into every aspect of his life. Along with these qualities, Joe had a very large capacity to love and care for others. Joe was genuine, kind hearted and respectful – anyone that knows him will describe him this way. Joe graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, of which he served as a teacher, coach and leader in the Phoenix area for 44 years with the Madison School District and St. Agnes Catholic School.

While at ASU, he met the love of his life Marie and they were married December 29, 1972. Joe and Marie shared a beautiful love story that inspired and endured. With a deep love of family, faith and commitment to each other they were married for nearly 46 years. Joe leaves this earth with a very large and loving family. His daughter Colleen Donaher and her children Teagan, Liam and Finnegan. Erin Ford and her husband Adam Ford and their children Sullivan and Emma. Patrick Donaher and his wife Jodie Donaher and their children Juliane and Caitlin. His brother Edward Donaher and his wife Lonna Donaher. As Joe would say, family always comes first, and he treasured the moments spent with his loved ones.

Along with his love for his family and the community he belonged to, Joe was passionate about sports. Joe was a true fan of the Cubs, the Diamondbacks, the Phillies and any ASU Sun Devil athletic team that was playing any given day. Joe loved to golf and to play a round or two with dear family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Agnes Catholic School or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in his name.

A Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N 24th Street, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church.

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HORVATH, DAVID B.

In Memorial

David B. Horvath, 73 of Phoenix died on November 5, 2018. He was a retired examiner for various title companies in Phoenix and an Army Veteran. He is survived by his sister Gail (Bob) Early and his identical twin brother James of South Bend, Indiana. No services are planned.

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BINSFELD, JOSEPH J.

Joseph J. Binsfeld (Jay) was reunited in heaven with his wife Mary Patricia (Pat) on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. Jay was born November 25th, 1935 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and was raised in Brillion, Wisconsin.

Jay received his Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette School of Business Administration in 1958. He then received his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University School of Law in 1961.

Subsequently, he attended Graduate School and received his MBA from Indiana University in 1967.

While in law school, Jay met and married Mary Patricia (Pat) on June 7th, 1958. Jay and Pat moved to Phoenix, Arizona with their five children in 1974.

Jay was proud of many accomplishments, most notably his family, earning his Eagle Scout, receiving his law degree from Marquette and building a successful and respected insurance agency. Jay was a man of faith and was a dedicated servant to his church and community.

Jay founded General Southwest Insurance Agency over 45 years ago. The business continues today run by three of his children; Joe, John and Dave. Jay and Pat both enjoyed travel immensely and saw many parts of the world together during their 45 years of marriage. Jay and Pat were also known for dancing a mean Polka!

Being an Eagle Scout, service to community was extremely important to Jay. During his 44 years in Phoenix, Jay served the following organizations: St. Theresa Catholic Parish, St. Luke’s Foundation, St. Mary’s Food Bank, The Phoenicians, The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), Arizona Country Club, Knights of Malta, Assistance League of Phoenix, Christ Child Society, and Rotary to mention only a few.

After Pat passed away in 2003, Jay was blessed to have developed a loving relationship with Susan Thomas. Jay and Susan had mutual interests in traveling, business and spending time with family. They were inseparable companions.

Jay is survived by his children Joe (Andrea), Julie (Philip), John (Angela), Paul (Donna), Dave (Lisa), his eight grandchildren Dustin, Jacqueline, Nina, Paul Jr (PJ), Chris, Sam, Allison and Luke, his special friend Susan, his sister Ginny Kershek and his brother Richard Binsfeld.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 P.M. with a Scripture Service at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 8th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 9th at 2:30 PM at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E Thomas Road, Phoenix with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Assistance League of Phoenix, 9224 N 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 in the name of Jay Binsfeld.

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McNEIL, ROSEMARY DOLORES HAYES

In Memorial

Rosemary Dolores Hayes McNeil of Phoenix, Arizona passed away peacefully at home on October 26, 2018 at the age of 98 years. Dolores was born in Carrington, North Dakota to James and Deborah Kinnane Brady on July 7, 1920. She married Douglas Wayne Hayes in April 1946. Doug’s Army career took their family to Germany, Kentucky, Texas, Washington, DC, Indiana and Belgium before settling in West Springfield, VA. She took great joy in hosting lavish dinner parties for fellow military friends and families. Doug was serving as Chief of the Appointments Branch, Office of the Adjutant General at the time of his passing in November of 1964. After Doug’s death, Dolores built a successful real estate career with Panorama Real Estate in Northern Virginia, just as the area was being developed. Her strong work ethic, discipline and leadership helped her earn a Lifetime Membership to the Million Dollar Sales Club. Many years later she would meet Robert McNeil and they married in Nov of 1982. Dolores and Bob made their home in Phoenix, Arizona. Together they enjoyed traveling to many beautiful places, spending time with family and dear friends as well as hosting many parties on their pool patio. She will be remembered for her loving devotion and loyalty to her family and friends and her unending faith in God.

Dolores is survived by daughter, Mary Michele “Mike” Hayes of Hilton Head, SC, son Timothy Patrick (Carol) Hayes of Phoenix, daughter in-law Judy Hayes of Hilton Head, SC and son Damian Brady (Andrea) Hayes of Bluffton, SC. stepdaughters Laurie (Al) Schuler of Scottsdale, AZ, Holly McNeil of Buckeye, AZ, Molly (John) Johnston of Jacksonhole, WY., stepson Scott (Charlene) McNeil of San Jose, CA, grandchildren: Luke, Joshua (Lisa) and Dawn Jordan, Shawn (Bryan) Luedtke. Travis and Ashton Hayes, Renee Poprocki. Tavia (Kevin) Osterstock, Tiffany (Greg) Turley. Brooke (Evan) Christian, Alicia, Skylar and Evan Hayes,

step grandchildren Dawn Caballero, Tim and Rick McNeil, Samantha, Erin, Joe and Amanda Johnston, great-grandchildren Tayden Rinaldi, Zachary Luedtke, Jaden and Marcus Jordan, Kai and Jett Liska, Maddox and Ryder Turley, Brinkley and Easton Christian. Also survived by her sisters, Kathleen Longfellow and Suzanne (Don) Byars as well as many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband US Army Colonel Douglas W. Hayes, brother James Brady, sister Mary Jean Arsdale, husband Robert Alexander McNeil, son Kevin Victor Hayes and grandson Jon Christian Jordan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Dolores on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at The Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels @ The Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, Arizona. Burial will follow at St Francis Catholic Cemetery in Phoenix. A reception will follow at her home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to:

The Kevin Hayes Memorial-British Open Pub Scholarship Fund (make checks payable BOP Scholarship Fund)

C/O The Community Foundation of the Low Country

P.O. Box 23019, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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SHEEDY, LORENZO “LORE” FRANCESCA CARLISLE

It is with great sadness, Lore’s family announces her passing on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the age of 85. She was most proud of her titles as a Wife, Mother, Grand-Mother and Great Grand-Mother! She was the heart and soul of the Sheedy Clan.

Lore was born on May 9, 1933, in Pittsburgh, PA. She grew up primarily in Dubois, PA and later attended Trinity College in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Sociology. After graduation (1955), she traveled with seven of her friends – affectionately called the “Crazy 8’s”. After her traveling adventures, she moved to Pittsburgh and worked at Hornes Department Store and taught 3rd and 4th grades at Ursuline Academy. In 1957, she married the love of her life, John M. Sheedy, Jr., whom she previously met while a Junior at Trinity. If you are doing the math, that’s 61 years of marriage!

John and Lore eventually moved to Phoenix where they had six children, John III (deceased), Mary Linda (Robin), Michael (Jan), Kelly (William), Karen and Christopher (Cari). They raised their children in what was affectionately known as the “Catholic Ghetto,” which was within walking distance of the church, grade school, and high schools, and remained there for almost 55 years.

Lore tirelessly volunteered for numerous activities – School Boards, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, delivering food and clothing to the poor and less fortunate of South Phoenix, joining the nurse auxiliary, Casa Linda home for unwed Mothers preparing for adoption and the American Cancer Society, to name a few.

Lore will be forever remembered by her Husband and best friend John, her cherished children mentioned previously, her sister Linda (Pat), brother William (deceased) (Patricia), her precious grandchildren, John IV (Deanna), Ben (Erin), Liz (David), Tommy, Kate (Andrew), Maggie (Theo), Mary Maeve, Alexandra, Beau (Eleanor), Taryn, Jake, Jack, Matthew (deceased), Charlie, Will, Joe, Max and Tony and great grandchildren, Madeleine, Reagan, Ruthie and one more on the way, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

A Funeral Service in memory of Lore will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, with a reception to follow immediately in the Hall next door.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made in her name (Lore Carlisle Sheedy) to “Neurofibromatosis Network,” www.nfnetwork.org or “The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation” www.umdf.org.

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HERNANDEZ, EDDIE E.

In Memorial

Eddie was blessed to this world on September 16, 1932. He passed away peacefully on October 26th, 2018, at the grand age of 86. He was preceded in death by his daughter Rosa Lynn.  He is survived by his loving wife Cleo, of 59 years, and daughters Marcella and Molly. Eddie had 4 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren.  He is also survived by sisters Molly Thorne, Dolly Jafek, Ori Jean and brother Tony Pena. Eddie was a first generation native of Phoenix, AZ. He was raised by his grandparents Antonio and Ementeria Encinas and grew up in downtown Phoenix on 9th St. and Monroe.

Eddie was a Veteran of the Korean War, as he served in the United States Army Infantry. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal.

Eddie worked for the City of Phoenix for 35 years. Co-Workers were forever warmed by Eddie’s smile, humor, generosity, and pristine appearance.

A smile for everyone, his wit and humor would surprise you and make you laugh. When asked, he stated he had no real hobbies but loved his cars (Did not drive them so well.), and his family.

Eddie was a quiet and humble man that kept a lot of his thoughts to himself but if ever someone was in need, Eddie would gratefully help. He was a kind and generous person to everyone he knew and met.

This world lost one of the good ones when our beloved Eddie went to be with his daughter Rosa on October 26th, 2018, and will be surely missed.

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, at 1:30 P.M., at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

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LUEDKE JR, OTTO

Otto Leo Luedke Jr., 88 of Phoenix passed away peacefully surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Sally of 67 years, daughters Cindy (Brent) Evans, Peggy (Andrew) Belden, son Otto III (Marie), 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Road, Phoenix.

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THOMPSON, PHYLLIS BOWSER

Phyllis Bowser Thompson born March 26, 1925 in Brookville, PA passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018. She is preceded in death by her late husband William Bowser, son-in-laws Mark, Jack, and grandson Mark.

She is survived by her daughters Ann, Susan, Cathy(Michael), her grandchildren Sherri, Amber, Tabitha, Robbert, Justin, Kimberly(Rob), her great-grandchildren Robert, Andie, Jordan, Cassie, Brenden, Jake, Ailaina, Dillon, Hunter. Phyllis was devoted to her family as a loving mother and grandmother. She was a giving, talented and caring person, everyone who met her fell in love in minutes. She enjoyed playing bridge with her dear friends and sewing quilts.

Phyllis will forever remain in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations in Phyllis’ name to the Cancer Center at Banner Hospital.

Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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SANDS, DOLORES

Dolores Sands, 88, went to join the Angels and reunite with her beloved husband Art on October 22nd, 2018. Dolores was born and raised in Detroit and became dedicated to education at a young age. She received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from Wayne State University and ultimately her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. In Detroit, she met and married Art, her husband of 55 years, and raised three children in the suburb of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. The family moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona where Dolores entered the world of higher education and began her remarkable career in nursing research as a professor at Arizona State University. Recruited to University of Texas at Austin to lead nursing research, she conducted major research initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health and was honored with numerous awards recognizing her significant contributions to advancing nursing education and practice. Ultimately, Dolores was chosen to be the Dean of the College of Nursing at UT Austin, a position she held for 20 years. There she oversaw the education and training of thousands of nurses and contributed to knowledge of many thousands more through her prolific research publication legacy. Upon her retirement in 2009, her distinguished career was honored by being named UT Austin’s first Dean Emeritus.

Always a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Dolores will be deeply missed and is survived by her devoted children, daughters Linda Hannen (Mark), Carol Wilson (Mike), son Arthur (Beth) and nine grandchildren Will, Ellen, Caroline, Jeff, Isabel, Donnie, Lauren, Erin and Lexie.

A Visitation will be held at 9:00 A.M. with Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dolores and Arthur C. Sands Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Nursing, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Office of Development (512-471-2628), 1701 Red River, Austin, Texas 78701.

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MORALES, DOUGLAS VLADIMIR

Douglas Vladimir Morales passed away on October 25, 2018 to be with the Lord at the age of 53 years. He was born in Pasaquina, La Union, El Salvador on May 27, 1965. He is predeceased by Rafael Morales, his father.

He is survived by his mother Etelvina Morales; four children Odemariz Arter, Laura Morales, Michael Morales, Daniel Morales, four grandchildren, and his siblings Norma Walls, Marilin Pineda, and Darwing Morales, and nieces and nephew.

He is lovingly remembered as a son, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Douglas was a strong man that raised himself and his brother early. He was sent from El Salvador to the US at just 13 years old. Living in Los Angeles, sleeping on rooftops and working at a young age his life was tough and he is in a better place. Douglas’s passion was playing soccer. He started his career playing in various leagues. It wasn’t until 1989 that he joined the semi pro league with The Arizona Condors. In 1992 he proceeded to play with the indoor soccer team The Arizona SandSharks. Although the season ended in 1997 he continued with his passion and played in various leagues.  He enjoyed watching the greats such as Argentina, Brazil, and players like Pele and Maradona. He worked in the restaurant business his whole life and was known as the best and most hard working food runner. He will forever be remembered as a kind hearted loving man who would give his last regardless of the circumstances. In honor of him we invite you to celebrate his life with a visitation at 9:00 A.M. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix.  Burial afterwards will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 49th St., Phoenix.

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VITTAL, ANNA G.

Anna G. Vittal was reunited with her husband Bill on October 25th, 2018 at the age of 87. Anna is survived by her four sons Bill (Sara), Larry (Robin), Jim (Linda), and Bob (Robin). Anna was very proud of her 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services to be determined. Anna would like donations to be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014, in lieu of flowers.

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CROGNALE, ANNE M.

Anne M. Crognale of Phoenix passed away on October 23, 2018.  Anne was born March 8, 1928 in Akron, Ohio. She moved to Phoenix in 1950, where she met the love of her life and married Guido Crognale in 1953. Anne worked most of her life in the banking industry.  She was a loving wife, sister, and aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.  She is survived by her wonderful husband of 65 years, Guido Crognale. She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Sarah Leonardi, her sister Mary Mazzone, and her brother Frank Leonardi. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Franciscan Renewal Center at 5802 East Lincoln Drive, Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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CROGNALE, ANNE M.

In Memorial

Anne M. Crognale of Phoenix passed away on October 23, 2018. Anne was born March 8, 1928 in Akron, Ohio. She moved to Phoenix in 1950, where she met the love of her life and married Guido Crognale in 1953. Anne worked most of her life in the banking industry. She was a loving wife, sister, and aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. She is survived by her wonderful husband of 65 years, Guido Crognale. She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Sarah Leonardi, her sister Mary Mazzone, and her brother Frank Leonardi. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Franciscan Renewal Center at 5802 East Lincoln Drive, Internment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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WIBLE, KENNETH

Kenneth L. Wible, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, came into this world on January 8, 1932 (an Arizona native) and went to heaven to be with our Lord on October 24, 2018. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife Beverly, Karen Wible (daughter), Paul Wible (son), Linda Grimsland (daughter in law), John Buntin (son in law), seven wonderful grandchildren: Kyle, Tyler, Tanner, Conner, Luke, Felicia and Chloe, cousins, and other extended family members. Kenneth proudly served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1962. He attended Phoenix Tech College and received a degree in refrigeration and heating which set his path to becoming a journeyman of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 359. He had an extensive career as a superintendent with Goettel, John Armor, George Thomas, Newberry and Bel-Aire. Kenneth enjoyed and cherished time with his family along with many other activities: scuba diving, rock climbing, hunting (rifle/archery), fishing and gold panning and belonged to the Arizona Gold Prospectors Association. His smile, compassion and kind heart will be missed but his memory will be with us forever. A Visitation will be held at 9:00 A.M. with a Funeral Mass held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, October 29, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N Central Avenue, Phoenix. Burial will be at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 719 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix. Reception to follow after burial at Anderson Hall at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

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GAGLIARDI, JUDITH

Judith (Judy) Gagliardi nee Jeras 72 passed away peacefully due to an illness October 22, 2018, in Scottsdale, AZ. She was born December 30th, 1945, in Illinois or Wisconsin (LOL) depends who you talk to. Winner is WISCONSIN- to parents Wanda (Pukszta) and Frank Jeras.

Judy moved to the Scottsdale area a year ago after living in Lake Havasu for 20 plus years. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and lived in New Jersey for a period of time before settling into the San Diego area where she lived out a long career working for the federal government before retiring and making Arizona her home.

During retirement she enjoyed weekly bingo outings with her friends and visiting with any dog she came across. She enjoyed reading and spoiling her family with her cooking and her famous eggplant Parmesan.

Judy is survived by: Three sons- Anthony Gagliardi of Arizona, Joe (Eileen) Gagliardi of Washington, Frank Gagliardi of California, one daughter- ShaSha (Roger) Walker of Arizona, and daughter in law – Jenny Gagliardi of Arizona. Grand children- Toni, Paige, Sara, Jen, Christine, Dante, Dominic, Nick, Angelo, Milano, Madrid and Moorea. 6 great -grand kids. Sister- Ann Marie Barcevak of Washington and sister-in-law Vivian Jeras of Arizona and brother in law- Pasquale (Patty) Gagliardi of New York and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by death by her husband Rocco, her parents, her brother Frank, her son Dante (Dan), brother-in-law Dominick and sister-in-law Filomena (Dolly).

There will be a CELEBRATION OF LIFE at a later date.

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MITCHELL, JOHN D.

John David Mitchell “Mitch” was a Phoenix native, and the youngest of four siblings: William, George and Marilyn. He was raised by his mother Edna Mitchell, who became a single mom after his father’s death when John was 3.

John attended Creighton Elementary, Sunnyslope High School and graduated from North High School in 1957. He then joined the Air Force where he thought he was going to “see the world”. Much to his displeasure, he was sent to Yuma to run a radar instillation. His next assignment was to the Navy on San Clementi Island where he did underwater demolition until 1961. Then he enrolled at ASU, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design Engineering.

He began his career at Canon Electric, but then spent 33 years at the Garrett AiResearch, Signal, Allied-Signal and Honeywell where he worked on a variety of pneumatic and hydraulic aerospace products such as actuators, starters, and valves where he had numerous patents. Projects included Boeing Aircraft, Titan MX missile, Polaris Missile, the Concord, and the Space Shuttle. He was known for a particular expertise in cryogenic valves. He retired salaried employment at 57 to start his own consulting company, Aquasol Engineering, which specialized in off grid solar and geothermal energy.

John and his wife of 56 years, Janet Marguerite Mitchell, had three children David, Michael and Jacqueline. He was an involved parent, coaching Baseball, Indian Guides and Boy Scouts, where he inevitably ended up in leadership position because of his willingness to do whatever was needed. He was a role model to many children beside his own.

John was builder of numerous things from houses, to vehicles and tools. The night he retired, he rebuilt an engine until 4:00 A.M. Anytime someone had something to build they did not understand, they would ask John and he was eager to help. His final and grandest project was an off grid home, “The Craigend”, in the foothills of El Capitan, south of Globe, AZ, where he began with bare land without even a road or water which is now a unique working residence.

John was known for his signature flat top haircut, and his welcoming and gregarious disposition. He embraced Hispanic culture, loving authentic Mexican food. He also embraced Asian immigrants he met through work and public life. But he loved the easy going and celebratory nature of Hawaiian culture. He and Janet have been members of Phoenix’s Lau Kanaka No Hawaii for 32 years. He loved fingerstyle guitar music as well as camping and exploring Arizona where his favorite spot was Hannigan Meadows. He was also a life member of the Masons and Elks.

John was preceded in death by his mother Edna Mitchell/Polk, father Clarence Mitchell, stepfather John Polk, Sr., and brother William Mitchell. John is survived by his wife Janet Mitchell, sons David Mitchell and Michael Mitchell, daughter Jacqueline Mitchell, Michael’s wife Ute Mitchell, granddaughter Celine Mitchell, grandson Logan Mitchell, brother George Mitchell, sister Marilyn Stults, nephew Drake Mitchell, and cousin Rick Haas.

Masonic and Military Services will be held on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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MITCHELL, JOHN D.

John David Mitchell “Mitch” was a Phoenix native, and the youngest of four siblings: William, George and Marilyn. He was raised by his mother Edna Mitchell, who became a single mom after his father’s death when John was 3.

John attended Creighton Elementary, Sunnyslope High School and graduated from North High School in 1957. He then joined the Air Force where he thought he was going to “see the world”. Much to his displeasure, he was sent to Yuma to run a radar instillation. His next assignment was to the Navy on San Clementi Island where he did underwater demolition until 1961. Then he enrolled at ASU, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design Engineering.

He began his career at Canon Electric, but then spent 33 years at the Garrett AiResearch, Signal, Allied-Signal and Honeywell where he worked on a variety of pneumatic and hydraulic aerospace products such as actuators, starters, and valves where he had numerous patents. Projects included Boeing Aircraft, Titan MX missile, Polaris Missile, the Concord, and the Space Shuttle. He was known for a particular expertise in cryogenic valves. He retired salaried employment at 57 to start his own consulting company, Aquasol Engineering, which specialized in off grid solar and geothermal energy.

John and his wife of 56 years, Janet Marguerite Mitchell, had three children David, Michael and Jacqueline. He was an involved parent, coaching Baseball, Indian Guides and Boy Scouts, where he inevitably ended up in leadership position because of his willingness to do whatever was needed. He was a role model to many children beside his own.

John was builder of numerous things from houses, to vehicles and tools. The night he retired, he rebuilt an engine until 4:00 A.M. Anytime someone had something to build they did not understand, they would ask John and he was eager to help. His final and grandest project was an off grid home, “The Craigend”, in the foothills of El Capitan, south of Globe, AZ, where he began with bare land without even a road or water which is now a unique working residence.

John was known for his signature flat top haircut, and his welcoming and gregarious disposition. He embraced Hispanic culture, loving authentic Mexican food. He also embraced Asian immigrants he met through work and public life. But he loved the easy going and celebratory nature of Hawaiian culture. He and Janet have been members of Phoenix’s Lau Kanaka No Hawaii for 32 years. He loved fingerstyle guitar music as well as camping and exploring Arizona where his favorite spot was Hannigan Meadows. He was also a life member of the Masons and Elks.

John was preceded in death by his mother Edna Mitchell/Polk, father Clarence Mitchell, stepfather John Polk, Sr., and brother William Mitchell. John is survived by his wife Janet Mitchell, sons David Mitchell and Michael Mitchell, daughter Jacqueline Mitchell, Michael’s wife Ute Mitchell, granddaughter Celine Mitchell, grandson Logan Mitchell, brother George Mitchell, sister Marilyn Stults, nephew Drake Mitchell, and cousin Rick Haas.

Masonic and Military Services will be held on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

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GARCIA, MICHAEL MONTOYA

Michael Montoya Garcia, 37, of Phoenix passed away on October 7, 2018. He is survived by his parents Maryann and Ralph, brothers Ralph (Ivy), Joey, Jerome (Amy), sisters Theresa, Natalie and Ponchita (Marcos). Michael possessed a great sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a loving son and leaves behind many loved ones. Michael loved to cook and had fun with those he loved. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 26, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street in Phoenix.

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WARNER, CAROLYN

A grandson’s perspective from Robert H. Pepple.

She was a juggernaut, though she’d never admit it. She also hated clichés – so we’ll avoid those like the plague.

Service, devotion, and progress are the ideals that Carolyn Warner embodied – who passed on October 9, 2018, surrounded by those that she loved. Her legacy now belongs to her children, 18 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. And despite so many feet, her shoes will be impossible to fill.

With this you must agree if you believe, as Nelson Mandela did, that “education is the most powerful weapon [with] which you can change the world.” Because Carolyn’s first, greatest, and most consistent pursuit was to support public education.

This apple fell not far from the tree; born to educator, Mary Tullis, and charismatic father U.T. Rexroat, Carolyn inherited the best of both parents. Armed with inherited wit, abundant charm, and the indomitable will that was uniquely hers, Carolyn demonstrated early proficiency in public affairs as a “stump speaker” for Oklahoma state politicians, a youth representative of President Truman (with whom she danced at the Inaugural Ball), and the host of the aptly named radio program “Coffee with Carolyn”. She broke barriers and exceeded all expectations in her youth. And she was just getting started.

An alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, Stephens College, and Northern Arizona University (honorary doctorate), Carolyn exemplified the promise of education, all the while raising a family of six children (seven if you count Ron). Concurrent with raising Cathy, Caron, Steven, Connie, Christopher, and Christi – Carolyn and her late husband, “Big Daddio” Ron Warner, transformed a little-known used furniture store into a renowned interior design firm.

Carolyn also somehow found time, to “give back to the community” by first serving on the PTA of her children’s elementary school in the Madison Elementary School District, and then running for and winning a position on the Governing Board of the Phoenix Union High School District. Believing she had even more to contribute, she ran for and was elected as Arizona’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, where she served with commitment and passion for 12 years. Among the changes Carolyn effected was advocating for increased scholastic services, greater employer involvement in education, and the creation of the Arizona Educational Foundation and the Arizona Quality Skills Commission.

Carolyn’s commitment to public service also extended to her beloved Democratic Party. On top of all her other work, she also found time to serve as Arizona’s National Democratic Committeewoman and was, for ten years, a “super-delegate” at Democratic National Conventions. And, as her children and grandchildren learned from first-hand experience, when Carolyn attended political events (e.g., the 2008 Democratic National Convention), she was one of the last one to retire from rubbing elbows at the bar, and one of the first one to attack the convention floor. She was, indeed, indomitable!

But how did she pay the bills? We’re glad you asked. Carolyn and her long-time business partner, David Bolger, co-founded Corporate // Education Consulting, Inc. Through this enterprise, Carolyn and David advised a diverse base of clients (ranging from Met Life, Visa and Coca-Cola) on matters promoting public education. Her dedication and vision towards better educational outcomes earned her multiple Congressional and Presidential appointments, from Presidents Jimmy Carter through George H. W. Bush. The National Commission on the Public Service, the National Skills Standards Board, and the White House Conference on Small Business were just a few of the national committees on which she served. These, among other distinctions, earned her the honor of leading American delegations to educational conferences in Japan, Australia, Germany, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and China.

Most of the above can be gleaned from the legion of public records documenting Carolyn’s life. But her family will remember Carolyn, particularly in her later years, as a devoted and proud matriarch of remarkable progeny.

Each of Carolyn’s six children exemplify, the values they learned from her: four daughters – a teacher, a long-serving school board member, a mother of 9 children whom she home schooled through grade school, and one who devotes herself to philanthropy. Of her two sons, one was a visionary in the use of the Internet for public service, and one is a talented and gifted photographer.

Her grandchildren include politicians, private equity investors, an orthopedic device expert, a screen-writer, a cardiac device expert, a nationally-renowned cinematographer, a microbiologist, an attorney, a model, a nurse, singers and athletes, educators, and entrepreneurs – all of whom owe the critical mass of their best genetics to this remarkable woman. Through these lives Carolyn’s motto, “God first, other people second and yourself third,” will live on for generations.

There is much more to learn about the remarkable life described above, which you can read about in Carolyn’s recent autobiography “Before I Forget”. But it will suffice to say that Carolyn Warner was loved, is missed, and will be remembered with honor, love and respect.

Carolyn’s memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church (at Central and Missouri in Phoenix) at 1:30 PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, Carolyn asked that you please consider a contribution to:

The Arizona Educational Foundation (Attn. Executive Director) 6155 E. Indian School Rd., #106 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Or link to http://azedfoundation.org/donate/carolyn-warner-memorial-fund/) (Please indicate “Carolyn Warner Memorial” on your check or on-line contribution. Funds will be used for scholarships for Career and Technical Education students and other worthy student recipients.

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KULAGA, THADDEUS J.

In Memorial

Thaddeus (Ted) J. Kulaga passed away at the age of 80 on October 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ted was born December 15, 1937 in Chicago, IL, where he graduated from Northwestern University and met his late wife Judee (Ziobra) Kulaga. They relocated to Scottsdale in 1986, where Ted was self-employed until his retirement. Ted is survived by three sons, Jeff (Mary Jean), Steve (Renee) and Dave; and four grandchildren, Jimmy Kulaga, Clare Kulaga, Addie Kulaga and Katie Kulaga. Services will be private.

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RONCAL, ANGELA CONTRERAS

Angela Contreras Roncal, age 77, passed away October 20, 2018, at her home in Phoenix, surrounded by family. Angie was born in Superior in 1941 to Jose and Antonia Contreras, and raised in Miami where she graduated from high school. She worked in administrative positions throughout her life. Beginning in Miami as a receptionist at the health clinic founded by Dr. Charles Bejarano and as administrative assistant to Lee Kornegay, principal of George Washington Elementary School. In Phoenix, she continued her career on the administrative staff of Chicanos Por La Causa and retired after many years with the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department. Angie was preceded in death by her husband Manuel Roncal and her son Ramon Vasquez, sister Margaret and brothers Ruben and Paul. She is survived by daughters Vicki, Leila, Carol and Stephanie Vasquez, and by her sister Gloria, brothers Joe, Roberto, Leroy, Richard and Tony. All of whom will miss Angie as a strong woman, a loving and caring mother and grandmother always available during life’s challenges. Her decades-long bouts with cancer epitomized Angie’s strength as she fought with determination. Her hobby of gardening and love of pets served to underscore her belief in nurturing and respecting all forms of nature’s life.

A Catholic Funeral Service Celebrating Angela’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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FITCH, ALICE S.

Alice S. Fitch, 101, passed away peacefully at her home on October 17, 2018. She was born July 25, 1917 in Kiel, Wisconsin. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Clyde, eldest son Robert, and four brothers. She is survived by her son Rick (Margaret), grandson Kevin, and numerous nieces and nephews. Alice was devoted to her family as a loving mother and grandmother. As a young woman, she was employed by the shipyards in Wisconsin as a bookkeeper/payroll accountant. In later years, she and her husband owned and operated an outdoor advertising company in Phoenix, AZ. She will always be remembered for her sense of humor, quick wit, and giving generously of her time and talents. Alice will forever remain in our hearts.

Visitation is Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, with Internment following mass at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St. Phoenix, AZ.

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ROMERO, MARGARITA APODACA

Margarita Apodaca Romero ,97 of Glendale, AZ, passed away on October 14, 2018. She was born in Miami, Arizona to David and Julia Apodaca Perez. As a young girl Margarita had to quit school to go to work to help her family. She worked many years in a laundry taking great pride in all that the she did. She is preceded in death by her husband of many years, Gus Valencia. Margarita is survived by her loving family, son Benny Valencia, grandchildren Linda Valencia and Daniel Valencia, great grandchildren Ashley Valenzuela, Christopher Valencia and Daniel Valencia as well as 7 great-great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. Visitation from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. with a Catholic Memorial Service at Noon at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Margarita was truly loved and will be missed by her loving family and friends. Vaya con Dios Margarita.

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KROLL, SONJA ELIZABETH

Sonja Elizabeth Kroll, 80, of Phoenix passed away on October 11, 2018.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Fredric Arthur Kroll, DDS. Survivors include her daughter Lisa Casto, sons John Fredric Kroll, both of Phoenix, and Steven Dodd Kroll of Los Angeles, grandchildren Joshua Casto (Oregon), Jace Hochstetler (Phoenix, Lisa Casto), Natasha Kroll (Washington State), three great-granddaughters, Morgan, Brooke, and Evelyn.

Sonja majored in Art at ASU, which was her passion and was an accomplished artist having paintings in galleries in Scottsdale and Sedona.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to Alzheimers Foundation at https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/

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KROLL, SONJA ELIZABETH

Sonja Elizabeth Kroll, 80, of Phoenix passed away on October 11, 2018.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Fredric Arthur Kroll, DDS. Survivors include her daughter Lisa Casto, sons John Fredric Kroll, both of Phoenix, and Steven Dodd Kroll of Los Angeles, grandchildren Joshua Casto (Oregon), Jace Hochstetler (Phoenix, Lisa Casto), Natasha Kroll (Washington State), three great-granddaughters, Morgan, Brooke, and Evelyn.

Sonja majored in Art at ASU, which was her passion and was an accomplished artist having paintings in galleries in Scottsdale and Sedona.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to Alzheimers Foundation at https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/

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MILLER, ROGER E.

Roger Miller recently passed away in Prescott, Arizona. Roger was born on February 11, 1939, to Ernest and Evelyn Jones Miller in Minnesota. At Lake Wilson High, he was student council president and salutatorian for the class of 1957. He studied Pre-engineering at Hamline University in St. Paul for 2 years, transferring to the University of Minnesota as a Mechanical Engineering major, graduating in 1962. As a member of the UM Marching Band he participated in the 1960-61 Rose Bowl parade.

Roger served as a missionary for the United Methodist Church for several years, first in the Philippines and then Korea.

Roger was employed and served as Vice President at J & B Sales Co. in Phoenix. He was active in the Arizona Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as chairman and on the Board of Directors. He thoroughly enjoyed working on antique Ford cars and pickups. In his spare time, he collected model trains and joined other train collectors at meetings for fun and fellowship. He had been richly blessed by Faith and Trust in God through knowledge of Jesus Christ, and in later years was an active member of the Unity church.

He loved his Prescott home and the many opportunities in the community, such as college classes, participation in the college band and the antique auto club.

Roger will be dearly missed, and remain forever in our hearts.

Roger is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughter Renee (Aaron) Walls, stepsons Mike and James (Janet) Somerville, brother Dennis (Kathy) Miller, granddaughters Riley and Keira Walls, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife Loida, and his parents Ernest and Evelyn Miller.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix.

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BICHEKAS, TIFFANI NOELLE

Tiffani Noelle Bichekas, our precious daughter, left this earth and into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from complications of open heart surgery on August 6, 2018. A native of Phoenix and resident of Scottsdale, Tiffani was born on November 10, 1968. She won a courageous battle against Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the tender age of 23 – only two years after graduating with a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Arizona. Tiffani’s strength, courage, generosity and ever-smiling disposition were enjoyed by her family and many friends, including the parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Phoenix. As a lifetime member of Holy Trinity, Tiffani dedicated her life to her faith and her church through 19 years of singing in the choir, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the Parish Council for 6 years, and tireless volunteer in the church office for many years as well. She is survived by her parents, Dan and Vicki Bichekas as well as her God-Brother Calvin Raup and his wife, Angela. Her loving God-Mother, René Grevas, and her husband, John also survive. She will be sorely missed by scores of beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Tiffani will be painfully absent from those of us left on this earth, however we rejoice in the solace of her freedom from pain and suffering into His glorious presence for eternity. Visitation will be Monday, October 22, 2018 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am with a Trisagion Prayer Service at 10:00 am. Followed by Funeral Services at 10:30 am all at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E Maryland Ave, Phoenix, followed by Interment at Paradise Gardens Cemetery, 9300 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, Tiffani asked that donations be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Operating Account in her memory. Our sincerest gratitude for the overwhelming support from AHEPA Chapter 219 and its members.

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PRECIADO, RICHARD SALCIDO

Richard “Dickey’ Preciado, 67, devoted Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Uncle, Friend and educator was called home to the Lord on October 11, 2018.

He was born on August 17, 1951 in Superior, AZ to Florencio and Antonia “Toni” Salcido Preciado. He is survived by his Mother, Toni, Wife Susie (Valdez), daughters Christina and Olivia, Sister Susan (Michael) Martinez and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his Father, Step-Father Freddy Grado and Brother Larry.

Dicky was a graduate of South Mountain High School class of 1969. He continued on to Arizona State University where he earned his Masters in Education. He started his teaching career shortly thereafter at Rose Linda elementary, where he retired as the Principle after 35 years. Mr. Prec was a prominent figure and mentor throughout the South Phoenix community, recognized by many former students everywhere he went.

Dickey was known for his love of sports and was an avid Softball Player and Coach for 40 years. He was passionate about his Arizona State Sun Devils and was a dedicated season ticket holder, and attended any bowl game ASU was participating in.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Saint Mary’s Basilica, located at 231 North 3rd Street in Phoenix. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the Eulogy at 1:30 p.m. and a Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. Reception immediately following at the St. Mary’s reception hall.

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LeSUEUR, RICHARD DAVIES (RICK)

Rick passed from this life on October 6, 2018 at the age of 78. He was preceded in death by his son, Remy.

Rick was born on March 9, 1940 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Marlowe Charles LeSueur and Kathryn Davies LeSueur. He attended ASU and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Over his long career Rick owned and managed several local restaurants, was a Cellar Master for AJ’s Fine Foods and was a beverage buyer in the 1970s for a chain of restaurants based in San Francisco.

Rick was a connoisseur of food and wine and his many years in the Hospitality industry provided him with countless entertaining anecdotes. He collected wine and art and friends of all temperaments.

Rick was a loving father, brother and son and he will be remembered for his gentle, loving nature and the dry sense of humor that made him a favorite throughout his life with family and friends alike.

Rick is survived by his older brother, Charles M. LeSueur (Chuck) and his younger brother, John Michael LeSueur (Mike). In addition, he is survived by his best friend, Kathi, who was his support and his advocate throughout his long illness.

Our heartfelt thanks to Ligia, Olga and staff at Silver Star and Banner Hospice for their care and kindness.

No services are planned at this time.

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McKONE, JOHN WILLIAM

John William “Jack” McKone, passed away peacefully at his home on October 12, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. He was the son of Olivette and John McKone and was born December 17, 1937 in Phoenix, Arizona at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital. Jack attended Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School, where in the First grade, he met the love of his life Mary Anne Romley. Jack later attended Saint Mary’s High School and went on to study at Arizona State University. While there, Jack joined the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and worked at McDougall & Cassou men’s clothier in downtown Phoenix. Upon completion from the university, he married Mary Anne at Brophy Chapel on December 27, 1958. Jack enlisted in the Army and the newly married couple moved to Petersburg, Virginia for a short time. They returned to Phoenix six months later, where he began his life-long career with IDS Financial, now known as Ameriprise for 48 years. He was the proud Father of three sons, whom he adored.

Jack was a member of the 100 Club, and a Life member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, where in later years he ran the infamous “Program Booth” at the Phoenix Open, which is now known as the WM Phoenix Open. He was always a familiar and friendly face who had a smile for the many folks who were lucky enough to cross his path!

Jack’s Catholic faith and his family were his #1 priority. He was a loyal friend and confidant to many and his quick wit and contagious laugh was always adored by everyone he met. Jack was the proud Grampa to 8 grandchildren; Tommy (Jenny), Kelsey, Molly, Katy, Courtney, Ally, Sam, Jack and a great grandchild, Brady. He was always quick to tell them how proud he was of them and showered them with boundless love and encouragement, just as he had done with his sons.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Oly and Jack, his infant sister, Ann and his sister Mary Virginia Hines. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Anne, his three adoring sons Kelly (Sue), Tim and Danny, his sister JoAnn O’Louglin (John), his Grandchildren and Great Grandson.

A Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary Prayer at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. at Brophy Chapel. Interment will be on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Saint Mary’s High School.

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RULE, BARBARA ANN

Barbara Ann Rule, 85 from Phoenix, Arizona passed away October 11, 2018 surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She grew up in Eagle, Colorado where she met and married James Rule, they were married for 56 years.

She is survived by her sister Nancy Rule (Larry), her son James Rule (Lisa), her daughter Julie Coulter (Bill). Her grandchildren Ryan Coulter (Karen), Lindsay Iles (Tom), Carrie Coulter, James Rule (Whitney), Heather Crawford (Will), Kim Rohr (Bill), Richard Brannon (Cynthia), Daniel Brannon (Alma), seventeen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, cousins.

After moving to Phoenix in 1966 Barbara went to work for Tolland, MacFarland Opthomology (Affiliated Eye Surgeons) where she retired in 1996. She is preceded in death by her father Thomas Doran, her mother Kim Doran, her husband James Rule, her sister Janet Geist and her daughter Joni Lenox.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. with a Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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BEESON, ELLA MAE

Ella Mae Beeson, left peacefully to join her loved ones who have left before her, on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Ella was 82 years old and is survived by her loving children, grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

The memory Ella leaves behind will always be instilled in our hearts forever. She has touched and impacted so many lives, but in so many different ways. If you were fortunate enough to have really known her, she would have left you with very fond memories. She was loved by many and will be missed deeply.

Please join the family in a brief gathering of remembrance, “Celebration of Her Life”, on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. A light lunch will be served. Instead of flowers, donations for Ella’s memorial can be made through gofundme.com/ella

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SABELKO, GERALD A.

It is with sadness and joy that we share that our dad Gerald “Jerry” Andrew Sabelko, 85, went home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, October 9th after a short battle with cancer.

Jerry grew up on a farm in Durand, WI and is the 2nd oldest of 8 children. He moved to Phoenix in the 60’s where he met Dorothy Eich to whom he was married for 13 years. Later, he met and married Katherine Montgomery and they were married for 30 years. He was very strong in his faith, a truly sincerely good and caring father, devoted husband, and an Army Veteran. Jerry worked many years for Sperry Flight Systems, now Honeywell from which he enjoyed retirement.

While residents of Glendale, AZ until 1998, Jerry and Kathy were active in the Catholic Church community of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. They championed the unborn by founding Children of the Rosary Pro-Life movement. They moved to Boyceville, WI in ‘98 where they lived for 20 years. There, Jerry was an active parishioner at St. Luke Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. In addition to being active in church, Jerry was often busy with gardening, landscaping, enjoyed hunting, fishing and assisting Kathy with creating many different crafts from birdhouse gourds, paintings, various soaps, and other wares, which they sold at craft shows throughout their area. Jerry loved our country and worked at election poles to support our democratic process each voting cycle. He recently moved back to the Phoenix area to be near his children after Kathy’s passing this past April.

Jerry is survived by his children, Monica Schuman (Lawrence) and Jeanne Lessard (Leticia), George Lessard (Michelle) step-son Philip Montgomery and grandchildren Olivia Schuman and Eli Montgomery. Gerald is also survived by his siblings Priscilla Neis (Donald), Laverne Sabelko (Patricia), Leon Sabelko (Vivian), Francis Sabelko (Marlene), Mary Ann Bailey (Bill), Lola Johns (Dennis), Dennis Sabelko (JoAnne), and numerous nieces and nephews, and their children. He is preceded by his wife Katherine, son Paul Montgomery and parents Andrew and Eleanor Sabelko.

A Visitation service will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., with Rosary Prayer to be held at 5:30 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home at 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Funeral Mass to be held Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 3450 W. Ray Rd, Chandler. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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CAMARENA, MARY W.

Mary Walker Camarena, left peacefully to be with the Lord in the comfort of her home on October 9, 2018. Mary was 97 years old and was born in Phoenix. She is survived by her loving children; Sr. Mary Rebecca Amaya, Oscar (Rosemary) Camarena, Angie Camarena and Betty Camarena, 10 loving grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by sons; Ernie and Robert Amaya and her grandchild; Lisa Camarena Mendoza. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, beginning with a Visitation at 5:00 P.M., Rosary at 6:00 P.M., followed by sharing joyful memories of Mary’s beautiful life. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Gregory’s Church, 3424 N. 18th Ave., Phoenix, followed by Burial service at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. A reception will be held immediately after at Aunt Chiladas Restaurant, 7330 N. Dreamy Draw Drive, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mary to stmarysfoodbank.org.

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ROSS M.D., THOMAS H.

Thomas H. Ross, M.D., a Phoenix native, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on October 7, 2018. Born November 16, 1933, to Norman A. and Edna (Whoops) Ross. He attended Kenilworth Elementary and North Phoenix High, graduating in 1952. His first three years of college were at the University of Southern California where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and established life-long friendships. He returned to what is now Arizona State University graduating in 1956. That June he married Joanne Goldwater. He attended medical school at the University of Utah, receiving his M.D. degree in 1960. His residency in general surgery was at UCLA Harbor Hospital, where he was Chief resident in 1960. He returned to Phoenix, and a surgical practice established by his father and was on the staff at the major downtown hospitals; John C. Lincoln, Phoenix Baptist, Good Samaritan, St. Luke’s, Memorial and St. Joseph’s where he served as Chief of Surgery in 1977. He was Chief of Staff at Little Sisters of the Poor Convalescent Center and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Never one to let grass grow under his feet, he left his general surgery practice in 1978 for a residency in anesthesia at the University of Arizona, which was completed in 1980. That June he married the former Jan Carlson, joined Phoenix Anesthesia Group and practiced there until 1987. During those years he established the second outpatient surgical facility in the Phoenix area, SurgiSite. In 1987, he returned to surgery assisting in orthopedic, gastro and neuro cases. Always entrepreneurial, he had a plethora of non-medical endeavors including several inventions with patents some of which were surgery related and one of which was the first see through bandage. Unfortunately, Band-Aid corporation paid him a token amount and obtained the patent! He also created the first non-fogging shower mirror for shaving only to be beaten to the patent by Water-Pik! He served as Medical Direct of Hospice of Arizona and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program for the Arizona State Department of Economic Security and was also awarded membership in the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. His distinguished career included twenty-seven years of military service with the rank of Colonel as the State Surgeon for the Arizona Army National Guard. He was the longest serving medical officer in the USA. His many awards included the prestigious Legion of Merit, his favorite.  He was also a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds and enjoyed a long and happy association with that group.  Tom had many interests outside medicine and the Guard. Among them were golf as a young man but with a bad swing, tennis, skiing in the White, Wasatch and Rocky Mountains, the Sierras, Big Sky and a ski patrol trip with the Far West Ski Association to Austria and Val d’isere in France. Many summer vacations took place at the family cabin near Greer and on his beloved Catalina Island. In his later years he became a tournament croquet player (not the backyard game) and installed a regulation croquet lawn (the size of two tennis courts) in his back yard. Tom is survived by his wife of 38 years; Jan Ross, his children; Carolyn Ross (Gary Gotto), granddaughter; Jordyn Madkour of Phoenix, CC Goldwater, Paradise Valley, Ty Ross Goldwater (Tymn Sappenfield), Scottsdale, Alison Goldwater Ross (Robert Arkin) and granddaughters; Lucy and Esme Rice of Atlanta, GA, also, stepsons; Bob Carlson (Genevieve), Phoenix, AZ., and Tom Carlson (Michelle), grandchildren; Trent and Brooke of St. Petersburg, FL ., and his sister-in-law; Karen Faehling (Jim) and her children; Katie Coombs, Kevin Kess and Kristy Cowen all of Reno, NV. Other survivors are his nephews; their spouses and children; Lance Ross (Vicky), Tom Ross, Scottsdale, Jack Ross (Kim), Tempe, Rex Ross (Sylvia), Phoenix, and Robert Ross of California, along with great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother; Jack Ross, his sister and brother- in-law; Barbara (Sis) and Grand Parsons. The family would like to thank his doctors for the outstanding care they provided over the years: C. Joseph Freund, Philip Kaczar, Barry Hendin, David Saperstein, Melissa Go, Richard Manch, Gilbert Brito, Lorna Fredrikson and his dentists Donald Fournier and Fred Olsen. Another shout out goes to Valiant Hospice (Carmen Klemis, Stephanie Russel, Chief Nurse, Dolores Horvath and his phenomenal care givers, Gloria Lebario and Gabriella Moreno who made his last two weeks of life a beautiful experience. This wouldn’t be complete without much appreciation to Dr. Norman Brown, Tom’s best friend, for being so loyal over the 14 years of Tom’s illness. He set up a lunch for their group of friends almost every Saturday and when Tom was no longer able to drive, would pick him up, take him to the restaurant or serve the gang at his home and then bring Tom back again, wheelchair and all.  In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions being made to Homeward Bound (homewardboundaz.org), Barrow Neurological Institute (for Parkinson research)(barrowneuro.org), and Kitchen on the Street (kitchenonthestreet.org). A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Christ Church Anglican, 5811 N. 20th St., Phoenix.

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HAUGEN, JOANNE

Haugen, Joanne, 86, of Scottsdale, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018. She is survived by her sons, Frank (Sandy) Naccarato, John (Lorry) Naccarato and daughter, Kim (Tom Mirto) Naccarato, grandchildren John Michael Naccarato, Gina Marie Naccarato, great-grandchildren, Charlie and Anna Naccarato, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, family, friends and William Haugen family members. She was preceded in death by Josephine Tomsick Komornic and Charles Naccarato. Joanne was a faithful and devoted servant of the Lord and loved her St. Theresa community where she was active with many parish activities. She touched the lives and extended the Lord’s Love to everyone she came in contact with. She was admired by many people, young and old. Her passions were family, friends, golf and she loved to travel. She fell in love with Italy and found the Holy Land to be a very inspirational and beautiful place. Joanne’s civic endeavors included membership in the Soroptomist of Camelback, being the first female past president of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. with prayers at 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 18, 2018 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., in Phoenix. Interment will follow services at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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AYALA, DANIEL

Daniel (Danny) Ayala, 76, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Danny was born on March 8th, to Joe and Mercedes Ayala, was a graduate of Phoenix Union High School and a member of the Centaurs Monarchs Car Club. He loved to dance and treasured all the oldies music. Danny was a journeyman carpenter for 45 years and left his mark throughout the valley at multiple housing developments, the Hyatt Regency, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Grayhawk and many other places. He was a very hard worker and always managed to share his skills and mentor young carpenters. Danny had a multitude of lifelong friends, it didn’t matter where he went, someone knew him or he knew them. His famous questions were “where were you born, who are your parents, where did you grow up.” Danny is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gwen, his children Michelle Miller (Gary), Daniel Jr. (Wendy), Michael (Georgy Anne), and Sonia Preciado (George). His adoring grandchildren who deeply loved their Tata, NiKole Scarpone (Craig), Gary Miller (Alexandria), Max, Zachary, Mia Ayala, Latisha, George, Annette, Cody and Mercedes Preciado. Danny was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Isabella Scarpone and Beaux Miller. He also cherished JoJo, Annette, Gianna and Sophia. He is also survived by his sister Joanne Amavisca, brother Arnold Ayala (Vickie), nieces and nephews, Alfred, Rita, Simon, Andrea, Nicole and Joshua. He was also loved deeply by Ruben & Cara Martinez. Danny loved all his cousins, aunts and uncles, two of which we are fortunate to still have with us, Tio Mike Gomez and Tia Matilde Gonzales. Our family is deeply grateful to Arroyo Health Hospice and our dear cousin Yolanda Greene for taking exceptional care of dad. In addition, we are thankful for the care he received at Blue Sage and Marilyn Manor Assisted Living. Special thank you to our cousin Nicole Sanchez and personal friend Richie Hernandez during dad’s hospital stay at Barrows. Michael and Georgy’s little baby Angel is in the arms of his Tata, both are smiling down upon us. A Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Basilica, Friday, October 12, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. with a Funeral Mass celebrated at 10:00 A.M. A Burial will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers our family would greatly appreciate donations to Arroyo Health Hospice, 14100 N. 83rd Avenue, Suite 235, Peoria, Arizona 85381. Dad, you will always & forever be our HERO!

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EID, ADELE

Adele Eid, 83, entered eternal life October 6, 2018. Born in Zahle, Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1970. It is said that if someone passes during a rainstorm, “the angels are crying.” It was pouring rain the night mom died. Married 66 years, Mother to nine, grandmother to twelve and great-grandmother to one. Adele is preceded in death by sons George, Joseph and Tony. She is survived by her husband Karim; daughter Marie; sons Elie (Debby), John (Jondarc), Faez, Sam (Faye), Abraham (Jessica), five sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. with a service at 7:00 P.M., at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, 5406 E. Virginia Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85008. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48 Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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EID, ADELE

Adele Eid, 83, entered eternal life October 6, 2018. Born in Zahle, Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1970. It is said that if someone passes during a rainstorm, “the angels are crying.” It was pouring rain the night mom died. Married 66 years, Mother to nine, grandmother to twelve and great-grandmother to one. Adele is preceded in death by sons George, Joseph and Tony. She is survived by her husband Karim; daughter Marie; sons Elie (Debby), John (Jondarc), Faez, Sam (Faye), Abraham (Jessica), five sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. with a service at 7:00 P.M., at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, 5406 E. Virginia Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85008. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48 Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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MOSELEY, ELIZABETH ANN

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Ann Moseley. Ann was born in Sylacauga, AL, on November 3, 1956. She was an adoring wife, loving mother, beloved grandma, sister, friend and favorite bartender of many Phoenicians and Phoenix visitors. Ann moved to Phoenix with her son James in 1986, and began bartending around town, ending up at the Ole Brass Rail for the last 20 years of her career. She is survived by husband; Robert P. (Bob) Moseley, son; James Leo Tomczak, sisters; Pam Harper and Sherrie Richards, and grandchildren; Jordan, London and Sophi. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 11, 2018, with a Memorial Service at 6:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The family wishes to extend their gratitude toward the very courteous and comforting staff of Hospice of the Valley for caring for Elizabeth in her time of need. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com Roll Tide.

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AMADOR, YVONNE C.

Yvonne C. Amador, 72, of Queen Creek, passed away at home, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, with her family by her side.

She was born on June 14, 1946, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Evangeline Cordova. She was a graduate of North High School. On August 20, 1966, she married Ed Amador.

To know Yvonne was to know endless love and commitment to all that is good, true, excellent and praiseworthy. She lived her life believing everyone has feelings and deserves to be loved. A truth she learned from her beloved grandfather, Pamo, that only grew stronger with her love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Yvonne was a licensed and trained cosmetologist. She traded in her scissors to work at her children’s school so she could be home when her children were home. Creating and caring for her home and the people in it was always her greatest passion. Yvonne worked in the Osborn School District for many years as a Teacher’s Assistant and as an ESL Instructor. The children she taught felt safe with her to share their struggles, and her hard work overwhelmingly blessed the teachers she served. Yvonne’s work ethic was surpassed by none.

Yvonne is survived by her husband; Ed Amador, son; Eddie Amador and daughter; Alisa Keeton, son-in-law; Simon Keeton and her two dearly loved grandchildren; Jack Keeton and Sophia Keeton. All reside in Phoenix.

A Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Yvonne’s wish is to have all loved ones to wear colored clothing to celebrate her life and to opt out of wearing black clothing.

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AMADOR, YVONNE C.

Yvonne C. Amador, 72, of Queen Creek, passed away at home, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, with her family by her side.

She was born on June 14, 1946, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Evangeline Cordova. She was a graduate of North High School. On August 20, 1966, she married Ed Amador.

To know Yvonne was to know endless love and commitment to all that is good, true, excellent and praiseworthy. She lived her life believing everyone has feelings and deserves to be loved. A truth she learned from her beloved grandfather, Pamo, that only grew stronger with her love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Yvonne was a licensed and trained cosmetologist. She traded in her scissors to work at her children’s school so she could be home when her children were home. Creating and caring for her home and the people in it was always her greatest passion. Yvonne worked in the Osborn School District for many years as a Teacher’s Assistant and as an ESL Instructor. The children she taught felt safe with her to share their struggles, and her hard work overwhelmingly blessed the teachers she served. Yvonne’s work ethic was surpassed by none.

Yvonne is survived by her husband; Ed Amador, son; Eddie Amador and daughter; Alisa Keeton, son-in-law; Simon Keeton and her two dearly loved grandchildren; Jack Keeton and Sophia Keeton. All reside in Phoenix.

A Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Yvonne’s wish is to have all loved ones to wear colored clothing to celebrate her life and to opt out of wearing black clothing.

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PETERSON, LORI LYNN

Lori Lynn Peterson, 57 of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on September 25, 2018.

Lori was born on February 23, 1961 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Wilbert and Donna Runcorn. Lori and her family moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1974, where she attended Sabino High School and began her artistic endeavors. In 1978, Lori’s father who worked for a local bank was unexpectedly transferred to Sun City, Arizona, in the middle of December, just after they had completed the construction of their new pool. Lori and her three siblings decided they were not going to move without having used that pool, so they jumped in the frigid waters just to say they swam in it. Her family then moved to Glendale, Arizona, where she would finish her high school studies at Greenway High School.

Lori has always had an artistic soul. Doing arts and crafts projects throughout her childhood led her to the University of Arizona, where she studied fine art and graphic design. After college she worked for a local architectural firm. There she met the love of her life and husband of 32 years, Mark Jon Peterson, who provided consulting engineering services for the architecture firm. Lori stepped into the role of mother at an early age, helping to provide guidance to two teenagers Melissa Beth (b. 1976) and Stuart Jon (b. 1979) in what was undoubtedly a tough task. Lori would later become a biological mother of two daughters to Heather Deanne (b. 1991) and Nichole Lindsey (b. 1994).

All along, the need to express herself in a creative way burned within her. She was introduced to the world of beads and fell in love. Working with natural stones and precious metal, she created one of a kind original jewelry for many years and loved every minute of it!

Lori lived life to the fullest, was never shy and always made room for new people in her life. Lori was an exceptional cook, gifted artistic designer, avid golfer and a graceful snow skier. Her kindness and selflessness turned into a passion for helping others. Lori co-chaired the Ladies 9 Hole Group and served on the Food and Beverage Committee for the Arizona Country Club. She was co-chair of the UMOM “Buckles & Bangles” event in 2016 and has been a fierce advocate for Colleen’s Dream Foundation. Lori also helped raise awareness for pancreatic cancer with the T-Gen Research Institute. More than anything, Lori loved spending time with friends and family.

Lori is survived by her husband Mark (68), parents Wil (83) and Donna (80), daughters Heather (26), Nichole (23) and Melissa Sanders (42), son Stuart (39), sisters Lani McBeth and Leslie Bosse, brother Warren Runcorn, brother-in-laws Dave (McBeth) and Paul (Bosse), sister-in-law Roxanne (Peterson), daughter-in-law Jennifer (Peterson), nieces and nephews Christine, Sean, Marc and Traci (Peterson), Jay and Lauren (McBeth), Damian, Alexis and Dakota (Bosse), McKenzie, Hunter and Madison (Runcorn), grandsons Cole and Lucas (Sanders) and Carter (Peterson). Lori was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Kent Peterson.

While we will forever remember Lori’s beautiful smile, contagious laugh and love for her family and friends, we find comfort in knowing that she will forever be watching over us and protecting us from her heavenly home.

Memorial Services for Lori will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Scottsdale Bible Church- Grace Chapel at 7601 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale at 11:00 A.M.

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KENNEDY, HARRY W.

Harry W. Kennedy, 87 of Phoenix. Our dear friend Harry flew peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Friday the 28th of September. He will always be remembered for his kind smiles, firm handshakes and hugs, and enormously generous spirit. Harry was a native of Phoenix and graduate of North High School. He spent nearly 30 years with the Bell Telephone companies and remained an active member of the Telephone Pioneers organization after retirement. Family and friends will always remember the joyful times spent at the cabin he built by hand with his brother-in-law Bob DeBusk. An avid traveler, Harry enjoyed many trips abroad with his family, friends, and civic organizations including trips to Russia, Italy, Scotland, and (his favorite) Ireland where he was hosted by the O’Gradys. He was a fervent supporter of law enforcement and enjoyed his time volunteering with the Department of Public Safety Motorist Assistance Program. Harry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn, son Robby, Daughter Susan (Gill), four grandchildren Katy Holland (Joseph), RJ Gill (Courtney), Patrick, and Kerry, and five great grandchildren. Harry touched so many lives and while we sadly miss him here, Heaven is now a beautiful soul richer.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Saint Jerome Catholic Parish, 10815 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix. A reception to celebrate Harry’s life will follow.

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GUTIERREZ, CHARLES E.

Charles E. Gutierrez passed away on September 26, 2018, in Phoenix. Charles was born in Phoenix on October 29, 1958. He is preceded in death by his mother Carmen. He is survived by his father Rudy, sister Sylvia and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Charles graduated from Desert Valley High School in 1975 in Phoenix. Charles served as a minister of hospitality and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul society and Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Agnes Catholic Church in 1980 and 1990. A Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 5, 2018 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, in Phoenix. Interment will immediately follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, in Phoenix. Charles was always a cheerful person that liked to help others. May you rest in peace Charles.

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SMITH, BEVERLY JEAN STRANG

Beverly Jean Strang Smith, born May 11, 1935, with great sadness died peacefully with her family by her side on September 25, 2018. Beverly was born in Wauwatosa, WI. She moved to Chicago as a young girl. She attended Amundsen High School, Northern Illinois Teachers College and University of Colorado Boulder and graduated with a B.A. in Education.

She was a Kappa Delta, an avid athlete. Hank and Bev were married on August 18, 1956, in Chicago, IL.

In August of 1976, the family moved to Phoenix, AZ.

Beverly taught high school physical education, volunteered at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital for 25+ years in the ER department; and she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; Carl and Ethel Strang, sisters; Carolyn Lucas and Roberta Rice, her husband; Henry (Hank) Smith and infant daughter; Sandy Smith.

Beverly is survived by her Daughters; Deanna Golden and Karen Smith, Son; Gary (Joy) Smith, Granddaughters; Jillian and Danielle Golden, and Grandson; Connor Smith.

A Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. on Saturday, October 6, 2018 with a Funeral Service starting at 11:45 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Interment will follow at Paradise Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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REICHENBERGER, ROSEMARY M.

Rosemary M Reichenberger, 92, was called home to heaven on September 25, 2018. She was born to John and Florence Gill in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her family moved to Phoenix in 1928. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School and Phoenix College, she met the love of her life, Raphael “Ray” Reichenberger. They taught catechism together under Father Albert Braun. The two raised their family in the St. Agnes Community contributing to the Sodality of Our Lady and the Knights of Columbus. While Ray built many of the Phoenix Diocese churches, convents and social halls, Rosemary was home leading groups of Cub Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. Later in life, Rosemary returned to work as an Office Manager for Guardian Burglar Alarm. After her retirement, she was irreplaceable in the Legion of Mary, serving as Prefect and leading the St. Agnes Youth Group. Her final years were spent visiting Nursing Homes comforting the elderly. She is survived by her 2 sisters; Betty Peterson and Pat Adams, 6 sons; John, Edward, Michael, Donald, Stephen and Gerald, her 3 daughters; Sharon, Carolyn and Patricia, 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please sign up for the Alzheimer’s Walk on November 3, 2018, to help those afflicted by the disease that took our Rosemary. She has left a legacy of love that we can all model our lives after. http://act.alz.org/goto/WalkForRosemary

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THEISEN, MARISSA ROCHE

Marissa Roche Theisen – mother, grandmother, business owner, author, professor, philanthropic leader – died last Saturday at the age of 66 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Boston in 1952 to two social workers: John Francis Roche and Elizabeth Barbara Roche. One of six children, she was raised to believe in people and work toward improving the community. Marissa spent her most formative years (6th -12th grade) on a bucolic farm in New Hampshire, where she engaged in endless games of make believe, hiked for miles, skied every winter, formed unbreakable bonds with her four sisters, learned to live without comforts like indoor toilets, attended a two-room school house, and later waited in frigid temperatures in a skirt (to satisfy the dress code) for the bus that carried her to a small regional high school. She excelled here, and the experience made her hearty.

Afterward, she attended the University of New Hampshire for her Bachelor’s degree and shortly thereafter, attained a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard. After graduate school, her passion for environmental issues carried her to Washington D.C., where she worked for The Conservation Foundation. Her job there focused on connecting and empowering citizens through dialogue and education and working to improve issues like water quality, sewage treatment, and national forest conservation. But her time in D.C. was short-lived because there she met Chuck Theisen, whom she followed to Phoenix where they were married. Although this marriage only lasted four years, it brought her two beautiful children who became the light of her life. It also brought her to a state that she fell in love with and Arizona became her forever home.

Marissa’s professional experiences in Phoenix were vast and varied, but followed a common theme: service. After attaining an MBA from Arizona State University, she and Rich Fisher started Win Win Creations, a management consulting firm specializing in conflict disappearance. Together, they facilitated partnering workshops for a range of clients, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Navy, the Marines, and the Arizona Department of Transportation. This work also led her and Rich to write a book in 1997 called George and the Jeannie: An Adventure in Conflict Disappearance. Afterwards, she briefly stepped in as Executive Director of the YWCA of Maricopa County and then became the President and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers forum in 1999, leading that organization for 18 years. Within this role, she helped spearhead the creation of Arizona Gives Day. Marissa also taught classes at ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. And she volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including the YWCA, the Junior League of Phoenix, Child Crisis Arizona, Social Venture Partners, and the Self-Employment Loan Fund.

Outside of work and service, Marissa led a rich life. She was an avid sports fan, often found gripping the sides of her chair and shouting at the television during a Phoenix Suns or Arizona Cardinals game or the Masters Tournament. She was a voracious reader and convener of book clubs, from dense theoretical work to light fiction. Her home served as a regular meeting space for these clubs for years, right up until her final weeks. She was also a gardener, a hiker, a dog-lover, a singer, a politically engaged citizen, and an amateur painter and woodworker. Her friends and colleagues remember her as “one of a kind” and “one of the most accepting, self-effacing, loving and acknowledging people.” If you don’t know her name, it is not because she wasn’t worthy of public recognition, but because she never sought it out; she lived humbly. A deeply caring friend to many, an ever-loving and doting mother and grandmother, a devoted sister, Marissa lived a life worth remembering.

She was no stranger to tragedy, having lost her brother and father in her early thirties, but nor was she one to sit around feeling sorry for herself. She just got up and began doing. And even when faced with one of the worst cancers imaginable, and even as her body began to fall apart around her, she persevered, remaining engaged with the community, teaching her class at ASU, walking her dog miles each day, and spending time with her little granddaughters every week. She held on, because in her own words, “Even with all of its flaws, this world is so interesting and beautiful.” She loved her life until the end. And though she was taken away from us too soon, her legacy will endure.

She is survived by her son, Nicholas Theisen, daughter, Victoria Theisen-Homer, granddaughters, Annalie and Sofia Homer, and four sisters, Patricia Bicchieri, Judy Davidson, Diane Roche, and Sheila Ouellette. Her family will be hosting a Celebration of Life Ceremony for her on October 8th, please email rememberingmarissa@gmail.com for details if you would like to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make contributions to the Marissa Theisen Family Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation, which can be found at https://www.azfoundation.org/MarissaTheisen

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HEILEMAN M.D., JOHN PHILLIP

Dr. John Phillip Heileman passed away on September 25, 2018. John, (Jack) was born on February 2, 1930, at the original St. Joseph’s Hospital on Polk Street in Phoenix, Arizona, to Leo and Rose Murphy Heileman. He attended ASU with a scholarship from Phelps-Dodge, graduating in 1951 with a B.S. in Chemistry. At ASU, he received the Moeur Award for the highest grade-average in the university. John attended the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University from 1951-1955, receiving an M.D. Post-graduate training was at the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine in 1956 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, IL. He then completed residences in Internal Medicine at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital and the Veteran’s Research Hospital. During this time, he received a Fellowship in Endocrinology & Metabolic Diseases.

From 1955-1958, John served in active duty with the U.S. Navy as a Flight surgeon, ranking LCDR for the final two years. Certified by the AMA in Internal Medicine in 1964 and in Endocrinology Associates, P.A. was opened in 1962, with the help from his new wife, Ann O’Hara Heileman, a nurse he met while working in Chicago. He served the Phoenix community as a practicing physician for 35 years in endocrinology and metabolic diseases, retiring in 1997.

John was generous with his knowledge and time to the local community. For numerous years he served as the Secretary for the Arizona Medical Association, president for the Arizona Diabetes Association, remained an active member of the board for the Arizona Kidney Foundation and a Fellow with the American College of Physicians. Following retirement, he spent years volunteering as a physician at St. Vincent de Paul’s medical clinic.

John was happiest when working with his patients and he was loved and respected in his field. He had a mischievous sense of humor which brought joy to his patients and everyone around him. A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Ann, four children: Jeanne, Jim, Denise Valder (spouse: Jeffrey Valder) (children Helen, Katherine and Lauren), Matthew (spouse: Debi Heileman) (children Dylan and Shaun), his brothers, David and George and sister, Mary Hartman.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M. with a Funeral Mass celebration at 10:00 A.M. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. A reception to follow at St. Theresa Catholic Parish in the Fr. Feeney Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to: National Kidney Foundation of Arizona at https://azkidney.org and Society of St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic at https://www.stvincentdepaul.net Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

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ANTUNEZ, VIRGINIA PRADO

Virginia Prado Antunez 88, our beloved mother went to be with our Lord, in her home in Phoenix, surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, September 22, 2018. She was born on December 8, 1929 in Morrill, Nebraska to Eduviges and Anna Maria (Nicasio) Prado.

Virginia attended school in Torrington Wyoming and worked alongside her family in the fields. She married Pete Martinez in 1951 and together they had ten children. Virginia moved with her children to Phoenix, Arizona in 1969. She worked two jobs while raising her children and completing her education. She obtained a teaching certificate and became a Head Start teacher for the Wilson School District for 26 years. She then met and married Ramon Antunez in 1982.

Virginia’s life was well lived and she was deeply loved by her family and friends. She was “Mom” to many and everyone was warmly welcomed into her home. Her home was the gathering place where countless celebrations were enjoyed by all. She was very active and loved being with family and friends. She also loved music, walking, dancing, traveling, casino trips and her beloved senior center. Mom had a contagious sense of humor and positive outlook. She saw the good in everyone and treated everyone with respect and kindness.

Virginia is survived by her children, George Martinez, Ronald Martinez (Vickie), Virgil Martinez, Carlos Martinez (Denise), Charlotte Martinez-Davis (Joseph), Lydia Westergard (Jake), Irma Martinez, Alicia Martinez, and John Martinez (Regina), 5 stepchildren, 29 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Brothers David Prado (Rose) and Henry Prado (Simona), sisters Evangelina Carrillo (Salvador) and Connie Rodriguez (Paul) and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. She is preceded in death by her parents Eduviges and Anna Maria Prado, husband Ramon Antunez, son Pete Martinez Jr. (Melinda), stepsons Max and Ray Jr., siblings, Martin Nicasio, Father Anacleto (Cletus), Paul, Juan, Eulalia and Lucia Prado.

Services will be on Friday, September 28, 2018, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 5048 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix with a Rosary at 9:00 A.M. followed by viewing and Mass beginning at 10:00 A.M. Reception immediately following at VFW post 720, 4853 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. Burial will be on Monday, October 1, 2018, at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of the Valley for their exceptional care and the Devonshire Senior Center for their wonderful kindness.

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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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