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February 2016
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Rafaela V. Hernandez

Rafaela V. Hernandez, 68, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away Monday, February 8, 2016. She was born August 17, 1947 to Esteban and Guadalupe Vela in Rio Hondo, Texas.

A visitation will be held 5:30 pm with a rosary at 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. A second viewing will be at 9:00 am with Mass following at 10:00 am at St Henry Catholic Church, 24750 Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye, AZ.

Robert Charles Henry

Robert Charles Henry, 60, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on February 6, 2016 in Sun City, AZ. He was born October 24, 1955 to Robert and Jean Henry in Okinawa, Japan.

Robert is survived by his wife, Elisabeth; son, Michael Ryan Henry; daughter, Malin Krisitiansen Sandem; mother Jean Louis Henry; four sisters, his twin, Ruth Ann Wolfe, Diane Lynn Burklow, Susan Jean Tullier, and Mary Jane Paccino; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Fredrick Henry and a sister, Cynthia Coner.

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to The American Heart Association.

ROBERT A. SHAW

ROBERT A. SHAW

Born July 22, 1941 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Allen Shaw and Margaret Wilson Shaw.

Died February 6, 2016, at home.

Preceded in death by both parents and his brother, Richard.

SURVIVORS:

Love of his life, his wife, Jennifer Shaw, of Litchfield Park, AZ

Sons:    Brenden Shaw (Brooke) of Edmond, OK

Dr. Jason Shaw (Jennifer) of San Antonio, TX

Daughter: Kristina Pasquini (Shawn) of Goodyear, AZ

5 granddaughters: Sarah, Kayla, Amanda, Ashley, and Ruby.

Two special friends, Tiki and Tigger.

EDUCATION:      Graduated high school in Grand Junction, CO

Earned BA and MA degrees from Arizona State University

Earned Ph.D. from Columbia University

Our loving husband, father, and friend, Robert Shaw, was transported home, into the loving arms of God on Saturday, February 6, 2016. In addition to being an all-around wonderful person, Robert was a professional educator who worked tirelessly for over 53 years to improve the academic and life skills of all school students and staff he encountered.  He was a highly qualified consultant on school law, school finance and special education law, and had an extensive record of federal and state granting and program development.

He began his career as Director of Education and Training at Arizona Childrens’ Colony in Coolidge. Robert held several positions as Director of Special Education in Arizona and in Colorado.  He developed and served as Executive Director of the Maricopa Special Services Consortium of 14 districts, and the Pinal County Special Services Consortium of 15 districts.

He served as Administrative Assistant to the Yavapai County Superintendent, and developed several special education programs during his time there. He also worked as a Speech/Hearing/Language pathologist in Yavapai County and Maricopa County for several years.  Additionally, he was a business owner and realtor in Prescott for more than ten years.

The last fifteen years of his career were spent providing speech, language, and hearing services to the Gila Crossing Schools in Laveen, AZ. He retired on September 11, 2015.

He loved flying his Cessna 170B (Chuck), fishing, especially his trips to Alaska, traveling with his wife, reading and working in his orchard and greenhouse, and spoiling his cats, Tiki and Tigger.

Robert will forever be remembered by those who know him as a kind, thoughtful and compassionate man. His students and professional contacts will remember “Dr. Bob” as a knowledgeable, articulate, energetic, child-oriented educator who always went the extra mile to make sure every student received all services available to ensure them the best educational outcome possible.

His absence has created a huge void in our lives that can never be filled. We miss his smile his touch, his love, and even his corny jokes.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 s. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Pat Elia

Pat Elia, 73, of Avondale, AZ passed away February 4, 2016 in Surprise, AZ after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. She was born in Painesville, OH to her parents, Fred and Laura Hufford on June 7, 1942.

A caretaker all of her life, Pat made sure that the needs of others were always taken care of before her own needs. While raising her two children Tony and Lisa, she taught religious education at St John Vianney Catholic Church in Mentor, OH.   She also tenderly cared for her own mother for ten years.  In her fifties she returned to college in time to graduate Magna Cum Laude with her degree in social work.  Following her graduation, she went on to become a licensed social worker at Twin Pines nursing home and thoroughly enjoyed working with all the residents.

Pat was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Elks Lodge #2852, and enjoyed playing Bunco with her friends. However, Pat’s greatest enjoyment was being a very involved grandmother of three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  She participated in all of the important and everyday events in her grandchildren’s lives beginning at birth and continuing as they grew into young adults.

Pat is survived by her husband of 52 years, David; daughter Lisa Wilson (Darwin) of Phoenix, AZ; son Tony Elia (Mishelle) of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; sister Joyce Stark (Brian) of Painesville, OH; sister-in-law Marilyn Cameron of Painesville, OH; three grandchildren, Taylor Wilson, Devont’e Wilson and Laura Wilson; one great-granddaughter, Destiny Pipkin; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Fred Hufford and sister Margaret Hufford.

A visitation will be 5:00 pm with a Rosary at 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A Funeral Mass will be at 12:00 pm, Friday, February 12, 2016 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ .  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Peter Louis Maniscalco

Peter Louis Maniscalco, 89, of Avondale, AZ passed away February 4, 2016 in Surprise, AZ. Peter was born January 25, 1927 in Newark, NJ to Rosario and Margaret Maniscalco.

Visitations will be held from 5 to 8 pm Sunday, February 7, 2016 and Monday, February 8, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

Frankie A McCray

Frankie A. McCray, 71, of Phoenix, AZ passed away in his home unexpectedly in his sleep on January 31, 2016. He was born November 2, 1944 in Seagraves, TX to the late Scott and Veneta McCray who raised him with his surviving sisters Brenda Locke of Greenriver, WY and Sharion Patterson of Carlsbad, NM.

He served in the US Navy from 1961-1967 and worked as a Jet Mechanic and enjoyed being in the color guard. He later worked in the oil field for over 25 years and was in the transportation industry at Swift for 17yrs. He retired in 2004 and tried to continue his love of golf and bowling. He enjoyed every opportunity that he had to be with his grandchildren that he was so extremely proud of.

Recently Frankie had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Fortunately it hadn’t debilitated him to the point where he was in a wheelchair but it sure had slowed him down. None of us had any clue that his death was approaching so soon.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years of marriage Patricia Jean and her loving mom Alleen Sherrill. He is also survived by his son and daughter-n- law Scott A and Deborah McCray and their three boys, Austin, Collin, and Ryan, as well as his daughter and son-n-law Jeannie and Don Fox and their four children Victoria, Tabitha, Joshua and Jimmy along with his first great grandson Gabriel. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm, Friday, February 5, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A reception will follow the service.

Mark William Salisbury

Mark William Salisbury, age 64, of Buckeye, Arizona, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 24, 2016. He was born March 28, 1951, to William Edgar Salisbury and Myra Louise (Hewitt) Salisbury.

Mark graduated from DeSoto High School, DeSoto, Missouri in 1969. He was a 15 year veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarines.  He worked as a nuclear consultant for various nuclear plants across the country.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife, Donna Salisbury, daughters – Jamie Salisbury, Anna Robison, Jamie (Josh) Hayden and Hannah Salisbury and by sons – William P. Salisbury and Stanley (Tasha) Sansoucie, 7 grandchildren – T.J., Kasi, Ariana, Dominic, Jacob, Joshua, Logan, and 1 great granddaughter, Zoey.  Mark is also survived by his father, sisters Ann (David) Couser, Beth (Dennis) Popek and brother Robert (Illana) Salisbury.

Mark was a loving husband, father grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother, son, and friend to many.

A viewing will be held from 5-8 pm, Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Christ Evangelical Church, 918 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. He will be buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix, AZ.

Dub Boyles

Dub was first a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a teacher of lessons, preacher of right vs. wrong and most importantly, the rock that a family, community and rowdy group of friends leaned upon. Dub was a residential and commercial painter by trade, but truly deep down he was a hot rod and car guy by heart.

Dub spent the early years of his life racing motorcycles and having fun with the love of his life, Ruth. Then as life progressed Dub turned his focus to raising his only son, Bryan, and with that came years of racing sprint cars in the twilight of the Arizona desert.

As he entered into the silver years of his life, he spent the majority of his time preaching life’s lessons to his grandkids, all the time doing what he was truly meant to do, and that was build cars. Dub had many life accomplishments to say the least, but if you were to ask him which one stood out the most, there would be one that stood out above the rest. That accomplishment would be his and Ruth’s cross-country trip in “Blackie” with only their black Simpson bag and trunk full of spare car parts. The most impressive aspect being that the 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe was a product of his own two hands.

Dub was many things to many different people, but above all else he was a great man. He was a man that could be looked up to and one that kept his word, because as he preached, “The only thing you have in this world is your word.” Dub will truly be missed.

A visitation will be held 6:00 pm, Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, February 5, 2016 at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 719 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ.  Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Rachel Leigh Mitchell

Rachel Leigh Mitchell passed away December 22nd 2015. she will be loved missed every day by her Father Richard Mitchell and Mother Renee Mader along with her step-parents Kevin Mader and Lisa Mitchell. She will always be the big sister to, Isabella, Gina, Danielle and Ryan Mitchell. Rachel was a beautiful singer whose voice always filled the space where she was and brought us all happiness. She loved Disney and was an avid animal lover whose sweet disposition made the world was more beautiful with her in it. Rachel loved her family fiercely and was a constant reminder of loyalty. She had a way of making people feel special if she liked them. Her laughter was contagious and everyone who ever heard it is lucky to have known it and her. Rachel’s memory will live on in our hearts until we are with her again.

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